UK housing market now weaker than Greece’s, global index reveals

first_imgThe struggling UK sales market has propelled the nation ten places down the global house price index list, Knight Frank has revealed, and has been overtaken by a list of countries unknown previously for their perky housing markets.These include Slovenia, Greece, Peru, Iceland, Chile, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Slovakia, Colombia, Hungary and Latvia, all of which have seen more promising house price growth than the UK over the past 12 months.Two years ago the UK’s homes were increasing in price on average by 4.1% per annum, placing the nation at No.35 within the top 55 but since then the UK’s housing market has become increasingly subdued.The latest Knight Frank report reveals that slowing house price increases in the UK have helped the nation slip to 45th place with an annual inflation rate of 1.4%.This places us some way behind even Greece where house prices have increased by 2.4% despite its debt-ridden economy.Spare a thought for Australia. As Purplebricks found out to its cost, the property market there is in freefall and house prices are currently winding down by 5.5% a year, placing Oz last in the Knight Frank list.Slovenian boomThe country with the highest house price growth is Slovenia which is enjoying an incredible boom.Kate Everett-Allen, Partner (left), International Residential Research at Knight Frank says: “Slovenia is home to the world’s fastest rising house prices with average values accelerating 18.2% year-on-year.“Falling unemployment, low interest rates and until recently, limited supply are behind the strong price growth.”  Global House Price Index Kate Everett-Allen knight frank June 14, 2019Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » UK housing market now weaker than Greece’s, global index reveals previous nextHousing MarketUK housing market now weaker than Greece’s, global index revealsKnight Frank’s data reveals that the UK has slipped from 35 to 45 within its global list over the past two years as house price increases have slowed.Nigel Lewis14th June 20190995 Viewslast_img read more

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CSM UK revenue dented by fall in foodservice volumes

first_imgStrong competition in the foodservice market contributed to an £11m drop in revenue at bakery supplier CSM UK last year.The company has reported £252.4m revenue in the 52 weeks ending 31 December 2018, down from £263.3m in the previous year, in documents filed at Companies House.Sales volumes had fallen, due to a combination of competition in the foodservice channel and deliberate rationalisation of the company’s product range to boost margins.CSM said the drop in volume had been partly offset by price increases that had been introduced in response to rising commodity costs, and steps to improve profitability, including product reformulation, waste improvement and costs management. The company has also cut administrative costs from £5.6m in 2017 to £2.8m last year.These moves contributed to operating profit/loss improving from a loss of £11.2m in 2017, when CSM had been badly hit by cost increases including the sharp rise in butter, to a profit of £3.3m 2018. After taxation, the business made a loss of £914,000, down from £15.2m in 2017.Looking ahead, CSM said its management team had reviewed the risks of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and had put plans in place to mitigate the potential impact.“These include preparations to comply with potential new customs formalities, to mitigate potential financial risks relating to tariff or currency risk, to mitigate short-term disruption due to supply chain disturbance, to ensure supplier readiness, and to be aware of new regulatory compliance requirements,” stated the business.last_img read more

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East Hills Teens Arrested for $17K Wheelchair Theft

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this wheelchair?Two teenage boys who allegedly stole a motorized wheelchair and rode it around Flower Hill until the battery died were arrested after posting photos of the crime online, Nassau County police said.The 14-year-old East Hills suspects broke into a home that was under construction on Ridge Drive and stole a Quantum 600 Power Base wheelchair worth more than $17,000 at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.The teens abandoned the wheelchair after it ran out of power. Third Squad detectives apprehended the duo Monday after they posted pictures of the crime on Facebook, police said.Both suspects were charged with burglary and grand larceny. Their names were not released because they were charged as juveniles in Family Court.The wheelchair was later found and returned to its owner.last_img read more

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Grindvold grinds out winning round at Greenwood

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Sept. 19, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Emmerson (11) 37pts 2nd John Pierrel (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) 36ptsFour groups headed down the 36 this morning to test the links of Green Valley. Finally, the whole game came together, the back nine was stronger, and thus our TGC partner John Emmerson snatched this week’s victory on count back.Last week I wrote that 39 would normally be enough for a win when writing of our second place finisher Mick Beresford, and that was true today.  Timing is everything, not just on your swing, but your entire game.  But today Johnny got to the top on count back over John Pierrel who has been traveling Thailand and playing golf all over the kingdom.  Emmerson’s 19 on back was 2 better than Pierrel’s 17, so ring the bell pal!  You actually had good reason to bum a cigar from Warboys this time.John Emmerson & Joe Mooneyham.It was great to see our PSC golf chief Joe Mooneyham out with us and playing great golf with his 36 points for third on the day.Our buddy from Hawaii, Kalani is back with us for a couple of weeks now, so Mahalo, man.For the record, the proper stableford count back criteria is back 9 total points, if tied then back 6 total, if still tied then back 3 total, if still tied then last hole total, if still tied then highest points on the #1 handicap hole.  There are actually 4 more stages, but they are rarely necessary.Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Andrews – Stableford1st John Pierrel (13) 39pts2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 35pts3rd Terry Wagner (20) 31ptsNot content with his second place finish on Monday, John Pierrel set his standards high and came out the winner of today’s competition.  John played some very consistent golf with only one blob on the card.  Shooting a 39 on this course is quite difficult, so well played to John.Bob, Mark, McHugh, Roachie, Jez & pals after Friday’s trip to Greenwood.Henry O’Brien has been playing well of late and an 18 handicapper that shoots 35 here has had a very good round of golf.  Terry Wagner got away with a third with his 31 points, but some days you just get lucky sneaking that one in.St. Andrews is one of the best courses we play in Pattaya.  It never ceases to impress with its beautiful vistas of the Rayong hills.  The course was in very good nick today and the weather was overcast, making for a cool and pleasant day of golf on a great track.Friday, Sept. 23, Greenwood – Stableford1st Jack Grindvold (5) 37pts2nd Gareth Gill (7) 35pts3rd John McHugh (9) 35ptsIt was TGC partner Johnny McHugh’s birthday today, so a very special outing was on the agenda for this trip out to Greenwood.  McHugh sponsored the four long drives, something he usually excels in… but not today.  There was that silly rule about drives having to be in the fairway he forgot about.  Sorry about that birthday boy.Long time buddy Ernie MacInerney took 2 of the LD’s.  It’s a shame the Dalai Lama didn’t play today, big hitter, the Lama.  A rare appearance by Joe Sebastian on the golf course was noted, good to see the lefty back in action as he apparently had a great back nine after 6 months of cobwebs on the bag.It was one of those days when you wished you had shares in Bacardi, as the Breezers were flowing like the Pattaya floods of the past week.  But the star of the day was our own Jack Grindvold who won with a great round, a Cinderella story if you will.There was a trio of single digit handicappers on today’s podium.  These guys make few mistakes, so Jack’s victory was that much sweeter.  Well done Jack, our favorite Swede, and don’t worry, that new Ikea in Bangkok will be open next month.Greenwood was in spectacular shape and we will be returning next month, so watch for the October schedule soon.  Keep it in the fairway lads!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction.  We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or [email protected] and our website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

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Shuichi lands the treble

first_imgDivision 2 (14+)1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 38pts2nd Tony O’Neil (22) 35pts3rd Bruce Hilde (16) 35pts4th John Carlin (19) 33ptsA good week of golf when the weather, against all forecasts, remained dry and the group took on “the trip Pats” comprising Pattavia, Pattana and Pattaya courses, all of which were found to be in top condition.  The first of these also proved to be a little bit easier than usual due to the recent wet weather that had allowed the greens to grow well over their normal stimp meter reading of 10/11 and allowed the players a chance to take on the hole even from above the pin positions.Shuichi Kodaka.The first division was led in by Vic Woolton who was returning to the group after some months away.  He returned one of three 39 pointers, winning the count back with a best 22 to leave Alan Pilkington in second with 18 and Dave Edwards in third with 17.  Brian Libbey, another returnee, took the last step of the podium in the first division.Vic Woolton.Shuichi Kodaka took the first of what was to be a memorable three win week with a solid two-under handicap three ahead of a count back for second and third, which Tony O’Neil won with a better 18 to 15 to leave Bruce Hilde in third spot and John Carlin claiming the fourth place two more behind them.John Carlin.Vic Woolton and Dave Edwards shared the first division 2s pool whilst Pat Murphy took the second division with his solo effort on the 4th hole.Mark Lang.Wednesday, Jan. 11, Pattana A & C – StablefordCSS 75Division 1 (0-13)1st Mark Lang (4) 34pts2nd Adrian Cook (11) 33pts3rd Jon Batty (7) 32pts4th Mike Dabanovich (11) 31ptsDivision 2 (14+)1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 34pts2nd Tony O’Neil (22) 28pts3rd John Carlin (19) 28pts4th Larry Gibb (21) 28ptsOnce again two divisions were needed to accommodate the growing numbers finding their way to Soi Lengkee, with the split coming again at 13 and below.Whilst the rain stayed away, the course was still affected by the recent heavy downpours and played extremely long off both the white tees for the first division and the yellow tees for the second division.Mark Lang headed the first division at two over handicap as Adrian Cook took second place, Jon Batty third and Mike Dabanovich fourth, all having found the going very tough.The second division was led in again by Shuichi Kodaka for his second win of the week, with Tony O’Neil second after he had the best of a three-way count back, scoring 16 and John Carlin third with 14 and Larry Gibb fourth with 13.There were no 2s in the second division but Graham Davis made up for an otherwise disappointing day with the sole one in the first division.Prior to the presentations there was a last farewell for departed Capt. Dick Lyne, Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who was being buried in the UK that day following his long, but extremely cheerful, battle with MND.  Sadly missed by all those who were fortunate to have known him.Friday, Jan. 6, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordCSS 72Division 1 (0–17)1st Shuichi Kodaka (17) 36pts2nd Peter Skinner (9) 34pts3rd Ray Banks (12) 33pts4th Mark Williams (8) 33pts5th Kevin Blake (8) 31ptsDivision 2 (18+)1st John Carlin (19) 41pts2nd Joe Torrick (27) 37pts3rd Mike Hill (20) 34pts4th John Tallett (20) 34pts5th Barry Slayford (22) 34ptsAgain two divisions were required to take on Pattaya Country Club, where ‘lift and place’ helped the players deal with the damp conditions.Shuichi Kodaka found himself strangely in the first division again and luckily so as it meant that he took his third win of the week instead of a second place in the second division.  In the process of winning, Shuichi denied Peter Skinner a long sought after win as the latter had to settle for a well-earned second place ahead of a count back for third and fourth that Ray Banks won with a better 19 to 16 to leave Mark Williams in fourth, followed by a unusually subdued Kevin Blake in fifth a couple more behind him.John Carlin at last returned the sort of card he is normally complaining about that others do to take the second division by storm, four ahead of his nearest competitor and half a street in front of the rest of the division after an excellent day’s golf.Joe Torrick was that second placed player after he also returned a card with his best round for some time.  Mike Hill then won a count back over John Tallett with a better 21 to 20 to leave Barry Slayford on the last step in fifth after he could manage just 14 after a very good opening nine.There were no 2s in the first division but Ray Phillips made hay on the 178-yard 5th hole with a five-iron to one and a half feet, with a smooth stroke to follow. IPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, Jan. 9, Pattavia – StablefordCSS 71Division 1 (0–13)1st Vic Woolton (13) 39pts2nd Alan Pilkington (7) 39pts3rd Dave Edwards (13) 39pts4th Brian Libbey (11) 38ptslast_img read more

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Laong fires blistering back nine at Pattaya Country Club

first_imgPSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, November 7, Khao Kheow – Stableford There wasn’t a report filed by anyone about the course today but what seemed over the weekend as though it was going to be a very low turnout changed into a full house, although only 21 played on the tournament as the Irish guys, who were due to joins us, arrived late and played in their own competition. So it was A & B from the yellows and it does look as though the Outbackers are gradually learning how to play this course as Suzi topped the day, after a lean spell of some weeks, with an excellent 41 points, to take Div A by six from the consistent Graham Johnson on 35. A happy Suzi Lawton after her fantastic 41 points at Khao Kheow.Andy Makara also turned on a bit of form to win Div B with 38 points, losing one shot to handicap in the process and he was two clear of two guys on 36, Chris Thompson and Steve Plant.In the race to the end of the month in the Big Mango Properties sponsored best 6 cards tournament, Dennis Pelly (99pts) opened up a clear lead of 13 points over Owen Walkley (86pts), they being the only two players to have entered all three counting tournaments so far; with Greg Hill back in third on 69.Finally, there was an incident involving the marking of a scorecard.  All players are reminded that it is the players responsibility see ensure that his or her card has been marked correctly at the end of the round before it is handed in to the tournament organisers.  Don’t give your marker a hard time if the score is wrong in your opinion but you failed to sign or check your card just because you’re in a hurry to leave the course!There was only one ‘2’ from Dennis Pelly on hole 17.Div A (0-15)1st Suzi Lawton (15/Hi16.8) 41pts2nd Graham Johnson (8/Hi7.3) 35pts3rd Paul Pedelty (16/Hi14.5) 34pts4th Dennis Pelly (12/Hi10.8) 34ptsDiv B (16+)1st Andy Makara (30/Hi27.5) 38pts2nd Chris Thompson (26/Hi23.6) 36pts3rd Steve Plant (18/Hi13.3) 36pts4th Paul Rogers (22/Hi20.5) 32ptsTuesday, November 8, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordIt was another good turnout here at Pattaya Country Club with 26 Outbackers playing in two divisions.Some of the visiting 17 Irish lads relax at the Outback Golf Bar.The course was in good condition and as usual our organiser for the day, Chad, got us all away in fine fashion, even though he didn’t quite believe it himself when it was down to the last two groups and he had 8 players left!  If you’d seen him the day before trying to get the groups sorted, with Capt’ Bob having about three Kens playing and Irish Sean, and then a couple more no shows in the morning, it really was quite remarkable that it all worked out OK.  Well done mate!It was nice to see Frank O’Neill in the bar on Tuesday morning, there to support his good lady, Laong who looks after him so well.  He must have inspired her that morning as she returned one of her best scores ever (42pts), which contained one the most remarkable back nines seen on any scorecard.  Going out in a modest 16 points, Laong opened up the back nine with three 4 pointers in a row, birdieing the 10th and the 12th and not content with that she collected another 4 points on hole 15, to romp home with a total on the back nine of 26!Poor John White must have wondered what hit him, as he scored a great 41 points, in stark contrast to last week’s effort, but it was only enough to earn him second place, however it did move him up the DeVere Monthly Eclectic leader-board.  Chad also scored well today to take third with 37.General Jack (35pts), followed last week’s win with another one this week, staying under the handicap radar both times as he beat Billy Fitzgerald who was going great guns on the front nine (22pts) only to struggle on the back with only 13.  Perhaps the departure of John Cogan, who had to go home to take care of one of his kids after 8 holes having already scored 18 points at that point, disrupted Billy’s obvious comfort zone.There were only two ‘2’s from Geoff Williams on hole 7 and Laong on hole 12.Div A (0-17)1st Jack Moseley (14/Hi14.9) 35pts2nd Billy Fitzgerald (12/Hi13) 35pts3rd Dennis Persson (14/Hi15.7) 32pts4th Geoff Doody (17/Hi17.9) 31ptsDiv B (18+)1st Laong Gatepratum (27/Hi25.6) 42pts2nd John White (27/Hi27.2) 41pts3rd Barry Chadbourn (18/Hi19) 37pts4th Nigel Cannon (21/Hi21.6) 33ptsWednesday, November 9, Burapha – StablefordWith 48 players it takes a little bit of time to get everyone away, but we got there in the end.  It was a great day for golf just a nice breeze and not too hot and there was a new “Boo Hoo” cup challenge today between John and Suzi Lawton against Bob Philp and Neil Lavery, which was won on the 18th by a shot from Suzi:- 100 yards to go and she hits it to 6 inches.The Capt was playing under a handicap today with his first two shots off the 1st tee going out of bounds – a great start to the day.John Lawton managed to get Neil a bit under the weather and by the time we turned it was anybody’s “Boo Hoo” cup, but the beer took over from about hole number 13 and that was the end of us.As for the rest of the scores, they were not too bad but nobody got the better of the course as the best score in was 38 points from one of the Irish lads visiting us for the second year; hope you enjoyed your day fellas.John Cunningham topped Div A with 35 points, just pipping one of the Irish boys, James O’Mahony, on count back with Jim Brackett and Owen Walkley following them in just one shot back, both with 34.Gerry Mernagh (Irish) won Div B with 38 ahead of Les Easton (37) with Pete Stonebridge a distant third on 31.Our regular players dominated Div C with the win going to Greg Hill (36) and Bob Lindborg (33) and Barry McIntosh also with 33, taking the minor places.  We also had a D division today and that was won by another of the Irish, Mr J Braithwaite, with 37.The course continues to be in magnificent condition with the greens fast and true and with run now on the fairways.Note: The “Boo Hoo” is a little fun matchplay challenge started last year and this year it will run until just after Christmas and will serve as a charity fundraiser.  So if you fancy throwing down the gauntlet for a match against your mates you’re welcome to have a go, with the losers contributing to the fund of course.There were only three ‘2’s from Owen Walkely on hole C5, Dennis Pelly (hole C8) and Tom Fitzpatrick (hole D8).Div A (0-11)1st John Cunningham (7/Hi6.8) 35pts2nd James O’Mahony (6) 35pts3rd Jim Brackett (5/Hi5.1) 34pts4th Owen Walkley (9/Hi9.3) 34ptsDiv B (12-17)1st Gerry Mernagh (17/Hi16.5) 38pts2nd Les Easton (15/Hi14.3) 37pts3rd Pete Stonebridge (15/Hi15) 31pts4th Gary Lunn (12) 29ptsDiv C (18-22)1st Greg Hill (21/Hi19.9) 36pts2nd Bob Lindborg (19/Hi18.8) 33pts3rd Barry McIntosh (18/Hi17.5) 33pts4th Bill Bennett (19/Hi18) 31ptsDiv D (23+)1st J Braithwaite (23/Hi22) 37pts2nd Steve Giles (25/Hi24.1) 34pts3rd Chris Thompson (25/Hi23.7) 33pts4th Pat Connolly (23/Hi22) 33ptsFriday, November 11, Green Valley – StablefordOur Irish friends from Wednesday, never made it, which was probably just as well as we would have been overbooked by a few on an already busy course, leaving us with a good sized field of 30, plus a couple or so.Suzi ran the comp as Capt’ Bob had jobs to do and the General was up country enjoying the delights of Loy Kratong (Thurs 10th Nov) in Surin for a change instead of at the packed beaches in Pattaya & Jomtien.Jan Eriksen led the way in Div A, with the day’s top score of 38, from Steve Plant and Murray Hart both on 37.  Div B went to a surprise winner, John Lawton (35pts) who’s back to work in Nigeria this weekend, with Andy Makara and Paul Rogers filling the second and third spots with 34 apiece.There were two ‘2’s on hole 12, one from Dennis Pelly and the other from Chris Thompson.Div A (0-16)1st Jan Eriksen (14/Hi14.1) 38pts2nd Steve Plant (13/Hi13.3) 37pts3rd Murray Hart (13/Hi13.2) 37pts4th Dennis Pelly (10/Hi10.9) 36ptsDiv B (17+)1st John Lawton (20/Hi19.4) 35pts2nd Andy Makara (27/Hi26.5) 34pts3rd Paul Rogers (21/Hi20.5) 34pts4th Roger Pickering (26/Hi25.1) 32ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  All are welcome to come and join us for a beer and a hit. Just call in and put your name down on the list or give Bob a call on 087 941 2474.last_img read more

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