Official: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extension

first_imgThe Government has dashed estate agents’ hopes of an extension or tapering of the Stamp Duty holiday.This body blow for both the industry and thousands of home movers likely to miss Rishi Sunak’s 31st March deadline has been delivered in the Government’s response to a parliament online petition.It passed the 10,000 signatures that forces the Government to respond to these petitions several days ago and has now been signed by 22,635 people.The statement says: “As the relief was to provide an immediate stimulus to the property market, the Government does not plan to extend this relief.Government revenue“SDLT is an important source of government revenue, raising several billion pounds each year to help pay for the essential services the Government provides.“The Government is committed to supporting home ownership and helping people get on and move up the housing ladder.“When the SDLT Holiday ends, the Government will maintain a SDLT relief for first time buyers which increases the starting threshold of residential SDLT to £300,000 for first-time buyers that purchase a property below £500,000.“In addition, a new Help to Buy scheme will be introduced from 1 April 2021. This scheme will run until March 2023.“All tax policy is kept under review and the Government considers the views it receives carefully as part of that process.”Read more about the stamp duty deadline.stamp duty petition Stamp Duty holiday Rishi Sunak sdlt December 16, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsJohn Socha, Orchard BMS Ltd Orchard BMS Ltd 19th December 2020 at 12:23 pmSadly, the government is run by “Rich Kids” who have never had to struggle to pay their bills or worry about job security.George Osborne & David Cameron (where are they now?) promised the “Triple Lock” of no increase in VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions.Boris (another Rich Kid) has promised not to break the Triple Lock.Where else is he going to raise the revenue to pay for Covid-19 measures?Stamp Duty & Capital Gains Tax is his glib answer.Most citizens expect there to be a taxation cost some where at some time.As Boris inhabits in “The Westminster Bubble” and are still wrestling with the EU over fishing, they are totally distracted.Housing is what they call “Low Hanging Fruit” with the repost that those paying the tax are like Rolls Royce drivers complaining about the price of petrol.Select an easy target and squeeze, as Dennis Healey (The last old Labour Chancellor) said in the 1970’s “Squeeze Until the Pips Squeak”.Not fun but a fact of political life.Log in to ReplyJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 16th December 2020 at 4:00 pmResponse as expected. Ever since this “tax on housing” was massively increased by previous Chancellor George Osbourne, we have known it was a mistake. Probably the biggest error of his as Chancellor. The Gov’t now know this and the SDLT holiday is a step in the right direction. What the Gov’t says now and does in three months time remains to be seen. HEALTHY HOUSING MARKET = VIBRANT ECONOMY.POOR HOUSING MARKET = RECESSION.Log in to ReplyPeter Everett, Peter Everett Peter Everett 16th December 2020 at 8:57 amWhilst hugely disappointing and frustrating, online auction could be a ‘Plan B’ option for those motivated sellers who want to attract buyers before the 31st March deadline. Please get in touch if you would like to know how Offr could help you run an online auction from your own website.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 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 » News » Official: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extension previous nextRegulation & LawOfficial: There will be no Stamp Duty holiday extensionMinisters have delivered the body blow to agents and buyers via its response to an online parliamentary petition.Nigel Lewis16th December 20203 Comments7,121 Viewslast_img read more

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is Underway

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! CCI4*-SThere is a rare three-way tie for the lead after the first day of dressage in the CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by MARS Equestrian™ at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Tamie Smith (USA) and Danito, Doug Payne (USA) and Starr Witness, and Liz Halliday-Sharp (USA) and Cooley Moonshine all received a score of 28.1 from judges Helen Brettell (GBR) and Mark Weissbecker (USA).The Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena was eerily quiet due to the absence of spectators and combined with bitterly cold temps in the mid-30s F and a stiff breeze, a number of the tests were “expressive” to say the least.“He was really fresh and kind of naughty [in warm-up],” said Smith of her horse. “You just have to compromise with him. You’ve got to be firm but you can’t get after him or be mad at him or he freaks out. I went into that test today not being able to really ride him, so I was disappointed after my ride. He can produce a much better test than he did today.”Payne piloted Starr Witness to an equal score. The mare started out as a hunter/jumper but showed early promise in eventing, earning a team gold medal with Payne at the 2019 Pan American Games.Jessica Phoenix and Wabbit were first in the ring in the CCI4*-S. (MacMillan Photography)“She’s a unique case. She had jumped through 1.25m prior to coming to us. In many aspects it’s not so much to teach her how to jump but more to teach her the nuances that are presented in eventing,” Payne said. “She’s wicked smart, quick on her feet, and very athletic. The Pan Ams were a big ask and she just stepped up to it and she’s continued to do that as we’ve gone forward.”Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Moonshine rounded out the three-way tie for the lead. “He’s still pretty green and this is his second four-star. It’s such a great opportunity to get a horse like him into this atmosphere. He can be a bit hot and is keen to get on with the job all the time. I think he’s very world class and hopefully an exciting one for the future.”In the CCI4*-S the scores are close at the top, with the best nine of the first session all scoring under 32.0 penalties, including Colleen Loach and FE Golden Eye with 31.9 in 9th place.“‘Goldie’ is fairly inexperienced at this level,” said Loach. “He did go to the Pan Ams [in Lima], so this is kind of his second time in this bigger-type atmosphere. And he handled it really well. The first halt he got distracted and then he only got better from there. Overall I was pleased with the ride; I feel like where we are at with his in his training and experience level, I could not have asked for too much more today.”Kyle Carter and Reddy Or Not. (MacMillan Photography)Loach, of Dunham, Quebec, has had the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding since he was a four-year-old. “He’s mine and my parents and Amanda Bernhard’s. He is really sweet horse―a pet. He is a favourite in the barn.”Of the lead-up to this event she explained, “I was lucky to be able to spend the winter in Ocala. I have not been back home [to Canada], which I wouldn’t have anyway. Usually I would stay in the States until after Kentucky, but this year I am going to stay in the States until Jersey Fresh and then go home. When I go home I think I’m allowed to quarantine at home if I do a land crossing at the border rather than flying.”Jessica Phoenix, who has four horses in this division, earned 35.7 with Bogue Sound and the pair sit in 13th place.“‘Bogie’ was amazing,” she said. “I thought he was very obedient. The only thing I would have changed was his last [canter lead] change. But wow, for his first turn of the season, his movement has just gotten so much better and he is so much stronger. We are definitely getting to know each other better now. We’ve been around a lot of big courses together and I have a ton of confidence in him.”Kyle Carter and the 12-year-old Trakehner mare Reddy Or Not scored 36.7, good for 15th place. Carter is based in Ocala, Florida, and this is the mare’s seventh 4*-S. “She’s been going great this week and I thought the environment was really going to help her, but I actually lost her attention a little bit in the ring, which is unusual. In the walk she got a little worked up about that camera down there, which yesterday she wasn’t bothered by. So it’s never everything you want, is it? But, I was happy with her.”“I call her my Breyer horse. She is a poser; she just stands there and looks gorgeous. And she’s just got a really solid, kind personality. I rode her in there yesterday and within 30 seconds I had a grin from ear to ear and when I was coming out someone said, ‘What’s that all about?’ And I said, ‘It’s just nice to be on one who doesn’t try to kill you.’ She’s just a sweetheart. My kids could ride her.”Jessica Phoenix also rode the 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Wabbit, who were the trailblazers for the CCI4*-S division, scoring 41.7pp and currently sitting 19th.“It is the first time he has been the atmosphere of the Kentucky Horse Park and he just handled himself so well. It’s his first run of the season and for a 7 a.m. ride on a cold morning with a hot Thoroughbred, I couldn’t have been happier with him. His trot work was the best it’s ever been. His canter work was fantastic. It was just a little bit too early in the day for his walk, but wow, what an exciting horse for the future!”Phoenix continued, “Jim Phillips owns him and he came to me just after he had done some Prelims and we’ve just slowly produced him up to the four-star level. He is a galloping machine. He loves jumping and he’s getting so strong in his flat work now, which is a wonderful feeling.“After this we are going to go home [to Ontario] and our events are starting in the middle of May. Our next event would be Bromont in June in Quebec.”CCI4*-S leaderboard here.CCI5*-LIn the stacked CCI5*-L division, RF Scandalous and Marilyn Little (USA) delivered the best dressage score seen at LRK3DE since 2009. The pair, who were 2018 Land Rover/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Champions, had a stunning performance which earned a 21.7 to lead the field on day 1.Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. (“It’s great to be back here in Kentucky. She’s so much more mature and we’ve both learned so much,” Little said of the 16-year-old Oldenburg mare. “She’s my horse of a lifetime. I’m acutely aware of that and trying to make sure I’m enjoying every moment with her.”Like many horses, “Kitty” was “exhilarated by the cold,” requiring Little to adjust her warm-up plan. “I got a little bit defensive and conservative in the first few movements. All of a sudden I felt her maturity and professionalism come through,” Little said. “I got braver as the test was going and she got some sparkling marks at the end.”Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class are attempting to defend their 2018 and 2019 Kentucky titles this week and are off to a good start, scoring a 24.1 to currently sit second.Three-time Kentucky champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR), currently third with Oratorio on a 27.9, is hoping the 12-year-old gelding’s experience at the level will stand him in good stead given their less-than-ideal preparation due to COVID-19 related event cancellations. This is the first time since his traumatic brain injury incurred in 2015 that he has competed in Kentucky. “It’s very nostalgic to be back here. Driving into the Park I felt quite emotional and excited. It’s great to feel like that. It’s been two very boring years [at home].”For Canada, Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes had a solid test, scoring 35.3 to land them in 19th place at the end of the day.“I was really happy with the test,” said Slezak. “He had a lot of energy, which is really where I struggle with him. But, these were the perfect conditions for him; everybody can blame me for the cold weather, because I was praying for it for the last two months!”He describes the 12-year-old gelding as “so laid back. We’ve given people up-down lessons on him. He is super quiet.”Slezak’s only other trip to Kentucky was in 2009 and was memorable for all the wrong reasons. “What a miserable time it was! I came in confident ―I was young and stupid. I fell early on and I had to do the walk of shame. I’ve been dying to get back here to redeem myself. And I could not be on a better horse.”“Home” for Slezak has changed, thanks to the pandemic. “We were based in Canada, but this past year COVID kind of forced our hand and we stayed Florida year round. And now, I believe what we are going to stay with. We’ll go home for competitions now and then, but I don’t think we’ll base there. I’m hoping he’ll go to Tokyo this summer, so fingers crossed.”Karl Slezak and Fernhill Wishes. (MacMillan Photography)CCI5*-L leaderboard here.Competition will resume with the CCI4*-S level at 7:45 Friday morning followed by the CCI5*-L in the afternoon. Note that because of heavy rain in the forecast for Saturday’s cross-country, the 5* will be run first, then the 4*.~ with files from Classic CommunicationsWilliam Fox-Pitt in the 5* warmup. (MacMillan Photography) Tags: Jessica Phoenix, Colleen Loach, Karl Slezak, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fernhill Wishes, FE Golden Eye, Bogue Sound, CCI4*-S, Wabbit, last_img read more Ranked #150 fastest growing company in North America on Deloitte’s 2010 Technology Fast 500, ( is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for auto dealers, today announced that it ranked number 150 on the 2010 Technology Fast 500(TM), Deloitte’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2005-2009. grew 678 percent during this’s CEO, Mark Bonfigli, credits innovative technology and a unique culture with the company’s rapid growth over the past five years. 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The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoterà ® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: is external).About DeloitteAs used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP. 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Uxbridge offices: The Ux starts here

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The Latest: 2 positives for virus in latest EPL testing

first_img___The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___ The Tour of Denmark in September has been canceled because organizers feared the best Danish cyclists, at least, would be committed to the Tour de France on at the same time.The Tour of Denmark was originally in mid-August, and requested new dates from the International Cycling Union. The governing body moved the tour to Sept. 1-5.But the UCI also agreed to move the Tour de France to Aug. 29-Sept. 20.Denmark has been reopening schools, shops, restaurants, and churches in the last two weeks, but the border remains closed to foreigners, and tour organizers aren’t certain when they will reopen. The organizers also say they aren’t able to test all participants for COVID-19, and prevent crowds along the route.___ The league did not name the pair or the clubs, or say if they were players or staff.The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.In the first round of tests of 748 people, there were six positives from three clubs. All are in seven days of self-isolation.In the second round, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The English Premier League says two people from two clubs have tested positive for COVID-19 in the second round of testing. May 23, 2020 Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic.The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.center_img The Latest: 2 positives for virus in latest EPL testing Associated Press One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative.The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic.Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, school district chief communications officer Daisy Gonzalez-Diego told The Miami Herald.The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation.Northwestern won the Class 6A state title in 2017 and 2018 before winning the Class 5A championship last season. The Bulls are a seven-time state champion overall.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Future of Indian chess looks promising: Viswanathan Anand

first_img LIVE TV Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said that the future of Indian chess “looks promising” and some players will soon break into the top 10 of the FIDE ratings. Anand, currently at the 15th spot at the FIDE rankings, picked the likes of Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujarathi as the players expected to be among the top-10 in the coming years.READ | Lewis Hamilton Refutes Rumours About Him Crashing Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP Bike Last Updated: 12th December, 2019 17:35 IST Future Of Indian Chess Looks Promising: Viswanathan Anand Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said that the future of Indian chess “looks promising” and some players will soon break into the top 10 Written By Press Trust Of India “I would say Hari (P Harikrishna), Vidit (Gujrati), Surya (Sekar Ganguly), Sasi (K Sasikiran) (as the players of the future). Sooner or later somebody from India will break into top 10. Things are looking promising for India as we have a lot of talent,” Anand told PTI here during an interaction.”Players like Praggu (R Praggnanandhaa, who recently won a tournament in London), Nihal Sarin, D Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani and there are more. Things are looking good for Indian chess,” he added. “It is a project that has been floating for a long time but a couple of years ago we suddenly thought the 50th birthday was a convenient deadline and we aim for that. That also forced us to concentrate and finish the book,” he said.”I feel it was time to tell my story. And the way we selected it was not so much like an autobiography as to pick out the most significant moments in my life. The ones that I remember the most, that had the most impact on my way of thinking. Extract life lessons from them and present them.”It is a journey through my career and world of chess, the things that I learnt, the struggles that I faced.” First Published: 12th December, 2019 17:35 ISTcenter_img READ | Anthony Rendon Net Worth, Salary And Contract Details With Los Angeles AngelsThe book also contains references to his mother (Susila Viswanathan) who was responsible for him taking up chess. On his rivalry with the legendary Russians Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, Anand said the book has a fair mention of it and both had helped him learn a lot. “I have written about the rivalries with them, how I experienced them, how I won through them. I learnt a lot from them also.” Recalling a particular incident, Anand spoke about how Karpov came 45 minutes late for a game and the manner in which he reacted to it.  “That’s an interesting chapter and people would find it interesting too,” he said. On the use of computers in chess, he said, “When I started playing chess, computers had nothing to do with chess. Now they have almost everything to do with chess.”Asked what keeps him going for so long at the highest level, Anand simply said it was because he liked playing chess.   On the possibility of taking up coaching once he calls it quit, the five-time world champion said he has not thought much about his future. “I don’t know. I am not thinking too much about that. I might do some mentoring.  This year I have a full calendar so that’s my full focus.”READ | Would Love To Shoot In Both 10m And 25m Events At Olympics: Manu Bhaker COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Anand, who turned 50 on Wednesday, said competition among the world’s elite has become really tough and few players have been able to hold on to their positions. He agreed that the gap between world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway and the rest of the players was a “big” one, but said players like Fabiano Caruana (2nd in FIDE rating) and China’s Ding Liren (3rd) were doing well in recent times. “At the moment, the gap between Carlsen and others is a big one. (Fabiano) Caruana and Ding (Liren) are doing incredibly well as well in recent times.”READ | Tom Brady’s Exit Fueled By Speculation; 5 Potential MLB Teams For Patriots QBAsked why Carlsen was so special, Anand said, “He is able to basically execute his skills. He has a lot of talent to begin with and puts in a lot of hard work. He is very good at learning new things.” Anand spoke at length about his book ‘Mind Master’ penned along with sports writer Susan Ninan, which is slated to be launched in the city on Friday. FOLLOW USlast_img read more