Blame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018

first_imgProperty sales transactions in central London dropped by nearly a third during the final months of 2018, research by Winkworth has revealed.The estate agency chain says this is likely to have been caused by Brexit uncertainty, a fact laden with irony given almost 60% of the electorate in the capital voted to remain, although in several London boroughs more than 70% did so.Winkworth looked at the number of sales in central London during the final quarter of last year and compared it to the three months prior.It says the busiest part of the market recently has been one, two and three- bedroom properties, suggesting it’s mostly smaller, more affordable homes that are shifting.“Transactions have remained largely unchanged for a prolonged period since [the end of] 2016, and this steady line represents a base level of needs-based buyers who will always be in the market,” the company says.“With the ongoing political issues surrounding Brexit still showing no signs of being resolved, this could signify another weak period in Q1 2019 but will hopefully lead to a more positive outlook later on in the year, as we gain a clearer picture of the reality of the UK’s planned exit from the EU.”Other housing market indicators measured by Winkworth appear to be unmoved by Brexit; for example, per-square-foot prices rose by 3% during the final months of the year.“As we gain further clarity on Brexit and dependent on whether we leave with a deal, we should start to see an uptick in activity,” says Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth (pictured, above).Read more about Winkworth.Brexit central London January 31, 2019Nigel 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 » Blame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018 previous nextHousing MarketBlame Boris! Central London transactions slump by a third during final months of 2018Research by estate agency Winkworth reveals a worsening position in the capital as Brexit jitters continue to subdue sales in its central boroughs.Nigel Lewis31st January 20190733 Viewslast_img read more

Research Engineer I

first_img* Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accreditedinstitution in Forest Engineering, Biosystems Engineering,Agricultural Engineering, or other closely related engineeringfield?YesNo Position DetailsRequisition NumberS513PHome Org NameBiosystems EngineeringDivision NameCollege of AgriculturePosition TitleResearch Engineer IJob Class CodeJA01AAppointment StatusFull-timePart-time FTELimited TermYesLimited Term Length2 yearsJob SummaryThe Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University isseeking candidates for a Research Engineer to assist with researchrelated to logging productivity.This is a two year limited term appointment. Continuation ofemployment is contingent upon availability of funds.Essential FunctionsEssential functions include, but are not limited to thefollowing:Collect, manage, and analyze logging productivity andstand/log/tree data in sometimes arduous field conditions; preparetechnical reports that include statistical comparisons, technicalgraphics, and detailed descriptions of methods; ability to work inand around heavy equipment safely; develop specs for, calibrate,install, and maintain electronic data collection instrumentation;and perform other duties as assigned.Education LevelBachelor’s degree from an accredited institutionField of StudyForest Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, AgriculturalEngineering, or other closely related engineering field.Years of ExperienceNo experience required for Level IArea of ExperienceRequirements for Additional Job LevelsEducation LevelIndicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.Field of StudyYears of ExperienceWhen a candidate has the required education, but lacks the requiredexperience, they may normally apply additional appropriateeducation toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1)year relevant education per year of required experience.Area of ExperienceRequirements for Additional Job LevelsMinimum Skills and Abilities*Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills,demonstrated technical excellence, the ability to work bothindependently and in a team environment.Minimum Technology Skillsknowledge of statistical methods and software, and an ability tointerpret the output/results.Minimum License and CertificationsValid driver’s license required.Desired Qualifications1. Familiarity with chainsaw safety, GIS experience, heavyequipment operations experience.2. Knowledge/familiarity with forest mensuration methods isessential, along with scrupulous attention to detail in collectingand managing research data.Salary Grade32Salary Range$35,000 – $58,400Job CategoryResearchWorking Hours if Non-TraditionalList any hazardous conditions or physical demands required bythis positionPosting Date11/18/2020Closing DateEEO StatementAUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITYEMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employmentopportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex,religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protectedveteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, genderidentity, or any other classification protected by applicablelaw.Special Instructions to ApplicantsPlease utilize the attachment feature of the online applicationsystem and attach a cover letter and resume. Only completeapplication packets will be considered for selection. Salary willbe commensurate with education and experience.Quick Link for Internal Postings Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterOptional DocumentsSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Do you have a valid Drivers License?YesNo * How were you made aware of this opportunity?AU Employment websiteEmployment websites (Indeed, HigherEd Jobs, etc.)Veterans Assistance ServicesDisability Assistance ServicesNewspaperProfessional JournalListservHR emailSocial MediaState Employment ServiceWalk-inOther * Please select the answer that best describes your currentemployment relationship with Auburn University.Not a current Auburn employeeCurrent Auburn employee in position less than one yearCurrent Auburn employee in position more than one yearlast_img read more


first_imgPlease join us on 9/11 at Marina Pointe, 830 LST Drive from 4:30-7:30 and enjoy free food and entertainment for all first responders, active military, retired military and their immediate family members. Just show your ID or badge to get in free. This event is open to the general public for $5.00 per person. Anyone under 18 gets in free.All proceeds benefit 911 Gives Hope.Thank you to all first responders and military for putting your lives on the line for our community everyday.Please take time and vote in today’s “Readers Poll”. Don’t miss reading today’s Feature articles because they are always an interesting read. Please scroll at the bottom of our paper so you can enjoy our creative political cartoons. Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without our permission. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Nabim survey reveals extent of home baking boom

first_imgMore than half of Brits tried their hand at home baking during the first two months of lockdown, a survey by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (Nabim) has revealed.The survey, which saw more than 4,000 adults polled on their baking habits from the start of lockdown to mid-May, also found that a third (34%) had used two or more bags of flour in that time.Of the 54% of respondents who had whipped up a treat, bread was the most popular bake, followed by cookies, cupcakes and banana bread.Here’s what the Nabim research showed the nation had been baking:37% have baked bread34% have baked cookies32% have baked cupcakes28% have baked banana bread27% have baked chocolate cake26% have made pizza23% have baked brownies7% have baked sourdoughA quarter (26%) of respondents said baking was relaxing and therapeutic, while 40% of 18- to 24-year-olds added that baking helped with their stress levels during the uncertainty of lockdown.Looking at respondents’ future baking intentions, a third (33%) said they intended to bake sourdough, while 59% had their baking sights set on bread in general.Earlier this year Nabim launched The Easy Peasy Baking Campaign, designed to simplify baking and cut through common misconceptions that stop some people trying the activity.last_img read more

Maine residents can use parks, historic sites for free until Sept. 3

first_imgAUGUSTA – Maine residents will be able to enjoy a number of state parks and historic sites free of charge during day visits over the next few weeks, after the governor signed a financial order to celebrate record-breaking attendance levels beginning in 2010.“Maine State Parks and Historic Sites have experienced record-breaking attendance in recent years,” said Governor Paul LePage. “Our park staff have worked very hard to enhance the visitor experience with new offerings, year-round events and educational programs for all ages. Public support has never been higher. This is our way of saying thank you to the Maine people. Please take this opportunity to visit a Maine State Park or Historic Site and make some memories with family and friends.”The order allows for free day visits to a number of Maine State Parks and Historic Sites from Saturday, Aug. 11 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. “Day Use” is from 9 a.m. to closing, which is sunset at most locations, but should be checked at park entry. The order doesn’t extend to camping fees, which will continue to be collected at all applicable sites.The fee holiday applies to the following sites: Androscoggin Riverlands, Aroostook, Birch Point, Bradbury Mountain, Camden Hills, Cobscook Bay, Colburn House, Colonial Pemaquid, Crescent Beach, Damariscotta Lake, Eagle Island, Ferry Beach, Fort Edgecomb, Fort Kent, Fort McClary, Fort Point, Fort Popham, Fort Pownall, Fort O’Brien, Grafton Notch, Holbrook Island, Lamoine, Lake St George, Lily Bay, Moose Point, Mt Blue, Owls Head Light, Peaks-Kenny, Popham Beach, Quoddy Head, Range Pond, Rangeley Lake, Reid, Roque Bluffs, Two Lights, Sebago Lake, Shackford Head, Swan Lake, Vaughan Woods, Warren Island and Wolfe’s Neck Woods.Free admission does not apply to camping fees or Day Use at these locations: Acadia National Park, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Peacock Beach, the Maine Wildlife Park, Scarborough Beach State Park, Swan Island, Fort Knox Historic Site, the Penobscot River Corridor or the Penobscot Narrows Observatory in Prospect and Songo Lock.For more information about Maine State Parks and Historic Sites, visit: read more

Celebrating Legendary Soul Artist Donny Hathaway With His Greatest Live Recordings

first_imgSinger, pianist, songwriter, and arranger Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new talents in soul music at the dawn of the 1970s. As a session musician and producer at Curtis Mayfield‘s Curtom Records in Chicago, he arranged multiple hit songs for various soul, gospel, jazz, and blues artists and took part in recordings by Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and The Impressions, among others. After being named the studio’s house producer, he also began recording his own music, which quickly became his main focus. He began to generate buzz in 1969 with the premiere of “The Ghetto Pt. 1”, the first single off his debut LP Everything is Everything, and vaulted to prominence the following year when the album premiered to critical acclaim.After releasing his self-titled second album in 1971, Hathaway began working with lauded vocalist Roberta Flack. In 1972, the pair released Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, an album of pop, soul, and gospel duets that went on to sell over one million copies. That same year, Hathaway released Donny Hathaway Live, perhaps the brightest gem in his impressive catalog. The album has been called one of the greatest live albums ever recorded, and has been covered and cited as an influence by John Legend, D’Angelo, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, and Amy Winehouse (who proudly referred to Donny as her favorite artist and even name-checked him in her hit song “Rehab”). You can listen to Donny Hathaway’s Live in full below:While he was successful in his professional life, Hathaway was haunted in his personal life. During the prime of his career, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and was forced to maintain an intensive medication regiment to maintain his sanity. As the 70’s wore on, his mental state worsened, and he was hospitalized on several occasions. His condition also brought tension to his personal relationships and caused a falling out with his close collaborator Flack.Things appeared to be looking up when the two reconciled and began work on a new duet album, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, in late 1978. However, the two would not get the chance to finish the project. After being sent home from a session on January 13th, 1979 by the producer after an episode of paranoid delusion, Hathaway returned to his room at The Essex House hotel in New York City. Later that night, his body was found on the sidewalk outside, right below his 15th-floor window. Donny Hathaway’s death was ruled a suicide. He was 33 years old.Though devastated, Flack went on to finish the album they started, including “You Are My Heaven” (co-written by Stevie Wonder), Hathaway’s final recording. You can listen to the upbeat love song in all its painful irony below:Happy birthday, Donny. Decades after your death, your influence still looms large over the world of music.last_img read more

Science, meet YouTube

first_img Find out how butterfly pollination behavior influences plant evolution! Drs. Robin Hopkins & Heather Briggs take us through their research into the effects of pipevine swallowtail behavior on the evolution of flower color in the wildflower Phlox. <a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Molly Edwards is a scientist, and she also plays one on TV — or at least on YouTube.Most days, Edwards can be found in the lab of Elena Kramer, the Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, where she is a Ph.D. student working to understand the genes that control the shape of Columbine flower petals.Outside the lab, however, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student is the creator and host of “Science IRL (In Real Life),” a YouTube channel she launched more than a year ago while working as a lab technician at New York University, and is dedicated to taking viewers inside labs for an up-close-and-personal view of the day-to-day work of scientists.“I was realizing that the way science works in real life isn’t very transparent,” Edwards said of her inspiration for the series. “How are the science concepts we learn from textbooks actually used by real scientists? It’s really easy to imagine what a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher does at work, but people don’t get to see what a scientist does every day.”Though she had toyed with the idea of launching a video series for months, it wasn’t until nearly a year ago that Edwards, working with a shoestring budget and a crew made up of friends and volunteers, took the plunge and produced the channel’s first episode, on extracting DNA from plant samples.Columbine flowers! Evo-devo! (Science IRL S2 Ep1) Molly dissects a columbine flower and discusses how columbines are a great model for studying evolutionary development, or evo-devo The series’ budget has grown from those modest beginnings. Edwards recently received an education and outreach grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists to cover the cost of production equipment and travel. The larger budget allows her to explore topics as varied as plant metabolism, butterfly pollination behavior, and genetically modified organisms.Each episode features an entertaining mix of Edwards’ obvious enthusiasm and offbeat sense of humor. Episodes have shown tenured faculty playing with plastic dinosaurs, dancing in the lab, and even Edwards sporting animated “hair” to illustrate how a certain protein in our cells acts like a hair clip to tidy up our chromosomes.Part of her idea behind the series, Edwards said, was to counter the portrayal of scientists as nutty, white-coated workaholics.“I think that that stereotype is a huge barrier for young people entering STEM fields” — science, technology, engineering, and math — she said. “They can’t relate to the mad scientist characters they see on TV or in the movies, so they don’t want to go into those fields. But I’ve worked with so many people who defy that stereotype, so through ‘Science IRL’ I can introduce our viewers to the amazing, warm, compassionate scientists I know.”Of all those who may find an interest in science piqued by the series, Edwards hopes her message reaches one group in particular: young women.“I’m happy to be adding another science channel to YouTube that’s hosted by a woman,” she said. “And ‘Science IRL’ is becoming such a great platform for advocating for gender equality and diversity in STEM. All 10 episodes we’re producing with our grant feature women scientists. I want to provide role models to young women that represent their identities, because being able to visualize yourself as a scientist is such an important first step to pursuing a STEM career.”While she hopes the videos can help people understand complex topics like PCR (otherwise known as polymerase chain reaction, the process used to amplify a DNA fragment into usable quantities), Edwards said the shows are not intended as hands-on primers for conducting lab work.“The goal is to show you how something you’ve had to memorize in a science class comes to life in a lab. I’m not trying to teach you how to do a PCR, or the nitty-gritty biochemistry behind PCR,” she said. “But you’ll learn what it is, why it is awesome, and you’ll see how scientists use it in their research. Hopefully, you’ll walk away knowing it is this incredible tool that has opened all these doors in molecular biology.”Edwards plans to continue producing episodes during her time at Harvard, and she ultimately hopes to continue communicating about science through her career.“I really want to keep working to improve public perception of science and scientists,” she said. “I don’t know what will be the most effective way to do that, whether it’s becoming a prominent science communicator like Bill Nye or working to change science education policy so students can get into labs and get some IRL science experience at a younger age. But for now if talking about the things I do in the lab gets other people interested in science, then that’s my way of helping.”Butterfly behavior & plant evolution! (Science IRL S3 Ep2) <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Report details how Notre Dame students voted in 2016 presidential election

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this third installment, the Center for Social Concerns discusses how Notre Dame students voted in the 2016 presidential election.In the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election between then-President George W. Bush and John Kerry, Jay Brandenberger had an idea.As the director of research and graduate student initiatives and academic community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), Brandenberger said he believed Notre Dame did a good job allowing students to serve their communities. Even so, he had little idea how students engaged with their communities outside of this service.Joseph Han | The Observer “We knew very little at the time, [2003-2004], about how Notre Dame students vote,” Brandenberger said. “To my knowledge there weren’t any previous serious surveys. There’s always been election day stuff by the table in LaFortune … they might have 100 students, 200 students who stop by. … I wanted to have something that was more robust and rigorous and comprehensive.”To explore this interest, Brandenberger said he decided to conduct a University-wide survey after the 2004 election of how Notre Dame students voted at all levels, surveying both graduate and undergraduate students.Brandenberger said he was floored by the responses the first survey received.“The numbers staggered me,” he said. “It was one of the first samples I’d done using an online tool, so I could sit in my office seeing the number of people who completed the survey and it went up by 100 in 10 minutes.”As a result of the first survey’s success, Brandenberger and the CSC have conducted a similar survey the day after the presidential election every four years.The results of the 2016 iteration of this survey were released Tuesday, in a report titled “How Notre Dame Voted: Political Attitudes and Engagement of Notre Dame Students in the 2016 Election.”This year’s survey asked students to describe their preferences in three major subject areas — their vote, the issues they cared most about and where they got the news. The sample consisted of 2,956 randomly sampled undergraduate and graduate students, 61 percent of whom were undergraduates.As a whole, Notre Dame voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, giving the former Secretary of State 59 percent of the vote versus 22.2 percent for President Donald Trump and 18.3 percent for third-party or write-in candidates.Notre Dame women voted for Clinton at a much higher rate than men, with 72 percent of female voters choosing the Democratic nominee versus 47 percent of their male counterparts. Clinton received the highest percent of the vote in the College of Arts and Letters (72.7 percent) while Trump received the highest percent of the vote in the Mendoza College of Business (36 percent).Clinton and third-party voters were most likely to rank “political/ethical scandals” — a new issue added for this election — as the most important issue in determining their vote, while a plurality of Trump voters listed the economy as their most important issue.For students who responded to the survey, the two most popular news sources were national print or online newspapers and social media.Senior Aileen Markovitz, who wrote the first draft of the report, said the report was designed to be easily read and discussed.“Our goal, our idea with the research was not to write an empirical paper — not something that would be published in a political science journal necessarily, but we wanted something that was really accessible to students,” she said.Senior Katie Edler, who helped design the questions and edit the report, said a key finding of the survey was the shift toward third-party candidates.“People that identified as conservative or Republican were a lot more likely to vote for third-party candidates than in the 2012 election,” she said.Markovitz said Notre Dame’s unique identity might have contributed to this result.“We believe … [this trend may be] due to Notre Dame’s Catholic character,” she said. “You have people who would not vote for Hillary Clinton because of ethical things — abortion — and people who wouldn’t vote for Trump for the same reasons. So we had a lot of write-in votes and third-party votes.”For Markovitz, another key finding of the survey was that Notre Dame students were often insulated from people who had opposing beliefs.“People would only feel very comfortable talking to their friends if they knew that they were of the same political belief system,” Markovitz said. “ … Notre Dame students are very polite and you don’t want to wake up on a Tuesday morning and have someone yelling at you about politics, it’s just not the character of the school, really.”Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz all said the project was not meant merely to describe the results of the 2016 election, but also to help start a conversation about politics on campus in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections and break students out of their political bubbles.“It’s kind of easy to sit back in the classroom and point to trends and statistics, but this helps us understand, especially during a time of political divide,” Brandenberger said.  “ … So this is a strategy to bring people together to hear one another.”In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, the CSC has partnered with ND Votes to encourage political engagement. “We are hoping [the partnership] will inspire more conversation around it, and more people registering to vote,” Edler said.Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz will be presenting their findings as part of the National Voter Registration Day Festival at Notre Dame on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Geddes Hall coffee house. 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Broadway’s Chicago Unveils 20th Anniversary Initiatives

first_img Chicago is celebrating its 20th anniversary year on Broadway and is planning to paint the town! A number of initiatives were announced at a party at New York hotspot The Palm on March 22, and we have all the razzle dazzling scoop. The show’s official birthday is on November 14.First up, Takarazuka, the all-female Japanese musical revue troupe, is set to celebrate the centennial of their founding with its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with Takarazuka Chicago. It will mark the first time ever that two identical productions in two different languages will be running at the same time in NYC. The show is scheduled to play a limited engagement July 20 through July 24 at the David H. Koch Theater.Following this, on August 31 there’ll be a one-night-only event to celebrate the Kander and Ebb revival, with the classic tuner being performed in Central Park. More details will be announced soon.You’ll also be able to take in materials from Chicago in the Curtain Up! exhibition, which is heading to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center this October.And that’s not all! Six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will be revising some of his designs for the show, which will debut this fall. Plus, the Chicago: Killing It Worldwide advertising campaign will showcase new photos by Max Vadukul, the photographer who shot the show’s iconic original 1996 advertising campaign.Chicago is currently running at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre starring Paige Davis, Amra-Faye Wright, Jason Danieley and more.Check out’s behind-the-scenes look at the musical’s new ad campaign below! from $49.50 View Comments Related Showscenter_img Chicago (Photo: Max Vadukul)last_img read more

BroadwayCon Has Officially Kicked Off! Get in on the Action with

first_img View Comments The second annual BroadwayCon has officially started! The “comic con for theater lovers” is taking place January 27 through January 29 at the Javits Center in New York City, and will be hanging there all weekend long. Come stop by our epic booth to snap a pic on our Wall of Winners and win prizes all weekend long from BroadwayBox. Going to BroadwayCon 2017? Be on the lookout for a slew of stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Chita Rivera, Brandon Victor Dixon, Darren Criss, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, Ben Platt, Alice Ripley, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Lesli Margherita, Alex Brightman, Max von Essen and many more.On social media during your visit? Of course you are. Be sure to use #bwaycomatcon on your posts from the booth and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat all weekend long. We can’t wait to see you there!last_img read more