Lib Dems vow to build 20,000 affordable homes

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Lib Dems vow to build 20,000 affordable homes previous nextHousing MarketLib Dems vow to build 20,000 affordable homesThe Liberal Democrats would tackle the “crippling undersupply of housing” in Wales, says Peter Black AM.The Negotiator22nd September 20150532 Views The Liberal Democrats has announced plans to develop 20,000 affordable homes in Wales by 2021 if the party is in Government after the 2016 assembly election.Lib Dem AM Peter Black (left) said his party would tackle the “crippling undersupply of housing” in Wales by using new borrowing powers and by abolishing plans for an M4 relief road.The target to build 20,000 affordable homes over the five-year period is double that set by the existing Labour Government in Wales.After launching a housing supply pact with the with Community Housing Cymru last year promising to build 10,000 new affordable homes during the terms of the Government, Housing and Regeneration Minister, Carl Sargeant, said, “Increasing the supply of homes in Wales is my top priority and I am committed to working with developers, housing associations, local authorities and financiers to bring forward innovative schemes that will increase the supply of good quality affordable homes.”Over half of the Welsh Government’s affordable housing target – set at 7,500 homes – was met within the first two years in power, with most properties delivered by housing associations.Meanwhile, Adam Hesse, Director at Home Counties land broker Aston Mead, has expressed his concern that a rise in affordable housing targets could hamper house building targets across the UK following a recent High Court ruling.Following a legal challenge by Reading Borough Council and West Berkshire District Council, the ruling by Justice David Holgate forced Ministers to scrap guidance which excluded developments of 10 homes or fewer from the requirement to provide or contribute to affordable housing provision. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said it will appeal the High Court’s ruling.Aston Mead Director Adam Hesse (left) said, “Frankly, this ruling by the High Court is absolutely insane. There’s no question that it will lead to fewer homes being built as a result. It has already stopped a stack of proposals in their tracks and a lot of sites in our pipeline are now being renegotiated.“Sites that may well have been suitable for ten units will now be reduced to whatever the new threshold is, so full use won’t be made of the brownfield land available. Consequently it will mean less income for districts and boroughs – the very same organisations fighting for a change to the guidance in the first place. It’s utter madness!”Hesse now fears that the ruling could make it harder for many developers to meet their house building targets, particularly smaller construction firms.He added, “No one doubts that the country desperately needs more homes. It is already falling far short of current house-building targets. A ruling like this is a significant blow for smaller residential developers and will only serve to ensure that those targets are even harder to meet.”Lib Dems vow Peter Black Lib Dem 000 affordable homes 20 Adam Hesse affordable homes Aston Mead building September 22, 2015The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Open consultation: Nutrition labelling, composition and standards (NLCS) legislation from 1 January 2021

first_imgIn July 2020, DHSC launched a consultation exercise, inviting comments from the food and nutrition industry, representative groups, the public and others on the proposed approach to reflect the Northern Ireland Protocol in law, and ensure that the aspects of the law relating to nutrition continue to operate effectively after the end of the transition period.This document provides a summary of the responses received and the government’s response.,The proposals aim to ensure certain aspects of the law relating to nutrition continue to operate effectively after the transition period from 1 January 2021.The changes would: amend the Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in order to reflect the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland (NIP) in law revoke the Nutrition (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 account for changes in EU NLCS legislation since March 2019last_img read more

GABF names team for Centrobasket U-17 tournament

first_imgTHE Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) yesterday named the team that will represent ‘The Land of Many Waters’ at this year’s U-17 Central America and Caribbean Basketball (CentroBasket) Championships, which is scheduled to take place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 26 – 30.Guyana are placed in Group ‘A’ of the tournament that features Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The Guyanese side will open their campaign against the Bahamas on July 26, followed by a clash with Puerto Rico on Thursday, July 27, and then close off their group-play against Mexico on July 28.Teams will play in round-robin format for three days, after which, the best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first-place team of Group A will oppose the second-place in Group B and vice versa.The winners of the semifinals will advance to the ‘gold medal match’, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.The top three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship 2018, to be played in St Catharines, Canada, June 11-17, 2018.The team was selected by head coach Lugard Mohan following the conclusion of last weekend’s trials at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Returning to Guyana to play in the CentroBasket Championship is United States-based Guyanese Kevon Wiggins; a 6’0 starting guard at the Evander High School in Bronx New York.Wiggins was the leading scorer for Guyana at last year’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16, where the team finished behind regional basketball powerhouse Bahamas.Guyana will also benefit from the coaching expertise of Kenneth Avent from the United States of America.Avent is a player development specialist with FIBA and is also a USA Basketball Licensed Coach and Youth Development Specialist, Gloucester Times – coach-of-the-year and was also awarded American Professional Basketball League coach-of-the-year for 2016.The team, which will depart Guyana on July 25 and return on August 1, includes Nigel Bowen, Tramine Brown, Kelmar Carmichael, Akeem Crandon, Shamar France, Roydon Glasgow, Jether Harris, Andrew Johnson, Jermaine King, Kevon Wiggins, Anthony Yanson and Jahleel Young.The coaching staff will be led by Lugard Mohan with Avent as his assistant; Andrew Hercules is the team’s manager and Jonas Anestal the physical trainer.Speaking with Chronicle Sport following the release of the team, Mohan said “despite the team missing their best player in Jordan Alphonso, my competitive nature will make me prepare these guys to the best of my ability”.Alphonso was the ‘backbone’ of the team that finished second at the CBC U-16 tournament when the event was hosted in Guyana last year. The former Marian Academy student, before returning to the U.S., was considered the best youth player in Guyana, and played a significant role in the team’s success.“The best player is not available, so instead of going there with our strength, we’re weakened, but, we still have to compete and, like I said, I’ll do everything to ensure that the guys maximise their potential,” said Mohan.When contacted, GABF president Nigel Hinds told Chronicle Sport that while Alphonso’s albescence will be missed, it was beyond the Federation’s control, since he was not satisfied with the arrangements that would have allowed him to represent Guyana.Meanwhile the GABF stated that they expect the high level of basketball competition in the Dominican Republic will “expose our youths to the intense training required to succeed at the international level. In addition, the exposure will also impart self-confidence, patriotism, and discipline among our youths”. … Coach Mohan confident despite missing ‘best player’last_img read more

Amazon Warriors spread cheer at Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre

first_imgBy Romario SamarooAfter Amazon Warriors defeated the Chris Gayle-lead Jamaica Tallawahs at the Providence Stadium, theThe Guyana Amazon Warriors team visited the Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centreteam made a heart-warming early morning visit to the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre on Carmichael Street, Georgetown, on Friday.Children, parents and teachers all enjoyed an interactive session with the players as part of the collaboration between Caribbean Premier League sponsors, Digicel (Guyana), which organised the event.Head of Digicel marketing Jacqueline James assisted the team in distributing autographed hats to the children of the Centre.Digicel’s communications manager, Vidya Bijlall-Sanichara said this is an event that Digicel has implemented with the Amazon Warriors team: “This is something we always try to do whenever we have the players. Last year we did a Kiddies Press Conference with the guys and some school children but as you know school is closed so we decided to visit and have a light moment at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre.”Bijlall-Sanichara noted the Ptolemy Reid Rehab Centre was chosen because special needs is something close to the hearts of the Amazon Warriors and Digicel.The children were treated with photographs and a fun-filled cricket session with their heroes Captain Martin Guptill, Dwayne Smith, Asad Fudadin, and Digicel brand ambassadors Christopher Barnwell and Devendra Bishoo.Captain of the Guyana Amazon Warriors Martin Guptill said that he was thankful to be part of something this special: “It’s a very cool thing to do for us. We don’t get to do these sort of things too often but when we can we take our time and come down and see these kids here and hopefully put a smile on their faces.”last_img read more

NHL: San Jose Sharks-Colorado Avalanche series schedule

first_imgFollowing arguably the most exhilarating win in franchise history, the Sharks will start their second round playoff matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at 7 p.m. at SAP Center, with games continuing every other day for however long the best-of-7 series lasts.Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose at 4:30 p.m. and games 3 and 4 will both be at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in Denver on April 30 and May 2, respectively. Start times for games 5, 6 and 7 will be determined at a later date if the …last_img

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Lines Drawn on Proposed WOTUS Rule

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterKANSAS CITY, Kan. (DTN) — A clear line was drawn in the sand between those who support and those who oppose the proposed revision of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule, during an EPA public hearing held here on Thursday.Agriculture and other industry interests came out in support of the rule they say will provide more certainty for farmers and ranchers and make it easier for water-challenged regions to complete important drinking water projects.On the flip side, many concerns were raised by environmental, health and public interest group representatives that lifting federal protections for isolated wetlands and some streams would have a detrimental effect on drinking water.“The 2015 WOTUS rule was a complete and total disaster,” Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, said during his testimony.“It was never about clean water, it was about expanding the role of the federal government. America’s farmers, ranchers and other landowners shouldn’t need a team of attorneys and consultants to tell them what they can and can’t do with their property. This new proposal eliminates regulatory uncertainty brought by the 2015 WOTUS rule.”Nelson, a farmer from Axtell, Nebraska, lauded the new rule for representing the “historical role of the federal government” as a partner with states in regulating water and said it “respects states’ rights” to regulate water.“All of us want clean water; water is the lifeblood of our state,” he said.Despite calls for expanded federal jurisdiction over waters from supporters of the 2015 rule, Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill said it was time farmers receive credit for being stewards of the environment.“We have every intention to leave the resources in better condition for the next generation,” Hill said during his testimony.“Farmers and ranchers want clean water and clear rules,” Hill said. “Farmers are concerned about federal rules about water. It determines what they can and cannot do on the land. Because of the potential for large fines, it’s important for farmers to be able to tell what is jurisdictional in the Clean Water Act. Farmers should be able to look at land and tell what’s in and what isn’t.”The EPA launched a 60-day public comment period on the rule. The comment period is set to expire on April 15. The agency held a public hearing, also in Kansas City, on Wednesday evening. The proposed rule makes a number of key changes to the definition of WOTUS that are important to farmers.Only wetlands that are adjacent to jurisdictional waters would be considered to be a water of the U.S., essentially removing isolated wetlands from jurisdiction. In addition, the new rule would continue to consider impoundments as jurisdictional.However, the newly proposed rule would require less downstream mitigation work to account for damming streams.WATER CHALLENGES FACEDFor rural residents in north-central Missouri, the proposed rule could make it less costly to provide a much-needed drinking water source.County government and engineering representatives involved in the Little Otter Creek Lake project in Caldwell County came out in support of the new rule at the public hearing.The region has sustained five droughts in the past 40 years. Most recently in 2018, three communities came within weeks of running out of drinking water.On Jan. 7, 2002, the Caldwell County Commission asked the Natural Resources Conservation Service to design a reservoir in the Little Otter Creek watershed, just east of Hamilton, Missouri.During the past 17 years, county officials have continued to work on acquiring property and obtaining permits to complete the reservoir, which is expected to provide at least 1.2 million gallons of water daily. County voters approved a 0.5% sales tax to help fund the project. The project expects to break ground within the next couple of years.John Holmes, a civil engineer working on the project, said during the public hearing the new rule would help reduce the costs of the reservoir project. That’s because mitigation is a sizable cost.“The proposed rule would result in an 8% decrease (in jurisdictional streams) from the 2015 rule,” Holmes said.Randy Railsback, executive director of the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, said all of the 11 Missouri counties he represents have seen water supplies diminish.“In the last 11 years, we have spent $13 million on band aids to connect to existing water supplies,” he said. “We are all for clean water, but the costs of these projects are enormous.”HEADWATER CONCERNSBonnie McGill, a postdoctoral researcher for the Kansas Biological Survey, said EPA should leave in place the significant nexus test found in the 2015 rule. The significant nexus test relied on science to determine whether a water body as small as a tributary headwater physically or chemically affects a larger navigable water such as a river or lake.“I lived in Flint (Michigan) during the water crisis, and I’ve lived in areas where water nitrate levels were three times higher,” McGill said during the public hearing.That water crisis first began in 2014 when Flint officials changed the city’s drinking water source from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to Flint River. As a result of poor water treatment, lead leached from lead water pipes, exposing more than 100,000 residents to poor water quality.“The proposed rule does not allow nature to do the work for you,” McGill said. “Headwater systems are not allowed to provide benefits.”She said what has happened in Iowa is an example of why wetlands and headwaters need protection.“Iowa has lost 90% of its wetlands,” McGill said. “Iowa is now fourth in floods, and billions of lost dollars. The 2015 rule was much simpler. It should be based on science and not preference.”Jennifer Peters, national waters coordinator with Clean Water Action, said she opposes the rule because it “puts drinking water last.”“Drinking water systems have the burden of cleanup,” she said. “Only a handful of industries benefit from a free pass to pollute waters.”Peters urged the EPA to extend the current public comment period.“The agency should withdraw this proposal,” she said.Drue Winters, policy director for the American Fisheries Society, said reducing protections for headwaters puts fisheries in jeopardy.“We are deeply concerned with the rule,” she said. “The rule is inconsistent with science.” Winters said headwaters are a key to sustaining river basins and fisheries.Former EPA Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague said the EPA needs to do more with the proposed rule.“Science should be guiding this rulemaking,” he said. “You should explain why the changes are necessary. The difference in this rule is it is removing a number of jurisdictional waters. Removing waters and wetlands could have the unintended consequences of telling people they don’t need protections.”Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kim Hye-jin, a 39-year-old music instructor, said that South Korea was repeating an “outdated approach” in using sports diplomacy. She said that the previous unified teams and joint marches between the rivals never paved the way for sustained, meaningful engagement.“We are always repeating meaningless things and North Korea isn’t a country that will change easily,” she said.Plus, she said, a unified team takes away opportunities from South Korean athletes who have been working hard to prepare for the Olympics.Heo Doo-won, a 40-year-old teacher, didn’t care for the reconciliatory gestures at all.“Why are we doing this?” he asked. “We are clearly two different countries and it’s better if things stay that way. I don’t want a unified team or a unification flag. Why can’t we just let the North Koreans march under their own flag?”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them.The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political statements.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Still, many experts think Moon’s government made the right move in jumping at the opportunity to resume contact with North Korea after nearly two years of diplomatic stalemate and animosity.In an annual policy report on Friday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it aims to use the Olympics as an opportunity to re-establish regular dialogue with North Korea. The resumption of inter-Korean talks is crucial for the policies of Moon, who wants Seoul in the driver’s seat in international efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat.The Koreas sent joint teams to major international sporting events twice in 1991, and had their athletes march together in the opening and closing ceremonies of several sporting events in the 2000s, including the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.While the previous moves had little diplomatic impact, similar gestures would carry more meaning in an Olympics held on South Korean soil and amid higher stakes in regional security, said Yongchul Chung, a sports education professor at Seoul’s Sogang University.“Fielding a unified team is very meaningful — the biggest fruit that can come from the Pyeongchang Olympics is a message of peace between the Koreas,” Chung said. “It’s not like the players wouldn’t understand the historic significance of what they are involved in.”But it has become harder to get South Koreans excited for unified teams and joint marches when North Korea’s increasingly aggressive weapons tests and the South’s own evolvement as an economy and society continue to erode the public’s enthusiasm for reunification.In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification. This represented a steep drop from the 63.8 percent measured in 2007, when the school started the annual survey.“I think it will be emotionally moving to watch the athletes of both Koreas march under the same flag during the opening ceremony as we come from the same nation,” said Oh Ju-yeon, a 46-year-old housewife. “But after the games, there will be bitterness from realizing that nothing’s really going to change.” While the liberal Moon remains a popular president nine months into his term, the controversy over the hockey team factored in his approval rating dipping below 70 percent for the first time in four months, according to a Gallup Korea report on Friday.Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North’s players, who are considered less skilled and experienced. The IOC approved an expanded roster of 35 instead of 22 for the joint team, but only the normal number will be allowed to suit up for each game and three of them must be North Korean.The South Korean team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, has expressed concerns over chemistry.“Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long,” she said last week.Choi Hyuk, a 40-year-old office worker, blamed the government for failing to properly communicate with the players and for excessively politicizing sports.Choi pointed to the comments of Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who was forced to apologize after saying that the South Korean women’s hockey team was out of “medal range” anyway while defending the government’s decision to create the unified team.“South Korea’s elite sports have always been based on nationalism,” Choi said, referring to a decades-long system that rewards Olympic medal winners with lifelong cash payments and exemption from military duties that are mandatory for most able-bodied men.“Isn’t it funny that the same country is now asking athletes to cut back on their playing time and embrace changes that would make them less likely to win?”The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.Some experts view Kim’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program. Last year, North Korea carried out its sixth and biggest nuclear test and test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. It has shown no willingness to give up its ambitions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The joint march and the unified hockey team were approved Saturday by the International Olympic Committee, which allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the games in exceptional entries given to the North.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNot all South Koreans are in the mood. There are apparently few objections to the North Korean presence at the Olympics itself, which likely ensures that the country holds off any significant weapons test or other aggressive acts that would risk disrupting the games.Many South Koreans believe their government went too far by pushing athletes into a “political show” that will likely become meaningless once the lull in tensions breaks down after the Olympics.last_img read more

SMB levels up

first_img“We are the No. 1 offensive team in the league,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s their (Hotshots’) defense or our offense just didn’t get going.”To their credit, the Beermen didn’t yield much, either.After scoring 109 points in winning Game 1, Star was starved to 33 points less as the San Miguel defense held Allein Maliksi, who shot 26 points in the series opener, to just five.Ratliffe’s 35 rebounds now stand as the second most all-time in a playoff series, next only to the 45 Michael Hackett had for Ginebra San Miguel in the 1985 battle for third place in the Reinforced Conference.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela expects Barangay Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone to stage a comeback in Game 2 of their series Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer showed the other facet of its game and knotted its best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Star on Monday night, and coach Leo Austria has just one wish for the coming games.“I hope we can unveil our (offensive) arsenal,” Austria said after his Beermen escaped with a 77-76 decision of the Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in a highly defensive Game 2. “This is not yet our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES MOST READ “He’s a master tactician,” Racela said as he braces for Cone in their 7 p.m. duel, also at MoA Arena.Racela said the two-time Grand Slam coach would surely make the necessary adjustments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Austria admitted to being lucky in a way for coming up with the win after Paul Lee missed a running jumper in the waning seconds which could have turned the game around and buried the Beermen in a 0-2 hole.“I hope that we have momentum going into the next game,” he said. “We have to work really hard because Starknows our weaknesses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.San Miguel survived a mammoth 25-point, 35-rebound night by Star import Ricardo Ratliffe, but insists that it is offense that will take them to yet another title series appearance and that shot to keep their Grand Slam dream alive. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img What ‘missteps’? Azkals out to regroup vs Tajiks after China rout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more