New online firm Eazy Agent is giving all NHS staff the chance to sell their home for £1 throughout September.It promises to provide its £249 basic service in return for a small contribution of at least £1 to a Just Giving page it has set up to raise NHS funds.Co-founder Lee Farrell (pictured) explains that he’s running the offer to help his best friend of 40 years who suffered a horrendous accident three weeks ago in freak circumstances.Although his friend was in intensive care and then an induced coma, he is recovering slowly and undergoing grafts on a weekly basis, so Farrell says funds raised will be going to the burns unit at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield.Something back“The surgeons, doctors and nurses have been amazing and this is our way of giving something back,” he says.Farrell hopes that the firm’s initiative will encourage companies it negotiates with, such as solicitors, to put their hands in their pockets to add to the campaign, and aims to hit a £1,000 target by the end of the month. “I really hope it’s popular – and it would be great if everyone involved also contributes,” says Farrell.Eazy Agent hit the headlines last month after it claimed to have been unfairly kicked off OnTheMarket despite not flouting any of the platform’s rules. The Leeds-based agent was given a month’s notice telling it that this was because it didn’t offer its own on-site valuations as part of its service – which the company denies. Eazy Agent’s unusual ‘pay now’ service covers everything from legal fees to a removal van and even a dog sitter on moving day for £1,749.Just Giving Lee Farrell Eazy Agent 2020-09-01Nigel LewisAny comments? 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 2021 Home » Charity » Estate agent offers free home sale service in return for a donation to NHS Estate agent offers free home sale service in return for a donation to NHS1st September 20200740 Views
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Evansville First Responders Honored For EMS Appreciation WeekMAY 25TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANADeaconess and the City of Evansville be recognized our local EMS professionals as part of Emergency Medical Services Week. It’s a way to show our police, fire and EMS workers how important they are to our local communities.The week featured luncheons and receptions, and Friday there was an all-day breakfast and lunch to honor first responders. Emergency personnel says the general public sometimes doesn’t realize the role they play in keeping us all safe.EMS system supervisor Angela Webb says, “I think it means the world to our first responders that we take our time aside and show them how important they are. Sometimes our first responders are not recognized the way they should be. It’s taken for granted by our public that they’re just gonna be there when we need them.”EMS Appreciation Week has become an annual event.
== Tom Herbert – Hobbs House Bakery ==Herbert is a fifth-generation baker and director of Hobbs House Bakery, a multi award-winning craft bakery, based in south GloucestershireEmbracing my new vocation a contributor to British Baker, I fixed in my mind that the only appropriate way to pass a week in the Easter holidays was to pack up my grandfather’s 1981 Bedford auto sleeper for a busman’s tour of the sights and bakeries of beautiful Dorset, and track down some real bakers.We packed ’the Old Lady’ like a Dorset apple cake – full – and set off. We found she was much like a great pudding – warm, comforting, calorific – and cornering at anything above 38mph was reminiscent of cutting a soft custard slice with a blunt knife (wobbly).We made our way from Naisworth, with a pantry full of home produce, in our quest for the infamous Dorset knobs, through Bath (no time for Bath buns in this wagon), over the Salisbury plains, past the fenced-in Stonehenge, and we nestled down in the New Forest among the trees and muntjac deer.On our first day, we cycled to Beaulieu, a very well kept little town in the forest, to see what the farmers’ market had to offer. It was here I met Graham Cotton, a true craft baker, dressed for the part and enjoying selling his carefully nurtured selection of products. I was immediately impressed with the list of farms showing where the wheat had been grown, and details of the museum mill, from where all the flour had been milled. Graham was very generous with his time, explaining the virtues of dietary bread for which he has found a loyal customer base. He very kindly gave me a pre-sliced ’Wellbeing Formula Bread’ (wrapped in pairs for easy freezing). This loaf is the result of working with a local college professor of nutrition, and impressively seems to tick many of the dietary requirements customers have to contend with: reduced salt, no added sugar or fat, high in fibre and packed full of beneficial seeds, all ground down to release the goodness.Next time the sun came out, we cycled to Corfe Castle, steam trains, ramparts, lots of people with cameras and Dragon Bakery, nestled amongst it all. The very traditional bakery, with Nigel Dragon baking to the side of Joan Dragon holding the fort, yielded a surprising array of Germanic breads. Nigel said his skills were learnt on an 18-month German work placement funded by an NA scholarship, a trip that, 30 years later, was still rewarding his customers.A visit at the end of our trip, to Town Mill Bakery in Lyme (Devon) was the icing on the cake. This sumptuous new bakery, on its first rise, is a joy to behold, headed up by Aidan “undisputed king of sponge” Chapman, previously of Celtic Bakery. His philosophy is built simply on flour and water and, with its open-plan bakery/eating area, delights its customers with a tangible atmosphere of honesty and passion.The ’Old Lady’ was even slower going up-country and homeward, but the hills were alive and there is great bread returning to its rightful place at the centre of every table. How are you contributing to the revival of better [email protected]
Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls. The report from a team of Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) will appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) and has been released online.“Our study, which is one of the largest set of longitudinal studies of this issue to date, supports the association between ADHD and substance abuse found in several earlier studies and shows that the increased risk cannot be accounted for by coexisting factors such as other psychiatric disorders or family history of substance abuse,” says Timothy Wilens of the MGH Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, who led the study. “Overall, study participants diagnosed with ADHD had a one-and-a-half-times greater risk of developing substance abuse than did control participants.”While previous studies from Harvard investigators at MGH and elsewhere found an increased risk of substance abuse in adolescents and young adults with ADHD, questions have been raised about whether specific aspects of ADHD such as impulsive behavior, cognitive problems, school problems, accompanying conditions such as bipolar disorder or conduct disorder, or family factors were actually responsible for the risk. To get a clearer picture of the factors behind the increased risk, the researchers examined data from two previous studies — one of boys, one of girls — that analyzed the prevalence of a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders in participants diagnosed with ADHD as children.From those two studies, a decade or more of follow-up information was available for a total of 268 participants with ADHD and 220 control participants, both groups equally divided by gender. Among the ADHD participants, 32 percent developed some type of substance abuse, including cigarette smoking, during the follow-up period, while only 25 percent of control participants had substance abuse problems. Factors such as gender, cognitive difficulties, mood disorders, school problems, or family history of substance abuse did not impact the risk. The only additional diagnosis that had an effect was conduct disorder, which tripled the risk when combined with ADHD.“Anyone with ADHD needs to be counseled about the risk for substance abuse, particularly if they have any delinquency,” explains Wilens. “We still need to understand why some kids with ADHD develop substance abuse and others don’t, whether particular treatment approaches can prevent substance problems, and how best to treat young adults that have both ADHD and substance abuse.” Wilens is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Additional authors of the JAACAP report are MaryKate Martelon, Gagan Joshi, Clancey Bateman, Ronna Fried, Carter Petty, and Joseph Biederman, all of the MGH Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, and the MGH Pediatric Psychopharmacology Philanthropy Fund.
Georgia is locked in the grip of a severe drought. Most of the state’s pasture and hayfields are in poor to very poor conditions. Many livestock producers are struggling to feed their herds. In Tifton, Ga., June 20, University of Georgia livestock specialists will discuss ways cattlemen can deal with drought. The free meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and will be broadcasted on the web. For more information or directions to view the meeting online, see the website www.GeorgiaForages.com. Or, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
The Vermont Legislature voted this afternoon to override Governor Douglas’ veto of the state budget. The House vote came earlier and garnered the exact number to override on a 100-50 vote, with all Democrats and all Progressives, plus one independent, voting to override. The Senate vote came at 2:10 and was a foregone conclusion, with the final vote 23-5. Democrats hold 23 of the seats. One Republican joined the Democrats (Snelling R-Chittenden) and one Democrat (Carris D-Rutland) and one Republican (Illuzzi R-Essex-Orleans) did not vote.Governor Douglas had promised to veto the Vermont state budget unless lawmakers made drastic changes to the $4.5 billion piece of legislation. He made the veto official late yesterday afternoon when he returned the bill to the Clerk of the House without his signature. This is the first time in Vermont history that a governor has vetoed the budget. The governor has repeatedly said the budget spends too much, taxes too much and where it does make spending cuts, it makes the wrong cuts. Democratic leaders have been equally faithful to their belief that spending must both meet the added cost in state spending related to things like unemployment and welfare because of the recession, and also that state government, much like the federal government is doing, must assist in economic stimulus by infusing money into the system.Before the override vote, Senate Pro Tem Shumlin (D-Windham) said the areas of contention came down to three things: First was related to income sensitivity and the property tax. Depending on income levels, one’s property tax would be lowered if household income fell under a certain level. Douglas wanted to raise that level. Related to the property tax was the shift of the teachers’ pension fund from the General Fund to the Education Fund. The state sets aside $40 million for the fund every year. Shumlin said that number must increase to $59 million next year and could go higher. Moving the responsibility is a philosophical issue that the Legislature did not have time to debate, given the state of the budget and the state of the economy. But what the shift would do, he said, would be to push more of the burden of state revenues on to the property tax. Also at issue was the income tax, Shumlin said, as the governor’s plan would cut the current rate for the highest income tax bracket. And finally, he said, the Legislature has already cut $80 million from the budget just since January. Without the federal stimulus money, this year’s fiscal 2010 budget would be level funded with the FY 2006 budget.Douglas has maintained that the total amount is still a 5 percent increase over FY 2009, but that the FY 2011 will project a $67 million hole, based on mutually agreed upon projections. The administration has stated that the 2010 budget increases spending and taxes, neither of which is sustainable, as evidenced by the future deficits projected. Douglas and his supporters also note that education spending keeps going up just as total public education enrollment keeps going down. His budget recommendations have a 1% decrease in education spending.In a statement released announcing his veto late Monday afternoon, Douglas said: It is with great disappointment that I return H. 441 to the Legislature without my signature. I had hoped that our budget differences could be resolved and compromise reached without the need for a veto vote. Unfortunately, an agreement could not be achieved. These are unprecedented economic times and Vermonters need their elected officials to work together to get our state through this recession. I pledge to continue to work with legislators of all parties regardless of the outcome of tomorrow s special session.
By Dialogo February 08, 2012 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Authorities apprehended 29 suspects and confiscated 122 kilograms (269 pounds) of cocaine being shipped to Puerto Rico. Among the detainees were five Puerto Ricans, one Colombian, six Dominicans and 17 Russians. Two luxury homes, numerous apartments, a cargo ship, a speedboat and a plane also were seized during the operation, according to the DNCD counter-narcotics agency, which worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during the raid. Authorities detained Omar Alberto Díaz Pavón of Puerto Rico, who was identified as the leader of the narco-trafficking organization. The cocaine was found in one of two villas he owned in the Casa de Campo tourist resort. Officials said one of the villas has a value of more than US$20 million. [EFE (Dominican Republic), 07/02/2012; Milenio (Dominican Republic), 07/02/2012]
Iran has confirmed three new coronavirus cases following the deaths of two elderly men, the health ministry told AFP on Thursday, as Iraq banned travel to and from its neighbor.The pair who died were elderly Iranian citizens and residents of the city of Qom. They were the first confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus in the Middle East.Health ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpour said two of the new cases were also in Qom and the other was in Arak, south of the holy city. “In total there were five cases… of which two have been fatal,” he said.Qom is a center for Islamic studies and tourists, attracting scholars from Iran and beyond. However, a government official said the deceased men had not left Iran.Following the announcement of the deaths, Iraq on Thursday clamped down on travel to and from the Islamic republic, with Iraq’s health ministry announcing people in Iran were barred from entering the country “until further notice”.”Iranians are prohibited from entering [Iraq],” a senior official told AFP, adding that border crossings with Iran had been closed, with only returning Iraqis allowed to pass through. Those Iraqis would be examined and, if necessary, placed in quarantine for 14 days, the health ministry said.Iraqi nationals are also not allowed to travel to Iran, according to the ministry.The border closure followed a backlash against a Wednesday announcement of visa waivers for Iranian nationals wishing to travel to Iraq.Iraqis took to social media using the hashtag “close the border” and local officials called for a ban on the entry of goods and people through various border crossings with the Islamic republic.Iraqi airports are already screening travellers for the virus and national carrier Iraqi Airways has suspended flights to Iran. Each year, millions of Iranian pilgrims visit holy Shiite sites in Iraq, providing the Iraqi state with significant revenue.Earlier Thursday, Iran’s government spokesman Ali Rabiei said Tehran would set up a top-level body of government and defense officials to fight the virus’ spread, according to state news agency IRNA.”We, however, need global action (by authorities) and the cooperation of all citizens,” Rabiei said on Twitter.In Kuwait, national carrier Kuwait Airways announced Thursday it would suspend all flights to Iran, while its ports will also be closed to passengers travelling to and from the country. Kuwaitis were advised not to travel to Qom, and were warned anyone arriving from the city they would be quarantined.’Hid the truth’The deaths in Iran were reported by local media on Wednesday, just hours after Tehran said there were two cases in the country.On social media, several people accused the government of keeping silent to prevent panic ahead of Friday’s parliamentary elections.”Just four hours separated the announcement that two compatriots were infected… and their deaths,” journalist Javad Heydarian tweeted.”This signifies that the virus had been around for some days but they hid the truth.”Public confidence in government pronouncements has plummeted since the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8 that killed 176 people.The government initially denied responsibility, but later admitted the plane had been fired on due to “human error” and blamed a jittery missile operator.The culture ministry has asked local media to only publish official information from government officials and denounced what it claimed was a proliferation of fake news on social media regarding the virus.Since December, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 2,200 people in China, the epicenter of the epidemic.Elsewhere in the world, the virus has killed 11 people and spread across some 25 countries. Topics :
Image courtesy of RENREN-operated Sines LNG import terminal in Portugal is set to receive a liquefied natural gas cargo from Qatar later this month. According to the shipping data from Porto de Sines, the ME-GI LNG carrier, owned by the Spanish shipping company Elcano, Castillo de Caldelas, is scheduled to arrive at the facility on November 22.The vessel capable of transporting 178,000 cubic meters was delivered to Elcano from the Japanese shipyard in July when it also completed its maiden voyage and delivery of a cargo from Qatar to the Sines LNG terminal.Portugal’s only LNG import facility in Sines port has a nominal sendout capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour.Portugal mostly imports LNG from Nigeria, Algeria and Qatar. LNG World News Staff
The 8th Grade SLS Girls pulled off a win for game one. The final score was 31-15. While we started off a bit slow we tried to remember game one of a season is always like this. The second half we kicked it into our game. Scoring for SLS was Clarie Saner with 10 pts, Kate Weber with 9 pts, Catherine Streator with 8 pts, and both Ava Owens and Isabelle Wonnell scoring 2pts. We did very well at the free-throw line which is always a key part of a basketball game. Several assists also led to points on offense, and playing tough all around for some steals was a vital part of the game. Way to play our game and bring home a win. The 7th Grade Batesville Lady Bulldogs won their home opener last night 29-20 vs. the Waldron Mohawks. The girls started strong both halves; outscoring Waldron 19-2 combined in the 1st and 3rd quarters. The team once again play solid defense all evening and did a good job on the boards. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Sophie Gesell with nine points; Annie Negovetich with eight points; Lydia and Haskamp with six points. Rounding out the scoring was Eden Williams; Dottie Turner; and Veronica King with two points each… The 1-1 Bulldogs will travel to Milan tomorrow night to take on the Indians.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs had a great home win against Waldron last night, 34-16. The 8th graders played well on both ends of the floor and worked together as a team. The Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring by Kaylie Raver with 7 and Billie Puente, Elena Kuisel, and Kaylin Hinners all adding in 6 points each. The Bulldogs travel to Milan tonight with the 7th-grade game starting at 5:30. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Amer Erhart.The North Decatur Charger Boys 7th Grade fell to Edinburgh on Monday night by a 37-32 score in the first round of the MHC tourney. The Lancers led at every stop and held a 26-14 lead heading into the final period before the Chargers put on a furious rally by outscoring the Lancers 18-11. The Chargers cut the lead to 3, with less than 10 seconds left in the game, but the Lancers nailed a couple of clutch FT’s to seal their victory. Morris led the scoring for the Chargers with 14, while Hancock had 10, Mauer 4, and Eldridge and Swartzentruber each contributed 2. The Chargers had an outstanding year and finished the season at 13-4.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Gary Cook.The St. Louis 7th Grade Girls weren’t able to get a win, but played a great first game. They ended with a final score of 26-9. Scoring for SLS were Lucy Abplanalp with 5pts, and both Maria Voegele and Kenzie Maple scoring 2pts each. Anna Moore and Ainsley Sipples were pulling down the rebounds all night long giving us the chance to put back up multiple shots, or to go run an offense. They gave it all they had and never gave up and kept a positive attitude throughout the whole game. Nice job ladies. Next home game is Thursday against the Greensburg Lady Pirates. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.