In recent years, social media has seen a massive boom in users. More people than ever before are taking to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram to share what they’re doing with the world. In 2020, the UK alone had 27.25 million users on Instagram.
Instagram has certainly had a huge impact on the food and drink industry. We are all guilty of posting a cheeky snap of our food on our Instagram Stories or posing for a photo with our fancy cocktails. It’s no wonder that people want to find bars that offer that photogenic factor.
This is without the doubt the case in London. London has such a vibrant mix of bars, from classy champagne bars to quirky themed cocktail establishments. There is no limit to what London has to offer. Here, we will take a look at some of the most ‘Instagrammable’ nightlife hotspots you can find in London.
You will find Dorsett City in the gateway to East London, nestled amongst the galleries, boutiques and markets of the vibrant Shoreditch. This hotel is within walking distance of many tourist attractions, and in itself boasts two restaurants, VQ and Shikumen, and the fabulous Jin Bo Law Skybar.
The Jin Bo Law Skybar is an incredible way to experience the breathtaking view that is London’s skyline at night. This bar is located on the 14th floor, where you can sip on some expertly-crafted cocktails whilst taking in the views of the city.
Sky Garden, City
If you like to be high up in the sky whilst having your drinks, then another place for you is the Sky Garden. The Sky Garden is, for want of a better description, a garden in the sky! This garden has three bars for you to choose from: the Sky Pod, City Garden and Fenchurch Terrace. These bars have incredible views over the city, and are beautifully modern inside – and perfect for all your Instagram needs.
Prosecco House, Tower Bridge
Prosecco House is a specialist wine bar at One Tower Bridge and aims to bring the luxury of Italy to the heart of London. The owner works directly with family-owned vineyards to bring exclusive, hand-picked Prosecco to the UK. The interior is superbly classy and a little bit retro, with glasses dangling delicately over the marble bar.
The Cauldron, Stoke Newington
Now, if you want a place to photograph your drinks, this might just be the place for you. The Cauldron is potion-making fantasy, based on many of your favourite books. It takes inspiration from Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Star Wars and, of course, Harry Potter (although the bar is not endorsed by, affiliated with or associated with these brands). The Cauldon’s ‘molecular mixology’ is quite the thing to behold.
No, that’s not a typo – it’s purposefully lowercase. Whatever you call the bar, though, it’s arguably the London one most credited for being Instagrammable, so it obviously deserved a mention here. Everything here is photogenic, including the toilets! Though pretty pricy, this bar is half art installation and part destination.
Although the underdogs rarely score highly in Strictly Come Dancing odds, or become the bookie’s favourite, they certainly find a special place in our hearts! Who doesn’t love watching someone make an idiot out of themselves on live television, whilst kicking back from the comfort of your own home? Sometimes the worst dancers are the best dancers – and the following contestants certainly prove that to be true! Read on as we talk you through some of the most jaw-dropping wannabe dancers that the Strictly ballroom has ever seen.
John Sergeant is best known for his work as a political commentator, as well as a much-loved television broadcaster, but we know him best as the man who changed the Paso Doble forever. Sergeant appeared on the show back in 2008, and was partnered up with the ever-glamorous professional Kristina Rihanoff. He quickly made a name for himself as the worst contestant that had ever been seen on the show, despite the fact he was trying so hard to pick up the steps.
His worst moment was undoubtedly in week six, when he and Rihanoff performed their own rendition of the Paso Doble. Typically, a fast-paced Spanish dance, its namesake roughly translating to “double-step”, and Sergeant definitely took that translation very literally. The seasoned journalist began to stomp around the stage, as the music began, before taking his partner by the ankle, and dragging her across the floor, in what has now been dubbed as the “least graceful move…[anyone] has ever seen”. Ah, we still love you John!
Now, you didn’t think that we’d compile a list like this without mentioned the iconic performances that came from British politician, Ann Widdecombe, did you? Perhaps one of the best known “so-bad-it’s-good” contests of all time, Widdecombe made history when she took to the dance floor in 2010. Partnered with Anton Du Beke, someone who is no stranger to being paired up with a somewhat challenging celebrity, the daring duo put forward many comedic performances, that kept avid watchers in stitches.
One of the most memorable performances from Widdecombe and Du Beke came in the form of their fantastically awful Rumba in week nine, which saw the pair bopping around to the Titanic theme tune – My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. This routine involved the politician being hoisted up by wires and a pully system, flying her way past a tongue-in-cheek ice-berg prop, whilst Du Beke waited below, before swinging his partner around by one of her ankles and her wrist. If that’s not an image that’ll stay with you forever – the we don’t know what is!
Fast forward to 2016, and the Strictly Come Dancing stage was graced by the unrhythmic stylings of the former Labour MP Ed Balls. From the very beginning, Balls’ talents weren’t exactly looking promising, but his partner, Katya Jones, did her best with what she had. Balls and Jones were one of the series’ most popular couples, hence why they managed to hang on in the competition until week 10 – landing them 6th place!
Ed Balls left us speechless when he took to the stage in week eight, busting out his best Salsa moves to none other than Psy’s Gangnam Style. An internet sensation back in 2012, you wouldn’t necessarily pair this song with a Salsa dance, but these two definitely proved that idea wrong! Fans were left with their jaws on the floor after Katya Jones was seen to lift her partner, as well as letting him chuck her around like a rag doll! To say that it was entertaining, is an understatement!
If you were planning on putting your money on former professional boxer Nicola Adams using the Strictly Come Dancing betting pages, then you may want to rethink your decisions, as the star and her dance partner, Katya Jones, have been removed from this year’s show, due to a positive coronavirus test from the latter. BBC Bosses confirmed that Jones has tested positive for the virus, despite presenting with no symptoms. The pair have since been instructed to go into immediate isolation, separately, missing the rest of the series as a result.
Although Nicola Adams will remain obsolete in the betting odds, there still seems to be a chance that she’ll get to take to the Strictly floor once again. Reportedly, the iconic pairing will be brought back for the show’s final, in an attempt to sooth the burn left by their early departure.
But, why are people so upset about Adams and Jones’ dancing partnership being cut off so early? Well, for many, seeing two females dancing together on a prime-time television show is the kind of inspiring, social progression that our society has so greatly needed. With that in mind, let’s delve a little deeper into the timeline of reactions this controversial move has brought with it, from the British public.
In an article published on the 27th of September 2020, almost a month before the show was even due to air, it was noted that complaints had already started to pour in, after the news that a same-sex pairing was due to hit license-payers’ screens.
Strictly Come Dancing have teased their openness to featuring a same-sex dance duo in 2019’s competition, when they showcased two of their male professionals dancing together as Emile Sande performed, as that week’s musical guest. Strictly fans seemed to react positively to the performance, with one of the judges, Shirley Ballas, going as far as saying that the dance was “the most magnificent thing I have [ever] witnessed”.
Following this performance, the BBC stated that they were “proud to have featured same sex dancing” as well as voicing that they were “completely open to the prospect of including same sex pairings” in future shows.
Well, when Nicola Adams got the call to say that she’d been offered a place in the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom, she chose to test that statement. Prior to the series’ launch, the TV giants went on to announce:
“Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate. The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine”
Adams is no stranger to breaking records, as well as making history in a whole host of ways. Many years ago, at the 2012 Olympic Games, Nicola Adams become the first openly LGBT+ person to win a gold medal in boxing. And, with her same-sex performances on Strictly, she has set yet another record for the gay community.
Speaking on her latest record, she said:
“I think it’s really important – it’s a big step for the show. It’s nice to see that we’re able to move on”.
Although there are many who don’t agree with having two females dancing together on our television screens, you cannot deny that having just that, is a great sign of progression, and a step towards a more equal and fair society.
Love, romance, conversations, sex are four powerful aspects in most relationships. These aspects define our lives, especially for those in a relationship. One honest truth about relationships is that they mimic an ignited fire camp on a snowy night. Spark and zealous burning of the wood initially are often down to the addition of fuel. But you don’t keep adding fuel to sustain the campfire. Rather, you regularly add wood.
The same principle applies to relationships. The early spark that occurs due to attraction or other reasons cools off after a while. To continue or sustain that spark and keep the relationship alive, you must keep adding “firewood,” so to speak. This article offers some takeaways and will hopefully help you keep your relationship alive and burning.
1. Communicate Your Feelings/Needs
Pre-relationship phase, you might be a solo person in terms of thoughts, decisions, and lifestyle choices. Sorry, Tom Cruise!!! A relationship is another ball game entirely. In order to ensure a long-lasting and interesting relationship, communication is vital. Your mate can’t read your mind, so kindly express your thoughts. Tell each other how much you love and value him/her. Remember, don’t just say it; mean it also.
Communication is quite elaborate, even to the extent of showing and acknowledging your partner’s effort, even on the simplest of things. “Well done” is such a comforting word, coupled with a glass of water. Funny how you both might be doing chores together, but that shouldn’t limit you. Take the initiative and pour a drink for you and your partner.
Finally, on communication, grow to understand your partner and avoid the incentive to solve every problem with gifts, for example. Create time to listen. Listen, let your partner do the talking. Also, learn to say, “I am sorry,” which goes a long way in cubbing unnecessary arguments or fights. When matters arise, never blame or shame your partner in public. Doing this is like pouring ice on the campfire.
2. Experience something new together
Many times, going through something new as a couple can strengthen your relationship, keep the spark alive and encourage you to develop as a couple. So, then, why not do something that is not only going to be a new experience but also one that is directly related to sexuality, intimacy and pleasure? For centuries yogis have worked with energy centres and how these can create exciting new sensations, such as energy orgams. Even if being coached about it may seem a bit too much for some, especially if you’re a more reserved type, it can work miracles on the couple, so don’t discard the option.
3. Far Away but Near
Steffo Shambo, founder of the Tantric Academy of Sacred Sexuality, has a philosophy that clearly shows a good aspect of what could result in the loss of spark in a relationship. The philosophy highlights that “not having enough individual separations or, so to speak, personal space results in depolarization.” In simple terms, in every relationship, the magnetism or bond shared in a relationship could start to reduce when partners stay together for so long.
So, learn to respect and give your partner privacy or space, but know when the silence is too much. So, stay far away but be near when needed.
4. Go on Trips
Occasionally take trips and go out camping with friends. If possible, do not include your partner, but be careful to inform and always update him or her. To build up trust, you could go on the trip with your married friends.
When you return, a term known as sexual polarity occurs. You and your partners’ emotions and feelings heighten, leading to a whole lot of excitement. This can help you keep the spark alive in your relationship. Remember, trust goes a long way. So, space your trips, and both partners should have these trips. Avoid being paranoid when your partner is on his/her trip. Find a way to immerse yourself in your passions and explore your own interests and hobbies and avoid paranoia.
A relationship is like a jigsaw puzzle. It takes time to figure out. Avoid rushing or trying all things simultaneously. As you take a step, sometimes you stumble, but that’s isn’t bad at all. You stumble to understand each other more.
Dwight Schar, the founder of NVR Inc., and the minority owner of the NFL Washington Football Team uses corrupt attorney Marc Randazza in order to file a notice against a publisher with a complaint that made no sense and might have been fraudulent in nature.
It seems like a fraudulent copyright takedown notice, by attorney Ronald Green (Randazza Legal Group), was sent to a publisher with a possible false DMCA complaint demanding that an art which doesn’t belong to their clients, will be removed. It’s a picture of Don Juravin‘s house and yet attorney Ronald Green claimed that it had been “copied onto your servers without permission.” However, the picture was literally of a building that belongs to Don Juravin and the banner is not the property of Dwight Schar or Bella Collina. Schar, Bella Collina, and its associates do not own the house in question. Don Juravin and his family own that house and their picture.
Has Dwight Schar or Paul Simonson Sent Corrupt Randazza To Falsely Remove Free Speech?
Dwight Schar relies on Paul Simonson’s advice and Simonson seems to repeatedly fall for Randall Greene who has been accused of stealing a house in Bella Collina and for harassment and intimidation of women and kids.
The DCMA (Digital Millennial Copyright Act) states that penalties for false takedown notices are severe. The person responsible “shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.”
Why Is Dwight Schar Using Corrupt Randazza?
The State Bar of Nevada charged Randazza for violating Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct on nine counts. He broke the rules in regards to:
Conflict of Interest: Current Clients,
Conflict of Interest: Current Clients: Specific Rules,
Imputation of Conflicts of Interest,
Declining or Terminating Representation, Advisor,
Restrictions on Right to Practice,
Dwight Schar has been accused by multiple people of unsavory business tactics. One of his companies, Ryan Homes, was investigated by USA Today and sent a letter from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The senator pleaded with Ryan Homes to stop some of its practices that were harming consumers.
The Merriam Webster definition of corrupt is “dishonest or illegal behavior.”
Randazza Fired By Alex Jones
HuffPost writes that “outrageous” Randazza is “curiously chummy” with fascists and racists. Randazza has also represented several Neo-Nazis in court, including Andrew Anglin, who published the address of a Jewish realtor on the Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
But “rude” Randazza was so bad that even conspiracy theorist Alex Jones had to fire him. The InfoWars founder was told by a Connecticut judge that Randazza was “tainted.” The same judge accused Randazza of “serious misconduct.” In addition, Randazza lied while filing claims for Jones in the state of Connecticut, where he was not licensed to practice.
Randazza Investigated By Five State Bars
Not only was Randazza investigated by the Nevada State Bar, but also he was investigated by four other states: Massachusetts, Arizona, Florida, and California. He has also been suspended by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Legal registry Avvo rated him 1 out 10 with “extreme caution” because he had received disciplinary action. Several five-star reviews boosted his profile, however, some of them were very long and very poorly written. They also talked about irrelevant points, including “love and respect.”
Dwight Schar and Bella Collina have chosen this particular attorney to represent them. Schar is now associated with an attorney who has major ethical violations attached to his name, who tries to strike at the racial divide in America.
Lately, Marc Randazza was collaborating with attorney William Matthews from Shutts & Bowen law firm, attorney James Ryan, attorney David Landis from Mateer Harbert law firm, and appeared in front of judge Karen Jennemann to convince her that First Amendment right of social media can be sold off.
Attorney Ronald D. Green For Corrupt Randazza
While Randazza struggles to work in Nevada, his partner, Ronald D. Green, has no issue with sending out false copyright takedown notices. In his bio, Green writes, “His enforcement efforts have included traditional trademark, copyright, and patent litigation, domain name arbitration and litigation, and seizures of infringing goods coordinated with United States Marshals.” If he is so good with copyright litigation, why did he send a fake notice about a photo owned by Don Juravin?
Suppressing Free Speech Fraudulently?
Marc Randazza styles himself a free speech lawyer. However, he has no problem with creating false copyright notices to take down another’s free expression.
But when it comes to Neo-Nazis, Randazza prefers to work with them. HuffPost writes that “outrageous” Randazza is “curiously chummy” with fascists and racists. Randazza has also represented several Neo-Nazis in court, including Andrew Anglin, who published the address of a Jewish realtor on the Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
In some pieces written for humor/legal blog Popehat, Randazza made the advocated in an argument for legalizing child pornography. “I am going to make the case for legalization of child pornography,” he wrote. He argued that photos of babies in bathtubs, pictures of girlfriends, and children in bathing suits could be classified as child pornography. Randazza even admitted, “I expect to have this very post used against me in the future.”
He also suggested in the blog that public masturbation could be considered freedom of speech. “I think that the Gatewood decision leaves the question open as to whether you might be able to beat off in public there because you ‘fucking hate Portland,’” he wrote.
Bella Collina News Investigation
Bella Collina Residents Protest Against Dwight Schar and Paul Simonson Management
Disclaimer: This article is merely the opinion of the writer and not that of the publication or any other official authority. There are points to think about and you should be doing your homework based on any other facts you may choose including checking court records, other sites, and interviewing the subject/s of the article for comments.
Energy saving and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions are advocated by every environmental enthusiast. The advancement of solar energy and LED technology has made solar public lighting possible. Especially those countries where the infrastructure is not well developed, solar street light projects have become particularly popular, such as the Philippines, Thailand, Nigeria and Indonesia. However, high-power solar lights for public lighting are expensive, and terminal customers have certain doubts about the reliability of solar lights. When planning to install solar lights in large quantities, please carefully consider the following points to judge whether your place is suitable for installing solar lights.
Local lighting conditions
The reason why the solar lamp is called the solar lamp is because it is completely dependent on solar energy to obtain electric energy for LED lighting. Therefore, considering the duration of sunlight is an important factor in considering whether to install solar lights. Usually there are more sunny days in summer. Is there enough sunny days in the winter where the solar street light is installed? Will the duration of rainy weather not exceed 5 days? Usually, the number of working days in rainy and cloudy days is 3 to 5 days. If you increase the number of working days in rainy days, you have to increase the cost of solar panels and lithium batteries. Usually, the number of working days in rainy and cloudy days is 3 to 5 days. If you increase the number of working days in rainy days, you have to increase the cost of solar panels and lithium batteries. This is why solar lights can be sold in areas close to the equator. In Canada, Russia, Finland and other countries close to the polar regions, few people install solar street lights. Another noteworthy point is whether the installation site has shadows blocking the solar panels. As long as there are shadows such as wires and leaves on the solar panel, the power of the solar panel will be greatly reduced.
The ambient temperature is also an important factor in installing outdoor solar lights. The working efficiency of the two components in the solar light, the solar panel and the solar light lithium battery, are easily affected by the ambient temperature. The ideal working temperature of solar cells is 25 degrees Celsius, and the power of the solar cells decreases as the temperature rises. However, it can be used normally if the temperature does not exceed 45 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is too high, it will also affect the life of the solar chip. The best operating temperature of lithium batteries is between 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius. Too high temperature will reduce the life of the lithium battery. The temperature is too low, the lithium battery cannot be fully charged and discharged. It is the low temperature weather that has the greatest impact on the work of the lithium battery of solar street lights, because the temperature drops below zero, the charge rate and discharge rate of the lithium battery will be greatly reduced.
Compared with conventional LED street lights, the price of solar street lights is much higher. Although in the long run, taking into account electricity and other costs, the cost of using solar street lights will be much lower than that of conventional LED street lights. However, the installation of solar street lights means that guests invest a considerable amount of money at one time. For example, a 30-watt solar street lamp mounted on a 6-meter-high street light pole has an ex-factory price of two hundred to three hundred dollars, which may cost nearly one thousand dollars in the hands of terminal customers.
Lighting time stability requirements
Different places have different brightness and lighting time of outdoor lamps. For example, highways and arterial roads have a large traffic volume, which requires certain lighting brightness and can ensure that the street lights can work all night. If the rainy days are too long, the reliability of the solar street lamp lighting time will certainly not meet the requirements of the highway. Technically, as long as it is equipped with a large enough solar panel and battery, it can ensure that the solar street light can work for a long time without being affected by the length of rainy weather. But in that case, the cost of solar street lights will definitely exceed the budget. For places such as remote roads and parks with few people, pedestrians will pass by only 3 to 4 hours a night. Generally, there will be no pedestrians in the middle of the night. Therefore, when designing solar street lights, human body induction can be used to dimming. When there is no one, the power of LED lights is only 30% to effectively reduce power consumption. Correspondingly, the cost of solar street lights will also be greatly reduced.
Most casino visitors will spend the bulk of their time trying to figure out how to play pokies to hit the jackpot. While others will ignore the slots and go for other popular games like baccarat, roulette, blackjack, and poker.
Only a small percentage of people will look at the full selection of games available, analyze odds and house edges, and make the wisest choices. Don’t worry if you fall under one of the first two categories, it’s not too late to do a little exploring and (hopefully) win some cash while you’re at it.
When it comes to online casino games, it usually pays to think outside the box. Because some of the least popular options often have the best odds of winning. You can also count the fun and excitement of learning a new game as a benefit.
Keep reading for some of the best, but lesser-known games that offer incredible odds and low house edge!
You’ve probably seen versions of Sic Bo while checking out online casinos. This is a popular dice game with Asian origins. Translated, it means “precious dice” in Mandarin.
Sic Bo shares a few similarities with roulette since you play your bets on the table before the dice are shaken and rolled. It’s sort of like a mash-up between roulette and craps, offering you just as much excitement and even better odds of leaving the table with profits.
Video Poker – Look for Games with Bonuses Games and Multipliers
Many people know all about video poker, but don’t quite understand how beneficial bonus features and multipliers can be. When you choose 3 or 5 card versions of video poker, you must make the best hands according to the usual poker rules.
Additionally, the new software-based poker games also offer you special features like bonus rounds and multipliers. These both enhance the gameplay and also offer you chances to collect more credits.
This is one of those betting games we’ve all heard of, but only a few have ever tried playing. In fact, backgammon is one of the oldest casino games of all time. It’s a dice game where players make wagers and a designated dealer throws the dice.
The goal is to get your first two pieces over the bar of the relevant dice roll. Whoever places the jump bet correctly is the winner.
Do you love dominos and poker as well? then Pai Gow is bound to appeal to you since it’s a kind of combination of both those games. This unique card game gives you optimal chances to win by forming two best hands out of seven cards.
Nowadays, you can find many unique twists and variations of Pai Gow and all of the other games mentioned in this list. Especially online where software developers face very few limitations as to what they can achieve.
In some cases, you’ll find more intense, or simpler games that still offer incredible chances to win!
The candlestick chart provides a Forex trader an in-depth knowledge about the market. The investors can realize the price action comfortably and can spot the chart patterns. This is why it is necessary to focus on the candlesticks and their structure.
A candlestick has three elements – i) tail (wick or shadow), ii) body and iii) nose. The body portion will separate the nose from the tail. It makes up the difference between the closing and opening prices. The tail and nose represent the lowest and highest prices of that particular period. The black or red body indicates that the closing value is less. Therefore, it can be called a bear candle.
In contrast, if the body is white or green, it will indicate that the closing value is higher. It can be called a bull candle. The price, which closes at the point of opening or adjacent to it, is named Doji. Analyzing these can be helpful for the active traders, and only by looking at these candlesticks, the traders can easily understand the direction, momentum, market bias, etc.
The high of a stick is an identification of the resistance, and the low of the stick is called the support level. The larger body indicates that the support and resistance level is more robust, and the smaller body suggests that the resistance and support level is pretty weaker.
Major components of the Forex candlestick chart
There are three primary components of this chart –
Length or size of the entire candle
Longer candles and the candles that close at the high and open at the low are a common scenario in this chart. To make it simple, let’s check the color. We know that the black candle is the bear candle. So, whenever there is a beginning of a black candle, consider it the starting of a downtrend, and when there is a beginning of a white candle, consider it the starting of an uptrend. To know more about the trend, you can visit Saxo capital markets and read professional post from the UK traders.
Correlation between close and open
In the bullish market or during a sharp upward movement, the purchasing will take place in the opening. When the price rises, white candlesticks begin to start its journey. After the continuation of the bull market, the white candle continues its journey at reaches the peak value. The length between the close and the open reflects dominance. The same is the case for the bear candles and downtrend.
Correlation and shadows to the body
The length of the tail reveals the price high or low, and an investor can easily understand it after comparing it with the close and open prices illustrated in the body. It also indicates the resistance and support level of the market. If the tail forms at the bottom of the body, it will suggest that the trend is exhausted. On the other hand, if a tail is formed above the body, it will indicate that the demand is decreasing, and there can be a potential resistance level.
Strong momentum candles
These candlesticks are also called the Marubozu candles, and it opens either at the resistance or the support level. It is a momentum candle containing a little or no tail. According to the professionals, these are some of the most powerful patterns and can reveal a lot of information about the price’s movement. A trader can quickly identify a concrete buying off support level or selling off resistance. Due to the absence of tails or wicks, they are considered momentum candles.
Popular candlestick pattern in the FX market
These are the most popular patterns in the CFD industry –
Bullish or Bearish engulfing
Three black crows
These are the basics of the candlestick chart of the FX market. You can study more to gather more knowledge about this market.
Florida attorney April Goodwin has a unique legal specialty: she is fighting for the rights of pets among humans in court and it seems that the pets think that attorney Goodwin is the top pet attorney in Florida based on her success record.
“Although Florida law primarily treats pets as just another piece of property, for pet owners, they are treasured members of the family,” she writes on her website. That’s why Goodwin chooses to represent those without a voice in court in order to maintain their well-being.
In Florida, pet owners also make claims in the interests of their pets, but the courts typically dismiss them. Courts believe that the animal’s interest has no bearing in a case unless it has something to do with property rights.
In a divorce case, Bennett v. Bennett, 655 So. 2d 109 (Fla. 1st DCA 1995), though the pet was still considered a member of the family, the court declined to create a custody or visitation agreement between the parties and ordered the “award” of Roddy the dog according to equitable distribution. This was done because the dog was considered property, not a member of the family, in the eyes of the law.
April Goodwin explained that courts now allow the bond between the pet owner and the pet to be considered for damages.
Goodwin Deals With Odd Florida Laws
April Goodwin asserted based on her vast experience with animal rights that “When owners of a “dangerous dog” attempted to enjoin such a classification, this court held the dangerous dog statute was unconstitutional. Because dogs are subjects of property and ownership, the owner’s deprivation of a dog entitles him to procedural due process.”
April Goodwin has spent six years fighting for the rights of animals in court. She specializes in “Representing pet owners whose dogs have been confiscated by animal control; stolen pets; disputes with breeders; landlord/tenant disputes due to service animals, emotional support animals, and/or pets; and more.”
Florida also has strident laws against animal abuse. Violations against this law are considered first degree misdemeanors. The law defines abuse as “unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, or causes the same to be done, or carries in or upon any vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner.”
Attorney April Goodwin also helps families and pet owners adopt exotic pets. The state of Florida makes it legal to adopt foxes, jackals, bats, deer, sloths, Asian leopard cats, marmosets, and raccoons. Goodwin charges between $2,500 and $3,000 to help owners apply for permits.
How To deal with Dangerous Pets in Florida
Attorney April Goodwin also revealed that the Florida Court of Appeals had saved a dog from being killed after the dog had attacked a cat. The Broward County ordinances had originally ruled that an animal that had attacked another animal could be classified as “dangerous,” and put down. But this was overruled in 2011, making it more difficult to order the death of a domestic animal.
Goodwin Fight For Human Injustice Also
Goodwin has fought for the rights of communities in Florida before. Town councilman Matthew McGill sought $1 million in damages from the community he represented because he believed that his freedom of speech had been taken away from him. McGill also wanted to slash the already tiny police budget in the town Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County because he believed the small force was squandering the small fund.
Goodwin would not let him. She and others in the town started several petitions to recall McGill from office. “We plan to continue to fight,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “The petition has to meet certain legal standards and guidelines, so we will be reviewing it.”
April Goodwin Disagrees With Trump
Goodwin tells us that the Trump administration removed the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List. The removal of the gray wolf from the federal list of endangered and threatened species was unsurprising to many. Federal wildlife managers touted the success story of the gray wolf and handed management of wolf populations (at 10% of their original range in the United States) to state wildlife departments.
Goodwin thinks that this move was heralded by lawmakers and lobbyists in mainly western states with significant livestock and ranching interests in a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service press release. While many quoted in the press release praised the ability of states to better manage the predator based on individual needs and cited the progress the wolf population has made due to the ESA protections, others suggested that “everyday citizens” have been “threatened by growing unmanaged gray wolf populations” and that there was “overpopulation of the gray wolf” that led to industry losses. According to NPR, critics of the move are already threatening to sue based on the removal.
Florida Pet Laws
Attorney Goodwin recommends Florida pet owners to learn this set of laws which explains the powers and duties of the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services in enforcing the Animal Industry laws (Chapter 585). Any person or officer that is charged with a duty under the Animal Industry laws may be compelled to perform the same by mandamus, injunction, or other court-ordered remedies. Department employees are authorized to enter any premises in the state for the purposes of carrying out their duties under the Animal Industry laws and it is illegal for any person to interfere with the discharge of those duties.
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Covid-19 affected the world as a whole. From the real estate industry to the retail sector, and even educational institutes faced the brunt of Covid 19. Economies around the world took a big hit because of the lockdown that followed due to Covid 19. Plus, the loss of jobs, salary cuts, increase in unemployment, and the number of people who relied on their savings to meet their daily requirements, Covid 19 changed the world as we know it. To boost the economy and improve buyer confidence, Chancellor Rishi Sunak decided to introduce a stamp duty holiday until 31st March 2021. From estate agents in Buckingham to potential buyers in Leeds, this news of stamp duty holiday came as great news. Now, the question at hand is, did stamp duty holiday do the job that it was supposed to? Did stamp duty holiday ensure that homes start selling in full tilt until the March 20201 deadline?
What is the stamp duty holiday?
First, let’s talk a little about what the stamp duty holiday is. The government has put a temporary ban on stamp duty on properties for sale in England and Northern Ireland. Properties costing up to £500,000 will not have any stamp duty levied on them, Properties that are between £500,001 to £925,000 will have just 5 percent stamp duty while properties between £925,001 to £1.5m will have 10 percent stamp duty. However, properties that cost £1.5m and more will continue to have 12 percent as the stamp duty. The aim of the stamp duty holiday was essential to boost buyer confidence, to encourage people to move homes, to revive the real estate market, and boost the economy as a whole.
Who was motivated to buy property because of the stamp duty holiday?
First time buyers saw stamp duty holiday as a big incentive to start looking at properties. Even current homeowners showed interest in viewing new properties once the stamp duty holiday was announced. With so many people sitting at home during the lockdown, thoughts of home improvement and moving into bigger homes became very common. Most working people wished to have a home office, which meant moving into bigger homes to make the wish come true, for some people. Others wanted to move into bigger homes with patios and gardens so that they could enjoy being at home. The lockdown made homeowners feel that they wanted to improve their homes and their lifestyles. This indeed motivated people to use the opportunity at hand and start looking at properties that were an upgrade from their current homes, without having to pay too much money in stamp duty.
Has stamp duty holiday ensured that homes are selling in a full-tilt?
According to research, South East England and London would benefit the most from stamp duty holiday because the property prices in these areas are high on average. Stamp duty holiday in these areas would allow buyers to save more, which would give buyers a huge incentive to invest. In fact, in London itself, there was a 27 percent increase in the demand for properties just within weeks of the announcement of the stamp duty holiday. The prices of property in the UK have seen a slight increase because there is a rise in demand while the supply is relatively low.
Since the UK government announced this incentive, more and more first time buyers are coming forward to purchase the property. Just in one week, between 3rd August and 8th August 2020, the number of homes for sale across the country was around 146 percent above the five-year average of properties for sale that were valued at less than £1.5 million. This is the main real estate section, where the impact of the stamp duty holiday was felt strongly.
As per the data from Knight Frank, the number of prospective buyers that registered nearly doubled within the first month of the stamp duty holiday incentive. According to them, the number of viewings for properties that were valued under £1.5 million rose by a whopping 46 percent from July to August while there was also a 13 percent increase in viewings for properties that were valued above £1.5 million.
Has stamp duty holiday worked?
In short, the stamp duty holiday has most definitely worked. While this is only a temporary measure by the government to boost the economy, the government might want to consider making this a more permanent feature. With the removal of stamp duty for properties valued under £500,000, as well as the significant reduction in stamp duty for properties valued between £500,000 and £1.5 million, there has been a drastic increase in the number of viewings as well as the number of buyers. In conclusion, the stamp duty holiday ensured that houses started selling in full tilt before the March 2021 deadline.