Why was housing ignored in the Budget?

first_imgThe housing minister, Gavin Barwell MP, has been on a whirlwind tour of the country since the launch of the white paper in January 2017. He’s spoken to large and small housebuilders; housing associations, and local authorities, city regions and rural communities among others. The consensus is that he is navigating well, a tricky position of a genuine desire to deliver more homes, faster, and with a mix of tenures, while not upsetting traditional conservative interests, including the protection of the green belt.And he is doing all of this without any new money, as evidenced by the deathly silence of any mention of housing in the Budget this week.However, the Budget and other recent announcements signal a direction of travel that may have significant implications for the relationship between the government and those involved in housebuilding.The first set of announcements are the plans to strengthen local authorities powers to accelerate development, including compulsory purchase orders to help speed up housing deliveryThe first set of announcements are the plans to strengthen local authorities powers to accelerate development, including compulsory purchase orders to help speed up housing delivery, “to support the build out of stalled sites” and “to hold developers to account” as stated by secretary of state, Sajid Javid. And speaking at a recent Commons Communities and local government committee on the Housing White paper, Gavin Barwell discussed the idea of publishing performance tables for housebuilders, showing the number of homes they are building. And potentially fining developers for not building sites out. Build out or be punished is the message.The second set of announcements, at first glance are only indirectly related to housing. An industrial strategy green paper sets out an ambition to support growth across the UK. In the Budget there was confirmation of £690m for local authorities to get local transport networks started, as well as devolution of further responsibility to the GLA and the regions for infrastructure investment.The GLA has already pioneered the idea of housing zones, which see infrastructure funding used to provide a catalyst for home building in regeneration areas. The announcement of a taskforce to pilot a new approach to funding infrastructure is likely to take this a stage further. And the announcement following the Budget that there will be a £329m investment in the Midlands Engine scheme to support transport upgrades, has housing as a key target within the strategy. This follows the Autumn Statement 2016 announcement of the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support the development of new homes. Housing is now infrastructure.It is clear that the ministers want growth, have housebuilders in their sights and that local authorities are being given the responsibility and powers to ensure delivery. An anticipated review of the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 agreements in the autumn 2017 budget suggests levers to push this will be developed further.The relationship between housebuilders and the government is therefore likely to be an interesting one over the coming months.Steve Douglas is a partner at Altairlast_img read more

Chambers cut office space in flexible working drive

first_imgOne in 10 chambers has given partial notice on its lease in a bid to relieve financial pressure, according to a survey which backs up the Bar Council’s prediction of a profession-wide move to flexible working.Carolyn Entwistle, head of services at the Bar Council and chair of the Covid-19 working group, said chambers have seen ‘very little increase’ in the number of members returning to the office and ‘some sets may never return to their previous model’.In a survey conducted by the Legal Practice Management Association and the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks, 10% of respondents said that their chambers had given partial notice on its lease, with a further 21% indicating that they are considering taking similar action in a bid to relieve financial pressure.Writing on the Bar Council’s website, Entwistle said: ‘A reduction in the space available to chambers’ members and staff heralds the beginnings of change, with those same sets presumably planning to maximise on the reductions to their square footage and introduce “work smart” policies which offer greater opportunity for flexible working.’She added: ‘It’s clear that many chambers are not planning to return to work now and that, having adapted to paperless working and a virtual working environment, some sets may never return to their previous model. What this will look like in reality remains to be seen but, for a multitude of reasons, it is a change that is arguably overdue and one that the Bar Council plans to support wholeheartedly.’However, Amanda Pinto QC, chair of the Bar Council, has previously said the ‘immediate advantages’ to downsizing need to be weighed against the ‘very important role a physical chambers plays in all barristers’ careers’.‘This is especially so for those at the junior end and pupils, where chambers’ help is essential to establishing and developing a practice. Chambers is a great support for barristers not just by sharing professional expertise and friendship, but with wellbeing and mental health issues too. None of these advantages should be compromised in any moves towards alternative ways of working,’ Pinto said.last_img read more

Loco builders establish joint venture

first_imgRUSSIA: On May 21 Bombardier Transportation and Transmash Holding signed an agreement at the Third International Rail Business Forum in Sochi to establish an joint venture to develop locomotives with asynchronous traction equipment for the CIS market.The Russian-based joint venture will be equally-owned by the two companies. Transmash Holding is the major supplier of locomotives to RZD, and said it is ‘confident that the combination of Russian design experience with Bombardier’s technological know-how’ will allow the joint venture to ‘achieve significant results in the near term’. The companies already co-operate in component production under an agreement signed in May 2007. Bombardier Transportation Transmashholding AG was formed last year, with Transmashholding Bombardier Transportation (Engineering) Rus as its engineering subsidiary and TMBT (Industrial) Rus manufacturing traction converters based on Bombardier’s Mitrac family.last_img read more

Liar series 2 starts Monday on ITV – preview episode 1

first_img Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Liar returns for a second series on ITV on Monday and it looks like Laura Nielson’s (Joanne Froggatt) nightmare is far from over.If you want to avoid spoilers for Liar, stop reading now.The first series saw Laura accuse Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) of raping her after a date resulted in her not remembering anything that happened. As Laura tried to prove that she was telling the truth, Andrew continued to taunt her and added another victim to his ever-growing list after raping DI Vanessa Harmon (Shelley Conn).<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In the final episode of the series Laura concocted a plan to make sure that a new rape conviction against Andrew would stick but her plans were thwarted when he escaped. Cornered by Laura and Vanessa, Andrew pointed out that if he were to be arrested, they would find GHB in his system and it’s Laura that would get put in prison for drugging him.They reluctantly let him go and as the series came to a close, we discovered that Andrew had gone missing. His lifeless body was shown, leaving a huge question mark over who killed him?Did he commit suicide? Could it have been Laura or Vanessa? Or was it Vanessa’s partner Jennifer Robertson (Jill Halfpenny).The synopsis for series 2 episode 1 is:Three weeks after his disappearance, Andrew’s body is found on the Kent marshes. His throat slit, it’s declared he was murdered. Laura meanwhile is trying to move on from her ordeal. She’s slowly growing in confidence in her new relationship with Ian and has returned to work.Yet her initial relief upon learning of Andrew’s death is cut short. As DI Renton (Katherine Kelly) and DS Maxwell (Danny Webb) seek to determine who killed him, Laura finds herself drawn into Andrew’s destructive path and once again must fight to be believed.Liar series 2 begins at 9pm Monday on ITV. Preview the episode with our gallery below: Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITV Credit: Two Brothers Pictures / ITVlast_img read more

VF Inc to host 6th Summer Youth Series

first_img Sharing is caring! 140 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Chief Executive Officer of VF Inc. Dr Valda Henry (file photo)A summer program which focuses on building self esteem and self confidence among the youth is expected to commence later this month.VF Inc’s Summer Youth Series, which is in its 6th year, will run from 29th July to 3rd August, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Goodwill Parish Hall from 29th July to 1st August, while the career fair, exhibition of student’s work and closing ceremony on August 2 will be held at the Windsor Park Stadium.The 2013 summer youth series will culminate with the hike of Segments 10 and 11 of the Waitukubuli National Trail on 3rd August.The weeklong event is organized around themes including: sports, arts, music, culinary skills, sewing, history, agriculture, drama and poetry & song writing. The method which will focus on experiential learning includes lectures, role-plays, field trips, individual and group activities. The morning sessions will be devoted to the topic; “Self Esteem & Confidence”, while the balance of the day will be spent on an area of choice. Students will have the choice of devoting themselves to an area for the entire week or move across areas over the week. Registration to participate in the event is open to children between the ages of 10 to 18 years at a cost of $100. This fee includes meals, course material, field trips, hike, bags, pens and/or pencils.Last year over 165 young people participated in the 2012 Youth Series held at the Windsor Park Stadium under the theme “Empowering Our Youth for a Better Future”.To obtain additional information on the 2013 Summer Youth Series, one can visit VF Inc’s office on # 37 Cork Street, Roseau or call (767) 449 9649.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews VF Inc to host 6th Summer Youth Series by: – July 1, 2013last_img read more

Three more queen contestants sashed

first_img Share 113 Views   one comment EntertainmentLocalNews Three more queen contestants sashed by: – February 5, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Miss Jewele Brown being sashed.Jewele Brown, representing Pointe Mitchell, Octavia Prosper represent La Plaine/Delices and Royette Laurent representing Portsmouth were officially sashed on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Dominica Festivals Committee’s weekly press conference.They join Miss Scotia Bank Donella Riviere and Miss Dominica National Petroleum Company (DNPC) Tourence Dorsette who were sashed last week Wednesday.All three young ladies are part sponsored by Petro Caribe.Miss Royette Laurent, Portsmouth Representative Queen Contestant.“My platform is internalizing fitness and wellness as a lifestyle because at heart I am a true sport fanatic,” Miss Brown who expressed special thanks to her sponsor stated.Octavia prosper who also expressed her thanks her sponsors said, “I can assure you that I will do whatever it takes to make you proud in the end”. “I would like to say a big thank you to Petro Caribe for coming onboard to sponsor three of the queen contestants, especially myself,” Royette Laurent stated.She urged the public to support the pageant carded for February 28, 2014 at the Windsor Park Stadium.Miss Octavia Prosper, La Plaine/Delices Queen contestant.“Petro Caribe is happy to partner again with DFC, we are happy to come onboard in a big way to ensure that Mas Dominik is big and tremendous,” sales and marketing manager of Petro Caribe, Ian Pinard said.He said it’s the first time that they are part sponsoring three contestants in the National Queen Pageant.He also informed that they are part sponsoring the teenage pageant and the Mas Jamboree at the Dominica State College.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Loubiere man fined for stealing from pensioner

first_img Share Share Share Jerome La fleur of Loubiere has a hefty fine to pay for stealing one thousand pounds from a pensioner.La Fleur pleaded guilty to the charge of theft preferred against him when he appeared before Magistrate Michael Bruney today, September 4, 2014.Police prosecutor sergeant Davidson Cadette told the court, a seventy-nine year old pensioner who is visiting the island on vacation, left her door opened on Sunday August 3, 2014 about 10AM and went to visit the next door neighbor.She left her bag in the floor of her room containing one thousand pounds. Upon her return home, she found her bag on the table and the money missing.She immediately made a report to the Point Michelle Police station.The following day, police officers met the defendant in Loubiere and informed him of the report and cautioned him. “Is only four hundred EC I take, I don’t know nothing about pounds,” La Fleur responded.He was arrested on suspicion of theft and taken to Police Headquarters. While in custody at the Police Headquarters in Roseau, La Fleur became ill and was admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for one week. After La Fleur was discharged from the Hospital, the officers met him on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and reminded of the earlier complaint. “Officer I did not steal no one thousand pounds I took four hundred in the kitchen and I spent the money eating and drinking,” La Fleur told the police.He was arrested and placed in the police cells. The money was not recovered.When Magistrate Bruney asked La Fleur to make a plea in mitigation for himself, he again stated he only stole $400.00 and was sorry for what he did. “If I have time I can work and pay back the money,” he continued.“I want to give you time, but you are making it difficult for me,” Magistrate Bruney told him. “You just finish serving a nine months sentence and here you are,” the Magistrate added.He was ordered to pay compensation in the sum of $4260.00. Of that amount, $400.00 has to be paid by October 31st in default of payment; La Fleur will spend 3 months in prison. An additional $400.00 has to be paid by December 31, 2014 and in default of payment he will spend three months in prison.The $3460.00 balance is to be paid by December 31, 2015 in default of payment he is to spend six months in jail.Magistrate Bruney also sentenced La Fleur to serve 18 months in jail but it is suspended for two years. If he commits any other offence during this two year period, he will have to serve the eighteen months sentence.Dominica Vibes News 142 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! News Loubiere man fined for stealing from pensioner by: – September 4, 2014 Tweetlast_img read more

Prior training deemed essential during crisis situations

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 84 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Prior training deemed essential during crisis situations by: – June 10, 2016 Share CEO of Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority, Benoit BardouilleTraining of private and public sector personnel is essential in the event of crisis situations, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille has said.Speaking during the first segment of a Disaster Management Workshop convened by Tropical Shipping in collaboration with a number of local and regional organizations on Thursday June 9, 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel, Bardouille said this is why his staff has been trained in a number of areas. Thousands of people move through the airports and seaports, he explained, and therefore they have to be ready to be able to respond in the event that a crisis situation arises. “As a result we have to constantly put our persons in training; be it through the Red Cross CPR training or other things that they normally have, we have to put our persons through [it] because we consider ourselves as first responders in relation to that aspect of the transportation sector.”Additionally, Bardouille said DASPA is also prepared for a number of biological issues, as they need to be able to detect dangerous cargo, deal with oil spills, health risks to the population or a bomb threat. “We have to engage the police but we have to take…some preliminary steps in terms of safe guarding life and property. So we’re in this constant mode.”Therefore it is important to create partnerships with the private and public sectors so that all can be prepared and able to respond to situations whenever it comes. Thus, Bardouille pointed out that planning is important to dealing with crisis issues. He made reference to August 27, 2015 when Tropical Storm Erika impacted Dominica and DASPA’s task of restoring operations at the air and sea ports. “If we did not have a plan to execute, we would not have been able to bring the service back as quick as we did because we basically narrowed our options.”He also cautioned that one must not wait until the hurricane season to go through preparatory steps and be ready for a natural disaster or any other destructive event. DASPA, he said, does not plan only for the hurricane season as some persons do but “some three hundred and sixty-five plus one day in the leap year to be prepared for emergency situations and then we have to have contingency plans for almost every situation that you can think of”. “So I am saying to all of you here that we must not wait until the hurricane season opens in June for us to go through a level of preparation and a level of readiness. Drills and exercises need to be performed constantly so that when we are called upon to undertake the actual activity it will become a norm for us.”Procrastination in this area Mr. Bardouille said will leave those who do in a state of unsureness and not know who is in control. He told the participants who represented a wide cross section of the stakeholders on the island that they have support when it comes to being able to be prepared to take on their roles in emergency situations. “We want to make sure that we’re very clear in terms of what we do and I think that I want to say to both the public and private sector that you do have support.”The Dominica Red Cross as well as the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force are two of the agencies offering training. Dominica he warned ranks high on the vulnerability index in terms of “things we can expect to happen in Dominica”, therefore there is no room for complacency to the approach to disaster preparedness. “At the end of the day, if you don’t perform and if you don’t do the things that you are supposed to do, it will become a crisis not only for you but for a lot of persons and a lot of institutions and then government may have to bear the burden for your unpreparedness in the system,” Bardouille warned.last_img read more

Optimists honor Hippler as Farmington Hills Firefighter of the Year

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club recently honored Sgt. Nick Hippler of the Farmington Hills Fire Department as its Firefighter of the Year.From left: Farmington Hills Fire Department Lt. Jamie Neufeld, Fire Chief Jon Unruh, Sgt. Nick Hippler and Fire Marshal Jason Olszewski (contributed photo)“Nick consistently displays the highest level of professionalism while providing a superior level of service to the community,” said Fire Chief Jon Unruh.Hippler started with the department in 2003 as a paid-on-call firefighter. He was hired as a Career Firefighter in 2006, promoted to Senior Firefighter in 2010, and to Sergeant in 2015.A member of the Fire Department’s Honor Guard, Hippler serves as a Fire Investigator and Fire Academy Instructor. He has received five Life Saving Awards, three Certificates of Appreciation, and many Letters of Appreciation from the public.A 2001 graduate of Farmington High School, Hippler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Madonna University. He is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff & Command. Reported bylast_img read more

Akoustis Ships First 5G Mobile BAW Filter Samples

first_imgAkoustis has shipped its first 5G mobile filter samples to a multi-billion-dollar tier-1 wireless telecommunications customer. The shipment is related to a recently announced order to develop a co-existence BAW RF filter for 5G spectrum addressing mobile handsets and other wireless devices.The mobile industry represents the largest potential market for Akoustis by volume and revenue, with approximately 1.5 billion smartphones shipped in 2018 according to a February 2019 Gartner report. Akoustis received the order to develop a co-existence BAW RF filter for 5G mobile in May 2019 given the unique ability of its XBAW technology to deliver BAW filter solutions up to 7 GHz that can offer the performance necessary to handle the co-existence challenges of closely spaced frequency bands.The filter solution shipped meets the form factor required for mobile applications. Akoustis expects its customer to evaluate the new filter over the next few months. In addition to the 5G mobile filter opportunity, the company remains focused on providing BAW filter solutions for multiple wireless markets including WiFi, 4G/5G infrastructure and defense.According to Jeff Shealy, Founder and CEO of Akoustis, as the sub-6 GHz 5G New Radio (NR) mid-band resides between 3.3 GHz to 5 GHz, future filter solutions to resolve co-existence issues in 5G mobile handsets are right in our sweet spot. Akoustis has already developed commercial filter products at 3.8 GHz, 5.2 GHz and 5.6 GHz, proving that it can produce BAW RF filters at the higher frequencies associated with 5G. As a result, the company continues discussions with multiple large mobile communications companies seeking access to high frequency co-existence filter technology.Akoustis’ filters are designed and manufactured using the Company’s patented XBAW process and manufactured in its Si-MEMS Wafer Fab located in Canandaigua, NY. The company has introduced several new filters over the past twelve months using its proprietary XBAW manufacturing process including a 5.6 GHz WiFi filter, a 5.2 GHz WiFi filter, a 3.8 GHz filter for defense phased-array radar applications, a 3.6 GHz filter for the CBRS infrastructure market and Band 25 downlink and uplink filters for LTE infrastructure. It is also developing several new filters for the sub 7 GHz bands targeting 5G mobile device, network infrastructure, WiFi CPE and defense markets.last_img read more