Leading independent estate agency put up for sale over unpaid tax bill

first_imgSanderson Young, a leading independent estate agency in the North East that also has a London presence has been offered for sale after the company was issued with a winding up notice by HMRC this summer over an unpaid tax bill.The notice was issued after it was discovered that the company had not paid a £175,000 corporate tax bill due to an ‘administrative error’. The 19-year-old firm has now been listed for sale on a business sales website with fixed assets of £555,449.Figures published by a local business restructuring firm also offering the company for sale suggest its turnover has declined dramatically in recent years from £1.7 million to £520,000 a year.According to a local newspaper in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where Sanderson Young has its head office reports that rival Bradley Hall may be considering buying the company as it was “a brand which we have long admired”, said its Group Managing Director Neil Hart.Sanderson Young was established in 1999 by self-confessed maverick Duncan Young (left) who only three years ago he told local media that he was proud the company had “weathered the storm” of the financial crisis and that it was one of the region’s most successful and influential independent estate agents.The company, which has three offices in the North East, a presence in London via the Mayfair Office hub and 13 staff, specialises in middle and upper-market sales. HMRC issued a Petition to Wind Up against Sanderson Young on 15th June this year. Sanderson Young Duncan Young September 14, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Leading independent estate agency put up for sale over unpaid tax bill previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading independent estate agency put up for sale over unpaid tax billSale to rival likely after HMRC issued high-profile Newcastle agency Sanderson Young with a winding up order earlier this year.Nigel Lewis14th September 201803,958 Viewslast_img read more

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Right to rent legislation “is a farce” argue landlords

first_imgOne of the Government’s flagship immigration policies has been branded a farce after a court ruling that a landlord who seeks to repossess property where the Home Office tells them a tenant does not have the right to rent, is breaching equalities law.Adjudicating on proceedings, Mr Justice Spencer argued that the right to rent scheme had “very little or no effect” on its chief aim of controlling UK Immigration and added that even if it did aid immigration control, the scheme is discriminatory and therefore, unviable.Under the Right to Rent scheme landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants with the prospect of prosecution if they know or have “reasonable cause to believe” that the property they are letting is occupied by someone who does not have a right to rent in the UK. It was introduced by Theresa May as Home Secretary as a key plank of the Government’s ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants.Where the Home Office identifies a tenant without the right to rent, they issue a formal notice to the landlord who uses this as the basis to repossess the property. In a judgement by the High Court it has ruled that this breaches the Equality Act on the basis that it amounts to “direct discrimination on the basis of nationality.”Whilst the Home Secretary cannot be prosecuted for this, landlords, forced to comply with the notice can be charged under the law and at risk of a civil claim against them. This ruling gives tenants who may not legally be allowed to be in the country a defence against eviction and entitles them to an injunction and a further claim for damages.A further ruling earlier this month by the High Court concluded that the scheme breached the European Convention on Human Rights on the basis that it led to discrimination against non-UK nationals with the right to rent and British ethnic minorities. The Judge concluded that the Scheme caused landlords to discriminate where otherwise they would not, describing such discrimination by landlords a being “logical and wholly predictable” when faced with potential sanctions and penalties for getting things wrong.David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association, said, “This new ruling makes the Right to Rent a farce. To put landlords in a position where acting on a direct instruction provided by the Home Office leaves them open to breaching equality law cannot be tolerated.“With the High Court having ruled that discrimination is baked into the Right to Rent scheme it is time for the policy to be scrapped altogether.”NLA tenants National Landlord Association Right to Rent Right to rent legislation landlords Right to Rent scheme RLA David Smith March 22, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Right to rent legislation “is a farce” argue landlords previous nextRegulation & LawRight to rent legislation “is a farce” argue landlordsOne of the Government’s flagship immigration policies – Right to Rent – has been branded a “farce” after a court ruling.Sheila Manchester22nd March 201901,627 Viewslast_img read more

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IXIA develops denester

first_imgPick-and-place denesting technology specialist IXIA Packaging Systems has developed a high-performance denester for the baking industry. It has been designed to automatically pick, fold and place U card or acetate pack bases on to a flighted conveyor, ready for filling and wrapping.U cards or acetates are used to line the base of flow-wrapped packs containing bakery items, such as hot cross buns or bread rolls. The denester has ’Snapdragon’ quick-change tooling, which enables the operator to change card or acetate types and sizes in less than two minutes.The machine can also handle a range of U card styles, including perforated or scored versions. It also ensures highly accurate placement of the folded card between the conveyor flights at speeds of up to 60 packs per minute.The unit can be easily transferred between different lines or moved for cleaning.The pneumatically driven denesters are capable of handling closely stacked plastics, aluminium foil and cardboard trays, cartons, pizza bases, pots and containers in a variety of shapes.www.ixiauk.co.uklast_img read more

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Soar Through Colorado With 3 Sell-Outs In 3 Cities [Photos/Videos]

first_imgSETLIST: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Flocktoberfest| Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 10/6/17 | Photos: Sam Silkworth (Silky Shots) Load remaining images This past weekend, Baltimore-native funk-jam quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked off the main stretch of their coast-to-coast fall tour behind new LP, Pizzazz, with three sold-out shows in Colorado.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Release New Single “Somethin’ For Ya”On Friday, Pigeons hosted their second annual Flocktoberfest event, which was hosted at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado, this year. The full-day event, sponsored by local Avery Brewing Co., included a free outdoor stage prior to Pigeons’ headlining performance inside the theatre. The outdoor festivities ahead of the show saw Magic Beans keyboardist side project, Casey Russell’s Soul Shack, perform with special guests Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) and Chuck Morris (Lotus).Following an outdoor showcase with wind gusts seemingly sent from the Land of Oz, Pigeon’s devoted fanbase, “The Flock,” headed into the theater for the main event. Boulder, Colorado locals Amoramora got the night started with a bang, showcasing the hard work they put in to prepare for their Boulder Theater debut. By the end of their 45-minute set, the venue was packed tight and the entire room’s full focus was on the four young men, front and center.With the upcoming October 20th release of, Pizazz—their first studio release with drummer Alex Petropulous—Pigeon’s Playing Ping Pong have an extraordinary amount of recent successes to celebrate. This past August, the quartet wowed LOCKN’s 20,000-plus attendees, and in January, the band will set sail for their Jam Cruise debut. To say that this band is on the up and up would be an understatement; this band is already flying high.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announce 3-Night New Year’s Eve RunFridays night’s Boulder show was packed-full of surprises, as the band opened with a fiery “Too Long>The Liquid,” igniting a dance party that raged throughout the birds’ performance. Over the years, guitarist/vocalist Greg Ormont has used a keen comedic sensibility to develop into a captivating frontman, and Friday evening showed no signs of the wacky-scramble-man slowing down. The tight and seamless playing segued perfectly from one creative jam to the next, with a monstrous “Sunny Day> The Hop,” that showered the sunny crowd with the feels “like pouring rain.”Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s set-opening “Too Long > The Liquid” from their Boulder performance below via Nugs.TV:Casey Russell (Magic Beans) got a big hometown welcome as Pigeon’s invited him up to sit in on fan-favorite “F.U.,” trading impressive funk-filled solos with guitarist Jeremy Schon, the capacity crowd bouncing along in true Colorado fashion. The guest appearances continued from there, as Lotus’s Chuck Morris added some extra percussion for dream set-closing “Whoopie>1999>Whoopie,” jam sandwich, a musical meal aficionados would dream of.Set two began off with “Pop Off,” before Morris returned to the stage to join the band for the remainder of the set–one that will surely go down in Pigeons Playing Ping Pong history. PPPP staples “Henrietta” and “Poseidon” were both given sonically meaty renditions as Schon and bassist Ben Carrey blew the roof off the room with their extreme precision and synchronicity as an unstoppable unit. Let’s face it, folks, lead guitarist Jeremy Schon lays down some of the tastiest licks in the jamband scene these days, and his focus on honing his skills as a guitar virtuoso has never been more clear.Watch Pigeons open their second set at the Boulder Theater with “Pop Off” below via Nugs.TV:Another massive sandwich got the special treatment, as Ormont lead the band into an extended “Offshoot> Pink Panther> Offshoot,” followed by another impressive stretch of, “Penguins>Funkijam>Upfunk.” Finally the set came to a close with a scorching “The Ride,” before the quartet returned for a “Horizon” curtain call.Following the band’s Flocktoberfest blowout in Boulder, the band continued through the Rocky Mountain State, playing to capacity crowds at Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs on Saturday night and at Belly Up Aspen on Sunday. With the funky birds’ three-night, three-city, three sell-out Colorado stint now in the books, Pigeon’s Playing Ping Pong’s “Pizzazz Tour” is finally airborne and soaring to a city near you.For a full list of upcoming Pigeons Playing Ping Pong dates, or to purchase tickets to any of the band’s Fall 2017 shows, head to their website.Below, check out a full gallery of photos from Pigeons’ Boulder Theater show courtesy of Sam Silkworth (Silky Shots).SETLIST: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Flocktoberfest| Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | 10/6/17Set 1: Too Long > The Liquid, ZydekoSunny Day > The Hop > F.U.^, Whoopie* > 1999* > Whoopie*Set 2: Pop Off, Henrietta*, Poseidon*, Offshoot* > Pink Panther* > Offshoot*, Penguins* > Funkijam* > Upfunk*, Fortress* > Time To RideEncore: HorizonNotes:^ w/ Casey Russell (Magic Beans) on keys* w/ Chuck Morris (Lotus) on percussionSETLIST: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Old Town Pub | Steamboat Springs, CO | 10/7/17Set 1: Porcupine, Landing > Jam > White Night > Imperial March > White Night, Fun In Funk, Whirled, Kiwi > Drunk People > Schwames Bond* > Drunk PeopleSet 2: Live Life > Bad For You, Burning Up My Time > Pigs (3 Different Ones) > Live It Up, Sail On, Skipjack, JuliaEncore: CliffsNotes:* Last time played 8/26/2015SETLIST: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Belly Up Aspen | Aspen, CO | 10/8/17Walk Outside, J. Town > Melting Lights > King Kong, Doc, Funk E. Zekiel > Kashmir > Lightning, Somethin For Ya > Totally > Schwanthem > Fade Fast > Ocean FlowsEncore: Avalanche, Couldn’t We All[Cover photo via Silky Shots]last_img read more

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Simple beauties of math (yes, math)

first_imgShing-Tung Yau sees a beautiful universe around him, crafted by nature into the shapes and forms we see every day. Mathematics describes those shapes and forms, the discipline of geometry in particular. So, to Yau, it shares nature’s beauty.Yau, the Graustein Professor of Mathematics and chair of the Math Department, is trying to bring math out of the closet. Its practitioners, he said, are not strange or reclusive, as the public sometimes perceives them, but rather scientists trying to understand the orderly principles that describe the world around us.Isaac Newton, for example, made major contributions to calculus in order to describe the motions of the planets. Mathematicians draw insights from their work with numbers, shapes, and forms that can help other scientists, especially physicists, in their work.“I think people don’t understand that we are scientists and make fundamental contributions,” Yau said. “We can help physicists; we can help engineers.”Yau’s own work is an important example of such fruitful collaboration. In 1976, Yau proved the Calabi conjecture, which dealt with the properties of multidimensional shapes called manifolds. Yau’s work proved important to physicists who use string theory to describe the universe. String theory says that the basic particles that we understand to constitute matter are themselves made of tiny vibrating strings.One of string theory’s difficulties is that it requires a universe made of 10 dimensions. That would mean the four dimensions of space-time that we live in — length, width, height, and duration in time — are only part of the puzzle. It turns out that a six-dimensional Calabi-Yau manifold resulting from Yau’s work fits string theory nicely, providing a shape for these six dimensions. So critical is the geometry of the manifolds to the universe that their shapes determine the basic forces and particles of matter.“In principle, you can use the geometry of space-time to describe the fundamental structure of particles,” Yau said. “We have been able to get a lot of important ideas when it comes to string theory. It’s been a very fruitful collaboration.”Yau teamed up with science writer Steve Nadis to tell the story of the discovery of Calabi-Yau manifolds in a book that came out in September. “The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions” details his work proving the Calabi conjecture, which he actually first labored to disprove, realizing only in his failure that the conjecture was probably right after all. The book goes on to discuss string theory and the developments that stem from his proof.“I couldn’t produce an answer [that proved the Calabi conjecture wrong], so eventually I had to believe the opposite is true,” Yau said.Yau jokes in the book’s preface that the phrase “Calabi-Yau” has been used so often in recent years that he almost feels that “Calabi” is his first name, which he says he’d be proud to have. Yau also said that his study of mathematics has been an adventure and that the math theories underlying models of the universe hold an undeniable beauty. Yau’s work has earned him numerous prestigious awards, including the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, known as the “genius grant.”Yau said he hopes the book helps the public to understand better the importance of mathematics and to develop a sense of how it works. For mathematicians who read the book, he hopes they understand the importance of reaching across the boundaries of various disciplines.Looking ahead, Yau said the new frontiers of mathematics will involve “quantum geometry,” which explains both quantum mechanics and general relativity.“Quantum geometry — nobody knows what it is. Nobody has a clue. That’s why it’s exciting,” Yau said. “It’s too difficult a subject for one person or one discipline to work on.”last_img read more

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Radon Educator

first_imgDerek Cooper has always had a passion for helping people live healthier lives.This January, the newly hired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension radon educator is putting his zeal into action by helping Georgians test their homes for radon during National Radon Action Month.The second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, radon gas is essentially broken-down uranium that can seep into homes through the foundation or well water. About 6.7 percent of homes across the country have high levels of radon, but according to testing through the Georgia Radon Education Program, the percentage of homes with high levels of radon is as high as 46.5 percent in some Georgia counties.Cooper’s goal is to increase the number of Georgians who test their homes for radon across the state.“I am excited to be able to be proactive about protecting human health,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to talk to people and potentially have a positive impact on their lives.”Helping people find the information they need to protect their families and the environment is one reason Cooper chose to work with UGA Extension. He wants everyone in the state to know about radon-education resources available through UGA Extension and its low-cost radon testing service.To learn more about household radon and to order a $13 radon test, visit ugaradon.org or call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ask-UGA1. During January, Georgians can get a discount of $3 off the regularly $13-priced test kit when they enter the code NRAM2019.last_img read more

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Op-Ed: U.S. Energy Policy Hangs in the Balance in 2016 Presidential Election

first_imgOp-Ed: U.S. Energy Policy Hangs in the Balance in 2016 Presidential Election FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享David Ignatius for the Washington Post:So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners becomes president.Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, arguably President Obama’s best Cabinet appointment, has been leading a quiet revolution in clean-energy technology. Innovation is transforming this industry, costs are plummeting and entrepreneurs are devising radical new systems that create American jobs — in addition to protecting the planet.The leading GOP candidates, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), offer know-nothing denials of this march of science. Trump told The Post last month that all that’s happening is “a change in weather. I am not a great believer in man-made climate change.” Cruz told an audience in New Hampshire in January that “climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory,” propounded by “big-government politician[s].” If either is elected president, you have to assume he will try to gut clean-energy programs.Full commentary: America’s next president must continue Obama’s progress on clean energylast_img read more

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Americans need a ‘Fitbit’ of banking

first_imgIn a recent survey, the Financial Health Network asked financial services executives about their organizations’ most important strategic priorities. The second most-frequently mentioned priority–cited by seven in 10 banks and credit unions–was “improving customer financial health.”I’m not buying it.The Data Doesn’t Add UpIf seven in 10 financial institutions are focused on improving customer financial health, then why do only:48% incorporate customer financial health into their strategic plans?42% provide personal financial advice or coaching to help with day-to-day challenges? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Ex-Cuomo Aide Among 9 Charged in Upstate NY Corruption Bust, Feds Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among nine people arrested for corruption in two alleged schemes that included bid-rigging and bribery involving the Buffalo Billion initiative, federal prosecutors said Thursday.Cuomo’s former executive deputy secretary, Joseph Percoco, was charged with helping an energy company and a Syracuse-based real estate developer in exchange for more than $315,000 in what they called “ziti,” which was code for bribes in language adopted from The Sopranos, HBO’s popular mob drama, authorities said. In a separate but overlapping alleged scheme, SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was accused of steering work to contractors while overseeing the application process for the Buffalo Billion project, intended to revitalize the western New York city, prosecutors said.“The companies got rich, and the public got bamboozled,” Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters during a news conference at his Manhattan office. “The bids allegedly were rigged, the results preordained.”The case comes less than a year after his office’s prosecutors convicted former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) on separate but similar corruption charges. Both are appealing.“It turns out that the state legislature does not have a monopoly on crass corruption in New York,” Bharara said.Percoco was charged with soliciting bribes, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to commit honest services fraud. Authorities said he conspired with energy company executive Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr. and Buffalo Billion consultant Todd Howe to get Percoco’s then-unemployed wife $287,000 in pay for a no-show job, prosecutors said. Percoco also allegedly got expensive meals and a Hamptons fishing trip. In exchange, Percoco used his influence to help the company save $100 million on the construction of a power plant, among other favors, authorities said.Percoco also received about $35,000 in bribes from Syracuse developers Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi in exchange for his help in reversing an Empire State Development Corporation decision related to a labor dispute, which in turn freed up $14 million in state funds awarded to their company, prosecutors said. The bribes also ensured a pay raise for Aiello’s son, who worked in the governor’s office, authorities said.The money was funneled through a shell company controlled by Howe, who struck a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony. Kelly and Aiello were each charged with bribery and conspiracy. Aiello’s son was not charged.Madison Square Garden Co. named Percoco senior vice president last December following his stint with Cuomo. In a press release announcing his hiring, MSG referred to Percoco as a “distinguished” government worker.“If the allegations are true, I am saddened and profoundly disappointed,” Cuomo said in a statement after the charges were announced. “I hold my administration to the highest level of integrity. I have zero tolerance for abuse of the public trust from anyone.”Bharara added: “There are no allegations of wrongdoing by the governor anywhere in this complaint.”In the second scheme, Aiello, Kelly and Buffalo-based developers Louis Ciminelli, Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler were charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to Howe in exchange for secretly rigging bids to ensure they would win taxpayer-funded construction project contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, prosecutors said. Kaloyeros and Howe secretly asked the developers for qualifications that would be inserted in the Requests for Proposals to minimize competition, authorities said. In one instance, the information was so specifically tailored to one developer, a conspirator asked if it was “too telegraphed,” according to investigators.Kaloyeros was suspended without pay, effective immediately, Cuomo said.At the news conference Adam Cohen, the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge of the Buffalo Field Office that led the investigation, recalled getting his start in government work while growing up on Long Island. He said the allegations were “personally upsetting” to him and his colleagues.“These arrests speak volumes to those who…arrogantly took what was not theirs and who acted without morals and ignored ethics,” he said. “Each of them allegedly broke the law because they chose greed, and, as a result, personally tarnished an historic opportunity… We cannot say it often enough: It is the expectation of the public that government officials are not in their positions to self-deal or to serve their personal interests.”Each of the suspects faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.last_img read more

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