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Online auctions prove their worth during lockdown for SDL with £7.7m sale

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Online auctions prove their worth during lockdown for SDL with £7.7m sale previous nextAuctions newsOnline auctions prove their worth during lockdown for SDL with £7.7m saleAuction firm reports a “marathon team effort – 115 Lots in 7 hours” held behind closed doors, entirely online and offered nationally.Sheila Manchester5th May 20200724 Views The SDL Auctions team pulled together in a marathon team effort for the company’s first national property auction, which raised £7.7 million for sellers.Held behind closed doors to maintain social distancing, Managing Director and auctioneer Andrew Parker worked his way through a catalogue of 115 lots over a mammoth seven-hour session.The auction got off to a lively start with some eager bidding for a house in Nottingham. An extended property in one of Beeston’s most popular locations, it requires full refurbishment but has the potential to become a desirable family home. It sold for £235,000 from a guide of £135,000+.Parker said: “This was a fantastic way to start our first national property auction. Bidding was fast and furious, producing a great result for our seller. This came as no surprise as it’s an excellent property with a huge amount of potential, whether for a private buyer or landlord investor.”Team effortWorking from the company’s auction studio were Andrew and his wife, Rachael – Regional Property Manager for the East Midlands, assisted by his son, Elliott, both managing internet bids. The wider SDL Auctions team was working remotely, taking telephone bids and conveying them to the property auctions studio via Microsoft Teams.“It was a huge team effort, I couldn’t be more proud of every single staff member who pulled together to make our first national property auction a huge success. It was a marathon session with more than 100 lots, which just confirmed our belief that we are providing a valuable service to sellers at this difficult time. Not everyone is in a position to wait until the crisis passes and lockdown restrictions are eased, so we are proud to be here for those sellers and to keep the auctions industry moving”A level of certainty Among the stand-out lots of the day was a bungalow in Staffordshire, which attracted enthusiastic bidding before selling for £130,000 from a guide price of £50,000+.Another spacious two bedroomed detached bungalow in need of updating and renovation. It stands in a generous plot. Competition was so fierce that Andrew quipped: “If anyone else has a bungalow in Milehouse Lane (pictured), you should get in touch because we have several buyers waiting.”Andrew added: “We are hugely grateful to all of our buyers and sellers who put their trust in us to handle their property transactions at this difficult time. We are proud to offer the speed and certainty of an auction sale, with a fall-through rate of less than 2% and completion typically taking place in 20 working days. It’s reassuring to have this level of certainty in uncertain times.”www.sdlauctions.co.ukRead more about online auctions. property auctions online virtual auctions online auctions SDL Auctions May 5, 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 2021last_img read more

All hopes of work Candy Crushed

first_imgA recent survey by Student Beans has found that 80% of students spend over 3 hours a day procrastinating, with Candy Crush revealed as the top app for time-wasting. Sitcom The Big Bang Theory also headed the leader board as the most-watched TV programme whilst procrastinating.With finals, end-of-year exams, and dissertation deadlines looming, browsing the Internet was named the main distraction by 39% of students. Facebook was, unsurprisingly, the most popular website but Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat were close behind in the top 5 most distracting apps. 94% of those surveyed said they would even resort to cleaning their room instead of working.Cherwell found that Oxford students are getting inventive with their procrastination. From Harry Potter marathons to developing a “sudden and irrational passion for baking”, every time-wasting avenue has been explored.Charlotte Smyth, a computer scientist from Oriel has been to greater lengths to procrastinate than most. She said, “I ran so far from work this holiday that I ended up entering a 5km charity run.”One history undergraduate from Wadham remarked, “When you’ve done every single quiz on Buzzfeed and know exactly what potato, cookie and Disney character you are, then you’ve spent too much time procrastinating.”According to the study, boys are bigger culprits than girls with 21% spending over 7 hours a day procrastinating compared to 16% of girls.The survey found that 39% of students do procrastinate more during the final term of university when there are exams, final coursework due or thesis deadlines. Michael Tefula, author of Student Procrastination: Seize the Day and Get More Work Done said, “Deadlines determine what procrastination is and what it isn’t. When the workload increases, we turn to ordinary activities to avoid doing the work that is required of us. This is why cleaning your room is more bearable (and perhaps even enjoyable) in the final term than in the first.” The survey was carried out online; Student Beans questioned 923 university students in March 2014. James Read, editor of Student Beans advised students, “Split huge tasks into small goals that can be rewarded with breaks If all else fails, block yourself from websites and turn off your phone!”last_img read more

State Of Indiana Announces $3 million In Funding Of Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Network

first_imgIndiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Jim McClelland announced today that three regional partnerships have been awarded funds to complete recovery networks and seek designation as comprehensive addiction recovery networks.“Governor Eric J. Holcomb has called for an all-hand-on deck approach to combat the drug crisis and communities all across Indiana have stepped forward,” McClelland said. “We appreciate the Indiana General Assembly’s work to help more people enter recovery through comprehensive addiction recovery networks that will meet people with substance use disorders where they are, assess their needs and connect them to the full continuum of evidence-based care.”McClelland made the announcement in Indianapolis alongside Sen. Jim Merritt and healthcare leaders from Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center and Community Behavioral Health.Up to $3 million in funding appropriated to Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Recovery initiative will support the launch of up to six comprehensive addiction recovery networks across the state over the next two years. Three regional partnerships – one each in northern, central and southern Indiana – were awarded grants from the first round of funding, totaling up to $1.5 million, to support completion of their recovery networks:Northern Indiana: Regional Health Systems, MerrillvilleCentral Indiana: The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County/Eskenazi Health, IndianapolisSouthern Indiana: Community Mental Health Center, LawrenceburgIn alignment with Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Recovery initiative, the comprehensive addiction recovery network designation was created through legislation Merritt authored. Senate Enrolled Act 33 passed the Indiana General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support and was signed into law by the governor earlier this year.Each entity designated as a comprehensive addiction recovery network must partner with local providers to offer the full spectrum of substance use care including assessments, inpatient, outpatient and medication-assisted treatment, peer support services, recovery residences, job training and workforce readiness services, and family support services.When the networks are complete, the regional partnerships will be eligible to apply to receive a designation from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) as a comprehensive addiction recovery network. DMHA will oversee the development process and work closely with the designated entities to ensure they have support in implementing evideFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits, Twiddle & Probably Greensky Bluegrass To Play Vegas Post-Phish

first_imgLas Vegas, get ready for a crazy Halloween. On the heels of Phish’s fall tour announcement–which includes a four-night Halloween run at the MGM Grand Garden Arena—Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has announced a series of awesome shows to go along with the run.First up, The Disco Biscuits will be joining in on the fun for a three-night run from October 27th-29th. The shows on the 28th and 29th overlap with Phish’s MGM Grand shows, and those have showtimes listed at 11:59 PM. Unlike the 10/28 and 10/29 shows, the 10/27 is listed for a more-traditional 8:30 PM show time.Next up, Twiddle has announced that they will be playing at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on October 31st, which should make for a an excellent Halloween after party! Curiously, the band posted the announcement on their Facebook page, and they tagged Greensky Bluegrass in the post. There have been rumors that Greensky will be in Vegas surrounding the Phish shows, and the 10/30 date is open. We’ll keep you updated with any new information.We’ll provide you with more information as it is released, but, for the meantime, get pumped for an insane weekend in Las Vegas! Ticket information for these newly announced shows can be found on the Brooklyn Bowl Vegas website.last_img read more

In the Arboretum, another world

first_imgDriving through city streets to Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain is not a ride meant for an out-of-towner. Snaking my way out of congested Harvard Square, I pass over the detour-ridden BU Bridge and finally onto the Arborway, where other motorists nearly squeeze me out on the narrow turns.But when I finally park the car and step into the lush forest in the city, I can’t help but be transformed. It is the same aaah moment you experience when you pass through the gritty underbelly at Fenway into the gorgeous lush green of the ball field on the other side. You just can’t help but smile.The Arboretum is so serene and languid it seems imaginary. On a warm summer day, dogs and runners and bicyclists all share the nearly silent space under the shade of giant and rare trees of odd shapes and sizes. On Conifer Path, raspberries grow under a Ponderosa pine. The tree’s five arms jut out from its central trunk, looking oddly like the spokes on the wheels of the bicycles that pass by. The crimson-colored trunk of a Japanese red pine is conspicuous in the depth of its color yet at home among other rare conifers on Bussey Hill.In 1872, Benjamin Bussey bequeathed the land to Harvard College “for the creation of an institution for instruction in farming, horticulture, botany, and related fields.” His philosophy continues to this day. Signs along pathways read “Experiment in progress” and “What’s going on?” instructing visitors who might be curious about why branches of bushes are wrapped in plastic bags, or why they shouldn’t step on newly planted moss.If you listen carefully, you can hear the cars buzzing along the Arborway, but mostly you hear the birds, the wind, and the soft laughter of the other visitors, transformed by the beauty of the Arboretum and our shared good fortune of experiencing an aaah moment in the middle of a crowded city. Branching out: A spoke-like tree. Afternoon delight White oaks jut out from this diaphanous field. Behind the locked gate: Majestic plants await behind the Hunnewell Building’s spiraled gate. Dewy: Blossoms stretch for the honeyed light at the Arnold Arboretum. Moss and stones in Arnold Arboretum. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer This Japanese Red Pine frays and splinters in the sun. Juicy: A raspberry plant bears fruit. Lover’s lane: A couple meanders through the Arboretum.last_img read more

Deep devotion, explored

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60jmpX08Mpc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/60jmpX08Mpc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Removed from the frenzy of move-in day, and the buzz of Freshman Convocation — a relatively new, but increasingly popular part of the undergraduate experience — is the longstanding Harvard Divinity School (HDS) convocation service.The ceremony seems an appropriate tradition for Harvard, founded in 1636 at the edge of a New England wilderness to educate Puritan ministers. (HDS was established in 1816 as the first nonsectarian theological institution in the United States.)On Thursday afternoon the solemn tradition unfolded for the 198th time. Under a white tent behind Andover Hall, members of the School gathered to welcome a new academic year and to explore a sometimes overlooked yet vital part of the HDS experience: devotion.Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies Stephanie Paulsell delivered the ceremony’s keynote address, “Devotion in the Study of Religion.” She joked with the crowd that while some would immediately connect with her topic, others would likely complain, “devotion is not what I signed up for when I decided to come to Harvard.”But Paulsell offered her listeners a nuanced approach to the subject, by way of two vastly different texts: The Bible’s “Song of Songs,” and an excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse.”Many consider the biblical poem — a dialogue between two lovers seeking to express in words their devotion to each other — “an oddity,” said Paulsell. But for her, the work, an excerpt from which was read early in the service, “is a fathomless pool of meaning.”“The unknowableness, born of devotion, seems at the heart of what this poem is trying to say. … [And] that unknowable more, that is at the heart of romantic love, is also at the heart of the study of religion,” she added.The best scholarship, ministry, and art are “marked by the unknowable more,” said Paulsell, a desire to delve the “limits of our knowing.”HDS Convocation August 29, 2013 The Harvard Divinity School Convocation featured a welcome from Dean David N. Hempton and an address by Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies Stephanie Paulsell.Woolf (1882-1941) deftly tapped those depths of devotion. The writer’s life, said Paulsell, was committed to exploring the “infinite possibilities furled in human beings and in human experience.”In Woolf’s modernist and most autobiographical novel “To the Lighthouse,” the artist Lily Briscoe struggles to capture the image of a woman on canvas. “Fifty pairs of eyes were not enough to get round that one woman with,” read Paulsell from Woolf’s narrative.“The unknowable more is Woolf’s great subject,” Paulsell added, “and her central artistic preoccupation. She sought new literary forms, which reflected what she called ‘the populist, undifferentiated chaos of life.’”A common feeling in “Songs,” Woolf’s novels, and “hopefully your work and mine,” Paulsell told her listeners, is a devotion that cherishes and responds to the “unknowable more” of human experience with a sense of creativity, new perspectives, and new light.Dean David N. Hempton opened the service with his trademark wit. “Welcome everyone on this beautiful, beautiful Irish day; soft rain, gray skies, the coolest day since July 20. This is perfection.”With is closing remarks he thanked Paulsell for her inspiring address, for “the breadth of its embrace and the depth of its moral vision, as we have to face both our histories and our own times.”last_img read more

Insect murder

first_imgBy Mike IsbellUniversity of Georgia”But it’s a caterpillar,” my daughter Jordan said as we lookedover the muscadine vine in our yard. “And it’s cute.”Cute, my foot.That caterpillar was a tomato hornworm. It can eat my muscadinevine faster than my friend Willie can eat a pot of turnip greens.And it’s got plenty of help — Japanese beetles. They’re munchingaway on my vine and the little developing fruit, too.I’m killing every one of them.Earlier in the season, as the vine began to put on new leaves, Ibattled a horde of small, leaf-eating caterpillars called Easterngrape-leaf skeletonizers and hundreds of sap-sucking aphids.Protecting grapesBut I got rid of all those little pests. Now if I can keep theseinsects at bay, I should have a good crop of muscadines.Insects are among the oldest, most numerous and most successfulanimals on earth. It’s estimated that more than 100,000 specieslive in North America. In your backyard and mine there areprobably 1,000 insect species at any time.It’s lucky for us that only 3 percent of all insects are pests.Those 3 percent can cause trouble enough, sometimes reachingastonishing proportions. Some bite us, sting us and act asdisease vectors. Some destroy stored foods and other products.And some eat our crops, like my muscadines.Insects eat their food in a variety of ways. Some are chewingbugs like the tomato hornworms and Japanese beetles I’m dealingwith now. Another group, which includes aphids, feed on growingplants by piercing the plant tissue and sucking sap from thecells.Inside jobA third group feeds from inside the plant. How do they get there?Well, their mamas can put them in there, where they hatch — orthey can hatch first and then eat their way inside.Sounds like a Stephen King monster movie to me.Thankfully, not all insects are bad.Some aid in the production of fruits, seeds, vegetables andflowers by pollinating the blossoms.Parasitic and predator insects destroy the ones that harm ourcrops, while other insects destroy various weeds the same waysome injure crop plants.Insects improve the physical condition and fertility of our soilsby burrowing throughout the surface layer.And just think what this place would be like if insects didn’tact as scavengers and devour the bodies of dead animals andplants. And what if they didn’t bury carcasses and dung?But that’s another story. For now, I’m getting rid of tomatohornworms and those darned Japanese beetles.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

FA Cup second-round draw: Non-league Chorley travel to League One leaders Peterborough | Football News

first_imgWesley Fonguck celebrates his goal against BurtonImage:Barnet’s Wesley Fonguck celebrates his goal against Burton in the FA Cup first round November 28: Second roundJanuary 9 2021: Third roundJanuary 23 2021: Fourth roundFebruary 10 2021: Fifth roundMarch 20 2021: Quarter-finalsApril 17 2021: Semi-finalsMay 15 2021: Final National League side King’s Lynn Town secured a place in the second round for the first time in their short history with a 1-0 win over League Two club Port Vale at the weekend, and they have been rewarded with a trip to 2008 winners Portsmouth.Canvey Island – the lowest-ranked team left – host Boreham Wood, while Salford City travel to fellow League Two club and current league leaders Newport County. Eighth-tier Marine will host Havant & Waterlooville after they overcame League Two club Colchester on penalties, and National League club Barnet – who made the fourth round last season – welcome League One side MK Dons to west London.FA Cup second-round drawStevenage vs Hull CityHarrogate Town vs BlackpoolTranmere Rovers vs Brackley TownBarrow or AFC Wimbledon vs Crawley TownStockport County vs Yeovil TownPlymouth Argyle vs Lincoln CityPortsmouth vs King’s Lynn TownCheltenham Town vs Crewe AlexandraPeterborough United vs ChorleyMorecambe vs Solihull MoorsShrewsbury Town vs Oxford City or Northampton TownMansfield Town vs Dagenham & RedbridgeNewport County vs Salford CityMarine vs Havant & WaterloovilleGillingham vs Exeter CityCanvey Island vs Boreham WoodCarlisle United vs Doncaster RoversBarnet vs MK DonsBristol Rovers vs DarlingtonBradford City vs Oldham Athletic- Advertisement – The second round proper will be held across the weekend of November 27-30.FA Cup datesThe full schedule for this season’s FA Cup has been confirmed, with the final due to take place on Saturday May 15, 2021.Replays have been scrapped – for this season only – to ease pressure on the football schedule.- Advertisement – National League North’s Chorley will travel to League One leaders Peterborough in the second round of the FA Cup.Chorley – one of 14 non-League teams left in this season’s competition – beat Wigan on Saturday and will now face Darren Ferguson’s high-flying side for a place in the third round.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Beachside apartments set to rise on Gold Coast

first_imgRender of the 16-level Mali development at Mermaid Beach, which will offer 55 bespoke beachside apartments.A COLLECTION of bespoke beachside apartments that are due to hit the market within the next week have already attracted an “overwhelming” number of inquiries from potential buyers.The new residential tower, called Mali, will be built at 4-6 Alexandra Ave, Mermaid Beach.Ray White project sales manager Dean Muldoon said it was being developed by Dankav, which was also building the 51-apartment eight-level Ivy 95 tower. “It’s going to be 55 units over 16 levels,” Mr Muldoon said.He said they would have one, two and three-bedroom luxury residences with high-quality finishes and panoramic beach and city views. The building would also have shared pool facilities as well as a club lounge for residents to enjoy.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMermaid Beach, Gold Coast.“There’s going to be two penthouses on the top … (and) a full residence lounge on the 9th floor,” Mr Muldoon said.Mr Muldoon said Ray White had been running an expressions of interest campaign for a few weeks in the lead up to the apartments hitting the market to generate interest.“They will officially be on the market by the end of the month,” he said.He said prices for each of the apartments would be revealed at a later date.“We’ve had a lot of interest so far – we’ve had an overwhelming response from (the expressions of interest campaign),” Mr Muldoon said.He said the project would officially start once Dankav had finished the construction of Ivy 95, which was expect to be in late July or early August.last_img read more

How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22

first_imgNorbert Kaess at the site of his next development. Picture: Shae Beplate.A TILER by trade, Norbert Kaess purchased his fourth property when he was just 22 without any financial support from his parents. With a mind set to work hard, he bought his first house in Townsville’s West End at the age of 20 and is now making about $1600 a week in rental yield.“I have a lot of confidence in the Townsville market, and think it’s the perfect place for young buyers to invest,” Mr Kaess said. When he finished high school he started saving for a house deposit from scratch. “I followed in the footsteps of my older brother Martin, because I had seen him invest in property and do it very successfully. Without his mentorship I don’t think I would have achieved as much,” Mr Kaess said. Norbert Kaess at the site of his next development. Picture: Shae Beplate.“I worked long hours and saved … I would still go out with friends on a Saturday night, but instead of being hungover in bed on Sunday I’d be hungover at work.“My first house deposit was about $20,000, and because it was my first purchase, I didn’t need to pay stamp duty.”By 21, Mr Kaess had bought his second property in Belgian Gardens, and at 22 he owned another two in Brisbane and Bowen. “I didn’t use equity to buy the next properties, I started from scratch again and saved for a deposit. I didn’t want to stick to one economy so I decided to buy in low, medium and high-risk areas, he said. “Low-risk was Brisbane because it’s metro, high-risk was Bowen because I figured it was subject to Adani going through, and medium-risk was Townsville.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Kaess said he learnt the value of having a property manager after a horror experience with tenants in one of his properties.“In one of my places I had tenants who didn’t pay rent for a few months, and they damaged a lot of things when they left,” he said.“I lost a few grand there just from not using a property manager.”He also said that young buyers should be realistic in what they could afford, and be cautious not to bite off more than they could chew. “I see a lot of people saying ‘cheers to a lifetime of debt’ when they buy a property, but when you buy a house you should be buying it for financial freedom and less stress,” he said. “If you are buying a place and having more stress, you are either buying above what you can afford or not making a calculated investment.”Kaess’s key tips for young investors 1. Use a mortgage broker: These people have years of experience; they will compare a range of banks and talk it through with you so you’re getting the best deal. 2. Don’t buy brand new: If you’re looking to invest, don’t buy a new place or build because the profit has already been made by others along the way. You will lose value just by being the first person to open the door. 3. Look for deceased or repossessed estates: The people who own the property didn’t pay for it, and they don’t have an emotional attachment, so they’re usually willing to settle for less. 4. Buy on multi-use land: It’s attractive to a broader range of people; including developers at re-sale. You should also check with a town planner before you buy so they can tell you exactly what you can and can’t do with the block. 5. Pick your first property wisely: Do a lot of research into your first house; find out the median house price for the suburb, look at the properties history, and compare it against recently sold properties in the area. If you don’t choose your first house wisely, it can set you back years. MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more