Buy-to-let rents have boomed here! But would you be better off buying stocks in an ISA?

first_img Royston Wild | Saturday, 15th February, 2020 | More on: 0QT8 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Much has been made of the huge supply/demand imbalance in the broader housing market. Things are particularly bad if you’re stuck in the rental sector, though. Shortages here have pushed tenant costs through the roof of late.Latest data from peer-to-peer lending platform Sourced Capital shows how buy-to-let yields have ballooned. Right now the UK average sits at a healthy 4%, led by Scotland where the rental yield perches at 5.8%. Northern Ireland follows with a reading of 5.4%, then comes England with a yield of 4.1%. Investors in Wales have to be content with a yield below the nationwide average, at 3.6%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Scottish playsSome of the yields on offer are quite staggering, too.In line with those broader regional figures I mention above, Scotland leads the way from a more granular perspective. Data shows that 14 of the 20 best-yielding areas for yield sit north of Hadrian’s Wall, led by Glasgow City where the average rental yield sits at 7.8%. It’s followed by West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde where readings sit at 7.2% and 7.1% respectively.It is time to break out the chequebook and go buy-to-let hunting on Scottish terrain, then? Not in my book. Taking the plunge in the rentals market requires the sort of up-front costs that few other investment classes require. And investors are facing a toxic mix of rising costs and increased regulation, too. No wonder so many landlords are thinking of selling up and getting out.Go to Eire insteadFor those hellbent on investing in the rentals sector in some shape, however, there’s always the option to buy shares in Irish Residential Properties REIT (LSE: OQT8). This particular property play is a residential letting company specialising in Dublin and other major urban areas on the Emerald Isle.Parking your investment cash here takes out much of the hassle, not to mention the expenditure associated with buy-to-let investing here in Britain. And like we see on these shores, Ireland is suffering the same sort of shortage of rental accommodation that is propelling rents to the stars. Consequently Irish Residential Properties enjoyed a near-18% improvement in EPRA earnings in the first half of 2019.No wonder the company is investing heavily to boost its supply of properties. It recently agreed to acquire the Marathon Portfolio in a move that boosts its portfolio by 815 units. This now stands at 3,884 units, up 45% from late 2018.City analysts expect the bottom line to keep swelling over the medium term at least, too. A 14% improvement in annual profits is forecasted for 2020 alone. This leads to predictions of more dividend growth, too and consequently a 4.5% forward payout yield.A corresponding price-to-earnings ratio of 19.1 times might look expensive on paper. However, I reckon Irish Residential Properties’s mighty structural opportunities warrant such a meaty premium. I’d certainly rather buy this stock for my ISA than park my hard-earned cash in buy to let. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Buy-to-let rents have boomed here! But would you be better off buying stocks in an ISA? See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Lt. Governor to Lead Ag Delegation to Canada Next Week

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 10, 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articlePerdue Says NAFTA Must Include Dairy FixNext articlePay Attention to Label if Applying Late Season Pest Treatment Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director (ISDA) Bruce Kettler will lead a delegation of Indiana’s agricultural leaders to Manitoba, Canada, from Sept. 16-19 to promote economic development and grow ties with the country’s largest agricultural province.The delegation will participate in business round tables, hold meetings with senior government and university officials and tour research facilities. Conversations will revolve around agricultural youth leadership and education, seed research and genetics, and food development.“Manitoba is at the center of Canadian agriculture, so this trip is an excellent opportunity for us to, not only demonstrate our global leadership in the industry, but also cultivate our relationship with Canada, which can open the door to new markets,” Crouch said. “We look forward to visiting this province and building on the progress made during the governor’s visits to Canada last spring.”Indiana exports more product to Canada than any other country in the world and is home to more than 70 Canadian businesses, including CN Railway, Dorel Juvenile Group, KIK Custom Products and Magna Powertrain. Together, these businesses provide more than 15,600 jobs for Hoosiers, accounting for 8 percent of all Indiana jobs supported by foreign direct investment.The Lt. Governor, Director Kettler and several state employees will be joined by:• John Baugh, Purdue University Director of Ag Services and Regulations• Michael Beard, Indiana Corn Marketing Council Board President• JoAnn Brouillette, Demeter LP President• Kendell Culp, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. Vice President• Edward Ebert, Indiana Soybean Alliance Senior Director of Grain Production & Utilization• Thomas Griffiths, Indiana Soybean Alliance Board Chairman• Harold Gutzwiller, Hoosier Energy Manager of Economic Development & Key Accounts• Randall Kron, Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. President• Douglas Leman, Indiana Dairy Producers Executive Director• Kelly Maucere, My Sugar Pie Owner• Timothy Phelps, Hathaway Strategies Vice President• Mark Poeschl, National FFA Organization Chief Executive Officer• Justin Swanson, Bose McKinney & Evans Governmental Services Group Of Counsel• Ronald Turco Jr., Purdue University Department Head of AgronomyThe cost of the Lt. Governor traveling to Canada are being paid through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation. Lt. Governor to Lead Ag Delegation to Canada Next Week Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Lt. Governor to Lead Ag Delegation to Canada Next Weeklast_img read more

Africa

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Journalists prey to violence, political crises and instabilityMadagascar and Gabon fall, Horn sinks deeper, Zimbabwe improves———The Horn was again the African region with the most press freedom violations. Eritrea (175th), where no independent media is tolerated and 30 journalists are in prison (as many as in China or Iran but with a much smaller population), was ranked last in the world for the third year running. Somalia (164th), which is steadily being emptied of its journalists, was the world’s deadliest country for the media, with six journalists killed between 1 January and 4 July.This year confirmed that, in some African countries, democracy rests on solid foundations and respect for freedoms is guaranteed. But in other countries, political crises and instability dealt harsh blows to the work of journalists and news media.In Madagascar (134th), which plummeted 40 places, the media were caught in a confrontation between ousted president Marc Ravalomanana and the president of the High Transition Authority, Andry Rajoelina. Censorship, violent attacks on media premises, disinformation and a young journalist’s death while covering a demonstration were the reasons for the island’s sharp fall in the index. In Gabon (129th), the media’s work was undermined by the news blackout about President Omar Bongo’s health which the authorities imposed in the run-up to his death and the poisonous climate during the presidential election in August.Congo (116th) fell 24 places in the index, mainly because of the mystery surrounding opposition journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi’s death and the harassment of several foreign reporters during the 12 July presidential election. The situation seemed relatively calm this year in Guinea (100th), but the 28 September bloodshed in Conakry and the open threats against journalists currently being voiced by the military are a source of deep concern.Some transitions were less damaging for press freedom. Gen. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s election as president in Mauritania (100th) went ahead without any significant problem for the press even if a website editor’s imprisonment hurt the country’s image. In Guinea-Bissau (92nd), the assassinations in quick succession of the armed forces chief of staff and President Joao Bernardo Vieira caused the temporary suspension of some media and prompted some worried journalists to flee the country, but the lasting impact was limited.The countries with rampant violence continue to languish in the bottom third of the rankings. In Nigeria (135th) and Democratic Republic of Congo (146th), the practice of journalism is punctuated by physical attacks and arbitrary arrests. Two radio journalists were murdered in Bukavu, the capital of DRC’s eastern province of Sud-Kivu.Rwanda (157th) continued to fall as the authorities reinforced news control in the run-up to the 2010 elections, temporarily suspending local and international news media and sentencing journalists to jail terms. It is now almost on a par with the “African Kuwait,” Equatorial Guinea (158th), where the foreign media’s only local correspondent spent four months in jail as a result of a defamation action.Niger’s President Mamadou Tandja was in a close-run race with his Gambian counterpart, Yahya Jammeh, for West Africa’s worst ranking. It was taken in the end by Niger (139th), which fell nine places, two below Gambia (137th), which was again the victim of its president’s intolerance towards the media. This year, Jammeh sent six of the country’s most respected journalists to prison and then made insulting and provocative comments about them in publicIn Zimbabwe (136th), the press seems to be in the process of freeing itself from the regime’s vice-like grip. The situation was marred by former journalist Jestina Mukoko’s abduction and then imprisonment for many weeks. But hopes have been buoyed by the new government of national unity’s announcement in the summer that the BBC and CNN would be allowed to return and that the independent Daily News would be able to resume publishing.The same group of countries lead the pack as in 2008. Ghana (27th), Mali (30th), South Africa (33rd), Namibia (35th) and Cape Verde (44th) are all among the world’s top 50. Boosted by yet another democratic election in January 2009, in which opposition candidate John Atta-Mills defeated the ruling party’s would-be successor to President John Kufuor, Ghana took Africa’s top position from Namibia, where a South African journalist spend a night in police custody before being freed on payment of two lots of bail. October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Africa Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria Africa Newscenter_img News June 10, 2021 Find out more Africa News News to go further Follow the news on Africa Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rapt with attention

first_img Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Tomato harvest reason to party The instructions from the teacher were explicit. “Go forth and plant.” The ladies in the gardening class at the Colley… read more Rapt with attention Email the author Kids watch on during a presentation at Old Lebanon Baptist Church in Pike County, Ala., Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)Visiting raptors bring lessons to lifeThe Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University has 24 permanent residents.A couple of older children at Old Lebanon Baptist Church raised their eyebrows when Marianne Hudson, raptor specialist, referred to raptors as “residents.” Book Nook to reopen Published 10:58 pm Friday, July 20, 2012 By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The center receives about 300 raptors each year that have been injured,” Hudson said. “The ones that can’t be fixed so they can be released are kept at the center for educational purposes.”Hudson brought eight raptors for the program at Old Lebanon and all eight are mentioned in the Bible.“The raptors that we have brought with us live in the United States and in the Holy Land,” Hudson said. “These are the same kind of raptors that Jesus saw when he walked the Earth.”Hudson first explained that raptors have claws that are designed for grabbing. “That helps us to understand the word, rapture,” she said. “Rapture means to grab and lift up and that’s what raptors do. They grab their prey and lift it up.”Hudson said that raptors are hunters.“They hunt and they kill but they do not kill people,” she said.The raptor that elicited the most “aaaahs” was the barn owl.“God made these owls before barns but they like to live in barns so they are called ‘barn’ owls,” Hudson said. “Barn owls eat mice. Each of them eats about 160 mice a year. Mice damage crops so barn owls provide a needed service to the farmer.”The American screech owl is known for its mournful sound.“Because of its mournful sound, the screech owl is sometimes associated with bad times,” Hudson said. “Some people believe that seeing a screech owl means a death in the house or hard times ahead.  Job in the Bible was going through rough times so it was said that he ‘is now a companion to owls.’”Its small size allows the screech owl to hunt in tight places.“The screech owl can fly into the dense areas at the edge of a forest and maneuver and hunts easily,” Hudson said.The barred owl lives in swampy areas and hunts and eats frogs, fish, snakes, lizards and salamanders.“The barred owl is called the ‘night monster’ because it screams and yells in such a scary way that it will make people almost jump out of their skins,” Hudson said.The Great Owl does not live in the United States.“It’s an exotic owl that lives in Europe,” Hudson said. “It is strong and powerful and is camouflaged in such a way that it is extremely difficult to see.”Before the presentation began, Cairns sat quietly with a “bird” perched on a stand next to him. The bird – a falcon – was wearing a hood that was actually a blindfold.“He thinks it is night,” Hudson said. “He’s aware of the noise but it doesn’t bother him at all.”Hudson said there are eight species of falcons in the Troy area.“Falcons have tear-shaped bodies that allow them to fly extremely fast,” she said. “They can fly 270 miles per hour.“The way they can fly so fast is that they fly very high and then dive straight down on their prey – often ducks that can move at 100 miles per hour. Imagine what would happen if a falcon smacked into a duck at 270 miles per hour. A falcon weighs less than two pounds but it can kill an animal three to four times its weight.”Falcons have exceptionally keen eyesight.“If a falcon could read, it could read a newspaper from a mile away,” Hudson said.Hawks are also in the raptor family and they, too, are good hunters and rats are their main prey.“Rats can produce up to 160 babies a year and that’s a lot of rats,” Hudson said.“But hawks eat a rat a day and they live to be 30 years old. So, they really help reduce the rat population.”The red-tail hawk is a buzzard and the big black birds that are commonly called buzzards are actually vultures.“Vultures are the janitors that God gives us to clean up diseases,” Hudson said. “The eat rotten flesh, like road kills. They have a very keen sense of smell. They soar and they can fly for hours and miles without flapping their wings. This gives them a lot of time to look for food and they eat things that nothing else wants to eat.”Hudson said that rotting flesh contains bacteria that cause disease.“The odd thing is that once these vultures eat this flesh it comes from them as clean as a whistle so they help clean up disease,” she said.The last raptor that Hudson brought to Old Lebanon was the big, powerful Golden Eagle.“These eagles are extremely strong,” she said. “They can kill an animal that weighs up to 70 pounds, an animal like a small deer. And, yes, eagles like this could kill a person but they don’t. God didn’t design them that way.”Hudson said the raptors are mentioned throughout the Bible in different ways and each had a purpose in God’s plan. “They are perfectly designed to do what they do just as God has designed us to do what we do.”“Isaiah 40:31 tell us that ‘They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles,” Hudson said.That scripture is an assurance that no matter how bad life seems to be, those who call upon the Lord will ‘mount up on new wings as eagles’ and fly high and strong and accomplish more than ever thought possible.That, said church pastor Perry Green, is a powerful message of hope and promise. By Secrets Revealed This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits But, that’s exactly what those 24 raptors are – permanent residents.The Southeastern Raptor Center is a full-service medical and surgical rehabilitation center at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.Hudson and Tristan Cairns, a center volunteer, presented a program Wednesday at Old Lebanon Baptist Church as a part of the church’s educational outreach program. Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Death toll up to 32, nearly a million without power as storms, tornadoes batter South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — At least 32 people died and hundreds of thousands of were left without power after violent storms swept through the South on Sunday and into early Monday.Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi all declared a state of emergency in response to the storms, which included several powerful tornadoes, flash flooding and large hail.In Mississippi, at least 11 residents died due to the storms, including four in Jefferson Davis County, two in Jones County and two in Lawrence County.The two Lawrence County victims were a sheriff’s deputy and his wife, the county sheriff’s office announced late Sunday night. Deputy Robert Ainsworth was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and his wife, Paula, was a Justice Court deputy clerk, officials said.“April is our historically most dangerous month of the year,” Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Greg Michel told George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Monday. “What happened yesterday is certainly an indicator of how dangerous these storms can be, so we’ll do the cleanup efforts and get ready for what we anticipate to be a very busy and active tornado month here in April.”In South Carolina, nine deaths have been reported due to the severe weather.Georgia has eight confirmed fatalities: seven in Murray County and one in Bartow County.In Arkansas, one fatality has been reported in Jefferson County.All flights out of Louisiana’s Monroe Regional Airport have been canceled until further notice after private planes and a hanger were damaged.As of Monday evening, over 970,000 people had lost power due to storm damage. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Arkansas each had more than 100,000 residents without power. Virginia had over 74,000 residents without power, while Kentucky had around 63,000 and Mississippi had around 60,000.“This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said on social media. “As we reflect on the death and resurrection on this Easter Sunday, we have faith that we will all rise together.”“To the people of Mississippi, know that you are not alone,” he added. “The state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over.”During his daily White House briefing, President Trump expressed his condolences to the lives lost and people displaced by the storms. He said FEMA is on its way to assist them.“My administration will do everything possible to help those communities get back on their feet,” he said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘I hope that the abuse will end with us,’ Aly Raisman says ahead of receiving ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award

first_imgJuly 18, 2018 /Sports News – National ‘I hope that the abuse will end with us,’ Aly Raisman says ahead of receiving ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, along with other survivors who spoke out about the rampant sexual abuse by disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar, will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award tonight at the 2018 ESPYs.“Getting that award with this incredible army of survivors is very, I mean, it’s hard to put into words,” Raisman told “Good Morning America.” “I don’t even know if it’s really sunk in yet.”“We’ve all been through something really horrible, but we’re all gonna get through it together,” she added. “I think that’s such an empowering feeling — knowing you’re not alone.”Raisman, 24, faced Nassar in court earlier this year, where she read a powerful victim impact statement about the sexual abuse he inflicted on her and hundreds of other athletes, all under the guise that he was providing medical treatment.Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney have also publicly accused the former USA Gymnastics team doctor of sexual abuse.“The tables have turned Larry. We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere,” Raisman said in a Michigan court room in January.Shortly after Raisman and over 100 others testified against Nassar, a Michigan judge sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison. “I just signed your death warrant,” Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said at the sentencing hearing.Raisman has continued to speak out about abuse in gymnastics since Nassar’s sentencing. She called for an independent investigation of the USOC and USA Gymnastics by federal authorities and then, in March, filed a lawsuit against USOC and USA Gymnastics.“I hope that the abuse will end with us,” Raisman told “GMA.” “I hope that people can learn from what happened to us, that this should never, ever, ever happen again.”The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is a highlight of the ESPYs, the annual awards show for athletes. Past recipients of the Courage Award have included Muhammad Ali, Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and “GMA”‘s own Robin Roberts.“I’m very, very beyond grateful that they’re giving us an opportunity to speak our truth,” Raisman said of the award. “And honoring us, it means so much to us.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Three water main breaks, one repair

first_img× BAYONNE — Three separate water mains broke early Tuesday morning, June 13 in Bayonne, according to city officials. A 10-inch pipe at a building on 54th Street, a 12-inch pipe on First Street, and an 8-inch pipe on West Third Street all broke, leaving about 130 residents without water. Traffic congestion also resulted due to excessive water on the roads.At 8 a.m. the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management announced that water had been restored to residents affected by the 54th Street main break, but the road would remain closed as long as crews continued to work.The city’s water company, Suez, is continuing work on the other breaks, according to a spokesperson for the company. Suez is organizing portable water tankers for residents without water in case the breaks are not resolved in a reasonable time frame.Residents with water may experience issues with water pressure. There is no boil-water advisory in effect.Stay updated by following us on Twitter @hudson_reporter and on Facebook.last_img read more

Press release: Planning application submitted for Holocaust Memorial proposed for next to Parliament

first_imgYesterday (19 December 2018) a planning application for the UK’s new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been submitted to Westminster city council.A fundraising effort for the Memorial will be led by philanthropist Gerald Ronson CBE, who will set up a new charity to support its delivery.The Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been proposed for Victoria Tower Gardens next to Parliament.The design for the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre has been developed over the past year. It has been done in consultation with Holocaust and other genocide survivors, communities of a range of faiths and backgrounds, local residents, businesses and key experts from landscape design to Holocaust education.Images of the final design were released on 4 December 2018, alongside a Mission Statement setting out the UK Holocaust Memorial’s commitment to stand up against antisemitism, prejudice and hatred in all its forms.By setting history’s worst example of the disintegration of democratic values against the greatest emblem of Britain’s aspirations for democracy, it will stand as a permanent reminder of the responsibilities of citizens to be vigilant and responsive whenever and wherever those values are threatened.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Details of the design schemeIn 2016 Prime Minister Theresa May launched a design competition for a Memorial and underground Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to Parliament in Westminster.The winning scheme was proposed by a team led by architects Adjaye Associates, with Ron Arad Architects as Memorial Architect, and Gustafson Porter + Bowman as Landscape Architect. Their proposal set out to create “a living place, not just a monument to something of the past” and the desire to create an immersive journey for the visitor who would enter a Memorial embedded in the landscape of the Gardens.The jury found the proposal deftly resolved an essential challenge of the brief: being visually arresting (“highly visible from near and far”) yet showing sensitivity to its location and context (“a bold and sensitive collaboration between architecture, landscape, art and design”). The design was found to have clear potential to be developed into an iconic memorial and powerful educational experience, welcoming visitors from the UK and beyond to learn and reflect.The final design for the Memorial and Learning Centre consists of 23 bronze fins to the southern end of the Gardens. Visitors will walk through an entrance pavilion, then across a courtyard where they will be confronted with views of Parliament’s Victoria Tower. The Learning Centre, accessed by pathways set between the fins, is an integral part of the Memorial. Visitors will leave with an improved understanding of the Holocaust and its impact on the United Kingdom and people who live here or came to live here following a genocide.The landscape design embeds the Memorial within the park and includes a new intervention – a subtle but distinct slope which creates a new vantage point to the River Thames, a renewed perspective and relationship to the Memorial, and a distinctive entry point for an underground Learning Centre. This subtle shift in the landscape also allows for all existing memorials within the gardens to remain visible whilst key views into Westminster are undisturbed.It is expected that consultation letters on the proposal will be sent out from Westminster city council in the new year.Further informationSee information on the final designs presented at the latest public exhibition.A Mission Statement was set out for the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre on 4 December 2018. Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Office address and general enquiries Email [email protected] The Memorial will be a place of reflection and education in the exceptional setting of Victoria Tower Gardens, and act as a commitment for all of us to stand up whenever our shared values are threatened. The planning application submitted today is a key milestone in this important national programme that will deliver a national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at the heart of our civic and democratic life. Media enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209last_img read more

Turkuaz Has Announced A Huge Slate Of Spring Tour Dates

first_imgBrooklyn’s powerfunk army Turkuaz won’t be slowing down anytime soon. As they wind down their current tour with The New Mastersounds that took them to esteemed venues like The Ogden Theater in Denver, Terminal 5 in New York City, the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and The Fillmore in San Francisco, Turkuaz has announced a huge slate of Spring tour dates.The tour will kick off on March 2nd in Salt Lake City at The State Room. The band will wind its way through the Southwest, before moving on to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region, followed by a trek through the Midwest, before hitting several venues on the East Coast, bringing things to a close at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. Along the way, Turkuaz will perform at previously announced festivals JamCruise, Euphoria Festival, Wanee Festival, and two shows opening for moe. at Jazz Fest.But first, to close this year in proper formation, Turkuaz is hitting Providence’s Fete Ballroom on 12/30 & 12/31 with support from Moon Hooch, and Kung Fu and West End Blend. Tickets to both nights of “The Ball Drop” can be found here.See below for a full list of upcoming tour dates from Turkuaz!Turkuaz 2017 Tour Dates01/20 Miami, FL: Jam Cruise03/02 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room03/03 Las Vegas, NV: Beauty Bar03/04 Phoenix, AZ: McDowell Mountain Music Festival03/06 Steamboat Springs, CO: Schmiggity’s03/07 Frisco, CO: Barkley Ballroom03/09 Durango, CO: Animas City Theatre03/10 Telluride, CO: Sheridan Opera House03/11 Santa Fe, NM: Skylight03/12 Taos, NM: Taos Mesa Brewing03/15 Davenport, IA: Redstone Room03/16 Urbana, IL: Canopy Club03/17 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/18 Columbus, OH: Woodland’s Tavern St. Fatty’s Daze03/19 Kalamazoo, MI: Bell’s Brewery03/21 Morgantown, WV: Mainstage03/23 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt03/24 Lancaster, PA: Chameleon Club03/25 Stroudsburg, PA: Sherman Theater04/09 Austin, TX: Euphoria Festival04/21 Live Oak, FL: Wanee Festival04/28 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.04/29 New Orleans, LA: Civic Theatre w/ moe.last_img read more

Farm Program Sign-up

first_imgFarmers who want to take advantage of the Production Flexibility Contract better hurry.Time is running out.This one-time offer ends July 12.”It’s a good deal for farmers,” said Bill Givan, a University of GeorgiaExtension Service economist.”Congress wants to phase out farm support programs,” Givan said. “InGeorgia, this program is mainly for cotton, wheat and corn growers. It gives themtransition payments before farm programs are phased out completely.”The seven-year contracts, authorized by the 1996 Farm Bill, begin in 1996 and end in2002.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman stresses this is the only chance farmers getto enroll.”There will be no additional sign-ups except for land coming out of theConservation Reserve Program,” Glickman said. “This is required by the 1996 Act,and I have no discretion to extend the date.”Farmers who have planted wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, upland cotton orrice in one of the past five years are eligible.Farmers still have to comply with the conservation and wetland rules. The 1995 limitswill apply to these payments. No one can get more than $40,000 in a year.The program will allow farmers to plant as they wish — almost. Except in certaincases, they can’t plant fruits or vegetables on contract acres.A grower may enroll all or part of the farm’s contract base acreage. After he signs up,he may request a permanent acreage reduction without a penalty. Farmers can learn aboutpayment and loan rates at their Farm Service Agency office.While the program offers more flexibility, ending subsidies means farmers must be evenmore efficient.”Technology is the driving force in what will be produced, how and when,”Givan said. “It will dictate the organization and process from production inputs tothe consumer. All this will occur with less government support, but with more regulationin food safety and environmental concerns.”Ag Showcase ’96 will display many new technologies at at the Rural Development Centerin Tifton June 29.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences cosponsors the one-day eventwith Fort Valley State College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Hands-on exhibitswill focus on the latest in modern farming.New technology alone won’t make Georgia farmers competitive as subsidies end. They’llneed new markets, too.”Growth in foreign markets will be the key determinant of agriculture’s growth inthe 21st century,” Givan said.The new farm bill will do much to shape farming’s future.”Farmers will be paid for products, not commodities,” Givan said. Value willbe added after products leave the farm.Farmers will contract a growing share of what they produce, he said. And prices forwhat they don’t contract will go up and down much faster. Foreign markets will affect pricing in U.S. markets more. “And managing risk, withless price support and more environmental regulation,” Givan said, “will becomemore a major factor in farm survival.”Under the new system, he said, farmers must cut costs, expand their share ofvalue-added components and produce what foreign and U.S. markets demand. They must use newbiotechnology and information systems, too.The reform will greatly affect Georgia farm production and marketing. But “onlytime will tell,” Givan said, “if agriculture improves during the next sevenyears.”The farm bill will affect Georgia farm cooperatives and agribusinesses, too.”Their futures hinge,” Givan said, “on how well they adapt and respondto the needs of Georgia farmers.”last_img read more