Yes, Minister! Agent offers up some radical property market ideas

first_imgA leading property finder company has decided to publish its own property market manifesto which suggests several radical policies, including a bedroom tax for under-utilised private homes.James Greenwood of Stacks Property Search, which has published the mini manifesto, says he is driven to do so prior to every General Election because he’s amazed at some ministers’ lack of knowledge about the market.“I remember asking one of the housing ministers about the problem of self-certified mortgages and how difficult it was for freelancers to get home loans at the time, and he had no idea what I was talking about,” he says.Consequently, Stacks has decided to offer the current crop of housing ministers its own ideas on the real issues in property.These include several familiar tub-thumpers including reforming Stamp Duty to make it graduated not stepped, making Help to Buy available for resales properties once more, and scrapping capital gains tax for landlords who sell up to their tenants.But the list also includes some more controversial items including a bedroom tax for private homes that are under-utilised, a vacant property tax and preventing foreign investors from buying homes without renting them out.“Our belief is that the housing crisis is all about the misuse of capacity rather than a lack of capacity,” says Greenwood.“We’re agents so we’d like to see more homes being bought and sold – everyone knows that transaction levels are down and that a lot of people are stuck in the wrong house.”Read Greenwood’s views on Brexit.   November 20, 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 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 » Yes, Minister! Agent offers up some radical property market ideas previous nextAgencies & PeopleYes, Minister! Agent offers up some radical property market ideasFed up with housing ministers who often have no idea what they’re talking about, James Greenwood of Stacks has launched his own election manifesto.Nigel Lewis20th November 20190704 Viewslast_img read more

Johnson named coach of 2010 Games

first_imgUW women\’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson was named head coach of the USA Olympic team[/media-credit]The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson has been named head coach of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.Johnson, who has extensive experience in international competition as both a player and a coach, is an iconic figure on both a local and national level.The Johnson family is deeply rooted in Wisconsin and United States hockey folklore. Johnson’s father, the late Bob Johnson, had a 15-year tenure as head coach here at Wisconsin that produced three national championships and earned him the nickname “Badger Bob.” Mark’s son Patrick is currently a forward on the Wisconsin Men’s team.During a press conference at Camp Randall, USA Hockey’s executive director Dave Ogrean spoke about how special the contributions of the Johnson family have been to USA Hockey.“I mentioned to Barry [Alvarez] earlier today that if one were to have a debate about the first families of hockey in the United States it would come down to a discussion of the Granatos and the Johnsons,” Ogrean said.Ogrean, who Hockey News rated as one of the 50 most influential people in hockey, praised Johnson and expressed his excitement for the 2010 games in Vancouver, British Columbia.“Mark has some very, very special qualifications and the experience of being an Olympian, of being in the blast furnace, if you will, of a high pressure gold medal game,” Ogrean said. “And knowing what all that is like is a very special attribute in addition to the fact that he has done such a marvelous job for you at the University of Wisconsin.”In Johnson’s seven seasons as head coach here in Madison, he has won two national championships, with the Badgers reaching the national championship in each of the past three seasons. Johnson’s 0.802 winning percentage is also tops among active coaches.Johnson will finish out the remainder of this year as he and his top-ranked Badgers fight to earn Johnson his third national championship. Following the conclusion of this season, Johnson will head to Blaine, Minn. to prepare for Vancouver. Besides his duties as coach of the Olympic team, Johnson will help prep the national team for the Olympics with the Qwest Tour, a 10-game tour throughout the U.S. playing collegiate teams and the annual Olympic warm-up — the National Women’s Invitational Tournament.Former Wisconsin football coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez is confident Johnson is the right fit for the job. Alvarez acknowledged that though his knowledge of hockey is limited, he sees an innate coaching instinct in Johnson.“He is like a sponge as a coach — I know a little bit about coaching, and Mark is a coach’s coach,” Alvarez noted. “Mark will have a vision for this Olympic team, and there is no one better that can achieve that job than Mark Johnson, and we’re very proud of him and wish him the very best.”USA Women’s Hockey is quietly emerging as the top force in the world of women’s hockey. As mentioned by Ogrean, USA Women’s Hockey is undefeated is international play in the past year. Women’s hockey star and three-time Olympian Natalie Darwitz said she expects a large influx of Badgers in Vancouver in 2010.“You have Erika Lawler who has been on the national team for the last two seasons, and then Meghan Duggan too.” Darwitz, former University of Minnesota forward said. “Obviously Jessie Vetter has proved herself on the national level. Hilary Knight too and there is potential with [Brooke] Ammerman too.”USA Hockey’s director of Women’s Hockey Michele Amidon could barely conceal her excitement for the news of Johnson coaching the Olympic team. Amidon has already seen the fruits of Johnson’s presence in USA Women’s Hockey and is excited to see what can be achieved with even more time and opportunity.“We have had a lot of success over the past three years, and a lot of it is contributed to Mark coming on board and helping us with all of our programs,” Amidon said. “We got some great talent here and some great hockey culture and traditions, and we’re hoping to bring that on to the 2010 Olympic platform.”Johnson is probably best known as the leading scorer on the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” team that improbably captured the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y. As part of the famous “Cone-Head Line,” Johnson scored a pivotal first period goal that led to the pulling of arguably the world’s best goalie, the Soviet Union’s Vladislav Tretiak. Johnson would score another goal in the win over the seemingly unbeatable USSR team and was an integral part of what is known as one of the greatest moments in American sports history.Johnson went on to play 11 years in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils. Johnson was an NHL All -Star in 1983 while he was captain of the Hartford Whalers. The 2010 games in Vancouver will be Johnson’s 20th experience as a representative of his country in international play; he has played in 12 international events and coached in seven.Johnson was at the pinnacle of the hockey spotlight when his team, led by Herb Brooks, pulled off history’s greatest upset in 1980, and an opportunity to get another gold medal is one Johnson has been looking forward to for quite some time.“Obviously the past three years, in the back of my mind, this was one of my goals to get the opportunity to coach this team. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and having the game up in Canada makes it that much more special,” Johnson said during Tuesday’s press conference. “Hockey is going to be at the forefront. It is going to be at the forefront of the great exposure of women’s hockey that started back in 1998 back when they won the gold medal in Nagano.”A man with Johnson’s qualifications should have no trouble finding a prominent men’s coaching job, and many have wondered why he has not jumped on the opportunity to coach a team with more fans and more lucrative coaching contracts. In a perfect illustration of Johnson’s passion, he stated why he loves women’s hockey and why many think he will once again be coming home with a gold medal.“On the women’s side, we don’t have pro hockey — they aren’t looking for the next contract; they aren’t looking for the next paycheck. They really play the game for the love of it,” Johnson said. “When you put your jersey on and you’re representing your country I do not think there is a greater feeling a player can have. The next best thing is to be the coach, and that’s what I look forward to doing.”last_img read more