36,566 new homes registered in Q1

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » 36,566 new homes registered in Q1 previous nextLand & New Homes36,566 new homes registered in Q1The NHBC reports a 10 per cent increase in new home completions in 2015/16The Negotiator5th May 20160661 Views 36,566 new homes were registered by NHBC in the first three months of the year in the UK, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics.28,398 new homes were registered in the private sector, a 7 per cent decrease on the 30,560 a year ago, with the public and affordable sector down 15 per cent with 8,168 new homes registered compared to 9,584 in Q1 2015.The overall number is 9 per cent down on the same period last year when 40,144 new homes were registered. However for the financial year 2015/16, registrations remained in line with the previous year with 152,329 new home registrations, marginally ahead of the 152,262 registered in 2014/15.There was also a 10 per cent increase in the number of new home completions for the financial year up to the end of March, compared to 2014/15, with 137,396 completions in total. This increase mirrors the strong growth seen in registrations in recent years, resulting in these new homes being completed over the first few months of 2016.NHBC Chief Executive Mike Quinton (left) said, “Our latest statistics show that the industry is consolidating on the strong growth in registrations seen in recent years. Registrations are now around 80 per cent higher than the depths of the financial crisis in 2008/09, driven by increased activity from private sector housebuilders.“Because of the increase in registrations we are now also seeing the resulting completions come through, as reflected in the 10 per cent rise in the number of new homes completed in the financial year.”Land & new homes NHBC new homes May 5, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

March of the Penguins

first_imgLaura Winwood, a Hertford student explained, “As it stands we have not yet been officially informed by college as to the events that took place nor the basis for their decision to take disciplinary action and what form this will take. Nonetheless there is a great deal of concern amongst some members of the JCR.”One second-year Hertford student, who wished to remain anonymous, added, “This seems to be a ridiculous overreaction from college; but no one will tell us what’s really going on.”The Penguins, set up last year, have already created a reputation for themselves to rival other Oxford drinking societies. Elaborate initiation ceremonies are said to involve swimming in the Cherwell, running around Oxford naked and smeared with goosefat, and eating raw squid. A crewdate with schoolgirls was planned for this term, but the event has now been cancelled.Some students have complained that their durnken antics not only reflect poorly on the college, but leave the JCR with the repair bills. Hertford JCR has a collective damage account, meaning that if facilities or equipment are broken by members, they have to be replaced with money from the JCR. Some JCR members have expressed frustration at having to pay to clean up after Penguins’ ‘Bullingdon-esque’ antics.Phoebe Arnold, Hertford’s Women’s Welfare Rep said, “The actions and values of the Penguins are certainly not representative of anyone else at Hertford. I’d be loath for anyone to think that.”The dislike of the society is far from universal. An anonymous second-year Hertford student commented, “It is probable, indeed obvious, that at least a small group of the college have deep ill-feelings towards the Penguin society, however these do not represent the mood of the JCR on the whole, who honestly seem to simply not care.”The anti-Penguin poster campaign remains shrouded in mystery as the campaigner has successfully hidden their identity from the college authorities.Hertford’s Dean sent out an email arguing that the poster campaign was “well beyond the bounds of acceptable behaviour, even in jest.”He pointed out, “One in particular featured the C-word… Luckily the posters were removed by the prompt action of the duty porter.” A number of members of Hertford College’s notorious Penguin drinking society were suspended on Wednesday, pending investigation.College officials told Cherwell, “I can confirm that we are investigating possible breaches of our disciplinary code and that a number of undergraduates have been suspended whilst that process takes its course.”However, they refused to reveal the disciplinary breaches they are investigating. The suspensions come in the same week as a poster campaign was launched against the society in the College.The posters, pinned up round the JCR in the middle of the night, included extracts from an email thread allegedly between their leader, the Emperor Penguin, and other members of the society. The email dates from Trinity term last year.The comments reportedly included offensive descriptions and predatory statements about female members of the college, including ‘assessments’ of whom to invite to invite on a crewdate.Next to the name of one female fresher was written, “Only if we’re desperate.” Another comment about a fresher read, “Saw her get battered on Sat… although not all that great.” The posters included pictures of the Penguins alleged to have written the emails.The Penguins themselves are refusing to comment, though two have confirmed that they have been suspended. Around 15 members are reported to have been asked to leave Hertford campus by yesterday morning.Hertford students have been informed that their bar will be closed for the foreseeable future. The bar manager and treasurer are both members of the Penguins.Students have been shocked by the college’s decision to suspend the undergraduates. Rumours abound as to the reasons behind it and the future of the society. Several of those who have been suspended are finalists, and it is not clear when or whether they will be allowed to return.last_img read more

New Sales Agent Joins Berkshire Hathaway

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office at Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors welcomes Amy McComb as a new sales associate at the Simpson Avenue office in Ocean City.“Buying or selling a home is one of the most significant decisions one will make in their lifetime. The care and guidance of a trustworthy and loyal real estate agent is crucial to the success of buying or selling a home. At BHHS Fox and Roach, fostering relationships over transactions are of utmost importance, which encouraged me to become a part of the BHHS Fox and Roach family as a real estate agent in Ocean City,” McComb said in a press release.She added, “Building relationships with clients and meeting their individual needs are top priority for me as your agent working diligently for you. Serving our community and neighborhoods is also at the heart of BHHS Fox and Roach’s core foundation, which I am privileged to be a part of.”McComb serves Atlantic and Cape May counties and can be contacted at (609) 703-2393 or by emailing [email protected]“BHHS Fox and Roach offers a wide variety of continual professional development, as well as state-of-the-art marketing technologies, enhancing the buying and selling process,” McComb said. “As a full-service, globally renowned brokerage, providing unmatched marketing services, advanced technology tools, and a unique focus on the customer’s service, I am able to achieve greater success for my clients, whether buying, selling or leasing.”Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.With market dominance three times the market share of its nearest competitor, the brokerage completed more than 31,457 transactions in 2019. With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1, for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.Through its affiliate, the Trident Group, the company provides one-stop shopping and services to its clients, including mortgage financing, and title, property and casualty insurance.The company-sponsored charitable foundation, Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, is committed to addressing the needs of children and families in stressful life circumstances and has contributed over $7.2 million to more than 250 local organizations since its inception in 1995.Visit the company website at www.foxroach.com.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors sales associate Amy McComb. (Courtesy of BHHS)last_img read more

Trondossa Music & Arts Festival, Doom Flamingo, ROBOTRIO, More Take Over Charleston [Photos]

first_imgAside from Widespread Panic’s epic performances, local and nationally touring bands took on their respective time slots throughout Saturday and Sunday at the 2nd annual Trondossa Music & Arts Festival. An additional installation to this year’s Trondossa was The Home Stage, a side stage for local bands to fill the gaps between Main Stage set up and break down.Bands on The Home Stage had anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to showcase their talents for those in the crowd willing to make the 150 yard walk across site. These bands included Charleston outfits Josh Roberts and The Hinges, The Reckoning, Schema, Sol Driven Train, She Returns from War, and ROBOTRIO made up of Ross Bogan (Doom Flamingo), Wallace Mullinax, and Jonathan Peace. ROBOTRIO recently released their first single “Space Cadet” ahead of their first festival performance and late night party on Sunday night at Charleston Pour House, which also featured Jake Cinninger, The Royal Horns, and Doom Flamingo bandmate Ryan Stasik.Three of these groups had the chance to play twice, both Saturday and Sunday. Sol Driven Train, Schema, and The Reckoning all took on double duty for the weekend to fill in the gaps for bands such as The Wood Brothers, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Marcus King Band, Caroline Rose, Umphrey’s McGee, and of course Widespread Panic. On Sunday, John Bell kicked it on the stage right, grinning and digging the performance from Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Up-and-coming progressive funk group Schema, comprised of native Charlestonians, had some of the longest playing time at The Home Stage. The group just released their first EP in collaboration with a few other Charleston musicians, confirmed a slot at Big SOMETHING’s The Big What festival, and have been branching out of the lowcountry.Over on the Main Stage Saturday, The Wood Brothers and Marcus King Band brought Trondossa patrons through some of the best songs of their catalog. By the time Umphrey’s hit at 6:00 p.m. for a 90-minute set, the southern rock Saturday vibe was well-established. It wasn’t until the next day that Umphrey’s delivered a traditional set , complete with a Led Zeppelin cover of “Kashmir” featuring Kanika Moore of Doom Flamingo.After each night of Widespread Panic’s Trondossa Music & Arts Festival sets, the Charleston Pour House hosted two disco-fused late-night parties. Complete with a disco ball, dynamic lighting, and plenty of musicians who played at Trondossa, Doom Flamingo put on one of the most electric shows at The Pour House to date.Doom Flamingo is Charleston’s own all-star crew. Started by Charleston resident and Umphrey’s McGee member Ryan Stasik (Bass), Ross Bogan (Keyboard), Stuart White (Drums), Thomas Kenney (Guitar), Kanika Moore (Vocals), and Mike Quinn (Saxophone), Doom has grown exponentially in the past year including the release of an EP and booking a headlining spot at French Broad River Festival. The synthwave sextet proved right away that their year of hard work has grown in amplitude since their May 31, 2018 debut in Charleston.Performing songs from their most recent EP and more, Doom took on Pour House’s main stage on a ride unlike anything else. The Charleston Pour House crowd witnessed darkwave troughs to dreamwave crests, while the band worked their way around original work from their past year on the grind.Throughout the show, lead vocalist Kanika Moore would leave the stage to make room for dark synth instrumentation from the guys. Working through guitar and and sax solos, Bogan and Stasik would stick together to slingshot the group back to the light-hearted. The best thing about Doom is their ability to fall effortlessly into sinister darkness and rise ferociously into a tempting dreamland. Doom’s definition of synthwave is both organic and voltaic. Throughout the show, the crowd chanted “DOOOOOOM” leading up to each song and to close it out. It is without a doubt Doom Flamingo will continue to rise.After the final night of Widespread Panic’s Trondossa Music & Arts Festival set, The Home Stage performers ROBOTRIO put together one of the most stacked lineups The Charleston Pour House has seen. The cover-heavy set encompassed local sit-ins, an original, and an ode to the late-Col. Bruce Hampton.The night kicked off with local outfit Terraphonics, as members of the headlining act were still returning from Riverfront Park at Trondosaa. With the ending of Terraphonics, ROBOTRIO & Friends took over the stage with little room to spare. From left to right was Ross Bogan (Keys), Ryan Stasik (Bass), Gino Castillo (Percussion), Jonathan Peace (Drums), Wallace Mullinax(Guitar), Jake Cinninger (Guitar), Dean Mitchell (Sax), Mike Quinn (Sax), Justin Johnson (Trumpet), and finally Kanika Moore (Doom Flamingo) at the front of the stage on vocals.The band’s set kicked off with a lengthy rendition of “Cisco Kid”, which drew the Trondossa stragglers into a near-capacity Pour House. The War cover led to a heartfelt speech from Bogan thanking Pour House owner, Alex Harris, for letting them create and grow in a place that is accepting of their talents. As divine coincidence would have it, ROBOTRIO’s first show was the day after the Colonel’s passing, and as Bogan recalls, “I swear there was something special in the air. And from that moment on we knew we had to keep this going.” Since then, ROBOTRIO has done nothing but hussle, including the release of their first single “Space Cadet” and hosting their biggest show to date.With the finale of Trondossa, Ross Bogan and company celebrated Harris’ and Col. Bruce’s birthday (April 30) with “Working on a Building”. For most in attendance, the song saw howling bends and trade-offs from Mullinax and Cinninger, as well as wails from Bogan’s Hammond. With all of the musicians on stage, Pour House staff, and all the regulars, it was a culmination of a scene built since 2002. Between Harris and Pour House staff’s ever-expanding mentality, Col. Bruce’s ideology was commemorated. Pour House was in bliss as everyone celebrated “One of the last great American music clubs,” as Col. Bruce once stated.The only original of the night came with “I Love You”, followed by an explosive “Billie Cocaine” to follow. For those unfamiliar, it was the lyrics of Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” on top of the music of “Billie Jean”.“Message From The Meters” turned up next with Charleston legend Bill Wilson up on stage to trade off vocals with Kanika Moore. Alongside Bill Wilson popped out Thomas Kenney (Doom Flamingo, Terraphonics) to give Wallace Mullinax a break next to Cinninger on guitar.Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through the Grapevine” came next, followed by “Bullshit Anthem”, where Stasik explained how his car broke down that morning. He had to push it from a bridge, but “bullshit like that wouldn’t get him down.” To close out the night, and weekend, the 10-piece outfit selected the apt and proper Chicago tune “25 Or 6 to 4” with an extended jam at the end.Setlist: ROBOTRIO | Charleston Pour House | Charleston SC | 4/28/2019Set:Cisco Kid > Working on a Building > I Love You > Billie Cocaine > Message From The Meters^ > Heard It Through The Grapevine > Bullshit Anthem > 25 Or 6 to 4^ w/ Bill Wilson & Thomas Kenney (Doom Flamingo, Terraphonics)Check out beautiful galleries of photos from the weekend below courtesy of photographer Ellison White.Trondossa Music & Arts Festival | North Charleston, SC | 4/27/2019 | Photos: Ellison White ROBOTRIO | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC | 4/28/2019 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining images Trondossa Music & Arts Festival | North Charleston, SC | 4/28/2019 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining imagescenter_img Doom Flamingo | Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC | 4/27/2019 | Photos: Ellison White Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Following the story

first_imgWhen a large truck rumbled past her Cambridge hotel this week, Melissa Block’s heart jumped. The sound reminded the journalist of her trip to China for a series of feature stories prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.“It still comes back,” Block told a group of students gathered at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Monday. The host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” was preparing for an interview when a massive earthquake struck Sichuan Province. The disaster left 70,000 people dead and millions homeless.Her reporting from China was perhaps the hardest assignment of her career, Block told the Harvard undergrads during lunch, and later a crowd that jammed the Radcliffe Gymnasium to hear her speak. She described following a couple as they searched frantically for their young son in the rubble of their collapsed apartment building. An excerpt from her final report — with her voice wavering and almost breaking — reverberated in the gym’s vaulted hall, and included the cries of the husband and wife who learned their son was dead.“I have never narrated a story that way before or since,” said Block ’83, who was on campus for a day of discussions sponsored by Radcliffe. But while many commended her work, she said, some listeners complained that the piece “exploited this family’s excruciating grief.”The radio host defended the work as part of NPR’s broader mission to vividly capture the human experience. The family, she said, included her in their heartbreaking search. They “seemed to want their story told, and I hope that by telling it we might help people half a planet away to understand on a visceral level what had happened to so many thousands of families in China.”“That intimate exercise in storytelling,” the ability to capture a listener’s attention and connect him or her to a time, a place, or a person, is what Block called “our true North.” With a news cycle in “overdrive,” that steady formula, she said, will help radio shows like hers survive and thrive.“That is what we should strive for,” she said.To emphasize the point, she played clips from several “All Things Considered” stories for the crowd at the gymnasium — the words of an aspiring female teenage boxer, the sounds of a struggling shark being wrestled aboard a boat, and her own voice softly repeating the phrase “oh my goodness” as buildings in China crumbled around her. The packed hall hushed.Changes in technology mean the traditional radio format has to change too, said Block, as “many more information sources [are] vying for our listeners’ attention.”One idea in the works at NPR, she said, is a stream individual users can customize. But while such a move would give listeners the ability to pick and chose the stories they want, it would also mean they would miss “the stories they don’t know they want,” she said.“These are the kinds of really big questions that NPR is grappling with.”A French history and literature concentrator, Block’s career path took a serendipitous turn after college. After considering law school, she thought about working for a magazine or for a book publisher, but on something of a whim opted instead to apply at NPR. She was hired in 1985 to set up interviews for Noah Adams, then the host of “All Things Considered.” Since then Block has been a reporter, producer, director, and editor. She has hosted the show since 2003.The organization appreciated hard work and was open to teaching anything to anyone who was willing to learn, Block said, recalling her earliest days at NPR. Adams was a priceless mentor, she said, and the women who worked there became her inspirations.“From the beginning, women’s voices have defined the sound of NPR,” she said. On-air regulars such as Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Susan Stamberg, and Linda Wertheimer paved the way for a new wave of journalists, she said, including today’s crop of “fearless women foreign reporters.”During her afternoon session with students at Harvard, Block said she tries to explain the more complicated stories “in a way my parents would understand.” She balked at the notion of increasingly shortened attention spans in the age of the Twitter, smartphones, and Facebook. The show’s longer-form, narrative stories that can run as long as 22 minutes get “the most passionate response” from the audience of anything NPR does, she said.Block said her adrenaline-fueled days always yield rewards, like the time she spoke with renowned choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones about one of his favorite songs. The interview “unfolded in this miraculous way … I felt my jaw just dropping,” she recalled. But just as often, said Block, it’s her unknown subjects who offer up moments of “radio gold.”“You could talk to them about their pumpkin patch, or their violin-making business every week, because they have incredible things to say.”Block is quick to credit the liberal arts education she received at Harvard with helping her develop her “expansive view of the world.” Studying things like French and history, and even playing the viola with Harvard’s Bach Society Orchestra, “all comes to bear, doing what I do,” she said in an interview with the Gazette earlier in the day. “All of those things” shaped her, she said.Block’s advice to aspiring journalists is simple. Be hungry for information, play an instrument, learn a language, and above all, listen.“Listen more.” Practice the “pure art of listening, being quiet,” she said. “ And go into radio.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Hamilton’s Jeffrey Seller Working on a Theater-Themed TV Pilot & More

first_imgJeffrey Seller(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Eve Best & More Join London’s Love in IdlenessThe Menier Chocolate Factory has begun to assemble its cast for the previously announced Love in Idleness. Olivier winner and Tony nominee Eve Best (Hedda Gabler, A Moon for the Misbegotten) will star as Olivia Brown, with Anthony Head Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as Sir John Fletcher, U.K. stage alum Edward Bluemel as Michael Brown, and Helen George (The Woman in White) as Diana Fletcher. Additional casting will be announced later. Performances will run from March 9 through April 29. Nunn will direct the Terence Rattigan revival; he is also set to helm the Menier’s presentation of Lettice and Lovage beginning May 17.Cate Blanchett Can’t See YouCate Blanchett stopped by Live with Kelly on January 31 to chat with Ripa and Busy Philipps about making her Broadway debut in The Present. With all the stage lights (and fog at the top of the second act), the Oscar winner can’t really see out into the crowd, but she had no probably spotting her eight-year-old son, who was frantically waving his arms to her from the house. That’s adorable, but if you catch her at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, maybe keep your arms at your side. It’s only cute if her son does it. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Jeffrey Seller’s Bringing Drama to the ScreenMove over, Glee. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Friday Night Lights and Parenthood’s Jason Katims are teaming up to executive produce a pilot or a series about a high school drama club. The prospective NBC series, titled Drama High, is based on Michael Sokolove’s book of the same name, which celebrates a Levittown, Pennsylvania drama teacher named Lou Volpe whose dedication galvanizes the working class town.Rachel Bloom, Pasek & Paul Set for Flash / Supergirl MusicalWait…does Kara Zor-El have an aunt who used to live in Paris? Is that where Laura Benanti has been? Dear Evan Hansen composers and La La Land Oscar nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have written a song for the upcoming musical crossover of The Flash and Supergirl. The two penned “Runnin’ Home to You,” to be performed by The Flash star Grant Gustin, according to Deadline. Additionally, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom lent her comedic chops and songwriting talents to the two-part event, having co-written the song “Superfriends” for Gustin and Melissa Benoist with Tom Root. Be sure to catch both episodes, featuring Darren Criss as the Musical Meister, on March 20 and 21.Tamron Hall Rolls Her Stockings DownThe name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Tamron? Well, it was for one night only. Tamron Hall hung out with Spice Girl and current Chicago star Mel B recently, and the visit led to the Today Show host making her stage debut to deliver the show’s opening lines about murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery: all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. Take a look at the two’s chat—as well as Hall’s costume fitting, rehearsal and star turn—below.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

It’s Debate Day at Hofstra – Follow the Press for Updates

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Good morning from Hofstra University, the site of the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The Long Island Press will be updating, Tweeting, Facebooking all day as the world awaits one of the most anticipated debates in history. According to several reports, this could be the most watched debate, ever, and rival Super Bowl ratings. And just in case you are thinking about keeping score, the first Obama-Romney debate four years ago drew more than 67 million viewers. Monday evening’s contest of ideas comes as various polls indicate a tight head-to-head race. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday had the two in a “virtual dead heat.” Clinton holds a two-point advantage both in a two-way race and when the two third party candidates—Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein—are included in the poll. In a separate survey conducted by Bloomberg, Clinton and Trump are tied coming into the race. But in that poll, Trump holds a two-point lead when Johnson and Stein are included.Trump has essentially wiped out the significant lead Clinton generated after both nominating conventions this past summer, which highlights just how crucial Monday night’s debate will be for the two candidates. Given how unusual this presidential campaign has been—dating back to the beginning of the primaries—nobody knows quite what to expect, especially from Trump who has made several inflammatory remarks about various religious and ethnic groups. Despite denigrating Mexicans as “rapists” and “criminals,” suggesting a US-born judge with Mexican heritage should be disqualified from overseeing a Trump University lawsuit, calling for the complete ban of non-US Muslims from coming into the country, Trump has been undeterred. He has successfully built up a solid core of support, most notably from working-class white Americans.Clinton remains mired in a controversy over her handling of a personal email server while she was U.S. Secretary of State and has been unable to quell concerns that she’s untrustworthy. Clinton recently had to walk back her own controversial comments about half of Trump supporters being “deplorables” for exhibiting misogynistic, racist and sexist views. Clinton later apologized. Both candidates come into the race as the most disliked presidential nominees in history. So, what do you need to know about the debate?The debate from Hofstra University kicks off on 9 p.m. and will be televised live on all major networks, plus cable news networks CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Also, both Facebook and Twitter will be airing the debate live on their platforms. Lester Holt of NBC News will serve as moderator and he too will fall under a microscope to see whether he challenges both candidates for misleading or completely false comments. Moderators don’t typically fact-check candidates on the spot, preferring to let the candidates correct purported mistruths themselves. But after Matt Lauer’s widely ridiculed town hall-style event in which he was accused of being caught flat-footed on some of Trump’s claims, Holt will be scrutinized to see how aggressive he is in addressing any false claims. As security goes, Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner last week said this would the most “significant security event” in three decades in the county. Police have closed several major roadways in and around Hofstra. Also more than 1,000 officers from various law enforcement agencies will be on hand to provide security inside the debate area, the campus and the perimeter—where officials have prepared for potential largescale protests. Krumpter said the department has prepared for upwards of 10,000 protesters. Refer to our previous coverage for information regarding prohibited items, road closures, and the debate format. Happy debating, everybody!last_img read more

Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas

first_imgFive people travelling from Incheon in South Korea were found to have fevers after landing at Weihai in eastern Shandong province Tuesday and were immediately sent to a hospital for treatment and observation, state media said.The remaining 158 passengers on the Jeju Air flight, which included South Korean, US, Ukrainian and Chinese nationals, were taken to a hotel for medical observation, CCTV said, without specifying the nationality of the five patients.Another three travelers with fevers, all Chinese, arrived in the eastern city of Nanjing on Tuesday morning and were discovered to have symptoms after customs personnel boarded the aircraft on landing to screen passengers.The three were immediately sent by ambulance to a hospital for isolation and testing, while 94 passengers were sent to a hotel to be quarantined, CCTV said.None of the three people with fevers on the flight to Nanjing had any history of travel to Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the outbreak originated.South Korea has now reported 12 deaths and more than 1,200 infections — the largest number of cases outside China.Japan has reported at least 165 infections, in addition to an outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined for weeks off Japan before 970 people were allowed to disembark last week.Mongolia, which has closed its borders with China, announced it was banning flights to and from Japan and South Korea until March 11. Topics : Beijing announced Wednesday that people landing in the Chinese capital from countries hit by the new coronavirus epidemic will have to go into 14-day self-quarantine.A day earlier, more than 250 people arriving in eastern China from South Korea were placed in isolation after passengers on two flights were discovered to have fevers.Beijing had already ordered people returning to the capital to go into self-quarantine following the Lunar New Year holiday but exempted those arriving from abroad.center_img With the deadly virus now hitting countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Beijing’s health commission spokesman Gao Xiaojun told reporters on Wednesday that people arriving “from areas with severe epidemic situations abroad … must accept home or concentrated medical observation for 14 days”.The eastern city of Qingdao and Dalian in the northeast announced similar measures.Separately, the foreign ministry said China was “exploring the possibility” of adopting “scientific, appropriate, and targeted prevention and control measures” for people arriving from abroad.Beijing has criticized countries for imposing bans on arrivals from China over the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 78,000.last_img read more

EIOPA pensions stakeholder group appoints new chair

first_imgBenne van Popta has been named the new chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) pensions stakeholder group, IPE has learned.The 30-strong Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) also elected Matti Leppälä, currently secretary general of PensionsEurope, as vice-chair during yesterday’s first meeting of the new OPSG in Frankfurt.Van Popta was previously vice-chair during the inaugural term of the OPSG chaired by Chris Verhaegen.Verhaegen remains a member of the group, to which 14 new members were appointed at the beginning of October, representing employee interests. The source added that the first meeting of the new OPGS discussed the workload for the coming two and a half years, covering expected further consultations initiated by EIOPA on the holistic balance sheet.The source also cited “recognition” of the need to focus on defined contribution funds and personal pensions – falling under the banner of consumer protection.New chair Van Popta is a former co-chairman of the VB, the Dutch industry-wide pension fund association and, since 2011, has acted as employers’ chairman at the €47.1bn mechanical engineering scheme PMT.Previously, he was chairman of the retail sector pension fund.He spent 13 years working at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, after studying macroeconomics and public finance.last_img read more

APG fields first major institutional chair of private equity body

first_imgJankovic previously chaired the association’s responsible investment roundtable. She told IPE it was the first time that Invest Europe had as its chair someone who specialised in responsible investment.She said much had been achieved in the field, such as the development of an ESG due diligence questionnaire for general partners (GPs).One of her goals is to push climate change higher up the agenda at the association.“We need to ensure that this growing trend from the limited partner base to engage with GPs on climate change is made visible and that GPs get more and more comfortable with having a systematic approach to climate change risk assessment,” she said. Marta Jankovic, senior responsible investment and governance specialist, APGPrivate equity is in strong demand and APG’s Jankovic said this was positive for the European economy. At the same time, she added, it was important to have an association supporting the growth of private equity that brings together GPs and limited partners (LPs).According to Invest Europe data, private equity fundraising reached an eight-year high in 2016, with pension funds contributing one-third of the capital raised. Data firm Preqin recently said fundraising periods were becoming shorter as a result of the strong demand.APG has a strong commitment to private equity as an asset class, Jankovic said, and recognised the importance of having a voice in the industry association.“The symbolic value is very high and I really hope personally that the fact APG is chairing Invest Europe this year sends a signal to institutional investors more broadly in Europe about the value of being part of the association,” she said.Having an institutional investor in the role of chair “shows institutional investors are comfortable with private equity as an asset class and believe in it”, she added.“We also believe that it needs to be transparent about how it operates in the market and needs to continue to adhere to high professional standards.”As chair of Invest Europe Jankovic succeeds Gerry Murphy, senior managing director and chairman of Blackstone Europe. Under his tenure, Invest Europe launched a pan-European private equity activity database, in partnership with national venture capital associations, announced new EU venture capital funding initiatives and launched Invest Week, a series of events for policymakers.The chair of Invest Europe is selected from one of four different industry segments – venture capital, mid-market, large buy-out and LPs – on strict rotation. Jankovic was selected by the members in the LP platform.Michael Collins, chief executive of Invest Europe, said: “Marta’s contribution to Invest Europe’s work on professional standards, investor reporting guidelines and responsible investment is invaluable and we are delighted that she has agreed to step into the role of chair for the coming year.” Dutch pension asset manager APG is fielding the new chair of Invest Europe, marking the first time a major institutional investor has the role at the European private equity and venture capital association. Marta Jankovic, senior responsible investment and governance specialist at APG, has been appointed to the role, effective immediately. She will hold the position for one year.At APG, Jankovic oversees the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into the €452bn manager’s private equity allocations and investment solutions that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.“I want to highlight the important role private equity can have on the environment and society at large and look forward to helping to shape this key work,” she said.last_img read more