A vendor in Portsmouth has listed his property for sale with an estate agency after deciding not to sell his luxury property via an online raffle, highlighting how difficult it can be to sell properties through this route.The owners of Winton House, which is now on the market with Fine & Country, had been offered for £10 a ticket in August.Before that the owner, local businessman Akhtar Siddiqui, had attempted to sell the five-bedroom luxury house for £3.2 million via another estate agency, but removed it from the market in July, and set up the raffle.He had bought the mansion in 2009 and spent three years renovating the property and its grounds, moving in during 2012.In July Siddiqui told a local newspaper that it was the success of previous house raffles around the UK and the recession brought on by Covid that spurred him on to try a raffle.Covid issues“As a business owner I like to do things outside of the box,’ he said.“Over time I’ve seen quite a few articles online about people raffling their houses off and I really like the idea, so I decided to do the same.“I also think it’s a good option to move forward with because of the current climate.”But his raffle was abruptly cancelled recently and, although tickets sales were meant to continue until December 22nd, Siddiqui has now refunded all those who paid for a chance to win the property, and is now trying once more to sell it via an agent.Neither Siddiqui or Fine & Country will say why the raffle was cancelled. But it is likely not to have sold enough tickets; at £10 a ticket the raffle will have had to sell 320,000 to achieve the house’s previous sale price.In February Trading Standards was given a role in policing house raffles.raffle house Akhtar Siddiqui Portsmouth fine & country December 9, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » As another house raffle vendor gives up, are these competitions losing their appeal? previous nextMarketingAs another house raffle vendor gives up, are these competitions losing their appeal?Vendor of luxury £3.2 million house tried to raffle his home for four months but has now instead listed it with Fine & Country.Nigel Lewis9th December 20200636 Views
How do I get a six pack? This is probably one of the most asked questions in any gym.Everyone has their own ideal waistline and they will always aspire to try and get that ‘look’, especially when summer is around the corner.Most men want the six pack abs and most women would love to have a long, lean and tight tummy. Walk into any gym or health club at any time of the day and you will likely find a number of people laying on their backs with their legs in the air (take your mind out of the gutter) crunching away for all they are worth in the hopes of reducing their waist line or getting a set of chiselled abs.There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to abdominal training.Turn on any TV and flick through some of the shopping channels and you will be met with a variety of gadgets and gizmos, all of them with models with unbelievable bodies, “Ab-swinging”, “Ab-crunching”, “4 minute-Abing” and even “ab rolling”.Go online and you will be met with the over enthusiastic ‘Mike Chang,’ the only millionaire on YouTube who cannot afford a shirt. All of these products promise that you will get the results that you are after, but all of them will fail to deliver.Why then are they so hard to attain?What is it that holds us back from getting to where we want to be?Here are a few tips on the best ways to train your Abs.1. Use compound Exercises.Large exercises like squats, deadlifts and overhead pressing are probably the best exercises that you can do for your Abs. Every inch of your core will fully engage during these exercises and you are also working your full body at the same time.2. Only doing sit upsPeople like sit ups because whenever they do a lot of them, their abdominal muscle will burn and this means that it is working…..right?Not quite, our abdominal muscles are made to do an array of movements; we can flex, bend, twist and turn and they support us through core stability.Our abdominal training should reflect this. Planks, side planks, reverse crunches, hanging leg raises, rollouts, pikes, pallof presses, cable crunches, X body mountain climbers, cable chops, hyper-extensions etc, etc, etc.These are only a few choice exercises that you can do to hit your core from different angles and help train it properly.3. Thinking you can out train your dietIt doesn’t matter how many sit ups you do. It doesn’t matter how much cardio you do. Your dietary and weekend habits will dictate whether you can see your abdominal muscles or not.Some people have good genetics and can see visible abs with a slightly high body fat, but most people have to be in a lower range before all their hard work will finally reveal itself.4. Training your abdominal muscles every day.Your abs are a muscle like any other muscle. You wouldn’t train your legs every day and your abdominal muscles are no different.One or two exercises for 2-3 sets at the end of your session are sufficient.Do these 2-3 days per week and you are set.Remember to try and include different exercises throughout the week.This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to abdominal training, but these tips should set you on course for the summer.#TrainSmartIf you are looking for a program that will cover most of these, let me introduce you to the Rushe Fitness 28 Day Summer Shape Up.http://www.rushefitness.ie/summer-shape-upThis is a complete system that will get you the best results in just 28 days and you can do it from HOME.Click the link and take a look at some of our success stories.http://www.rushefitness.ie/summer-shape-up* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: How to train your abs was last modified: June 25th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rusherushe fitness
17 December 2013 South Africa’s plan to help protect sex workers against HIV and help them access treatment is a “flagship model” that should be followed by the rest of the world, Mark Dybul of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria told Africa’s biggest Aids conference held in Cape Town last week. Dybul lauded South Africa’s National Strategic Plan for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for Sex Workers as a comprehensive plan that “showed remarkable leadership and (was) a flagship of how we must respond not only on this continent but around the world”, Business Day reported. Dybul was speaking at the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa on 10 December.Scaling up The plan was developed by South African National Aids Council (Sanac), the Sex Workers’ Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and the departments of Social Development and Health, among others. It will form a part of the country’s National Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs 2012 – 2016. The plan involves a significant scaling up of a comprehensive HIV prevention package, improving services, reducing the discrimination against sex workers and mobilising resources, Business Day says. It aims to increase access to HIV treatment for the estimated 153 000 sex workers in South Africa, reduce the violence and human rights abuses perpetrated against them and to promote their well being. Fareed Abdullah, Sanca’s chief executive, writes in the foreword to the plan that addressing the health of sex workers is “crucial to our plans to combat the spread of HIV” in South Africa as they are most at risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections”. Dybul reportedly said it was “appalling” that sex workers were 12 times less likely to receive antiretroviral treatment than other people. He said their rights had to be respected and they had to be brought into the human family and given choices regarding what to do with their lives. The launch of the plan, which was due to take place at the conference on Tuesday last week, has been postponed until 2014 out of respect for the passing of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president, who died on 5 December. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria donated R3-billion in October to South Africa for its HIV/Aids programmes, an amount which will supplement prevention and referral services for two-and-a-half years. Further funding from the organisation will assist specific HIV health services for sex workers in the future, Sanca’s Rentia Agenbag told SAinfo. Business Day and SAinfo reporter
Pat Jones (via YouTube)Pat Jones has become, if not the “oh he’ll say anything pretty much” grandpa of Oklahoma State, then at least that grandpa’s closely related uncle.He was interviewed recently in the Tulsa Voice (wearing a Southern Hills pullover, by the way) and was asked if OSU would be foolish to run Mike Gundy out of Stillwater.[1. This question was more relevant than it seems because they were discussing a what if on OSU not winning Bedlam.]“I think so. Not that you shouldn’t ever make any kind of coaching change, but no one knows the road map over there better than Mike Gundy,” said Jones.[1. Something Gundy himself said recently.]“I think some of this situation is wearing on him. You know, it’s hard enough to beat the people you gotta beat on the field, but when you also have to beat your own administration, that’s tough.”“That’s the strain that’s on Gundy. That’s what people are seeing in him. This stuff with the media, that wasn’t a front that he was putting up, or some mastermind move to get his guys prepared to play the University of Oklahoma.”So…yeah. Now I’m willing to be the interview was conducted before Gundy said a bunch of positive things about his administration but that’s still interesting.Also Jones talked pretty candidly about what it was like to coach when high schools were being integrated.“I can remember addressing a roomful of kids, half of them black, half of them white, in 1970. I was 22 years old, and they sent me to talk to the squad. I told them, “That football field out there is 100 [yards] by 52 [yards]—for everybody in this f****** room.”“But you’re here and we care about you, and when you set foot on that football field, it doesn’t matter whether you’re from the east end of town, or Little Rock Country Club, or who your parents are or anything else. That’s the beauty of competitive athletics.”Go read the entire article, it’s excellent.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
FIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Sunday night, the 2015 NCAA Tournament field was revealed, and unsurprisingly, Kentucky was named the overall No. 1 seed. The Wildcats are also the odds-on favorite to win this year’s national title, per Bovada. In fact, Kentucky is almost at even money to take home the trophy – they’re currently listed at 6:5 to win it all.Arizona, the 2-seed in the West Region, actually has the second-highest odds. Wisconsin checks in third, with Duke fourth. Villanova and Virginia come in at 10:1.Here’s a list of all 68 tournament teams, along with their odds to win the championship. You could make a lot of money betting on a 16-seed to win it all, but we wouldn’t advise it. No 16-seed has ever even won an NCAA Tournament game, much less a title.Who are you betting on?
TORONTO – North American stock indexes capped of the week on a flat note amid heightened North Korea-U.S. tensions, as the loonie strengthened against a weakening greenback.Rallying gold and materials stocks weren’t enough to lift Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index out of the red, which dropped 0.69 of a point to 15,454.23 in a largely broad-based decline.Despite the TSX’s minor slip Friday, the commodity-heavy index has gained more than 280 points on the week.“We had a decent run,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “We’ve got to take the positives out of the week.”In New York, stock indexes finished the day uneven with little movement in either direction.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 9.64 points to 22,349.59, while the S&P 500 index edged up 1.62 points to 2,502.22 and the Nasdaq composite index added 4.23 points to 6,426.92.The small trades on Wall Street suggested investors were shrugging off the latest wave of ramped-up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer for Wells Fargo Private Bank.He also noted that the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, was little changed.Geopolitical tensions ratcheted up after President Donald Trump authorized stiffer sanctions in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons advances, drawing a furious response from Pyongyang. Trump expanded the Treasury Department’s ability to target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the U.S. financial system.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retaliated by calling Trump “deranged” and saying he’ll “pay dearly” for his threats.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.19 cents US, up 0.15 of a cent.On the commodities front, the November crude contract added 11 cents at US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up one cent to US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract advanced $2.70 to US$1,297.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was up one cent at US$2.94 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Morneau says any federal investment in the pipeline would first require closed-door talks with Kinder Morgan and the two provinces.The finance minister is expected to meet later today with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and says he plans to reinforce the Trudeau government’s “resolute determination” to keep the project on track.He says that determination was confirmed Tuesday during an emergency federal cabinet meeting in Ottawa, although he won’t say whether penalizing B.C. financially – such as by withholding transfer payments – remains an option.“I’m not going to publicly negotiate with any one of the parties,” Morneau said after making a student work placement announcement at Toronto’s Ryerson University.“Public threats, in my estimation, aren’t helpful.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Regardless of what’s going on behind the scenes, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government isn’t about to divulge how it plans to salvage the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Speaking in Toronto, Morneau says Ottawa is looking at several options to ensure the Alberta-B.C. pipeline gets built, including a potential financial stake in the project.Project architect Kinder Morgan upped the ante this week by declaring it would suspend all non-essential spending on the project until there is more certainty it won’t be blocked by British Columbia’s NDP government.