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Covid commuter hotspots signal a breath of fresh air for housing market

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first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Covid commuter hotspots signal a breath of fresh air for housing market previous nextLand & New HomesCovid commuter hotspots signal a breath of fresh air for housing marketPeople looking to move home want gardens, countryside locations and fast broadband – with a quick commute if needed.Richard Reed31st July 20200631 Views Surging demand for more space, fresh air and faster broadband has created a new crop of post-Covid commuter hotspots.New research shows these are key qualities being looked for by a new tranche of home buyers, eager for a change of scenery.Lockdown living has changed what Britons want from their homes, according to Garrington Property Finders – and underlines reports of an ‘escape to the country’.The firm found that among househunters whose priorities have shifted because of the Covid pandemic, 37% are now more likely to want a garden. A fifth also said they want a bigger home (20%), a less urban location (20%) and faster broadband (18%).Still working from homeWith official data showing 41% of UK workers still working from home all or part of the time, the easing of lockdown restrictions has not ushered a return to the daily commute.Analysts pinpointed the 15 locations across the UK with most to offer the post-Covid commuter, able to work from home at least some of the time. All are within half an hour of a major regional city or 90 minutes from London, and all have high broadband speeds – with at least 55% of homes having access to ultrafast broadband.The top 15 have been ranked by a wellbeing score, which combines official data in four categories – air quality, open space, access to green space and happiness.Glasgow tops chartThe affluent Glasgow suburb of Giffnock, famed for its golf courses, stately villas and red sandstone houses made first place. At just 16 minutes from the centre of Scotland’s largest city, it edges historic Kirkintilloch – the ‘canal capital of Scotland’ – into second place.England’s star performers both boast a world-class academic pedigree. Third-placed Cambridge is 49 minutes from London by train, and pips its Boat Race rival, fourth-placed Oxford – which is 57 minutes from the capital – thanks to its higher wellbeing score.Jonathan Hopper, CEO of Garrington Property Finders, said: “Three months of lockdown have led many of us to reassess what we want from our homes. Our research shows more than half of would-be buyers have changed their requirements since March, with gardens, open space and faster broadband emerging as top priorities.“Two out of five workers are still working from home, and many of us may never go back to a daily commute.  Post-Covid commuting is likely to look very different, and we’re seeing a stream of digital commuters – who are less tied to the large cities and able to work from home some of the time – explore new areas offering better value, more space and a better quality of life.”Covid sparks rural retreat Workers shun commuting Escape to the country July 31, 2020Richard ReedWhat’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

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Iranian minister sacked after Oxford forgery

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first_imgIran’s parliament has voted to sack Ali Kordan after he admitted that his Oxford degree in Law was forged.According to reports 188 MPs, both conservatives and moderates, out of a total of 247, voted to remove Kordan from office.Now Iran’s former Interior Minister, Kordan came to international attention in August when Oxford University released an official statement denying that Mr Kordan had ever received a Law degree from the institution.Copies of the degree were later released onto the internet via Iranian political websites and the diploma was revealed to be a crude forgery riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.At the time, Oxford University confirmed that the academics who ‘signed’ the diploma had all held Oxford posts, but never in the field of Law, and they would never have signed degree diplomas either.The vote to expel Kordan from parliament comes after 20 Iranian ministers called for his impeachment last month.last_img read more

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Attorney General Disciplinary Hearing Begins Monday

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr., facing Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary commission charges for allegedly groping women, is trying to block the testimony of two women who worked for him when he was Elkhart County prosecutor.Retired Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby, who will preside over Hill’s hearing starting Monday, has not yet ruled on whether the witnesses will be allowed to testify.On Wednesday, Selby met with the attorneys for both Hill and the disciplinary commission to iron out details in advance of the hearing. Hill, a Republican in his first term as attorney general, will be fighting for his political and professional life in the hearing looking into misconduct charges stemming from an end-of-session legislative party in early 2018.At that party, held at an Indianapolis bar, Hill allegedly touched the backs or buttocks of State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, and three legislative staffers, Niki DaSilva, Samantha Lozano, and Gabrielle McLemore.The women came forward with the accusations in June 2018. Many high-ranking officials in both parties, including legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, called for Hill’s resignation.Hill has refused to step down and has denied groping the women. He attributed any behavior from him at the party to have had a few drinks – three glasses of wine, a martini and a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky – and his friendly attitude.In one court filing, his attorneys said Hill “has an engaging personality and often physically interacts with others by placing a hand on the other person’s arm, shoulder or back. He also has some difficulty hearing in one ear, so he is prone to leaning close to people with whom he is conversing, especially in loud environments.”In October 2018, a special prosecutor appointed to investigate the accusations decided against filing criminal charges against Hill. A legislative investigation found lawmakers could take no action because Hill was not the women’s boss and it happened on private property. Also, an inspector general’s report found that Hill’s conduct at the event was well-documented and inappropriate and then closed the case. However, in March 2019, a complaint against Hill was filed by the Supreme Court’s disciplinary commission saying his actions amounted to a battery, a misdemeanor, and sexual battery, a felony, and constituted professional misconduct. That was followed by a civil lawsuit filed by the four women against Hill.The disciplinary commission hearing is expected to last through next week in the Supreme Court chambers in the Indiana Statehouse. If Selby finds he committed professional misconduct, his punishment could cost him his license to practice law. That would effectively remove him as the attorney general since the position requires the person holding it to have an active license.During the pre-trial meeting, Hill’s lead attorney, Donald Lundberg, disputed Selby’s decision to grant the commission’s request to use communications between Hill and two of his top aides, Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard and Chief of Staff Mary Beth Bonaventura, with the exception of one text from Bonaventura. Lundberg cited the impact that would have on the civil lawsuit. Selby gave him until noon Thursday to file a written motion renewing his objections.The commission also wants to present testimony from two women who previously worked with Hill when he was a prosecutor in Elkhart County.  Hill’s attorneys are arguing that past alleged actions should not come into play during this hearing.However, the lawyers for the disciplinary commission argued in a filing that “evidence of prior inappropriate sexual behavior at (Hill’s) workplace will show that the Sine Die party was not just an isolated event unfortunately caused by a relaxed social atmosphere and too much to drink.”Selby indicated she would rule on whether those and other witnesses can testify during the course of the hearing.Seth Pruden, staff attorney for the disciplinary commission, told Selby he expected to have about 15 witnesses testify, along with video and audio exhibits. Lundberg said Hill will present five to 10 witnesses.FOOTNOTE: Brandon Barger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.last_img read more

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Andy Frasco & The U.N. Adds String Cheese Incident, Galactic, The Motet Members To NOLA Late-Night

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first_imgAndy Frasco & The U.N. has announced a number of high-profile special guests for their late-night performance in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. The show, which will take place on Sunday, May 5th at the Frenchmen Street club, The Maison, will now feature Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Maurice Brown (Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals), Shamarr Allen (Galactic), Mike Dillon, and DJ Williams (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe).Naturally, the guests Frasco has tapped for the late-night are all seasoned veterans of the live music circuit. Jason Hann is one of the most talented percussion players in the world. As a long-time member of the seminal jam band, the String Cheese Incident, Hann’s creativity and precision as a percussionist are both integral to the band’s sound. Similarly dynamic and wildly talented as a percussionist, NOLA local and Garage A Trois member Mike Dillon will also be on hand as a special guest.Lyle Divinsky has cemented himself as one of the best and most reliable male vocalists in the live music community since joining The Motet in 2016. Maurice Brown is simply an incredible trumpet player. Currently on tour with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Brown has previously toured with Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as with a series of notable rappers and jazz musicians. Brown will play alongside fellow trumpet player, Galactic member and New Orleans native, Shamarr Allen. Allen has collaborated and toured with many iconic musicians, such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick Jr., and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few.Guitarist D.J. Williams is a secret weapon of sorts. Often flying under the radar, Williams is a wildly talented guitarist. After honing his craft for years as a member of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and now as a bandleader with his “Shots Fired” project, Williams has emerged as one of the most talented guitarists in live music today.With all of these guests added to the show, Andy Frasco & The U.N. at The Maison just got a whole lot crazier. Tickets are already on sale via Eventbrite. For a full list of L4LM’s Jazz Fest late-night schedule, click here.last_img read more

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Rank The Top 10 Star Turns You Can’t Wait for in 2017

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first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.You’ve given us your pick for Star of the Year, favorite Broadway production of 2016 and show you’re most looking forward to in 2017. Now, it’s time to tell us which star’s performance you can’t wait to witness live this year. With returning Tony winners and celebrated screen stars in the mix, this is sure to be an epic season on the Great White Way and a delightfully tight Tony race as well. Who’s star turn is sure to be the toast of Broadway in 2017? Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan got things started with her top 10 picks. Now the ball’s in your court. Who will be your star?STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

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Hummingbird Spy Drone Is Unveiled

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first_img A California company that makes unmanned drone aircraft for the U.S. military has unveiled a tiny flying drone that looks like a hummingbird. The airborne spy is part of a new kind of military technology that also has civilian uses. Several years in development, the so-called nano-hummingbird is a smaller and more maneuverable version of drones now used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. It looks like a real hummingbird with quickly flapping wings, and just like the real bird, can hover in mid-air and fly backwards. The company that created it, AeroVironment, develops and tests drones outside Los Angeles. They give observers an eye in the sky, and spot objects and track people on the ground. The tiny bird-like drone has a camera and transmitter and a wingspan of just 17 centimeters. It is operated remotely and flies by moving its wings, says project manager Matthew Keennon. “It’s being manipulated and controlled to allow the forward and backward flight, the rotation and also the side-to-side flight. And all that’s happening by just changing the curvature and the shape and different aspects of the wing movement at a very high speed,” noted Keennon. The tiny drone is still experimental. The challenge and the funding came from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which asked for an airborne vehicle that would mimic something in nature. Project manager Keennon says the challenge was huge and the work has been exciting. “Because every time we made an improvement, got better, we were just so amazed,” added Keennon. While the company is developing some of the world’s smallest drones, it is also testing one of the largest. Called Global Observer, this unmanned craft is thin and sleek but has a wingspan almost equal to a Boeing 747. It is powered by liquid hydrogen and can hover in the stratosphere, says AeroViroment’s Steven Gitlin. “And it’s designed to fly for up to seven days at a time at about 20,000 meters altitude and carry a payload that either helps somebody see what they want to see or relays communication from one point to another,” explained Gitlin. The company spokesman says airborne drones are used for military surveillance, but also have civilian uses. “Applications like first response, search and rescue, law enforcement, border security, even facility security and event security – anywhere a bird’s-eye view in the sky in real time can help somebody do their job more effectively and more safely is a potential application for this technology,” added Gitlin. And the new nano-hummingbird will go places that larger drones cannot. AeroVironment engineers say the device will still be in development for the next few years, and may not reach the market in its present form. But they say the technology developed for the device will be used in future products. By Dialogo March 11, 2011last_img read more

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Boxing at the Military World Games

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 13, 2011 I want information about all the boxing matches. Amateur boxing is among the competitions at the Military World Games. In this sport, the pugilists use a protective helmet, and there are five judges who electronically track the blows thrown during the fight. The winner is the one who lands more blows or who knocks out his opponent. In Rio, there will be only a men’s competition, in ten categories: light flyweight (between 46 and 49 kg), flyweight (up to 52 kg), bantamweight (up to 56 kg), lightweight (up to 60 kg), light welterweight (up to 64 kg), welterweight (up to 69 kg), middleweight (75 kg), light heavyweight (up to 81 kg), heavyweight (91 kg), and super heavyweight (over 91 kg). All bouts follow the same procedure. There are three rounds of three minutes each, with an interval of one minute. last_img read more

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5 reasons why landing pages are the reason social media posts don’t convert

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first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Penne D. VanderBush With over 10 years of experience in financial industry marketing, and former VP of Marketing for the largest state-chartered credit union in Vermont, Penne joined the FI GROW Solutions team … Web: figrow.com Details It’s Too Content Heavy:A page layered with line after line of full width body text is an immediate turnoff for any viewer. A product or service page should:– Consist of short paragraphs– Utilize white space– Use of bullet points to help convey information with brevity– Include a relevant on-page image with visual appeal. (When possible, this image should match the image in the social post for relatability.) Unclear or Missing Call to Action (CTA):A clear CTA button, to purchase or place the product or service, is a must; multiple CTAs can be used if they’re for the same action. When links to additional information are needed, create text links (that open in a new browser window) to help the user navigate. Text links won’t distract from the main CTA button and confuse the user. If there’s no CTA on the page, a social media lead can’t convert – it’s that simple. The Page Titles are WAY Off:A viewer will skim header titles to gain an understanding of the type of information that is offered before reading (did you skim the bold text before reading this post?). Think of page titles like a table of contents and use Header 2 and Header 3 titles to convey a quick synopsis of the information on the page. Ensure the titles are in a sequential order for how the reader will make sense of the product or service details. Missing One-Liners:They’re a visual milestone for progress through the content. Add quotes or one line power statements to drive home the benefits of your products and services, but do it in a nutshell. Crafting an effective social media post is a skill that marketers spend a considerable amount of time trying to perfect. After many iterations and use of excellent social media tactics, often staff struggle to show how the posts are effective at product or service promotion, and therefore unreliable in demonstrating bottom line impacts. Even the most well-crafted social post won’t drive bottom line impacts without an equally well-crafted landing page.A landing page has 3-5 seconds to capture the attention of the reader and convince them your content will be worth their time to read. The overall visual appeal and readability of the page is a huge factor in that decision. Here are five reasons why viewers intrigued by a social media post will bounce from a product or service landing page without taking action: Promised Value is Hidden:The social media post that lead the viewer to the page promised some type of value or reason why they should be interested in your product or service. That value should be highlighted near the top of the landing page, even if it’s only highlighted for the length of the social media post lifespan or ad campaign. A user will take the time to read more about the value they were shown, but they won’t take time to find the value indicated on the social post if it’s hidden in landing page content. So make sure your product or service’s most clear and convincing benefits are at the beginning of your page.A well optimized landing page will not only help convert social media traffic, it will help lower bounce rates from social media traffic sources. Bounce rates on pages across website domains vary for many reasons. Pages in a 35-45% bounce rate range are performing well. Anything over 70% is at risk of negatively impacting the value of your site to search engines. Because social media traffic trends at a higher bounce rate, optimizing product and service pages even just for visual appeal, will decrease the risk of social traffic negatively impacting bounce rates. Visual appeal is not graded by search engines and therefore should not be completed at the expense of SEO value.Social media traffic is well qualified traffic. These viewers were willing to leave a platform of entertainment and community to hear what you have to say about your product or service. The cost of social media ad placement, post scheduling software/services, and staff training, to create impactful lead generating content for this audience, has the potential to drive significant positive impact to your FI’s bottom line. But a poorly designed landing page will be detrimental to the success of those efforts and a sheer waste of that purposefully allocated social media ads budget. On the other hand, a well-designed landing page acts as the conduit for social audiences to convert as new members, or existing members with greater share of wallet at your credit union.Read more about how we help financial institutions with social media and other digital marketing and sales on our Social Stairway blog, or visit our website for more details about working with us.last_img read more

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NCUA to provide update on exam modernization efforts during NAFCU webinar

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU next week is hosting a complimentary webinar to update credit unions on the status of the NCUA’s exam modernization initiatives. Representatives from the NCUA will provide an overview of the agency’s Modern Examination and Risk Identification Tool (MERIT) examination platform and give important updates on the current state of the virtual examination undertaking.NCUA Associate Regional Director Robert Parrish and Program Analysis Officer Heather Phelps will present during the webinar, happening Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. Eastern. While the event is free, registration is required and is available now online.Earlier this week, NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Ann Kossachev shared the association’s appreciation for the NCUA’s progress on certain reform initiatives and urged the agency to prioritize reducing examination burden; the letter was sent in response to the agency’s request for information (RFI) on future exam modernization efforts. continue reading »last_img read more

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UHPA: A meeting with umbrella associations in tourism was held in Brussels

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first_imgLast week, from 1 to 3 July 2019, UHPA, as part of the project of a planned study trip to Brussels with other representatives of Croatian tourism associations (UPUHH – Croatian Hotel Employers Association, HFHS – Croatian Hostel and Holiday Association, KUH – Camping Association Croatia and OMH – Family and Small Hotels) and the Trade Union (STUH – Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia) met with representatives of leading EU associations in tourism and participated in a round table on establishing a single communication platform between national and European stakeholders. From the demands of employers in relation to the workforce and related challenges of increasing mobility and limited skills of the workforce, through the regulation of online platforms to promote socially responsible business and raise the sustainability of Croatian tourism – the project platform will certainly result in a comprehensive national campaign coordinated by employers. in tourism as well as the line union. The project, which aims to connect key stakeholders in the tourism sector at the national level, gathered representatives of EYCA (European Youth Card Association), EFCO & HPA (European Federation of Campingsite Organizations and Holidays) at the Brussels headquarters of the umbrella hotel association, HOTREC. Park Associations) and ECTAA (European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators Association). An integral part of the project visit to Belgium was an organized tour of the so-called. European Quarters – The Croatian delegation was conducted through the main town hall of the Parliament, the building of the European Council and the Commission. At the invitation of UHPA, the workshop was answered on behalf of ECTAA by the Deputy Secretary General of ECTAA, Ms. Christina Russe. Referring to the activities of ECTAA in the context of dynamic business conditions of travel agencies, Russe stressed the importance of coordinated action of stakeholders who share common goals, while welcoming the initiative of Croatian associations and unions on this project. “Tourism is the third largest branch of the European economy with over 13 million jobs and a 10% share of the European Union’s GDP – as such, it is an important factor in socio-economic development. ” Russe pointed out clarified that the Tourism Commission does not have a separate area, strategy or budget, but is managed through other policies. “Such circumstances make it difficult to oppose certain decisions, prevent quality monitoring of development and slow down useful initiatives. The only thing left for us is to act in coordination, using a common language that will be heard by all relevant authorities – from national legislatures to decision-makers and regulators in the Brussels institutions. ” Russe pointed out. As pointed out by UHPA, in the coming period, and continuing on the educational cycles held so far, the project partners will focus the focus of public discourse on the topics discussed in the Brussels workshop and round table. In addition to a unique opportunity to discuss current sectoral policies and development challenges with colleagues in Brussels, on this occasion Croatian employers’ representatives directly exchanged information on status issues that will certainly determine the further development of tourism, both in Croatia and other EU member states. Source: UHPAlast_img read more

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