Home » News » Housing Market » Matt Hancock: ‘I understand concerns over stamp duty holiday backlog’ previous nextHousing MarketMatt Hancock: ‘I understand concerns over stamp duty holiday backlog’The Health Secretary has made the comments in response to a letter from an estate agent and constituent in Suffolk.Nigel Lewis8th December 202003,117 Views Health secretary Matt Hancock (above) has swung behind a campaign to persuade Rishi Sunak to extend the stamp duty holiday deadline.Hancock, who has been MP for Conservative safe seat West Suffolk since 2010, was contacted by an estate agent asking for his support on an extension.This followed a recent campaign by The Guild of Property Professionals to urge its members to lobby their local MP on the subject.Hancock says in his response to the unnamed Guild member that although he recognised the positive effect the stamp duty holiday has had on the property market, he understands “concerns regarding the backlog of transactions and the impact this could have on people whose purchases may complete after 31 March and I will alert my ministerial colleagues to the strength of feeling on this matter,” he says.Guild CEO Iain McKenzie (pictured) says members have received replies from many other MPs in support of an extension or modification to the holiday.“An extension would be optimal, however, if the Government decides against an extension, at the very least a phasing out period would help lessen the blow to people currently in the process of buying a home,” he says.“We are encouraged by the fact the our members are receiving replies to their letters regarding the benefit of extending the stamp duty holiday, however, we are also aware that at this stage the Government has not agreed to extend the tax break and have not laid out any plans with to regard to a phased out approach.“For the time being, the deadline remains, and many transactions will not make the cut off.”Read more about the stamp duty debate.matt hancock Guild of Property Professionals Iain McKenzie December 8, 2020Nigel 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 2021
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Dark or fish? / Photo: Pexels.com Underwater protection so-called. “No take” zones would make Croatian diving tourism much more attractive, and the benefits would be felt by everyone, from diving schools to fishermen and local communities. “As a diving destination, we are mostly complained that you cannot see fish in our seabed and that is a fact. We have the example of our neighboring Italy, which was also completely devastated, but they decided to protect several zones, which led to a real tourist boom. Today, in one such zone, Portofino, diving is 3,5 times more expensive than in Croatia. In our country, the average price of a dive is around 25 euros, and with them around 70”, Points out the president of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Vedran Dorušić, adding that we in Croatia should also protect certain zones because they would quickly become attractive for diving tourism and attract more guests. How much money diving tourism actually brings is shown by the example of Egypt, which has become one of the leading diving destinations in the world with its smart underwater protection policy. Today, the diving attraction and wreck of the sunken ship SS Thistlegorm brings them more revenue than the pyramids at Giza. Photo: Pexels.com The establishment of a “no take” zone with the aim of protecting the underwater world would flourish diving tourism, according to the gathered members of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Pexels.com These are small protected areas, of a few square kilometers, which do not have to be in an important fishing zone, but must be suitable for spawning. This is determined in agreement with biologists, and once established, they regenerate very quickly and become known to them. It is a special form of protection that completely prohibits any exploitation of the seabed for the protection of ecosystems and cultural assets, and they have proven to be excellent in preserving biodiversity, but also in economic development. As Dorušić points out, numerous scientific studies, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Ocean, show that biomass in protected areas is on average 670 percent higher than in neighboring unprotected areas. Fish from protected areas live longer and are much larger than specimens from the surrounding unprotected sea, and it could be the secret of rapid population recovery in size. Namely, research has shown that larger specimens of fish produce much more eggs. Thus groupers 50 centimeters in size produce about a million eggs, while only ten centimeters larger females produce about 3 million. When asked if Croatia has such attractive diving locations, Dorušić believes that we have many such locations, in fact, that we are certainly number one in Europe, and even in the top of the world in terms of the number of wrecks in the sea that have attractiveness and historical importance. “But the problem is that apart from that iron you don’t see a niche, there are no fish, while in other similar locations you can see huge groupers and teeth coming to you and not afraid of the diver. It attracts people, but we are not yet sufficiently aware of how much wealth we have, so it happens that people drop anchors in locations where we have shipwrecks that are cultural assets.”, Explains Dorušić, noting that the protection of selected areas would quickly restore the fish stock, which would immediately attract divers. This type of protection usually encounters resistance from small fishermen, but it is actually great news for them because with the renewal of the fish stock comes the effect of the so-called. overflowing fish into adjacent areas where hunting is allowed. Again, everything is in education and communication and such an important synergy with the local population, and in this case with local fishermen. And a larger number of guests is good news for everyone because they are mostly tourists of higher purchasing power who spend only one fifth (18 percent) of their budget on diving, while the rest is spent on accommodation, food, souvenirs, etc. So, with four fifths of the budget they strengthen the economy of the local community, and as they come a little earlier than the peak season and stay longer, like boaters, they extend the tourist season. “Today, with the help of video surveillance and ultrasound probes, you can see in real time what is happening in protected locations and alert the competent services, so that the problem of control can no longer be an excuse. After all, according to the experience of other countries, no special protection is needed, because most of these zones are guarded by divers themselves and they report to the police if devastation occurs. “, explains Dorušić and points out that in tourism it is most difficult to fight the competition by doing what everyone else knows, such as renting rooms and apartments. It is unfortunate that in the 21st century, the digital age where we have all the information and decades of tourism, we have to talk about this topic today and that we have not been leaders in this segment for a long time. Or at least systematically engaged in the development and “fought” to be at the top, both the protection of our seabed and the development of diving tourism. Whatever segment we touch in tourism, we have chaos, which is just another proof that more and more is happening to us more and more spontaneously, and that there is not so much key strategic and sustainable development of tourism and tourist destinations. “You have a great example of New Zealand where small-scale fishermen fought against bans in protected areas, and today they insist on establishing more protected zones because they have better catches in the surrounding areas.”, Emphasizes Dorusic, adding that the problem is in the competent institutions, which have always referred to the problem of supervision, under the pretext – what if we declare it a protected zone, and we can not control it. “But when you have a product that is different, more interesting and more specific, like diving, then it is not so difficult to reach the guests and you will always be filled. We need to fight for the protection of the seabed because it brings benefits to all, and if we do not do it ourselves, no one else will do it for us”, Concludes Dorušić. Yes, we definitely need the protection of our submarine as well as the “no take” zone, as the first basis for strategic development in general. We are late again, if not more then at least 10 years, and we are still not dealing with challenges, but we are still just talking. While we are not engaged in development and stagnation, others are growing, and the jazz between the successful and us is getting bigger and bigger.
Jan De Nul has installed the first of ten Siemens wind turbines at the 42MW Tahkoluoto wind farm off Pori, Finland.The company’s heavy-lift jack up Vole au vent is expected to install the second Siemens 4.2MW turbine at the site on Monday evening, 19 June, Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, the developer of the EUR 120 million wind farm project, said.Last week, Jan de Nul installed all ten gravity base foundations at the wind farm.The turbine installation is scheduled to be completed by mid-July, and the subsea cables are expected to be installed by the end of July.The project is to be commissioned during the autumn of 2017.Tahkoluoto is the world’s first offshore wind farm designed for icy conditions.
Anna Fern Johnson 85, of Milan passed away Sunday February 18 2018 at her home. She was born Sunday December 18, 1932 in Leslie, KY the daughter of Charley and Polly (Maggard) Asher. She married Bob Johnson December 1949 and he preceded her in death June 26, 2010. Anna was a homemaker. She enjoyed her flowers, interior decorating and spending all of her time with her family.Anna Fern is survived by son: Jerry (Brenda) Johnson of Milan; daughters: Linda Hall of Milan; Gail (Tim) Frith of Milford, Ohio. Sisters-in-law: Alberta Asher and Mildred Hart. 7 Grandchildren and 13 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Vaughn Hart and Bob Asher; 1 sister: Lila Shanks. Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday February 22 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Methodist Cemetery south of Sunman. Visitation will also be Thursday 9-11AM at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Milan First Baptist Church or Milan Food Pantry. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St, Box 243, Milan, In 47031, (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Those clutch hits by the guard known as the “Lethal Weapon” gave Magnolia a crucial headstart in their best-of-five showdown for a Finals berth and, more importantly, restored confidence within the Hotshots, who have been slapped around by the Gin Kings in their previous seven meetings.“We needed to believe,” said Hotshots coach Chito Victolero. “We needed to send a message also.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“When we started preparing for Ginebra, I told my players that it’s always a grinding game. It’s the ‘Clasico.’ The emotions, the hype [are there]. The perseverance to snare Game 1 was evident in the game.”Lee provided most of the evidence. With Ginebra creeping to within 95-93, Lee scored 10 points—including a highlight-reel basket off a spin move through the teeth of the Ginebra defense—in the final 3:36 to put the game away and preserve the game-long heroics of Romeo Travis, who came through with a monster output of 37 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lee wound up with 27 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals.The Hotshots and the Gin Kings go at it again on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and Victolero was quick to remind everyone that Magnolia hadn’t achieved anything just yet, not with the two-time reigning champion on the opposite end of the court.“We’re still the underdogs. [Ginebra] still has the skills, the talent, the coach,” he noted.It was a sorry loss for Ginebra, which led by as many as 12 in the opening period.Justin Brownlee led the Gin Kings with 37 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Meanwhile, Meralco coach Norman Black spoke about scaling mountains Friday night, after the Bolts won a sixth straight do-or-die game to rise from the No. 7 seed and book a semifinal berth. That’s why Alaska coach Alex Compton is not leaving anything to chance.“Meralco’s on a huge win streak. I knew that when we beat them [in the elimination round], that was far from their best [form],” said Compton, who watched the Bolts dismiss No. 2 Phoenix , 108-103, in their quarterfinal showdown.The Aces and the Bolts figure in a semifinal saga that comes off wraps Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Ynares Center here.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Paul Lee and the Magnolia Hotshots picked the perfect time to end a seven-game losing skid against defending champion Barangay Ginebra.Lee stuck dagger after dagger into the hearts of the Gin Kings as the Hotshots took Game 1 with a 106-98 victory Saturday night in the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Belingon finds redemption, captures title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Continuous stress is not good for the human body and can affect both physical and emotional well-being. Agricultural-related stress can be caused by many different factors and its symptoms can be manifested in several ways.In a recent webinar titled “Wellness in Tough Times” by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension Educators Brandy VanDeWalle and Glennis McClure, the pair took a closer look at rural stress and the negative effects it has on rural residents. They also offered tips to dealing with stress and additional resources for those who need it.LOTS OF AG STRESSStress is the human response to any change perceived as a challenge or a threat, according to VanDeWalle.Stress can be good or bad, with good stress called eustress. This can help energize someone for an upcoming task, such as spring planting, while bad stress is called distress and continuous distress is not good, she said.Some people handle stress better than others. Those who are the glass-half-full type of people tend to handle stress better than generally less positive people, she said.Prolonged stress can result in serious physical and emotional problems, VanDeWalle said.McClure said many items can cause stress in agriculture. Weather challenges, crop and livestock production risks, machinery breakdowns, debt loads, volatile markets, multiple-generation farms and ranches, long days with lack of sleep and government regulations can all contribute to ag-related stress.“Two or more of these stresses can cause problems,” McClure said. “And we saw some pretty major weather stress earlier this spring.”McClure said this stress can affect one’s body, mind and actions.When stress lingers for long periods of time, the hormone cortisol is produced by our bodies. The effects of cortisol on the body can be seen with higher levels of blood cholesterol or high blood pressure, which can lead to serious health problems, she said.Under stress, one’s mind cannot concentrate as well and can be prone to displays of anger. Actions can include undereating or overeating, withdrawing from normal activities and use of drugs and alcohol.Everyone reacts to stress differently, McClure said.DEALING WITH AG STRESSVanDeWalle said there are, however, several different ways rural residents can handle stress in agriculture.Among the ways is building gaps into your day to ensure you have time for a mental break and take some time off. VanDeWalle acknowledged those involved in agriculture might not always follow these suggestions, but just getting away even for a few minutes is good for coping with stress.“It could be something as simple as grilling out with friends,” VanDeWalle said.Other ways to deal with stress includes being assertive and learning to say “no” for various events, include time to build on the “feel good” endorphins, visit someone, or maybe even journal to be able to talk through what you are going through, she said.VanDeWalle said she recommends a variety of stress-reducing activities and actions such as eating a well-balanced diet, including breakfast, exercising a half hour a day or every other day, getting enough sleep and accepting that stress is part of life. Other recommendations are to clearly define home and work responsibilities, manage time efficiently, set realistic goals, learn to relax and separate work and family time.Cultivating a productive mindset can help deal with stress, especially in agriculture, McClure said.ASSISTING OTHERSAnother aspect in dealing with stress in agriculture is assisting others in distress, according to McClure. With the extreme weather seen all over the state last month, more people could be dealing with distress than usual.Being able to recognize signs of distress and understanding the warning signs are extremely important, she said.For example, if you think you know people who are in distress, express your concerns and ask them about their situation. This will involve active listening, McClure said. Ask them about their plans, and if you see warning signs, treat suicidal talk or behavior as serious and take immediate action.“Don’t ignore anything when it comes to suicide,” McClure said.Do not leave the person alone — a trip to a local hospital or health facility may be necessary, she emphasized.Someone in extreme stress needs to be dealt with immediately and there are many resources available. These include:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-(800)-273-TALK (8255)Nebraska Family Helpline1-(888)-866-8660Nebraska Rural Response Hotline1-(800)-464-0258Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration1-800-985-5990Nebraska Farm Mediation(402) 471-4876http://www.negotiations.nebraska.gov/… University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Systems of Care Regionshttps://www.unmc.edu/… Confidential Online Mental Health Screeninghttps://www.bryanhealth.com/… In addition “handouts” are available from the UNL webinar and are available at https://go.unl/….Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(ES/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jordan Henderson: Chelsea saw Liverpool’s bestby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Sunday’s win over Chelsea epitomised Liverpool’s character.Frank Lampard’s side brought the scores back to 2-1 thanks to a cracking second-half goal from N’Golo Kante.But the Reds held onto for all three points and captain Henderson was delighted with the resilience shown by his teammates.He said: “Chelsea was a really tough place to come, good team, we had to grind it out, had to give everything and that shows what we’re about as a team.”It’s important, you need character and we’ve got plenty of characters in this team to fight and see games out.”It was tough, they put a lot of pressure on us and we just need to keep winning, keep getting three points.”
Four-star running back Jaason Lewis, who hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, has decided to head out west to play his collegiate football, picking the Arizona State Sun Devils over a number of SEC schools, including Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss. ASU hasn’t given him the best welcoming, however.Arizona State’s Twitter account has sent out two tweets to celebrate Lewis’ signing. In both, his name is spelled incorrectly. Sure, it’s fair to say that he has a strange way of spelling his first name. But you’d think that whoever is in charge of ASU’s Twitter account would be a little more careful.