The government’s assault on the buy-to-let market is having the desired effect on landlords, latest research from Countrywide reveals.It has revealed that since the additional three percent Stamp Duty was introduced in April last year 56 per cent of all purchases the company handled where a landlord and first time buyer competed for a property, the first time buyer won.Johnny Morris, research director at Countrywide (pictured, lefgt), said: “Given their inability to spread the higher rate over a longer period, these micro developers have been the buyers hit hardest by the higher rates. Across the country as a whole, their numbers are running at around half the levels they were.”Countrywide undertook the research between April and December last year and says some 9,000 fewer people buying their first home lost out to landlords than during the same period last year.The shift in activity within the market is down to fewer landlords being prepared to commit to a purchase once a bidding war over a property starts as a raft of measures, including extra Stamp Duty, have dampened landlord enthusiasm for purchasing more properties.This includes a severe reduction in the amount of mortgage interest relief they can claim against tax over the next three years.The Nationall Landlords Association (NLA) says this means many ordinary landlords could be paying an effective tax rate of up to 70 per cent, and that “it doesn’t really make sense for any landlord to buy more property with a mortgage now as their profitability will be severely impaired, unless they are sure they will remain basic rate tax payers,” says landlord and NLA spokesman Richard Blanco (pictured, left).But the likelihood of the government reducing or cancelling the additional Stamp Duty levy remains low, despite desperate calls by many agents and industry organisations to scrap it. The additional duty raised £670 million between April and October last, double the estimate.Residential Landlords Association stamp duty Countrywide January 30, 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 2021 Home » News » Stamp Duty surcharge hitting landlords hard, says Countrywide previous nextRegulation & LawStamp Duty surcharge hitting landlords hard, says CountrywideNumber of buy-to-let investors losing out to first time buyers increasing30th January 20170920 Views
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For this week’s edition of Taper Tuesdays, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead shares soundboard recordings from their glorified performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Special guest Nicole Atkins sat in on “The Music Never Stopped” and “Dancin’ In The Streets” during set one, returning for “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)” during the second set, and re-emerging for a “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin Bad” encore.Thanks to taper McRoberts, you can stream the full show below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN | 1/12/17Set 1 (7:51PM – 9:08PM):01. intro/crowd02. Truckin’ (SM) ->03. Tennessee Jed @ (TH) ->04. The Music Never Stopped (SM & NA)>05. Dancing In The Streets # (SM & NA) ->06. Brown Eyed Women (TH)Set 2 (9:47PM – 11:30PM):01. Help On The Way (TH) ->02. Slipknot! $ ->03. Throwing Stones % (SM) ->04. Dark Star Jam ^ ->05. Throwing Stones Reprise (SM)06. The Stranger (Two Souls) (NA) >07. Let It Grow & (SM) ->08. He’s Gone (All) >09. Terrapin Station * (TH)Encore:10. GDTRFB (All with NA) ->11. WBYGN (Instrumental ending)@ – With unknown tease MB# – With a “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Jam (Band)$ – TH broke a string% – With a Dancin Tease (TH)^ – With a GDTRFB Tease (TH)& – With a “Norwegian Wood” (The Beatles) Tease (SM) & a “Kashmir” Jam (SM & Band)* – With Ruben & Cherise Teases (MB then Band) an “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles) Jam (TH & Band) Don’t miss Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming performance at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. The band will be join hosts Lettuce and bands like, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.,Don’t miss Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming performance at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL. The band will be join hosts Lettuce and bands like, The Floozies, The Motet, and more, with Antwaun Stanley and Oteil Burbridge as artists-at-large! More information can be found here.
Much about Gorillaz’s new music festival, Demon Dayz Festival, is still under wraps. Though the lineup outside of Gorillaz has yet to be announced, details around the festival slated to take place on June 10th, at Dreamland in Margate, Kent, UK, are slowly being revealed.The Gorillaz’s first live performance in five years went down last Friday, during which the group played the entirety of their new album, Humanz, in a secret location for dedicated fans. The group live-streamed the previously released tracks off Humanz via their Facebook, and also dropped some hints about who’ll be joining them at Demon Dayz. Albarn, during the performance noted about Friday’s show, “We’ve got pretty much everyone who’s on the record here. A few people couldn’t make it because they had other stuff that was booked in beforehand. But they’ll be all here when we play [Demon Dayz].”The confirmed collaborators, as previously leaked earlier in the month but officially confirmed the day before the Friday show, include Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Grace Jones, De La Soul, Savages’ Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Kelela, and D.R.A.M. Keep an eye out for more Gorrilaz news in the coming months, and make sure to grab Humanz when it drops on April 28th to tide you over till Demon Dayz Festival.[H/T NME]
As creatures of the 21st century, we all benefit from geographic information technology, which, among other things, provides maps to vacation spots, tracks upcoming super-storms, and offers insights into our ecosystem. In fact, gathering and analyzing geographical data is becoming increasingly essential to building a more sustainable and resilient future.One company developing the tools to do this is ESRI, the world leader in geographic information system (GIS) software. GIS software links geographic information (where things are) with descriptive information (what things are like). With a simple map, what you see is what you get, but with a GIS-enabled map, there are many, many layers of information that you can add to increase your understanding of that geographic space. Such understanding could lend itself in myriad ways to many different types of disciplines – health, agriculture, city management, natural resources, telecommunications, and transportation, among them.ESRI knows just how powerful GIS can be – and has the user base to prove it. ESRI’s software product, ArcGIS™, enables organizations to utilize spatial information for analysis, understanding data, and making informed decisions. It provides data visualization for business analytics and location analytics for geographic intelligence.More than one million people in more than 350,000 organizations use ESRI’s solutions, including most US federal agencies and national mapping agencies, all 50 US state health departments, transportation agencies, forestry companies, utilities, state and local government, schools and universities, NGOs, and commercial businesses.More and more each day, these organizations are utilizing GIS software for mission-critical decisions, showing the limitations of existing IT infrastructure architectures. ESRI looked to VCE to provide high value enterprise software products deployed on the Vblock Systems’ converged infrastructure. Through the benefits of application virtualization, ArcGIS desktop, mobile, and server modules are deployed much faster and can share predefined pools of virtual compute and storage resources. This provides more efficient utilization of hardware resources, easier scalability, and a more resilient platform for ArcGIS operations. As a result, ESRI customers are able to speed their path to market, improve reliability, simplify their operations, and reduce the expense associated with their core ArcGIS software deployments.As an official reseller with VCE, ESRI’s core ArcGIS product suite can be prepackaged as an appliance on a Vblock for data centers. In addition to the standardized architecture, the Vblock provides a seamless global support and validated interoperability matrix, ensuring a highly reliable and easily scalable solution to ESRI’s ArcGIS customers.The Vblock solution enables ArcGIS administrators to take advantage of high-class compute, storage, networking, and virtualization. Through these technologies, administrators can manage their environment with service profile templates and an automation engine that was specifically optimized for the Vblock system.The solution greatly simplifies provisioning and configuring for ArcGIS instances on blades and servers, allowing administrators to focus on adapting ArcGIS to respond to business demands instead of infrastructure deployment.With the expanded reseller agreement, ESRI’s customers will be better equipped to analyze and manage large quantities of data, which will enable geographical scientists, disaster recovery teams, and governments to do their jobs faster, more efficiently, and with a greater understanding of the local and global impact on the Earth.“VCE Lifecycle Assurance: Doing the Hard Work So You Don’t Have To“ESG’s July solution brief discusses how Vblock Systems from VCE aren’t just a sum of its parts, but a new way of implementing and supporting mission critical infrastructure, such as ArcGIS software. Read the brief now.Share
“What’s amazing about plays is, about a week before it opens- every play I’ve been in- you think, ‘there is no way we’ll make it, no way.’ But somehow, that last week it just comes together,” Svelmoe said. “A lot of work gets done in the last week, a lot of work.” He said one of his favorite parts about participating in plays is seeing all the bits and pieces come together in the final week. Professor Bill Svelmoe, who has acted in Saint Mary’s plays for the last ten years, said said the success of a play depends on a group mentality — something that’s very different from the independent nature of a professor’s job. “Sitting there night after night, and seeing how everything came together, amazed me,” he said. “For several years I continued to take on very small roles, but eventually the director cast me in a lead role.” Svelmoe said he soon became fascinated by the acting process. “Taking part in theater is very different from what I do as a professor,” Svelmoe said. “A lot of my work as a professor is solitary — sitting in my office, preparing for class … Everybody is involved with theater — the backstage folks, the actors, the directors, the costumers — everyone.” One Saint Mary’s College history professor said his passion for acting has allowed him to engage with the College on another level. “Eurydice will be visually fascinating,” he said. “It’s not your typical play. It’s much more poetic and has the potential to be very emotionally powerful.” “It is a very different relationship,” he said. “To my students in class, I’m ‘Professor Svelmoe,’ but for the students I act with, I’m just ‘Bill,’ another actor.” “To me, [theater] taps into that same creative area of your brain; you have to be able to richly imagine something,” Svelmoe said. “You have to imagine a scene and project yourself in to it.” “You could not have pulled me onto the stage with a hook,” he said. “The thought of acting was terrifying. To me, acting is really putting yourself out there.” Svelmoe, who also writes fiction, said he enjoys acting because it is a “wonderful” art form that has similarities with creative writing. He said he’s currently writing a series of novels. Svelmoe said that over the years, he’s been cast in several lead roles at Saint Mary’s College, as well as in community theaters like the South Bend Civic Theatre and Niles Theater. Svelmoe said taking part in plays is a way to get to know students outside the classroom. Svelmoe will appear in Saint Mary’s upcoming play, “Eurydice,” which will debut at the Little Theatre in the Moreau Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 10. He said he had never acted before coming to Saint Mary’s. But ten years ago, after continually turning down one of his students’ requests that he take the male lead in an upcoming play, he said he decided to give it a shot.
Georgia peanut farmers, still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael on October 10-11, are facing uncertainty about when and where to unload their crop after harvest.The hurricane dealt a devastating blow to local buying points and peanut shellers in parts of south Georgia, said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort. Hurricane Michael’s path crossed the southwestern part of the state, through Bainbridge, Donalsonville, Camilla, Albany and Cordele, Georgia, and impacted a significant portion of Georgia’s peanut-producing community. The loss to Georgia’s peanut crop is estimated to be between $10 and $20 million.Decatur County, which was among the first counties in Georgia to be impacted by the storm and one of the hardest hit, had a farm gate value of $23.9 million in peanuts in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seminole County, where significant storm damage was reported, had a farm gate value of $15.9 million for peanuts in 2016.According to Monfort, peanut harvest has slowed considerably following last week’s storm.“In the western part of the state, there has been significant damage to drying shelters and elevators that will slow the harvest down. Ultimately, growers may have to field-dry peanuts until repairs are made,” Monfort said. “The loss of elevators could also cause a backlog of trailers for farmers who are trying to drop off their crop. This will again slow down harvest at a time when producers are trying to get their peanuts out of the field.”Georgia peanuts farmers produced 628,000 acres this year, down from 714,168 in 2017. Monfort estimates that 40 to 45 percent of the peanut crop is still in the field. The growers’ biggest concern is getting their remaining crop out of the field without losing too much in weight and quality.“The storm did not directly affect too many acres of peanuts. Indirectly, the storm pushed back harvest causing some loss due to overmaturity,” Monfort said. “We also had some yield loss due to elevated disease issues where growers could not spray or dig peanuts due to the storm. We may not understand the total impact for a few weeks.”For more information or to receive up-to-date information about Georgia’s peanuts, see http://peanuts.caes.uga.edu.
Port Augusta paves the way in coal-to-renewables transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere lies on arid land at the foot of the Flinders Ranges, more than 300 km north of Adelaide. If that sounds remote, it doesn’t do justice to how removed local residents feel from what currently qualifies as debate in Canberra.As government MPs and national newspapers thundered over whether taxpayers should underwrite new coal-fired power, mauling advice from government agencies as they went, residents of South Australia’s Upper Spencer Gulf region have been left to ponder why decision-makers weren’t paying attention to what is happening in their backyard.In mid-2016, this region was on the brink, hit by the closure and near collapse of coal and steel plants. Now it’s on the cusp of a wave of construction that investors and community leaders say should place the region at the vanguard of green innovation—not just in Australia but globally. There has been an explosion in investment, with $5bn spread over the next five years. There are 13 projects in various stages of development, with more than 3,000 construction and 200 ongoing jobs. The economy of this once-deflated region has been transformed and those who live here are starting to feel hopeful again.The Port Augusta mayor, Sam Johnson, a 32-year-old former Liberal member, is continually surprised at how resistant some are to the idea that the energy environment has changed. “You might choose to ignore what’s happening here now because we’re out of sight, out of mind, but the reality is that what’s happening here is going to be happening on the eastern seaboard in the next 10 years,” he says.In simple terms, the Upper Spencer Gulf transition story goes like this. Port Augusta was a coal town, home to the state’s only two lignite–or brown coal–plants, Playford B and Northern. Playford B, ageing and failing, was mothballed in 2012. Northern, the larger and younger of the two, closed in May 2016 when owner Alinta Energy decided it was no longer economically viable. The Leigh Creek mine that supplied it, by then offering up mostly low-quality coal, shut at the same time. About 400 workers at the plant and the mine lost their jobs. Roughly a third retired, a third found other employment locally and a third had to leave town to find work.At the same time, further around the gulf, the steel town of Whyalla was teetering precipitously after the owner, Arrium, put the mill in voluntary administration facing debts of more than $4bn.Yet as the doom hit, there were also rays of hope as several clean power projects were mooted for the surrounding area.Two years on, the Port Augusta city council lists 13 projects at varying stages of development. And Whyalla has unearthed a potential savior in British billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta, who not only bought the steelworks but promised to expand it while also spending what will likely end up being $1.5bn in solar, hydro and batteries to make it viable. Gupta says the logic behind his investment in solar and storage is simple: it’s now cheaper than coal.Johnson says: “You can resist change as much as you like, but the reality is, if you’re in a community that has a coal-fired power station, its days are numbered. The market is dictating that change whether we like it or not. My advice is: learn from the Port Augusta experience. I wish the federal government would.”More: Life after coal: the South Australian city leading the way
Adriene Levknecht has a split identity.In one world, Adriene is an employee for Greenville County EMS, driving ambulances and saving lives on 12 or 24 hour shifts. Once her shift is over, Levknecht steps into an entirely different world of raging rivers, 30-foot waterfalls, and elite international competition. She is one of the best female kayakers in the world.Much like Clark Kent, Adriene steps away from work and into a phone booth (or more commonly her Subaru CrossTrek), and emerges a whitewater superhero. At the young age of 25, Levknecht has already achieved a Bronze Medal in the World Freestyle Championships, won the elite Green River Narrows Race five times straight, dominated the Vail [Teva, now GoPro] Mountain Games creek race, and run top tier rivers around the world. She has also done incredible charitable things like shave her head to raise money for First Descents, an organization created to help cancer survivors.Adriene’s larger-than-life personality seems somehow perfectly appropriate for her 5’2” build. Her nickname, “Lil’ A,” makes it particularly sobering for the many men whom she shows up on the water.She could undoubtedly have a successful career as a professional paddler, but prefers sleeping in her own bed every night to “gallivanting around the globe” kayaking.“I like to have separation in my life,” she says. “Kayaking means more to me than traveling the country or the globe working on sponsored projects or trying to win competitions. I’m in this sport for the long haul, and I find that if I can separate work from play, I feel less likely to get burned out in either.”This is not to say that she doesn’t put in her time, though. In an average week, Adriene kayaks 5-25 hours (depending on the season), spends eight hours in the yoga studio, four in the CrossFit gym, and still resolves to make it home for dinner every evening.“I usually get up around 5:30 am for work, but honestly I get up earlier on my days off. I try to take advantage as much as possible of every opportunity, and my time at work is usually my recovery. I can rest sore muscles and hit the reset button on my brain. This allows me to come back fresh.”Next time a tiny girl with infinite energy blazes past you on the river, on a mountain bike trail, or in the gym, don’t let it hurt your feelings. Adriene busts her butt every single day to operate at the level of a superhero.Advice from Adriene1) Have people in your life who support your passions.2) Just kick ass! Get up and chase your goals. You won’t regret it.3) Go 100% at work as well so that you develop trust and rapport with your boss. It’s way easier to ask for leeway when you’re indispensible.Levknecht SpecsAge – 25Hometown – Greenville, S.C.Employer – Greenville County EMSSpecialty – Whitewater KayakingHobbies – Yoga, Mountain Biking, Lifting WeightsSponsors – LiquidLogic Kayaks, Kokatat, Werner Paddles, Shred Ready Helmets, Teva, Jen-ai clothing, Watershed, G-FormAspirations – “Just keep riding the lightning!”
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