first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Newbuild numbers rise… just a little previous nextLand & New HomesNewbuild numbers rise… just a littleThe Negotiator2nd September 20160817 Views We are building more new homes, that’s official. However, we’re not building enough. The ONS reports that the overall level of house building in the UK has declined since 1980, with 152, 380 houses built in the financial year ending 2015 – a fall of nearly 40 per cent from the 251,820 built in 1980. New data for 2015/2016 suggests that the recent increase in UK house building is continuing.The graph shows that Local Authorities barely baked a brick, Housing Associations plodded on, bringing in some new homes each year, while private enterprises (developers) improved their output just a little, from a low base. house building graph land and new homes newbuild numbers September 2, 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 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 2021last_img read more

first_imgThe number of resignations from Oxford European academics has increased once again since the EU referendum.230 European academics have resigned from Oxford University in the past year, compared to just 171 in 2014-15.The ongoing uncertainty surrounding negotiations with the EU has been suggested as the reason for the high turnover of staff.Dame Averil Cameron, a former Warden of Keble College, said that the revelation was “very serious for Oxford.”Oxford currently employs 20% of EU academics working in the UK.However, a spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “It is impossible to draw any firm conclusions about the impact of Brexit on staffing at the moment.Overall EU academic numbers are virtually unchanged from 1,714 to 1,702 this year.”The spokesperson continued: “The status of colleagues from other parts of the EU has been a major concern for the University and we have called for clear commitments on this issue to reassure staff and students who are already here or hoping to join us.The University will continue to call for a free flow of academic talent to and from the EU in the final Brexit settlement.”James Partridge, a Fellow at University College of Czech told Cherwell: “I’m absolutely certain that a significant loss of EU academics would be disastrous for UK higher education.“It would be bound to affect the quality of teaching and research across the sector if it happened, and I don’t really see how anyone can sensibly dispute that.“In my view that would be as true for Oxford as for any other university, but clearly if Oxford continues to be able to recruit new staff from the EU successfully then those effects would be mitigated somewhat.”Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said: “These valued members of our communities find themselves uncertain about the future and unconvinced by the too little too late wooing by an incompetent Prime Minister.While they were frozen out of the referendum, they are now voting with their feet.”The Phase I report issued by the EU and UK governments in December stated EU citizens would be able to claim permanent residency status in the UK. It also said that the UK will be able to stay involved in EU programs up to 2020, including Horizon 2020 and Erasmus.Nevetheless the government’s reluctance to say whether it will continue to engage in Free Movement or remain in the ECJ, which is often a prerequisite for receiving funding from programs within Horizon 2020, means that prospects for academic research are stilluncertain.last_img read more

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?HERE’S WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAYWe would like to know how did members of our local Legislative delegation vote on the newly amended Gaming law yesterday?  We also can’t wait to find out what the final amendments were.Oh, please read the new “JAB TO THE RIGHT And “JAB TO THE LEFT” article and sit back and watch CCO commenters Ronald  Reagan and Joe Biden intellectually slug it out on national issues that might interest you.WHAT”S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you think that the Republicans will take control of the Evansville City Council?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.  Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them..If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Man shot on North Johnson Street in South Bend IndianaLocalNews Previous articleKnox man, 39, arrested after deadly crash in LaPorte CountyNext articleWalmart, Meijer increasing social-distancing efforts inside stores Carl Stutsman Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook By Carl Stutsman – April 5, 2020 0 423 Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A man is recovering after being shot in South Bend.Police were called to the 1300 block of North Johnson Street around 9 p.m. on Friday, April 3, where they found the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his lower extremities.He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.There was no word of any suspects, arrests or information about what led to the shooting.Anybody with information is asked to contact the South Bend Police Department Investigative Bureau at 235-9263 or Michiana Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP or 800-342-STOP. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBig Jackson summit clearing with helipad.Big Jackson Mountain, in the Tumbledown-Jackson Range and the Tumbledown Public Lands Unit, is the highest of the Weld-area hiking peaks that ring Webb Lake – but is lightly visited by hiking parties. At an elevation of 3568’ it surpasses iconic Mt. Blue, 3187’, and is one of the highest summits south of the Appalachian Trail-crossed ranges such as Saddleback. Mt. Abraham, and Sugarloaf. By contrast, nearby Little Jackson, nearly one hundred feet lower at 3470’, and with a bare summit, is a very popular hike.Two factors dissuade hikers from ascending Big Jackson (which is known locally with “Big” as prefix but on many maps is designated as “Jackson Mountain”). One is that the summit is wooded, with limited views. The other is that the approach trail is not regularly maintained and is essentially unmarked. There are no paint blazes on the route, and the pathway is not regularly cleared of blow-downs and encroaching brush. Often termed a herd path, such routes have become visible over time by the passage of bushwhacking hikers.I have reached the summit of Big Jackson many times, but until the day of this hike, not in winter. The rough quality of the trail has its appeal, as it snakes a narrow way through thick fir up a western buttress. In the process, the pathway, such as it is, skirts a watch-your-step, steep ledge drop-off from which there are exceptional views of Little Jackson, a crow-fly mile to the west, far-off Webb Lake to the south, and the seldom visited interior forest that serves as headwaters for the Swift River, to the north.To the TrailheadTo reach the trailhead I drive to the Byron Notch Road, 0.5 mile west of Weld/Webb Corner, on Highway 142, north of Weld Village. This road is not maintained for winter travel, but bears only a dusting of snow on the day of my hike, and has not yet been closed. (It is closed at this writing.) In 2.0 miles I turn north on the Morgan Road (sign-missing) a one-lane road heading 0.8 miles to a small parking area for the Little Jackson and Parker Ridge Trails. (An alternate trailhead is at the Brook Trail, 1.6 miles west of the Morgan Road, where the Little Jackson Connector Trail leads 1.1 miles to meet the Little Jackson Trail.)A posted notice stands by the Morgan Road entrance announces that only hikers with winter mountain experience should attempt an ascent at this time of year. The notice warns of ice-covered rock, and alerts the reader that rescue services may be difficult to contact, and may take many hours to reach a hiker in difficulty. Readily reached in summer, the Tumbledown-Jackson Range becomes functionally remote in winter.Icy trail on route to Jackson Col.I carry winter gear and supplies to manage a mishap – cord and heavy duty tape for snowshoe repair, extra clothing in the event of slowed progress from an injury – a foam mat for insulation form the snow if I need to sit, and a compact emergency bivouac bag about the size of a softball. For emergency communication I carry an In-Reach device that enables me to contact emergency personnel when in the backcountry. To give myself plenty of daylight, I make an early start, and am on trail soon after first light.Such preparations may seem surprising to anyone who has hiked in this region in summer. But in winter there may be few, if any, other hikers on the trail to assist in an emergency. Prevailing winter weather patterns bring frigid air to this region from southern Canada – which lies only 40 miles to the northwest. Snow cover at the trailhead is but a few inches, but we strap snowshoes to our packs – aware of the old adage “Mountain make their own weather.” I expect different conditions on the high ground. – deeper snow, ice, the path blocked by fallen trees – to be quite different from those at the trailhead.On TrailAs I begin the ascent I move readily up the snow-dusted Little Jackson Trail, pass the Parker Ridge Trail junction (leading northwest to Tumbledown Pond, and southwest along the Little Jackson Connector to the Brook Trail trailhead.). At lower elevation the Little Jackson Trail follows an old road, washed out in many places, lined by hardwoods – rock maple, yellow birch, popple. Here and there stands a colorful beech tree, amber leaves bright in the sunlight. and fluttering ever-so-slightly in a scant breeze. These leaves change from green to their brighter color in fall, and most cling to the gray branches until last days of winter.I step over many a runoff stream racing down the lower slopes of Big Jackson, from rain of recent days. Higher, I encounter patches of ice, and increasing snow depth that hides yet more ice. I stop to attach flexible boot crampons to attach to my winter hiking boots.Higher on trail I come to broader and deeper streams, bordered by ice-covered rocks, requiring close attention in the crossing. No wet feet on a winter day – not if I can help it. After one hour I pass the trail junction for the Pond Link Trail, leading west to Tumbledown Pond, and begin a steepening ascent over icy trail.I climb into the softwood zone, leaving the hardwoods behind, now finding spruce and fir to predominate. Shafts of sunlight throw shadows through the woods. A great stillness abides. There is little wind, as I hike up the lee side of the range.Big Jackson from Jackson Col.Jackson ColI top out from the steep ascent and reach Jackson col, an open, ledged, saddle between Big and Little Jackson. Wham! Powerful northwest winds slam me face on. I am not in the lee of the wind anymore! Quickly I step to the shelter of a cluster of fir, don balaclavas and neck gaiter to protect our faces, and add the layer of a down jackets to retain body heat. I take a moment to drink water and eat an apple. Regular water breaks are vital in winter, to avoid dehydration. Underway again, I pass the turn-off for Little Jackson, its bare domed summit rising to the west.Big Jackson summit is clearly visible, reaching toward a blue flame sky, high ledge that the approach route will skirt sharply visible as white patches on its west slope. Fir growth, a broad, bright, lacey, different shade of white, extends to the summit. It is not all snow I see on the high ground, though there is plenty of that, but rather a great covering of rime frost, product of clouds and fog freezing to the high elevation fir.Herd Path to Big Jackson SummitA sign points the way to the start of the 0.7-mile herd path from col to summit. A few cairns mark the way, which twists and turns, heading northward and away from the mountain at one point, only to swing back towards it. One final sign points to a passage through the fir, and I am on my way. I knock snow from branches that bow low across the route blocking the way. These branches spring up to allow easier passage when I lighten their snow load. I clamber over blow-downs where I can, and bushwhack around others. Snow depth increases, but I make good progress wearing crampons, and make my way without need of snowshoes.When we reach the steep ledges halfway to the summit, I enjoy striking views of Little Jackson, Webb Lake, and Mt. Blue. To the north I discern Four Ponds Mountain and have a glimpse of multi-peaked Bemis Mountain .The wind is now fierce. Snow has drifted deeply and I am uncertain of the route. I have crossed ice successfully to this point with the aid of crampons, but here ice lies under the snow along the edge of the steep ledge. Where is the trail? What is the safe route?For times such as this I have learned to “go slow to go fast”, a time-honored mountaineering expression that has many life applications. Stop. Take good breaths. Calm my thoughts. Look about. I make a 360 degree scan, looking for an indication of the route. Aha! I spy a slight break along the top of a line of trees well above me. Moving away from the steepest part of the ledge, I bushwhack through thick, tangled fir, ledge behind me. The going is slow, lest I trip in the undergrowth. An opening! I locate the route, which passes through a narrow opening in the fir. On I go. More Little Jackson views open up. The snow deepens. but lies on a supportive frozen crust. Step by step I continue, emerge from the firs, and reach the summit clearing.The SummitThough there is, indeed, a clearing at the top, but it is surrounded by a circular wall of fir 8-10 feet high, limiting the view. The clearing was cut many years ago to locate communication equipment and a small helipad for servicing. I have never met anyone on the Big Jackson summit involved with that task, and there is definitely no one else here at this moment.The major discovery on the summit is not these artifacts of civilization, but the remarkable rime frost covering all that stands on the mountain top – the ring of fir, stumps, boulders, everything. The effect is startling. Fir branches bear layer upon built-up layer of frost crystals, rendered sparkling white in the light of the in-breaking sun. Quite the sight!The wind whips upon the summit, sending me into sheltering firs for a water and food break. I have stowed my water bottle inside my pack, wrapped in a heavy woolen sock to prevent it from freezing. An insulated container holds hot soup. I fuel up.I search for the summit register, a notebook in a glass jar. It is a custom for many of Maine’s peaks without a maintained trail, that someone places a notebook on top for hikers to write their names, the date, and a note. I have signed the Big Jackson register before, and expected to today. When I finally locate the snow-covered jar, resting on a cement pad supporting the helipad, its cap is frozen fast. I do not want to risk cracking the cap or breaking the jar. Leave the register for another day – a reason to return in summer!One more look around. I take in the simple beauty of the frosted firs circling the summit, before starting the descent. On occasion, weather conditions combine to create a rare and striking scene such as the one I enjoy today. A temperature change, perhaps even a change in the direction of the wind, and the rime frost formation could disappear in a matter of hours – even minutes. I am fortunate.The Hike OutFirs with rime frost, Bug Jackson summit.The wind in my face, I descend to the col, benefiting from following the tracks of my ascent. At the col I meet two hikers on their way to ascend Little Jackson. They carry substantial packs, with sets of crampons strapped to the sides. Those will be handy on the ice-covered ledges of Little Jackson. Once I enter the softwoods to descend on the Little Jackson Trail, I hike with the heights of the Tunbledown-Jackson Range behind me, and the wind ceases. Moments later I encounter another party, four people, also on the ascent, well equipped, destination Little Jackson.I reach my starting point, the Little Jackson Trailhead at the upper end of the Morgan Road, by early afternoon. As I drive towards home I pull over, look up towards the Big Jackson summit – for one more look at the rime frost aglow in the rich, angled light of the winter sun.***Foot and Paddle TipsThe term “self-rescue” applies to all mountain hikes, surely so in winter. Self-rescue means that the hiking party has the clothing, gear, food, water – and experience, – to care for an injured or ill person in the party. Rescue services, even after accounting for the time necessary to get a message to them, may take many hours, even an overnight, before reaching the scene.In decades of winter hiking I have experienced a broken snowshoe binding, and a broken backcountry ski binding; a forced overnight bivouac when high wind obliterated the trail on a multi-day trek; and a break through snow-covered ice into knee-deep water in a beaver bog in mid-February. In these and other circumstances, I carried the means to make repairs, and to make myself dry, warm, and safe.The mountains of Western Maine are of striking beauty in winter. Prepare well, start early, enjoy our precious woods and peaks, and be safe!Text and photos copyright Douglas Allan Dunlap 2021last_img read more

first_imgYesterday was a big day in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward, accusing Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in Maryland during the early 1980’s. Dr. Ford’s heroic testimony has come with increasing threats to her family and private life, to the point where she had to sell her home and relocate, and needs a full security detail for the safety of herself and her family.A GoFundMe page was started on September 18th for the Standford psychology professor and her family, with an original goal of $150,000 quickly surpassed by generous donations. None other than Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh, appears to be the top donor, with a donation of $10,000 in hopes of assisting Dr. Ford and her family with “covering the immediate security and personal expenses.” Following yesterday’s historic hearing, the GoFundMe stopped allowing donations, with a final total of $473,622 raised for Dr. Ford and her family over the course of the nine-day period. You can see a screenshot of the donation list below:Phil has been particularly active this month politically, hosting a concert under the banner Phil Lesh & “Very Special Friends” at New York’s fabled Apollo Theater to benefit live music-oriented voter registration and activism non-profit, HeadCount. The event, billed as “Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit for Voter Participation,” saw Lesh team with touring outfit The Terrapin Family Band, guitarist Eric Krasno, and vocalist Nicki Bluhm for the entirety of the performance, as well as sacred steel guitar master Robert Randolph, rapper Talib Kweli, and the Harlem Gospel Choir to give the performance an appropriate shot of soul.Unpacking The Many Layers Of Signifiance In Talib Kweli’s Sit-In With Phil Lesh At The ApolloWatch video of Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends with Talib Kweli and the Harlem Gospel Choir below, and remember to get out and VOTE in November!Talib Kweli w/ Phil Lesh, Terrapin Family Band, Eric Krasno, Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph, & The Harlem Gospel Choir – “Get By”[Video: Live For Live Music][H/T Relix]last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Voice:Statoil has made a slight but incredibly significant change to its brand. It starts the year as a “energy company” leaving its “oil company” persona behind.Energy Voice exclusively sat down with chief executive Eldar Sætre to discuss the shift in strategy. “The future is going to be low carbon. It has to be,” he said.“Our industry must be involved in this. The sector is an important part of the problem and the solution, when it comes to a low carbon future, so we have to take responsibility. But we also have to translate this into what are the implications and opportunities from a business perspective. This is something that is happening and the industry must be part of this. I’ve made a choice – we don’t see this as a problem.“Our renewables business has been even more integrated into our existing business, so we define ourselves firmly as an energy company,” Sætre said. “We do oil and gas, but we are an energy company. Renewables is not something we do on the side.“We have indicated we might spend between 15% to 20% of our capital expenditure by 2030 for renewables and we also indicated the type of returns we expect, because that’s important for our shareholders. They need to see returns. We’re talking about a 9% to 11% rate of return on these types of investments.”More: Exclusive: Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre on the industry’s “energy transition On the Blogs: Statoil CEO Embraces Renewables, Low-Carbon Energy Futurelast_img read more

first_imgThe chorus of congressional voices calling for credit union regulatory relief grew louder this week with a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the agency’s proposed rule on arbitration.Signed by 36 senators and 104 representatives, the letter calls for CFPB Director Richard Cordray to reconsider the agency’s recently proposed rule on arbitration, and examine and develop alternative proposals that foster consumer choice and preserve access to efficient dispute resolution.“Rather than giving consumers greater access to justice, the proposal will make it more difficult and more expensive for consumers to resolve disputes for service providers,” reads the letter, led by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.).“We appreciate the support of these 140 members of Congress, who recognize that rules, such as this, that are not narrowly tailored to address specific abuses, can actually harm consumers,” said Eli Joseph, CUNA deputy chief advocacy officer. “CUNA remains concerned that frivolous class action litigation harms credit unions and their members, and jeopardizes consumers’ ability to access the high-quality and affordable products that credit unions provide. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgDespite the challenges the pandemic created, outreach coordinator Dustin Root says shutting down the shelters and food pantries was not an option. There they’ll also have 50/50 raffles, games and live music. So they decided to come up with a fun way to raise funds while also giving community members a reason to get out and have fun. The event starts with private shopping for attendees at the Mission’s thrift store at 8:30 a.m. followed by a motorcycle ride from Owego to Sal’s in Ithaca with the ride ending with a chicken barbecue at 32 Lyle Road in Barton. This comes after the pandemic forced them to close their thrift store earlier this spring. Money from the thrift store helps fund multiple sober living facilities the organization runs which are geared toward helping those in recover from drug and alcohol dependency. “When we were shut down there was no money coming in,” said Executive Director Mary Sobol. “Money was going out because we kept the shelters going and we also had to purchase food for our three food pantries. So money was going out but none was coming in,” she said. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Open Door Mission is holding a motorcycle and car ride fundraiser this Saturday to make sure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic don’t stop them from continuing to help others. “During these times vulnerable populations don’t stop being vulnerable, so we can never shut down we have to be here. You can’t tell people like that no and we don’t want to either,” he said. “It’s going to be good for us but it’s going to be good for everyone else too I think. It’s going to be a fun time,” Sobol said.last_img read more

first_imgJapan on Tuesday warned of more heavy rain on the southwestern island of Kyushu and bolstered rescue operations as the death toll in flood-hit areas reached at least 50 and about a dozen people were reported missing.The government said it would double rescue and relief personnel as heavy rain destroyed homes and caused landslides in what is shaping up to be Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed 90 people in October.”The rain front is expected to remain until the ninth (of July), and rain is expected over a wide front stretching from western to eastern Japan,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular press briefing. Police, Self-Defense Force and Coast Guard units are carrying out search and rescue efforts, said Suga, urging people to take the necessary precautions to keep safe.Images aired by public broadcaster NHK showed swollen rivers, destroyed homes and roads covered in landslides.Kyodo News reported 71 landslides across 12 prefectures, citing the land ministry, and said more than 1.3 million people had been ordered to evacuate.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government would double rescue and relief personnel, from day-earlier levels, to 80,000. Some companies in the region have temporarily halted operations but Suga said he did not expect major disruptions to supply chains, as happened two years ago when deadly floods also hit Kyushu.The government will continue to liaise with local firms, Suga said, adding: “We want to quickly take the necessary steps such as support for small and mid-sized firms depending on the situation ahead.”Carmakers Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor, and electronics conglomerate Panasonic Corp all halted operations at certain plants on Monday due to heavy rains.Mazda resumed work at its Hiroshima and Hofu plants on Tuesday and Panasonic said its sensor plant in Kagoshima was operating normally on Tuesday.Toyota said it would keep all three of its Kyushu plants closed on Tuesday after halting production the previous evening for safety reasons. Topics :last_img read more