Welsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edges

first_imgA Welsh estate agent is the latest to vent his frustration at local competitors who are flouting the country’s ongoing lockdown and carrying out viewings and listings even though the housing market is closed.Joe Parry of Fine & Country in the border town of Chepstow says he is reluctant to disregard the rules and instead has been seeking official guidance on whether he is able to cross into England and do business there. Last month we reported on another local agent similarly frustrated by the situation.“We have tried to do our best to find a resolution, however, there was no guidance from our local MP or the police station,” he says.“We have PPE and we have COVID-19 policies in place to ensure all parties involved are safe and protected.“In the absence of any political clarity I phoned our local police station and asked them where we stood, and their response was that it is all up for interpretation and some of the information provided contradicted itself.Straight answer?“I asked whether one of our team members would be allowed to cross the border to visit a client, if they lived in Wales and need to visit a client in England, provided of course that all necessary precautions and social distancing measures were in place.“There was no straight answer, they merely said that if our team member was stopped at the border, the consequences would largely depend on discretion of the police officer that stopped them.Parry, like thousands of other agent in Wales, is waiting for the next announcement by the country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford on 18th when many hope he will announce a housing market resumption.“The number of buyers contacting us is growing day by day, wanting to register and wanting to view properties,” says Parry. “We are dealing with many buyers who are frustrated and eager to get moving.”Parry may be familiar to some readers. Two years ago he and two mates drove a Reliant Robin from Sheffield to Monte Carlo to raise money for charity.Joe Parry Chepstow fine & country June 5, 2020Nigel 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 » COVID-19 news » Welsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edges previous nextCOVID-19 newsWelsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edgesAgent in Chepstow says local competitors are ignoring the rules and completing both viewings and listings despite the country’s ongoing lockdown.Nigel Lewis5th June 202003,094 Viewslast_img read more

Harvard students win in Collegiate Inventors Competition

first_imgAlice Chen, a doctoral candidate in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has received the graduate first prize in the Collegiate Inventors Competition for her work with tissue-engineered liver mimetics in mice. Chen received $15,000.The competition promotes innovation by recognizing inventors and scientists early in their careers and rewarding students’ often-pioneering ideas as they address the problems of today’s world.Chen, also a student in the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, knew that although mice are widely used in medical research, they’re often not helpful for pharmaceutical testing. The liver is where many drugs are broken down, or metabolized, and mouse livers and human livers metabolize substances differently, but Chen developed a way to implant human liver cells in mice. Her approach is different from other existing techniques in that she implants a matrix that contains functioning human liver cells and the nutrients they need directly into a healthy mouse.  The matrix, once implanted, performs much like a human liver, making it beneficial for drug testing and other therapeutic applications.Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows Erez Lieberman-Aiden ’10 SEAS and non-Harvard collaborator Nynke L. van Berkum received second prize for their work, and Bozhi Tian of Harvard Medical School and Tzahi Cohen-Karni of SEAS received third prize.For more on the award and its finalists, the competition’s website.last_img read more

Penge equals record in McEvoy Trophy win

first_img17 Apr 2015 Penge equals record in McEvoy Trophy win A medical emergency disrupted play in the final round of the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath – but nothing could derail Marco Penge from a record-equalling victory.Players had to wait for over two hours while emergency services tended to a member who was injured in a fall on the course. But Penge (image © Leaderboard Photography) was unfazed by the delay and when play resumed he completed a round of 66 for a total of 12-under par.He was eight shots clear of Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), who was runner-up for the second year in a row and who won this title in 2013.“When we were waiting I heard someone say the record was 12-under and I made that my goal,” said Penge, an England boy international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex.“I got to 12-under with three to play, but I three-putted the 16th – I went for the first putt to try to get the record! Then I missed a short birdie putt on 17 but I birdied the last to tie the record.”Penge, 16, started the tournament in fine style, with a six-under 65 which included six consecutive birdies in his first nine holes, from the 13th to the 18th.He returned a steady, level par 71 in the second round, and in the third he was three-over after nine holes – before the birdies returned. “I shot four-under on the back nine to get to one-under, and finished with three birdies on the trot,” he recounted.“I could have been a lot lower in the last round, but it was a good score,” added Penge, who played well off the tee throughout the tournament. “I kept it in play, I only went at the pins when I could and I aimed for the middle of the green when they were tucked away.”Penge’s win underlines a good start to the season in which he has already won a Faldo Series event, qualified for the match play in the Spanish amateur and finished 11th in the Duncan Putter in Wales. He tis a member of the England Golf boys’ squad.Click here for more information about the Peter McEvoy Trophylast_img read more