Local authorities can seek government permission to limit the effects of studentification by imposing stricter conditions on the planning and usage of homes. They can spread the load across the city. Local authorities in Manchester, Wolverhampton, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton and some London boroughs have imposed tight controls, while others, including Durham, Bath and Chester, have not. Residents in parts of Birmingham are angry that, despite a student population of 70,000, there is no city-wide student housing policy. Overseas students – around 450,000 in the UK – usually prefer to live in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), the new “gold rush” for investors. In Coventry alone, there are 22 blocks of managed student rooms being built and more are planned. The rooms often cost more to rent than a house share – for example, an ensuite room in Manchester costs about £6,500 to £7,800 a year – but more British students are being … [Read more...] about Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities?
Enjoying a boom
Kendall Jenner has been spending some quality time with her niece North West. On Friday the young model posted a photograph of baby Nori's tiny hand holding Kendall's perfectly manicured index finger, respecting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wishes to keep the youngster's identity private. "Roommates and best friends :)" wrote Kendall next to the snap on Instagram, which quickly received over 500,000 likes on the photo sharing website. "Roommates and best friends :)" … [Read more...] about Kendall Jenner enjoys bonding time with Kim Kardashian’s daughter North West
The NZ firm reported a 31.8 per cent increase in continuing revenue to $NZ805.3 million ($A773.6 million) for the six months to December 31, $NZ659.2 million of which came from the infant formula segment, up 33.1 per cent on a year ago. … [Read more...] about A2 Milk profit up amid China formula boom
Experts said that the global rice supply declines due to the impacts of climate change, the price of rice will benefit farmers in the Mekong Delta. Mr. Tran Anh Tuan, a farmer in Long My District in Hau Giang Province, said that he had just finished harvesting rice then sold fresh paddy to traders for VND5,000 per kilogram at the field. He was so happy as this price was VND300 per kilogram higher than that at the beginning of the rice crop. His one-hectare rice field got productivity of nearly 7 tons per hectare. Mr. Tuan is one of the thousands of farmers in Long My District who have just harvested around 500 hectares of winter-spring rice. The farmers like Mr. Tuan was happy when the local authority mobilized nearly 100 combine harvesters to help farmers to simultaneously harvest their rice. The rental of a combine harvester fluctuated from VND260,000-VND300,000 per 1,000 square meters, depending on the condition of paddy, standing or falling, lower than the cost for manual … [Read more...] about Farmers in Mekong Delta provinces enjoy bumper winter-spring rice crop
“Demand was inadequate. The price has fallen so much that my business didn't pay off”, a despondent Olikkala mused. The Kouvola farm, touted as Europe's largest, followed suit. Entrepreneur Vesa-Matti Rajamäki admitted that he no longer believed in the success of cricket production. Numerous unsuccessful insect breeders complained that the massive support of the traditional meat industry makes competition virtually impossible. … [Read more...] about Crickets! Finland’s Insect Food Boom Goes Bust