first_imgSolicitors have warned that the government’s reluctance to intervene fully in the cladding scandal created by the Grenfell Tower fire and help all the leaseholders caught up in the debacle is beginning to cause major problems in the housing market.The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) is worried that the growing costs of replacing cladding and paying for waking watches will soon bankrupt thousands of leaseholders.Rishi Sunak announced a £1 billion fund to help pay for cladding remediation on private tower blocks but, despite this, many experts and campaigners have said it is ‘too little, to late’.SLC board member John Clay (pictured) says the government cannot rely on building owners to shoulder the cost and that Ministers must step in to act now before it is too late.“The consequences of not doing so will create a major problem in the housing market with thousands of first time buyers being deprived of properties to buy as there are so many flats now unsaleable, and the current owners unable to move up the housing ladder,” he says.“The Government has repeatedly stated that building owners should pay, but so far there are no signs that they will.”Clay also says that the looming Fire Safety Bill, which is due to receive Royal Assent any day, is likely to make matters even worse for leaseholders because it puts the initial financial onus on building owners which, he says, makes no sense.Even if building owners do pay for the remediation of unsafe cladding, the bill enables owners to recoup the costs from leaseholders. This will push many more leaseholder into bankcruptcy and render their homes unsaleable.The SLC has written to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State at MHCLG, setting out in more detail the Society’s concerns and why Government intervention is necessary.Read our recent guest blog: Why has the government been so slow to tackle the cladding scandal.John Clay cladding scandal Robert Jenrick MHCLG SLC March 17, 2021Nigel 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 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 2021 Home » News » Cladding scandal will soon slam into the housing market, warn conveyancers previous nextRegulation & LawCladding scandal will soon slam into the housing market, warn conveyancersThe Government’s limited efforts to solve the crisis will soon lead to thousands of leaseholder bankruptcies, the SLC says.Nigel Lewis17th March 2021011,215 Viewslast_img read more

first_img Hailey Spore and Timothy Luzar, Patoka, Ind., daughter, Veronica Anne Ginosi, Jul. 9Tara Ray, Henderson, KY, daughter, Amira Jade, Jul. 10Jessica Aders-Watson and Andre Johnson, Evansville, son, Landon Michael, Jul. 11Allyce and Jeremiah Hope, Evansville, son, Knox Alan, Jul. 11Janel and Thomas Hawkins, Evansville, son, Kylen Ray, Jul. 11Abby and Joshua Collins, Hazleton, Ind., son, Jett Ellison, Jul. 12Danielle and Caleb Clark, Newburgh, Ind., daughter, Leighton Elizabeth, Jul. 12Dora Escareno and Uriel Sarmiento, Evansville, daughter, Bella Antonella, Jul. 12Stephanie Keneipp and Ramiro Xoca-Xolo, Crossville, Ill., son, Dominic Ramiro, Jul. 12Mallory and Brandon Sherfield, Evansville, son, Bodhi Wyatt, Jul. 13Heather and Joey Brown, Evansville, daughter, Elsie Mae, Jul. 13Kristy Oglesby, Newburgh, Ind., son, Dean Anthony Douglas, Jul. 13Bethany and Christopher Lubenow, Newburgh, Ind., son, Graham Michael, Jul. 13Amanda and Andrew Reising, Evansville, son, Oliver Dean, Jul. 13Maribeth and Logan Flamion, Tell City, Ind., son, Noah Michael, Jul. 14Iesha and Nicholas Skelton, Princeton, Ind., son, Liam Anthony, Jul. 14Katharine and Shane Voegerl, Evansville, son, Malcolm Jackson, Jul. 14Krista and Jeremy English, Evansville, son, Henry James, Jul. 14Brandi Cunningham and Musa Kamara, Henderson, Ky., daughter, Chloe Elaine Kamara, Jul. 14Jennifer and Kevin Spindler, Haubstadt, Ind., son, Elliott Allen, Jul. 15Adrianna Johnson and Andrew Miles, Evansville, daughter, Acelynn Michelle, Jul. 15Leslie and Adam Goth, Newburgh, Ind., daughter, Anna Paige, Jul. 17FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgThey are a great way to showcase your talents and achievements to current and potential customers and industry peers, as well as achieving recognition for yourself and your business. The Awards are open to businesses of all sizes, from a one-shop outlet, to the largest industrial plant manufacturers. Entrants do not need to be a supplier of customer of any of the category sponsors.The list of categories to enter is as follows:* Baker of the Year – sponsored by Vandemoortele* In-Store Bakery of the Year – sponsored by Dawn Foods* Confectioner of the Year – sponsored by Rich Products* Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by ADM Milling* Bakery Supplier of the Year – sponsored by Sainsbury’s* Celebration Cake Maker of the Year – sponsored by Renshawnapier* The Innovation Award – sponsored by Asda* Speciality Bread Product of the Year – sponsored by Bakels* The Craft Business Award – sponsored by Rank Hovis* The Customer Focus Award – sponsored by CSM (United Kingdom)* Trainee Baker of the Year, sponsored by Improve and the National Skills AcademySo don’t delay, get your entry form in today!For details of all the categories and how to enter go to www.bakeryawards.co.uk. Or email Helen Law on [email protected] or call 01293 846587. A revised deadline of 21 May has been given for all categories in this year’s Baking Industry Awards. So make sure you get your entries in as soon as possible.The Awards, now in their 23rd year, celebrate the best of the British baking industry, and are attended by key players from across the industry.last_img read more

first_imgWednesday night was a night of awareness, understanding and acceptance of multiculturalism on Notre Dame’s campus.   Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), a Latino student activist group promoting social reform, student government and the Diversity Council presented a workshop on race relations in residence halls in Geddes Hall. Senior Maya Younes, the diversity representative for MEChA, organized the workshop, centered around discussing challenges in promoting multiculturalism in dorm life and eliminating instances of discrimination through racial awareness. “Conversations on discrimination in dorms have been occurring on a small scale across campus and I realized that in order to make long-lasting improvements to the experience of multicultural students in dorms, we needed to open that conversation to administrators who directly oversee housing,” Younes said. “Part of the movement to creating a better community is sharing your experience with others.” The event began with a story regarding racial conflict in one of the residence halls, and followed with small groups of students and peer mediators discussing their reactions, findings and personal experiences with race relations in residence life.   Two central topics of workshop were the “Spirit of Inclusion” and “Awareness.”   When discussing the “Spirit of Inclusion,” many students identified the size of their dorm as a crucial factor in cohesion among residents, as well as the level of comfort felt in interactions with rectors and resident assistants.   Senior Amanda Meza said it is important for students to feel that they are respected within their residence halls. “You have one space on the entire campus that you can call yours, and you have to share it your freshman year, so it’s really sacred to feel at home,” she said. “We have to live with one another and deal with one another, and a huge thing about the ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ is respect. I’d like to see more action and communication.”   Students at the workshop also considered the impact cultural events had on creating consciousness about other ethnicities. Sophomore Omar Garcia explained his approach to promoting cultural awareness among his friends. “It was more like trying to have everybody else understand where you’re coming from,” he said. “So I know last year, one of the things I did [to have my roommates understand where I was coming from], was I would try to invite them to dinners I made or events so they could kind of understand me culturally to eliminate the issue of ignorance and promote sensitivity to certain things.” The workshop concluded with students filling out evaluations and surveys that would provide invaluable information needed to create changes in dorm life. Younes said this was the first of many workshops and discussions to come. “We are all part of the same community and must live in solidarity with each other to create a welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or belief,” she said. “This conversation fulfills the mission of Notre Dame by promoting a community where everyone has a voice.”last_img read more

first_imgNew York State Senator George Borrello. Image elements via NYS Senate.ALBANY – A New York State Senator who represents the Jamestown area has been appointed the ranking member of three Senate committees.Senator George Borrello (R) is now the most senior member of New York State’s Agriculture, Banks and the newly-created Procurement and Contracts committees.While very different in their scope of work, the Senator says leading the three groups is critically important in helping advocate for policies that will benefit agriculture and financial service sectors, all the while improving accountability of state contracts.“The state budget is a thread that connects to virtually every policy area and that has a direct impact on our tax burden and overall economic climate,” said Borrello in a statement. “With New York being one of the costliest states in the nation in which to live and work, it is clear our budget needs more scrutiny and more voices advocating for tax relief and fiscal restraint.” Borrello was also named a member of several additional committees, including new appointments to the Finance and Aging committees and reappointments to the Local Government and Internet and Technology committees. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“So easy, a caveman can do it!”Well, maybe not that easy, but consider this: the first record of brewed beer dates back to 3500 B.C. As soon as humans began sowing cereal grains, they began transforming those grains into beer. From Mesopotamia to mountain monasteries, the history of beer is as old as civilization itself and almost as diverse. The beverage has changed over the millennia, but the beauty of beer is its simplicity. It only takes a few ingredients – in Germany you can only use three: water, barley, and hops – and a little time, and voila, you got yourself some beer.The recent popularity explosion in craft beer has had a similar effect on the popularity of homebrewing. Brewing beer in your basement may not have the lore of backwoods moonshining, but it was illegal until 1979 when Jimmy Carter passed a law allowing small batches to be brewed at home. Fitting that a peanut farmer would sign this bill considering beer has been credited with the rise of cultivation and farming. People needed more beer, so they made settlements and planted more grain, and in turn formed more complex societies and even gave rise to civilization as we know it. At least that’s how the theory goes.You don’t have to be a student of sociology to enjoy brewing your own beer at home, however. There are plenty of companies selling beer-making kits of varying degrees of difficulty but virtually all beer, commercial and domestic, is made the same way:WORTThe first step in brewing beer is forming your wort. This process involves extracting the sugar from the grain you are using. Essentially, you are steeping crushed grain in hot water and harvesting the “tea” that results. This darkly tinted sugar water is your wort, the backbone of your beer.BOILOnce you have your wort, it’s time to boil. Water is extracted during the boiling process, making the liquid more condensed. Boiling also kills any enzymes or bacteria present in the wort.HOPSDuring the boiling stage, hops are added in various stages. Hops added at the beginning contribute bitterness; hops added at the middle contribute flavor; hops at the very end contribute aroma.FERMENTATIONOnce the boil is finished, the final mixture is cooled and racked into the primary fermenter, where the yeast is added to jump start fermentation. During the fermentation process, the yeast and wort turn itself into beer and particles settle out to the bottom.CARBONATIONOnce the beer has finished fermenting – a week to a month, depending on the beer – the brew needs to be carbonated. This can either take place in the sealed bottle with a little sugar added, or in a keg system.DRINKYou can figure this one out on your own. •last_img read more

first_img(WBNG) — Thursday was the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RISE-NY says this month is especially important during the pandemic. “They had this idea of this is what they were going to do,” Barren said. “Maybe part of their safety plan involved going to a vulnerable relative or going to a place or business that isn’t open right now.” Executive Director Nicole Barren says there are more challenges now for those seeking help than there were previously, like changing their safety plan. And because of the pandemic, RISE is taking their annual fundraiser online this year. You can find out more information by clicking here. RISE is also participating in a forum with Family Violence and Prevention Council on how to be an ally with survivors.last_img read more

first_imgSpecificallyIowa HouseMichigan HouseMinnesota Senate (not set in stone yet but looks likely Dems netted only one seat here)North Carolina HouseNorth Carolina SenatePennsylvania House (also not set in stone but not looking great)Texas House So what happened?Did disaffected Republicans take their ire at Trump out at the top of their ballots and then ticket-split to support GOPers further down?Should Democrats have worked harder to tie down-ballot Republicans to Trump?Were resources allocated poorly?I could drop a hot take here, but I respect you too much for that.- Advertisement – Okay, fast forward to, like, now.Let’s talk about how the situation has changed… and no, it’s not good.We’re not even talking pre-election status quo here.Things definitely got worse for Democrats in the next round of redistricting.Which means winning a majority in the U.S. House is going to be even harder for Democrats over the course of the next decade.Tuesday saw the GOP’s redistricting edge expand from three- or four-to-one to potentially four- or five-to-one.Yes, Republicans may end up drawing five times as many districts as Democrats.Tuesday’s election results create a grave risk of another decade of minority rule by the GOP both in Congress and in statehouses nationwide.But there’s something else at play in the upcoming round of redistricting that wasn’t a factor in 2011.Back then, many new maps in southern states were subject to the preclearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.… a requirement the U.S. Supreme Court killed in Shelby County v. Holder back in 2013.This ruling also paved the way for a new wave of voter suppression laws, the repercussions of which we’re still dealing with as I type, as votes are still being counted in places like Georgia and Arizona. North Carolina:Governor: Democratic hold (but super irrelevant in this context)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdBonus! Supreme Court: Democratic holdBattles over redistricting are set to continue after Republicans not only maintained their majorities, but also unexpectedly gained seats. And although Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won reelection, it totally doesn’t matter: he’s unable to veto most key redistricting bills.Republicans ousted at least one Democratic incumbent on the state Supreme Court and lead in two uncalled races where absentee and provisional ballots will decide whether Democrats majority stays at 6-1 or narrows to 5-2 (or even 4-3).This matters because state courts curtailed the GOP’s gerrymanders last year.But while those rulings curbed the GOP’s worst map-drawing excesses, they didn’t entirely eliminate the problem. While results in some statehouses are still shaking out (yeah, I’m looking at you, Arizona), we already know that Republicans successfully defended their majorities in several key chambers.Campaign Action- Advertisement – But many of those majorities were extremely small.Dems held several chambers by just a couple of seats. If Democrats are able to flip a legislative chamber, the state’s divided government would sort out the aftermath of a ruling or GOP action against the IRC.Perhaps they’d reach a bipartisan compromise!… more likely, though, is that new maps would be drawn by the courts, which tend to favor nonpartisan districts. Minnesota:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Democratic holdSenate: Republican hold(?—uncalled as of this writing)Democrats appear to have fallen just short in their bid to win trifecta control in Minnesota, though final tallies have yet to be announced.The state currently has nonpartisan maps drawn by a court and is poised to again after 2020. Sigh.tl;dr— This round of redistricting might not be as bad for Democrats as the last round, but it’s not shaping up to be much better.And depending on SCOTUS interference, it could arguably be worse. The trust is that we just don’t know yet.All of these things could be true. None of them could be true.But here are two things that are 100% true:Democrats were vying to flip districts specifically gerrymandered to elect Republicans.While the disparity wasn’t as severe as in cycles past, Republicans out-raised Democrats and outspent them in several key chambers.- Advertisement – But then the party collectively seemed to forget that redistricting was going to be happening in 2011.Republicans, as we know, very much did not forget, and they outspent Democrats three-to-one to target a handful of flippable seats in key chambers in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and more.Republicans flipped 21 chambers in 2010.In 2020, they flipped … three.Don’t get me wrong: A GOP trifecta in New Hampshire is a Bad Thing.And this means Republicans get to re-gerrymander that state Senate (and the House, but with 400 seats, that chamber is always a bit of a crapshoot, honestly).But federally, this gives the GOP complete control over drawing a whole two congressional districts.The bad news from Election 2020 isn’t what Republicans won.It’s what Republicans successfully defended.I wrote previously in this space about how the next round of redistricting could shake out for Democrats, depending on the level of success they had in flipping GOP-held chambers this week.Before Nov. 3, Republicans had complete control over the drawing of anywhere from 37% to 45% of all congressional districts nationwide.Democrats would control the drawing of just 10% to 11%.The remaining districts would be drawn via redistricting commissions (with varying degrees of independence), compromises reached in states with divided governments, and/or the courts (when some of those divided governments inevitably deadlock). Sure, this three- or four-to-one advantage would have been lousy—but not as bad as it was in 2011, when Republicans had a better than five-to-one advantage in drawing congressional districts. My talented Daily Kos Elections colleagues have assembled a super detailed breakdown of how Tuesday’s results impact the next round of redistricting, but here are the crucial toplines:Why we still care what happens in Arizona even though they have an Independent Redistricting Commission: Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican? (uncalled)Senate: Republican? (uncalled)Arizona has had an independent redistricting commission in place since 2000, but with the U.S. Supreme Court’s newly conservative configuration, the IRC is at a big of risk of being struck down.Republicans in the legislature have repeatedly sought to undermine the commission, so ending the GOP’s control of state government would help insulate and preserve it. – Advertisement – Pennsylvania:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican (uncalled but likely) holdSenate: Republican (uncalled but likely) hold But let’s face it: Even if Democrats flip one or both chambers in Arizona, Election Day 2020 was a disappointment.Ya know what? I’ll take disappointment over a bloodbath.Here’s a little perspective.Election Day 2010 replaced Election Day 2000 as the most excruciating of my life, and even 2016 wasn’t savage enough to supplant it.And 2020 certainly wasn’t.It’s an oft-forgotten fact that Democrats appeared to be sitting pretty before the 2010 elections.They held majorities in 60 chambers.Republicans held just 36, and two were tied. Texas:Governor: Republican (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican holdI mentioned in this space last week that Republicans were pumping tons of late cash into these state House races, and WOW did that effort pay off.Texas is arguably the most important state for Republican congressional gerrymandering, and Democrats failed to make the big gains needed to flip the state House to break the GOP’s trifecta control of the state.But wait, it gets worse!Democrats also failed to lay the groundwork for striking down gerrymanders later this decade after Republicans swept all four seats up this year to maintain their 9-0 state Supreme Court majority. Why we care what happens in Michigan even though they have an independent redistricting commission:Governor: Democratic (up in 2022)House: Republican holdSenate: Republican (up in 2022)In 2018, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure establishing a redistricting commission, stripping the legislature of its power to draw district maps for itself and for the U.S. House. Okay, one more piece of lousy news before I remind you (… and myself) that last night wasn’t a total disaster.But on to less terrible news!And while Republican legislators in many states will now have to deal with newly elected QAnon believers in their caucuses, Democrats celebrated a lot of positive firsts.This list is in no way exhaustive—feel free to hit me up with other cool Democratic state legislative first you know of! New Hampshire:Governor: Republican holdHouse: Republican flipSenate: Republican flipYeah, didn’t think I’d be talking about this one.last_img read more

first_imgThe TENAA site also included a phone carrying a model number M2007J17C that could be the Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. The phone is said to have a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display and powered by Snapdragon 750G SoC, along with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of onboard storage. It also surfaced with a 108-megapixel primary sensor and a 4,720mAh battery.Is Redmi Note 9 the perfect successor to Redmi Note 8? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 series may get new models on November 11 celebrated as Singles’ Day in China, Xiaomi Vice President and General Manager of the Redmi brand Lu Weibing suggested through a teaser posted on Weibo on Monday. The Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G are expected to be among the new models in the Redmi Note 9 series. Both phones purportedly surfaced on TENAA last week. The rumour mill claimed that Xiaomi could launch as many as three new models in the Redmi Note 9 series, with one of which may feature a 108-megapixel primary camera sensor.The teaser posted by Weibing doesn’t provide any clear details about the new models arriving in the Redmi Note 9 series. However, it does mention that the official announcement could take place on Singles’ Day on November 11.- Advertisement –center_img If we look at past reports, the Redmi Note 9 series is tipped to be getting three new models, with one featuring Samsung’s ISOCELL HM2 sensor that has 108-megapixel resolution. The new models are likely to be different from the existing ones in the series that so far has the standard Redmi Note 9, along with the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The changes may include a 120Hz display along with AdaptiveSync support, at least in the top-end model.China’s TENAA also recently suggested the key specifications of the new models in the Redmi Note 9 series. It was speculated to have detailed the Redmi Note 9 5G and Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G that were previously rumoured as the Redmi Note 9 Standard Edition and Redmi Note 9 High Edition, respectively.Redmi Note 9 5G specifications (expected)The Redmi Note 9 5G purportedly surfaced on TENAA with model number M2007J22C. The phone is said to have a 6.53-inch full-HD+ IPS display, MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, up to 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB of onboard storage. The listing also suggested triple rear cameras, with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, and a 4,900mAh battery.Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G specifications (expected)- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe Jieyang Shenquan 1 wind farm is owned by State Power Investment Group and Guangdong Electric Power. The wind farm is located in the South Sea area of Shenquan Town, Jieyand City, Southern China. The scope of work will also include inspections of the proposed support fleet as well as risk assessment and management meetings ahead of critical marine operations. The wind farm will consist of 73 wind turbines of 5.5 MW each, with a total installed capacity of 400 MW. The project will also involve the building of an offshore booster station, which will be connected to the turbines through 16 circuits of submarine cable. Work on the project is expected to commence in August 2020.center_img International marine and engineering consulting firm LOC has won a contract to provide Marine Warranty Services to support the development of the Jieyang Shenquan 1 offshore wind farm in China. Li Shixi, Risk & Renewable Manager at LOC China, said: “Winning a further recent contract, for the development of offshore wind farms in China, is a demonstration of our experience and knowledge of the sector, as well as our understating of the Chinese market, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary in the country. It is also a reflection of the growth of the renewables sector in South-East Asia, with an increasing number of projects across the region.” Under the terms of the agreement, LOC China will provide document review, marine assurance, and on-site inspections for all critical marine operations. last_img read more