0 Have your say House prices in Sheffield will rise very slightly over the next 12 months as uncertainty continues to grip the nation, estate agents have predicted. Property values in the city are forecast to increase by one or two per cent this year, with Brexit negotiations and global tensions expected to dampen growth despite a strong housing market in the region.That was the general consensus from three Sheffield estate agents - Stuart Goff, director of Hunters in Sheffield; Linda Crapper, director of Saxton Mee; and Maz Iqbal, managing director of Sheffield Residential - who gazed into their crystal balls to set out their expectations for 2018.Mr Goff said: "I think prices will remain fairly stable in Sheffield, with any rises roughly in line with inflation at around one or two per cent."The most popular areas like your S10, S11 and S17 postcodes will probably do best, with rises of three or four per cent possible there, while for the less desirable neighbourhoods like … [Read more...] about What will happen to house prices in Sheffield during 2018?
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The Pakistani government has reacted angrily to US President Donald Trump's first 2018 tweet, in which he lashed out at the South Asian country for taking billions of dollars in US aid in exchange for "lies and deceit." "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!," wrote Trump. On Tuesday, Pakistan's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador to Islamabad to lodge protest against Trump's statement. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told media that Pakistan had done enough for the US. "We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump's 'no more' does not hold any importance," Asif said. Read more: What is Pakistan's militancy issue all about? Anger in Pakistan There is an outburst on … [Read more...] about What Donald Trump can really do to ‘rein in’ Pakistan
News that real estate mogul Donald Trump had won the US election immediately sent European stocks tumbling in open trade on Wednesday, and then recovering, while investors started to worry about the world economy. Throughout his campaign, Trump had voiced criticism of major international trade deals and their impact on US jobs, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. This has other international trade partners on edge about the world economy as a whole. “There is massive uncertainty in the economy,” said Federation of German Industries (BDI) president Ulrich Grillo in a statement on Wednesday. “Donald Trump would be well advised not to wall off the US economy from the rest of the world. Otherwise, the lack of clarity about future developments will have a strong negative impact on the global economy.” Germany is highly reliant on the US for its own growth: the United … [Read more...] about What businessman Trump will mean for German business
MARY Berry has insisted she will never do “dry January” as she enjoys boozy nights out too much.The former Bake Off star, 81, last night beat Strictly’s Len Goodman, 72, to be named best TV judge at the National Television Awards.Mary confessed that she would celebrate by having an alcohol-fuelled night with her daughter, Annabel Hunnings, and avoiding New Year’s resolutions at all costs.But she joked she would be tip-toeing in when she arrived home to avoid waking her husband.In an exclusive interview with The Sun's Bizarre column, the telly favourite revealed: “I'm here with my daughter so that's enough of a celebration. I think we will sing all the way home.“I’m certainly not doing dry January – never. I'll have to try and not wake my husband when I get home.”She later added: “I don't make New Year's resolutions, absolutely not. They're only there to break."Mary revealed that she was “thrilled” to have … [Read more...] about Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry insists she will never do ‘dry January’ as she prefers boozy nights
It was a light moment after a few nervous months in the science community, but one that quickly passed. "You could send Congress to space," suggested US Senator Ted Cruz to the President as he spoke in support of NASA's ongoing work. "What a great idea," retorted Donald Trump, but he declined the temptation and the laughter stopped. America's space agency and the President did not get off to the best of starts. In November 2016 there were the first signs that Trump wanted to cut NASA's research on climate change. Groups of scientists - perhaps fearing a "Trump-washing" of all that had gone before - started archiving content from government websites. Some government scientists were even alleged to set up "rogue" Twitter accounts, calling for public support to protect the American sciences. And all that's not over yet: there will be an international March for Science on April 22 starting in Washington DC, with numerous "satellite marches" in places like Berlin, London, Vienna, Sydney and … [Read more...] about ‘You could send Congress to space,’ says Ted Cruz but, alas, Donald Trump declines
Can a US leader have a direct conversation with North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un? It is no problem for Donald Trump, as the US president-elect made it clear during his election campaign on several occasions. "Why not? What is wrong with talking?" Trump was quoted as saying in May 2016 by Reuters news agency. Trump said he wanted to talk Kim out of his "damned nukes" even if the chances of success were minimal. The billionaire politician said he would even receive the North Korean leader in Washington. "I won't host a state dinner for him. Same goes for the Chinese and others who rip us off," Trump said. Instead, he quipped, that he would host the communist leaders at the conference table, serving them hamburgers. His statements were met with harsh criticism in the US, but in Pyongyang the Republican politician received praise. North Korea's state media hailed Trump as a "wise politician." "I do not want to comment on those pre-election statements," Michael Madden, a lecturer at the … [Read more...] about Will Trump share a burger with North Korea’s Kim?
It is not a question of if, but when. Most experts agree that North Korea's latest nuclear test in September 2016 will not be the last. And although no one can predict when the next test is coming, the rumor mill is heating up. Right now there are many factors coming together indicating that the isolated country could soon make the ground rumble by setting off a new device. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un celebrates his birthday on January 8, and there previously have been two nuclear tests corresponding with birthdays in North Korea's ruling family. The first was in February 2013, a few days before the birthday of ex-dictator Kim Jong Il, who had died a year earlier. The second test was on January 6, 2016, when North Korea said they had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time. This claim was doubted internationally and experts assumed the test was merely of a "conventional" device. Experts are also looking with concern at the … [Read more...] about Will North Korea’s Kim celebrate his birthday with a ‘bang’?
When Donald Trump was dominating media coverage and riding high in the polls last year the phenomenon was dubbed the "Summer of Trump" with the expectation that, like all summers, this one would eventually fade and give way to fall. But the equinox never came. Instead, half a year and more than a dozen primaries later, Trump is not only still dominating global headlines, but is now ensconced as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. What makes Trump's seemingly unstoppable rise particularly intriguing is the fact that it was orchestrated explicitly against the very party whose nomination he was seeking. From day one Trump's behavior and lack of decorum made his disdain for the Grand Old Party clear. Using the party The Republican establishment's alarm bells finally rang when Trump publicly threatened to run as an independent should he not get the party's nomination. At least from that point on, it should have been evident to everyone, that Trump had little interest in … [Read more...] about Will Trump wreck the Republican Party?
Over the last 15 years, Europeans have had rather disappointing experiences with American presidents. That's just as true for the relationship with Republican George W. Bush as it is for the one with Democrat Barack Obama. The Bush years were dominated by disagreements over the Iraq war and America's war on terror. Bush divided Europeans into those who were with him, and those who were against him. Europe also found itself deeply divided over his course. When Obama took office in January, 2009, many Europeans were hoping for the start of a new era in transatlantic relations. When his new Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first came to Brussels, she received an enthusiastic welcome. The Ice Age appeared to be over. But it was hard to really speak of a new closeness between the US and Europe. Obama wasn't all that interested in Europe, and it showed. He, instead, became famous for his "pivot" toward Asia. Focus on Europe Many on either side of the Atlantic are once again hoping to … [Read more...] about What will the US election mean for Europe?
Donald Trump has done it. With a campaign built on personal insults, arrogance and ignorance, he has not only managed to mobilize the basest instincts of the constituency but has managed, with this strategy, to win the US presidential election. But there is more to it than that: Trump has not only won, he has achieved a resounding victory, claiming a higher number of electoral votes that anyone had thought possible. Trump's success is a victory for an inflammatory, partly dehumanizing, vulgar populism. It is a sharp slap in the face to the establishment and the political elite in the United States and its representative, Hillary Clinton. As an opponent, Clinton was almost equally as unpopular as Trump. Through her own carelessness, her use of a private email server provided her critics with the ammunition they needed for their constant attacks. But Clinton's unpopularity alone does not explain Trump's dramatic election victory. Trump - a vehicle for discontent Trump's victory brings … [Read more...] about Opinion: Trump’s historic election victory, the bewildered West and many unanswered questions