World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride: tackling the peaks of the property cycle

first_imgMore than 850 riders donned their Lycra for the ride through the Surrey Hills, starting and finishing at Sandown Park Racecourse. The bike ride raised around £50,000 for Action for Children – the largest amount raised by the event ever.CBRE UK managing director Ciaran Bird said: “We are delighted to have raised circa £50,000 for our new charity partner, Action for Children,  and I would like to thank the incredible 850 cyclists who took on this year’s Surrey Hills challenge.“The money will make a real difference to hundreds of children living in UK foster homes, equipping them with essential life skills to help them to thrive independently when they leave the care system.”Riders on the 50km and 100km courses had to endure the ups and downs of Box Hill, Abinger Hammer and Leith Hill, and this year, the routes were tougher than ever, featuring more climbs. PW’s rider out on courseProperty Week’s web editor Richard Hook wasn’t able to replicate his top-10 finish from last year after losing a chain and suffering four punctures.Maintaining a fast pace was a particular feat for those riders who came into the race just five days after completing the CBRE EMEA Charity Bike Ride, covering 700km over five days from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostella.Life-changing amountAction for Children, which signed a new two-year charity partnership with CBRE earlier this year, said the amount raised would help provide life-changing support for more than 700 children living in care.Speaking after the race, Carol Iddon, Action for Children’s acting chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to CBRE and all the bike ride participants whose collective pedal power raised a fantastic amount of money.”Your commitment will help our team to provide emotional and practical support to foster families across the UK and, in particular, help children leaving care to secure accommodation as well as education, employment and training opportunities.”The Biggest Property Bike Ride has grown in popularity year after year and the organisers are already working on the 2019 event.Bird concluded: “CBRE’s World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride has grown to be widely recognised across the industry and generates huge levels of interest beyond just our employees.“This year’s ride was another memorable event which was whole heartedly embraced by all the riders.”To see a full selection of images and video highlights of this year’s race click here A record field assembled for the World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride 2018All photos by Jonathan ColeColin Lambert of Savills set a record time for the 50km course, finishing in one hour and 53 minutes – the first time a rider has finished in under two hours.In the 100km race, three riders crossed the line together in the fastest time of three hours and two minutes: Derek Gammage and Dylan Burke from CBRE and Barclays Bank’s Tim Helliwell.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Tuckers Volleyball Back With Vengeance

first_imgCharlotte Keil leaps up at the net for a block. Independent/Desirée KeeganFor Mattituck’s girls volleyball team, Westhampton Beach was the motivation for Friday’s 3-0 nonleague sweep of Mt. Sinai.After being shut out by the second-ranked team in League VI, the League VIII-leading Tuckers topped Greenport/Southold in a conference matchup before besting Mt. Sinai 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 September 28.“Getting a win has definitely boosted our confidence again,” junior libero Jordan Osler said of her 7-1 Tuckers that remain perfect (6-0) atop the league leaderboard. “Last year we lost seven players, so it feels really good to come in with that many new players and still be on top. We’ve got the routine plays down. We’re getting good passes, and good hits. We also had a bunch of good saves.”Outside hitter Viki Harkin dove all over the court to make them Friday night.“She continues to get better and better,” head coach Frank Massa said of his senior. “She’s very athletic, and we definitely run a lot of our stuff around her.”The passing, which earned Mattituck the win, ended most of the time with a Harkin slam, and in each instance, she was ready.“I felt really good,” she said. “I love playing out there.”The Tuckers jumped out to 13-4 leads in each of the first two sets, but bench players struggled to maintain the advantage in the third, seeing the set tied at 7-all and 12-all. Mt. Sinai remained within one or two points the rest of the way until 21-20, where the Mustangs scored for the final time. Mattituck’s right side and outside hitters switched positions, so the team was trying to see how having a taller girl outside would work.Ashley Young serves up the ball. Independent/Desirée Keegan“A lot of the girls got in today and they got a lot of touches, so that always makes me happy,” Massa said. “Our libero plays tough and all of our middles played pretty well today. Our setters are young. It’s their first varsity experience. So we hope to just keep improving.”Now over midway through the regular season, Harkin said she’s hoping her team can continue its positive trajectory to pull through with its first league title since 2004. Mattituck followed the victory with yet another, beating Pierson/Bridgehampton in four sets, 25-8, 16-25, 25-17, 26-24. Harkin had 19 kills and three aces, and Ashley Young and Miranda Hedges each contributed eight assists. The team travels to Eastport-South Manor October 3 for a 4 PM nonleague matchup before traveling to Port Jefferson October 5 at 4:30 PM.“We struggled a little bit on some plays but we definitely have improved,” Harkin said. “We’ve been talking more, getting that communication to where it should be, and it’s really exciting. We’re looking to the future and we want to be league champs and take this all the way.” Ahead of Westhampton Beach is East Hampton, boasting a clean sheet (8-0). The Bonackers beat Sayville 3-1 October 1, 25-18, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19. Elle Johnson had 40 assists, Mikela Junemann and Mady Neff combined for 27 kills and Molly Mamay had 30 digs. Westhampton continued its winning ways when it took its sixth straight “W” during an October 1 matchup against Amiltyville, 3-2. Victoria Erwat with 32 kills, Mary Dexter added 40 assists and Sabitha Joseph tallied 33 digs to lead the Hurricanes, 25-17, 25-27, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17. Westhampton hosts Bayport-Blue Point October 5 at 4 PM. Pierson/Bridgehampton hosts Center Moriches the same day for a 6:15 PM matchup. East Hampton travels to Elwood-John Glenn October 6 for a tournament that begins at 8 Ashley Young serves up the ball. Independent/Desirée Keegan Charlotte Keil leaps up at the net for a block. Independent/Desirée Keegancenter_img Sharelast_img read more

MPs demand an end to interpreters contract

first_imgA parliamentary debate last week heard calls for the ‘shambolic’ court interpreters contract to be scrapped, as the service continues to miss performance targets.During a debate on the Commons Justice Committee’s damning report on the contract, shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter cited a press report about a Lithuanian interpreter who admitted that she routinely advises defendants to ‘tell the truth about how everything happened’.Interpreters are forbidden to advise those for whom they interpret.MPs voiced concern that the contract is ‘seriously damaging’ the administration of justice and warned that the predicted £15m savings are ‘seriously at risk’ due to the cost of delayed trials.As the government seeks to procure large contracts for rehabilitation, prisons and criminal legal aid services, committee chair Sir Alan Beith MP warned there would be a ‘multiple train crash’ if the failings of the relatively small interpreting contract were repeated.Justice minister Helen Grant accepted there had been ‘teething problems’ at the start of the contract, but said performance was now at 90%, against a 98% target, and there was no need to consider suspending or revoking the contract.last_img read more

Daughter’s £164k will victory ‘consistent with law’, say experts

first_imgWills experts have said a highly publicised ruling by the Court of Appeal to award a woman £164,000 from her estranged mother’s estate, despite being left out of the will, is in line with the law.After a court battle lasting almost a decade, the court overrode Melita Jackson’s will, which left her £500,000 estate to animal charities and expressly stated she did not want her daughter to receive anything.The appeal court granted Heather Ilott a third of her mother’s estate on the grounds that IIott had not been given ‘reasonable financial provision’ in the will.Lady Justice Arden found that otherwise Ilott would face poverty, and her straitened circumstances meant that she had never had a holiday, had difficulty affording food for her five children, and could only afford old or second-hand clothes.Arden said that Ilott’s resources, which included an annual household income of under £7,000 and benefits of around £13,000 ‘are at such a basic level that they outweigh the importance that would normally be attached to the fact that the appellant is an adult child who has been living independently for so many years’.She also noted that Jackson had no connection with the charities she had left her money to.‘The appellant, on the other hand, was the only child of the deceased and she was deprived of any expectation primarily because Mrs Jackson had acted in an unreasonable and capricious and harsh way towards her child.’Richard Frimston, partner and head of the private client group at London firm Russell-Cooke, said the ruling was a ‘very sensible and reasonable decision’, which will attract ‘a lot of unreasonable argument’.‘The popular myth is that there is a testamentary freedom in England and Wales. Testators are however always under various restrictions,’ he told the Gazette, adding that if there are good reasons to exclude an adult child from a will and the beneficiaries are closely connected to the testator there should be no problem.Jeremy Groeger-Wilson, a partner at Kent firm Clarkson, Wright and Jakes, who specialises in wills, agreed the ruling was consistent with the law under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.‘Regardless of what the individual does in his will, it can be overturned if it doesn’t leave financial provision to their children,’ he said.But another national firm said that although the ruling does not change the law, the way the dispute has been handled and the amounts involved send out a message of what is intended which could pave the way for further disputes.Paula Myers, a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell specialising in will disputes, said: ‘This ruling means people can still disinherit their children, but they will have to have a good reason why and be able to explain what connects them to the people or organisations that they have included in their wills instead.‘This means that adult children who have been left out of wills may find it easier to challenge them if they have not been left a reasonable provision… the increase in the amount the court has awarded to Mrs Ilott sends out a message about how importantly the judges view this issue.’last_img read more

Axed AG eyes reform of judiciary

first_imgGeoffrey Cox QC put himself in the frame to lead Boris Johnson’s commission on reforming the judiciary ahead of his widely expected sacking as attorney general last Thursday.Speaking at an Institute for Government event, Cox said future candidates for appointment to the Supreme Court bench might have to answer questions before a joint committee of both houses of parliament. He also sought to calm speculation following the latest spat between judges and the prime minister, triggered by an appeal court ruling preventing deportations to Jamaica.  Geoffrey Cox QC says government is in no ‘headlong rush’ to curtail judicial independenceSource: ANDY RAIN/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockThe government is in ‘no headlong rush’ to curtail judicial independence, Cox said. While the idea of politically appointed judges was ‘completely off the table’, he added: ‘I think there is a case for looking at how Supreme Court judges are appointed. One possibility could be for the UK to emulate Canada in requiring candidates to appear before a parliamentary committee.’ Such a procedure might be examined by the Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission announced in last month’s Queen’s speech, Cox said. However reform ‘will require careful examination – measured, calibrated examination. There will be no rush, headlong, into impetuous reform. It will have to be examined quite carefully to see what are the proper contours and the proper balance between those who are elected decision-makers and those who are not,’ he added. Cox was replaced as AG by barrister Suella Braverman MP, who last month called for politicians to take back control from ‘unelected, unaccountable’ judges.On his departure as AG Cox, who became Whitehall’s senior law officer in July 2018, posted a letter to the PM on Twitter. He said: ‘Good work has been done to lay the foundations for appropriate review of the workings of the criminal justice system, to take a firm grip of the problem of disclosure, to equip the CPS with the means to perform its essential functions and, in introducing new governance frameworks, to enable more effective superintendence of both the CPS and SFO.’last_img read more

Exporail returns to Hong Kong

first_imgINTRO: Exporail (Asia) 98 is taking place at the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre from February 17 to 19. Over 100 exhibitors from 18 countries will display products and services for rolling stock and infrastructureTHE third Exporail (Asia) event returns to Hong Kong, where this exhibition of railway technology for Asian markets began in 1996. Suppliers from Europe, Australia and the USA will be joined by Chinese manufacturers including rolling stock builders Qiqihar and Zhuzhou.Amongst suppliers of rolling stock components, Altro Floors will be presenting its Transfloor range of resilient safety flooring available in thicknesses from 1·9 to 4mm. Transfloor flooring has been specified by Malmlast_img read more

PM calls for revision of Constitution

first_img Share LocalNews PM calls for revision of Constitution by: – September 27, 2013 39 Views   8 comments Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Prime Minister, Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called for a review of the country’s Constitution to allow Dominicans residing in the diaspora the opportunity to be nominated and accepted in public office. He made that announcement at the official opening of Dominica’s 35th anniversary of Independence on Friday evening on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard. “Another issue is the challenges which we normally have before the courts in respect to dual citizenship to be a representative in the Parliament of Dominica”.“I believe at 35 years we must critically examine our Constitution and see where we need to make certain constitutional amendments to foster a better way of live for our people of Dominica,” Mr Skerrit said. It was announced on Thursday that former permanent secretary; Mrs. Jenifer Wallace- Lafond withdrew her initial acceptance of the nomination for president, as a result of “personal issues confronting her”.However, the Opposition United Workers Party, although they “were minded” to agree to her nomination, were concerned that she may have dual citizenship, which the Constitution does not allow for and they would not support.Mr Skerrit noted that Dominicans who are prepared to make a political contribution to Dominica should be given the opportunity to do so despite their citizenship status. “With so many of our bright people living in North America, for example, to say that because they are an American citizen, still maintaining their Dominican citizenship, that they should not be allowed to contest elections in Dominica or be part of public administration in Dominica is unfortunate,” he said. The Prime Minister noted that the ambiguity in the Constitution in respect to persons with dual citizenship particularly from North America must be revised. He indicated that there exists a vast reservoir of talent among Dominican and citizens who are prepared to come forward and make a contribution.These citizens, he said, should “not be expected to give up everything they have worked hard for in the United States of America just to come back to make a contribution,” the Prime Minister said. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

NCCU reports growth in 2017; remains strong

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img BusinessLocalNews NCCU reports growth in 2017; remains strong by: – June 27, 2018 102 Views   no discussions (Press Release) June 26, 2018 — The cooperative business model has once again helped the National Cooperative Credit Union Ltd (NCCU) turn in a commendable financial showing for the Financial Year 2017.When the Society’s membership gathers at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 5 pm for the 8th Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will report overall growth and that “despite the ravages of Hurricane Maria” NCCU “remained strong”.Total assets climbed to $588,069,125 as at December 31, 2017 com-pared to $518,315,489 in the previous year, an increase of $69,753,276 or 13.46%, fueled by an exponential increase in members’ savings. The Society recorded a commendable, but lower, net surplus of $2,850,988 for the financial year ending December 31, 2017 as a result of a reduction in interest income following Hurricane Maria. At the end of August 2017, net surplus of $4,411,494 was recorded an increase of 8.79% or $356,357 over that of 2016. “The Credit Union was on course to celebrate the biggest year since the amalgamation in 2010 when the hurricane struck”. Other notable achievements for the NCCU in 2017 were the increase in membership of 2,853, driven by the transfer of 1473 members from the South-Eastern Cooperative Credit Union, and an increase in Member Share Capital by 13.72% or $620,100 to $5,140,440. As at December 31, 2017, NCCU’s Total Equity stood at $67,169,711, an increase of $3,857,410 or 6.10% Despite the challenging operating environment, operating costs did not increase significantly and interest expense was carefully managed declining by 3.2%. Sharing our success with members and our communities remained a priority in 2017 in keeping with Cooperative Principle No.7 — Concern for Community. Fourteen scholarships were awarded to secondary school students and a large number of activities, needs and causes were supported. Significant assistance was provided for medical care. The NCCU remains a viable and successful financial cooperative. It owes its continued success to the commitment of its members to utilizing all the services and products offered to grow the Society. We are indeed grateful for their trust and loyalty.last_img read more

At Least 300 Families to Get Homes

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 467 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleLocalNewsPolitics At Least 300 Families to Get Homes by: – May 5, 2020 Share In the coming months, more than 100 families will get new homes from the Dominica government. This figure does not include housing projects which are in preparation stages- those are projected to bring improved shelter to at least 300 families combined.The Hon Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit shared the news of several housing projects nearing completion and scores of keys waiting to be handed over.“Within the next couple of weeks, some 66 individuals in the San Sauveur/Good Hope area will receive keys to their apartments,” Hon Skerrit revealed adding that these families “will be taken out of their vulnerable state into climate resilient residences…to usher in the hurricane season.”In Jimmit, he said between June and July, “We will be handing over some 30 keys. I am hoping to visit a site in Massacre where I will be authorising the construction of 60-70 residences for the people of Massacre, Mahaut and Canefield.”Another tranche of homes, more than 100, at varying stages of readiness, are scattered across the island.“In Stockfarm, we have 33 residences there and by June we will be handing over keys to these people,” he said.A second apartment building in Grand Fond will see others of the area receive their keys in the next few days.‘We will be starting off some 70 residences in Wesley hopefully towards the end of May to early June,” the Hon Prime Minister added.In Roseau, near the Dominica Grammar School, Hon Skerrit says the site is being prepared for work on at least 60 homes for the capital. A shipment of construction material is due any day.Hon Skerrit says another construction site is being finalised for more houses.last_img read more

IMDA, M1 and MPA to Conduct Coastal 5G Network Trials with…

first_imgThe Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”), M1 Limited (“M1”) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (“MPA”) have partnered with Airbus and to conduct coastal 5G standalone (“SA”) network trials at the Singapore Maritime Drone Estate. This continues Singapore’s efforts to build an open and inclusive 5Ginnovative ecosystem around the use cases of port operations, and incident management and response. Image used for representational purposes only (Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore) All necessary permits and approvals will be sought from relevant agencies prior to the conduct of any flight trials. “Singapore continues to forge ahead with our efforts for 5G innovation in support of the nation’s Digital Economy. We believe that 5G will sharpen Singapore’s competitive advantage as a key trading and connectivity hub in the region and beyond. IMDA is pleased to see tremendous interest by companies to develop innovative 5G use-cases. It is especially encouraging to see SMEs such as TeamOne playing a role in 5G innovation, and I would like to encourage other enterprises big and small to join us in building an open and inclusive 5G ecosystem,” said Mr Tan Kiat How, Chief Executive, IMDA. “We are excited to partner with M1, IMDA and MPA to accelerate the development and adoption of UAM and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). This collaboration will establish key cellular 5G performance metrics and requirements to enable UAS to safely integrate and fly in national airspace systems. We look forward to combining our aerospace and UTM knowledge with M1’s technical expertise in the cellular industry, to enable the next age of aviation,” said Isabel Del Pozo De Poza, Head of UTM, Airbus. Author: Baibhav Mishra Airbus, on its part, will provide a fleet of UAS for safe-flight testing and commit its expertise in the integration of the unmanned aircraft for the trials, ensuring that the UAS flight operations meet safety and regulatory requirements. The findings from these trials will help form a better understanding of evolving 5G standards, their feasibility and requirements for UAM applications, and future citywide UAS operations in Singapore’s urban and coastal environment. The establishment of a standard will open up the possibility for safe adoption of 5G as a core technology used in unmanned aircraft designs and operations. Objectives of 5G trial As a communications company, M1 will provide 4G and 5G network planning, including data collection for performance and coverage analysis of mobile network in the operating areas, network parameter optimisation and implementation of interference minimisation methods. M1 will assess the use of 4G and 5G technologies to provide enhanced geo-location positioning information for all phases of UAS flight using network-based information, which is more precise than the current Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technologies. Additionally, M1 will assess the network performance enhancement in connection stability, uptime and data throughput by aggregating seamlessly both 4G and 5G networks.center_img IMDA, M1, MPA and Airbus plan to conduct 5G SA trials in real-world environments to ensure unmanned aerial vehicles can operate safely and efficiently during all phases of their flights, including operations in the designated drone-fly zones. Previously, M1 and the Nanyang Technological University had conducted numerous successful trials to provide command, control and communication capabilities required for the safe and efficient drone operations using M1’s 4.5G networks. With the advent of 5G SA network supporting low-latency, responsive, secured and high-throughput mobile connectivity, cellular networks are expected to be able to provide even more precise, safe and reliable communications for the unmanned aircrafts. In addition to the coastal trials, M1 and Airbus have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to conduct connectivity trials for in-land areas. This will enable M1 and Airbus to address the growing interest in unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) for UAM for other industries. “M1 has been a front runner in supporting the maritime industry to drive adoption and application of smart 5G technologies, and we are very pleased to be working with IMDA and MPA to innovate more 5G use cases in a live environment. By bringing together the strong domain expertise of both M1 and Airbus, this partnership serves as a real test bed for shaping the future of Urban Air Mobility technologies by utilizing advanced 5G SA network. We are also excited to partner with a local company TeamOne, for the development of a tailor-made 5G SA communication modem that meets the stringent technical specifications required for Unmanned Aircraft System operations,” said Mr Manjot Singh Mann, Chief Executive Officer,M1. M1 will also be collaborating with TeamOne Technologies Pte Ltd, a local enterprise, to support the development of local capabilities within Singapore’s small and medium-sized enterprises. TeamOne aims to design and develop the world’s first aeronautical certified 5G SA communication modem for urban air mobility (“UAM”) operations. This 5G modem will be tested and optimised during the trials. “Given the growing need to create more efficient and sustainable solutions for the maritime industry, MPA supported the world’s first ship-to-shore drone delivery trial by Airbus and Wilhelmsen last year. We look forward to deepening the collaboration with Airbus and M1 to pilot innovative use cases for 5G technology in the maritime industry,” said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA. Sea News, June 11last_img read more