Brits enjoy cheap pints before second lockdown

first_imgA server wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a pint of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images A pub offering up to 50 percent off alcohol for drinkers in Soho, London, ahead of a national lockdown for England from Thursday.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, pours away spoilt beer that has gone off after the pub was placed into tier three and now faces a four week lockdown ahead of a national lockdown for England from ThursdayPeter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images A sign outside a pub reads ‘ Never too late to pop in for the last pint before lockdown’ on November 4, 2020 in London, England. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, Nov 5, following a new national lockdown in England.Peter Summers/Getty Images “Cask conditioned beer will not last, so any beer that will not have been sold by the time the pubs are shut will have to be thrown away, simple as that. And the logic is we’d be better off selling it than throwing it away,” he said.The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing brewers and pubs in the U.K. (and there are over 47,000 pubs in the country), estimated back in May that during the U.K.’s first lockdown in March as many as 70 million pints of British beer would have been destroyed due to closures.The association described it at the time as “heart-breaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured away rather than enjoyed in pubs across the U.K.” LONDON — Many Brits headed out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering cut-price pints of beer before a second lockdown kicked in.Pubs across the country slashed the price of draught beer before lockdown began at 00:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 5. Some offered pints for as little as 95 or 99 pence ($1.28) in a bid to get rid of their stocks rather than pouring it down the drain, literally.Wetherspoons, the U.K.’s largest national pub chain and already known for its cheap drinks menu, was among those offering pints of ale for 99 pence in a bid to avoid wastage before the lockdown — which is forcing pubs, restaurants, leisure centers and gyms in England to close for a month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some brewers found other ways to use the beer including feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the association noted, as well as beer reused as animal feed.The second lockdown is due to last until Dec. 2, depending on how effective it is at lowering the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The U.K. currently has the third-highest infection count in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Oct. 31, U.K. government data showed the seven-day average number of cases stood at 22, 329.As infections started to rise in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced by the government to close at 10 p.m. and table service became obligatory.The British Beer and Pub Association is among industry groups calling for more support from the government, including requesting tax cuts for the hospitality sector, employment support and business grants.It has warned that almost a quarter of pub and hospitality industry members believe they could go out of business before the end of the year without government help.The Stonegate Pub Company owns over 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the U.K. and it also announced a three-day sale of all cask ale earlier this week, with pints for 95 pence across its venues.Managing Director Helen Charlesworth lambasted the government ahead of the English lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the Government’s response to Covid-19.”“Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.” – Advertisement – The deal only applied to cask ales, not lager, ciders or wines which can keep, Wetherspoons’ spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pacific Pines is the fastest selling suburb on the Gold Coast

first_imgPacific Pines has become the Coast’s fastest selling suburb. Picture: Regi VarghesePACIFIC Pines is shredding its investor image, bringing a new generation of young families to the city’s northwest.The suburb has become the fastest-selling suburb with houses lasting an average of 18 days on the market, down from 51 days at the same time the previous year.CoreLogic figures show the city’s average is 35 days on market.LJ Hooker Pacific Pines principal Pascal Pierre said Pacific Pines had transformed from an investor-driven area to family haven.“We’re getting a lot more owner-occupiers rather than investors,” Mr Pierre said.“Pacific Pines is what they call a master-built suburb. Stockland was behind the development which was designed all around attracting families for sustainability.”“When you look at what you’ve got, you have schools, public transport, a shopping centre and sporting clubs — everything someone would need that is living here.”Pacific Pines was designed around attracting families for sustainability. Picture: Regi VargheseMr Pierre said there was not enough stock to meet buyer demand with people often missing out on properties.“We had an interstate buyer who put in an offer without seeing the property, then came and viewed the property with their offer on the table and ended up buying it.”“It was a multiple offer scenario and they paid more than the local buyer.”There is a mix of housing in Pacific Pines. Picture: Regi VargheseBall Realty Pacific Pines principal Tina Ball shared a similar view.“Pacific Pines is really being seen now as a place where families want to live,” she said.“There’s a lot of newer and larger homes that are good value.”She said buyers were trying to inspect homes midweek before the weekend open homes in a bid to beat their competition.“They don’t want to miss out,” she said.“We recently sold a property for more than $1 million and a few years ago you wouldn’t be saying that.”Pacific Pines is evolving into a family-friendly suburb. Picture: Regi VargheseMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoChris Reiner and Kate Stuart bought a property in Pacific Pines in 2014 and have been surprised at the suburb’s transformation.“There are lots of new houses and estates as well as shops and eateries,” Ms Stuart said.“We have also noticed more owner-occupiers move in.“It’s definitely a safe, friendly, family-orientated suburb.”The latest Census data reveals Pacific Pines has a population of 16,700, up 2000 over five years.The median age is 31 while children up to 14 made up a quarter of the population.Average days on market for houses (12 months to May, 2017)FASTEST SELLINGPacific Pines, 18 daysVarsity Lakes, 19 daysCarrara, 20 daysNerang, 22 daysTugun, 23 daysSLOWEST SELLINGSpringbrook, 85 daysGuanaba, 84 daysParadise Point, 78 daysMermaid Beach, 77 daysCurrumbin Valley, 64 dayslast_img read more

Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal by: – May 3, 2012 60 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Renneth “bubbles” Alexis. Photo credit: Facebook profilePortsmouth business man Renneth “Bubbles” Alexis has been described as a “lucky man” by Justices of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Alexis who is represented by Heather Felix Evans and Geoffery Douglas Murdock appealed his conviction and sentence which Felix “proposed” was “too harsh and severe”.In October 2010 former magistrate Tiyani Behanzin found Alexis guilty on charges of intimidation, possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. Alexis had pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of the unlicensed firearm and ammunition.He was fined $2,800.00 on the charge of intimidation, fine of $1,000 suspended for two years on the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and in default spend six months imprisonment. There was no separate penalty on the charge of possession of ammunition. Before giving his order Justice Rawlins told Alexis that it was his “duty” to ensure that his license on his firearm was up to date and that he ought to be “more responsible”.“You are lucky you got off with $1,000 fine suspended for two years for an offence which carries a maximum fine of $6,000. Once your firearm is not licensed it puts you in the same position as persons running around with unlicensed firearm like they do in the Wild, Wild West”.Justice Rawlins then granted the appeal against conviction of intimidation and quashed both the conviction and sentence.He also allowed the appeal against confiscation of firearm and ammunition and ordered that the ammunition and firearm be returned to Alexis.The appeal against sentence for possession of firearm was dismissed however the sentence for the offence of possession of firearm was affirmed.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more