Auction sales and revenues drop

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Auction sales and revenues drop previous nextAgencies & PeopleAuction sales and revenues dropThe Negotiator5th July 201701,078 Views David SandemanEssential Auction News (EIG) reports that the number of auction sales – and revenues – dropped this Spring. 111 auctions were held in April, 28 fewer than in April 2016, with lots offered and lots sold down by 9.5 per cent and 8.6 per cent respectively. Revenues fell by 11.3 per cent, from £242 million in April 2016 to £215 million in April 2017. David Sandeman, Managing Director, said that the decline in activity reflects what has been seen in the wider estate agency and lettings market, which, with the forthcoming General Election and the spectre of Brexit, may well continue.The residential sector had a steeper drop on last April’s figures, than commercial sales, with a 10.7 per cent drop on last year’s lots offered and a 9.8 per cent drop in Lots sold, resulting in an 11.1 per cent drop in revenues.Record-breaking Clive Emson salesClive Emson Auctioneers sold land and property worth £17 million at its May sale, with a 85 per cent sale rate after cataloguing 137 lots.Managing Director James Emson said, “We have continued our strong start to the year with another impressive round of regional auctions and packed salerooms across the country.“As ever, there has been something for everyone – with vendors achieving some stunning results and superb prices and purchasers often finding the property of their dreams or an unexpected delight.“The demand for commercial properties continues apace and we are also seeing a growing trend for mixed-use buildings as investments.”Highlights included a former windmill near Norwich, converted into a weekend retreat but retaining many original features, which was sold for £100,000. Clippesby Windmill, dating from before 1814, includes a balcony on its top floor.Wright Marshall launches Auction House CheshireCheshire estate agency, Wright Marshall, has secured the franchise to operate Auction House Cheshire. The Cheshire franchise will auction a wide range of residential, commercial and agricultural lots, as well as building plots, conversions, land and investments which can be sold to private individuals as well as companies and professionals. Auction House Cheshire reach extends across the whole of the county, as well as parts of North Wales.Providing the tradition and proven method of open house viewings, Auction House Cheshire will give buyers more time to look around over the five week marketing period before the lots are offered for sale under the hammer. With seven to nine larger combined auctions per year, Wright Marshall will host their Auction House Cheshire sales at The Macdonald Portal Golf Club in Tarporley.The business is led by Mark Egerton, supported by Melissa Furber as Auction House Cheshire Assistant Manager and Co-ordinator.Mark says, “We are delighted to have secured the Cheshire Auction House franchise. We have always been proficient in selling homes under the hammer, but this will enable us to operate a standalone auction branch, holding regular larger combined sales at a fixed venue – something we feel will be extremely beneficial to our clients.”Together teams up with EIG to help auction buyers find bargainsSpecialist lender Together has teamed up with Essential Information Group (EIG), the property auction search engine, to provide comprehensive information for auction buyers.Auction buyers will be able to see all available properties, often before they appear in auction catalogues, via EIG’s portal which monitors virtually every auction house in the country, through new, dedicated auction finance pages on Together’s website.Prospective bidders can enter the value of the property they are hoping to purchase and the amount they want to borrow, with tips and case studies that show how auction finance works.Chris BaguleyChris Baguley, Commercial Director for Together, said, “Buying at auction is different from the traditional property purchase process and our auction finance web pages help customers understand the whole process.“We’re delighted to have formed an exclusive partnership with EIG to link their auction property search engine to our new pages, where customers will be able to search thousands of properties to find the one they want, then we can quickly get to work putting the funding in place.”David Sandeman, Managing Director, EIG, said, “We are delighted to team up with Together, the facility on their new website will help auction buyers save time on searching through catalogues.“They will be able to quickly find funding for their next auction property, with decisions available within hours so that they can bid with confidence.”Lots at Network Auctions saleNetwork Auctions held its May auction at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, with 45 lots of land, residential and commercial property gathered by member agents.Auctioneer Guy Charrison sold lots from £12,000 for a piece of land in Colne in Lancashire to £1,025,000 for a mixed use commercial lot on the Seven Sisters Road in North London as sales reached over £5.4 million.Toby Limbrick, Managing Director said, “With the General Election campaign and Brexit negotiations underway, one might imagine a degree of caution and uncertainty. Our auction showed that, with the wide exposure provided by Network Auctions a via our central and local network and prestigious London saleroom, excellent results are attained.“Having added 19 new partner offices to our network already in 2017 we look forward to future catalogues having an even more diverse geographical and range of property types on offer.”Network Auctions next London auction is on 5th July.Success for Auction House LondonA two bedroom flat in Wembley with a remaining lease of just 18 years sold for £140,000 – from a starting guide price of £40,000 – at Auction House London’s latest sale, one of 106 lots offered in the auction room at the London Marriott Hotel, raising £13,635,600.Another property which caught the imagination of buyers was a first floor studio flat in Clapton, which measured just ten square metres with one main room and a shower room. For investors it can command a rent of £800pcm – giving a yield of 8.5 per cent per year. It started with a guide price of £65,000 and the hammer finally coming down at £103,500.Jay Howard from Auction House London said, “Auction sales are holding up well compared to a year ago, with the figures indicating that auction is the first property sector to re-establish itself back to the sales levels we saw before the EU referendum in 2016.”£1.9m sale at SVA Property AuctionsSVA Property Auctions, Scotland’s independent property auction company, sold 78 per cent of lots sold under the hammer at its May auction with a pleasing £1.96 million raised from 13 lots.Regular clients Scottish Water, the Scottish Government and a portfolio of former bank branches accounted for 10 of the 13 lots sold under the hammer, continuing a programme of highly successful redundant property disposal initiatives.For Scottish Water, their auction highlight was possibly the sale of Loch Lundie at Achnandarach. The former reservoir, just two miles south of Plockton, was sold for £50,000, considerably more than reservoir lots tend to secure. SVA director and auctioneer Shaun Vigers, said, “Loch Lundie is an exceptionally attractive loch and its also close to Plockton with its well known micro climate ensuring more than a usual amount of Scottish sunshine. With fishing rights attached to the loch, it is easy to see why this proved an appealing lot – both on paper and in the auction room.”SVA Property Auction’s next auction is on 22nd June at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel.Bidding frenzy at IAM SoldOutsourced auction management provider, IAM Sold, raised £32.31m in capital value across 277 auction sales throughout the UK in March, an increase on February’s 254 auction sales with a capital value of £26.6m.Of the total sales in March, 64 per cent were via online auctions, and 36 per cent were in the auction room. The majority of buyers were owner/occupier with 52 per cent purchasing for occupation, while 36 per cent purchased for buy-to-let, and 12 per cent to renovate and re-sell. 40 per cent were sold over reserve price. The highest was Wordsworth Avenue, a six-bedroom property in Cardiff, which sold for £342,500 – £117,500 over its starting price thanks to a highly competitive online auction which attracted 98 bids.Jamie Cooke, Managing Director, said, “March was another busy month and it was particularly interesting to see the frenzy that Wordsworth Avenue created. Using the modern method of auction (online) helped to attract competition and create a bidding war.”SDL Auctions’ national roll-outSDL Auctions has unveiled the next step in its progression into a national network.SDL Bigwood, SDL Graham Penny and the auction operation of Humphreys of Chester have rebranded to SDL Auctions showing its growing presence as a national player, currently focusing on building a northwest market through regular auctions in Bolton and Chester, with other regions to follow. A national website gives clients instant access to all SDL Auctions’ events, across the UK.SDL Auctions CEO, Rory Daly said, “Our strategy is clear. We aim to be the ‘go to’ auction house across England and an all-encompassing website that gives clients to all our lots online as they are entered for each auction will be welcomed by our regular clients and professional investors.“Now with more than 35 auctions a year across the UK, there was clearly a need for a central resource that would enable our regular clients to search for lots that met their investment criteria.“By tracking future auctions and lots as they go online at www. sdlauctions.co.uk they can plan their diary and anticipate cashflow and funding requirements further into the future.”SDL Auctions raised £11.5 million on the day with simultaneous auctions in Birmingham and Nottingham. Their May auction at Aston Villa FC raised just under £9.2 million with a success rate of 85 per cent.SDL Auctions iam-sold Network Auctions SVA Property Auctions Auction House Auction House London auction revenues auction sales auctioneers Scottish Water Clive Emson Together Wright Marshall July 5, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’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

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eMoov moves with the money: £9million

first_imgThe hybrid estate agent, eMoov.co.uk, has announced a multi-million-pound investment round that is intended, says Russell Quirk CEO, “to cement the company’s position at the forefront of a rapidly changing estate agency sector.”Existing institutional players such as Episode 1 VC, Maxfield Capital, Spire and Startive Ventures, are joined by the personal involvement of Gaby Salem of Wharton Asset Management. The round was led by the consumer investment group JXC Ventures plus a host of well-known tech entrepreneurs. JXC is associated with some big-name businesses such as Simba Sleep.The funding will be used to enhance the company’s technology platform which has already £3m invested in its development; together with a substantial focus on marketing spend which will be undertaken by a ‘newly engaged, ultra-sophisticated marketing team’.Russell Quirk (pictured), Founder and CEO at eMoov.co.uk says, “The estate agency space is changing drastically and we have always been at the forefront of that change since we launched in 2009.“We’ve focused on building a superior technology platform; hiring an unbeatable management team and providing the best customer service in the industry. With these strong foundations in place, we now feel it’s time to accelerate our growth through a clever and sustained marketing investment strategy.“We’ve been more considered than some in our methodology and therefore, we will emerge and remain as one of the few estate agency disruptors that are actually sustainable. Expect more big announcements from us in the coming weeks.”James Cox, Principal at JXC Ventures said, “Having followed the PropTech sector for a number of years, eMoov was the first company that really ticked all of the boxes for us. Their unrivalled tech platform allows for rapid growth, with a focus on optimisation rather than removing the human element from what is still a ‘people business’. The new marketing team, along with investment leveraging this strong core, will create significant shareholder value over the years to come as the market shifts towards the online sector even more rapidly.”“In an industry that is just crying out for improvement I believe the online sector will grow significantly in market share in the near future, whilst consolidating to just three or four major players, whom will take advantage of the spoils.” adds Gaby Salem of Wharton Asset Management.james cox JXC Russell Quirk russell quirk emoov Emoov emoov funding emoov investment Wharton Asset Management Gaby Salem August 22, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’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 » eMoov moves with the money: £9million previous nextAgencies & PeopleeMoov moves with the money: £9millionHybrid agent secures further funding from equity investment companies to enhance its technology platform.Sheila Manchester22nd August 201701,010 Viewslast_img read more

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Should tech take over conveyancing? Have your say before it changes for good!

first_imgMoving home is moving rapidly towards a digital future and one of the ‘casualties’ of this upheaval will be the conveyancing solicitor, whose job is to change radically in the coming months and years.Regulator the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) says the biggest shift will be away from pushing forward a sale, and instead focussing on charging clients for advice.It also predicts that review websites like Trustpilot will soon play a greater role in soliciting instruction from home movers.“Technology will radically improve transparency for consumers about what they are buying and the progress of their transaction,” the report says.“Because of the Internet of Things, properties will maintain up-to-date logbooks with little human intervention.” HIPS again?The regulator also says giving upfront information about a property at the point of marketing – rather than waiting until later – will be key.The CLC’s new paper on the future of industry traces how the conveyancing process will change, highlighting questions that regulators, lawyers, estate agents, lenders, technologists and others – will have to grapple with.Chair of the CLC Dame Janet Paraskeva (left), says: “I think many lawyers will be heartened by the prediction that there will be a greater focus on advisory work as the market changes and that it can be used to create a point of differentiation.“However, while we can predict certain shifts in the market with confidence – such as the inevitable move to electronic conveyancing – how they play out over the next decade remains uncertain.“I hope this report will fuel a discussion across the property industry and that conveyancers will grasp the opportunity to shape their future.”Have your sayComment by email at [email protected] or visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Conveyancing2030Read more about the CLC. CLC Council for Licensed Conveyancers January 28, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 28th January 2020 at 4:39 pmA comprehensive property DNA pack is long overdue to front load a property, ensuring that from point of sale onward exchange can occur more quickly. But, with 18 weeks being the usual time frame for a sale, to get over the line, despite all the tech in the sector – something is not going right.Many in the property sector are scrambling for answers from Land registry and digital street and hackathons and shared perspectives.But as Taylor Wessing legal luminaries in the digital field, both in the adoption of tech and embracing proptech firms, stated yesterday, exchanges are governed by the slowest component in the chain.Solicitors are risk averse, so tech is a slow go for many legal firms, which means, great have more information on property as in the PIP initiative, but if you have a conveyancing practice who is not tech ready, then you are in for a long haul.Piecemeal solutions are helpful, but the antiquated property sector it is a bit like a poor relative of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The model is not good, so more and more data is fed in and bit by painful bit until the digital ‘brain’ recognises it must change its approach to achieve the required outcome.Log in to ReplyKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 28th January 2020 at 9:48 amThere is undoubtedly room for the improvement, in speed and efficiency in the conveyancing process and technology will be very valuable in helping to bring this about, but in such an important and high value industry, the informed and experienced human element will be irreplaceable. Would you want to consult a doctor via technology or by personal contact?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 2021 Home » News » Should tech take over conveyancing? Have your say before it changes for good! previous nextRegulation & LawShould tech take over conveyancing? Have your say before it changes for good!The conveyancing industry regulator wants estate agents to tell it which direction the sector should take as tech takes hold.Sheila Manchester28th January 20202 Comments1,126 Viewslast_img read more

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Notre Dame decides not to host the scheduled presidential debate in September

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter Notre Dame decides not to host the scheduled presidential debate in September CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 28, 2020 5 582 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Eccekevin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The University of Notre Dame has announced that they will not be hosting the scheduled Presidential Debate planned for September.University President The Reverend John Jenkins made the announcement Monday afternoon. Notre Dame had been scheduled to host the first of the 2020 presidential debates on September 29.Jenkins said he made the difficult decision after consulting with Dr. Mark Fox, the St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer, and with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee of the school’s Board of Trustees.Notre Dame has hosted six presidents at commencement ceremonies through the years, but this would have been the University’s first presidential debate. Twitter Previous articleAARP: Social isolation over time has devastating negative consequenceNext articleVeto override to get Mayor Mueller to issue State of Emergency regarding homeless fails Tommie Leelast_img read more

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News story: Coventry Man Convicted of Unqualified Immigration Advice

first_imgOn Thursday 2 August 2018 at Warwick Crown Court, Mr Ajay Kumar Rattu, aged 39 years, of Sanders Road, Hawkesley Village Coventry was found guilty of one count of providing unqualified immigration advice and services. On the same day, Mr Rattu was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £2000 in compensation, and an additional victim surcharge.Mr Rattu promoted the provision of immigration advice and services by word of mouth through his local community, charging £12,000 to submit an application to the Home Office in this particular case. He deceived the victim into carrying out all of the work himself, applications were submitted partially completed and without payment, causing continual refusal from the Home Office and resulting in the victim overstaying his visa. The victim became suspicious and consulted a regulated immigration adviser who referred him to the OISC.On sentencing, HHJ Potter said:“You were convicted by a Jury who heard evidence about a man who was concerned about his status in the UK. You held yourself out as a man who was fronting an organisation of lawyers who could help people like him. All you had achieved was taking £12,000 of his money, supplied no assistance, and your advice was worse than useless. This is a fraud in everything but name, aggravated by the cynical way in which you took money from him, aggravated by threats you made to him about what would happen to him. In my judgement your offending was so brazen that I could not pass a non-custodial sentence in this case.”Speaking about the decision, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner Dr Ian Leigh, said:“The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust. This was not the case with Mr Rattu. I am delighted with the outcome of this case and hope it sends a clear message to other people considering providing immigration advice to act within the law.”last_img read more

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Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Has Passed Away

first_imgGuitarist and co-founder of Steely Dan, Walter Becker, has passed away at the age of 67 years old. As Pitchfork notes, Becker recently had an operation that prohibited him from touring with bandmate and co-founder Donald Fagen, as revealed in an interview with Billboard earlier this month. The news was confirmed this morning on Becker’s website with the below post without any further details.Steely Dan is one of the most important bands to come out of the 70’s. Their unique approach to pop music–a slick combination of jazz, off-center chord progressions, meticulous arrangements, and introspective lyrics–has left an indelible stamp on the world of music. The band essentially created their own genre; they didn’t allow outside influences to change their artistic output, and they maintained a stylistic integrity throughout their career, even apologizing for their own recordings that they felt were sub-par. Starting with 1972’s landmark debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill, Steely Dan released one record per year for the next five years, showing a prodigious work ethic that led to a bevy of classic soft rock albums, four out of five of them going Platinum in the process (1973’s Countdown To Ecstasy only reached Gold status). After releasing perhaps their best record, 1977’s landmark album Aja, the band would retreat into the studio for a lengthy recording process for what would turn out to be the final record of the pinnacle of their career, the wonderfully poppy and secretly dark 1980 album, Gaucho.Remembering The Tumultuous Perfection Of Steely Dan’s Chapter-Closing Album “Gaucho”Here’s a compilation of Steely Dan from 1972-1980 for your listening pleasure:Rest In Peace, Walter Becker!last_img read more

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10 Outdoor Novels for the Budding Adventurer in Your Life

first_imgSouth Sea Tales by Jack London– In 1906 Jack London built his own boat and set off on a year-and-a-half voyage through the South Pacific. London navigated Hawaii, Bora Bora, Samoa, Fiji, and the Solomons before most Americans had ever heard of these places. London surfed with kings, dodged headhunters, and fought off disease. The voyage inspired eight short stories replete with menacing sharks, unworldly pearls, deadly typhoons, cannibals and missionaries, heroes and scoundrels. The South Sea Tales include some of London’s best portraits: the fearless missionary John Starhurst, the cruel German slave-trader Max Bunster, and the noble Otoo of Bora Bora. Upright men and rough-house villains struggle in a palm-fringed world of hardship and violence. Such worlds are signature Jack London. South Sea Tales is a faster Call of the Wild, sharp as a reef-ringed atoll.education The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter – Forrest Carter, author of The Outlaw Josey Wales, scandalized legions of fans when his true identify came out in the early 1990s. For decades Carter won the hearts of readers who felt disillusioned with the relentless march of modernity. When Carter’s personal history revealed that he had actually been a card-carrying white supremacist, many, including Oprah Winfrey, pulled The Education of Little Tree from their shelves.  Perhaps it is impossible for this poignant Cherokee coming-of-age story to exist apart from its author. Or, perhaps Little Tree’s education in the ways of his ancestors, the cycles of nature, and the power of compassion will ultimately teach us something markedly different than what the real-life Carter stood for.513wGK37C9LNavigating Early by Claire Vanderpool – When Jack Baker’s mother suddenly dies, and with his father away at WWII, the 13-year-old finds himself at a military boarding school in the woods of Maine. Baker forms an unlikely friendship with an eccentric outcast named Auden Early. Early is a genius mathematician, whose unique ability to interpret the number PI (3.14) inspires an epic journey. The pair hunt for clues along the Appalachian Trail, learn to fly-fish, and search for the Great Bear, a mysterious creature who may hold the answers to the tragic personal losses that both boys have experienced.landIlostThe Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong – Imbued with boyhood majesty and rich culture, Nhuong recollects his youthful escapades around his mountain village in central Vietnam. Nhuong’s stories captive young readers as his daily encounters with the animal kingdom both tantalize and frighten. Misty tales revolve around hungry crocodiles, the deadly horse snake, and a trusty pet water buffalo named Tank. The story also shares the warmth of family and community. Nhuong’s world is indeed rich, and sadly one that would be jeopardized.julieoftheWolvesJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George – In 1972, George and her son Luke travelled to Barrow, Alaska to research wolves for a magazine article. Luke George’s newfound love for the Alaskan wilderness, and the wolves’ remarkable ability to communicate with scientists inspired George to write this Newberry Medal-winning novel. Miyax, a young Eskimo girl, rebels against her traditional upbringing and attempts to run away. She soon finds herself lost and fighting to survive. The experience puts Miyax in the company of wolves and forces her to rely on her indigenous skills.stormStorm Warriors by Elisa Carbone – On the Outer Banks of North Carolina an all-black lifesaving station stood apart as the best in the Coast Guard. Tasked with patrolling the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the Pea Island Lifesaving Station saved innumerable lives, a thankless job during southern reconstruction. A native of the southeast, Carbone tells the story of an African American boy who dreams of becoming a surfman in the treacherous waters of racism and hurricanes. Nathan, who moved to the Outer Banks to escape the KKK, aspires to join the Pea Island crew. He shadows the surfmen, who teach him to bodysurf and mend wounds; yet, Nathan has much more to learn on an island that never sits still.ISOBDIsland of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – In 1853 a boat captain from Tennessee discovered a native woman on one of California’s Channel Islands. The Lost Woman of San Nicholas had lived on the island for 18 solitary years. This real-life story inspired historical fiction writer Scott O’Dell to craft a Crusoe-esque masterpiece. As O’Dell tells it, a skirmish between greedy Russian fur traders and the native islanders of Ghalas-at leads the tribe’s search for a new home. Karana, seeing her brother missing, swims back to shore. The pair are now stranded on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. With resiliency, compassion, and respect for the earth, Karana hacks out an existent and even forms some surprising friendships.[divider]About the Author[/divider]Since boyhood Phil Morgan has loved maps, adventure, travel, culture, history, and good stories. He studied the liberal arts at Hillsdale College and has since worked as an ocean lifeguard, a staff writer for Eastern Surf Magazine, a newspaper editor, and a raft guide. He currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he teaches English, writes, and explores the surrounding wilderness. His favorite authors are Jon Krakeur, Jack London, Mark Twain, Paul Theroux, and William Shakespeare. In my early teens the family television broke, and I spent the summer reading books about mystical journeys through India and harrowing expeditions up the Congo. My life changed forever. C.S. Lewis once wrote that adventure stories have a vital role in saving kids from “the slumber of cold vulgarity.” Thanks to IPhones, YouTube, etc., cold slumbers are common. Imaginations die-off, and indifference rules the day.For parents who want to take their kids exploring, this is especially frustrating. As a middle school English teacher, my students constantly remind me of the truth in Lewis’s words. Kids who fall in love with tales of adventure begin to yearn for adventures. They see themselves in the story and want a piece of the action; a mountain to climb, a wave to charge, a cause to fight for. These 10 soul-stirring novels are powerful testimonies to the challenges, thrills, and wonder in coming of age in the outdoors.takemetotheriverTake me to the River by Will Hobbs – Young dirtbags will love Will Hobbs. Rafting, mountain biking, climbing, and fool-hardy expeditions fill the pages of the Colorado author’s 19 young adult novels. In Take Me to the River, Dylan, a boy from Asheville, North Carolina, unites with his river-rat cousin for a wild raft trip down the Rio Grande. An encroaching hurricane delivers big water, and misadventures in Mexico lead to a run-in with a mysterious fugitive. Hobbs’s books are edgy yet cautionary, imparting on the reader that adventure is not about an end point but the challenges along the way.theCayThe Cay by Theodore Taylor – After German U-Boats sink a passenger liner, Phillip Enright finds himself with an old, black West Indian man drifting on a raft somewhere off the coast of Panama. Timothy and Phillip beach on a deserted island, and so begins the boy’s crash course in survival. When sudden blindness threatens Phillip’s self-worth, Timothy cunningly teaches him skills and self-reliance. Thanks to the sacrificial leadership of Timothy, Phillip ultimately learns the tremendous power of things you cannot see but only feel; namely, wisdom, friendship, and love. Theodore Taylor, a native of North Carolina, dedicated the book to Martin Luther King Jr.HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen – In 2007, a 12-year-old Boy Scout survived four lonely nights in the mountains of North Carolina. The boy said he applied the lessons he learned in Hatchet throughout the ordeal. Paulsen, alongside Jack London, is the lead dog in the world of YA outdoor literature. His stories sober youth to the harsh realities of the wilderness and tempt them to seek out challenges that test their mettle. In Hatchet, protagonist Brian Robeson spends 54 gut-wrenching days in the Canadian wilderness. With a hatchet as his only means of survival, Brian must summon his courage and attune to nature if he wants to live. Brian’s transformative experience mirrors Paulsen’s, who amidst a troubled childhood found solace in both nature and in books.SouthSeaTaleslast_img read more

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Brazil and Peru Sign Cooperation Agreements for Military Technology

first_img Brazil and Peru will amplify their technological cooperation in the aerospace and naval sectors. The countries’ Defense Ministers, Celso Amorim from Brazil, and Juan Alberto Otárola from Peru, met on February 14 in Brasilia to discuss the issue. The meeting concluded with the signature of two memoranda to establish a partnership between companies from both countries for the development of industrial programs. “We talked about a broad technological partnership in the aerospace and naval sectors of our two countries,” highlighted Minister Celso Amorim. “Brazil and Peru deepened their long-time strategic alliance within the framework established by [Brazilian] President Dilma Rousseff and [Peruvian] President Ollanta Humala,” he concluded. Aerospacial Developments After signing the agreements, the Peruvian delegation visited the Annapolis Air Base in the state of Goiás, to see the AT-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, the E-99 early alert aircraft (equipped with aerial surveillance systems) and the R-99 (remote sensing aircraft), all manufactured by Brazilian Embraer. The Brazilian Air Force also made a modernized T-27 Tucano training aircraft available. Peru operates a fleet of these attack aircraft in their fight against narcotrafficking and during anti-guerrilla operations. According to the memorandum of aerial cooperation, the Peruvian Air Force’s Maintenance Service will be responsible for the final modernization of the remaining fleet of Tucanos, and will receive equipment and technology from Embraer to manufacture the structural components of the aircraft. During the meeting, the Peruvian delegation showed interest in the joint development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an area in which Brazil is already developing projects. At the conclusion of the meeting, Brazilian Minister Amorim announced that the Peruvian Air Force is considering purchasing ten Super Tucano aircraft. Naval Projects The second memorandum of cooperation signed by Brazil and Peru deals with the exchange of technology in the naval construction sector. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, only Brazil has the technological capacity to cut and solder submarine helmets, the so-called half-life cuts, which facilitate the maintenance work of motors and the introduction of modern equipment in the units. Peru owns six class IKL 209-1200 submarines, which it plans to update. Through its Managerial Company of Naval Projects (Emgepron), Brazil would give this technology to the Industrial Services conglomerate of the Peruvian Navy (Sima), located in the city of Callao. Borders At the meeting, both South American countries also highlighted the need for creating a bi-national border commission to fight transnational crime. Both Brazil and Peru already have similar withstanding agreements with Colombia, with whom they soon plan to hold a meeting at the triple frontier, the area located in Tabatinga, Amazonas state. The continuity in the exchange of information obtained by the Amazon Protection System with a network of Peruvian radars was also hailed during the meeting. By Dialogo February 17, 2012last_img read more

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West Hempstead Man Gets Probation for Dogfighting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Hempstead was sentenced Tuesday to probation, community service and will not be allowed to own any pets for five years after he admitted to participating in dogfighting.Hector Hernandez had pleaded guilty in August at Nassau County court to animal cruelty and animal fighting.Prosecutors said the 27-year-old man had dogfighting equipment—including chains, a treadmill and dog tether—on his property, where investigators acting on a tip found numerous pit-bull dogs caged in a shed, multiple chickens and one rabbit in January.Two of the dogs, Roja and Nana, had fresh bite marks on their front sides while the other six dogs were found in poor living conditions, authorities said.Judge Sharon Gianelli also sentenced Hernandez to $1,200 in fines and ordered Hernandez to sign a spot-check agreement to ensure compliance with the pet ownership ban.Hernandez will additionally be required to sign up for county’s new Animal Crimes Registry, which shelters and pet stores are required to check before allowing an applicant to adopt a pet.last_img read more

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Arguments in appellate-level ADA case against CU start Oct. 30

first_imgThe Fourth Circuit of Appeals will hear arguments Oct. 30 in an appeal by Department of Labor (DOL) FCU in a frivolous lawsuit alleging website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit is just one of many around the country facing credit unions due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to websites.CUNA filed a brief in Griffin v. DOL FCU in June, its first in such cases at the appellate level. A decision in this case will provide binding precedent for the Fourth Circuit.CUNA’s primary arguments on behalf of DOL FCU were:The district court correctly found that the appellant lacks standing, and had not suffered concrete and particularized harm because he does not meet the eligibility requirements to become a member of DOL FCU; continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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