Estate agents offered first ever free property hazards searches

first_imgHome » News » Estate agents offered first ever free property hazards searches previous nextProducts & ServicesEstate agents offered first ever free property hazards searchesPropertySearchesDirect says its initiative will ease the often difficult relationship between estate agent and conveyancer.Nigel Lewis24th September 202001,273 Views A recently-launched search company has begun offering estate agents and buyers a free service that flags up any major hazards a property may have before a sale progresses to searches.“We are looking to ease the often difficult relationship between estate agent and conveyancer by reducing age old resentment and misunderstanding and enabling a more collaborative conveyancing environment,” says Daniel Hamilton-Charlton, a director of online service Property Searches Direct.“If estate agents took a more proactive role by asking buyers and sellers to get more information up front then the likelihood is that fewer chains would fall apart.”Property Searches Direct claims to be the first in the UK to offer a hazard checker service for free to agents and buyers, information that is normally only available to conveyancing professionals and usually only checked once a sale has been agreed.FloodingThis includes information on flooding, ground instability, radon gas, subsidence, planned transport improvements, contaminated land and planned infrastructure engineering projects.Hamilton-Charlton says the free service is part of his company’s promise to both speed up the conveyancing process, but also increase transparency within the largely opaque world of sales progression.“We believe buyers, seller’s and their agents should go into a purchase with their eyes open, so this is exactly what our system provides,” he says.“We provide exactly the same products that would be ordered by a conveyancer but crucially we are enabling home movers to order them at the beginning and not some weeks in to the transaction.”Read more about PSD.Daniel Hamilton-Charlton Property Searches Direct September 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Mental Health, Suicide Awareness Key During Holiday Season

first_imgPhoto Credit: By Dr. BUZZ MINGINThe holiday season is joyous for many, and what we see in the media and on TV commercials suggests warm family gatherings, loving interpersonal relationships and an optimistic view of the new year to come.Unfortunately, there is another side to the holidays. The pressures of everyday life, relationships, difficult financial situations, even the change in seasons can lead people to dark places mentally.  In some of the worst-case situations, people are overwhelmed and desperate and may have suicidal thoughts or even act on those thoughts.It’s important to understand the “why” of suicide, if we hope to prevent it.When people hear a tragic story of a person inflicting insult to themselves resulting in death, the perceptions of others is often incorrect as to “why” the deceased made such a drastic decision to no longer live.In neuroscience, we define Trauma as inescapable stress to the brain. In other words, when the brain is disturbed by constant, inescapable stress, that disallows the thinking part of the brain from strategizing through situations nor being able to see any possibilities of recovery. Sadly, death becomes the only means the non-thinking part of the brain can perceive as a way to not feel disturbed, depressed, scared, sad or paranoid.It’s important to know that the part of the brain that influences suicide is called the subcortical region, or the bottom part of the brain. Interestingly, this part of the brain has no thinking capacity. So, when the brain is ailing and won’t negotiate with the top part of the brain (the cortical/cerebrum or the thinking part of the brain) the stress that the brain experiences becomes exacerbated and desperate.Because there is no thinking capacity in the subcortical region of the brain (the bottom part of the brain that suicidal ideation resides), suicidal people are not able to think logically, plan, strategize, understand cause and effect nor use practical or sophisticated judgement as the cortex (thinking part of the brain) is unavailable to sufferers. Therefore, when people learn of someone who is suicidal, it is common for them to put blame on those who are suicidal for upsetting loved ones.Others may mistakenly compel suicidal individuals to feel guilty for being suicidal, and/or make unreasonable demands of suicidal people such as suggesting one needs to think more positive or be grateful of what one has. At the same time, the system of care finds it simply convenient to prescribe medication without regard to the precursor that could be causing the “inescapable stress to one’s brain.”Some of the precursors could include but not be limited to the following as witnessed by me at my clinical center in southern New Jersey: Trauma i.e. victims of abuse, Seasonal Affective Disorder, mental health disorders, i.e. Depression, Craniocervical Syndrome Junction Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, Substance Abuse, chronic medical condition(s), chronic sleep conditions, hormonal conditions, toxicity to the brain i.e. mold, and many other undiscovered reasons.It’s important that the world recognizes that it is never the initial goal for one to take his or her own life. But, without resolution as to what is causing the impairment, the brain activates a “Flight Response” (responsible by Adrenal glands that produce Cortisol) in many suffering individuals that makes the sufferer feel, not think, that the only way to rid the pain and suffering is to end one’s life.Even more complicated, suicidal people often get a rush of energy developed by higher levels of cortisol (commonly called a cortisol burst/rush) that reinforces the idea that dying is a viable option. As a result, when a suicidal person entertains the idea, a false reality, that dying would feel better than suffering, the sufferer is highly “at risk.” This is called ideation, the process of entertaining the feeling of ending one’s own life, which results in the sufferer feeling a burst of positive energy coming from perceiving that the suffering can immediately end.Once the thought of dying is no longer creating an energy rush, the sufferer commonly adds to the perceived anticipated experience then by creating or adding to the plan. This now creates another Cortisol rush that gets the sufferer through the moment or through the day. To keep the rush, the sufferer may investigate ways to die. In other words, the sufferer is now most “at risk” for following through with the suicide attempt, which gives the sufferer a final boost of energy to actually now complete the act.This process happens even if the thinking part of the brain is suggesting to the suicidal person that this is not a good idea. This moment of conflict is called cognitive confusion, moral confusion, or spiritual confusion. These moments are when the thinking part of the brain doesn’t agree with the emotional impulse that is manipulating a suffering person’s behavior. Analogously, this is a similar feeling that a person experiences when one has the flu and perceives he will feel better if he simply takes medicine or escapes going to school or work that day.Another example could be a child who is physically hurt and feels his mother’s comfort is the only means to take away the pain. Therefore, he craves his mother’s attention at any expense. Another example could be a drug addict who can’t imagine going through another minute of the day without getting high and the more he feels he needs to get high, the more he will act on impulse.  Although tough to hear and impossible to imagine by most, this is how the brain works when one’s stress is inescapable to one’s brain.In summary, there are many reasons why people feel suicidal, entertain the thought of ending one’s own life, and actually following through with the plan to do so.Identifying the precursor that causes impairment is paramount. Otherwise, the sufferer may never get better. It’s critical that people recognize that the dysfunction of any suicidal person resides in the subcortical region of the brain. This realty and understanding is a must in order for supporters of the ill to not exacerbate their conditions by lecturing those who are suicidal, making suicidal people feel guilty for being suicidal, and simply trying to negotiate ill people out of making a poor decision when, in fact, the region of the brain that evaluates, decides, and makes logical choices is not even available to suicidal people.Understanding the brain parts, functions and chemistry are a first step in preventing suicides and reducing the number of successful suicide attempts in today’s society.It is hoped the “stigma” attached to mental illness and suicide can be erased with such understanding.If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Brings Their Winter Tour To Denver’s Ogden Theatre

first_imgLoad remaining images On Friday night, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood continued their 2019 winter tour with a performance at Denver, CO’s Ogden Theatre. The band, comprised of Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam McDougall, Jeff Hill, and Tony Leone, worked through two sets of fan-favorites as well as a sing-along cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Loving Cup” and more.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Continues Winter Tour With Show At Fort Collins’ Washington’s [Photos]Chris Robinson and company will continue their tour tonight, Saturday, February 9th, with a performance at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up Aspen followed by a pair of performances at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO on Sunday, February 10th and Monday, February 11th. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to their website here.Below, you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s performance at the Ogden courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 2/8/19Set One: Comin’ Round The Mountain, Someday Past The Sunset, Reflections, Clear Bue Sky, Sunday Sound, Sweet, Sweet Lullaby, Blue Star Woman, Let It FallSet Two: Loving Cup, Rare Birds, Vibration & Light, Venus In Chrome, Serves Me Right To Suffer, Good To Know, Narcissus Soaking Wet, Shore PowerEncore: Mr. Soul.Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 2/8/19 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma to deliver lecture

first_imgHarvard University will welcome Professor Eduardo Matos Moctezuma on April 10 to deliver the lecture, “Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Discovers Himself: Excavations of the Great Aztec Temple,” at 6 p.m., at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St.This is the first lecture on campus as part of the five-year Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series; the inaugural lecture in the series was delivered at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City this past October and was covered extensively by the press. With the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series, Harvard seeks to celebrate the excellence of Mexican archaeology and history and aims to build and strengthen existing educational and research ties with Mexico. In subsequent years, other world-renowned experts on pre-Hispanic Mexico will be chosen to deliver the Matos Moctezuma lectures in Mexico City in the fall and at Harvard in the spring.The Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa and the initiative of Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America at the Department of Anthropology and Harvard Divinity School. This is the first such series to be named after a Mexican in Harvard’s nearly 400-year history. It is the product of almost four decades of close collaboration between Professors Matos and Carrasco on the excavation and research projects surrounding the Templo Mayor at Tenochtitlan. The Lecture Series comes out of collaboration among the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies offices in Cambridge and Mexico City, Harvard Divinity School, and the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project.The lecture this April will be hosted by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. A livestream will be available on the Facebook page of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. As a prelude to Professor Matos Moctezuma’s lecture, program attendees are invited to a special presentation at 5 p.m., in the “Ocarinas of the Americas” exhibit, located on the third floor of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Musician and anthropologist José Cuellar, who curated the exhibit of these ocarinas, will speak about this collection of indigenous instruments that featured prominently in rituals of pre-Hispanic societies, including the Aztecs and Maya. The exhibit will be on display and open to the public until June.On the day following the lecture, April 11, Dean David Hempton of Harvard Divinity School and Professors Carrasco and Matos will unveil a painting by celebrated Mexican-American artist George Yepes, commissioned to honor Professor Matos and symbolize the lecture series. The painting, “Caballero Águila,” or “Eagle Warrior,” is inspired by images related to Matos’ work at the Templo Mayor. An original copy of the painting was presented to Matos as a gift during the inaugural lecture in Mexico in October. The original painting was acquired by Harvard Divinity School and will be unveiled during a ceremony featuring Yepes himself at HDS’s Andover Hall (45 Francis Avenue) at 2 p.m. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Tracy K. Smith ’94 accepts Harvard Arts Medal

first_img 4 days of interactive performances, art installations, and activities celebrate creativity on campus Related U.S. poet laureate to lead alumni at Harvard’s 368th Commencement Some of the most important time in Tracy K. Smith’s life was spent in the armchairs of Lamont Library.During a tumultuous first year at Harvard College following the death of her mother, Smith found moments of clarity in the corners of the library, covering the pages of her sketchbook with poetry.The certainty she felt in that library guided Smith when the rest of her life felt uncertain.Nearly 30 years later, Smith ’94 was welcomed back to campus as the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient at a ceremony Thursday in Agassiz Theatre, kicking off Arts First weekend. Smith was introduced by fellow poet and English professor Jorie Graham, who praised her unique voice and “remarkable bandwidth” as an artist.In the years since College, Smith has become a prolific writer, publishing four collections of poetry on a vast range of topics, from the Civil War to outer space. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2012 and was named the 22nd poet laureate of the U.S. in 2017.Ultimately, Graham said, “Tracy K. Smith grew up into the poet she dreamed, in Lamont Library, she might become.”Smith is the 26th recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal, which is given annually to a graduate or faculty member who has achieved artistic excellence and made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good.“Harvard is a place from which an astonishing number of this nation’s crucial artists have sprung,” said Graham, who is herself a Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry. “This year, it is a delight for me to celebrate the art form I love so dearly and its singularly glorious practitioner, Tracy K. Smith.”Smith said receiving the medal is “an honor that means the world to me.”The Arts Medal ceremony began with the introduction from Graham, the Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric, and ended with the medal presentation by Harvard President Larry Bacow. Most of the ceremony, though, was reserved for Smith to discuss her work with Boston journalist Callie Crossley.Their conversation wound its way through many themes of Smith’s poetry: grief and pain, empathy, recognition of others’ humanity, love and intimacy, the natural world, and imagining God and the afterlife.,They touched on Smith’s travels through rural America as the poet laureate, which led her to community centers in Alaska and addiction rehabilitation facilities in Kentucky. Smith said she found herself continuously “acknowledging the amplitude of poems” as she heard them discussed in surprising contexts.Prompted by Crossley, Smith also read several of her poems aloud, including one based on correspondence from black Civil War veterans and another titled “Refuge.”Crossley said “Refuge,” in which the narrator sees her own life reflected in the lives of refugees, is an example of “the power of poetry that allows people to be seen.”Graham praised Smith similarly, saying her work as poet laureate reflects her “deep commitment” to transmitting poetry’s power.“If you want to be moved and inspired, watch those seeds of [Tracy’s] take root in people across this country who had no idea a poem could speak for them, to them, about them,” Graham said. “She is an awakener.”Bacow said he was struck, after hearing Smith read and discuss her poetry, by how her work compelled him “to think about voice.”“Your voice is captivating, and draws all of us in in such profound ways,” Bacow told Smith. “We are so proud of you, for all that you have done and all that you will do.”Bacow ceremoniously fastened the medal around Smith’s neck and then offered her the podium, where she expressed her gratitude — to other poets like Graham, to her professors Seamus Heaney and Lucie Brock-Broido, and to Harvard itself.Smith said returning to Harvard brought a combination of joy, homesickness, and a reminder of all that she struggled with as a student.Receiving the award felt like a reassurance, she said. “The honor of the Harvard Arts Medal tempts me to believe that I’m following the path I once set out to find.”center_img Arts First, last, and in between Tracy K. Smith elected chief marshallast_img read more

New York State Allowing School Districts To Eliminate Snow Days

first_imgMGN Online Stock Image.ALBANY — New York State is giving school districts the choice to get rid of snow days.The Department of Education says districts could switch to remote learning when they would normally cancel classes.Education leaders will evaluate the policy after the school year and then decide whether to keep it moving forward.Remote learning is now standardized in many districts statewide because of gathering concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Vanishing Vidalias.

first_img“Traditionally, bacterial disease has been a terribleproblem for us,” he said. “It has probably been ourworst enemy over the past four or five years. This year, though,I see the least amount of bacteria ever. Even this late in theseason, you just don’t see any.”Vidalias are subject to two bacterial threats: warm-weatherbacteria and cold-weather bacteria. Both have been nearly nonexistentthis year.”We do have one warm-weather bacterium that usually hitsus in April,” Torrance cautioned. “And it has hit usfor the past four or five years. Hopefully, that won’t happen.We’ll be digging onions in the next few weeks. We’re very happyabout it.” Cold, unstable weather through December and January has takena toll on the state’s valuable Vidalia onion crop. Experts saythe crop will be late, possibly smaller than normal and in shortsupply.”Because the weather was so rough in December, the onionsdidn’t really grow until mid-January,” said Reid Torrance,Tattnall County Extension Service coordinator with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It has the crop behind,” Torrance said. “Wewon’t be in full swing of harvest until the first week of May.So, we’re hoping we have good weather for the next few weeks tosize the bulbs up. We’re still optimistic that we’ll have a goodcrop. But it’s going to be short.”According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Vidaliaonion growers planted 14,387 acres of this year’s crop. That’sdown a little more than 1,000 acres from last year.”Yields off those acres usually average 200 hundredweightper acre,” Torrance said. “Last year it was 255 hundredweightper acre — a 25 percent increase over our long-term average,and the biggest crop we’ve ever made. We will be off anywherefrom one-third to half of that (record) yield this year.”Short Crop, Good MarketOn the heels of last year’s bumper crop of onions, the newsisn’t all bad for onion marketers. A short market usually equalshigher prices. Fewer acres coupled with at least a 15-percentto 20-percent loss in yields should make for a favorable Vidaliaonion market.”My guess is we will be 30 percent off what we shippedlast year at the best,” Torrance said. “And it couldbe closer to 50 percent off. From here on out, it will all dependon the weather.”Vidalia onions require even temperatures and good soil moistureto grow.”We need the good stable temperatures like we are gettingthis week,” Torrance said. “We’ve been riding this roller coaster of up-and-down temperatures. Last week I had to wear a jacket. Onions don’t grow when it’s jacket weather. What they’re projecting for the next week is just what we need.”It’s those temperature swings that delayed the crop. It takeseven, warm temperatures to promote bulbing in onions.”If it gets too hot, the tops will fall over and the bulbstops growing,” Torrance said. “If that happens, we’llget a lot of medium onions and few jumbos. We need some help fromMother Nature with some rain to keep the tops stiff, too. If theyget stressed, they’ll fall over and won’t size up.”Good Weather, High QualityWhile the short crop will likely bring higher prices for growers, it also means higher prices for shoppers. The good news for both is that Torrance also expects a high-quality crop.last_img read more

Holiday houseplants

first_imgOrnamental plants like poinsettias, Christmas cacti, Christmas Kalanchoe, amaryllis bulbs and miniature Christmas trees are often given as gifts during the holiday season. Unfortunately, these plants usually don’t come with plant care information. And the gift getter may not have a green thumb.Many people mistakenly leave these plants outside without realizing they aren’t very cold hardy. Freezing winter temperatures can quickly turn your new plants to mush. Then your plant-gifts are only suited for the compost bin. Tropical immigrantsMost holiday gift plants are tropical or subtropical plant species that prefer lots of sunlight (but not direct sunlight), average humidity around 25-50 percent, and warm daily temperatures averaging 65-75 degrees F. They make excellent houseplants if you have a sunny window nearby. It’s important to keep the soil moist, but not wet for holiday gift plants. These plants often come wrapped in festive foil or plastic. This wrapping may keep the plant from dripping on the furniture, but it can keep the soil too wet. This can ultimately lead to root rot and leaf drop. Unwrap your plantsNow that the holidays are over, remove the wrapping and make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Some of the fancier containers don’t have drainage holes and you may need to repot the plant or drill holes in the bottom. Place a saucer or pan under the pot to catch any excess water. Don’t allow water to stand in the saucer for more than a few minutes. Once the soil has drained, dump the excess water. Most holiday plants should be watered only after the soil surface turns dry.If your holiday gift plant produces flowers, after a few weeks they will begin to drop the flowers and go into a resting state. Often, they will bloom again later in the year if they are provided the right conditions. Plant bulbs outside, move potted plants back and forthKeep in mind, some of these plants don’t normally bloom at Christmas and will revert to a natural bloom cycle. These plants were grown in greenhouse conditions and forced to bloom outside their natural cycles. Amaryllis bulbs are actually cold hardy to zone 7b, which includes metro-Atlanta and areas further south. So, if you live in zone 7b or 8, plant the bulbs outside in the fall for blooms in the spring (their natural flowering time). Bulbs that have already flowered this winter can be gradually acclimated to the outdoors in the spring. There they may bloom again later this year or next year.Repot for proper growthMost holiday plants will quickly outgrow their containers in the first year. To keep them as houseplants, in the spring, repot in a container that is about 1” inch wider than their current container-home. Use commercial potting soil labeled for houseplants. These soils are easier to handle, sterile and lightweight. Don’t use soil from your backyard as it’s often heavy with clay and will hold too much moisture in a container. When repotting, prune away gangly growth and overgrown areas. Dead branches can be pruned out at any time. Poinsettias respond well to pruning and pinching, which causes them to branch out and create more flower bracts next winter.Holiday gift plants can be moved outdoors with a little effort. In the spring, gradually acclimate them to outdoor temperatures to avoid plant shock and sun scald. A shady patio or covered porch out of direct sunlight is a good place to start. Place them there for a few weeks before moving them to a more sunny location. Bring them back indoors in the fall before the first frost. For more information, see UGA Extension publications B1318, Growing Indoor Plants with Success; C787, Gardening in Containers; and B1338, Gardening in Containers Using Tropical Plants. These publications can be found online at or get print copies by calling your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Uruguayan Navy Collaborated on Seizure of 270 kg of Marijuana in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2010 The Uruguayan Navy collaborated on the seizure of 270 kilograms of marijuana in Haitian territorial waters, the navy’s spokesperson, Capt. Anselmo Borges, announced in Montevideo. The seizure took place Tuesday, when Naval Aviation Helicopter A063, a Bölkow BO105, was performing a reconnaissance mission near Ile a Vache, according to a statement by the navy. Borges explained that the helicopter, embarked on board the ship ROU 04 “General Artigas,” which had begun its return voyage to Montevideo after unloading various Uruguayan donations in Port-au-Prince – principally two water-purification units, food, and medicine – carried out the reconnaissance mission at the UN’s request. While the mission was underway, the aircraft was alerted by the ship’s crew “to the presence of a suspicious craft heading toward the coast from the open sea at great speed,” for which reason the helicopter “proceeded in search of it, successfully intercepting it a few minutes later,” the statement says. “The launch’s three crew members, upon seeing that a military helicopter was approaching, ran the craft straight for the coast and left it adrift with its entire cargo as they ran to hide in the jungle,” the statement adds. The Uruguayan aircraft “immediately reported the events to the UN mission in Haiti and requested support from the Uruguayan naval base in Port Salut (part of Minustah), a few miles away, so that the base would send ships to seize the launch,” which they then “turned over to the competent authorities,” Borges said. Uruguay has a contingent of 1,162 ‘blue helmets’ deployed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah).last_img read more

47 credit union leaders graduate from Foundation’s DE program

first_img Forty-seven credit union leaders were designated as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training.The May DE Training was held May 15-20 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. and was attended by employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners across the United States and the globe.DE Training is a unique experiential training program that provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose and the “why” that differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions. During the Foundation’s signature program, participants are involved in group exercises, field visits and interactive speaker sessions that provide insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome the financial and developmental issues they face. continue reading » Forty-seven credit union leaders are designated Credit Union Development Educators after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Credit Union Development Education training at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more