Housing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners Alliance

first_imgThe proportion of renters who aspire to be home owners has started to reduce after several years of rising aspirations, a survey conducted by the HomeOwners Alliance has revealed.An additional 250,000 renters in the UK gave up on the home-owning dream, its 2017 Homeowners Report suggests, pointing to a worsening housing crisis across the UK.Among the renters it canvassed 71% said they aspired to own their home one day, down from 73% last year but still more than in 2013 when the proportion was 65%.The HomeOwners Alliance, which publishes the report jointly with BLP Insurance, says the main barrier to ownership among 86% of renters is house prices, while 85% say saving for a deposit is also a serious concern and 80% say they can’t find a home to buy.The report highlights how average earnings in the UK have been increasing recently by 2.6% annually, house prices have increased by 4.5%.Housing crisisThe HomeOwners Alliance says its report reveals a worsening housing crisis that is no longer restricted to just the more crowded areas of the UK such as London and the South East.For example, 68% of those canvassed in both Yorkshire and Humber and Northern Ireland are worried that, if they bought a home with a mortgage, they were reluctant to buy their first property because they not be able to re-pay the mortgage.“While we are used to stories about people not being able to buy a home until they are 40, the story has taken a turn for the worse with people increasingly giving up altogether on the dream of homeownership,” says Paula Higgins (pictured), Chief Executive of the HomeOwners Alliance.But her organisation’s report also contains some good news. Concerns about negative and moving up the property ladder are receding.HomeOwners Alliance Paula Higgins May 18, 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 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 » Associations & Bodies » Housing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners Alliance previous nextAssociations & BodiesHousing crisis is deepening, says HomeOwners AllianceNumber of renters who aspire to home ownership has dropped for first time in five years.Nigel Lewis18th May 201701,369 Viewslast_img read more

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CF system keeps an eye on quality control

first_imgCF Controls (Avonmouth, Bristol) has deve-loped a system for checking the colour and height of products including buns, biscuits, cakes, pizza bases and bread. The system measures and records heights to an accuracy of 1mm, while software analyses the colour of each product and categorises the results into one of five groups, from too dark to too light. Colour is recorded by high-resolution 24-bit colour cameras and height is measured by lasers linked to a computer. The lasers mea-sure average height, with highest and lowest points. These criteria are compared to the pre-set parameters of the computer. All product is scanned and non-conforming product is removed by a reject mechanism. The package is controlled by a PC using Microsoft Windows. This enables production information to be gathered and exported to Microsoft Excel or Access in real-time over an ethernet network.CF Controls says the system can be fitted after the prover or oven stage, and it is easy to set up for new products.last_img read more

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Wellington school board approves Matt Barton, Betty Zeka to board; plus other business

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Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down guest · 365 weeks ago as stated above “Lincoln Elementary Principal John Walton said his class sizes are up about 10 students per class”- This statement seems a bit stretched considering there are 2 classes per grade-that would mean roughly 20 more students per grade just for Lincoln!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down 20white92 · 365 weeks ago He said per class, not per classroom! Nice math skills though. Einstein Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down john Hannan · 365 weeks ago JP Buellesfeld would have been a great asset to the WRC Board. He has great experience including business analysis and raising money for many organizations at the University of Notre dame. He has had a great involvement in the University of notre dame Athletic Department. He has been a great contributor his entire life in many different ways to the University of notre dame Sorin society, University of notre dame Badin Guild and the Notre Dame Rockne Athletic Heritage Fund. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down WellingtonProud · 365 weeks ago Guest… What that statement went was “10 per class” and the class is considered the grade level… for example 1st grade had an additional 10 kids this year. Not per class. Seriously, out of the whole article, that’s what you picked out to comment about? No wonder you just have your name as “guest” instead of “uneducated citizen.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down ConcernedDad · 365 weeks ago David Peck and Bob White using their oh so amazing “power” again? Go figure. Good thing the rest of the board decided to use their brains to allow the WRC to make their own decisions instead of trying to boost their ego with moving people in and out like pawns. First you move teachers around if they tick you off or put them in positions you know they don’t want even after years of teaching and now you’re trying to jack up the WRC board? Come on Wellington, next time these two “gentlemen” are up for re-election we need to find to fresh and open-minded individuals to make these decisions for the city instead of making decisions to boost their egotistical male egos (no offense to all males, just the Harry & Lloyd of the school board). Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Concerned Dad · 365 weeks ago David and Bob just need to get their own TV show or soap opera so they can keep their drama contained to an hour TV show and you can tune in if you want to see some idiots making fools of themselves. Quit playing dirty on the school board and just go back to being farmers and stick to the dirt you guys know best. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Girlie Girl · 365 weeks ago Who the hell does that Mr. Peck think he is overruling the rec commission board? Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Girlie Girl again · 365 weeks ago Is this the same school board guy who had his campaign sign in the front yard of the superintendent’s yard? Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down NomorePeckinhere · 365 weeks ago Yeah that’s the same ol David Peck who put a sign in WEISS’ yard. Get Peck outta here! I’m seeing walmart greeter in his near future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down onewitness · 365 weeks ago How can an appointed WRC board member serve one yr beyond their term and vote on decisions concerning citizians tax dollars,state statues governs this process of appointments to WRC, and their voting count as biding for that entire year!! Unless that board member had their own agenda to complete!! Comments made by GG & CD are correct concerning the BOE members ,they have their own vendettes concerning the WRC ( just look at past yrs & their voting on WRC issues) Report Reply 0 replies · active 365 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — After a split decision, the Wellington school board appointed two Wellington Recreation Commission members at its Thursday meeting at the administration building.Matt Barton will serve a four-year term with the rec board while Betty Zeka will serve a three-year term. The WRC, although acting independently of USD 353, is technically part of the school system’s umbrella.By a 4-2 vote, the school board took the recommendations of the WRC board and appointed Barton, currently serving on the board, and Zeka, who will be replacing Amy Jenkins.Wellington board member David Peck went against the WRC board recommendations and nominated J.P. Buellesfeld for the position instead of Barton. It was seconded by Bob White.WRC board member Hankie Holefelder was in the audience and addressed the school board urging it to go with Barton due to his accounting and board experience.“We are in the middle of a building project, and Matt has been such a part of that,” Holefelder said. “Even though we are bringing Betty Kay in, we’ll have two new members coming in midstream (if going with Buellesfeld). J.P. is a wonderful person. But for right now, Matt is the person we should stick with.”Wellington board president Jackie Berryman said the WRC Board had worked hard in the nomination process and that it should go with its recommendations.“We still have the power to appoint whomever we want to,” Peck said. “We still have a motion on the floor.”The motion failed 5-2. Board member Angie Ratcliff then nominated Barton. That motion passed 5-2.•••••New hirings: There were no resignations at USD 353 for this month.New hirings are as follows:•Sarah Garcia: Title 1 teacher at Lincoln Elementary.•Sara Osborne: WHS Physical Science.•Samantha Gandy: Eisenhower Special Education teacher.Zane Aguilar transferred from Roosevelt Education Center to kindergarten and first grade physical education for Lincoln and Eisenhower Elementary schools.•••••In other board news:•The board will hold a listening tour again this year. The dates will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, Nov. 20, Jan. 15, and April 16.•The board approved the purchase of playground equipment for Roosevelt School. This project is in conjunction with similar action from the Wellington City Council and Wellington Recreation Commission board of directors. The equipment will be set up by the city of Wellington.•On September 27, a group of 20 people associated with Moonlight Ghosts Hunts Inc. in Wichita wants to tour the old junior high school and search for more ghosts. The board gave its approval.•Gary Hassenflu has made another offer for the old junior high building. He had originally offered to purchase the building the year before to turn it into an apartment complex, but funding fell through. He was not in attendance Thursday so the board tabled the matter until next month. In the board packet, Superintendent Rick Weiss stated there is another prospective developer from Wichita who is also interested in the building.•USD 353 administrator Jerry Hodson reported both the high school and Kennedy roof leak problems are being addressed. After tests at the high school, it was determined that the leaking is not coming from the flat roof but somewhere in a wall. They will be also be putting a rubberized seal on the roof at Kennedy.•Hodson said technology wise, there have been several hiccups in the school’s conversion to a new computer system. First, the hardware came in late, and then there were several syncing issues with the school’s infrastructure. Hodson said, though, that new servers and access points will be set up next week and ready for the school year.•WHS Principal Dale Adams said enrollment went well but there were a lot of people still needing to get enrolled. Lincoln Elementary Principal John Walton said his class sizes are up about 10 students per class.•The board went into executive session for non-elected personnel.last_img read more

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Russell Wilson credits ‘incredible force’ Jadeveon Clowney after wildest game of career

first_imgRussell Wilson credited a starring performance from Jadeveon Clowney after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a game he described as the “craziest” of his NFL career.The Seahawks won a thrilling contest on the road against their NFC West rivals 27-24 as time expired in overtime courtesy of a 42-yard field goal from Jason Myers. A chaotic Monday Night Football encounter saw the two teams combine for seven turnovers, while Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard kick that would have given the 49ers victory.Wilson and his team-mates could barely believe what had transpired as they moved to 8-2 and handed the Niners (8-1) a first defeat of the season. But the exploits of Clowney, who produced a season-high 12 pressures including five QB hits, a sack and a forced fumble, were central to Wilson’s thoughts. MORE: Three takeaways from the Seahawks’ win in OT thrillerThe former Houston Texans star, who joined the Seahawks in an August trade, also had a defensive touchdown.”Clowney was playing lights out — that’s why we got him,” the MVP candidate Wilson said. “The plays he was making were incredible. He has been a force throughout his whole career and to have him on our football team is great. He was talking it up on the sidelines and focused. We were all together and he was one of the main leaders in that.”Of the Hawks’ victory, he added: “That was the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of. It felt like an NFC championship game right there. Just back and forth, back and forth, two great teams going after it.””Probably the craziest game I’ve ever played in.” – @DangeRussWilson #SEAvsSF pic.twitter.com/Qs6fzMOFGU— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2019MORE: Did Geno Smith say “heads” or “tails” in OT coin flip decision? Clowney himself explained Seattle’s defensive line had been keen to make a point after taking criticism in the first half of the season, while the Niners’ unit, led by Nick Bosa, had received rave reviews.He said: “Up front we’ve been getting hammered all season long about this front not playing well. We needed to do a little something different. All week long I said in my head, ‘We’ve got to out-do their D-line’. If you ain’t competing, you need to retire. It’s all about competing at the end of the day and I don’t want to be outperformed by anybody.”And he echoed Wilson by adding: “There was so much going on. This was the craziest game of my career, hands down.”Beat a division rival.Improve to 8-2.Win back-to-back OT games.What a night for the @Seahawks! #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/B1UwKjJSaZ— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2019last_img read more

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Cranes squad to Egypt out, Basena-Sekagya partnership continues

first_imgTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Final Squad to Egypt that flies out on Sunday morning (4am) aboard Egypt Air;Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (GK), Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK)Other Squad Members: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.FUFA President-Eng. Moses MagogoL.O.D-Hamid Juma-Executive Committee Member The entire starting XI for Uganda Cranes against Egypt at Namboole will be travelling to Alexandria on Sunday morning. PHOTO FUFA MEDIASEPT 5:  Egypt ?? vs Uganda ??Kampala, Uganda | FUFA.CO.UG |  Uganda Cranes Interim coach Moses Basena has named his final 20 man squad for the trip to Alexandria where they will play Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Russia on Tuesday night.Captain and Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who made world class saves on Thursday at Namboole as Cranes edged The Pharaohs 1-0 thanks to an Emma Okwi superb goal, will lead his troops.The squad has three Goalkeepers including Isma Watenga and Benjamin Ochan.The final squad was released after a training session on Saturday morning at the Mandela National stadium, NambooleFUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo will also travel with the team to the North African Country for the match as will former Cranes captain Ibra Sekagya as part of the technical team. 2 Egypt320142+26 Share on: WhatsApp Technical: Moses Basena, Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Ibrhaim SekagyaMedical Team: Dr. Ronald Kisolo, Ivan Ssewanyana (Physiotherapist)Muyinda Cris-Team CoordinatorAhmed Hussein-Communications ManagerAbu Zikusooka-102.1 FUFA fmFUFA officialsTabu Santos (Northern Region FA Delegate), Deo Mutabazi (Beach Soccer Delegate/Chairman Uganda Beach Soccer Association), Sumaya Kiwanuka (PAP).Uganda Cranes starting XI Vs Egypt: Dennis Onyango (Goalkeeper & Captain), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson OchayaGroup E 3 Ghana302113−220–06 Nov—1-1 4 Congo301224−206 Nov1–25 Sep— 1 Uganda321020+27 5 Sep—2–08 Oct —1–07 Oct1–0last_img read more

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Grand welcome prepared for Uganda’s Commonwealth team

first_img“The first batch will arrive on an Emirates flight at 1.50pm after which the two gold medal winner Joshua Kiprui Cheptegi will arrive on a South African Airlines flight 40 minutes later. Government will later host the team to a luncheon at Imperial Hotel in Entebbe,” added Apita.He also made it clear that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will host the team on April 22 to a luncheon at the State House in Entebbe. President Museveni left on Wednesday for London, England to attend the Commonwealth Heads of government meeting slated for April 19-20.****URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei is on plane returning home.Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni will on Thursday be at Entebbe International Airport to receive Uganda’s team that participated at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.Lamex Omara Apita, the Commissioner in-charge of Physical Education in the Ministry of Education and Sports confirmed to URN on Wednesday afternoon that the First Lady has confirmed that she will personally be at the Airport to welcome the team.Uganda finished in 15th place at the Games that climaxed on Sunday. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Boxer Juma Miiro picked a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.However two weightlifters Irene Kasuubo and Kalidi Batuusa who vanished last Thursday are not part of the team traveling back to Uganda.Dr Patrick Ogwel, the team manager of Uganda’s team and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports (NCS) told URN before the team left Australia on Wednesday that the two athletes did not show up to travel back to Uganda. “We have alerted the Australian authorities and they will take over the matter,” said Ogwel.last_img read more

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Cooler Weather Heading Toward South Florida

first_imgIt’s finally beginning to feel like winter across our region.A front with much colder air behind it will begin to move into the state late Sunday, reaching South Florida by Monday morning.On Sunday, we will experience sunny skies with a southerly wind and high temperatures in the low to mid-80s.As the cold front approaches, overnight lows will fall into the mid-60s.A few light rain showers are likely with the front between about 3:30 and 9 a.m. Monday. After that, the area will see sunny skies, highs in the mid-70s, and winds of 15 to 20 mph.By Tuesday morning, many cities and communities across our area will wake up to temperatures in the low to mid-40s, and highs will reach into the mid-60s.last_img

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Man pays electric bills for families about to lose power

first_imgA Florida man does a good deed after he decided to pay for the power bills of 36 families with past due accounts.Mike Esmond tells the Pensacola News Journal  that he once spent a Christmas without electricity. Esmond recalls spending the Christmas of 1983 with his 3 daughters without heat and power because he could not pay his bill. He says it was one of the coldest days on record in Pensacola at only 9 degrees and remembers there were icicles hanging off the window.Esmond who is now 73 runs a successful small business and this Christmas he wanted to make sure no one spends Christmas like he did in 1983. He went to the city of Gulf Breeze this month and requested a list of all utility accounts that were past due and at risk of having their gas and water turned off.Then he paid off all 36 of them which ended up totaling about $4,600.One woman posted her gratitude on Facebook. Angela Cascio, a mother of four who was struggling to choose between paying bills or buying presents for her kids, posted “angels absolutely walk among us.last_img read more

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Oprah vs the Queen? Did She Advise Harry and Meghan to “Break Free?”

first_imgMeghan and Prince Harry Wax Figures Removed from Royal Family Display https://t.co/kQjt4uSMkP— TMZ (@TMZ) January 9, 2020 A new report says Oprah Winfrey may have been behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exit from the UK by encouraging them to build their own brand.The disgruntled royals have trademarked “Sussex Royal” on more than 100 properties in the UK, including clothing and charitable endeavors, with a predicted revenue of over $500-million. Now, Oprah Winfrey has denied claims she advised the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their bombshell decision to step back as senior royals. … ‘Oprah was the first person to talk to Harry and Meghan about breaking free and doing their own thing, building on their own brand’, the source told Page Six.Despite claims Oprah had advised the couple on their ‘declaration of independence’, the producer has since denied she was involved in the decision. She told People: ‘Meghan and Harry do not need my help figuring out what’s best for them’.The TV star, who is a friend of Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland, was reported yesterday to have been the ‘first person’ to discuss ‘breaking free’ from the Royal Family with the couple.An insider added that Oprah, 65, had encouraged the pair to ‘do their own thing’ and ‘build their own brand’ in North America.Meghan Markle has already returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced their plans to step back as senior members of the royal family earlier in the week. Prince Harry stayed behind in England to clean up the mess and continue the discussion with his family about their plans. The Queen wants princes Charles and William to begin negotiations with Harry, and get a deal done within day.The couple plans to split their time between the U.K. and North America and become “financially independent” from the royal family. Also, the wax figures of Prince Harry and former American actress Meghan Markle are being removed from Madame Tussauds museum in London.last_img read more

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Man used lighter that looked like gun to steal a car

first_imgThe West Palm Beach Police Department arrested a suspect for carjacking a Mercedes Benz in downtown West Palm Beach.Police say the suspect, 25-year-old Abraham Miller, approached the driver of the Benz near Flagler Dr., started flashing a black firearm and told him to give him the car.The driver gave Miller his car, and he drove off southbound on Flagler.An officer spotted the Mercedes after Miller ran a red light. The officer stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.Miller confessed to stealing the car, and told officials that his brother gave him the lighter that looks like a metal gun which he used to steal the vehicle.Miller faces charges of robbery carjacking, fleeing/eluding an officer with disregard for safety of others and driving with a suspended license.last_img

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