The first official report showing the effect of the Coronavirus crisis on the property market has arrived within the latest monthly report from the Land Registry.Its regular dashboard, which records activity among solicitors and conveyancers on its website, shows overall activity down 10% year-on-year for March, while activity specific to house sales dipped by 25%.The Land Registry’s figures can be a harbinger of what’s to come in the property market in the coming weeks and months as its activity data is driven by solicitors getting property sales ready for exchange.This data also shows that the activity slowdown on the Land Registry website varies from region to region with the South East (-13%), London (-15%) and Wales (-18%) showing the most severe slowdowns, although every region has seen a drop of some kind.Despite these figures, other market data shows a pick-up in the number of vendor and buyer sales enquiries arriving via estate agents websites, highlighting how, although transactions are fast coming to a halt now, there will be a burst in activity once the lockdown is ended.Reasons to be cheerfulYomdel says its research shows new vendor enquiries up by 32% over the past fortnight, buyer enquiries up by 24% and landlord enquiries up by 38%.“The message is unequivocal, now is not the time to keep your head down and wait for the crisis to pass,” says Andy Soloman, CEO of Yomdel.“Customers are there, and the best estate agents will be looking for ways to help people, build trust and relationships so that as restrictions ease they’ll be in prime position.”Read more about the Land Registry. Coping with coronavirus Andy Soloman Yomdel Land Registry April 24, 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 Home » News » Housing Market » Land Registry website activity drops by 10% as Coronavirus slowdown hits previous nextHousing MarketLand Registry website activity drops by 10% as Coronavirus slowdown hitsLatest data from the government department reveals the first effects of the crisis in official data.Nigel Lewis24th April 20200581 Views
CSM’s purchase of Kate’s Cakes is a smart move (pg 4). It not only opens new doors for CSM in the UK via its subsidiary BakeMark UK, but also new opportunities in Europe.However, its decision to let Kate’s Cakes run more or less independently is wise, too, and is not a contradiction if the two work in ’harmony’.The Wirral, where BakeMark is based, and West Sussex, the headquarters of Kate’s Cakes, are miles apart, but Kate’s MD Steven Greenhalgh’s skill in building up key accounts and producing ’cakes with a twist’, ideally suited to its coffee shop customers, provides a formula that works.When one successful business takes over another, the best thing they can do is listen to one another. Pooling expertise works far better than imposing your philosophy or way of doing things on the newly acquired company – particularly if they have a proven track record.So congratulations to the two companies! We hope to be updating readers on the shared opportunities shortly.If you want to be reminded of what is so inspiring about this industry, then do read about the people running two entirely different companies. Peter Cook runs a one-shop craft bakery in Ludlow (pg 20). He is a passionate baker who cares about the art of his craft, the quality of his goods and his relationship not only with his customers but with his community. People like Pete keep all of us – bakers, journa-lists, members of the public – in touch with what is so great about making ’the staff of life’.The second of the two, JG Ross, started with one shop in 1962. From the family’s new £4.2m factory, it now supplies its own 25 outlets, plus supermarkets and wholesale. On pg 16 you can really sense how the family is driving the business forwards. But equally, you can sense the wisdom behind every well thought-out decision.Finally, Leigh Anne Carr gives an interesting insight into her daily job as a buyer at Booths supermarket chain. The company’s success in bakery speaks for itself, with turnover up 30% year-on-year. Leigh Anne explains what she does and does not want from suppliers – and hark! Did you see that comment? Can anyone out there supply thin-sliced bread? If so, Leigh Anne is waiting to hear from you!
Recognising the exceptional response required by the city as a result of this cowardly act, the Prime Minister has today reaffirmed that the government will provide financial support for key services and first responders, including a new £4.1 million commitment for all NHS acute costs and the North West Ambulance Service, and over £2 million for mental health support.The total package includes: Over £9 million for policing Over £1 million to support the important work of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, in partnership with the British Red Cross £451,000 for social care costs £2.6 million for a mental health hub – in addition to £53,800 for psychological support An £80,000 hardship fund for small businesses affected by the attack Full coroner and inquest costs While this funding is focussed on covering the costs faced by emergency services and Greater Manchester City Council, £250,000 has also been provided to Marketing Manchester through the Discover England Fund to support them as they continue to promote the city and region.The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said: Officials in the Cabinet Office-led taskforce and across departments will continue to work with the Greater Manchester Authority as these funds are delivered to ensure Manchester remains a vibrant, resilient city.Today’s funding announcement will ensure all exceptional costs met by Manchester as a result of the attack are covered, alongside support for victims of the attack.Further requests for central government to cover the locally commissioned Lord Kerslake Review, transport costs – which are a commercial matter for insurers – and additional tourism promotion have not been met. Following last year’s terrible attack the strength and resilience of Manchester captured the nation – and nowhere was this more apparent than at the One Love Concert and city vigils where people joined together not only in grief, but to demonstrate to terrorists that they will never win. We were clear immediately following the attack, just as we are now, that the government will do everything it can to respond to the needs of victims of terror. That is why we have ensured that resources will be available to support victims as they continue to rebuild their lives, and to meet the costs placed on Manchester’s emergency services, City Council and health and social care providers in dealing with this tragic and exceptional event.
Fire and Rescue Services in England attended around 15,000 flood-related incidents last year, and rescued or evacuated around 1,000 people from flood waters. On average around 170 people a year are rescued from inside or on top of a vehicle surrounded by water. Driving through flood water is the number one cause of death during flooding, with storm selfies and wave watching also recorded as causes of death.As winter hits, the Environment Agency is encouraging people to protect themselves in a flood by with the ‘Prepare Act Survive’ plan – by checking flood warnings, taking practical actions such as moving valuable possessions to safety, and not taking dangerous risks.In September, dramatic footage was posted online of a woman trapped in her car on a flooded road in Yorkshire. In a heroic rescue, a passer-by was able to smash her car window and pull her from the vehicle to safety moments before the car became submerged.But it’s not only drivers that could be at risk as a result of more extreme weather. Serah Cullinan-Stooks’ family home was flooded in West Yorkshire during the Boxing Day floods in 2015, it took a year to repair the damage that was done to the family’s Georgian house with floodwaters having risen to nine feet into their home.The mother-of-three said: The Environment Agency is spending more than £2.6billion to build flood schemes around the country which will better protect 300,000 homes by 2021. This winter, the EA is prepared to take action wherever it is needed, with an arsenal of kit which includes 40km of flood barriers and 250 high volume pumps which are ready to be moved to communities that need them in a flood whilst also working more closely with partners such as the Fire & Rescue Service.To find out more about what to do in a flood visit what to do in a flood on Gov.uk. Unfortunately fire and rescue services are often called to incidents where people have just underestimated the risks posed by flood water. Floods can quickly turn into life-threatening situations so NFCC ask that people listen to advice and avoid entering flood water whether on foot or in a vehicle. Knowing what to do in a flood could save your life and keep the people that you care about safe. Taking some simple steps to prepare in advance could prevent thousands of pounds of damage to your home and your possessions. We urge people, wherever they live, to look at the Prepare Act Survive plan and find out how to how to protect themselves and their homes. Dawn Whittaker, NFCC Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Lead said: Until it has happened to you, no one can have any idea of the destruction an event like that can cause or the huge impact on your life. It was really tough on our children, they were very distressed by it all. This week, the government published new climate change projections which show that sea levels are set to rise over this century and more frequent, extreme weather requires urgent action. This means that knowing your flood risk and understanding what action to take in a flood is more important than ever.Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, said:
Over the weekend, Phish kicked off their summer tour with a three-night run at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago. On Saturday night, the Vermont quartet was in proper form, particularly when considering it was merely the second night of their truncated summer run. The major highlight of the night was the group’s rendition of “Simple,” which fell during the exploratory, seven-song second set. Clocking in at just over 27 minutes, Saturday’s “Simple” was the the third-longest “Simple” ever (after 11/16/94 and 12/9/97) and the third-longest overall jam since the band’s 2009 reunion (after the “Tahoe Tweezer” on 7/31/13 and “Chalkdust Torture” from Randall’s Island on 7/13/14).Phish Delivers 3rd-Longest Jam Of The 3.0 Era With Incredible 27-Minute “Simple” In ChicagoComing out of the Phish debut of Trey Anastasio Band’s “Corona” that kicked off the set, “Simple” started off in standard form. Using the opening structure as a springboard, “Simple” eventually departed from its major key jam into a more ambient, spacey segment. Around twelve minutes in, the “Simple” jam took a decidedly darker turn, making for a propulsive, bluesy jam, which later broke into a heavily distorted groove reminiscent of “The Dogs.” Exhibiting the patience that makes phans cherish such extended jams, Phish took their time as they built the song to its close, all the while meandering but not aimless. The final minutes of “Simple” brought it all together, with a soaring release after near half-an-hour of the band building the song to its apex ahead of their transition to “Winterqueen.”Phish Debuts New Song “Thread,” Powers Through Hard Rock Jams In Chicago FinaleWith Saturday’s performance at Northerly Island marking the second night of Phish’s summer tour, it’s safe to say we all have a lot to look forward to as the rest of the summer unfolds. Phish released official pro-shot video of the “Simple” from Saturday night, so that we can relive the rendition in all it’s glory from home.[Photo: Phierce Photo]Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix) #July 25 – Turkuaz @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theatre (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)# (L4LM & Brooklyn Bowl Presents)
British indie rockers Florence + The Machine released a new studio album last month, High As Hope, with Kamasi Washington, Jamie xx, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Kelsey Lu collaborating on the ten new tracks. High As Hope was co-produced by frontwoman and songwriter Florence Welsh and her friend Emily Haynie.Florence + The Machine recently stopped by SiriusXM to perform a special four-song series, as well as answer a variety of questions.SiriusXM explains:Elsewhere in the interview she discussed the origins of the album title High As Hope, saying that it came out of a poem she wrote about New York, and she also clarified why her recent breakup wasn’t a focal point of the album.“I didn’t feel like people needed to hear that anymore, and I think, at that point, there were bigger heartbreaks going on than my own heartbreak,” she told Eliscu. “It somehow didn’t feel like that interesting to me. And maybe ‘How Big, How Blue’ had covered every nook and cranny of heartbreak that you possibly could. And also, I guess, in the journey that I had in the last couple of years, I understood that it wasn’t really about the other person, you know?”Watch the in-studio performances of the band’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs”, newly released “Hunger” and “Sky Full Of Songs”, and 2009’s “Cosmic Love” below.Florence + The Machine – “Silver Springs” (Fleetwood Mac cover)[Video: SiriusXM]Florence + The Machine – “Hunger”[Video: SiriusXM]Florence + The Machine – “Sky Full Of Song”[Video: SiriusXM]Florence + The Machine – “Cosmic Love”[Video: SiriusXM]
There might be a kids-focused broadcast of the Super Bowl eventually. It just won’t be this year. Nickelodeon will still have a noticeable presence during Sunday’s coverage on CBS. Following the success of Nickelodeon’s presentation of an NFL playoff contest last month, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said there were some discussions about an encore for Sunday’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before deciding to keep everything on CBS. McManus said that Nickelodeon will have a real presence at the Super Bowl in some very creative ways.
When Patrick Dupre Quigley came to Notre Dame as a freshman in the fall of 1996, he was unaware that his participation in campus choral ensembles would provide him with a clear career path into music, let alone help his musical group top Lady Gaga on the iTunes charts this past summer. “I helped found The Undertones during my freshman year and served as their music director for four years,” Quigley, a 2000 Notre Dame graduate, said. “Working with that group taught me that there is a market for vocal music out there, and I realized that I wanted to be a conductor.” As a music theory major and member of The Undertones and the Glee Club, Quigley explored his interest in music and had the opportunity to travel the world as a performer during his time at Notre Dame. “My interest in music was twofold: I really loved the music we performed, and at Notre Dame, I was able to perform in three continents and 46 states,” Quigley said.”I couldn’t find a downside to being involved in music.” After following his interests to a master’s degree in conducting from Yale University, Quigley currently serves as the founding artistic director for Seraphic Fire, a Miami-based professional choral ensemble that performs classical, renaissance, baroque and secular music. Their recent collaboration with the Western Michigan University Chorale, Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610, was released in August, reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes classical charts and outsold Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster at one point. The 64 performers who appeared on the album — including 12 members of Seraphic Fire and 40 members of the Western Michigan University Chorale — harnessed the power of the Internet and word of mouth to publicize their new album and garnered outstanding results, Quigley said. “When the disc was released, iTunes featured it on their classical homepage,” Quigley said. “From there, I tagged all the members of the ensemble in a post on Facebook, and they shared the iTunes link to the album on their Facebook pages. It got to the point where people I knew from grade school started publicizing the album, which propelled it to the Top Ten.” Quigley said this “viral moment” caught the attention of the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered,” which did a segment on the group and its grassroots publicity methods. The effects of this national attention for the group were unprecedented. “Within an hour of the program’s airing, the album hit number one on the iTunes classical charts,” Quigley said. “We remained on the best seller list for over a month, and one day we even beat out Lady Gaga.” Seraphic Fire’s commercial success comes eight years after Quigley first became involved with the group, shortly after he completed graduate school and relocated to Miami to work as the music director for a large Catholic parish. “While I was working at the church, I met a number of professional singers who were section leaders in one of the seven church choirs I directed,” Quigley said. Quigley and a group of eight professional vocalists initially performed three concerts as Seraphic Fire, but the group expanded significantly over the next three years to the point where Quigley could no longer direct the group as a mere side project. During its third year of existence, Seraphic Fire was invited to record with Shakira on her album, “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2.” That same year, the group also began performing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Quigley decided to commit to the group as its full-time artistic director. “At that point, only two people worked for the group — myself and the office manager/grant writer,” Quigley said. “Now the organization is much bigger and involves more performers.” A number of the group’s performers were doctoral students at the University of Miami who eventually went on to become music professors or full-time professional musicians who perform with operas and symphonies or in choral ensembles around the country, Quigley said. In fact, the members of Seraphic Fire are all professional musicians or professors, and none perform with the group full-time. Seraphic Fire, now in its ninth season, comprises 40 members from around the country and performs about 65 concerts per season, mostly in Miami and other southern Florida metropolitan areas, Quigley said. The group did perform in Mexico City in May, and it will travel to the Midwest twice this winter, including a concert at Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Additionally, the group often collaborates with other ensembles in its performances and recordings, such as the Firebird Chamber Orchestra and various choral ensembles. Quigley said the group has two more albums due out within the next few months, including a Christmas recording and a disc with the Firebird Orchestra. “Our goal for the future is to expand our recorded legacy because there’s a big shift away from the traditional recording model for classical music to the new digital music economy,” Quigley said. “One of the great things about our album’s success is that the power of large record labels in digital distribution of classical music is diminished, but word of mouth is much more important in promoting our product in the digital world.” Quigley said the demographic of iTunes customer is generally much younger than the traditional classical music consumer, usually assumed to be affluent people over the age of 55. The popularity of Seraphic Fire’s album on iTunes leads Quigley to believe that his group has successfully “cracked the egg that is the digital music economy.” “If younger people are buying classical music on iTunes, that means that classical music is alive and well, and new audiences are being exposed to it,” Quigley said. “It’s incredibly heartening.”
NDVotes hosted “Popcorn, Pie and Politics” on Monday to kick off a 24-hour campaign registering students to vote on National Voter Registration Day on Wednesday. The event, held in Geddes Hall Coffee House, featured remarks by professors Geoffrey Layman and David Campbell.“We started NDVotes in the three semesters ahead of the 2016 election, focusing on registration, education and mobilization,” Rosie McDowell, director of justice education at the Center for Social Concerns, said. Zachary Yim | The Observer NDVotes representatives help students sign up for TurboVote, an online platform that facilitates the voterregistration and absentee voting processes. NDVotes, a non-partisan group, seeks to foster educated voting.“There was such enthusiasm that we decided to continue the education aspect. We continued our ‘Pizza, Pop, and Politics’ series,” McDowell said, referencing the periodic events where professors speak about politics.McDowell explained that NDVotes’ campaign for National Voter Registration Day is a competition to see which dorm can sign up the most residents for TurboVote, a program the helps people register to vote and keep them apprised of elections in their home region. The dorm that wins will receive a cash prize to spend on an event. NDVotes is a non-partisan organization.The first hour of the event offered attendees the chance to check their voter registration and sign up for TurboVote. The second hour of the event featured speeches from Layman and Campbell about the importance of voting.In his brief remarks, Layman described an experience from his life that underscored the point of casting a ballot.“When politicians and parties are telling you to vote, they say, ‘one vote can decide an election,’” Layman said. “We always say, ‘no.’”Layman talked about an incident in his hometown of Pulaski, Virginia that proved that one vote could swing the outcome of an election. When he was in graduate school, the courthouse in the town burned down.“They had a ballot referendum on raising property taxes to rebuild,” Layman said. “I didn’t get an absentee ballot, and it lost by one vote. Elections can be decided by one vote.”Layman jokingly said that his failure to get an absentee ballot deeply affected his father, who was inconvenienced by the fire at the courthouse because his law office was located directly across the street.Campbell discussed the importance of voting in the context of the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, using an actual polling booth from that election as an example of his point.“On election night 2000, I went to a viewing party to watch the results come in. When I left at 2 a.m., we didn’t know who won. We didn’t know for a month because of chaos in Florida,” Campbell said.Campbell said the causes for chaos, particularly in Palm Beach County, where the election ended up being decided. He cited the county’s use of a butterfly ballot, the layout of which made it easy for Gore voters to accidentally vote for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan. He also listed the number of electoral races present on the ballot and pointed out a sign on the polling booth indicating that there was a legal limit of five minutes for voting. Making this process all the more complicated was the nature by which ballots were cast: voters had to punch a hole in a piece of paper. Many holes, called “hanging chads,” were not punched fully, calling into question what counted as a vote and what didn’t. Campbell said the hanging chad problem was likely exacerbated by voters who were in a hurry or who realized they had made a mistake.“It matters not only who votes, but how you vote,” Campbell said.Campbell said that the aftermath of the 2000 election demonstrates the importance of recognizing the differences between potential leaders.“Prior to election day in 2000, one of the dominant themes was that there was little difference between Bush and Gore,” Campbell said. “The morning after and for the next month, they didn’t look so different after all. It matters who’s in charge. In 2000, the nation had a wake up call.”Tags: elections, ND Votes, voting
Adam Jacobs will ride his magic carpet across the country. The star of Broadway’s Aladdin is set to reprise his role as the titular street urchin-turned-prince in the Disney musical’s national tour. Performances will kick off on April 11 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre. Additional casting for the tour will be announced at a later date.Jacobs takes his final bow at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on February 12. Current understudy Joshua Dela Cruz will assume the title role temporarily beginning February 14 until a full-time replacement is announced.Prior to taking on the title role in Aladdin, Jacobs appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables and The Lion King. His additional credits include Mamma Mia! on tour and Once on this Island at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.Adapted from the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin is the story of a street urchin who uses the help of a magic Genie to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the production features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice, Beguelin and the late Howard Ashman.Aladdin is currently running on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production officially opened on March 20, 2014, starring Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Adam Jacobs in ‘Aladdin'(Photo: Deen Van Meer) View Comments