first_imgNew figures from the NHBC published this morning reveal an astonishing acceleration in the number of build-to-rent flats completed last year, increasing by 57% to just under 4,800 units compared to 2018.One commentator has already called the increase “indicative of a rapidly-changing approach to renting in the UK where service is no longer seen as a premium but instead as a core part of the offer”.Franz Doerr, CEO of deposit alternative firm Flatfair, also says the figures suggest there is significant shift in the way people view renting.The NHBC figures reveal the accelerating nature of build-to-rent construction.In 2015, when figures were first gathered, just 1,257 apartments were completed, a figure which then reduced the next year before beginning to expand each year. But last year’s total is the biggest leap yet, the research document released to the media late last night shows.The NHBC figures will be music to ministerial ears. Successive Conservative governments have tried their best to encourage the ‘corporatisation’ of the rental market over the past ten years while clamping down on the traditional lettings with new regulations and additional taxes for buy-to-let landlords.And champagne flutes will be clinking at the Ministry of Housing for another reason – the NHBC says some 161,022 homes were built last year across all tenures, the highest figure since 2007, just before the financial crisis hit the housing market.Private sector-built houses made up 112,086 of this total, down 3% on 2018. The increase has come from the affordable housing and build-to-rent sectors ramping up.Read the report in full (open as PDF)NHBC NHBC report build-to-rent February 6, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » LATEST: Surge in build-to-rent construction over past 12 months previous nextLand & New HomesLATEST: Surge in build-to-rent construction over past 12 monthsNHBC figures reveal acceleration in rate at which build-to-rent sector is expanding, helping boost government claims of increased home building in the UK.Nigel Lewis6th February 20200861 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgBritish Baker caught up with members of trade body Scottish Bakers at the group’s conference in Glasgow this month to talk about the role of the organisation.In this video, chief executive Alasdair Smith and outgoing president Craig McPhie (who has just handed the reins over to Ronnie Miles, managing director of Bells Food Group), talk about the aims of the organisation and key challenges today’s bakers face.last_img


first_imgThe Third Naval Zone anniversary ceremony of the Marines Corps was held at the Marine Unit No. 4 Cochrane, the southernmost Marine Corps operational unit. “Thanks to rigorous training we embrace effectively and safely secondary roles that allow us to serve many roles, such as supporting the community in the face of disaster, participation in various Peace Operations or Humanitarian Demining work,” said Commander Gian Cuneo of DIM Cochrane. In addition to celebrating the Chilean Navy’s history, the Month of the Sea activities also demonstrate its modern capabilities. “Chileans are aware of our Navy professionalism so every time there are operational demonstrations along the coastal cities . . . people gather despite cold temperatures, and enjoy a unique spectacle when our warships and air and Marines units display their capabilities,” Commander Felipe Otey, Chief of Operations for the Third Naval Zone of the Chilean Navy told Diálogo. “The naval and maritime operations performed by the Chilean Navy, 365 days a year, simultaneously in every corner of the country, take place mostly where people do not see them — at sea or in areas of difficult access. Aware of this geographic complexity, the institution performs these exercises for the community.” Hundreds of civilians withstood the bitter cold on May 17th to view that demonstration, as Naval units used a helicopter and rescue boats to simulate the rescue of a man who had fallen into the sea in the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica. The Punta Arenas, a general services boat which can reach a top speed of 45 kilometers per hour, provided logistical support, and highly trained Naval swimmers rescued the man. Honoring the Chilean Navy’s history and modern capabilities The Navy organized the event to honor the role of the first navigators who sailed through the Strait of Magellan and to highlight the vital presence of the Chilean Navy in the area. The Month of the Sea celebration commemorates the heroic deeds of Chilean Lieutenant Commander Arturo Prat Chacon, who commanded the wooden corvette Esmerelda during the Battle of Iquiqui, which was part of the War of the Pacific. Following a furious four-hour battle on May 21, 1879, the Peruvian ironclad Huáscar sank the Esmerelda. During the fight, Prat Chacon, according to some historians, jumped onto the enemy ship in an act of bravery and patriotism. Prat Chacon was killed. Firt, the civilian population witnessed a simulated bombardment of the coastline carried out by the LM Casma, a combat unit equipped with modern, sophisticated weapons and operated by a staff of 47 Naval service members. That exercise showed how Naval ships would attack enemy territory. The Chilean Navy Third Naval Zone conducted a variety of drills, such as the simulated rescue of a man overboard, as part of its Month of the Sea celebration in May. “The Chilean Navy has a plan of intense training in which surface, air and land units operate together to increase and improve the status of their capacity throughout Chile,” Commander Otey said. “These type of exercises support the Third Naval Zone ongoing trainings, by strengthening the skills of navigation in southern waters and capabilities to interoperate with air and ground units, intended to comply with its mission of defending the southern maritime territory and safeguard human life at sea.” Following the simulations, the event concluded with a Naval parade led by the Ocean Patrol Unit IPO Marinero Fuentealba recently incorporated into the Third Naval Zone and built by the Navy shipyard Astilleros y Maestranzas de la Armada (ASMAR). The Navy deploys the ship on patrols and uses it to protect natural resources and fight marine pollution, and to assist on missions in isolated regions. About a month after the Month of the Sea events, on June 16, the Chilean Navy celebrated the 197th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps with an event at Fort Aguayo in Concón attended by the Chief of the Navy, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga. “These are 197 years of a particular culture, style and traditions,” said the Commander of the Marine Corps, Admiral David Hardy. “Our training activities still require us to move amphibious forces to northern and southern theaters. We cover missions in all naval zones; constitute coast defense forces in the north and south of the country, and provide our outstanding Navy band.” In another exercise, the Marine Unit No. 4 Cochrane executed an amphibious landing, prompting applause and cheers from the group of civilian spectators. The demonstration simulated a landing on a hostile shore in order to destroy gather information, and create a distracting maneuver to assist the evacuation of personnel and equipment. Marine Corps Celebrates Anniversary In addition to the sea rescue drill, the Navy also simulated coastline combat and an amphibious landing. By Dialogo June 23, 2015last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Islip Terrace teenager has been indicted on manslaughter and other charges for allegedly injecting his 19-year-old girlfriend with heroin, causing her to fatally overdose six months ago, Nassau County prosecutors said.Joseph Joudah, 19, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, criminal injection of a narcotic drug, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.Prosecutors said Joudah accompanied his girlfriend and Hofstra University classmate, Olivia McClellan, to her dorm room, where he allegedly injected McClellan with heroin into her left hand at 6:30 p.m. on April 1.Joudah knew that McClellan had taken a legally obtained prescription medicine and that she had once attempted suicide by taking heroin, authorities said. Despite this knowledge, when McClellan’s eyes rolled back, she had difficulty breathing and her legs shook uncontrollably, he allegedly took heroin himself and then left, according to investigators.The next day, when McClellan did not respond to Joudah’s texts and calls, he anonymously called campus security, which responded to McClellan’s dorm, where officers found her dead in her bed, prosecutors said. Autopsy results showed McClellan died of a heroin overdose.Nassau police and prosecutors then launched a joint investigation that resulted in the indictment.Judge Angelo Delligatti set bail for Joudah at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. If convicted, he faces a up to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on Nov. 23.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 22-year-old Brookylan man who was found shot dead on the front lawn of an Inwood home was likely targeted by the shooter, Nassau County police said.A passerby reported finding a man bleeding in the bushes in front of a home at the corner of Jefferson Street and James Street 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. Fourth Precinct police officers who responded to the scene found the victim, Deshawn Henry, to be dead of at least one gunshot wound, police said.“The question remains what that individual was doing at that location,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters Wednesday during a news conference at police headquarters. “He doesn’t reside there.”The victim’s remains were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.“He was killed there, he wasn’t disposed of there,” Azzata said. “There’s a possibility that he was involved in some criminal activity of some kind…That’s all under investigation.“We do know that he was probably targeted,” he continued. “This wasn’t a random act of violence where he was walking down the street, was shot and stumbled into the [bushes].”Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more


first_img“I am pleased to say that we have officially completed the process of [extraditing] fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa from the Serbian government,” Yasonna said in a press statement on Wednesday.Maria was named as a suspect for fraudulent gains she made in loans from BNI issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group, which she co-owned with Adrian Waworuntu. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to obtain US$136 million and 56 million euro ($118,846) in bank loans between 2002 and 2003, equivalent to Rp 1.7 trillion ($118.74 million) at that time.BNI grew suspicious about the company and reported the case in June 2003 to the National Police, which opened a loan fraud investigation.But Maria reportedly fled to Singapore in September 2003, just a month before the police investigation team named her as a suspect in the case. Interpol issued a red notice in December 2003 for Maria, who had by then been on the run for three months. Indonesia has succeeded in extraditing from the Republic of Serbia fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who has been wanted for 17 years as a suspect in a major fraud case.Maria, born an Indonesian national, fled the country in 2003 just before she was named as a suspect for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in a fraudulent loan scam.Led by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, the ministry’s extradition team escorted Maria as the group arrived on Thursday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Belgrade, where the Serbian government formally handed her over to Indonesian authorities. Meanwhile, the South Jakarta District Court tried and sentenced Adrian in 2005 to life imprisonment for corruption.Yasonna said in a statement that authorities later discovered that Maria  – who was born in Paleloan, North Sulawesi in 1958 – had obtained Dutch citizenship in 1979 and was hiding in the Netherlands, from where she reportedly made several trips to Singapore.He added that the ministry had sent requests for her extradition to the Dutch government in 2010 and 2014, but they were rejected.The Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Belgrade apprehended Maria on July 16, 2019, as she was entering the country through Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport and alerted the Indonesian NCB in Jakarta.The Law and Human Rights Ministry then issued a request for Maria’s temporary detainment and extradition from Serbia.“Indonesia and Serbia do not have an extradition treaty, but through a high-level approach to the Serbian government and [based on] the good relationship between the two nations, our request to extradite Maria was granted. […] In our meeting on Tuesday Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić also underlined that commitment,” Yasonna said.”The extradition process is one of the few in the world that gain the direct attention of the head of state,” he added. A statement from the law ministry said that Maria’s extradition was “reciprocal”, claiming that “Indonesia had granted Serbia’s request to extradite [Dimitar] Nikolov Iliev as a perpetrator of customer data theft in 2015”.Iliev, a Bulgarian national, was reportedly arrested in Serbia and extradited to Indonesia, where he was tried and sentenced in May 2016 by the Denpasar District Court to 12 years in prison for stealing the data of 1,568 customers from more than 500 ATMs in Bali. Iliev last made headlines in 2017, when he was recaptured in the Timor Leste capital of Dili after escaping Kerobokan Penitentiary on June 19.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgSuperSport International has suspended controversial soccer analyst Mamadou Gaye following a complaint by ‘powerful’ FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya and other officials from the Confederations of African Football.Mamadou was blunt about Zambia’s dubious penalty against Nigeria on January 25 calling it “bogus” and a “shame” to the standards of officiating in Africa.The Ivorian commentator, one of the most popular penalist on SuperSport, accused Kalusha – a CAF executive committee member – of being a blue-eyed boy of Issa Hayatou while on set.Mamadou alleged that Kalusha’s closeness to Hayatou – the longtime CAF president – had earned Chipolopolo some favours from referees.Zambia were gifted a rather controversial penalty in a Group C fixture against Nigeria which leveled scorers at 1-all with goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene stepping up to expertly convert the spot-kick and snatch a point for the team five minutes from full time.Mamadou, who was in the Randburg Studios in South Africa for match analysis, did not have kind words for Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha and the CAF leadership. Kalusha immediately responded via twitter calling Mamadou “stupid” and lacking in football understanding.Kalusha twitted on January 25, 2013, “…just goes to show that Mamadou does not know anything about Football. He should talk about Cote DIvoire and not Zambia. Stupid really.”It did not just end with that twitter message. The ‘all powerful’ Kalusha, who has a reputation of intimidating sports journalists in Zambia thanks to some compromised sports editors, descended on top Supersport management demanding Mamadou’s expulsion from the panel of expert analysts.Sources say FAZ also organized individuals to write threatening emails to Supersport demanding the expulsion of Mamadou from the panel of experts analyzing the Africa Cup of Nations. According to the sources, FAZ was determined to organize a gang of people to storm SuperSport offices and fish Mamadou out using force if SuperSport did not yield to their demands.And SuperSport obliged to protect the business interest of their partnership with the Zambian Super League sponsorship sacrificing the frank-talking Mamadou from the set. Head of communications at SuperSport Clinton van de Berg, when contacted by bolazambia, could neither deny nor confirm Mamadou’s suspension saying; “Mamadou Gaye is a freelance analyst on SuperSport and we reserve the prerogative to schedule him as and when the need arises.”Mamadou was reluctant to discuss his suspension when contacted by telephone.“I was booked to do certain games for the Africa Cup [but] I was just called not to come to studio in the meantime,” he said.When asked if the sudden stop to appear on set had anything to do with his stance on Zambia, Kalusha and CAF, the Ivorian football consult responded; “If you contact offices of Supersport, they will give you a better story.”Further pressed to explain his hatred for Zambia and Kalusha, Mamadou said he only spoke his mind based on his understanding of football and stressed he has been one of the keen supporters of the 1988-African Footballer of the Year. “I don’t hate Zambia. Why?” he asked, “I was a big supporter of Kalusha as a former player when he came into FAZ and CAF Exco.”Mamadou said he was now disappointed with Kalusha’s behaviour because he was playing wrong politics with the Hayatou clique.He said most disappointing was Kalusha’s strong campaign for Hayatou to be a CAF life president which led to the change in provisions of the body’s statutes on eligibility to contest the presidency. Hayatou has been CAF president since 1988 and is set to get a four-year mandate in March 2013.CAF recently changed the statutes stating that only executive committee members can contest the presidency, a development that was aimed at blocking Ivorian Jacques Anouma and South African Danny Jordaan from challenging the Cameroonian in March 2013.“I stick to my principles and Kalusha disappointed me and a lot of other people. He was the one campaigning to keep Hayatou forever [in office]. He was the main campaigner.“When you get into wrong politics, you forget the essentials. Now decisions are won in the board and it’s reflecting on Chipolopolo.” Kalusha or his spokesperson Erick Mwanza did not immediately respond to a bolazambia press query via electronic mail (e-mail).last_img read more


first_imgPerhaps there’s another way to judge Malcolm Turner’s work in the G-League beyond the nightly oceans of empty seats and the perennial sense of ennui regarding its very existence. Whatever he accomplished in his five years in charge of the NBA’s minor league, it was enough to get those in charge at Vanderbilt to hire him to run the athletic department and for its PR folks to label him a “visionary.”He has an interesting vision, to be sure, for the Vanderbilt basketball program. Friday morning, he fired coach Bryce Drew.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​This is one of the most shocking coach dismissals in my 32 years of covering college basketball, ranking up there with Duquesne’s removal of Ron Everhart after five straight non-losing seasons (they went 37 games under .500 in the next five seasons) and St. John’s removing Fran Fraschilla after a 22-10 season and NCAA appearance (they’ve won six NCAA Tournament games in the 20 seasons since).“Perhaps Vandy was disappointed Bryce Drew wasn’t on a wiretap, and therefore not trying hard enough,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas tweeted.Once considered a rising star after winning four Horizon League regular-season titles in five seasons and earning two NCAA Tournament appearances, Drew led Vanderbilt to the NCAAs in his first season with the Commodores, fell to 12-20 as he began rebuilding process necessitated by the dubious recruiting during Kevin Stallings’ later years and signed two top-15 recruits in advance of his third season on the job.One of them, point guard Darius Garland, played four full games for the Commodores. They won each time, including on the road at Southern California and home against NCAA-bound Liberty. Then Garland blew out his knee two minutes into a game against Kent State. They lost that one, and another 22 by the end of the year. They lost every Southeastern Conference game they played, including in overtime against NCAA title contender Tennessee and by 3 points each against South Carolina and at Arkansas.Don’t think one player can make that big a difference? The Indianapolis Colts were 10-6 in 2010 with Peyton Manning as their quarterback. He missed the next year to have neck surgery. They went 2-14.MORE: Live scores, highlights from Day 2 of NCAA TournamentIt was a dreadful season by any measure, and no one would pretend otherwise. But given the failure was precipitated by a single injury, and that Drew had demonstrated the ability to draw such players as Garland and forward Simi Shittu to Vandy in the first place, a rational decision would have been to watch recruiting and development for at least the next year to see if the first six or seven years of Drew’s career were maybe a better indicator of his ability than the past four months. This was so stunning, it was tempting to suspect there might be a catalyst for Drew’s removal beyond Vanderbilt’s season record. But the release officially announcing his departure quoted Turner as saying Drew “represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion during his time here” and thanked him for his contributions.So, you know, nothing fishy was going on. Except an AD on the job three months fired a respected young coach who’d been on the job three years.Firings as extreme as these happen rarely in college sports, even now. When they do, it is even more uncommon for the decision to turn out well.last_img read more


first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City is one of 14 communities statewide awarded a Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant by the Iowa Economic Development Authority that will help renovate upper-floor apartments in a downtown building. Those grants will benefit local improvement projects, including upper story renovations, critical building stabilization, and facade restoration and upgrades. Main Street Mason City executive director Emily Ginneberge says it was a competitive process to apply for one of the challenge grants.  “From what the Main Street Iowa folks had told us, this was the year that they had the most applications sent in. They awarded over $1 million to smaller Iowa communities, and Mason City just happened to be selected for one of them. $75,000 will go to a specific project. The application process is pretty rigorous, takes a long time and months preparing. This application that we put in was for Jay Lala, and is going to his building at 201 North Federal.” Ginneberge says seven upper-floor apartments in that building will be renovated as part of a $250,000 project.  She says three of the apartments will be of a luxury apartment style, while the other four apartments will be one-bedroom suites.” Ginneberge says the project is another improvement for the downtown area.  “We need more housing, so this is going to be really wonderful asset for our downtown. Considering all of the incredible things that are going on right now, it’s just going to continue to develop even more and more, and we’re seeing it already with this River City Renaissance project. I can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like downtown in 2020.” Since the first Main Street Challenge Grants were awarded in 2002, about $10.6 million in state and federal funds has leveraged more than $59 million in private investment. Over the life of the program, 179 projects in 54 Main Street Iowa commercial districts across the state have received funding.last_img read more