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Residential transactions fall 4.4% – HMRC

first_imgThe number of residential property transactions fell in July, the latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed, with 100,720 transactions recorded last month, up 0.2 per cent compared to the corresponding month in 2014.But HMRC’s seasonally adjusted estimate shows that the number of home transactions actually fell by 4.4 per cent between June and July. There were also 10.100 non-residential transactions, down from 10,460 from the previous month.The volume of non-adjusted residential transactions was 2.4 per cent higher than in June and 8 per cent higher than in July last year.The number of seasonally adjusted transactions has steady increased over the past seven years, according to the HMRC report, with the volume of seasonally adjusted transactions remaining broadly stable at around 100,000 per month.The latest figures reflect a “shift-change of late”, with property sales over the past couple of months “stepping up to the mark of last summer”, Peter Rollings (left), CEO of Marsh & Parsons noted.He said, “In July, sales may have slipped back slightly month-on-month, but we need to remember that the market was working overtime in June to regain lost ground lost before the election.”Doug Crawford (right), Chief Executive Officer of conveyancing firm myhomemove, agrees that the General Election has had a major impact on the housing market in recent months, and that the outcome of the poll had assured buyers and sellers that the housing market was likely to remain stable, “leading to a spike in the number of property transactions in June”.He continued, “The HMRC figures show that the number of transactions has barely changed over the last year and this begs the question about why a year’s steady improvement in the economy hasn’t led to an increase in home purchases, particularly when mortgage availability and rates have been so favourable.”“The main impediment has been a serious shortage in supply. There is a lot of appetite from buyers but not enough homes for sale to meet demand. This mismatch is stoking price rises. In some areas we have even seen instances of gazumping, as sellers look to make the most of competition between buyers by accepting higher offers,”Crawfordadded.residential property transactions residential transactions residential transactions fall August 27, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Residential transactions fall 4.4% – HMRC previous nextHousing MarketResidential transactions fall 4.4% – HMRCThere were just over 100,000 residential property transactions last month, the latest figures reveal.The Negotiator27th August 20150529 Viewslast_img read more

New Stroke Model

first_imgIt is well-known in the medical field that the pig brain shares certain physiological and anatomical similarities with the human brain. So similar are the two that researchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed the first U.S. pig model for stroke treatments, which will provide essential preclinical data and speed the drug discovery process. Often referred to by research teams as “the animals most like people,” pig-derived medical products have a long history of use in humans and have improved the lives of countless patients. Pig heart valves are used to replace damaged or diseased human valves, diabetics may use insulin taken from pigs, and the blood-thinning drug heparin was first derived from a pig. “Compared to mice, our large animal stroke model is a more rigorous test of potential therapeutics with findings that are likely more clinically relevant,” said Franklin West, an associate professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and senior author of the paper describing the model. Using their model, the team has shown that induced neural stem cells, or iNSCs, can replace stroke-damaged brain tissue and stimulate neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to naturally repair itself. “This is the first time that a neural stem cell therapy has been tested in a large animal model with a brain more similar to humans,” said Emily Baker, lead author of the study, who recently received her doctorate in neuroscience from UGA. “With greater predictive capabilities, there’s a better likelihood of it working in a human.” Stroke is the cause of one in every 19 deaths in the U.S. and has estimated annual cost of $315 billion — 56 percent higher than treatment-associated costs of all cancers, according to the American Heart Association. Despite the urgent need, almost all clinical trials of neuroprotective therapies to date have failed to translate from the laboratory to the clinic, according to the RBC research team. Stroke therapies that worked on small animals such as mice more often than not proved ineffective in human strokes.With the failure of so many clinical trials, the concept of neuroprotection and the inability to demonstrate a regenerative action to restore and replace brain tissue has been the subject of many discussions in both research and medical communities. Through this model, the research team was able to more precisely establish the repair mechanism by which stem cells work in neural tissue regeneration and neuroprotection than was previously known. “The takeaway from this work is that the injected stem cells led to cellular and tissue improvement,” West said. “Basically, if you have a stroke and you get this treatment, fewer neurons are going to die, and for stroke research that’s critically important.” The findings from the study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, suggest that there are peripherals of salvageable brain tissue that would benefit from cell-based restorative therapies after acute ischemic stroke. Specifically, iNSCs that naturally promote brain plasticity and recovery. In collaboration with Emory University and UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the team’s work shows improved recovery in white matter, the “superhighways of connectivity” that connect key centers of the brain. This change in response to restorative therapy can be monitored using MRI imaging techniques. “From the MRI we learned of a recovery mechanism in that neural stem cell therapy improves white matter integrity,” said Baker. “We now have white matter tracts that allow for faster, more effective communication from one region in the brain to another after injury.” The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it may speed stroke discoveries by providing a better, more predictive translational model. Researchers within the RBC are already using this model as a platform for future nanotechnology applications. “If we can replace lost brain tissue and neural systems that are basically gone from stroke, which would lead to functional improvement or functional independence like feeding yourself, getting yourself dressed and being able to move again, then we’ve met our long-term goals — but in the bigger picture what we’ve done is improve the quality of life,” said West.  The study, “Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neural Stem Cell Therapy Enhances Recovery in an Ischemic Stroke Pig Model,” is available online at www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-10406-x.The Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia links researchers and resources collaborating in a wide range of disciplines to develop new cures for devastating diseases that affect animals and people. With its potential restorative powers, regenerative medicine could offer new ways of treating diseases for which there are currently no treatments — including heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke. For more information, see www.rbc.uga.edu.last_img read more

The young Norwegians taking their own country to court over oil

first_img– Advertisement – “In a post-oil Norway, we may not have the same economic progress, but it is much more important to me that I can breathe, have children with a clear conscience, than Norway being the richest country in the world,” says Emma. “If not even the richest country in the world can start rebuilding, who will?”last_img

Europa League final team news: N’Golo Kante makes shock start, Petr Cech picked ahead of Bernd Leno

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has stuck to his guns by selecting Petr Cech ahead of Bernd Leno for tonight’s Europa League final against Chelsea.Cech, 37, will hang up his gloves no matter the result tonight after confirming his retirement earlier this season.The veteran has played every single knockout game for the Gunners this term but he’s been second choice behind Leno in the Premier League.Emery was under substantial pressure to select the German given the nature of tonight’s clash but Emery has stuck to his word by sticking with Cech.ADVERTISEMENTElsewhere, Mesut Ozil starts in midfield behind a front two of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, with Emery appearing to select a back five.📋 Here it is – our @EuropaLeague final team news!🏆 #UELfinal— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 29, 2019Chelsea’s build-up to the Baku final has been far from ideal with Maurizio Sarri caught storming out of training on Tuesday.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club claim he was unhappy with the fact that the squad could not practice set-pieces due to the open session but tempers frayed elsewhere as Gonzalo Higuain and David Luiz were seen arguing.N’Golo Kante was an unexpected member of the travelling party to the Azerbaijan as Chelsea gave him every opportunity to prove his fitness.He managed just 20 minutes in Tuesday’s training session but he did enough to convince the coaching staff that he was worth a start.Eden Hazard starts in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club, while Olivier Giroud gets the nod ahead of Gonzalo Higuain.Kante starts for the Blues! 💪Here’s our #UELfinal starting team… pic.twitter.com/L88vIojaoV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 29, 2019 Europa League final team news: N’Golo Kante makes shock start, Petr Cech picked ahead of Bernd Leno Chelsea XI: Kepa, Emerson, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Hazard, Pedro, Giroud.Arsenal XI: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ozil; Aubameyang, LacazetteMORE: How much prize money will Arsenal or Chelsea earn from winning the Europa League? Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 6:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link412Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

KWASU Don, Gambari, Bags NSSM Top Job

first_imgHead of the Kinesiology, Health Education and Sports Administration Department at the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete-Ilorin, Professor Mohammed Baba Gambari, has been appointed President of the rejuvenated Nigeria Society of Sports Management (NSSM). The 56-year-old professor of sports management and administration and Provost, College of Education at KWASU, took over the position from Prof. Clement Oluwaseun Fasan of the University of Lagos.Gambari was unveiled as new NSSM boss at a meeting last week in Ibadan where former director at the National Sports Commission, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, and NSC’s Zone II Coordinator, Dr. Steve Olarinoye, among other sports administrators, were present.Gambari, a keen tennis player whose hobbies also include reading and traveling, said at the weekend that the appointment had come at a time he described as auspicious.“Sports in Nigeria is in a critical state at the moment and needs direction that can be most sustainable and this is exactly what myself and my time will aim to address in the most efficient and professional way,” the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria product who was also former two-term head of the Physical and Health Education at the Bayero University, Kano remarked.“We will aim to have an inclusive society of sports managers in Nigeria and we are resolved to collaborate with the Federal Sports Ministry, states’ sports ministries, as well as other sports agencies to elevate the fortune of sports in the country to world-class,” the university don, whose two decades of teaching experience focuses on Motor Learning, Research Method, Sports Management and Psychology, among others, added.Gambari, a former NUGA technical sub-committee member who is also a contemporary of the immediate past NSC’s Director General, Alhassan Yakmut, has already received solidarity message from former Nigeria’s tennis great, Prof. Sadiq A. Abdullahi, who pledged full support for the new NSSM boss in a congratulatory message sent from his Florida, USA base yesterdayShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

A passion denied, but not quieted

first_imgStanding among men made giants by pads and cleats, Frankie Telfort is almost dwarfed. He exudes an austerity punctuated only by the gold chain and diamond studs he decorates himself with. He rarely smiles.Until late July of this year, the cusp of the new season, Telfort was one of the most highly touted football recruits in the country: a fast, slightly undersized outside linebacker known for the strength of his hits and the depth of his football intelligence.Looking on · Frankie Telfort (right) was all set to play linebacker at USC. But after being diagnosed with a heart condition, Telfort has found a new role. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanOne day in July, however, Telfort was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart defect that could be deadly for a high-performing athlete. Telfort’s career as a player ended immediately. Standing among his fellow Trojans after a recent practice, he recalled those moments of loss with a detached honesty.“It was pretty tough, just trying to transition from playing ball to not playing ball. It’s something you love and it gets stripped away from you,” Telfort said, his voice steady as he recalled the memory.But Telfort’s words suggest that those few weeks after his diagnosis are a time still etched raw in his mind.“I played ball for the last 10 years of my life and it kind of seemed like a bad dream or something like that,” Telfort said. “I had a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of nights I cried — I’m not afraid to say that.”After his diagnosis, USC made the decision to honor Telfort’s full scholarship and to allow him to remain on the field as an assistant linebackers coach. Telfort threw his full weight into the responsibility, maintaining a strong visibility in practice by offering advice, doling out criticism and getting down in the mud with his former teammates.“I’m just an extra set of eyes,” Telfort said. “I’m looking at what my linebackers are doing. I throw in my two cents every down and when they make a mistake or something like that.”Defensive coordinator Rocky Seto has watched Telfort’s transition from player to coach in the little time that has passed and suggested that the young man has “tremendous potential.”“One of the things that was his strength as a player was the knowledge that he had and how much he studied,” Seto said. “Coaches have to be really into it and dig in as much as they can. He’s already done that as a player, so if he continues to dig in I foresee great things for him as a coach.”Though Telfort said he has had little trouble adapting to the sudden distance between himself and his teammates, he admitted the transition from player to coach has forced him to shift perspectives rather quickly.“Let’s say you get like your bell rung one play or you’re out of breath, you’re not really thinking about your plays. Whereas as a coach, you’re always thinking about plays and what the players need to do and what assignments they have,” Telfort explained.Seto, himself only a little more than a decade removed from the game as a player, remarked that while Telfort has suffered no disrespect from the older and more experienced players, the pure newness of his situation could make things hard for him.“It’s so hard to have that separation,” Seto said. “I remember when I first started volunteering after I got done playing, there’s still a connection with your old teammates. He’s in the transitionary phase right now, where he’s trying to learn and see what coaching’s all about.”Outside linebacker and fellow freshman Jarvis Jones praised Telfort’s presence on the sideline, particularly the palpable energy and experience that the coach brings every day.“He’s pushing us real hard. He’s working on our blitzes, our get-offs, our cut-blocks and everything you could think of to become a better player,” Jones said. “Frankie is a great coach. He’s got a lot of energy. He tries to push us everyday to be the best players we can be.”Jones not only spoke highly of Telfort’s effectiveness as a coach, but also of his presence as a rallying point for the team.“When he gives us a pregame speech, when Frankie talks everybody’s really feeling it. He’s one of the best out of us because he can’t do it,” Jones said. “He’s just trying to play through us, and we play through Frankie. I love him like a brother, and everybody really respects Frankie and what he does for us.”When asked about his future prospects on and off the field, Telfort displayed a practicality that belied his youth, expressing his belief that education is paramount to his future.“I’ve got to graduate first. I want to major in creative writing with a pre-med path, so I got my hands full,” Telfort said. “Hopefully I can either go to med school here or back closer to home. I guess after that there’s always the coaching option, just because I love the game.”Earl Sims, Telfort’s former football coach at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, reminisced about how Telfort’s drive pushed him through those first dark days after his diagnosis.“He was devastated, and when I asked how he felt, whether or not he was feeling homesick, whether or not he wanted to give it up and come back home, he was adamant about not coming home because he left to pursue a plan and he didn’t want to give up, even if that plan had changed,” Sims said.Telfort’s former coach remembers the neophyte coach’s writing ability fondly, remarking that while Telfort may still be searching for the next step in the face of a brave new world, he is well-suited to rewrite his story.“I remember saying to him ‘God never makes mistakes. This might be his will for you to move on to something else.’ Everybody has a story, and everybody builds their story by their lives,” Sims said. “Frankie’s trying to figure out how to put together his own story now.”last_img read more