Scoreboard roundup — 1/25/21

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 117, Charlotte 108Detroit 119, Philadelphia 104Indiana 129, Toronto 114Brooklyn 98, Miami 85L.A. Lakers 115, Cleveland 108Denver 117, Dallas 113Boston 119, Chicago 103Oklahoma City 125, Portland 122Golden State 130, Minnesota 108Sacramento at Memphis 8 p.m. (Postponed)San Antonio at New Orleans 9 p.m. (Postponed)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEVancouver 7, Ottawa 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(8)Virginia 81, Syracuse 58(11)West Virginia 88, (10)Texas Tech 87Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img January 26, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/25/21last_img read more

Conveyancing platform questions reservation agreements

first_imgHome » News » Conveyancing platform questions reservation agreements previous nextRegulation & LawConveyancing platform questions reservation agreementsAlthough popular with consumers, reservation agreements could prove difficult to implement unless the reasons why people can withdraw are clearly set out, says Lewis5th November 20191 Comment433 Views The government’s recently-revealed plans to introduce reservation agreements into the sales market have been questioned by a leading home moving platform.The CEO of Rob Houghton says the agreements will be difficult to enforce unless there are clear guidelines on what constitutes a ‘legitimate reason to withdraw’.The proposed reservation agreements are to be piloted in January and could be introduced next year. At the moment they are expected to be voluntary rather than mandatory.During a speech last month, housing minister Matt Prior claimed some estate agents were against the agreements because they would reduce the number of homes they could list as ‘sold subject to contract’ even though at least a third of them do not make it to exchange.Research published today by reveals two thirds of buyers and vendors support reservation agreements being introduced, which would require both sides to place a cash deposit when a sale is agreed.Changing mindsThe survey has also highlighted the main reasons why sales fall through prior to exchange including people changing their mind (29%), survey problems (17%), difficulties getting a mortgage (15%) and issues up or down the chain (11%).But gazundering and gazumping are not the problems many housing market experts claim they are. Only 8% of those canvassed had been gazundered while only 7% had been gazumped.“To save the millions of pounds wasted through collapsed deals every year and to foster renewed trust between buyers and sellers, change is urgently required,” says Rob Houghton, CEO of (left).“Reservation Agreements would undoubtedly prompt people to think hard about their commitment to the process, which can only be a good thing.”Matt Prior gazumping reallymoving gazundering rob houghton broken property chains November 5, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentBryan Mansell, Gazeal Gazeal 5th November 2019 at 11:01 amThe results of this survey totally support that the process has to change. Reservation Agreements will ONLY work alongside more information about a property being available. Information being presented in a simple digestible format for potential buyers to understand will fuel the desire to enter an agreement to secure the sale before exchange occurs. Gazeal already have this covered.Log 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 2021last_img read more

Sex Survey rates Oxford

first_imgA recent survey published by has found that Oxford University is officially more promiscuous than Cambridge.The survey, which was carried out online between 20th April and 3rd May this year, asked 2,818 students at UK universities to fill in an online questionnaire which asked about their sex lives, sexual health and relationships.The result that ranked Oxford 32nd and Cambridge 56th was a tally of how many sexual partners each student had ever taken to bed, with Oxford averaging 5.6 in comparison to Cambridge’s 3.7.It would appear that the frisky Welsh air has an influence on how indulgent students are in their sexual habits, with the University of Glamorgan topping the tables at an astronomical average of 10.9 sexual partners per student.The student beans website read, “The over-representation of universities in the West of Britain at the top of the league is extremely interesting – we can see applications to Welsh universities shooting up next autumn because of this.”City University London took the lowest bunk, ranking 61st with an average of 3.1 sexual partners per student.These results come after a 2008 study that revealed Britain to be the most promiscuous nation in the industrialised west.One student from St. Hugh’s College commented, “The figures are surprisingly high considering the geeky stereotype, but I’ve found that people at Oxford tend to be more discreet about their personal ‘score’ than at other Universities”.They added, “Personally, though, I find these figures very dubious – the sort of person who answers these surveys has got to be someone who spends more time on the internet than having sex.”However, the saucy habits of Oxford students also extend into the realm of technology, with one student being asked to “stop some of their internet activity”.Another student from LMH was disciplined for downloading “unreasonable quantities of porn” on the university network.A Cambridge student who believes in a sexy image of his university responded to the survey, remarking “I think it’s all about quality rather than quantity – someone at Cambridge would definitely give a better shag.” They added, “A Cambridge male is more of a diamond in the rough, like a Christmas present that will still be useful in 5 years time, rather than a brief amusement that’s cast aside on Boxing Day”.However, he did admit to being acquainted with a higher number of virgins than he would expect to be normal, commenting of one contemporary who recently found his first girlfriend, “It’ll probably be years before he breaks the barrier. She get’s uncomfortable if he so much as looks at her breasts.”Many students believe that an increasingly popular binge-drinking culture has a lot to do with the rise of promiscuity within the UK, with people finding it a lot more acceptable to ‘hook up’ with someone on a night out when drunk.Some were surprised that Oxford didn’t rank higher in the tables, given the number of taboo locations within the University that often incentivise students to break the rules for the thrill of a challenge.There have been a number of recent reports of illicit sex from different colleges, with people running the risk of tarnishing their disciplinary records to fornicate in locations as diverse as New College Mound, Trinity College porters lodge, and the tower in Teddy Hall.Sometimes the upkeep of a rapacious sex life can be academically distracting, as students spurn their studies for more licentious past-times.One Oxford student admitted, “I did once tell a boy that if he didn’t go to lectures then I would have sex with him.” Another lamented, “writing essays on a girl’s back has had a detrimental effect on my studies.”Unfortunately, the implications of the survey may also be negative for students from a health perspective, as an increase in unprotected sex increases the risk of the communication of sexually transmitted infections.The NHS website reads, “There are many ways to have an active and fulfilling sex life, but a number of these activities put you at risk of getting an STI.”In July 2009, the Health Protection Agency released figures on STIs in the UK for 2008. They showed that 12% of the population is 16 to 24 years old, yet this age group accounts for more than half of all newly diagnosed STIs in the UK.The student beans survey also revealed that 54% of female students have taken the morning after pill.One member of the Oxford University Christian Union said, “I think it’s a real shame that the value of chastity is not as high as it once was and in a traditional university like this it’s disappointing to hear that Oxford is moving away from old established values.“Some people these days are less concerned about their value as a human being, and even the worth of their sex, than the value of their reputation.”last_img read more

Crantock’s pasty sales rocket

first_imgCrantock Bakery has announced it has been doing a roaring trade on Cornish pasties during the recession, with sales up 30% on last year.With turnover currently at £15 million, chairman and managing director Nick Ringer said the company has had its best year. “We’ve never been busier,” he added.The Indian Queens-based firm’s turnover has more than quadrupled since the business was bought by the management team in 2002 for £6 million, and it has taken on 70 full time staff in that time, boosting its total to 150 employees.In 2007, a £2m investment in production machinery and freezer storage was completed at its factory, increasing capacity to the enable production of up to 150,000 pasties a day. “You can’t stand still,” said Ringer. “You have to develop new products, new ways of selling and explore new markets. In the last year we have created a new position for a new product development manager, whose sole focus is to create new lines and refine our existing product range.”Crantock supplies to independent pasty shops and bakeries, pasty chain retailers such as Cornish Bakehouse and the Oggy Oggy Pasty Company, and to Morrisons and Asda stores nationwide.last_img read more

Profits soar at Lees of Scotland

first_imgScottish bakery and confectionery manufacturer Lees Foods, which owns the Waverley Bakery, has seen its profits leap on the back of rising demand for teacakes, snowballs and meringues.In its year-end results to 31 December 2012, the company saw sales rise by 6% to £21.6m, while operating profits jumped by 27% to £1.27m.Clive Miquel, chief executive, said that Waverley Bakery accounted for more than half of the total sales increase during the year, achieved through new listings in retail and foodservice for its ice cream cones and accessory products. He said Lees of Scotland also put in another strong performance with sales of teacakes, snowballs and meringues in greater demand.“Countering increasing costs remains a key objective and to help mitigate against the ongoing increases in both raw and packaging materials we have continued to be as innovative and resourceful as possible,” said Miquel. “Generating improved production efficiencies is part of this focus. We have redesigned the packaging of Lees’ teacakes and snowballs which we introduced in January and this has helped us to deliver a significant uplift in sales (25%) in the first six months of 2013.”The group de-listed from the Alternative Investment Market in June last year and was purchased by the executive management team, led by Miquel, who continue to operate the business.“Growth in the immediate future will be achieved through the development of our current product ranges combined with a renewed focus on new product development,” said Miquel. “If appropriate, we will evaluate any expansion opportunities that may arise within our sector through potential acquisition or joint ventures.”last_img read more

Jim James Performs Solo On NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series [Watch]

first_imgJim James stopped by NPR Music to perform in their Tiny Desk Concert video series. The My Morning Jacket frontman delivered three songs in the office space, showcasing his impressive solo work and vast catalog of crowd-pleasing tunes.To kick things off, Jim James played a page out of My Morning Jacket’s book with a performance of “I’m Amazed” from their 2008 album, Evil Urges. Then, the singer/songwriter/guitarist delivered a beautiful version of “Same Old Lie” from his 2016 solo record, Eternally Even. The set closed with a performance of “Over and Over” from Uniform Distortion, which released earlier this year. Watch the performance below:[Video: NPR]It’s certainly been a big year for Jim James, as he’s put all of his public attention on his solo material while giving MMJ a year off. Uniform Distortion–which got its name “because [Jim James] feels like there is this blanket distortion on society/media and the way we gather our ‘news’ and important information”–was released in June of this year, and contains 11 tracks penned by Jim James and features Floating Action bassist Seth Kauffman and drummer Dave Givan, along with LA trio Dear Lemon Trees‘ Kathleen Grace, Jamie Drake, and Leslie Stevens on backing vocals. A few months after releasing Uniform Distortion, James released an acoustic companion, Uniform Clarity.Additionally, Jim James just wrapped up The Future Is Voting Tour with HeadCount, in which they featured six nonpartisan multi-artist shows in college towns in electoral “swing districts” in an effort to promote voter participation in the important electoral areas. To say Jim James has kept busy since taking time off from My Morning Jacket is an understatement.For more information about upcoming tour dates and tickets, head over to James’ website.last_img read more

S&P 500 climbs again, closing out best week since November

first_imgStocks closed out a winning week with their fifth gain in a row Friday and their biggest weekly increase since November. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% and ended the week 4.6% higher. Small-company stocks rose far more than the rest of the market, a sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the economy. Treasury yields also rose. The market has been heading higher since the beginning of the month as hopes build that Washington will come through with more support for the economy, and that the steady rollout of vaccines will get the economy on a more even footing over time.last_img

Vermont State Hospital Receives Full Accreditation by Nation’s Premier Health Care Certification Organization

first_imgVermont State Hospital Receives Full Accreditation by Nation’s Premier Health Care Certification OrganizationWaterbury, VT (September 12, 2008)- By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the Vermont State Hospital (VSH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. According to their official website, “Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to certain performance standards.””I am extremely pleased that The Joint Commission has recognized VSH for the exemplary efforts they have made to continually foster a holistic, patient-centered system of care within the facility,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Secretary LaWare, Commissioner Hartman, VSH CEO Terry Rowe and all the VSH staff are to be congratulated for this achievement.”Darlene Christiansen, Executive Director of the Hospital Accreditation Program at the Joint Commission, also praised VSH for their efforts: “Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care. The community should be proud that Vermont State Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal — to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.””First and foremost, this accreditation demonstrates the State’s strong commitment to ensuring those with the most acute mental health needs receive the highest level of quality care. Accreditation of VSH is also a critically important step in the State’s comprehensive Futures Plan to revitalize Vermont’s mental health system,” added Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “In addition this accreditation will favorably position VSH for hospital certification by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).”Michael Hartman, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, says accreditation is also evidence of the pride of VSH staff, who have worked hard to ensure a recovery-oriented, supportive environment for VSH patients. “This recognition by The Joint Commission is proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality mental health care to our clients on an ongoing basis.”Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission’s on-site survey of VSH occurred in May and June.last_img read more

UVM, Middlebury top schools for green practices and policies

first_imgFor the third year in a row, the Sustainable Endowments Institute has ranked the University of Vermont among the top schools nationally for green practices and policies, giving the school an overall grade of A- in its just released College Sustainability Report Card. Also receiving an A-, the highest grade given by the institute, were twenty-six other schools including Harvard University, Middlebury College, Brown University, and the University of New Hampshire.The institute graded the 300 U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities with the largest endowments (plus 32 others that applied) in nine categories and then awarded an overall grade. Its aim is to show a correlation between an institution’s green practices and its investment decisions.In addition to its overall grade, UVM received A’s in the subcategories of Administration, Food & Recycling, Green Building, Transportation, Endowment Transparency and Shareholder Engagement. The University received B’s in three other subcategories.A number of specific programs helped boost UVM’s score. Among many strengths noted on the Report Card were the fact that UVM purchases only Green-Seal certified cleaning products; its innovative Office of Sustainability; strong efforts to improve energy efficiency; sourcing local foods from 60 suppliers; UVM’s commitment to building all new construction to LEED standards; strong student involvement in GreenHouse, UVM’s environmentally-themed residence; and the Eco-Reps program.The College Sustainability Report Card 2009 is the fourth such report from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and is published as part of the Institute’s broader effort to encourage discussion on sustainability in higher education.The full College Sustainability Report Card 2009 is available on the Sustainable Endowments Institute website : is external).Source: UVM. 10.8.2009last_img read more

State treasurer announces new financial literacy program for Vermont elementary schools

first_imgState Treasurer Jeb Spaulding will announce a new statewide financial literacy program for elementary-age children Wednesday, June 3 in Burlington at 11:15 am. The Reading is an Investment program aims to increase school book collections in personal finance, give teachers and librarians related curricular resources, and encourage students to read books that teach money concepts.Spaulding will be joined by C.P. Smith School Library Media Specialist Shannon Walters and teacher Sue Clark and her third grade class. Phil Daniels, Market President for TD Bank, also will speak.Money is on the minds of our children. The Harris Interactive Youth Pulse 2009 survey reports that one of the top three worries for kids 8 to 12 years old is not having enough money. Such worries are reflected in the lives of adult Vermonters. Spaulding will share some state-specific data from the National Financial Capability Study the first comprehensive national study of the financial capability of adults in the United States. The study was commissioned by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. The foundation plans to release complete state results in late summer.Following the program announcement, a short exercise with a class of third-graders will be held in the library.last_img read more