Property sales remain flat during January, says HMRC

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Property sales remain flat during January, says HMRC previous nextHousing MarketProperty sales remain flat during January, says HMRCFigures show 102k homes were sold during first month of the year, down by 0.1% compared to January 2017.Nigel Lewis22nd February 20180723 Views Property sales in the UK during January increased by 1.3% month-on-month, hitting 102,610 transactions says HMRC, but down 0.1% year on year.These figures, which are seasonally adjusted to take account of the Christmas shutdown, are for all residential sales over £40,000.“Property transactions have remained stagnant for quite some time now,” says Richard Sexton, Director of e.surv (pictured, left).“Although our latest research showed one-fifth of mortgage approvals went to first-time buyers last month, if we are to see a real boost in numbers and overall market activity, we need to address our country’s limited housing supply which is acting as a roadblock.”Jeremy Duncombe, Director, Legal & General Mortgage Club, (pictured, right) says: “It is clear that a lack of housing supply across the UK continues to take its toll on the market.“Not only is it having an impact on potential borrowers who want to make their first move onto the property ladder, but it’s also limiting the options available to those who are looking to downsize in later life.”But HMRC’s detailed figures also reveal that, despite much commentary from agents about a difficult market in London and the South, overall UK transactions have been increasing each month, albeit slowly.Year-on-year increaseA year and a half ago the seasonally-adjusted monthly transaction figures stood at 97,110 compared to today, an increase of 5.3%.But there’s a long way to go before the market achieves the heady days before the 2007/8 financial crash when 140,000 properties were sold each month.The property market’s flatlining is in part down to the HMRC’s recent Stamp Duty tax take on higher-value homes and landlords, although it’s helping swell government coffers.The total duty collected from residential property transactions increased by 16% year on year during 2017 to £9.56 billion.Legal & General property sales HMRC Jeremy Duncombe richard sexton e.surv February 22, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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USS George H.W. Bush Successfully Completes FRS CQ

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George H.W. Bush Successfully Completes FRS CQ View post tag: News by topic View post tag: FRS Training & Education View post tag: George View post tag: Defense View post tag: completes View post tag: Bush View post tag: Defence April 23, 2013 View post tag: successfully View post tag: H.W. View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) concluded its five-day Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ) in the Atlantic Ocean, April 20.Fleet Replacement Squadron CQ consists of both day and night operations.The ship and its crew of more than 3,000 Sailors worked in unison with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 around the clock to help pilots successfully complete the final stages of their training.“We flew every day from approximately 1 p.m. until 1 a.m., and met our mark of around 600 traps,” said Lt. Kent Davis, flight deck officer. “It’s tougher than regular flight operations.”Regular flight operations can involve launching 2-3 aircraft at a time with 1-2 hours between launches. Pilots would then fly their missions for several hours before returning to the ship. Fleet Replacement Squadron CQ, on the other hand, is a 12-hour continuous flight evolution demanding more from the crew and pilots.“Normal flight operations are a timed evolution,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Derrick W. Foster, flight deck chief. “Fleet Replacement Squadron CQ is harder; it is extremely fast paced and nonstop not only for the ship’s crew but the pilots as well.”In order for FRS pilots to qualify and advance into a fleet squadron the pilot must successfully complete six landings during the day and four landings during the night aboard an aircraft carrier.“These Fleet Replacement Squadron pilots have completed daytime carrier operations in the past, but this week’s evolution marked the first arrested night landings of their careers,” said Davis.Forty-one pilots qualified on their squadron specific aircraft, consisting of either F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets, E-2C Hawkeye, or C-2A Greyhounds during the FRS CQ.“This was one of the biggest CQ periods I’ve done on the Bush,” said Davis. “With everyone working together it was completed safely and efficiently.”The Bush is currently conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthening the Navy’s forward operating and war fighting ability.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 23, 2013; Image: US Navy USS George H.W. Bush Successfully Completes FRS CQ View post tag: CQ Share this articlelast_img read more

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Open Rank Clinical Faculty – Pediatrics, Binocular Vision, and Strabismus – (FAC001598)

first_imgThe University of Houston’s College of Optometry seeks outstandingclinical faculty members in the area of Pediatrics, BinocularVision, and Strabismus to join the Clinical Sciences Department.Areas of expertise should include primary eyecare for pediatricpatients, the management of sensory and perceptual disordersrelated to visual development, or anomalies of binocular vision forchildren and adults.Competitive applicants will have experience with evidence-basedclinical practice, and interprofessional/ collaborative practice.Candidates are expected to provide clinical education and patientcare and must be eligible for optometric licensure in the state ofTexas. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate leadershipin teaching, clinical practice, and scholarship related to patientcare, clinical outcomes, community/ public health, clinicaleducation, or other areas of applied clinical sciences.The University of Houston College of Optometry is internationallyrecognized as a leader in clinical healthcare, vision-relatedbiomedical research, and community health services (see http://www.opt.uh.edu/ for details).The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse studentbodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilpositions are filled. Please contact, Dr. David Berntsen, Chair,Dept. of Clinical Science, [email protected] orDr. Wendy Harrison, Search Committee Chair at [email protected] , withquestions.The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :This is an open-rank, clinical non-tenure track faculty position.The successful applicant must have an OD degree and completed aresidency/fellowship program or have equivalent relevant clinical,academic, or other experience. Applicants should have experiencewith clinical teaching, mentoring, and providing patient carewithin community-based clinics. Experience with healthcare deliveryin community-care clinical settings is preferred.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required forall faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection ofthe final candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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OUR JIMMY KIMMEL PRESIDENT

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganPlease, Mr. Trump, I’m on bended knee.Please, Mr. Trump, quit acting like a talk-show host and start acting like the president of the United States.When it comes to NFL players and NFL teams taking a knee in protest before their football games,I’m pretty much like most Americas.I was appalled at what quarterback Colin Kaepernick did last year when he decided to remain seated during the national anthem.In his head, Kaepernick was protesting what he claims is the ongoing oppression of people of color in America by police.Fine.But most of the country interpreted it differently.They saw a privileged, highly paid pro athlete disrespecting the American flag and those who served under it in battle.Kaepernick has paid a high personal price for his principles. He’s now unemployed — and apparently unemployable.Though not a superstar, he’s probably better than half a dozen no-name backup quarterbacks in the NFL.Yet his pre-game troublemaking and the bad publicity he’s created for himself and the league has clearly kept him from being picked up by a team that could use him.No owner wants to have to deal with him or the negative attention that comes with him.His best hope might be getting a CFL team to sign him if he promises to behave during “O Canada.”Four weeks ago the whole Kaepernick protest thing was beginning to fade away on its own. Only about four NFL players were still taking the knee during the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”With its TV ratings falling and attendance in decline for other reasons, the league office was thrilled to see the NFL protest movement losing steam. So was the rest of a politically weary America.But then, late in the fourth quarter, President Trump streaked onto the field.At a rally for the Senate primary in Alabama last Friday, he told a crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b —- off the field right now? Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!’”Thanks to the meddler in chief, one in eight players took a knee during the national anthem during the games last weekend and Monday.They didn’t take a knee to support Kaepernick or to disrespect the flag. They did it to protest Trump and his attack on NFL players.Yes, President Trump said what so many of us are feeling. But he had no reason to get in the middle of stuff he doesn’t need to be in – and shouldn’t be in.Trump unconditional supporters are praising him for taking a stand, but he wasn’t leading the way.The ones who should take credit for taking a stand against the NFL “Kneelers” are the people of the United States.We’re the ones who’ve stopped watching or going to the games because of the players’ politics. We deserve the credit.The president is following the people’s lead.He joined the winning team after the game was over.I know we can chalk up the president’s meddling to the all-purpose excuse – “It’s Trump being Trump.”But the president should never call anyone a “S.O.B.” in public.Not even if he really feels that way. Not even though we may agree with him.There simply are things a president should not do or say – let’s call it “Presidential Behavior 101.”I know President Trump was playing to his base again. I know they cheered his comments and fell in love with him even more.But I’m tired of hearing him sound more like Jimmy Kimmel than the president.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Commentary: Maybe The Old Party Is Over

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – Maybe it’s time to change the Republican Party’s name.That thought crossed my mind as I watched U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speak movingly about his decision to vote in favor of the first article of impeachment indicting President Donald Trump. Romney, the GOP’s presidential standard-bearer just eight years ago, predicted with heartbreaking accuracy that his vote would open him and his family to unbridled rancor and calumny from this president and his enablersTrump and company did not disappoint.Almost before the echoes of Romney’s short speech had died, the president and chorus took to social media and airwaves to attack the Utah senator’s sanity, courage, and character.Team Trump now has broken with the three men – Romney, the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, and former President George W. Bush – who most recently carried the Republican flag.The president continued his mission of demolition the next day.First, he decided at a prayer breakfast that revenge and recrimination rather than reconciliation and forgiveness were the tickets. Then, at a White House gathering that featured more than an hour of Trumpian stream-of-consciousness rambling, he lashed out, again and again, at Democrats, Romney and many Republicans who did not offer him absolutely, unquestioning loyalty.The president’s message to the GOP was clear:Line up, boys, and kiss the ring.It’s a sad and bewildering thing to watch the dissolution of a great political party.The Republican Party’s greatest strength always has been its unwavering commitment to a set of principles. Free trade. Limited government, particularly when it comes to the executive branch. Strict adherence to the Constitution. Advocacy of personal responsibility.This president believes none of that.He starts and stops trade wars on a whim. He argues that the Constitution’s constraints on presidential authority do not exist. He ignores all other constitutional checks and balances. And, whenever something goes wrong, he blames someone else.That’s what makes his hold on the GOP both so puzzling and so tragic.There is a fevered quality to the fear this president inspires.Trump and his followers tout his invincibility, but there is little objective evidence to buttress their belief.Donald Trump has yet to lead the Republican Party through an election cycle in which the GOP wins the popular vote.In 2016, he trailed Hillary Clinton – the most vulnerable Democratic presidential candidate since Walter Mondale – by nearly 3 million votes. What’s more, he needed the help of both the Russians and an epic misjudgment by former FBI Director James Comey to get even that close.Then, two years later, during the 2018 off-year election, the GOP’s popular vote deficit in U.S. House races swelled to 10 million.Along the way, Republicans lost bastions – every House seat in Orange County, California, and Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat – once thought impregnable. Those Republicans didn’t vote for Democrats because they wanted to. They did so because a Donald-Trump-led GOP violated principles they held dear and left them no choice.Now, the president and cheerleaders are doing victory dances because they averted disaster in the impeachment process. To record that dubious achievement, they had to bend and twist both Senate rules and constitutional understandings out of any recognizable shape. Even then, Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to have a member of his own party cast a vote for his removal.That didn’t stop the president and his camp followers from crowing that his public approval rating had reached 49 percent, largely, he argued, because the economy was doing so well and people like him so much.Again, the Trump cult failed to ask why this president is the first one since polling began never to crack 50 percent approval. This is especially remarkable given that the stock market has boomed throughout his term, even if some other economic indicators have been less hopeful.That’s the way it is with hallucinations.They make people forget who they are and what they believe.It’s hard to recognize the Republican Party now.That’s because it has stopped being the Republican Party and instead has become the Trump Party.Now, and perhaps forever.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County Observer posted this article without bias, opinion, or editing. By John Krulllast_img read more

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Lyceum Bowling League results

first_imgResults of the Mount Carmel Lyceum bowling league from December 27th are as follows:Individual high games for the week went to: David Magarban 218; Jack Nilan 213; Steve Mallardi Jr. 210; Ed Lubach Sr. 202; John McCollum 193; Al Gill 190; Adam Konecko 188; Harry Ashe 176; Artie Bernard Jr. 175; Frank Polomski 157; Robert Magarban 146. In team results: Amspec Services took 7 points from Dworzanski’s Funeral Home; I.B.E.W. Local 94 took 5 points from Fryczynski’s Funeral Home; John’s Midtown Tavern took 5 points from Supreme Tours.last_img read more

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Holy Spirit Defeats O.C. in Boys Basketball

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMOcean City was unable to find its shooting rhythm against a tough Holy Spirit squad Thursday night, losing at home 56-49 in a boys basketball matchup.The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 2-6 overall (1-2 conference), while the Spartans improved to 5-3 (2-2 in conference).The starting five for Ocean City included Gannon Brady, Joe Repetti, Tom Finnegan, Brad Jamison and Mike Rhodes. Brady led all scorers with 18 points.As the first quarter got underway, Holy Spirit came out firing on all cylinders, scoring 18 points in the opening eight minutes.Ben Hoag dribbles the ball as the Red Raiders set up their offense.Ocean City struggled to hit shots early on, dropping only three buckets in the first quarter. Holy Spirit led 18-6 going into the second quarter.The Red Raiders started to mount a comeback in the second quarter, finding a rhythm in their shooting and stepping up their defensive presence.Ocean City outscored Holy Spirit 15-12 to cut the lead to nine heading into halftime 30-21.Holy Spirit did not allow Ocean City to ride the second quarter momentum as the half began, and the Red Raiders seemed to be struggling to once again move the ball efficiently and finish shots.As the clock ticked away, the Spartans would increase their lead to 14 entering the final eight minutes of play, 45-31.Mike Rhodes shoots a free throw for the Red Raiders.Ocean City was not going down go quietly and battled hard for the final quarter.The intensity in the gym was palpable as each team gave it their all to fight for the win.With under three minutes to play, Ocean City was down eight.The Red Raiders pressured the Spartans all over the court in an attempt to get the ball back and convert on the other end.Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, a big Holy Spirit steal made fouling the necessary evil to get the ball back.As the final seconds fell away, Holy Spirit would take the victory.Tom Finnegan, hand raised, calls for the ball from teammate Mike Rhodes. Red Raider Gannon Brady puts up a shot against the Spartans Thursday night. last_img read more

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Umphrey’s Busts Out “Pooh Doggie” For Superfan’s 400th At Remarkable Brooklyn Bowl Show [Photos]

first_imgAfter two nights at impresario Peter Shapiro‘s rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, Umphrey’s McGee moved the party to Shapiro’s beloved Williamsburg bowling alley/night club for an celebratory finale to their three-night run in New York. The two sets and encore at Brooklyn Bowl last night marked the most complete show of the weekend, which is saying something considering how impressive the band was on Friday and Saturday. Focusing on their older and most cherished material, Umphrey’s was simply on fire, showcasing the intense focus, energy, and precision for which they’re known.Umphrey’s McGee Honors Tom Petty, Covers Toto’s “Africa” To Open Cap Run [Photo/Video]Set one started off with “Conduit”, off 2011’s Death By Stereo. The medium-paced rocker was a great fit for the opening slot, allowing guitarist Jake Cinninger to show off his chops early in the frame. Cinninger’s solo breakdown evolved into an evil-sounding metal segment, with an aggressive power rock jam that built to a strong peak by the song’s end. The hair metal vibes of “Mad Love” followed, eventually fading away as the band started up the beloved instrumental “Fussy Dutchman”. Brendan Bayliss took his turn at lead guitar and ran with it, with an excellent solo the cherry on top of an excellent all-around version of the song.Up next was “Morning Song”, one of the band’s best progressive rock originals. The version was a bona fide bullseye, turning things up in the room for band and crowd alike. As the song finished, the band harnessed that energy and unleashed a big rendition of “Hurt Bird Bath”. The multi-sectional masterpiece opened up with a bass-heavy jam, constructed with several interesting musical building blocks from bassist Ryan Stasik. The whole band synced up around this rock n’ roll vibe, allowing Cinninger to go off on a wave guitar fireworks. As the energy in the room reached a fever pitch, the band dropped back into “Hurt Bird Bath” for the second verse, and then quickly moved into the song’s second jam, marked by an out-there space funk theme. Eventually the band locked in around a part house music-part metal sonic space. Cinninger introduced some metal riffage, and the band delved into full-blown, hand signal-driven Jimmy Stewart-style improvisation. After some physical instructions from Cinninger, the band changed keys and rhythm several times before landing back on “Hurt Bird Bath” to complete the incredible rendition.Prog-funk track “Deeper” followed up the huge first set odyssey, and Umphrey’s kept the improv going with another impressive jam. After bursting out of the funk with some heavy metal, the band settled on a drum and bass jazz fusion vibe, with a melodic peak. Out of nowhere, the band moved into a song unfamiliar to most in the crowd: “Pooh Doggie.” The ultra-rarity was played in honor of Dan Delaney, hardcore Umphrey’s McGee fan who was celebrating his 400th show (!!!) at Brooklyn Bowl last night. Kudos to Dan for the accomplishment, and thanks to him for inspiring the band’s mega-bust-out at The Bowl. The song was last performed in Dallas, TX on 11/10/2006–a mere 1180 shows ago. The rarity closed out the first set, leaving fans clamoring for more after a remarkable opening frame.When the band emerged for their second set, dissonant and ambient sounds started to emanate from the stage. Fans with a trained ear knew that this could mean only one thing: “Nothing Too Fancy.” The electronic-leaning improvisation vehicle provided the jam of the night: a patient and meditative exploration that built into several peaks, with the entire room hanging on every note. The tension was released as Umphrey’s pulled off one of their patented “on-a-dime” transitions, building “Nothing Too Fancy” into a wild frenzy before dropping unexpectedly into “August.” A welcome sing-along, this “August” proved to be one of the nights emotional highlights. The small venue and three-night run invited some of the band’s biggest fans to attend this weekend, and the hardcores really let lose on “August.”The down-and-dirty funk of “Mail Package” provided a much-needed breather after the intense one-two-punch set opener. Things picked back up in a huge way with “#5”, an old favorite that dates back to 2003. The progressive rock masterpiece saw drummer Kris Myers and percussionist Andy Farag offer up some tribal sounds, using his floor toms to create a pulsating rhythm. Joel Cummins eventually linked up with Myers, leaning into his organ line with gusto. The organ sound led to a 80’s rock vibe, which was fitting as the sound eventually dissolved into a slow, piano-led jam that wound its way towards a soaring dual-guitar master class from Cinninger and Cummins. The crowd was in a frenzy, and kicked into another gear when Umphrey’s landed back on the tail end of “Nothing Too Fancy,” finally finishing the version that opened the set.Umphrey’s McGee Plays Nostalgic VIP Pre-Show, Covers Radiohead In Capitol Theatre Finale [Video]The smooth rock vibes of “No Comment” kept the old school feel going, before the band eventually moved back into some more aggressive improvisation (do they ever take a song off?), with Stasik offering up some more amazing bass licks. After flowing into a call-back off “Pooh Doggie” one more time for good measure, they closed out the set with a rocking version of “The Song Remains The Same” by Led Zeppelin. Finally, for the encore, Umphrey’s continued the old favorites with a reggae-tinged version of “Slacker”, which ended up sounding something similar to “The Bed’s Too Big Without You” by The Police. Bayliss was all smiles during this final song of the run, watching with a huge grin as Cummins rocked the organ to close out their weekend in New York.Umphrey’s McGee may be done in the New York area, but they will be back soon, with three recently-announced shows at The Beacon Theatre in January on deck for the band’s 20th-anniversary celebration. In the meantime, Umphrey’s will hit Suwanee Hulaween on Thursday before traveling to St. Paul, MN for two nights at the Palace Theatre, where the band will take a break from their usual Mashup celebration and will debut a new theme for  Halloween.Check out a full gallery of photos from Umphrey’s McGee’s Brooklyn Bowl performance below courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.You can watch a few clips from the show via Instagram below: Load remaining images SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 10/22/2017Set One: Conduit, Mad Love > Fussy Dutchman, Hurt Bird Bath, Deeper > Pooh DoggieSet Two: Nothing Too Fancy -> August, Mail Package, #5 -> Nothing Too Fancy, No Comment > Pooh Doggie, The Song Remains The SameEncore: SlackerUmphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 10/22/2017 | Andrew Blacksteinlast_img read more

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Holly Bowling Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Phish’s “Mercury” Rendition From Denver [Watch]

first_imgHolly Bowling played a soldout show this past Thursday at Denver’s Bluebird Theater, ahead of Phish’s three-night run of shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City, Colorado. Intertwining Phish and Grateful Dead songs, Bowling brought the heat all night, getting the Denver crowd hyped up for a weekend of music that undoubtedly delivered and made up for the “Curveball blues”.Bowling opened up the show with a deep rendition of Phish’s “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent”, before immediately throwing in some Grateful Dead, transitioning into “Bird Song”. Up next was Phish’s ” The Horse”> “Silent In The Morning” segue, leading way to “The Lizards”, with Holly tickling the ivories and covering the bases of all four Phish masterminds’ instruments on the piano. “The Lizards” led to the Grateful Dead’s “Help On The Way”> “Slipknot!”, before Bowling brought things full circle and ended the first set with “Fly Famous Mockingbird”, bringing closure to “Colonel Forbin’s Ascent” that she opened the show with.After a brief set break, Holly came back out and opened second set with a 22-minute rendition of the psychedelic “Cryptical Envelopment” > “The Other One”, before working her way into the Phish instrumental “Bliss”, which appeared on 1996’s Billy Breaths. A highlight of the evening was Bowling’s playful rendition of “Mercury” which came next, before hopping back into “The Other One” > “Cryptical Envelopment”. Staying with the Dead theme, “Stella Blue” was next, before Bowling brought set two to a close with the badass pairing of “Sand” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower”. Phish’s instrumental “Cars Trucks Buses” served as the evening’s encore, getting Phish fans in the area extra excited to see three nights of their favorite band over Labor Day Weekend.Luckily for fans, Holly Bowling has shared pro-shot video footage of the evening’s “Mercury”. Watch the video below.Holly Bowling – “Mercury” – 8/30/2018[Video: Holly Bowling]You can also listen to full show audio below, courtesy of taper Jeffery Bowling.Holly Bowling  – Bluebird Theater  – 8/30/2018[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]Next up for Holly is a week full of shows, starting tomorrow at Charleston, SC’s Pour House, before heading to Atlanta, GA’s City Winery Thursday, September 6th. Friday evening, Bowling heads back north to Charlotte, NC’s McGlohon Theater followed by a show Saturday, September 8th, at Asheville, NC’s Isis Music. Continuing north, Bowling will play this Sunday, September 8th, at Washington D.C.’s Hamilton. For a full list of Holly Bowling’s upcoming tour dates and tickets to her shows, head to her website.Setlist: Holly Bowling | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 8/30/2018Set One: Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Bird Song, The Horse > Silent In The Morning, The Lizards, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Fly Famous MockingbirdSet Two: Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Bliss > Mercury > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment > Stella Blue, Sand > Slipknot! > Franklin’s TowerEncore: Cars Trucks Buseslast_img read more

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$11 million slated for Vermont home heating assistance

first_imgThe Senate today approved an additional $10.8 million for home heating assistance for about 27,000 Vermont households, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced.The Senate this afternoon voted 79 to 16 for the funding, which is included in a bill to keep the federal government running until March 4. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said a final House vote could occur this evening.Vermont and other states had faced the prospect of a 40 percent cut in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps senior citizens on fixed incomes, families with children and the disabled.Sanders said, ‘At a time when heating oil prices are skyrocketing and temperatures are falling, this critically-important program will help insure that no one in Vermont goes cold this winter. During these very difficult times, seniors on fixed incomes and families with children shouldn’t have to make the unacceptable choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table.’Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee which crafted the bill, said, ‘Topping up this essential program for the harsh winter weather has been a top priority in the final days of this session, and I am pleased that we are getting that job done.  Home heat in wintertime is not a choice but a necessity, and this will mean relief for thousands of struggling Vermont households.’Welch said, ‘This program is a critical safety net for countless low-income families and seniors in Vermont. There is simply no excuse for failing to help Vermonters get through a cold, difficult winter during a time of such economic uncertainty.’Federal funding for the heating assistance program was nearly doubled in the last two years under a provision sponsored by Sanders. Leahy cosponsored that 2008 legislation and Welch sponsored companion legislation that year in the House.So far this year, Vermont has received a total of $14.8 million for LIHEAP, compared to the $25.6 million in regular funding it received last year.More than 27,000 Vermont households will receive benefits, up from 20,350 last year. Because the demand has increased but the amount available so far has decreased and the number of eligible households has expanded, the average benefit is being reduced from about $1,100 last year to about $660 this heating season.After Congress doubled funding for home heating assistance in 2009, a record 8.3 million households nationwide received aid.  This winter, as a result of the lingering recession, many more families are expected to need help keeping the heat turned on.Source: WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 ‘ Vt congressional delegation.last_img read more

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