British Embassy invites Israelis to explore studying in UK
“A bubble is when you have people buying and flipping within the space of months. What you have in London is a shortage of supply and a planning system that gums up the works,” he said. “This particular run will end some time between the back end of 2014 and 2016, as rising mortgage rates will cause the market to plateau,” Williams added. Foxtons, which last year earned more than half its revenue from its lettings business, is focused on expansion within London, home to 40 of its 42 branches, and has said it is aiming for five to 10 new branch openings a year between 2014 and 2018. But analyst Anthony Codling at brokerage Jefferies said that while estate agents were the best way to gain exposure to the UK housing market, prospects were better for nationwide firms. “We see more significant potential for house price growth outside of London than inside,” he said in a note. Jefferies worked on Countrywide’s float. CHEQUERED HISTORY House prices fell 16.3 percent in London after the financial crash and by 16.6 percent across England and Wales, according to Land Registry data. While London prices have recovered to 6 percent above their pre-crash peak, in the rest of the country they are still 10 percent below. Foxtons’ offering, which was oversubscribed, raised 335 million pounds for selling shareholders, including majority owner private equity group BC Partners, and company employees. BC Partners reduced its stake from 75 percent to 28.3 percent through the sale and if an overallotment option – whereby more shares can be sold if there is strong enough demand – is exercised this will drop further to 22.3 percent. Foxtons Chief Executive Michael Brown stands to pocket 52.3 million pounds from reducing his stake to 8.1 percent. The company, known for its cafe-style branches and the distinctive Mini Cooper cars driven by its sales staff, also raised 55 million pounds from selling new shares to reduce debt. A source close to the deal said good demand had come from investors in the UK and United States, with buyers confident housing market transactions volumes were far from peaking and Foxton’s strong lettings business would also support its value. The offer prospectus shows New-York based asset manager Blackrock (BLK.N) was a large investor, buying an 8.2 percent stake, while Fidelity Worldwide Investments holds 3.2 percent.
citizens in an investigation of suspected terrorism in Syria. Mohommod Hassin Nawaz, 29, and Hamza Nawaz, 22, were arrested last week as they arrived at the British port of Dover from France. Police seized ammunition at the time. Ruth Eglash and William Booth Deadly weekend attacks by Palestinians elicit strong reactions from some senior Israeli officials. Most hostages rescued from Nairobi mall, Kenya says Sudarsan Raghavan and Greg Miller Kenyan security forces have swept into the mall in an effort to end a standoff with assailants that left at least 68 dead and more than 175 hurt. Michael Birnbaum Voters cement her status as one of Germanys longest-serving and most influential post-World War II leaders. Police said Sunday the two have been charged with conspiring to attend a terrorist training camp and with the unlawful possession of five rounds of ammunition. Nawaz also was charged with possessing a computer containing documents or records useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. The two will appear at a London court Monday. The U.K. government has expressed concerns about Britons going to Syria to join anti-government rebels. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
UK Reverses Swine Flu Vaccine-Narcolepsy Decision
The move leaves the government open to compensation claims from around 100 people in Britain, and substantial legal fees if a group action drawn up by solicitors is successful. According to the Guardian, heres why the UK is taking this step: The government U-turn follows a major study of four- to 18-year-olds by the Health Protection Agency which found that around one in every 55,000 jabs was associated with narcolepsy. A spokesman for (vaccine maker) GSK said it had details of around 900 people from 14 countries who had narcolepsy and were vaccinated. Emphasis mine. Its a good example of drawing new conclusions based on new information, otherwise known as the appropriate conduct of science, and then doing the right thing. A total of 100 people among 6 million who received this vaccination in the UK developed narcolepsy, for an adverse event rate of 0.0017%. The death rate from the swine flu in the UK was 0.026% . Put another way, 26 of every 100,000 people who had the flu died; 1.67 people of every 100,000 (1 in every 55,000 according to the study) receiving the vaccine developed narcolepsy. In addition, the vaccine in question evidently was given to groups at high risk for adverse events from contracting the swine flu. The Pandemrix vaccine is no longer in use and was applied for that specific pandemic. One of its ingredients was an adjuvant, intended to enhance the immune response, called ASO3.
The initiative came following the latest QS World University Rankings, released earlier this month, which showed that four UK universities the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford were ranked in the global top six. The University of Edinburgh and Kings College London were also both placed in the top 20 this year. In addition, the study found that graduates from UK universities are among the most employable, with employers rating five UK universities among the worlds top 10. Sunday nights event also marked the launch of a new campaign by the British Council in Israel to inspire students and young professionals to enrich their education and advance their careers with a UK qualification. Today we start a real effort to reach out to Israeli students and help them understand what the UK has to offer, Gould told The Jerusalem Post before the event on Sunday. To be honest, in terms of numbers of Israeli students in the UK, they are not as big as we want them to be, he added. When I look at potential and then the actual numbers, we are unfortunately nowhere near potential. Gould explained that in addition to UK universities being phenomenal assets for peoples careers, they can especially interest Israeli students for various reasons such as the UK being closer to Israel in comparison to US universities, the English language, and their strength in areas that particularly interest Israeli, including technology, biotechnology and engineering, among other fields. He also pointed out that most British masters programs are completed in one year, which can benefit Israeli students who, because of the mandatory army service, tend to be older than their international classmates. According to the council the United Kingdoms international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities the UK has hosted some 500,000 international students from about 200 different countries in the year 2012. Gould told the Post that besides what UK education can bring to Israeli students, he believes Israeli students are special. When UK universities recruit Israelis, they get phenomenally high quality, determined, experienced, mature and creative students, he said. Israeli students are special because of what theyve been through before university, because of the economy they come from and because of the country they come from. As an ambassador, this relationship is incredibly important to me, Gould added. It is the single best way to create understanding between the two countries, he explained. When I talk to people in the UK who are friends of Israel and are not Jewish, for most of them the reason why they even started thinking about Israel was because they knew an Israeli student. Some 60 Israeli alumni of UK institutions also spoke to prospective applicants at Sundays reception about their experiences of studying there as well as professional life after their studies.