Generation Rent set to transform UK rentals – and the High Street

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Generation Rent set to transform UK rentals – and the High Street previous nextHousing MarketGeneration Rent set to transform UK rentals – and the High Street‘Generation Rent’ is transforming the UK rental market, driving change in rental property whilst providing real hope for revitalisation of the High Street, says research.The Negotiator5th February 201902,023 Views ‘Generation Rent’ is transforming the UK rental market, driving change in rental property whilst providing real hope for revitalisation of the High Street – says new research from MRI Software, a global property technology provider.Their research shows that city and town centres are where Generation Z and Millennial renters – dubbed ‘Generation Rent’ because they’ve been priced out of the home purchase market – want to live. Their findings reveal that the standards they are demanding in rental accommodation promise to reshape the market and bring in a new level of professional property management. The findings of the survey of top executives and managers across the property industry reveal that:Nine in ten (91%) say ‘Generation Rent’ prefer to live in town and city centres, so they can have easy access to amenities that suit their lifestyle – such as gyms, cafes and bars, shops and servicesA similar proportion (90%) say residential rentals in UK town and city centres will become increasingly important for property ownersFour out of five (82%) say ‘Generation Rent’ is renting for longer, driving demand for higher quality propertiesAlmost three quarters (72%) see residential development of former retail premises as the route to giving the British High Street a new lease of life.Trevor Youens, MD, UK Residential at MRI, says that ‘Generation Rent’ is here to stay and having a profound long-term effect on UK rentals. “Build-to- Rent projects targeting young ‘Generation Rent’ professionals are spurring improvements in the quality of property stock – with well maintained, professionally managed communities and modern amenities becoming more of the norm.Generation Rent MRI software rental market build-to-rent Trevor Youens UK High Street UK rentals UK Residential MRI February 5, 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 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 2021last_img read more


Hoornstra: How Jacob deGrom’s absurd Cy Young season finally killed The Win

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Win expired as a valuable pitching statistic Wednesday. Time of death, 3:49 p.m. PT.The Win is survived by its four children: earned-run average, innings pitched, walks, and strikeouts. All of its grandchildren are known by their initials: FIP, xFIP, DRA, WPA and WAR.Some of its most devout fans continued to insist that The Win is still alive, echoing famous celebrity death denials of the past. Yet The Win’s family has already confirmed the death to the press. Funeral arrangements are pending.Having exhumed the corpse Wednesday, the Chief Medical Examiner announced the cause of death as “severe and prolonged tension.” In layman’s terms, The Win was pulled so hard in opposite directions that it snapped. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Sixty-three years of Cy Young Award voting tradition pulled on one side. On the other, the curious case of the best pitcher in the National League, and his teammates’ shocking inability to score.Jacob deGrom, who won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, made 32 starts for the New York Mets. In 30 of those starts, deGrom pitched the minimum five innings required to be credited with a Win or a Loss. If the Mets had scored five runs before deGrom was removed from each start, he could have finished with a 30-0 record. With even four runs of support from his team, deGrom could be 29-1. With three runs, 21-1. With two runs – two! – deGrom could have finished 16-9.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In actuality, DeGrom finished the season with a 10-9 record. The Mets averaged 4.17 runs per game overall, but only 3.53 when deGrom pitched. In his nine losses, deGrom’s ERA was 2.71, lower than all but two qualified NL pitchers. In his 13 no-decisions, deGrom’s ERA was 1.62 – lower than his overall ERA of 1.70. DeGrom pitched better in his no-decisions than in his wins.Yet no starting pitcher had ever won a Cy Young Award with fewer than 13 wins in a season. To determine the best pitcher in the National League, BBWAA voters (myself included) faced a choice: acknowledge The Win as the primary measure of a pitcher’s worth and give the award to one of 21 men not named Jacob deGrom, or devalue The Win more than the Venezuelan bolivar.The choice was almost unanimous. DeGrom was listed first on 29 of the 30 Cy Young ballots, including mine.center_img If this is to be a proper obituary, we must acknowledge the very different world into which The Win was born.Related Articles Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings As baseball evolved into its present rules in the 19th century, it was common for pitchers to complete each game they started. In this regard, the pitcher was like any other defensive player. Yet, unlike his teammates, the pitcher touched the ball on every play. With such responsibility for the game’s outcome, it was at least modestly useful to note a team’s record with different pitchers on the mound. The Win mattered.During the 20th century, the role of the pitcher changed. No longer was he expected to run an entire nine-inning marathon. By the dawn of the 21st century, pitching firmly resembled a relay race, with the starter and the anchor getting most of the glory for holding the baton. The nature of the job evolved dramatically, separating pitchers into camps of starters and relievers (and more recently, “openers.”). Only 42 complete games were thrown during the entire 2018 regular season. In 1892, 16 pitchers threw more complete games by themselves.Against all logic, The Win and The Loss have survived as official statistics. As Keith Law wrote in his book Smart Baseball, “Yet they’re still there on the stat sheet, on sortable pages of pitching stats, and in just about any news coverage of a baseball game, where the winning and losing pitchers’ records will appear in parentheses after their names, or a trade or signing, where any pitcher involved is reduced to those two numbers, separated by the hyphen of ignorance.”Ask anyone in charge of a major league team, and he will tell you The Win died years ago. It hasn’t been a useful tool for evaluating a pitcher’s worth for perhaps a century. Wins persisted in the public parlance among many fans, in large part because of their hold over Cy Young Award voting. But when the win is ignored even by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America – the body which still bears the primary responsibility for reporting the game – even the average fan cannot be expected to carry an extinguished torch.In the end, the sheer absurdity of deGrom’s 2018 season killed the win more than any individual writer. DeGrom’s ERA-plus of 216 (indicating he was more than twice as good as the average NL pitcher) was the fifth-best mark by any qualified pitcher this century. No pitcher had won 10 games or fewer, threw 200 innings and finished with an ERA under 2.00 since Andy Coakley in 1908. No pitcher had ever allowed three runs or fewer in 24 consecutive starts. DeGrom’s won-loss record was ultimately easy to dismiss.My ballot closely mimicked that of the rest of the electorate:1. Jacob deGrom (who won)2. Max Scherzer (who finished second)3. Aaron Nola (third)4. Patrick Corbin (fifth)5. Kyle Freeland (fourth)Wins and losses did not dictate the order of these choices. It appears my fellow voters agreed. May The Win rest in peace.In lieu of flowers, please consider subscribing to a newspaper.last_img read more


Schmidt’s ‘crazy’ 2019 is just for starters

first_img4 Nov 2019 Schmidt’s ‘crazy’ 2019 is just for starters Tags: Ben Schmidt Ben Schmidt can only find one word to describe 2019 – ‘crazy’.Even now, that single word barely covers the drama of an incredible year.Back in January, schoolboy Schmidt was outside the top 5,000 in the amateur rankings. He had ambitions to climb higher and the talent to make it a reality.But at that stage the talented teenager couldn’t have spotted the top ten with the aid of the Hubble telescope. This week, though, the hard-working, but still down-to-earth Schmidt is in the lofty position of world number eight. And the England Men’s squad member is not for stopping there.His victory in the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley GC at the start of June catapulted him up the rankings and into the consciousness of the wider golfing world.Aged just 16 and the youngest ever winner of the event (1975 victor Sandy Lyle – who progressed to becoming an Open and Masters champion – was the previous youngest),  Schmidt found himself in the headlines.Yet he didn’t let it affect his rhythm. He followed up that win with victory in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels GC later in June.Then came the hat-trick – success in the Carris Trophy at Moor Park GC completing a memorable six weeks of golf from the teenager.Now 17, Schmidt is widely acknowledged as one of the rising stars of not only English, but world amateur golf and the sky’s the limit for the lad from Rotherham GC.Yet it’s a position so far removed from where he was heading into the campaign that Schmidt can only chuckle when he casts his eye back over the year and looks ahead to what lies in store in 2020.“It’s been crazy looking back on it,” said the young Yorkshireman with a wide smile.“And if I’m being honest the amount of success I enjoyed this year has been unexpected.“I was striving to get myself to the next level and always had self-belief.“But it all just clicked over the summer and everything changed for me in a matter of weeks.“I started the season being rejected for a place in the Spanish amateur because my world ranking wasn’t high enough.“I couldn’t tell you my exact ranking, but it was in the 5000s.“Now I’m eight in the world having played in the US Amateur at Pinehurst and having won the Brabazon trophy.“England won the Home Internationals too and I was proud to be a part of that squad and will continue to represent my country when offered the chance.“Over the summer I just got on a roll.“I came out of winter training and made a decent start to the season despite not having played competitively for a few months.“I won the Yorkshire Boys in May which was a real boost and it progressed from there.“Once I won that first event, I started every tournament thinking only about the win. I just had so much confidence.”Schmidt’s potential has long been noted by observers of the English amateur game.In 2018, he won the Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was a stalwart of the England Boys’ squad.But 2019 saw him cruise through the gears. Schmidt also widened his horizons with that trip to Pinehurst  – a very welcome bonus as part of the reward for winning the Brabazon with four rounds in the 60s.Schmidt said: “Pinehurst was unbelievable. I loved every second of it.“The scale of the event was massive and I found myself lining up alongside guys I had followed on social media and didn’t dare to think I would play alongside this year.“My pal Luca was caddying for me and he was standing watching players we’d only ever seen on YouTube! It was quite weird.“But I wasn’t overawed by the experience and learned so much even though I narrowly missed the cut.”Now after playing in the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta Do Lago later this month, America beckons again for Schmidt.In December, he will fly to Florida and play in the South Beach International Amateur in Miami.Over the winter he will also travel to South Africa, Australia and Spain to gain international experience in preparation for the domestic season and England team events.Still in his sixth form at Wath Academy in Rotherham, Schmidt is grateful to his school for backing him in his golf career.“I’m excited for 2020, but also know I need to put in a lot of hard work over the winter,” said Schmidt who has leeway to study and play as part of a schools’ scholarship programme.“I played in a Challenge Tour event recently and I saw at close hand just how sharp these guys are from a range of 60 yards. They are unstoppable and that’s the level I need to reach.“There are plenty of goals to look at for 2020 – I’d like to be the number one amateur if I could.“I can’t be satisfied at where I am – I have to always look at the next level.”Photography credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more


Ransom Notes…Hatin’ on LeBron and Steelers musings

first_imgLOU RANSOMWoke up this morning and the Miami Heat were still NBA Champions.Loved LeBron’s comments after the game. All he does is win, yet people call him arrogant. He says he is blessed.They say he doesn’t compare to Michael Jordan (the most arrogant athlete I have ever encountered). Jordan had commercials before he played an NBA game. Jordan retired from the NBA to play professional baseball, but he couldn’t hit a fastball. He thought he was the greatest ATHLETE. Hubris anyone?If the Heat three-peat, will LeBron get his props? 37 points, 12 rebounds, back to back MVP. Three-straight finals. I know folks hate him, but for that flake Dennis Rodman to say LeBron would just be “average” in his day is just crazy.LeBron went to Miami to win championships, and he has. I guess Dan Gilbert’s curse was reversed. He had to rehire Mike Brown (whom he fired) and now has to swallow the second LeBron championship.He had LeBron under contract but was too inept to build a team around him.OK, no more posts about the NBA until next season. It is almost STEELER season, so I will be otherwise occupied!The Steelers will be competitive. O-line is in the best shape in years. Got to get a functional tight end until Heath Miller comes back. Wide receivers could be improved over last year. Not sold on backup quarterbacks, so Ben has to stay healthy. Running backs could be a strong point of the offense.On defense have to have improved line play. They didn’t step up last year, and the linebackers were a weak point. New draftee should improve backers, and Woodley should return to form. I think they will miss Harrison, but probably not as much as he’ll miss them.Secondary is the big concern. Troy has to stay healthy and they have no quality depth at corner. They may be stronger offensively (once Miller returns) than defensively.They’ll go 9-7 or 10-6, but they have to at least get a split with division foes. That might get them in the playoffs.Just don’t root for that team whose name insults Native Americans or their northern neighbors who just won the Super Bowl. We may have to disown youLou Ransom is former managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier and fomer sports editor for Jet Magazine.last_img read more


When Will Bad Fall Storms Hit? Just Ask the Trees.

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Take Winter By StormTrees bare during the winter line College Street in Lacey.Weather experts predict big storms ahead; get winter-ready nowWhen will that first classic, havoc-creating fall storm hit Western Washington?(That’s the storm that strips deciduous trees of their leaves all at once, clogging street drains and bringing flooding across the region.)Any day now. Just ask the trees.Dr. Sarah Reichard, University of Washington tree expert and director of the U.W. Botanic Gardens, says watching the trees in your neighborhood — as well as the weather report — is the secret to predicting when those first flood-causing storms will hit.“As day length and temperatures decrease, leaves stop producing chlorophyll, which gives them their green color,” says Reichard at today’s launch of Take Winter By Storm – an annual preparedness campaign to help citizens get prepared before bad weather strikes. “Thus begins their vibrant color changes and the process of separating from the tree.”This changing color toward brown is the sure sign residents need to be on the lookout for as the region is faced with what’s expected to be some very wet weather this winter. Karen Rich, program manager for Take Winter By Storm, says the combination of loose leaves, wind and heavy rain is what clogs neighborhood storm drains causing localized flooding.When that happens, local agencies urge residents to rake storm drains clear. This small effort goes a long way toward keeping roads safe and protecting property.“Urban flooding is just the first of many hazards that come with our Pacific Northwest fall and winter weather,” says Rich. “Citizens need to be weather ready throughout the season, and can find the tools and tips they need at TakeWinterByStorm.org.”According to a September 2013 Survey USA report of residents across King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties, nearly half (49%) of all respondents have taken no action at this point to get prepared for winter weather.Here are some tips for getting started:·         Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for the home and office. Kits prepared for vehicle road travel and winter weather evacuation go-kits are also advised.Make a communication plan and practice the plan with family and those who depend on you.Stay informed and monitor the weather approaching so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.Visit TakeWinterByStorm.org for more information and helpful resources, such as a downloadable preparedness and maintenance checklists and emergency contact cards.last_img read more



first_imgSONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST CAMPAIGNNARDO MAKES HIS STAKES DEBUT IN THOR’S ECHOKNAPP HOPES TO CATCH SPEEDSTERS SLEEPINGFIRING LINE IN ‘PERFECT’ WORK TO MEET ‘CHROME’ TOC OFFERS FREE ‘BUYING A RACEHORSE’ SEMINARDel Mar Thoroughbred Club, Barretts Sales and Thoroughbred Ownersof California (TOC) will host a free “Buying a Racehorse” Seminar and Preview of the Paddock Sale for prospective owners at Del Mar on Saturday, July 23, starting at 9 a.m. in the Veranda Café and ending at approximately 11:30 a.m.Seminar panelists include bloodstock agent Rollin Baugh, trainer Ron Ellis, Jeff Lifson of West Point Thoroughbreds, and international auctioneer Ryan Mahan. They will discuss acquiring horses at auction and through private sales, claiming horses, and joining racehorse partnerships and syndicates.The seminar also will include a trip to the Barretts Sales barns, where attendees will get a close-up look at horses in training and a preview of the horses entered in that evening’s Paddock Sale. Any partnerships or syndicates interested in participating should call Mary Forney at (626) 574-6617. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling TOC at (626) 574-6620 or visiting online at www.toconline.com. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato902317826%53%$1,496,858 Stewart Elliott898879%26%$365,875 Mike Smith40138133%55%$926,437 Fernando Perez891110812%33%$426,713 Kent Desormeaux5198318%39%$350,995 Joseph Talamo12724171819%46%$1,411,268 Santiago Gonzalez16219232712%43%$985,985 SONGBIRD WORKS ‘VERY EASILY’ AT SANTA ANITASuperstar filly Songbird, who always gives her all even though she has yet to be asked for it, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 1:01 early Saturday morning as she prepares for an East Coast sojourn.“The clockers gave her 1:01; I got her in a minute point 85, and she galloped out very nicely and very easily,” Jerry Hollendorfer said, emphasizing the word ‘very’ on both occasions.Regular rider Mike Smith was scheduled to work Songbird, but exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez deputized for the Hall of Fame jockey when he was involved in a minor mishap on another worker shortly after the main track opened before sunup, around 5:10 a.m.“Mike was going to work her, but he had a problem this morning,” Hollendorfer said. “I told him he shouldn’t work the horse if he wasn’t 100 percent, and he agreed.”Hollendorfer outlined the schedule for undefeated champion Songbird, winner of all eight of her races for Delaware-based owner Rick Porter, who campaigns as Fox Hill Farms.“We’re looking at the Delaware Handicap on the 16th (of July) and we’re looking at the Coaching Club American Oaks (at Saratoga on July 24), and we definitely want to run in the Alabama (at Saratoga on Aug. 20),” Hollendorfer said.“So what the first race is, we don’t know yet.”The $750,000 Delaware Handicap at a mile and a quarter is for fillies and mares, three and up; the $300,000 Oaks is at 1 1/8 miles; and the $600,000 Alabama will be decided at a mile and a quarter. Each is a Grade I race. Rafael Bejarano16240322925%62%$2,240,405 HARLINGTON’S ROSE CATCHES SPRING FEVERSteve Knapp is hoping pace will take its toll in Monday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap for fillies and mares, three and up at six furlongs, and Harlington’s Rose can benefit and spring an upset.“She had her comeback race and ran third,” the trainer said of five-year-old Harlington mare that finished a distant third in an overnight race May 19, her first start in five months.“It’s a tough race. This track has pretty much been favoring speed and I’ve got to come from behind so it’s going to be a difficult task, but she’s very sharp. She’s coming into the race really well. I hope Lost Bus and Sunday Rules hook up and go real fast to give us a shot.”The Spring Fever, one in the Golden State Series, goes as race three: Lost Bus, Fernando Perez; Sunday Rules, Edwin Maldonado; Sidepocket Run, Tiago Pereira; Harlington’s Rose, Joe Talamo; and Codacious, Kent Desormeaux. Peter Miller551013718%55%$475,660 Peter Eurton4185520%44%$480,375 (Current Through Friday, July 1) John Sadler60961215%45%$730,973 Doug O’Neill90820189%51%$648,906 Patrick Gallagher2872225%39%$261,390 Richard Baltas54991217%56%$401,190 Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 Martin Pedroza751081213%40%$349,870 Tyler Baze17628362916%53%$1,434,802 Richard Mandella3695625%56%$720,852 Edwin Maldonado13925221518%45%$973,386 Jerry Hollendorfer721471419%49%$973,463 Bob Baffert48139627%58%$752,603 Mark Glatt6712151018%55%$454,266 FINISH LINES: Firing Line, preparing for the San Diego Handicap on July 23 and a possible meeting with 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked four furlongs Saturday in 48 seconds, breezing. “Perfect” is how trainer Simon Callaghan termed the move for the 2015 Kentucky Derby runner-up, who would be making his first start in the San Diego after an absence of more than 13 months. At his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday, California Chrome worked seven furlongs for Art Sherman in 1:26.40 . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Tara’s Tango worked three furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in 36.80, while Fair Grounds Oaks winner Land Over Sea went four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 50 seconds flat. Melair winner Enola Gray worked five furlongs for leading trainer Phil D’Amato in 59.80 . . . The current Spring Meet will close out with a three-day week next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10. Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday . . . Rito Almanza, a 23-year-old rider from Arequipa, Peru, the same hometown as Rafael Bejarano, makes his U.S. debut today in the second and ninth races. A multiple stakes-winning and leading apprentice in Peru, Almanza’s agent is Michael Burns. Mike Puype50105520%40%$325,450 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat13036201728%56%$1,755,452 Tiago Pereira98815158%39%$436,537 Chad Lindsay61971115%44%$204,510 NARDO MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN THOR’S ECHOStreaking Nardo guns for his third straight win when the four-year-old chestnut gelding makes his stakes debut in Monday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap at six furlongs.“He’s a solid horse and tries hard every time,” said Mike Puype, who trains the son of Olmodavor for owners/breeders Anthony and Suzy Narducci.“He seems to be getting better and we’ll see if he’s up to this level. He’s done everything asked of him and this is the most logical place to run. The Narduccis have been long time clients, with me for many years. They’ll be here to root for the horse.”Nardo has finished out of the money only once in seven career starts, running fourth in a maiden allowance race last March 13.The Thor’s Echo, a part of the Golden State Series: Raised a Secret, Santiago Gonzalez; Love My Bud, Rafael Bejarano; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith; Nardo, Flavien Prat; Magic Mark, Drayden Van Dyke; and Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS James Cassidy4374516%37%$415,500last_img read more



first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016)–Favored Scuba, on or near the lead throughout the 1 ¾ mile trip, kicked clear from runner-up Hard Aces three eighths of a mile from home with Kendrick Carmouche and went on to a dominating 4 ¼ length win in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Marathon Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Brendan Walsh, the 5-year-old gelding registered his third consecutive win and got the distance in 2:58.20.Off at 2-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, he provided Carmouche with his first-ever win at Santa Anita and paid $6.00, $3.40 and $2.60.Hard Aces, a winner of last year’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler, was forwardly place throughout under Santiago Gonzalez and proved second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Blue Tone, who likewise had been attentive to the pace.  Off as the 3-1 second choice, he paid $4.20 and $3.40.Blue Tone, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.40 to show .Fractions on the race 24.17, 49.05, 1:14.67, 1:40.62 and 2:30.42.last_img read more