Influential thinktank calls for Stamp Duty to be reformed or abolished

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Influential thinktank calls for Stamp Duty to be reformed or abolished previous nextHousing MarketInfluential thinktank calls for Stamp Duty to be reformed or abolishedCentre for Policy studies was set up by Margaret Thatcher and now says Stamp Duty is restricting mobility and aspiration for millions of people.Nigel Lewis28th October 201901,061 Views A political think tank founded by Margaret Thatcher has called on Boris Johnson to follow up on his promise to scrap Stamp Duty on all purchases below £500,000 and labelled the levy a ‘tax on mobility and aspiration’.The comments are made within a report published over the weekend by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) written by Alex Morton, a former advisor to David Cameron.Called ‘Stamping Down’, it claims that the duty acts as a barrier to people living in the kinds of homes they need and ‘having a serious impact across the economy’.The report highlights the slow rise in Stamp Duty since 2005. Then it was £1,585 per transaction but has subsequently risen to a median figure of £2,400. London has been hit the hardest, where it has risen from £2,324 to £13,500 over the same period.Morton’s report suggests abolishing Stamp Duty outright or raising the zero-rate barrier from £125,000 to £500,000, as Boris Johnson suggested during his Premiership campaign.Transactions riseAbolishing the tax would see transactions rise by 25% to 990,875 while raising the threshold would see them increase by 22.3% to 968,000, the report claims.As well as raising the threshold to £500,000, the report also suggests levying a 4% duty on homes between £500,000 and £1 million and 5% on those over £1 million.“While the Treasury is right to be fiscally focused, they need to take into account the fact that stamp duty on homes has an impact on transactions, which means cutting this tax is cheaper than expected,” says Alex Morton (pictured, top).Read more about Stamp Duty.Alex Morton Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher sdlt stamp duty October 28, 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 2021last_img read more

A Second Code Controls the DNA Code

first_imgMore has been discovered about the histone or nucleosome code (see 02/17/2004), a second genetic code independent of the DNA genetic sequence that directs the formation of proteins.  The New York Times (see also Science Daily) reported on work by scientists at Northwestern University who found that the wrapping of DNA around nucleosomes (made of proteins called histones with varying “tails” of atoms) follows a pattern that regulates how genes are expressed.  These patterns determine where transcription factors bind to the DNA:The pattern is a combination of sequences that makes it easier for the DNA to bend itself and wrap tightly around a nucleosome.  But the pattern requires only some of the sequences to be present in each nucleosome binding site, so it is not obvious.  The looseness of its requirements is presumably the reason it does not conflict with the genetic code, which also has a little bit of redundancy or wiggle room built into it.The transcription factors are prevented from binding to the wrong genes when they are wrapped around parts of the nucleosome that make them inaccessible.    The news story by Nicholas Wade states that this code is highly conserved (i.e., unevolved) in all living organisms:The nucleosome is made up of proteins known as histones, which are among the most highly conserved in evolution, meaning that they change very little from one species to another.  A histone of peas and cows differs in just 2 of its 102 amino acid units.  The conservation is usually attributed to the precise fit required between the histones and the DNA wound around them.  But another reason, Dr. Segal suggested, could be that any change would interfere with the nucleosomes’ ability to find their assigned positions on the DNA.Yet the phenomenon might just as well be interpreted as intelligent design instead of evolution.  In fact, Wade uses the D word at the end of the article, when describing how this new code explains a mystery about DNA – why there is redundancy in the number of codons that code for a given amino acid: “Biologists have long speculated that the redundancy may have been designed so as to coexist with some other kind of code,” he said.  “And this, Dr. [Eran] Segal [Weizmann Institute] said, could be the nucleosome code.”  See also the 07/21/2006 article on design-oriented research done at Weizmann (Rehovot, Israel). The work is done by specialists in “computational biology” – a field of study more appropriate for design thinking than for evolutionary speculating.  If Darwinists started computing the probability of evolution (see online book), they would get discouraged real fast.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Did Music Evolve?

first_imgNature is running a nine-part series on music.  The most recent entry by Josh McDermott, psychologist at University of Minnesota, asked how music might have evolved.1  The theme, with variations, is that nobody knows.    Music is a uniquely human trait.  It is ubiquitous across cultures.  Bird songs and animal calls, while musical to us, do not appear to have a music-appreciation function to the animals themselves.  The great apes have nothing like it.  McDermott stated the theme in paragraph one:We think we understand why we are driven to eat, drink, have sex, talk and so forth, based on the uncontroversial adaptive functions of these urges.  The drive to engage in music, a compulsion that is arguably just as pervasive in our species, has no such ready explanation.  Music was one human behaviour that Charles Darwin was uncertain he could explain, writing in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex: “As neither the enjoyment nor the capacity of producing musical notes are faculties of the least use to man … they must be ranked amongst the most mysterious with which he is endowed.”With access to all the latest insights from evolutionary biologists and psychologists, was McDermott at least able to suggest a leading explanation?  No; “Music’s origins have remained puzzling in the years since, although there is no shortage of speculation on the subject.”  Speculation is cheap.  Science demands a more convincing body of evidence.    McDermott ran through the list of short answers: attracting mates, pacifying babies, a spin-off of language evolution (which only creates two problems).  “These discussions run the risk of being mostly ‘Just-So’ stories, as there are few data with which to test or constrain theories.”  He didn’t have much more to say other than to suggest ways future studies might suggest possible answers.    For his finale, he called music an “enduring puzzle” that may never have an evolutionary explanation. Music is universal, a significant feature of every known culture, and yet does not serve an obvious, uncontroversial function.  As such it stands in contrast to other universal human behaviours.  Speculation about its possible adaptive functions has been popular since the time of Darwin, and shows few signs of resolution.  Empirical approaches offer a promising alternative.  There is no guarantee that a full account of music’s origins will ever emerge; in fact, that seems quite unlikely at present.  Nonetheless, the right experiments will reveal a great deal – about the innate core of musical behaviour, the traits that might be unique to music, and the possible origins of those components that are not.  All of which promises to enrich our appreciation of this human obsession.His coda thus repeated the theme allargando in minor.1.  Josh McDermott, “The evolution of music,” Nature 453, 287-288 (15 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/453287a.Do you want to follow the Darwinians, who admit that after 149 years they have nothing but speculations and just-so stories?  How much time should they get before admitting defeat?  Why not come back to the theists who love music as a gift of God to sentient creatures?  Music demonstrates that we are more than physical bodies.  Music is the expression of souls and spirits who are able to communicate rationally on a divine level.  Drive a Darwinist crazy: sing a hymn.    May we suggest a short piece to cleanse out of your mind all thoughts that music evolved?  Of the thousands of beautiful pieces of music that could be selected (and we are sure each person has their favorites), here is one that approaches musical perfection – a blend of human voice and orchestra that, to a well-trained ear, will lift one’s soul to heaven.  It achieves a perfect balance of simplicity and complexity, melody and harmony, dynamism and tranquillity, loud and soft, orchestral tone color, alternating masculine and feminine voices, and a designed structure that enhances its spiritual message.  It’s the fourth movement from the Brahms German Requiem, “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place.”*  English versions are available, but a particularly superb performance is sung in German by Gachinger Kantorei of Stuttgart, conducted by Helmuth Rilling, available for just 99 cents on iTunes or at eMusic.  This gem is only 5 minutes long.  Listen through good headphones and try to convince yourself that musical artistry this superb is a product of evolution.*Text: How lovely is Thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts.  O my soul; it longeth, yea fainteth for the courts of the Lord.  My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.  Blessed are they that dwell in the house of the Lord; they will ever praise Thee.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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TNT stays in playoff hunt, routs quarterfinals-bound NLEX

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico FEU ends NU’s streak, gets share of second spot Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img “We’ve been struggling offensive this conference and that’s no secret,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad led by as much 38, 59-3, early in the third quarter. “I think the two-week break really helped us.”“Today, at least offensively we looked a lot better than in our previous games. We needed a win for us to give ourselves a chance in the playoffs and the only thing we can control is this game,” Racela added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNewly-acquired guard Jericho Cruz was one of the big reasons for the KaTropa’s improved offense.Cruz fired a team-high 17 points and had three rebounds, four assists and two steals in his debut TNT. Kelly Williams also had 17 points on top of 16 rebounds and three steals. PBA IMAGESTNT staved off elimination after crushing NLEX, 101-75, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Despite the blowout win, the KaTropa’s playoff status remains up in the air with their fate of making the quarterfinals already out of their control.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ The Road Warriors, who came into the game already assured of a spot in the quarterfinals slot, scored the game’s first four points, but the KaTropa took it from there.TNT outscored NLEX, 31-12, in the second quarter to take a 58-28 advantage heading into the second half.JR Quiñahan scored a game-hgh 20 points while Kevin Alas added 14 for the Road Warriors (6-5).RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

Anonymous donor gives hundreds of indigenous works to BC museum

first_imgThe museum says in a news release that the donor was first inspired to start collecting after seeing totem poles in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1970s. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter The Museum of Anthropology’s director, Anthony Shelton, says the artwork has been on a remarkable journey after originally being created in the northwest coast and is now back home in B.C. where it can be shared.By The Canadian Press Advertisement At more than 200 pieces, the museum says it’s believed to be the largest collection of northwest coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in decades. The donation includes rare historical works, carvings, jewelry, basketry and textiles by West Coast artists like Bill Reid, Charles Edenshaw and Isabel Rorick. Advertisement The art will be housed in a new Gallery of Northwest Coast masterworks, funded with a $3-million donation from Montreal charity the Doggone Foundation and a $500,000 grant from the federal government. Login/Register With: Facebook VANCOUVER — An extensive collection of indigenous art valued at about $7 million is being given to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia by an anonymous donor.last_img read more

Massive Nunavut mining project closer to reality

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Three arrested in handgun seizure eight live rounds confiscated

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