Murray leads balanced attack as Spurs top Jazz 113-104

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dejounte Murray had 23 points and seven rebounds, leading a balanced attack that helped the San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 113-104.DeMar DeRozan added 18 points and seven assists for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. San Antonio had six players score in double figures.Rudy Gobert finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Jazz. Emmanuel Mudiay chipped in 18 points and Jordan Clarkson added 15 off the bench for Utah.The Jazz had a four-game winning streak end with the loss. Tags: Dejounte Murray/NBA/San Antonio Spurs/Utah Jazz February 21, 2020 /Sports News – Local Murray leads balanced attack as Spurs top Jazz 113-104 Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Government property market track record is “disaster” says agency chief

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Government property market track record is “disaster” says agency chief previous nextHousing MarketGovernment property market track record is “disaster” says agency chiefHaart CEO also worried that number of landlords buying properties is down by a third across his firm’s network.Nigel Lewis13th July 20170984 Views One of the UK’s leading estate agency CEOs has launched a blistering attack on the government’s handling of the property market since it was elected in June.Haart CEO Paul Smith reckons the number of landlords registering with its branches to buy property is down by almost a third as fewer landlords invest in property.He says that “this could have serious long-term consequences for the rental market and lead to higher rents, putting those who are trying to save for a deposit in an even more difficult position”.His comments follow the most recent overall data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) which reveals that , although mortgage lending rose in May by 10% year-on-year, the figures “flatter to deceive” says Paul Smee, Head of Mortgages at CML parent organisation UK Finance (pictured, left).“The seasonally-adjusted data shows a less buoyant lending picture, with home buying activity remaining relatively unchanged month-on-month and remortgage lending gradually decreasing each month since January,” he says.DisasterHaart’s Paul Smith (pictured, below) says he also thinks Prime Minister Theresa May’s legacy on home ownership has so far been “a disaster” and that ‘just about managing’ families are further away from owning their own home than ever.He also says that “the government’s feeble housing white paper did not go anywhere near enough to get house builders building and the market moving”.“Whilst there has been some recovery since the damaging introduction of a stamp duty surcharge last April, we still have a long way to go until we have a property market that is back to full health,” he says.“Data from our own branches shows that the number of landlords registering to buy is down 30% on the year across England and Wales.Critical juncturePaul says that affordability is “clearly reaching a critical juncture as the average loan size increases whilst the average income decreases.“Although rising first-time buyer borrowing demonstrates the appetite for home ownership in the UK, young people should not be left to stretch beyond their means, and Government should intervene with a tax break as a quick and straight-forward way to help them get onto the ladder.”Haart is part of Colchester-based Spicerhaart and the agency claims to be the largest independent residential sales and lettings network in the UK. Parent company Spicerhaart includes the Spicer McColl, Haybrook, Felicity J Lord and Chewton Rose brands and, overall, the group says it employs 2,000 staff across the UK.Paul Smee Paul Smith July 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 2021last_img read more

Pakistan Naval Ship “Saif” Arrives at Port of Colombo

first_img View post tag: Saif View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan Naval Ship “Saif” Arrives at Port of Colombo View post tag: ship View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Pakistan Naval Ship “Saif” (FFG-253) arrived at the Port of Colombo on 26th November 2011 on a goodwill visit. The ship was ceremonially welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with naval traditions on her arrival.The ship’s Commanding Officer Captain Muhammad Zubair Shafique called on Director General Naval Operations Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera at the Naval Headquarters. He was accompanied by Pakistan Defence Adviser in Sri Lanka Colonel Sheharyar Parvez Butt.PNS Saif is a SWORD class frigate with a Z9EC – 20 helicopter, onboard dedicated for ship borne operations. The ship, equipped with the state of the art weapons, sensors and machinery, is the front line ship and potent platform of the Pakistan Navy. It is 123 meters in length and has a displacement of 2688 tons. The ship’s complement consists of 251 naval personnel which includes 29 officers and 222 sailors. The ship is en route from the Port of Karachchi in Pakistan to participate in the Langkavi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2011 (LIMA – 11) held in Malaysia from 06th to 10th December.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 28, 2011; Image: navy Pakistan Naval Ship “Saif” Arrives at Port of Colombo Training & Education View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Pakistan View post tag: Colombo November 28, 2011 View post tag: port Share this articlelast_img read more

OUSU gets Living Wage accreditation

first_imgOxford University Student Union (OUSU) has been accredited for paying the Living Wage to all employees. The Living Wage currently stands at £7.65 an hour, over a pound higher than the UK minimum wage of £6.31.Ruth Meredith, OUSU Vice President (Charities & Community), told Cherwell, “OUSU’s decision to become an accredited Living Wage employer is a formal recognition of our longstanding commitment to creating an inclusive and meaningful community at OUSU. Our student and staff Oxford Living Wage Campaign has been working toward wider accreditation in Oxford, and we’re really pleased to be a part of this movement, putting fair pay at the heart of our organization.”Although OUSU has endorsed the campaign for several years, cleaners working in the OUSU building are employed by the Estate Services, which until this May paid them £1.00 per hour less than the Living Wage. The Estate Services manage some 235 buildings owned by the University and from this year have begun paying all staff who work in buildings belonging to the University a Living Wage.The accreditation is given by the Living Wage Foundation, while the amount to be paid is calculated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. Paying the Living Wage is currently entirely voluntary, though the Foundation claims benefits to employers include more motivated staff and being on the list of officially accredited organizations.Fergal O’Dwyer, Co-Chair of OUSU’s Living Wage Campaign, told Cherwell that, “OUSU’s longstanding support for the campaign has been integral to our success, and so it is only fitting that this should be mirrored by the way that it treats its own staff. We hope that the University takes note of the example set by its student union, and uses this as a step toward College-wide accreditation.”The University agreed to pay all direct employees a Living Wage in April 2013. However this decision did not affect contracted workers at the University and many departments have not announced that they will pay the Living Wage.A spokesperson for the University of Oxford commented, “the University Purchasing Department is already helping to provide departments with options to purchase services through central agreements at the then current rate for the Oxford living wage so that they can make informed choices about paying the living wage. As they are financially autonomous bodies, choices about the paying of the living wage at a college level are a matter for individual colleges.”The Oxford Living Wage campaign was founded by a group of Balliol students in 2006, and became affiliated with OUSU in 2011. Its stated aim is to introduce the Living Wage for all staff employed by Oxford University and the associated Colleges and Permanent Private Halls.last_img read more

Oxford’s pledge to support estranged students receives mixed response

first_imgOxford University has pledged to provide bursaries, accommodation, and unlimited counselling to students who are estranged from their families, following a campaign by the Oxford SU.As part of the Stand Alone pledge, Oxford will offer bursaries of up to £7,200 a year to help estranged students meet the costs of living and will lift all caps on counselling services. The University also pledged to provide them with vacation accommodation and, where possible, to house them with other students to minimise isolation.Only students who are registered as estranged with the Student Loans Company (SLC) will qualify for the full bursary. According to the SU, 17 students at Oxford are recorded as ‘legally estranged’ by the SLC, although they estimate the figure could be as many as 200 based on comparisons with other similar institutions.The reliance of current schemes on SLC registration was previously criticised by the SU due to difficulties involved in providing adequate proof of estrangement. The SU also pointed out that a student cannot declare their estranged status on platforms such as Ucas.Those who are determined by the University to be estranged, but who are not registered with the SLC, can apply for a living cost supplement of up to £3,000 a year.One estranged student told Cherwell: “If they’re taking such a narrow definition of estrangement I can’t really see it being an effective policy. By giving those who don’t fit in the definition significantly less funding than those who do, they might actually increase the stigma around asking for help. It makes it seem like if you don’t tick a certain box, your problems matter less.“Setting a minimum household income level seems a bit counter-productive, and doesn’t help estranged students whose family are outright refusing to give financial support.”Students with a household income of over £27,000 a year will also be restricted to the reduced supplement, despite not receiving any parental financial support. The SU welfare and equal opportunities officer Ellie Macdonald described the announcement as “fantastic”, saying:“In the summer Oxford SU undertook a research project to understand what issues estranged students faced at the University of Oxford. We were overwhelmed by the response of students who for the first the time shone a light onto their university experiences here.“This report produced recommendations that we will be working with the collegiate university to meet in the next two years.”In its earlier report, the SU had heavily criticised existing financial support for its reliance on the SLC definition, which requires that the individual not to have had contact with their parents for twelve months prior to the start of their course.The same report noted that many students do not cut off contact with their family until they are already at university, rendering them illegible for official estranged status.One student interviewed described being forced to maintain contact with an abusive family out of concern that they would not qualify as legally estranged if they cut off contact whilst already at university.The SU report stated: “All of the participants who answered the question ‘If you are not financially and/or physically estranged from your parents, is that because it would be dangerous to be in that position either emotionally and/or financially?’ answered yes, with different reasons ranging from fear of physical violence, to emotional abuse.“Many estranged students have not told their parents of their estrangement and will just be living apart from them with no contact. Because of the (potentially) extreme repercussions, it is clear that many students are not able to declare themselves estranged and gain help from student finances.”According to Stand Alone, finding the proof required to fit the legal definition of estrangement is the most common complaint for estranged students trying to access finance. The SU estimated that the SLC definition underestimates the extent of estrangement at Oxford by a factor of 12 to 1.Oxford and Cambridge are the eighth and ninth Russell Group universities to take the pledge. The Vice-Chancellor has invited estranged students to tea, “to discuss their experiences of estrangement and how the university can help them further.”last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?IS IT TRUE this is whats on our mind today?  We hope that the individuals involved in styling the new City of Evansville noise ordinance are aware that the Tortious interference liability laws will legally protect those business owners that are financially affected by an overreaching noise ordinance?Todays “Readers Poll” question” Is: Do you feel that legislation needs to be passed to ban “bump stocks,” that converts semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] 2015 City-County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Terry tops the lot

first_imgThe Celebration Cake Maker of the Year certificate and picture of Terry Tang with Joanna Lumley, which was taken on the night of the Baking Industry Awards 2007, proudly hangs on the wall of the bakery shop. It is placed on the right-hand side of a nine-foot wedding cake, decorated with over 6,000 crystals.”We were so proud to have won the award,” says Carol, Terry’s wife and business partner. “It was a stunning night.”After winning Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, award sponsor Renshaw sent out press releases to the local newspapers. “A big spread appeared in Mersey World, which read ’A local baker wins national award’,” she says. “You would not believe the amount of people who came in saying: ’We’ve seen you in the newspaper’. Terry even received an email from an old friend whom he hadn’t spoken to for over 30 years, and people were coming up to him in the street saying: ’You’re the feller that won that award’.”== from stonemasonry to cakes ==Before Terry Tang’s was set up, Terry was a stonemason for most of his life. But in a dramatic turn of events, he swapped his mallet and chisel for a packet of icing sugar. “The first cake I decorated was for my daughter. I was recreating a brown teddy bear, which was taken from a cut-out in the Radio Times. Before long, friends and family started asking me to decorate cakes for all sorts of occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries.”When I was laid off from stonemasonary in the 1990s, I had a mixture of people asking me to decorate cakes and pave driveways. I decided that my hands were getting too rough, so I decided to make a living out of decorating cakes.”== winning cake ==Terry’s winning cake was decorated with icing sugar models of children. Chunks of the cake were missing, designed to look like the children were eating the cake base: “I knew I was on a winner with this. It’s like nothing I’ve ever designed before,” he says.Every cake made at Terry Tang’s is designed individually. During a consultation, customers look round the cakes on display at the shop or flick through a catalogue of photographs to choose whatever style, colour, or theme they desire, ranging from traditional to novelty cakes. Themes can include anything from hobbies and seasons to seashells, safaris, flying unicorns or even black lacy corsets. “I’ve just decorated a Playboy Bunny cake for glamour model and Celebrity Big Brother star Danielle Lloyd,” says Terry. “It features a naked icing sugar model of her lying on the top of the cake and edible photograph transfers of her posing around the sides.”The celebration cakes are sent all over the UK, to Europe and even as far as Jamaica. A five-tier wedding cake was delivered to South Africa. “The funniest delivery was sent to Benidorm,” explains Terry. “I made a cake in the shape of a lady’s basque. The chest area was made using two balls of flesh-coloured icing sugar, with a black corset over the top. When the cake went through the X-ray at the airport, all you could see were the two big lumps. The security staff were like, ’What’s that?’ and pushed a skewer inside one of the lumps to check what was inside!”== eccentricity the norm ==The Tangs are no strangers to eccentric cakes, having made ’sconehenge’ from scones, a wedding cake in Everton’s football club colours, and a dragon, which was decorated with over 3,000 scales. But one of the most bizarre orders was for a seven-tier, cream and roses wedding cake, to be the centrepiece of an Irish travellers’ wedding, broadcast on Sky One in 2006. It was filmed as part of a series called Great British Weddings and the camera crew went to Liverpool to film the Tangs making the cake.”It was the strangest wedding I’ve ever seen,” says Terry. “I had to go up on the day to set up the nine-foot, £1,500 wedding cake. The bride arrived in the same glass pumpkin carriage used by glamour model Jordan, pulled by four white plumed horses and complete with two footmen dressed in gold.”Terry Tang’s wedding cake range offers a variety of flavours and fillings, including fruit, chocolate, sponge, carrot, orange, lemon and even banoffee. The fruit cakes, laced with brandy, are made three months in advance, to allow the cake to mature. Carol says that because she makes such a wide variety of cake bases every day, the next step could be introducing a café element to the shop: “The number of people who just come in and nose around the shop is unbelievable,” says Carol. “It would be nice if we could serve them coffee and cake. At the end of the day, we have to make the bases anyway, so we could just make a little bit extra.”last_img read more

D&G looks to broaden customer base in 2010

first_imgD&G Food Group, the company set up to buy five McCambridge bakeries earlier this year, plans to expand the business’ customer base in 2010 after reviewing operations and improving efficiency.The company, which is headed up by former Roberts chairman Graham March and operations director David Fearnley-Brown, acquired Aldreds the Baker (Derbyshire); Queen of Hearts (Oxford); Husseys (Berkshire); Tredinnick Fine Foods; and West of England Bakeries (both Devon) from McCambridge last June. Since then, the owners have closed the Husseys bakery and have worked to improve production at the remaining sites, said Graham March, while ditching its original plan to develop each bakery as a centre of excellence for individual product categories. Aldreds has recently been awarded A-grade BRC accreditation and the company plans to work towards BRC status at its West of England facility.”Now we are sorted out on the operational front, we aim to improve volumes across the sites by targeting extra markets,” said March. Queen of Hearts and Aldreds will look to develop new products for coffee shops, he said, while future BRC status will help West of England target supermarket local sourcing schemes. The four bakeries currently produce a mix of bread, confectionery and savouries.last_img read more

Vitiva brings in sweeter taste for healthier living

first_imgVitiva has launched its stevia line of products, following recent European Commission (EC) approval for use in food and beverage applications in Europe.The Sweet’nVit brand will include products using extracts from stevia rebaudiana bertoni plant leaves a sweetener and sugar substitute. It will be standardised with a minimum of 95% steviol glycosides.The products are of all-natural origin with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and inducing no glycaemic response.Ohad Cohen, CEO of Vitiva, said: “The Sweet’nVit line has an exceptional taste profile and can be used as a solo sweetener; in combination with bulk natural sweeteners such as erythritol or maltitol; or in combination with sucrose to offer optimal taste and mouthfeel. The continued increase in the price of sucrose and the opportunity to develop a healthier product with little change in taste profile makes our Sweet’nVit range most attractive.”In a blind tasting, 80% of the test panel preferred our high purity Reb A 98% product over the main competitors in the market.”last_img read more

COVID numbers climbing sharply, locally and around Indiana

first_img Pinterest By Tommie Lee – November 12, 2020 1 631 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleMichigan officials asking people to reconsider big family Thanksgiving dinnersNext articleLaPorte man killed in crash in Michigan City Tommie Lee Dr. Kristina Box delivers updated COVID-19 information, Sept. 30, 2020. (Tommie Lee/MNC) The latest wave of COVID-19 cases is having a big impact locally, and statewide in Indiana.Thursday, The University of Notre Dame announced 29 total new cases and 23 daily cases. That gives the school 270 estimated active cases, breaking the record for the 4th day in a row. Exit testing began Thursday.Elkhart County reported 412 new cases, 15 percent more than the previous one-day record, and numbers continue to rise in St. Joseph County as well.Statewide, the Indiana Department of Health set a new single day record on Thursday, announcing another 6,654 Hoosiers have tested positive.Indiana’s total is now just under 231,000 people. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Twitter COVID numbers climbing sharply, locally and around Indianalast_img read more