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It’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurate

first_imgThe government’s statistics boffins have given the Land Registry’s house price index an official stamp of approval and made it a ‘national statistic’ alongside nearly 900 other official sources of information.Office of National Statistics officials have been working with the three Land Registries in England, Wales and Scotland to examine the accuracy of their property sales data, and now say it meets the “highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value as defined in the Code of Practice for StatisticsIts data includes sales volumes, average prices by property type and cash/mortgage sales but, as the Land Registry is keen to suggest in its official communication, it records ‘sold’ data rather than the asking prices that Rightmove and other organisations publish.The Halifax and Nationwide house price indexes, which are widely reported in the media as if they were national figures but only account for 8% and 20% of house sales, include their own customers’ sold price data and, particularly in the case of the Nationwide, are regionally biased.Policy decisionsAlso the UK’s dozen or so national ‘average house price’ indexes vary hugely. Rightmove currently says it’s £304,061, Halifax £229,968 and the Nationwide £214,745. Other monthly indexes include RICS, which is a sentiment survey of its members and ZPG’s Hometrack, which zooms in on cities. LSL also publishes a monthly index produced by Acadata which has been running for 15 years and consider itself to be more timely than the government’s own index.And, the Land Registry points out, unlike these commercial organisations, its data is used by The Bank of England, the Treasury and other government departments to help form policy decisions.The current official house price index was set up as an experimental report in 2016 to provide a more accurate snapshot of house prices.  house prices Halifax Land Registry Hometrack House price index Nationwide Rightmove September 19, 2018Nigel 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 » Housing Market » It’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurate previous nextHousing MarketIt’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurateHouse price data published by the Land Registry is made an official National Statistic alongside electoral, population and death info.Nigel Lewis19th September 201803,172 Viewslast_img read more

UCT 2 Changes Command at NB Ventura County

first_img View post tag: UCT 2 Back to overview,Home naval-today UCT 2 Changes Command at NB Ventura County View post tag: Naval Base June 29, 2015 View post tag: change View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Command UCT 2 Changes Command at NB Ventura County Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 held a change of command ceremony on board Naval Base Ventura County, June 18.Lt. Cmdr. Justin Spinks relieved Lt. Cmdr. Jason Fahy as commanding officer of UCT 2.Under Fahy’s leadership, UCT 2 completed multiple deployments throughout the Pacific Area of Operations, providing mission-critical construction, maintenance, and repair to support Homeland Defense Programs, Theater Security Cooperation Programs, Department of State Initiatives, Fleet Support Requirements, and the Global War on Terror.Underwater Construction Teams provided a capability for construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance of ocean facilities in support of Navy and Marine Corps operations including the repair of battle damage.[mappress mapid=”16347″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval Share this article Authorities View post tag: Ventura County View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Calls for Oxford Labour Councillor to resign following ‘hateful’ posts

first_img“Assuming that the reported contents of his social media posts are borne out, OCA is calling for Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan to recognise that his position is no longer tenable, and to tender his resignation.”Leader of the Opposition on Oxford City Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew Gant, said: “It is sad to see the poison that is infecting the Labour Party nationally appearing here in Oxford, along with the same feeble response from the leadership.“It is incredible that Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan was re-selected by the Labour Party, and that he remains a Labour Councillor since these appalling comments came out. Even activists from the Labour Against Antisemitism group have called for the councillor’s immediate suspension and eventual expulsion.“The Liberal Democrat Group on Oxford City Council calls on Councillor Susan Brown to suspend him. Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan should also consider his own position.”In a statement, the Oxfordshire Green Party said: “Following revelations of the hateful (anti-gay and anti-semitic) posts on Councillor Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan’s Facebook page, Greens are calling for the immediate referral of Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan to the Council’s Standards Committee.”Green Councillor for St Mary’s ward, Craig Simmons, who identifies as Jewish, told Cherwell: “Personally, I think he should resign or be sacked and a by-election held. Such behaviour is totally unacceptable.“But the correct process to follow is to refer him to the  cross-party Standards Committee where his actions can be judged, the evidence scrutinised, and the correct sanctions applied. This can include a permanent or temporary suspension.“We also need to look at the wider issue of when the posts went public and whether those Councillors who knew about them had a duty to report them sooner. It may well be significant that the posts where made before the local elections but were only reported afterwards.” Oxfordshire’s Conservative Association, Green Party, and Liberal Democrats have called for the resignation of Labour Councillor Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan, after Cherwell revealed his historic anti-semitic and homophobic posts on social media.Oxford Labour are yet to condemn Lloyd-Shogbesan’s posts, with the City Council Leader, Councillor Susan Brown, only going as far as to call the councillor’s actions “disappointing”.Oxford Labour have yet to confirm whether Lloyd-Shogbesan will be suspended from the party, or what disciplinary actions will be taken regarding his behaviour.On Friday, Cherwell revealed that Lloyd-Shogbesan, Labour Councillor for Lye Valley ward, since 2010, had compared Israel to Nazi Germany; praised the actions of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi; alluded to same sex marriages as “perversion”; and spread a conspiracy theory that cancer does not exist.In a statement he apologised for any offence caused by the articles and videos shared by him, and for his implicit endorsement of them. He stressed that he no longer holds such views.In a letter to Councillor Brown calling for Lloyd-Shogbesan’s resignation, Oxford Conservative Association Chairman, Tim Patmore, wrote: “We are pleased to hear that you have taken immediate action concerning the ‘inappropriate’ material Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan posted on his social media account, and that you recognise the importance for public representatives to adhere to a standard of conduct in keeping with their responsibilities.“We also appreciate that Councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan should be given every opportunity to give an account of his actions.“Nevertheless, the seriousness of the content posted by the Councillor casts grave doubt on his suitability to represent Oxford’s residents.last_img read more

Safety Tips For Indiana Deer Hunters

first_img“The percentage of our hunters who are injured each year is .0001 when compared to the amount of participants”, said Captain Gary Whitaker, North Region Commander.  “As first responders and advocates of public safety and welfare, we appreciate the extra effort our citizens give to maintain their safety when involved in hunting activities.”Additional hunting safety tips:-Carry emergency equipment, such as a cell phone, flashlight or whistle.-Carry a survival kit with items, such as fire building materials, food items, bandages and gauze.-Make a plan before you hunt and stay with your plan.-Tell someone where you are and what time you plan to return.-Identify game before pointing a firearm.-Know your target and what is beyond it.-Mark all ground blinds with 144 inches of solid hunter orange, as required by law.“Keeping our citizens safe is a top priority for Indiana Conservation Officers”, said Danny L. East, DNR Law Enforcement Director.  “We will continue to promote hunter safety practices throughout the state with hope that we can further reduce the number of injuries experienced in the field.” Safety Tips For Indiana Deer HuntersIndiana Conservation Officers are offering safety tips to keep Hoosier deer hunters safe during the 2016 season which began this morning in urban zones.  October 1 is the official beginning of archery deer season.Over 300,000 people will participate in deer hunting activities in the state beginning today extending through January 3, 2017.  On average, 33 people will be injured in hunting related accidents in Indiana during the hunting seasons with 18 of those injuries occurring as a result of falls from elevated platforms (data dating from 2006 through 2015).“Although the number of accidents are low across the state, it is always a tragedy when the accident is preventable”, said Lt. Larry Morrison, Outdoor Education Commander.  “Application of simple safety steps can greatly reduce the risk of injury when hunting from an elevated stand or participating in hunting activities.”Indiana Conservation Officers offer these safety tips when hunting from elevated platforms:Before the Hunt-Read and understand tree stand manufacturer’s instructions-Check stands for wear, fatigue, cracks or loose nuts/bolts-Practice at ground level-Learn how to properly wear your Full Body Harness.During the Hunt-Wear your Full Body Harness-Make certain that you attach your harness to the tree before leaving the ground-When using a ladder stand or fixed stand always maintain three points of contact during the ascent/descent.  Install and utilize a life-line system. Immediately attach your Full Body Harness to the tree when arriving on the platform.-Use boots with non-slip soles to avoid slipping.-Use a haul line to raise and lower firearms, bows and hunting gear.-Make certain that firearms are unloaded before attaching the haul line.-Never attach a haul line to the trigger or trigger guard. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

State Board of Education Approves Policy Guidance For Graduation Pathways

first_imgState Board Of Education Approves Policy Guidance for Graduation PathwaysJuly 11, 2018, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Department of Education and Indiana schools will be using newly-approved policy guidance as officials implement Graduation Pathways.Graduation Pathways helps prepare Hoosier graduates for life after high school by providing them with an awareness of career interests and options.The goal is to ensure all graduating Hoosiers have academic, technical, and employability skills, that lead to opportunities such as entering the workforce, acquiring a college degree or enlisting in the military.“I am incredibly encouraged to see that many school corporations, like leaders from Jay County, are working to implement Graduation Pathways immediately,” said Dr. David Freitas, a member of the Indiana State Board of Education. “I believe that schools adopting Graduation Pathways now speaks to the value of this new model, which gets students thinking about what’s best for their careers after high school.The new policy guidance, approved by the State Board of Education in a 10-0 vote, includes how to complete Indiana’s new diploma requirements, how to maximize employability experience, and how to identify postsecondary options.Employability experience through internships and other experiential learning opportunities are what this new policy guidance suggests.“This guidance document provides the information necessary for IDOE and our schools to succeed in implementing Graduation Pathways,” said board member Dr. Maryanne McMahon. “I’m particularly proud of this document because it was developed collaboratively with the Board, IDOE, educators across the state and leaders from Indiana’s business community.”The policy approval came after six months of meetings with educators, administrators, state agencies and officials, members of the business community, national education and workforce organizations and higher education leaders.IDOE will update the State Board of Education with its efforts to implement the policy guidance.The next SBOE business meeting with take place on Aug. 1.FOOTNOTE: is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

EVSC Awards Two With May Cause for Applause

first_imgJennifer McCutchan and Jerry Dennis, both EVSC bus drivers, were named the May winners of the EVSC’s Cause for Applause award. The award seeks to recognize individuals who go above and beyond their normal job responsibilities.Dennis, who drives a route for North High School and Delaware Elementary School, was nominated by Delaware Principal Nathan Steele. In his nomination letter, Steele said Dennis, who is also a mechanic in the EVSC garage, is always so patient and kind to students.“Mr. Dennis took pictures of our students’ artwork at the recent North District Art Show, got the pictures developed, and distributed them to our students so they would have a picture of their artwork displayed at the show,” Steele said as part of his nomination letter.In addition to Dennis, the EVSC also presented the May Cause for Applause award to fellow driver Jennifer McCutchan. McCutchan was nominated by EVSC’s Senior Chief of District Operations Rick Cameron who cited McCutchan’s commitment to students as the reason for nominating her for the award.On a recent Saturday, McCutchan drove a group of Caze students to a fitness run to help them train for a Triathlon. According to Cameron, not only did she drive them, she also ran with them. After speaking with Caze Principal Jared Turney and Caze teacher Brian Nelson, they said: “Jennifer was a great addition for us last Saturday! We have several different levels of athletic abilities within our training group and having another encouraging adult, like Jennifer, during their training, is very beneficial for us at all levels of work.”Anyone can nominate an employee of the EVSC for the award. Deadline for nominations is the third Friday of each month. Go to for the nomination form. Paper forms are available at the schools for those without access to the Internet.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: Windrush compensation scheme consultation extends

first_img I have travelled around the country to seek the views of those affected and it became very clear to me that people need more time to engage with the consultation. With that in mind, and on my advice, the consultation has been extended. This will help us get as many views as possible and make sure we can design an effective and fair compensation scheme. I’ve been clear that we must right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation and the compensation scheme is a key part of that. It is absolutely vital we get the scheme right and give everyone who wants to participate in the consultation the chance to input their views. In the meantime, we will ensure that individual payments are made in urgent and exceptional cases Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: Following a recommendation from Martin Forde QC, the independent adviser appointed to oversee the development of the scheme, the decision was made to extend the period of time that people have to respond. The consultation will now close on 16 November 2018.Based on his engagement with community groups and the roadshows he is undertaking across the country, Martin Forde advised that it was clear people needed more time to respond.The Home Secretary has committed to listening to the widest possible range of voices, including those affected and their families, community groups and specialist legal representatives and extending the consultation will ensure that this is possible.In addition, the Home Secretary has announced that a framework will be developed to make individual payments ahead of the compensation scheme in urgent and exceptional cases.Martin Forde QC said: Following the consultation, the priority of the Home Secretary is to establish a compensation scheme which will start making payments as soon as possible.There are already several measures and initiatives in place to help those of the Windrush generation who are concerned about benefits, housing or employment. A dedicated team for vulnerable people has been set up within the Windrush Taskforce, it has already assisted over 450 people where an urgent need for support or advice was identified.In addition, a Fast-Track service with the Department for Work and Pensions has been established to arrange access to benefits; steps to secure accommodation with local authorities for those identified as homeless; and interim guidance to employers and landlords. An agreement with Citizens Advice has also been put in place to provide bespoke professional advice to anyone experiencing immediate financial problems.last_img read more

Triathalon Club sparks interest

first_imgAlthough its founders encountered a few obstacles throughout the club approval process, the Notre Dame Triathlon Club had a good year, said junior Karl Kingery, co-president of the newly formed club.Kingery, an experienced triathlete, and junior Brian Sheridan, co-president of the club, came up with the idea of creating a group dedicated to training for triathlons last year.“Brian approached me with the idea because he knew I had done triathlons in the past,” Kingery said. “I thought it was a great idea, so we went through all the hoops with the Student Activities Office and got it working.”During the process of gaining approval for the club, Kingery and Sheridan enlisted junior Kyle Nickodem to fill the position of club secretary.After garnering a sizable amount of student interest at Activities Night in the fall, the club officers said they were enthusiastic about the club’s first year.“About 130 people signed up at Activities Night, and a lot of people showed up at the first meeting, too,” Kingery said. “I think some people were turned off to the club because we can’t actually compete for Notre Dame.”Kingery said he hopes the club can become a member of the Collegiate U.S. Association of Triathlons (CUSAT) within the next two  or three years, which would allow club members to officially compete as a team in triathlons.“RecSports requires that clubs be at tier three to compete against other schools,” Kingery said. “Since we’re not at tier three yet, we have to wait a few years before we can compete.”Despite its current non-competitive status, the Triathlon club holds four one-hour practices a week, with each practice focusing on a different triathlon event. Each club officer also unofficially leads a different aspect of practice based on their athletic specialties.“I lead the swim practices because I swam here freshman year,” Kingery said. “Brian and Kyle are big runners, so they lead those practices.”Kingery also said the current treasurer, freshman Tyler Saucedo, specializes in virtually everything involved in the club’s practices.Kingery said the club has attracted students from vastly different skill levels, from students who have never done a triathlon to people who have completed Ironman equivalent competitions.Saucedo said he agreed, and said anyone who is interested in triathlons to find out more about the club.“If people are trying to get in shape for summer triathlons, join the club,” Saucedo said. “If you haven’t done one or are just interested, come to practices, too.”In addition to functioning as a triathlon-training group, the club members participate in the biathlon held each fall on campus and hope to host a biathlon on campus next spring, providing SAO approves the club’s budget, said Kingery. The club is currently selling shirts for $15 as a fundraiser for the group.Kingery said he hopes to find a triathlon for students to compete in individually sometime in April.“Our main goal is competing, even if it is hard to find triathlons happening now,” Kingery said. “But I have high hopes for next year.”last_img read more

Ariana Grande Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments most of you know that i’m really just a musical theater geek…. like a really big one… so…. my heart is very full re: this announcement— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016 Ariana Grande(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway. At 9, I was (and still am) in LOVE w @KerryButlerNyc. hope to make u proud— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016center_img I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK #HairsprayLive #Penny— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016 Mama, this dangerous woman is a big girl now! Ariana Grande has joined the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The pop superstar and Broadway alum will take on the role of Penny Pingleton for the December 7 broadcast, joining a roster that includes the previously reported Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and newcomer Maddie Baillio.Grande, who appeared on Broadway back in 2008 in Jason Robert Brown’s 13, earned Grammy nominations last year for her pop album My Everything and “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. Sticking to her musical theater roots, she reunited with Brown in April for a lounge arrangement of her single “Dangerous Woman” at the MTV Movie Awards. She’s appeared on screen previously in Scream Queens, Victorious and Saturday Night Live (on which she played a particularly sassy Maria in a Sound of Music sendup).Rounding out the previously reported lineup are Derek Hough and Martin Short. Additional casting, including the role of Penny’s beau Seaweed, will be announced later. In the meantime, check out Grande’s adorable excitement about the news below!last_img read more

Top 10 Perennials.

first_imgWill any perennials actually grow and flower if you can’t water them in summer’s ghastly heat?Yes.But they must be planted in fall, not spring.Spring-planted perennials will need watering. They don’t have enough roots to collect enough water to withstand droughts. The fall-planted perennials on my top-10 list can handle the drought.Top 10 Drought-bustersTo keep this short and sweet, here are the top 10 plants you can buy with complete confidence. You may plant them this spring if and only if you promise to water them the entire summer. Next year they will fend for themselves without much care.1. Salvia guaranitica. Tough and durable, it blooms from May to November and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows a thick storage root and persists even with tilling. It prefers full sun. Trimming in midsummer, after the first flowers are spent, yields a glorious fall display. It will wilt in summer heat when dry but returns with a vengeance when it rains.2. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy.’ When most sedums go dormant, this one grows into well-behaved mounds of blue-green foliage and large clusters of pink flowers with zero watering all summer. Few pests and almost no diseases affect it. Plants can be divided every four years or so in early spring.3. Clematis paniculata. Deer hate it. Drought can’t kill it. This aggressive vine spreads 10-12 feet in a season, blooms in late August and is incredibly easy to establish. A pleasant green vine, its late-summer flowers hide the vine. Cut to a foot high, it will spring back each year as if nothing happened.4. Belamcanda chinensis. The blackberry lily does well at the edges of Georgia woods without watering. It prefers highly organic soils and full sun. It’s drought-tolerant, tough and reseeds well. Planted in dense groups, it’s beautiful by midsummer. With care, it has few pests. Deer ignore it, but butterflies love the flowers.5. Kniphofia uvaria (Tritoma). Drought can’t kill this late spring-blooming plant once it’s established. Deer leave it alone, too. Properly named Red Hot Poker, it’s showy and tough as nails, but has to be established in the fall. Buy grown plants in bloom, known divisions or tissue-cultured plants (seedling color and flower shape can vary dramatically).6. Delosperma cooperii. The hardy ice plant is an asset on poor soils, dry sites and slopes, requiring only a few inches of soil. It blooms early in spring and then sporadically all summer. Fertilize in June and August, and don’t worry when frost kills it back. The tiny, gray, stem-end leaves will burst forth in spring.7. Helianthus angustifolius. The swamp sunflower is huge, with flower stalks 8 feet tall. But it will stay small (4 to 5 feet) when neglected, surviving the worst drought and hottest summer you can imagine in Georgia. The flowers are spectacular in August and September, and the plant has few pests or diseases.8. Ruellia brittoniana. The Mexican petunia is atall, late-blooming, long-lived and spreading perennial. Divide it every five years and enjoy the purple or pink flowers in August and September. Almost pest-free, it has few diseases. It will wilt in the worst drought, but comes back every time it rains.9. Narcissus hybrids. Gardeners seem to resist including bulbs in discussions of perennials, but indeed they are fantastically adapted perennials. They disappear when things get hot and then return to bloom in spring. Choose from hundreds of cultivars. No matter how bad the drought, daffodils survive.10. Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff.’ This is the only truly hardy perennial lantana. It tolerates heat, drought and cold, wet soils. Miss Huff grows into a 6- to 8-foot mound in good soil, with thousands of swallowtail-attracting flower clusters all summer. Planting on 36-to 48-inch centers is essential. Salvia guaranitica Photo: CAES Horticulturelast_img read more