‘Some agents are not aware of the property viewings guidance’
Location, Location, Location TV show presenter Phil Spencer has joined his screen partner Kirstie Allsopp to warn that confusion and frustration is building over the new restrictive property viewings rules.These require agents to only allow property viewings when buyers are likely and able to make an offer and therefore ‘have all their ducks in a row’.Yesterday large numbers of people on Twitter had engaged with Allsopp to complain about the hoops they are being asked to jump through in order to view properties.Now Spencer has joined the fray, writing a blog for his MoveIQ site that warns many house hunters simply have no idea about the guidance issued to the industry, and that some agents are equally unaware of how it works.Guidance“It seems some agents are not aware of the cross-party guidance. Therefore, we have some agents doing a good job and some who are woefully unprepared,” says Spencer.“The property market may be open but it is not able to operate in the same way as it did before lockdown.”But the TV star does not agree with the many Twitter commentators, who, as we highlighted yesterday, have said the restrictions are over the top.“If you’re a genuinely keen buyer who is ready, willing and able to proceed, then I don’t see a problem with proving that to be the case.“Being prepared and sharing this with the estate agent proves you’re a committed buyer. It can only be a good thing.“It is going to get you better access to properties that might suit you.”Read the Propertymark guidance document on viewings.Read the government advice.Kirstie Allsopp Phil Spencer May 29, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 29th May 2020 at 10:32 amWhenever articles like this appear, can I respectfully suggest that you include a link to the guidance being discussed. Yes, we can use Google but we can spend ages looking through endless articles and even then there is no guarantee that we have the LATEST “guidance. A link really would be so much easier for all concerned. Hope you don’t mind me suggesting it.Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 29th May 2020 at 10:47 amHi Cambell thanks for the heads up – I have now added the govt and Propertymark guidance pages on the subject. NIgelLog in to ReplyWhat’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 » COVID-19 news » ‘Some agents are not aware of the property viewings guidance’ previous nextRegulation & Law‘Some agents are not aware of the property viewings guidance’Phil Spencer joins the debate over industry and consumer ignorance of the government’s lockdown property viewings rules.Nigel Lewis29th May 20202 Comments3,111 Views
Experiencing Life In The 1800’s At New Harmony Heritage Artisans Days
Historic New Harmony’s 34th annual Heritage Artisans Days will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 through 20, in New Harmony, Indiana. The tri-state tradition celebrates 19th-century arts, crafts, and industry through demonstrations and activities. Groups of third and fourth graders from Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky will experience what life was like in the 1800’s through the eyes of a variety of period artisans.“The program teaches students how over 200 years ago, a town like New Harmony was sustainable and relied on members of its community to provide vital resources to them as well as sell their goods with others in the region,” said Erin McCracken Morris, community engagement manager.This year, there are several new artisans demonstrating crafts at Heritage Artisan Days:A blacksmith will demonstrate metal working using a coal forge, anvil and various hand tools commonly used in a blacksmith shop 200 years ago.The soapmaker and beekeeper will demonstrate soap making and beekeeping alongside some of their goats.The woodworker will carve a chain out of a single piece of wood, showing step-by-step how the chain is made.New Harmony welcomes an average of 3,000 visitors for Heritage Artisan Days each year. While the event aligns with grade-school curriculum, it is also open to the public each day. The afternoons provide a wonderful opportunity for families and homeschool classes to learn about some of Indiana’s first communities.“We’ve had college students and adults visit New Harmony and remember coming here as a child for this program,” said Leslie Townsend, community engagement director. “This will be our 34th year for hosting this event and we’ve impacted a lot of people over those years.”School groups must register online in advance. Early ticket prices are $5 for adults and $4 for students, ages 7 through 17 if purchased by April 4. Educators also may obtain suggested lesson plans online.School groups with any questions should contact Claire Eagle at [email protected] or 812-682-4488. For more information on Heritage Artisan Days, visit USI.edu/heritage.Historic New Harmony is a unified program of the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony will inspire renewal and fellowship between people and communities through its programs and collections. Its office is a part of USI’s OutreFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
OC Scouts Take On Another Adventure
The hiking requirements for hiking merit badge are 4 10-mile hikes and one 20-mile hike. Yesterday morning 11 members and 4 leaders from Boy Scout Troop 32 set out from the 34th St. Acme for a little stroll down Ocean Drive.2 Scouts accomplished one of their 10-mile segments and 9 completed the full 20 Miles. They averaged 3 miles per hour. Some sore feet and a few blisters won’t keep them from a reward on the new Zip line and ropes course at the Cape May County Zoo today.If you’re wondering what it takes to walk 20 miles. Come on out to a Troop meeting any Tuesday night at 7:00 at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 7th and Central to hear about our other fun and challenging adventures.
News story: No new inquest into the death of Theresa Biggs
I offer my sincere sympathies to the family of Theresa Biggs for their loss. I have given this considerable thought, but, as disappointing as it will be for them, it would not be right to pass this matter to the High Court when the tests for a new inquest are not met. After careful consideration, the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC MP has decided not to provide his authority for an application to be made to the High Court for a new inquest into the death of Theresa Biggs. Miss Biggs was 6 years old when she died whilst swimming at Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire, on 18 July 1977.Miss Biggs’ sister submitted an application to the Attorney General for his consent to request a new inquest into the death of Theresa under the Coroners Act 1988. The original inquest was held by Coroner’s Court for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in 1977.An application for a fresh inquest may be made only with the authority of the Attorney General, and he can provide his authority only if he is satisfied there is sufficient admissible evidence that there is a reasonable prospect of the Court being persuaded to order a new inquest.The Attorney General concluded that none of the grounds of challenge set out in the application had a reasonable prospect of success. As there is no fresh evidence that would likely lead to a different outcome being recorded on the inquisition, he would not be able to provide his authority for the applications to be made to the High Court.The Attorney General said:
Entries now open for 2019 Baking Industry Awards
Here’s your chance to reach for the stars by entering the 2019 Baking Industry Awards!The awards ceremony is the biggest night in the baking industry calendar and, by winning a Baking Industry Award, your business can benefit from publicity, recognition from your peers and a massive boost for yourself and your staff.We will be looking for those at the top of their game across a host of categories, including Bakery Manufacturer of the Year, Craft Bakery Business of the Year and Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year. Among the other categories are ones recognising stand-out individuals and products.There is no charge to enter the awards and, once again, entries will be examined by a panel of judges, including representatives from the sponsoring company, plus an independent expert judge. They will draw up a shortlist of entrants who may, depending on the category entered, meet judges face to face, be asked to send products to the judging panel, or judged on the merit of their online entry. A representative of the British Baker team then joins each of the final judging panels to agree the winners.And don’t be modest! Many of our previous winners and finalists have said they never thought they could win – when their professionalism over the years has made them a worthy entrant.If selected as a finalist, you and a partner can join us free of charge at the 2019 awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster, London.This year’s event will feature a dazzling ‘Intergalactic’ theme, and will begin with a champagne reception, followed by a three-course dinner, then the awards ceremony itself, hosted by a celebrity presenter. And you can enjoy entertainment into the wee hours with hundreds of other bakery delegates at this premier networking event.Entering the awards is simple, using our online system. Entries from any professional bakery business are welcome, but if you have won a Baking Industry Award last year, you may not enter the same category again.How to enterGo to www.bakeryawards.co.uk and click on the ‘Enter’ buttonOn the next page is the ‘Enter Now’ button. Click on that and follow instructions.If you have any queries, email [email protected] or call 01293 610422.Entry deadline is Monday 29 April 2019.To book tickets to the ceremonyWhen: Wednesday 4 September 2019Where: Royal Lancaster, Lancaster Terrace, LondonTickets: £295 a ticket, table of 10: £2,690Tickets sell out fast, so apply early to [email protected] or call 01293 846593.(Finalists and partners attend free)
Queens Of The Stone Age Share New Track From Upcoming “Villains” Record
Queens of the Stone Age are on track to release their seventh studio album, Villains, on August 25. The record marks the California rockers’ first release since 2013’s …Like Clockwork. Following the lead single, “The Way You Used To Do,” QotSA has shared a second track “The Evil Has Landed.” In perfect time for summer, the rock ballad brings us two weeks closer to the highly-anticipated record, which was produced by Mark Ronson.Listen to “The Evil Has Landed” below, and catch Queens of the Stone Age on tour in a city near you.
IGE Music & Art Immersion Announces 2019 Event In Lisbon, Portugal
2018’s Barcelona Immersion event included Eric Krasno of Soulive and Lettuce; Paul Hoffman and Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass; Nicki Bluhm; Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident; Holly Bowling; Grahame Lesh and Elliott Peck of Midnight North/Terrapin Family Band; Scott Law of Cosmic Twang: Ross James of Terrapin Family Band/Phil Lesh & Friends; Jilian Nershi of Honkytonk Homeslice, and Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra. Immersion concerts and jams integrate American Musical Ambassadors with the finest of European all-star improvisational players in performances exclusively for the handful of IGE participants and local charities over the course of ten days and nine nights. By design, each participant is woven within the fabric of every uniquely crafted daily experience. Together, participants experience intimate collaborations of curated supergroups, encounter art and foster community with their favorite musical icons. The press release notes, Today, Innovative Giving Enhancement (IGE) announced the dates for its 2019 Music and Art Immersion, which will take place from October 4th through 13th, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. The intimate IGE Music and Art Immersion experience promises that boundaries will dissolve between superstar musicians and fans, as the event’s musicians and spectators interact throughout the entirety of the ten-day event. Throughout Lisbon’s diverse urban canvas, IGE participants will have the chance to enjoy nightly concerts and unique musical performances across a breadth of atmospheric venues, shifting from club to cathedral, palace to museum, and quaint theater to scientific society. Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass offers insights on his experience within the IGE Immersion in 2017 and 2018, stating “an IGE immersion is like no musical excursion you will participate in. It’s incomparable to any vacation; becoming a community in a foreign land to appreciate culture, art and music is the way to get to know a city like you never can sightseeing alone. On Immersions you are simultaneously a traveller and at home with a group of common-minded people.” Reservations for IGE’s 2019 Lisbon Music and Art Immersion are available now here with a $250 deposit, with capacity extremely limited to retain the intimacy of the Immersive environment. Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, also a two-time Immersion veteran, offers a glimpse of the revelry at the heart of the Immersive experience: “For me, the IGE Immersion is truly unique. It’s not a gig, it’s not a vacation, it’s an opportunity to be who we are, among friends. Lovers of culture, of language, of food, of lifestyle. It’s about special musical collaborations in sublime settings. It’s about sharing laughter and wonder and song in enchanting European locations. It’s about tuning in to the local vibe and rhythms and soaking them up. It’s less about performing music, and more about playing it out of joy, inspiration and gratitude fueled by the immersive experience.” Beyond the musical connections, IGE participants bring direct benefit to local Lisbon nonprofits and artist communities as IGE Musical Ambassadors, European All Stars in Residence, Portuguese partners and local friends collaborate to support IGE’s nonprofit partners, the APCC (Association for the Cultural Promotion of Children), First Time and other native organizations. Details on IGE’s lineup will be revealed in the upcoming months. For more information on the 2019 IGE event, head to their website.
93 Added To County COVID-19 Quarantine Order, Five New Cases Reported
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),information would be nice…………like where WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Ninety-three people were added to the quarantine or isolation order list in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.Officials with the Chautauqua County Health Department say the number of people under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director increased from 166 Tuesday to 259 Wednesday.They say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.Additionally, five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county with the new cases involving a woman in her 30s; a man and woman in their 40s, a man in his 60s, and a woman in her 80s. Health officials say two previous cases reported were removed from the countywide total after the patients were deemed residents of other counties. The two have since been sent back to their appropriate county.Today’s additional cases come a day after county health officials announced a significant increase on Tuesday.There is now a total of 153 COVID-19 cases in the county, with 19 active, with 127 previously recovered, and seven deaths reported since the outbreak began.
Swanker’s legacy extended to state
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the early ‘80s, Esther was the driving force in the creation of an Employee Assistance Program in DOT, which was a first in state service. Working with the employee unions, the program trained employee volunteers to provide confidential referrals to fellow employees seeking assistance with family problems, drug-and-alcohol issues or other personal matters. Esther’s biggest challenge was to convince management that this program not only benefited the employees directly, but it paid off for the department with employees who could function more productively. This wasn’t a popular way of thinking at that point in time, but her determination and persistence got it done and many DOT employees across the state were helped.Around this same time, Esther was also instrumental in the creation of the Campus Day Care Center — another first. Esther was a driving force in the creation of the day care facility in Building 4 at the Harriman Campus, where employees could leave their children and be assured of quality day care close to their work locations. It was a very popular option for working parents from several agencies.Esther made many wonderful contributions to the Schenectady community. She also was an innovative leader during her tenure with the state and left lasting legacies there as well.Bonny CawleyRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists I read with sorrow of the passing of Esther Swanker with whom I worked at the Department of Transportation (DOT) in the 1980s. The Jan. 8 tribute article you published on all her many contributions to several civic organizations in Schenectady was well deserved for sure. But, I also wanted to note a couple of ground-breaking efforts of hers while she worked for the state.
Tourists planning to visit Boracay advised to bring extra cash
The Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Tourists planning to spend time in the resort island which is now open have been urged to bring extra cash as hotel and other fees here might increase. SCOOP.IT According to her, there will also be QR code scanners for the health declaration forms for contactless transactions. “The provincial government is also planning to put up a molecular testing facility. It might also be used for tourists coming to Boracay. To ensure Boracay remains free from COVID-19, tourists may be required to undergo testing before (they are) allowed to go to (the resort island),” he said. “Among the health protocols to be implemented are limiting crowds in each hotel due to physical distancing measures, placing of footbaths and purchasing of scanners. These add up to the expenses of hotels, and these could be charged to tourists wanting to enjoy Boracay,” said Cuachon. “Very impressed ako sa ginagawa ng Boracay ngayon kasi talagang ‘yung pinakita nila, contactless, walang hinahawakan,” Puyat said. Those above 60 years old and below 21, however, are still not allowed to visit Boracay Island.Provincial Health Office head Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said that the National Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Tourism DOT has mandated hotels in Boracay to strictly implement health protocols to tourists as preventive measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BORACAY – Western Visayas tourists planning to spend time here are advised to bring extra cash as hotel and other miscellaneous expenses may increase in preparation for the “new normal.”The Department of Tourism (DOT) has earlier announced that the world-famous island is open again starting today. The hotels and establishments that will operate were already inspected and accredited by the DOT, she added.(With a report from GMA/PN) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, assured tourists that hotels and other establishments in the well-famed island will strictly follow health protocols as operations resume.She said during a Dobol B sa News TV interview yesterday that local authorities will ensure that employees and tourists will strictly wear face masks and face shields and observe physical distancing. There will also be frequent temperature checks and sanitation.Arriving tourists will have to sign health declaration forms, Puyat added.