Press release: Grading under review for Greenfields Community Housing Association

first_img The regulation of social housing is the responsibility of the Regulation Committee, a statutory committee of the Homes and Communities Agency. The organisation refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing in undertaking the functions of the Regulation Committee. Homes England is the trading name of the HCA’s non-regulation functions. For more information visit the RSH website.Our media enquiries page has contact details for journalists.For general queries to RSH, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225. The Regulator of Social Housing reports that Greenfields Community Housing Association’s grading is currently under review.The regulator notifies that a provider’s grading is under review when its compliant grade (G1 and G2 for governance, V1 or V2 for viability) is being investigated in relation to an issue which may result in a downgrade to a non-compliant grade (G3 or G4 for governance, V3 or V4 for viability). The outcome of the investigation will be confirmed in an updated regulatory judgement once completed.Greenfields Community Housing Association’s current grade is G1/V1 and the regulator is currently investigating a matter which may impact on Greenfield’s compliance with the governance element of the Governance and Viability Standard.The GUR list is available on the website.Further information The regulatory framework can also be found on the website. The regulator’s purpose is to promote a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants.last_img read more

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Press release: UK to lead international hunt for life-changing innovations

first_img Here in the UK, as we prepare for leaving the European Union, we face an important question: how will we as a country make our way in the world? What sort of country do we choose to be? My answer to this is clear: we will only thrive if we embrace ideas and openness, and double down on an innovative economy. Our Industrial Strategy will be key to this. And we are backing this engagement with investment. Already, we have announced the biggest increase in public R&D investment for over 40 years, including the establishment of a £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to back business-focused research. And we are going further. As part of our industrial strategy, we have set out our ambition to increase the UK’s R&D spend to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. EUREKA is a platform to support those partnerships in research and innovation, enabling businesses to collaborate across borders, accessing new knowledge, capabilities and markets. Today, I am delighted to announce that the UK will inject an additional £10 million for UK companies to collaborate with global businesses on innovation projects through the EUREKA platform, helping to create new products and services and drive business growth. It is with great pride that I launch the UK’s EUREKA chairmanship, beginning on 1 July, here among so many partners from around the world. I look forward to seeing all you achieve in the coming year. Science Minister Sam Gyimah last night launched the UK chairmanship of the international innovation network EUREKA, addressing the global challenge to hunt for world-changing products and services needing support to reach the market.He attended the event celebrating the UK taking on the chairmanship of EUREKA – a global network which has invested nearly £35 billion in projects in 40 countries worldwide- for the third time. EUREKA, brings together more than 40 nations to collaborate on research and development and supports the ambitions of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.During the one-year chairmanship, the UK aims to expand the global reach of EUREKA and will invest an extra £10 million to support UK businesses and innovators bring new products to market.Speaking at the launch Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: EUREKA is a unique network which brings together the largest grouping of national ministries and innovation agencies, including UKRI, to support global business-focussed research and development. It aims to help businesses grow and encourages greater collaboration across borders.Since EUREKA was founded in 1985, businesses involved have shown an additional annual turnover growth of 15% better than non-participants one year after the project finishing and companies in EUREKA showed an additional annual employment growth of 7% compared to non-participating firms.Notes to editors: Since its creation in 1985, EUREKA has supported a range of companies and organisations.Developing a simple, effective and highly accurate blood test to detect transplant diseases has been led through a UK and Belgium EUREKA project. Its impact has reduced transplant costs by better targeting resources and is helping to improve patient’s recovery from transplants.Cambridge based Intelligent Fingerprinting received a boost through a EUREKA project, led by the UK, Norway and France, that focused on speeding up police investigations by using new computing techniques to help scan seized storage devices. The programme has been used by major law enforcement agencies around the world.During the event, it was also confirmed that an additional £10 million of funding is being provided to UK EUREKA participants that will open up global R&D and innovation collaboration opportunities for UK companies to help drive growth. This will help to create new products and services by providing access to specialist knowledge, people and capability supporting UK companies to take advantage of global market opportunities.Key facts: EUREKA has been in existence for over thirty years involves 45 countries supports nearly 7,000 projects has worked with over 17,000 companies nearly £35 billion already invested British businesses and innovators to get £10 million boost to bring their ideas to global market calls for Britain to ‘double down’ on innovation to make our way in the world after leaving the European Union EUREKA is supported by a Secretariat based in Brussels, who are a non-profit organisation the current UK budget for EUREKA programmes is €4.5 million annually further information availablelast_img read more

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Press release: UK pays respect to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

first_imgThe Minister of State for the United Nations (UN) and Commonwealth has led UK tributes at the funeral of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon joined His Excellency President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and world leaders at the funeral, held in Accra, where he conveyed condolences on behalf of the UK Government.Lord Ahmad said: For journalists Media enquiries The whole world has come together to mourn the loss of Kofi Annan. I am honoured to have represented the UK Government and the British people to pay our deep respects. He has left behind an incredible legacy, particularly his work on human rights and justice at the UN. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebookcenter_img Whilst in Ghana, Lord Ahmad met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Botchway. They discussed a number of issues in UK-Ghana relations, including our countries’ visions for the Commonwealth and priority issues for this month’s UN General Assembly. Lord Ahmad also met with Minister of Defence Dominic Nitiwul on regional security and met with Ghana’s new Electoral Commissioner Jean Mensa to hear about Ghana’s preparations for future elections.Lord Ahmad visited a UK-supported workshop with Ghanaian law enforcement agencies involved in tackling Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, seeing the practical cooperation between the UK and Ghana, that is helping to bring perpetrators to justice and protect vulnerable people. He also paid a visit to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, reflecting on Ghana’s reputation for religious coexistence and his priorities as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief.Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on Twitter @tariqahmadbt Email [email protected]last_img read more

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Kendrick Lamar Proclaims Prince Lives On Through Him On New Remix Of Future’s “Mask Off” [Listen]

first_imgThis morning, star Atlanta rapper Future released a brand new remix of his April ’17 single “Mask Off” from his self-titled official debut album, and it features a verse from a famous friend: the one and only Kendrick Lamar. The release follows the two rappers’ recent onstage collaborations on the flute-laced song during at Coachella, which saw Future joined Lamar during both of his headlining performances. You can watch fan-shot video of Future and Kendrick performing “Mask Off” at Coachella on 4/16/17 below, courtesy of YouTube user wyatt case:The two artists’ vastly different sounds mesh perfectly on the new “Mask Off” remix. Future’s auto-tuned ad-libs and drugged-out refrain lays the sonic groundwork over a beat that sounds like it could have come off Lamar’s 2016 project untitled unmastered to begin with. Kendrick’s verse sees the Compton native in “victory lap” form, riding high on the resounding critical and commercial success of his recent LP, DAMN. Kung Fu Kenny waxes philosophical about achieving success while staying true to his roots (How y’all let a conscious n**** go commercial/ While only makin’ conscious albums) and confidently tells his detractors to kiss the ring (Everybody who didn’t pay respect/ Gotta ‘fess up now and pay your debt). He also tips his hat to Prince, proclaiming that he will keep the late legend alive through his own music (She said she broke down when Prince died, It’s alright/Bitch my hair down, Prince live through me, I am Prince).Check out Future’s new “Mask Off” remix featuring Kendrick Lamar below, via AudioMack:[h/t – Genius][Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella]last_img read more

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HKS seeks grant proposals on Kuwait

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is now accepting applications for the spring 2010 funding cycle for the Kuwait Program Research Fund. With the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, an HKS faculty committee will consider applications for one-year grants (up to $30,000) and larger grants for more extensive proposals to support advanced research by Harvard faculty members on issues of critical importance to Kuwait and the Gulf. Grants can be applied toward research assistance, travel, summer salary, and course buyout.Priority will be given to the following subjects, although applications will be considered in other areas as well:• Technology transfer• Water resources and management• Oil and petrochemicals• Small country security• Governance and transparency issues• Government subsidies policy• Vocational training models• Human resources development• Applied research, education, and training related to the environment and pollution• Public health policy including disease treatment (diabetes) and prevention• Financial growth and foreign investmentIn addition, the Kennedy School is seeking more-extensive and ambitious proposals on renewable energy, climate change and its impact on the Gulf, education reform, and financial risk assessment and risk management, and is prepared to provide greater funding over a longer period of time for research in these areas.Proposals will be evaluated based on the direct involvement of Harvard faculty, the relevance and transferability of the research to Kuwait and the region, and the quality of the work plan, which should include an outreach component. Collaborative research with Kuwaiti academics and educational institutions is strongly encouraged.For inquiries, call 617.495.5963. To apply, submit a research proposal (no more than five pages), budget, other sources of funding, and the curriculum vitae for senior researchers to Director, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138. The deadline for the receipt of grant applications is April 16, and decisions will be announced by May 14.last_img read more

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Lyndon State College launches $10 million fundraising campaign

first_imgFrom California to New Hampshire, Lyndon State College’s alumni and friends came together at nine different locations across the country on Saturday afternoon, July 17, to celebrate the public launch of the college’s first multi-million fundraising campaign, A New View: the Second Century Campaign.‘This $10 million campaign is a critical step in the evolution of Lyndon as we end our first 100 years and prepare for our second century,’ said Lyndon President Carol A. Moore. Lyndon plans to complete The Second Century Campaign in coordination with the conclusion of its Centennial Year in December 2011.A core group of volunteers have been assisting the College in the development of A New View: The Second Century Campaign including: National Honorary Chair Mark Valade ‘78 (President & CEO of Carhartt, Inc.), Honorary National Chair Allan Gilmour (retired vice chair and CFO of Ford Motor Company), Northeast Kingdom Chair Jan Eastman (attorney and retired president of the Snelling Center) and Honorary Northeast Kingdom Chair John Downs (retired founding partner of Downs Rachlin Martin, PLLC). More information on the Campaign’s leadership can be found here.Before publically announcing The Second Century Campaign and its $10 million goal, College officials and the campaign’s volunteer leadership wanted to achieve at least 60% of their goal. As of July 15, 2010, Lyndon had secured over $6.6 million towards its campaign goal.The Second Century Campaign’s most visible gift was a recent $1 Million gift from Carhartt, Inc. ‘The big gifts are important, however, every gift counts,’ said Dean of Institutional Advancement Bob Whittaker. ‘We are grateful up to this point to have a 35% participation rate from our alumni, 74% from our full-time faculty and staff, 100% from our volunteers, as well as the support of over 400 friends and nearly 100 businesses and foundations’at the same time, we look forward to building upon these numbers in the months ahead.’According to President Moore, ‘this campaign is intended to strengthen Lyndon’s nationally competitive academic programs; help more first-in-family college students achieve their dream of a college education; and better connect the talent of our faculty and students with the business development needs of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.’  Gifts to the campaign benefit a wide range of needs including student scholarships, program development, operating support, and academic equipment needs. For more information about A New View: The Second Century Campaign, please visit www.lyndonstate.edu/anewview(link is external) or call 802-626-6426.Source: Lyndon. 7.17.2010last_img read more

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A common ticket to Lika includes 8 attractions in Lika

first_imgZajedničku ulaznicu destinacije Lika moguće je kupiti u Nacionalnom parku Plitvička jezera ili online na stranici Nacionalnog parka Plitvička jezera.  Cijena ulaznice je 350 kn za odrasle i 250 kn za djecu od 7 do 18 godina, što je ušteda od gotovo 50% jer kad bi se karte kupovale pojedinačno iznosile bi 630 kn.  In the destination Lika there are 3 of 8 national parks in Croatia, Velebit Nature Park as the largest protected natural area in Croatia, the only cave park in the world and the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous geniuses – Nikola Tesla. That is why the Lika Destination Cluster is working on branding the entire destination as a region of protected natural areas, which is also one of the goals of forming a joint ticket for the Lika destination.  National park Plitvice LakesNorthern Velebit National ParkPaklenica National ParkVelebit Nature ParkBarać’s cavesGrabovača Cave ParkCroatian Center for Indigenous Fish and Crustacean Species of Karst Waters Otočac andNikola Tesla Memorial Center Smiljan Taking into account the fact that Plitvice Lakes National Park is annually visited by 10% of all tourists visiting the Republic of Croatia, the goal is for this large number of tourists to discover other, lesser known, but also attractive natural beauties of Lika, in order to prolong the stay and increase tourist consumption. By purchasing a joint ticket for the destination Lika, one ticket at a unique price enables entry into as many as eight protected natural areas. The joint ticket of the destination Lika was formed in cooperation with the Cluster Lika Destination and attractions which includes: Tako će posjetitelji uz kupljenju kartu za Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera dobiti i vaučere za besplatan ulazak na osam zaštićenih područja “Lika destinacije”, čime će posjetitelji umjesto 630 kuna za sve ulaznice imati trošak od 350 kuna. Motivirani dosadašnjim uspjehom Klaster Lika Destination i zaštićena prirodna područja u destinaciji Lika i ove  sezone formiraju zajedničku ulaznicu destinacije Lika s ciljem poticanja duljeg zadržavanja turista u destinaciji te brendiranja destinacije Lika kao destinacije zaštićenih prirodnih područja.  Purchased vouchers can be used until September 30 this year. Find out more HERElast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeships

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined local officials, employers and members of Iron Workers Local 3 today to tour ongoing renovations of the Iron Workers Training Center in Pittsburgh and discuss apprenticeships and PAsmart. The Wolf Administration provided $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding announced in June to help expand the facility and significantly increase the number of apprentices who will be trained.“Western Pennsylvania has more ironworker jobs open than there are skilled workers to fill them,” said Governor Wolf. “I am investing in apprenticeships and job training like this, so we can meet the demand for workers to build the cracker plant, manufacturing facilities, bridges and many other projects that are creating jobs.”The $4.2 million project will upgrade and expand the first floor and add a second floor to the training center, creating more space for hands-on training with modern equipment. The union expects to increase the number of apprentices from approximately 90 last year to more than 300 next year.“Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college, but apprenticeships like this enable workers to earn a good wage while learning at the training center and on the job with an employer,” said Governor Wolf. “These are jobs that can support a family and create a strong workforce that will attract more industry to Pennsylvania.”The starting wage for apprentices in the Iron Worker’s program is $19 per hour, which increases with experience. After the apprenticeship, the starting wage of journeymen is $33 per hour or more, plus benefits.Governor Wolf is expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania. His new and innovative PAsmart initiative will invest $30 million in workforce development. Of that, $7 million will be an increase in apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to nearly 16,000.PAsmart also includes a $3 million increase in the successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training. An additional $20 million will be invested in education for the rapidly growing fields of science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) and computer science.In July, the governor was joined by business and labor leaders to sign an executive order that cuts red tape, improves coordination between several state agencies and more effectively delivers workforce development services to Pennsylvanians.The executive order places the governor’s private sector policy advisor, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, in a leading role in coordinating job training strategies across the public and private sectors and will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. August 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeshipscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Jaw-dropping architectural masterpiece with river views hits market

first_imgThe house at 15 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, is for sale.What was once a humble three-bedroom 1940s cottage has been transformed into a masterpiece.Mia Fulleylove bought the house at 15 Wordsworth St, Bulimba, nearly nine years ago with her daughter Jade.The top floor is light and bright, and has views to Hamilton and the river.MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESTogether they engaged the help of architects Vokes and Peters and created a house akin to a work of art.Curl up on the bench seats and relax.The original cottage became known as the “sleeping house” while a two-storey extension to the back of the house allows for views over the Brisbane River and Hamilton.Timber works with brick, and each zone flows seamlessly to the next.The house contrasts textures, with timber and brick mixed with a black and white colour palette keeping the senses heightened, wondering what will appear before your eyes next.There are sleek timber floors and black cabinetry.Cararra marble benchtops work with black subway tiles and exposed beams.There are twin brick courtyards, one to the east and one to the west.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoMs Fulleylove said she loves the downstairs kitchen, living and dining area, which opens to the courtyard and garden.The courtyard with the archway and fireplace is a family favourite.“The majority of family connection happens there,” Ms Fulleylove said.“The outdoor fireplace and brick archway to the northside garden is one of our favourite places for feet hanging with a bowl of comfort food on a sunny morning.“We also enjoy… being able to walk out and pick avocadoes and passionfruit off the vine for breakfast.”Character features were retained in the original cottage, or the “sleeping house”.The upstairs part of the extension has soaring ceilings with exposed beams, and feature windows that run around the bottom of the room, looking to the inside of the roof overhanging below.Even the most simple of spaces capture your attention.The house was crafted for family living, and Ms Fulleylove believed it had served them perfectly.“It has a timeless balance of modern luxury and quality whilst retaining a comforting, cosy, family environment.”This room is known as “the bathhouse” and has views into the leafy backyard.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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German Constitutional Court rules on complaints against Offshore Wind Energy Act

first_imgThe First Senate of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has ruled on constitutional complaints filed against the country’s existing Offshore Energy Act (WindSeeG). “Compensation is required where documents and results of any investigations can still be utilised for the “preparatory site investigations” conducted by the state under the new law”, the First Senate stated in a press release from 20 August. In the case of the rejected complaints, the First Senate found the Offshore Wind Energy Act to be compatible with the requirements of the general principle of the protection of legitimate expectations. Under the old regulation, offshore wind farms could be approved without any prior formal planning or systematic coordination of the establishment of connection to the power grid, while the Offshore Wind Energy Act brought more detailed provisions for the approval procedure. “In order to transition to the new system, ongoing planning approval procedures were terminated and previously issued permits lost their validity. The provisions under the transitional legal framework are not applicable to the complainants’ projects”, the First Senate explained. The constitutional complaints arose after the Ordinance on Offshore Installations Seaward of the Limit of the German Territorial Sea – which was applicable until the end of 2016 and under which the complainants had submitted requests for approval of offshore wind farms located in German North Sea Exclusive Economic Zone in the North Sea – was replaced by the current Offshore Wind Energy Act, which led to a fundamental revision of the approval procedure for wind farms located in the Exclusive Economic Zone. The rest of the constitutional complaints made against the Offshore Energy Act were rejected. According to the ruling on these complaints, the Act does not violate the fundamental rights to property and freedom of occupation, and it does not violate the general guarantee of the right to equality. On the matter of the Act not providing for any compensation for the planning and site investigation expenses incurred by developers whose projects were initiated under previously applicable law but were terminated when the existing Act entered into force, the First Senate found the Act to be unconstitutional. The legal authority also said that, to be considered of use, tenders to establish an offshore wind farm on a relevant site must be accepted by 31 December 2030. The legal basis for such interests in compensation must be set out by the legislator in greater detail, with the legislator obligated to do so until 30 June 2021, at the latest. The First Senate held that the Offshore Wind Energy Act has a quasi-retroactive effect that is not entirely justified under constitutional law, and that the complainants must receive financial compensation for any necessary expenses for planning and site investigations insofar as this can be of use to the preparatory site investigation conducted by the state under §§ 9 et seq. of the existing Offshore Wind Energy Act. last_img read more

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