On This Day: The USSR Begins to Crumble

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! On this day in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces.Since becoming secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 and president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1988, Gorbachev had pursued comprehensive reforms of the Soviet system. Combining perestroika(“restructuring”) of the economy–including a greater emphasis on free-market policies–and glasnost (“openness”) in diplomacy, he greatly improved Soviet relations with Western democracies, particularly the United States. Meanwhile, though, within the USSR, Gorbachev faced powerful critics, including conservative, hard-lineDetained at his vacation villa in the Crimea, Mikhael Gorbachev was placed under house arrest and pressured to give his resignation, which he refused to do.politicians and military officials who thought he was driving the Soviet Union toward its downfall and making it a second-rate power. On the other side were even more radical reformers–particularly Boris Yeltsin, president of the most powerful socialist republic, Russia–who complained that Gorbachev was just not working fast enough.The August 1991 coup was carried out by the hard-line elements within Gorbachev’s own administration, as well as the heads of the Soviet army and the KGB, or secret police. Detained at his vacation villa in the Crimea, he was placed under house arrest and pressured to give his resignation, which he refused to do. Claiming Gorbachev was ill, the coup leaders, headed by former vice president Gennady Yanayev, declared a state of emergency and attempted to take control of the government.Yeltsin and his backers from the Russian parliament then stepped in, calling on the Russian people to strike and protest the coup. When soldiers tried to arrest Yeltsin, they found the way to the parliamentary building blocked by armed and unarmed civilians. Yeltsin himself climbed aboard a tank and spoke through a megaphone, urging the troops not to turn against the people and condemning the coup as a “new reign of terror.” The soldiers backed off, some of them choosing to join the resistance. After thousands took the streets to demonstrate, the coup collapsed after only three days.Gorbachev was released and flown to Moscow, but his regime had been dealt a deadly blow. Over the next few months, he dissolved the Communist Party, granted independence to the Baltic states, and proposed a looser, more economics-based federation among the remaining republics. In December 1991, Gorbachev resigned. Yeltsin capitalized on his defeat of the coup, emerging from the rubble of the former USSR as the most powerful figure in Moscow and the leader of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).For more information on this day in history, go here. On This Day in History: August 18th, 1991Soviet hard-liners launch coup against GorbachevFrom The History Channel Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSHistory ChannelUSSR Previous articleSummer Olympics Medal Count Update – Day 12Next articleHaving a Baby? 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Hospital Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Skills shortages affect two thirds of charities

first_img Howard Lake | 4 May 2001 | News  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Skills shortages affect two thirds of charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Two thirds of charities are finding it difficult to recruit suitably qualified and experienced staffTwo thirds of charities are finding it difficult to recruit suitably qualified and experienced staff, according to a survey by recruitment specialists Reed.Read Sector’s skills crisis worsens at Charity Times. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New online guide to effective giving from Philanthropy UK and Coutts

first_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New online guide to effective giving from Philanthropy UK and Coutts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 October 2005 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy The ‘Guide to Giving’ is designed for anyone seeking to support charities and good causes effectively, providing clear, practical and objective advice on a variety of approaches and mechanisms for giving.The new edition includes a framework for effective giving, with a step-by-step process for creating a charitable giving strategy that reflecting individual motivations, interests, circumstances and objectives. The Guide has guest contributions from leading organisations and individuals on a variety of topics, including venture philanthropy, community foundations, charity selection and social returns. The Guide is available free of charge in an interactive online version and as a downloadable document. Hard copies are available for a fee. Advertisementlast_img read more

Volunteers collect record £628,000 in two days for British Red Cross Philippines appeal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Haiti collection at TescoTesco made possible a similar collection over two days following the Haiti earthquake in 2010. This raised £495,881 for the British Red Cross appeal.Tesco has supported the British Red Cross for over 13 years. In 2009 the organisations launched a new kind of emergency partnership in which Tesco undertook to provide support for the work of Red Cross emergency teams at a local, national and global level.  71 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 13 January 2014 | News Volunteers have raised £628,000 in just two days collecting at their local Tesco stores across the UK for the British Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan appeal.  This is the largest amount of money ever raised by the public for a British Red Cross emergency appeal in 48 hours.The collection took place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 2013, after Tesco allowed the Red Cross to hold bucket collections at every Tesco Superstore and Tesco Extra in the UK.As a result volunteers, including many from the Filippino community, gave up a few hours of their time to help collect at more than 700 Tesco stores across the UK.Mark Astarita, British Red Cross Director of Fundraising, said:“We have been overwhelmed by the response to our nationwide Tesco collection for our Typhoon Haiyan appeal. More than 2,000 volunteers including Tesco staff from around the UK gave up their weekend to help those whose lives have been devastated. We have heard amazing stories of generosity from the British public who gave an incredible £628,000 over the two days. We would like to thank Tesco for giving us such a fantastic opportunity and everyone who volunteered or made a donation.”Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It killed thousands and destroyed vital infrastructure leaving millions of people homeless and in dire need. Red Cross teams have been on the ground since before the storm hit, helping with evacuation plans and have continued to work after the disaster struck. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Emergency Fundraising Individual giving Research / statistics Tesco About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Volunteers collect record £628,000 in two days for British Red Cross Philippines appeallast_img read more

Costain to raise £1m between four charities

first_imgCostain to raise £1m between four charities Catherine Warbrick, Director for Corporate Responsibility at Costain, said:“Each of the charities’ work resonates with many of the initiatives Costain is currently involved with, whether it’s trying to help young people into work or ensuring and improving the wellbeing, both mentally and physically, of its employees and the communities it serves”. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 June 2014 | News  124 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: charity of the year corporate Events Engineering company Costain is marking its 150th anniversary next year by undertaking to rise £1 million to be split between four national charities. The British Heart Foundation (BHF), Macmillan Cancer Support, The Princes Trust and Samaritans will each receive an equal share of the sum raised. From January 2015 the company will be inviting its employees to raise the £1 million sum through various fundraising activities throughout the year.The charities were selected by Costain, so there was no pitching process.Most of the events in the campaign will be created and run by Costain staff. That will avoid any difficulties of balance if staff enter some of the charities’ own fundraising events. However, plans are being drawn up to ensure equal numbers of places for each charity at third party events such as the Great North Run and the London Marathon.Charitable foundationCostain is already setting up the Costain Charitable Foundation to which it will make an initial donation to launch the campaign.  123 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Lessons of the West Virginia strike

first_imgMond Sankara and David Sole, from a WWP-Detroit delegation, join CWA picket line at Frontier in Charleston, W.Va., March 5. Students on picket line for striking teachers, Bluefield, W.Va., Feb. 26. Charleston, W.Va. — West Virginia teachers and school service workers triumphed in a major victory on March 6. After striking for nine working days, 20,000 teachers and 13,000 school service employees wrung substantial concessions out of a right-wing billionaire governor and reactionary state legislature. The strike began on Feb. 22.Their win included a 5 percent, single-year wage increase, not just for themselves, but for all state employees. Potentially. West Virginia teachers rank 48th in the U.S. in wages — just two steps above rock bottom.Education worker militancy also succeeded in forcing Gov. Jim Justice to pull anti-education, anti-worker bills from the legislative agenda. These included a charter schools bill, a “payroll deception” bill (stopping deductions for union dues) and a bill to eliminate seniority protection for teachers.The education workers were also fighting for lower health insurance premiums and proper funding of the state Public Education Insurance Agency. This issue remains unresolved.The strike won creation of a taskforce to study how to adequately fund PEIA to reduce worker payments. But of 23 appointees the governor recently announced, only five represent the workers’ interests, including the heads of the striking unions: the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association.The preponderance of the taskforce are CEOs of insurance companies, heads of hospital conglomerates and West Virginia legislators who fought tooth and nail against the workers’ demands. There is even a representative of the state police, historically used as deadly strikebreakers in the state, the same as police are used everywhere.The anti-worker composition of the taskforce makes it highly likely that workers may once again have to mobilize and act to get their basic demands met.Breakthrough tacticsIn West Virginia, all teacher wages and working conditions are determined by the state legislature. The teachers and school service personnel were striking against the state, not a corporate boss. Though represented by their unions, the workers had no right to strike under state law, so their strike was “illegal.”This was not a conventional strike where the union’s collective bargaining agreement expired and the boss refuses to bargain. The education workers had no options: no contract and no bargaining rights. And their situation was worsening.So the West Virginia rank-and-file members escalated their tactics beyond lobbying and rallies to direct action. They took class struggle to a higher level. Perhaps they had learned a lesson from the 2011 struggle in Wisconsin. There, under assault from a right-wing austerity governor, a mass uprising of workers and community actually occupied the Capitol building for a month.But the majority of labor leaders in Wisconsin, working with the Democratic Party, told union members to abandon the occupation and take no other forms of direct action, such as a statewide strike. Subsequently, right-wing, anti-worker, anti-oppressed, anti-community, Big Boss initiatives were passed and rolled over workers in Wisconsin.Rank-and-file leadershipThe biggest lesson of the West Virginia struggle was that the rank and file led the strike. Workers saw the power they truly have — and this was recognized by and had an impact on the union leadership.Even before a formal strike authorization vote, roughly 2,000 teachers and service employees from Mingo, Wyoming, Logan and Raleigh counties walked out on Feb. 2 and took their demands to Charleston, the state capital. Significantly, the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, the militant union struggle of 10,000 workers against Big Coal bosses and state police, took place in Logan County.Rank-and-file strike leadership was primarily in the hands of women. Their effectiveness in building solidarity was such that when the three unions walked out on Feb. 22, all 55 counties went on strike simultaneously. Historically, women have been the backbone of West Virginia strikes — as strikers, strategists and the support that sustains strikes.When the governor proposed a “deal” to end the strike and the union leadership urged workers to accept what seemed to be a premature compromise, the rank-and-file leadership remained militantly steadfast in continuing the strike.Dave Sole, a former president of United Auto Workers Local 2334 in Detroit, was in Charleston March 5 as part of a Workers World Party-Detroit delegation to support the strikers. He reflected on the seeds of the workers’ militancy for Workers World:“The West Virginia strike was distinguished by the unity between the [teachers of] NEA [the National Education Association], the AFT [the American Federation of Teachers] and the school support staff union. Talking to many staff and teachers at the March 5 rally in Charleston, it was clear that almost every striker had connections to the mineworkers in their family or neighbors and friends, whose history of struggle still permeates the state. When national leaders thought they could get the workers back on the job with some backroom promises, the workers refused and the union leaders had to rush to get back in front of the strike. Teachers we spoke to revealed that the rank and file were able to organize from below using their smartphones, combining old West Virginia traditions with the modern age.”West Virginia’s education worker militancy is spreading to other states.Oklahoma teachers have commented on social media: “If West Virginia can do it, so can we!” That state’s pay for teachers is the lowest in the U.S. The Oklahoma Education Association is initiating “Together We Are Stronger” community meetings in every county to prepare for an April 2 strike. (tinyurl.com/y77ns598) The Oklahoma Public Employees Association, representing all workers employed by the state, voted on March 10 to join the action.In Kentucky, right-wing politicians are plotting to steal 33 percent of retired teachers’ pensions. Opposition is mounting, with teacher and student walkouts, “walk-ins” and rallies. (tinyurl.com/y8vuughj)Building solidarityBefore the strike, there had been some stress and tension between teachers and school service workers. But solidarity was constantly increased through the process of on-the-ground struggle, the conversations on the picket line, mass rallies in Charleston and the #55United digital-age communication.Education workers were quite clear that they were striking for all state workers. WW talked to one high school teacher who said: “We want to get 5 percent. And we want all the state employees to get the same. They can’t strike and we can. We are striking for them, too.”The teacher explained that workers employed directly by the state of West Virginia are subject to no-strike restrictions. But teachers, who are employed by counties, have more due process if fired.When the strike ended on March 6, the education workers were proud they had fought for and won a 5 percent raise for all state employees. They clearly expect all state workers to receive the raise.The workers also built solidarity with other unions and community groups. In parallel to the school workers’ strike, about 1,400 Frontier workers, organized by the Communication Workers in West Virginia and Ashburn, Va., went out on March 4. When WWP organizers visited school picket lines across the state on March 6, and school workers were getting news of a likely win, they immediately began packing up extra food and supplies to take directly to CWA picket lines in their county. When the Roanoke Peoples’ Power Network contingent from Virginia arrived at the Capitol with their banner “Class Struggle in Session,” they raised cheers from the strikers.Widespread solidarity among students, community members, striking teachers and school workers was evident everywhere in the state. Students organized a separate march and rally in Charleston on March 2 to support their teachers. The teachers, well aware that many students would go hungry without school meals, put together comprehensive plans to feed their students when schools were closed. Teachers made sandwiches, packed meals, worked with churches and other community groups to get food delivered. They made it clear they were not “abandoning” students, as right-wingers accused.Role of a communist partyIn the 2016 election, every single one of West Virginia’s 55 counties voted for Republican billionaire Trump, with his false promises to “save” workers and his solidarity-wrecking racist slurs. Trump got 70 percent of the state  vote.Workers overturned that vote with the 2018 West Virginia strike. Education workers united as a multinational force and came out for their own class interests in every one of the 55 countiesFaced with the grim reality of their struggle for livable wages against the legislative dominance of Big Oil and Big Banks, the education workers rose up independently of existing political parties and took action for themselves and for all workers. This unity was forged despite the atomization of workers in the past decade, despite differences and contradictions between workers, despite anti-worker, racist propaganda spewed by the capitalist class.When workers rise up in this way, the duty of a communist party is to support the workers in their struggle. We know that no matter how hard the contradictions, it is possible for workers to face them, unite through solidarity, rise up and forge new strengths to move forward. That is the potential for growth in the living struggle.Workers World Party was committed to that support during the West Virginia strike and had a presence there from the beginning. A WWP organizer on the ground visited workers on picket lines throughout the state, handing out informational leaflets, literature and this newspaper. One banner raised by WWP comrades was “Money for People’s Needs, Make the Banks and Oil Companies Pay.” That sentiment was strongly echoed by education workers who want Big Oil taxed at higher rates to pay for their underfunded health insurance agency.The delegation from Workers World Party-Detroit passed out thousands of union statements and resolutions on March 5 in support of the strikers, including those from the Southern Workers Assembly and the United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers.Workers eagerly took hundreds of WW newspapers featuring the front-page headline “Defying anti-strike law, Workers shut down West Virginia schools” and photos of the strike.From banners, headlines, photos —  even without reading the text — workers knew immediately: “WWP supports you.” The party offered support to resist the capitalist ruling class and political parties, to resist racism and other bigotries, and to move forward in an anti-capitalist, internationalist, socialist direction.WWP-Detroit organizer Jerry Goldberg spoke on the steps of the state Capitol on the racist predatory bank foreclosures in Detroit, the attacks on pensions, the school privatizations. He invited strikers to the National Conference to Defeat Austerity in Detroit on March 24: “We understand the attacks waged on all of us by the banks and the corporations. We stand with you. We have confidence in your victory. You are inspiring people all over the country. The struggle is spreading. Solidarity!” (Complete statement at tinyurl.com/ybl782dp.)Militancy sparks militancyThe West Virginia strike has many lessons about the connections that must be made between the broadest workers’ struggles and the fierce struggles by oppressed peoples against injustice — the fight against racism, immigrant bashing, hatred of LGBTQ people and women, and discrimination against people with disabilities.At the Capitol rallies, thousands of multinational people, though majority white women, chanted: “I believe that we will win!” — a chant that rings out during Fight For $15 and Black Lives Matter marches. Never has it been more important for workers to fully live the old slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all” and join with all workers across bigoted divisions the bosses impose.Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers and famous for his legendary role in the 1989-90 Pittston strike, rallied strikers to militancy on Feb. 26. He emphasized the civil disobedience tactics of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “We need to fight like Dr. King. I call on every union member in the state of West Virginia to stand with these workers. Workers who stand united will never be defeated.”Martha Grevatt also contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thiscenter_img Teachers on the picket line in Beckley, W.Va., Feb. 27.last_img read more

Media owner gunned down in troubled Terai region

first_img News Follow the news on Nepal NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Help by sharing this information News June 8, 2020 Find out more Organisation May 17, 2019 Find out more March 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media owner gunned down in troubled Terai regioncenter_img News May 29, 2019 Find out more NepalAsia – Pacific News Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is saddened and outraged by regional media owner Arun Singhaniya’s murder in Janakpur, a city in southern Nepal’s troubled Terai region, on 1 March. Claimed by several armed groups operating in the Terai, the killing has highlighted the lack of tolerance for independent media. Reporters Without Borders has added the Terai’s armed groups to its list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”“This murder of a respected media owner is a result of violence that has been endemic in southern Nepal for several years,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Neither the Nepalese government nor the local political parties have succeeded or even tried to rein in the mounting violence and gangsterism. It is time the security forces accepted that they have a duty to protect journalists, including media owners.”Singhaniya’s murder comes just three weeks after another media owner, Jamim Shah, was killed in the capital. The police say they have established that a mafia group of Indian origin was involved in Shah’s death.Gunned down by two men on a motorcycle, Singhaniya, 50, ran the Janakpur Today Media Group, which included a daily newspaper, Janakpur Today, a radio station, Radio Today, and a website. Journalists’ organisations staged demonstrations in several Nepalese cities today to condemn his murder.A Radio Today reporter, Uma Singh, was murdered on 11 January but it is believed the motives were personal rather than linked to her work as a journalist.News media based in the Terai are forced to censor themselves because of constant threats from armed groups. Sanjaya Sah of the Jana Pratibimba Daily newspaper was threatened in Birgunj, another city in the Terai, on 17 February by Janatantrik Tarai Mukti Morcha, a local armed group that did not like the way it had been covered in his articles.last_img read more

Fire service battles hill fire in Inishowen

first_img Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – March 21, 2010 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newscenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Firefighters are battling a major hill fire in Inishowen tonight. The fire on the side of Sliabh Sneacht between Buncrana and Carndonagh has been blazing since before 9 o’clock tonight.There are also firecrews  battling a gorse fire in the  Kinnego / Illies area near Buncrana.These are the latest in a series of hill and gorse fires in Donegal, a seperate fire in Creeslough was brought under control by the fire service earlier today. Fire service battles hill fire in Inishowen Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleGAA – Donegal win but Tyrone and Derry now in relegation battleNext articlePost mortem due today on body of man found at sea News Highland last_img read more

Serena Williams becomes first athlete in Forbes’ World’s Richest Self-Made Women

first_imgJune 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams becomes first athlete in Forbes’ World’s Richest Self-Made Women Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — It’s safe to say that Serena Williams is a major success both on and off the court.The tennis star, fashion mogul and fierce mama made Forbes’ list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women this month.What’s more, Williams is the first athlete to ever be included on that list.Forbes estimates Williams’ wealth to be $225 million, which the magazine reports she earned mostly off the court. In the past five years, she’s invested in 34 start-ups, with 60% of Williams’ investments going to companies led by women or people of color.“What better way to preach that message?” Williams said to Forbes, referring to her investment portfolio.In April, the tennis pro also launched her own brand, Serena Ventures, which helps to fund other start-ups and launch her own companies.“I want to be a part of it,” Williams told Forbes. “I want to be in the infrastructure. I want to be the brand, instead of just being the face.”Williams echoed similar sentiments on Tuesday in a new Instagram post showing off her Forbes Special Issue cover.“Be the brand,” she wrote. “Starting @Serena and @Serena.Ventures are just a few steps. Honored to be the first athlete on @Forbes #SelfMadeWomen list.”In addition to her recently launched fashion line, Serena, Williams is taking on the jewelry market as well. She plans to launch an S by Serena jewelry line this year and a line of beauty products in 2020.As far as tennis, Williams told Forbes she’s she still focused and feels she has two or three more years left in the game.“I am in no rush to get out of this sport,” she said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Property sales down by nearly 30% in London, claims Land Registry

first_imgThe Land Registry has published alarming figures within its monthly house price index that suggest property sales have dropped by nearly 22% over the past year and by 9.8% over the past month, despite more upbeat figures from RICS last month.The situation is worst in London, where sales volumes are down by nearly a third year-on-year, the index reveals.“This indicates the capital is currently a buyers’ market. Vendors will need to readjust their price expectations by sufficiently taking SDLT into consideration if they are looking for a swift sale,” says Guy Bradshaw, Director of Central London Sales and Lettings at Sotheby’s International Realty (pictured, left).Other agents that The Negotiator talked to say there is no shortage of people wanting to move, but rather they are unwilling to pay the prices that properties were put on the market for weeks or months ago.Stamp Duty increasesMost said a combination of the ongoing problems with the Brexit process, and recent increases in Stamp Duty for prime and buy-to-let property purchases, were to blame for the current market.But not all agents think the drop in transaction levels is a bad thing, and point out that the surge that took place to beat Stamp Duty increases in 2016 have ‘skewed’ the Land Registry’s figures as prices and transactions have cooled off.“The headline figures in London will continue to make disturbing reading for some but, privately, estate agents are cheering a cooling that has already begun to deliver a recovery in transaction levels,” says Lucy Pendleton of London agency James Pendleton (pictured, right).But Lucy admits that the Land Registry figures show that the property overall remains “tight as a drum”.The index also reveals that house prices are rising by 2.9% year-on-year but are beginning to sfote – sold prices increased by only 0.1% during April. The only exception to this is the East Midlands, where prices increased by 1.7% over the past month. Land Registry Guy Bradshaw House price index property sales Lucy Pendleton james pendleton sothebys international July 18, 2018Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Property sales down by nearly 30% in London, claims Land Registry previous nextHousing MarketProperty sales down by nearly 30% in London, claims Land RegistryLatest house price index reveals stable prices but worrying drops in activity across the UK despite a hoped-for spring ‘bounce’.Nigel Lewis18th July 201801,077 Viewslast_img read more