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We must protect world’s top terrorist target

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The market in minutes

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High street blues

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Rent controls will punish renters and investors, Mr Miliband

first_imgEd Miliband, then, is the rather unlikely leader of a 1970s fashion revolution. Rather than flared jeans or tie-dye t-shirts, it’s that most clumsy of policy instruments – rent controls – he wants to reinflate.Last year, Labour promised to cap rent increases and scrap letting fees as part of a “fairer deal” for the soaring number of private renters.As with Labour’s energy price promises, rent controls are a seductively simple solution to a complex problem. The problem is that vilifying landlords will not lead to more homes being built. But with the reputation of landlords up there with payday lenders in certain parts of the media, it is no surprise that polling by campaign group Generation Rent found just under two-thirds of the public support some form of rent control, with only a measly 6.8% opposed.Labour mayoral hopeful Diane Abbott recently joined the fray, while respected think tank Civitas claimed Miliband had not gone far enough.The key point here is that posing rent controls as the solution deliberately conflates various issues around supply, service standards, trust and affordability.Clearly, there is a widespread feeling that rents are too high. But rent controls are not the answer, just as landlords are not to blame for a lack of housebuilding during successive Tory and Labour governments.Proponents of rent controls usually point to Germany, whose economic model is in vogue in Britain’s political circles as a successful example of rent controls being implemented.However, Germany has a huge supply of regulated rental homes, which has suppressed costs. Housing costs are relatively low: average rents in Munich – the highest in Germany – are just one-third of average rents in London. Most Germans spend less than 30% of their income on housing, whereas some Londoners spend half their income or more.Legislation restricts rental increases for existing tenants, which is what Miliband and co want. But this is not the real reason why rents are lower in Germany – far from it. The real reason is that Germany builds far more homes than we do – in 2013, the most recent year comparable data is available, Germany built 225,000 houses, compared with the 109,000 homes completed here.Unfortunately, the debate around our national inability to build houses has focused almost exclusively on the impact it is having on first-time buyers, who are now forced to live with mum and dad, or rent.The government has invested £1bn in a Build to Rent Fund and promoted the need to get institutional investors building a European-style, family-oriented rental market here. But this fledgling industry is in its embryonic stages and Miliband’s meddling threatens to spook investors before they have had a chance to really make things move.Many professional landlords are already offering long-term tenancies with fixed rent increases over three years. But imposing a model that is insensitive to market conditions will cause investors to look twice, compounding the problem with supply, and in turn, pushing rents up even higher.So, far from creating a more affordable, secure private rented sector, rent controls threaten to do the very opposite. It will be renters who suffer most – not landlords.Julian Goddard is head of residential at Daniel Watneylast_img read more

Inflation, deflation, Japan and paradoxes

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Children’s day out

first_img The group enjoyed their time out on the City Sightseeing bus on Sunday August 30. 1 of 2 The group enjoyed their time out on the City Sightseeing bus on Sunday August 30. Paradise 4 Kids Foundation hosted a City Sightseeing bus trip for the children of Manenberg Safe House on Sunday, August 30. More than 30 children and adults went on the famous red bus from the Two Oceans Aquarium to Table Mountain and Camps Bay beach. The children were delighted in their time out, said Nazeema Abrahams, chairperson of Paradise 4 Kids. Ms Abrahams said they took the children out to be tourists in their own city and experience its beauty. “It is something different for them, it was their first time but it won’t be their last time. We especially want to say thank you to the Binder Dijker Otte who has sponsored the snacks for us , we are grateful to all who have donated for each child to attend the bus ride,” she said.center_img Paradise 4 Kids treated the children to a day out.last_img read more

Court of Appeal threshold to remain unchanged

first_imgThe Law Society has welcomed a government decision not to raise the threshold for permission to take cases to the Court of Appeal as part of a package of reforms to reduce delays.However, Chancery Lane expressed disappointment over the decision to remove an automatic right to an oral hearing when seeking permission to appeal to the court.Earlier this year the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) consulted on ways to reduce pressures faced by the Court of Appeal’s civil division. Work has increased by 59% in the past five years.Committee chair Lord Dyson said that in an environment where there has been no increase in judicial resources, a serious backlog of cases is getting worse and delays are lengthening.The proposed package of reforms included increasing the threshold for granting permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal from ‘a real prospect of success’ to ‘a substantial prospect of success’.Responding to the consultation, the Society questioned the impact on perceptions of fairness of the justice system if a litigant whose appeal has a ‘real prospect of success’ were denied the right to have the appeal heard.A ‘substantial’ prospect of success could also lead to satellite litigation over its interpretation and application, it warned.A statutory instrument, which comes into force on 3 October, shows that the test will remain unchanged.Society chief executive Catherine Dixon said Chancery Lane is pleased the threshold will not be raised, noting there is no evidence to suggest that the current test is not sufficient.She added: ‘It appears that the proposed changes were intended to reduce the Court of Appeal’s workload. The court has many important functions to perform and it is essential that it is appropriately resourced.’The redistribution of more ancillary matters is therefore sensible as it will free up the much-needed time of Court of Appeal judges to deal with substantive matters.’However, if the CPRC are to draft rules relating to delegation of powers we would recommend that such duties remain with qualified court officers (ie solicitors and barristers).’The statutory instrument states that where an application for permission to appeal is made to the Court of Appeal, the court will determine the application on paper.However, the application could be determined at an oral hearing if the judge thinks it cannot be fairly determined on paper.An explanatory memorandum published by the government states that the proposal was backed by most judges who responded to the consultation.It was not supported by most practitioners and representative bodies – with the exception of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and human rights group Justice.Those in favour thought it would substantially reduce the amount of judicial time spent on determining applications for permission to appeal. Those against were concerned that complex appeals benefit from oral discussion of written arguments.Some litigants may also feel more comfortable expressing themselves orally, it was argued.Dixon added: ‘While we are disappointed that the automatic right to oral renewal hearing has been removed, the court’s discretion to “call in” cases and request further information does provide some safeguards to vulnerable parties.‘Nevertheless, there is still a risk that some applications – which haven’t been presented as strongly on paper as they would have in person (for example due to a language barrier) – will be dismissed as without merit.’last_img read more

DSVN to be split

first_imgVIETNAM RAILWAYS is to be split into separate infrastructure management and train operating companies under legislation which was introduced to the country’s National Assembly last month.Transport Minister Dao Dinh Binh said on June 8 that the move was ’aimed at ensuring equal treatment for all economic sectors’. The Railways Bill follows passing of legislation restructuring Vietnam’s inland waterways, under a programme to reform transport management and safety legislation and to integrate international laws. The intention is that DSVN will retain control of the infrastructure, which would be used by independent operating companies. An independent regulator will be set up to ensure fair treatment of all players. However, Binh said the split is unlikely to take place before 2010, as infrastructure management ’is not a profitable business’ and it would be difficult to raise private investment or foreign aid funding for much-needed upgrading work.last_img read more

No voter’s card, No alcohol, Kenya’s Murang’a bar owners demand

first_imgResidents of Kenya’s Murang’a county, located in the country’s central region, will have to produce their voter’s card before being allowed to buy any alcoholic drinks, local media outlet Nation reports bar and hotel owners to say.The move is aimed at encouraging more people in the county to register as voters ahead of the country’s elections scheduled to take place on August 8.Chairman of the business owners’ association James Waweru said they want to be active participants in the voter registration process.Waweru said that as opposed to producing IDs before buying alcoholic drinks, people who want to get the drinks will now have to show their voter’s card.“Just like you cannot drive without a driving licence, then you cannot drink without a voter’s card,” he said.Murang’a is considered to be a pro-government area, and is expected to support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s bid for re-election.The country’s electoral body will begin a registration exercise on January 16, and says it is targeting over six million new voters.last_img read more

Téyat Pawòl to host Theatre Appreciation Workshop

first_img Tweet Share Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Téyat Pawòl to host Theatre Appreciation Workshop by: – September 9, 2013center_img Sharing is caring! 79 Views   no discussions The Theatre Appreciation Workshop 2: A basic course for beginners, scheduled for 16 – 22nd September at the Arawak House of Culture, free of chargeA Dominican theatre group, as part of its mandate to sensitize young minds and awaken individual’s consciousness about drama as a means of escape, is getting set to host a Theatre Appreciation Workshop.Students, adults and others interested in theatre will have a chance to explore such interest by through the Theatre Appreciation Workshop 2: A basic course for beginners, scheduled for 16 – 22nd September at the Arawak House of Culture, free of charge.The 30- hour basic course will cover all areas of theatre including: acting, the stage, the actor, the mind of the actor, characterization, playwriting, drama skills, mastering monologues, the audition process, theatre group membership and management, stage works, directing, basic history of theatre, and the fundamentals of a theatre.The first forty (40) applicants will be accepted who will all receive a diploma upon successful completion.Lead facilitator and accomplished Playwright, Alex Bruno, explained that the exercise is like a punctuation mark at the end of a powerful statement.The course, he noted, is suited for the inquisitive person who has 30 hours to commit to this rapid introduction to theatre initiative.Bruno stated that the course also serves as a foundation for further training, and calls on drama students from the various schools on the island of Dominica to take advantage of this opportunity.Applications should be returned to Téyat Pawòl’s president Giselle Gabriel or any member of the group. Call/Text (767) 245 – 2539 or inbox your interest to https://www.facebook.com/kingpawol or https://www.facebook.com/teyat.pawol or email: teyatpawol@gmail.com.Registration/Application forms are also available from participating schools.Theatre Appreciation Workshop 2: A basic course for beginners, forms part of the production company’s ‘Lies Marathon’ which is carded for Arawak House of Culture and Classique International in Marigot from September 19 through 28, 2013.Participants will actively participate in Téyat Pawòl’s ‘Lies Marathon production’ in various capacities.Download the application/registration form here: Theatre Appreciation Workshop 2Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more