Agents should stick to lettings and selling flats, suggests Nationwide research

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Agents should stick to lettings and selling flats, suggests Nationwide research previous nextHousing MarketAgents should stick to lettings and selling flats, suggests Nationwide researchDespite blip caused by extra taxation, private rented sector is likely to continue growing as proportion of housing market, suggests lender.Nigel Lewis31st May 20180858 Views Estate agents should focus on both the lettings sector and selling apartments, according to Nationwide, as the overall sales market continues to show few signs of revival.The comments are published in its latest house price index covering May’s housing market.Overall it reveals a continuing “trickle” of properties coming on to the market and subdued buyer interest.The average house price now stands at £213,600, a 2.4% increase on the same time last year, the index shows.“Subdued economic activity and ongoing pressure on household budgets is likely to continue to exert a modest drag on housing market activity and house price growth this year, though borrowing costs are likely to remain low,” says Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s Chief Economist (pictured).“Overall, we continue to expect house prices to rise by around 1% over the course of 2018.”But several trends picked up by Nationwide should make interesting reading for agents.The UK’s rental sector is to continue expanding despite increased taxes for landlords helping persuade more of them to quit the market over the past year, it says, and that apartments are set to represent an ever greater proportion of the nation’s housing stock.Nationwide’s research confirms that the private rental sector now represents a fifth of all households in the UK, a figure that has doubled over the past ten years, a growth curve that shows no sign of tailing off.Apartments are also now becoming an ever increasing portion of the housing market.While all types of houses and especially bungalows have reduced in number as a proportion of the overall market, flats have increased from 12.2% to over 15%, an increase that the Nationwide suggests is likely to continue as the government encourages more high density new build prices lettings Nationwide apartments Robert Gardner May 31, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Bishop of Oxford praises new Archbishop of Canterbury

first_imgThe Bishop of Oxford, the Rt. Rev. John Pritchard has publicly welcomed the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, a former student of his and currently Bishop of Durham, to the Archbishopric of Canterbury.Bishop Justin himself described the news as “exciting and astonishing”. He joked, “my initial reaction was ‘oh no’.”Bishop John commented, “The Bishop of Durham is an excellent choice as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. I have known him since he was a student at theological college and it was obvious then that he had qualities of mind and heart that would fit him for higher office.“His experience in the city, in reconciliation in Africa, and in demanding roles in Coventry, Liverpool and Durham make him very well equipped for this new role. At the same time, this is a massive responsibility and Bishop Justin can be assured of our prayers and practical support as he makes the momentous journey south.”Bishop Justin worked for eleven years as an oil executive. In 1987, in his mid-thirties, he began a degree in theology at Cranmer Hall in Durham, where Bishop John was then employed as warden.The news has been welcomed by others in Oxford. The Revd. Dr. Simon Jones, chaplain of Merton College, said, “Bishop Justin will bring a wealth of valuable experience, both inside and outside the Church, to his new ministry.“His own spirituality seems to have been formed by a number of Christian traditions. This makes him well placed to be a focus for unity within the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion.“He will be Visitor of Merton, as well as several other Colleges, and we very much hope that he will be part of our 750th anniversary celebrations in 2014.”Bishop Justin has worked extensively in the field in both the Middle East and Africa, especially Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. In the Niger Delta he has worked on reconciliation between armed groups.In Baghdad he reopened St. George’s, the only Anglican church in Iraq, shortly after the end of the allied invasion. He has lectured at the US state department, on the basis of his expertise in the politics and history of Nigeria and Kenya.last_img read more

Ex-Green candidate endorses Lib Dem

first_imgWhen asked whose idea the letter was, Goodall told Cherwell, “Layla Moran approached me. I am very happy to help her in any way. She’d be a first rate MP.”Moran had told Cherwell previously that she blamed the Greens for taking votes off former Lib Dem MP Dr Evan Harris in the last election, and Goodall seemed to regret this, telling Cherwell, “When I stood last time I thought Evan Harris would win comfortably. There was no cost to the Greens standing, I erroneously thought. I would not have stood if I had realised that even the small number of votes I got might have kept Evan in Parliament.”He continued, “In our undemocratic electoral system, a vote for anyone else but Layla or the Conservative candidate in this is a total waste of time. In effect, a vote for the excellent Larry Sanders is a vote for the Conservatives and therefore fast privatisation of the NHS, greater cruelty to benefit claimants, slower progress on decarbonisation and ever greater inequality. Therefore I decided I had to vote for Layla.“After my decision, I heard that the Conservative candidate has taken money from those that support fox-hunting. [In fact, Cherwell understands that the pro-hunting group Vote-OK did not contribute any money to the Blackwood campaign, but did help by contributing volunteers.]“University voters may like to reflect a moment on what sort of Conservative she is. She claims a moderate and progressive line but this is a person who voted against gay marriage and who has voted against the party line just three times in the last five years. Oxford West and Abingdon deserves much, much better.”Layla Moran declared herself “delighted” with the endorsement, and told Cherwell, “Hundreds of Green and Labour supporters have already switched to support me in the election. Like Chris they know that I am the only candidate who can beat the right-wing Conservative candidate in this constituency.”Moran has also been endorsed by a former Labour councillor and Oxfordshire Unison Branch Secretary Mark Fysh, who said, “Layla and the Lib Dems are the only ones who can beat the right-wing Conservatives here. Layla is an excellent candidate too, and spot on on the key local issues. I’m urging everyone to vote Lib Dem in this constituency this time.”However, the Labour candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Sally Copley, refused to accept Goodall’s logic. She told Cherwell, “The Lib Dems are always saying that people should vote tactically for them, but they say different things in different places – they’re telling Conservatives in Sheffield that they should vote for Nick Clegg to stop Labour! “In Oxford West and Abingdon the Lib Dem vote is falling and the Labour vote is going up; if you want a Labour Government you should vote Labour, wherever you live.” Nicola Blackwood, the Conservative candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, has not yet replied to Cherwell‘s request for comment. As polling day approaches, the fight for Oxford West and Abingdon has thrown up another surprise. Chris Goodall, who ran as the Green candidate for the area in the 2010 General Election, has written to residents urging them to vote for Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats, rather than the Greens’ Larry Sanders.In the letter, he explained, “If the UK had proportional representation, I’d have no hesitation giving Green candidate Larry Sanders my vote this time. But we don’t.”He went on to call the seat “ultra-marginal”, saying that no one except that Conservatives and the Lib Dems “stands the remotest chance of winning”.He continued, “Those of us who want to see a fairer, more tolerant and more equal society have to vote for Layla even if it is against our party loyalties.”Despite the tactical nature of his endorsement, however, he also had high praise for Moran herself, calling her “a thoughtful and energetic individual”, and opining, “Parliament needs far more people like her with a background in science. And her experience of living in different countries would help reduce the extraordinary insularity we often see in the House of Commons.”The letter was published and promoted by Neil Fawcett, Layla Moran’s campaign manager, and is consistent with Moran’s stated aim to form “a coalition of the Left” in Oxford West and Abingdon. She told Cherwell in a video interview that she wanted Labour voters to “lend” her their votes in order to defeat Nicola Blackwood. The Green candidate for Thursday’s General Election, Larry Sanders, was highly critical of Goodall’s decision, telling Cherwell, “Chris’ conclusions are mistaken. For one thing, it is altogether possible that the Lib Dems will again install a very right wing Conservative government.“There is absolutely nothing left-wing about the Lib Dems. They have swallowed completely the austerity argument which means they feel obliged to drastically cut spending. This will slow the general economy and cause enormous grief to very vulnerable people. “The Lib Dems supported the disastrous NHS Act. They favour continuing with the privatisation measures. The amount, £8bn extra, that they promise the NHS, is dwarfed by NHS England’s estimate of a £30bn shortfall. The idea that £22bn can be found from unnamed ‘efficiency savings’ is nonsense.“The Lib Dems are entirely wedded to the building of market price homes, which few in our constituency can afford.“I could go on. The fact that they will go into coalition with Labour or the Conservatives means that whatever remained of distinctive Lib Dem values is gone.“We face real problems, real crises. The Lib Dems have made themselves irrelevant.”last_img read more

Chameleon initiative from Tri-Star

first_imgThe new ’chameleon cup’ from Tri-Star Packaging will change colour when filled with a hot drink.The colour-changing disposable cup is made from single walled cardboard and is available in 8, 12 and 16oz sizes. MD Kevin Curran said: “The change in colour means people really notice whatever’s printed on it, opening up brand-building possibilities for outlets selling hot drinks to go.”Tri-Star said retailers can use the cups to draw attention to special offers, make a logo appear when the drink is poured in, or put games on it. Added Curran: “One idea was to print a game of Sudoko on the cup. When the hot drink is poured into the cup, the numbers disappear and the customer can try to solve the puzzle before they finish the drink.”’’’’last_img read more

Reporting in Policy set for 2011

first_imgAlan ClarkeChief executive, Scottish Bakers2011 has started with many challenges for the craft bakery sector. The increasing cost of ingredients, utilities and fuel has led to significant increases in production and distribution costs. Increased pressure on margins, and the acceptance that bread can be sold as a loss leader by supermarkets, is affecting competition in the sector.At Scottish Bakers/SAMB we have developed a business plan around four key objectives for this year, in a bid to assist bakers in these challenging times:lProfile we will raise the profile of Scottish bakers by promoting a positive image of the Scottish bakery sector to consumers, to increase customer support for our members.lPolicy we will represent the views of our members to key stakeholders in Scotland to positively influence the quality of policy-making decisions that affect the bakery trade in Scotland. We will actively encourage our members to work to high quality standards and promote our role in setting standards to Scottish Government.lPeople we will strengthen the range of training services we offer, aiming to become a one-stop shop for the development needs of bakers. Since 2003, we have delivered training to more than 8,500 people, with currently more than 450 learners training with us.lProfessionalism we will provide a range of specialist support services, including the provision of a professional employment law and health & safety advice service and support with business planning.We are potentially entering the most economically challenging period facing businesses since the Second World War. The challenge for all of us is to make sure we meet the needs of our customers and make them want to come back time and time again. Together, we can do it!last_img read more

Lotus Teams With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong In Grand Rapids [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, jamtronica favorites Lotus cruised into The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI, bringing along Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the ride. Both bands brought their familiar brand of high energy jam-fueled music, with Pigeons’ getting in early for some funky rock before Lotus’s headlining set. The 1-2 punch of these two top notch bands was a great night that all could enjoy!Check out a full gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

Summit celebrates Asian American ‘innovators, instigators, and inspirers’

first_img Douglas Chin ’88, M.D. ’93, M.M.Sc. ’94 Q&ADouglas Chin, Jeannie Park, Athena Lao, Anupam AgarwalGAZETTE: H4A held its inaugural summit in 2010, not long after the Shared Interest Groups (SIG) was formed. How did that event come together, and what did it mean to the SIG?park: There was a concern about our ability to pull something like this off given that the organization was really in its infancy. I literally woke up in a cold sweat every morning for nine months thinking nobody was going to show up, and in the end we had 400 people. It really kick-started the SIG. We realized that we had built this voice and that we could use it to speak out on issues that were important to us at the University. Sometimes you have to raise every voice you have in every corner in order to make sure that your concerns are heard.GAZETTE: The speakers at this year’s summit represent a broad array of backgrounds, beliefs, and disciplines, which seems to mirror the diversity of your membership. Why is that important to the summit’s success?lao: When people think of Asian Americans, there’s often this idea that we’re a monolithic group. We’re trying to combat negative stereotypes with positive storytelling by enthusiastically highlighting how much difference there is. I say this as a Filipino American who works in international education and studied classics at Harvard. If we can give people the courage to be their authentic selves, even if that looks very different than traditional models of success, then we can say we’ve done our job.park: One of the things that’s especially appealing about the SIG, and this summit in particular, is that it does bring together people from so many generations. We have registrants from the Class of 1958 all the way up to current students, and that’s been true of all of our summits. Meeting people across classes and across generations, you get a range of perspectives on being Asian American and on life in general.GAZETTE:What new topics have arisen as focal points of this year’s summit?lao: We want to emphasize the need to figure out what it means to have a collective and powerful voice, when that voice has so many diverse parts. A lot of our programming speaks to that. We have people who have worked in advocacy and organizing for important social causes. We have a panel on Asian American studies and how that field has changed. We’re having conversations on business and what it means to be Asian American and trying to break the “bamboo ceiling,” as it were. We’ll also have a series of “lightning talks” that feature six different people who have had unorthodox professional journeys speaking about how they’ve learned from failures to reach success.agarwal: I organized a session for the summit called “View from the C-Suite,” with four very accomplished panelists. It is well-documented that Asians have very low representation in C-Suites across all industries in the U.S. We will learn about barriers to entry, as well as what are important skills needed to move to the C-Suite. I actually got involved in the summit because I wanted to contribute to the Harvard community, and I thought I could help by connecting with my own professional network and by using my experience as an organizer of more than a dozen “CEO fireside chats” at the Harvard Club of San Francisco. Chin: Regardless of where one stands on the political spectrum, all would agree that we are in a peculiar moment in American history, and this year the summit draws a multitude of distinguished political leaders. They will address what some of the barriers have been to Asian American participation in government and what special opportunities this moment holds for having our voices heard in unprecedented ways.park: The admissions lawsuit is another area in which our voice has been important. It’s a very complicated and heated issue that has put more of a spotlight on our community, and our members have looked to us for guidance on how to approach it with a cool head. We’ve been very clear that we’re against discrimination against any racial or ethnic group, but we also believe that holistic, race-conscious admissions are necessary for diversity and opportunity and to reach under-resourced parts of our own community. That was the view we supported by signing the amicus brief with the other alumni and student groups.  A lot of info has emerged that we are still digesting. We’re going to discuss it at the summit, with speakers who have very different and nuanced views. I’m not sure there’s ever going to be complete clarity, but the summit is a chance for us to keep working through it together.GAZETTE: The theme of the summit is “innovators, instigators, and inspirers.” Why did you pick that theme and how is it carried through the weekend?lao: We chose those three words deliberately because we wanted to think about what it means to speak out and take action. We want people to innovate, but the word “innovate” on its own could be seen as cliché. We chose “instigate” because to instigate something is to take action in a way that does perhaps raise eyebrows or cause people to pay attention in a way they might not otherwise. And, of course, we chose “inspire” because we want people to be inspired and to aim to inspire after they leave the conference. So when we say “innovators, instigators, and inspirers,” we don’t just mean that the people in our sessions are going to play those roles; we want all of our participants to feel that they can embody those things. We don’t want them to just walk away from this. We want them to want to do something more afterward.Chin: We envision the summit as something that will inspire innovation and be a starting place for instigating local and global transformation. Each of us is uniquely empowered to make the world a better place in some special way. In my mind, that is what Harvard’s transformational education is all about. And that is what this summit is about. Athena Lao ’12 The 6,000 members of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) represent different ethnicities, live and work in different areas, and span different Harvard Schools and class years. But, like the members of all of the Harvard Alumni Association’s volunteer-run Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), what brings this diverse cross-section of alumni together is what they have in common — their shared experiences, passions, and bond with Harvard.H4A members will join hundreds of Asian and Asian American alumni, students, and faculty on campus for the group’s third global summit Friday through Sunday. Held every four years since 2010, the summit gives participants a chance to hear from alumni now working in a range of fields, discuss issues of the day, and connect with the University and one another. Highlights of this year’s event include remarks by Harvard President Larry Bacow and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’98, a live podcast taping, a storytelling slam, a celebration of H4A’s 10th anniversary, and sessions on topics such as advocacy, technological disruption, and mental wellness.“This is not just a weekend gathering of alumni and thought leaders. It will be a transformational event that will inspire alumni to change the world and provide them with the energy, creativity, and connectedness to do so,” said Douglas Chin ’88, M.D. ’93, M.M.Sc. ’94, who is co-chairing the summit with Anupam Agarwal, M.P.H. ’05, and Athena Lao ’12.Chin, Lao, Agarwal, and H4A President Jeannie Park ’83 spoke with the Gazette about the role the SIG and the summit play in Harvard’s Asian American community today.center_img Jeannie Park ’83 Anupam Agarwal, M.P.H. ’05last_img read more

Political science professors discuss ‘politics of place’

first_imgKay Bontempo | The Observer During the question-and-answer segment of the talk, one student asked if there was any truth to the statement that southern suburbs were starting to vote according to northern patterns, while northern towns were beginning to follow southern voting habits.Kaplan said, “It’s a combination of demographic patterns; for example, people from the north moving to Arlington, Va. who don’t vote like southerners.”Of the phenomenon of northern towns voting like the South, Campbell said “to be rural is now associated with a particular brand of conservatism, almost a psychic bond with what you’d find in the South.”When asked what was most crucial for students to understand about the politics of place, Kaplan said understanding context is necessary to understanding trends.“The importance of putting a particular election result in context,” he said. “We tend to look at elections as a snapshot — who won, what happened? But to understand a particular election it helps to see it in the context of a tendency over time. Politics is always changing and we’re always trying to catch up, [but] to understand the direction of change, you have to look at trends over time.”Tags: election 2016, Election 2020, Pizza Pop and Politics, political science, Politics of Place, Racism ND Votes hosted a discussion on Wednesday which addressed an issue at the forefront of modern American politics — demographics and how one’s place of birth can influence voting habits. The event, held in the Geddes Hall Coffee House, was part of an ongoing monthly series called “Pizza, Pop and Politics,” sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and designed to increase discourse among students on topics related to politics.This month’s discussion, titled “The Politics of Place,” featured presentations by Josh Kaplan, professor and director of undergraduate studies for the political science department, and David Campbell, professor and chairperson for the Department of Political Science.Kaplan said he first became interested in the politics of place while in graduate school.“I took a lot of history courses, and one of my teachers kept referring to a political scientist named V.O. Key,” Kaplan said. “I read Key’s work, and he wrote a very influential book on southern politics. And about 10 years ago I got the idea for a course on politics in the south. … [I realized the course was actually] about the demographics in politics.”Kaplan said demographic trend analysis has only become a standard way of understanding politics in the past decade.“It used to be something that political scientists, that campaigns talked about it, but now it’s become just one of the things that everybody talks about,” Kaplan said. “Hillary Clinton’s problems with young voters, Bernie Sanders’ problems with minority voters, Donald Trump’s affinity with uneducated voters … all these categories that we now use. So, I see this event as a way to look at the future of American politics by looking at what we can learn from demographics, and how we can think about the influence of demographic change on political change.”The presentations centered around two major demographic divides in American voting habits—north versus south, and urban versus rural.Professor Campbell opened the discussion with a question concerning the title of the event itself — why was it “Pizza, Pop and Politics” rather than “Pizza, Soda and Politics?”“Some of you grew up calling it ‘pop,’” he said, “but why?”Campbell then transitioned to a discussion of cultural differences across different regions of the United States, particularly the urban-rural split, and its implications for American politics.Campbell projected slides showing how the divide between urban and rural voting patterns in the United States was wider in 2016 than it was in 2012, though he said the phenomenon was present in both elections.“This is not a brand-new distinction,” Campbell said. “But it’s one that we’re talking about a little more than we had been.”Professor Kaplan followed with a discussion of northern voting habits versus southern, and their implications for the 2020 election. Informed by post-Civil War history, Kaplan said there is an important distinction between the “deep South” and the “peripheral South” in their levels of racial integration and urbanization at the time, and the lasting effects those differences had on political participation in the region.last_img read more

India’s Azure Power wins contract for 2GW of solar from SECI

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Azure Power has lined up the latest solar contract of a string this year, securing the government’s backing for a major interstate transmission (ISTS) project. On Thursday, the developer said it has been picked by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to deploy 2GW of solar across the country, backed by a power purchase agreement (PPA).The scheme, supported by the SECI’s new letter of award, will seek to deploy annual 500MW PV batches at yet-to-be decided locations all across India, Azure said in a statement.The firm expects all plants to be commissioned between 2022 and 2025. Their output has been contracted via a 25-year PPA with SECI, featuring tariffs of INR2.92/kWh (US$0.041/kWh). The tariff, said Azure CEO Ranjit Gupta, is 8% higher than the “last discovered” figure from SECI for ISTS projects. “This opportunity is attractive to us for many reasons,” Gupta remarked.The PPA with SECI will offer Azure protection against curtailment, a long-running issue for Indian renewables. The deal allows the developer to override ISTS transmission fees.In return for the long-term state backing to its 2GW push, Azure is required to support 500MW in domestic PV cell and module manufacturing capacity. The firm explained it has already signed a tentative deal with a “leading” Indian panel maker to take over a majority stake of the 500MW component. [José Rojo Martín]More: India’s Azure gets green light for 2GW ISTS solar project India’s Azure Power wins contract for 2GW of solar from SECIlast_img read more

Texas Guardsmen Graduate Chilean Mountain School

first_imgBy Texas Military Department September 14, 2016 Twenty-one Texas Guardsmen successfully completed the Chilean Mountain School short course from August 15-26 in Río Blanco. “The course was designed as a two-week synopsis of their four-month long mountain warfare course, which is similar to our Ranger school,” said 1st. Lt. Michael A. Affeldt, Texas Army National Guard, scout platoon leader of the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment, and officer in charge of the Texas military exchange for the course. “So it’s a pretty prestigious course to go through in Chile.” The 21 guardsmen had to score at least a 290 on the Texas Army Physical Fitness Test, speak Spanish and have previous experience in cold weather and mountain terrain. The course consists of basic competencies on movement, maneuvering and life-saving techniques in spring and winter mountain terrain. “The course starts off in Río Blanco, which is at the base of the mountains. It was 30 degrees at night and 65 degrees during the day,” said Texas Army National Guard Cpl. Nicholas C. Graff, , fire team leader with the 143rd Infantry Regiment. The first phase focused on summer climbing techniques such as rock climbing, rappelling, ascending and water crossings. “We practiced pack animal training so we used mules,” said Cpl. Graff. “They use mules to carry gear where they can’t get vehicles. All the stuff that we did in the summer phase, led into a culminating event for the winter section.” The second phase consisted of winter operations such as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, medevac and foreign weapons familiarization. “We also dug snow shelters that we slept in a couple nights. Digging ice caves was a lot of fun,” said Cpl. Graff. Texas’ coldest winters couldn’t hold up to the Chilean 7-degree mountain climate, but Lt. Affeldt said his Soldiers kept perseverance throughout the course. “Downhill skiing was a struggle in itself, then they threw in cross-country skiing, which is a little bit more difficult. So the first day everyone was kind of looking like Bambi, but by the end of the week we were able to climb up mountain and do a company exercise,” said Lt. Affeldt. Through these military exchanges, Soldiers are given the opportunity to experience new types of operations. “The ability to sit down with another army and to be able to hang out with people of a different culture and see the world through their eyes was incredible,” said Lt. Affeldt. Texas National Guard and Chile have been working together since 2009 though the National States’ partnership program. The program is managed by the National Guard Bureau, and is designed to link a state’s National Guard with a partner nation’s military forces and government agencies in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. “The way it benefits the Texas Military Department is the ability for us to take Soldiers from across the division and entire state and send them to an environment to train in that we don’t have the ability to train in,” said Lt. Affeldt. “Now we have Soldiers coming back that understand how to do operations in cold weather climates, mountainous terrain and how to deal with adversity in different environments.” Although the training environment between Chile and Texas may differ slightly, military-to-military battle rhythms are quite similar. “The army values were a major part of the training,” said Lt. Affeldt. “It took large amounts of personal courage for some to overcome uncomfortable and new situations, but when it comes down to it, duty and honor wouldn’t let us fail.” Last year, the Texas Military Department conducted 14 military exchanges with Chilean partners that included engineering, medical and disaster response as well as the best warrior competition. “It’s crazy that the soldier mentality transfers that far,” said Cpl. Graff. “They like to train, they like to go hard, everyone seemed to get along really well. The best thing we did was build relationships down there and learning how to interact with them and who they are as people. I made some good friends.” The Texas Military Department is scheduled to host their Chilean partners this November to conduct search and rescue training at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.last_img read more