Mega mansion ban will just push demand elsewhere, claims leading estate agency

first_imgThe City of Westminster’s recently-announced ban on super-size mansions and apartment knock-throughs will force buyers to look elsewhere in prime London to build ‘mega-homes’, it has been claimed.The comments come from leading prime estate agency Sotheby’s International following last week’s announcement by the London borough that homes over 150 square metres would no longer be given planning permission.“Russian and Middle Eastern buyers favour these super-size homes more than any other clients and whilst we expect them to continue to purchase in this part of London due to the postcode premium it offers, we may very well find these buyers also looking to new London boroughs where they can still create their dream home,” claims Will Tremlett, Sales Associate at Sotheby’s International (left).Westminster says it has set the new limits on property sizes because mega-homes “under-optimise development of Westminster’s scarce land resource”, it says.“It will still enable generously-sized homes to be developed to meet [demand] from the prime market, but balances that against the other more strategic housing need of the city.”Council madnessSotheby’s is not the only agent to point out the contradictions in Westminster’s new housing policy. Trevor Abrahamsohn, MD of Glentree, says the measure risks being another nail in the coffin on the prime central London market.“Residents who want to build a supersize mansion for their families should be given permission,” he says. “We should be grateful for the fact that this country offers the liberty and freedom to do so. And what better time is there for this sentiment than in the post-Brexit era?“Hikes in Stamp Duty and non-dom changes have suffocated the residential property market, lowering Stamp Duty receipts for the Treasury and deterring wealth-creators from the UK.  A tragedy in itself, this latest council madness heaps injury upon the original insult.”  Glentree City of Westminster sothebys international Trevor Abrahamsohn Will Tremlett November 19, 2018Nigel 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 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Mega mansion ban will just push demand elsewhere, claims leading estate agency previous nextHousing MarketMega mansion ban will just push demand elsewhere, claims leading estate agencyThe City of Westminster’s proposed ban on new homes over 150 sq m will have unintended consequences for central London’s housing market, says Sotheby’s International.Nigel Lewis19th November 201801,602 Viewslast_img read more

HMAS Success Gets Busy in the Middle East

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Ocean Shield View post tag: Navy HMAS Success Gets Busy in the Middle East In a Royal Australian Navy first, HMAS Success was recently assigned to a NATO counter-piracy operation in Middle Eastern waters.Operation OCEAN SHIELD is a NATO-led counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa that is tasked with providing Naval escort and deterring piracy with the goal of increasing general security in the region.Commanding Officer HMAS Success Captain Justin Jones said the two week multi-national exercise ranked as a highlight for the ship’s company.Under the NATO flag, Success focused on counter-piracy, conducting operations such as surveillance, collecting ‘patterns of life’ information and using its Seahawk helicopter in surface searches and replenishment at sea evolutions.Success also hosted a NATO Liaison Officer from the Royal Danish Navy.As Chief of Staff – Standing NATO Maritime Group 1, Commander Jens Bjornsteen provided additional awareness while on operations.Commander Bjornsteen reinforced the capability that Success brought to the operation in support of ongoing initiatives in the region.This operation is important to all nations that have merchant ships in the area as it protects their interests against piracy.Success has been on deployment in the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to maritime security, counter-piracy and counter terrorism in Middle Eastern waters since December 2014.Image: Australian Navy View post tag: middle east Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Success Gets Busy in the Middle East center_img View post tag: NATO View post tag: HMAS Success April 13, 2015 Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

GD BIW Christens US Navy’s New Destroyer

first_img US Navy named its newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) on Saturday, October 31.The ship is named for Sgt. Rafael Peralta, U.S. Marine Corps, who was deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was killed November 15, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah in house-to-house urban combat.Rosa Maria Peralta, Sgt. Peralta’s mother, the ship’s sponsor, officially christened the vessel by breaking a bottle of champagne against the ship’s bow at an event held at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works’ shipyard.The shipyard began fabrication on DDG 115 in November 2011, and delivery to the Navy is scheduled for 2016.[mappress mapid=”17333″]Image: GD BIW GD BIW Christens US Navy’s New Destroyer Authorities Share this article View post tag: General Dynamics Back to overview,Home naval-today GD BIW Christens US Navy’s New Destroyer center_img View post tag: Rafael Peralta November 3, 2015 View post tag: BIW View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

How to be: A Student Gourmet

first_imgBy Kamini Manick Cooking. One of the many responsibilities thrust upon students as a result of venturing out into the big, wide world. After 18 years of home- cooked meals, it’s no wonder that students feel thrown in at the deep end when it comes to doing it for themselves. You have so much to think about when it comes to preparing good food.  Never mind that that essay due in at 9am the next morning, you’ve got to consider how tasty and how healthy your meal will be, think about how much it costs and how long it will take to prepare and figure out where you are going to get the ingredients from. It can be a difficult job trying to take everything into consideration, and so it’s no surprise that many resort to the infamous staple diet of baked beans, super-noodles and pasta. Everyone knows that it is important to eat well, however, a lack of time and money seem to prevent this from happening.  With some help from Oxford’s Slow Food Student society, we can show you how you can eat quality food on the cheap with minimal preparation time.The first thing to consider is ingredients.  Buying locally sourced food means you get fresher produce that varies with the seasons, and you can massage your eco-conscience with the knowledge that it diminishes your carbon footprint. It’s also quite fun exploring the variety of local food on offer in Oxford.  In many places you will be able to get expert advice from the seller and it will often be cheaper than the equivalent in the supermarket. Slow Food recommends the Covered Market as one of the best places for your food shopping. For those all-important fruits and vegetables, try Bonners’ the greengrocers, while Fellers the butchers will provide you with value for money meat as well as expert advice. For those of you that find it easier to venture down to the Cowley Road area, try paying a visit to Uhuru Wholefoods for a greater variety of more unusual ingredients, especially vegan and veggie stuff, at rock bottom prices. If you’re around the city centre on the first or third Thursday of each month, then pop over to Gloucester Green. There you will find the Farmers Market boasting quality, local produce.Once you have your ingredients, try following some of the quick and easy recipes posted by students on the website such as ‘Ted’s Bolognese’ or Brian Melican’s ‘Chilli Cauliflower’. They really do have simple stuff up there that anyone can do.  Take the recipe for sweet squash.  You just put a butternut squash in the oven at 200?C until it is brown on the outside.  Take it out, peel and mash it, add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and one of grated ginger and ta daa! You’ve got a delicious dish.   Cooking for one can be a bit lonely though, so try persuading your housemates or neighbours in college to join in.  The more people there are, the less the cost per head will be and, naturally, those that don’t help you cook will have to do the washing up. Look at http://oxford-university.slowfood-student.org.uk to find out more about how to cook a healthy meal, without breaking the bank, and discover a great variety of tastes and ingredients that anyone can cook!  Cherwell24 is not responsible for the content of external sitesPhoto : http://www.flickr.com/photos/elgrandee/1899444573/last_img read more

OCHS Crew Team to Celebrate 10 Years With Oct. 4 Barbecue

first_imgThe Ocean City High School crew team will celebrate its 10-year anniversary by holding a “Ten Years Under the Bridge” Alumni BBQ.“Ten Years Under the Bridge” refers to the fact that the OCHS boat “yard” is located under the 34th Street Bridge in Ocean City. Greg Tracy, the first boys’ head coach, will be honored for his outstanding contributions to the team.The event is open to the public and will be held 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Deauville Inn in Strathmere.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Suze DiPietro at (609) 287-0646 or by visiting Positively 4th Street Café (Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue) in Ocean City or The McMahon Insurance Agency on 2131 Asbury Ave, Ocean City.All proceeds will go to awarding scholarships to graduating rowers on behalf of the Ocean City Women’s Masters Crew Team.last_img read more

Two Of The Late David Bowie’s Final Recordings Have Surfaced [Listen]

first_imgOne of the last projects David Bowie completed before his death earlier this year was Lazarus, a musical that pulled from his vast and varied catalogue of songs. This Friday, October 21st, a compilation album of material from Lazarus will be released via ISO/Columbia/RCA.In addition to the official cast recording of the show and Bowie’s version of the musical’s eerily prophetic title song, the Lazarus compilation will include three never-before-heard Bowie studio tracks. The three songs–“No Plan”, “Killing A Little Time”, and “When I Met You”–were recorded with the same band featured on Bowie’s final album Blackstar (stylized as a solid black five-pointed star), and have only been heard as performed by the cast of Lazarus (which includes the talented Michael C. Hall).Today, two of those three recordings–“When I Met You” and “No Plan”–were played on BBC radio. You can listen to “When I Met You” here (at 51:00) and its gloomy, dramatic counterpart “No Plan” here (46:00). Both of the tracks were recorded with Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti.You can see the full track list for the Lazarus compilation below:CD 1:01. “Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)” – Ricky Nelson02. “Lazarus” – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus03. “It’s No Game” – Michael C. Hall, Lynn Craig & Original New York Cast of Lazarus04. “This Is Not America” – Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus05. “The Man Who Sold The World” – Charlie Pollack06. “No Plan” – Sophia Anne Caruso07. “Love Is Lost” – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus08. “Changes” – Cristin Milioti & Original New York Cast of Lazarus09. “Where Are We Now” – Michael C. Hall & Original New York Cast of Lazarus10. “Absolute Beginners” – Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso, Krystina Alabado & Original New York Cast of Lazarus11. “Dirty Boys” – Michael Esper12. “Killing A Little Time” – Michael C. Hall13. “Life On Mars” – Sophia Anne Caruso14. “All The Young Dudes” – Nicholas Christopher, Lynn Craig, Michael Esper, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of Lazarus15. “Sound And Vision” – David Bowie16. “Always Crashing in the Same Car” – Cristin Milioti17. “Valentine’s Day” – Michael Esper & Original New York Cast of Lazarus18. “When I Met You” – Michael C. Hall & Krystina Alabado19. “Heroes – 4:43” – Michael C. Hall, Sophia Anne Caruso & Original New York Cast of LazarusCD 2:01. “Lazarus” – David Bowie02. “No Plan” – David Bowie03. “Killing A Little Time” – David Bowie04. “When I Met You” – David Bowie[h/t – Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Dead & Company Celebrates 100th Show With A Real Good Time At Blossom [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Wednesday night, Dead & Company headed to Cuyahoga Falls, OH for a performance at the scenic and storied Blossom Music Center. The show marked the 13th night of their 2018 summer tour, but on this night, the band was honoring a much more significant milestone: their 100th performance.Contrasting their even-keeled start at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center the night before, the band got the show started with a thick, funky “Feel Like A Stranger”, Oteil Burbridge providing the groove’s melodic framework while Jeff Chimenti filled the space with an array of keyboard tones to light the night’s fuse. Let’s get on with the show…Dead & Company – “Feel Like A Stranger” [Pro-Shot][Video: Nugs.tv]Next up was a John Mayer-led “They Love Each Other”, a song that has consistently shined in the Dead & Co arena. This version was no different, as well-placed guitar harmonics by Bob Weir and gospel organ fills by Chimenti gave the accompaniment a sprawling sonic texture. A rendition of “It’s All Over Now”, the Bobby and Shirley Womack-penned rock classic popularized by The Rolling Stones on their 1964 sophomore album, 12 X 5, came next.Dead & Company – “They Love Each Other” [Fan-Shot][Video: Borrowed Tune]The band slowed things down next with a swaying rendition of “Row Jimmy”, their second of the tour. From there, they maintained their easy-going pace but once again picked up the funk they began with as they sauntered through “West L.A. Fadeaway”. Rather than fade away, this “West L.A.” maintained its steady forward march as John and Bobby traded guitar licks and Chimenti added an excellent organ solo.“Loose Lucy” got the call next, the crowd singing along as Weir thanked Dead & Co’s centennial-show crowd for a real good time over the past three(ish) years. The smooth swing of Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter‘s From the Mars Hotel ballad “Ship of Fools” followed, Mayer and Burbridge trading lead vocals to the audible delight of the crowd. Finally, the band closed out the show’s well above-average first set with the tour debut of “Passenger”, the rocking Phil Lesh/Peter Monk original recorded for 1977’s Terrapin Station.Dead & Company – “Ship of Fools” [Fan-Shot][Video: Borrowed Tune]Following set break, the band led into set two with the classic pairing of “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance”, returning them to the second set opener slot for the first time since 6/7/17 after closing the first set in their last two appearances.Dead & Company – “Lost Sailor” > “Saint of Circumstance” [Pro-Shot][Nugs.tv]From there, the band flowed into “He’s Gone”, taking their time as they stretched the song into a slow-burning blues breakdown. Out of “He’s Gone” bloomed “Scarlet Begonias”, led with gusto by Weir while the audience sang along. The “Scarlet” jam moved from high-energy rock peaks to ambient jazz-inflected space and back again before picking up the familiar wah-wah swell of “Fire on the Mountain”. After propelling the tune’s intro with some particularly impressive bass lines, Oteil Burbridge stepped to the mic to take lead vocals on the second half of the classic song pairing while Mayer peppered in cascading guitar licks.A bellow from Mickey Hart‘s “Beam” signaled the start of his and Bill Kreutzmann‘s nightly “Drums/Space” segment, although the “Drums” portion remained light on percussion and heavy on the ambiance, setting it apart from many of their explorations this tour. The spacey “Drums” drifted further out there as the band rejoined the stage for “Space” proper, and only rediscovered Kreutzmann’s driving backbeat as they finally landed in a succinct “I Need A Miracle”.From there, the band executed their second flowing cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” of the summer. Bobby led the way for the sing-along, which cemented itself as the set’s emotional climax as the entire band pushed it to a hair-raising peak. Finally, the band closed the set with a “Throwing Stones” victory lap featuring a sticky funk breakdown before returning to the stage on last time for a “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” encore.Next up for Dead & Company is a two-night stint at the recently re-opened Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI on Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd—a shed where the Grateful Dead had a rocky yet musically fruitful history. For a full list of Dead & Company’s upcoming dates, head here.Below, you can check out a full gallery of beautiful shots from Dead & Company’s Blossom performance courtesy of photographer Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: Dead & Company | Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | 6/20/18 Set One: Feel Like A Stranger, They Love Each Other, It’s All Over Now, Row Jimmy, West L.A. Fadeaway, Loose Lucy, Ship of Fools, PassengerSet Two: Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > He’s Gone > Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Drums/Space > I Need A Miracle > Dear Prudence, Throwing StonesEncore: Knockin’ On Heaven’s DoorYou can listen to a full soundboard recording of the show via Nugs.net.Dead & Company | Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | 6/20/18 | Photos: Daniel Ojeda Photo: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

Housing activists, scholars discuss urban displacement

first_img Read Full Story The event was attended by prominent researchers and housing activists from many cities: Nadine Bekdache (Public Works Studio, Beirut), Erin McElroy (Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, New York University), Diana Bell Sancho (MIT Displacement Research and Action Network), Stavros Stavrides (Technical University of Athens), S’bu Zikode (Abahlali BaseMjondolo, Johannesburg), Welita Caetano (Frente de Luta por Moradia, São Paulo), Yasar Adanali (Center for Spatial Justice, Istanbul),  Sai Balakrishnan (Harvard Graduate School of Design), and Cemal Kafadar (CMES, Harvard) responded to the panels.Urban renewal swept North American and European cities for almost a century. Massive demolitions, such as in Boston’s West End, erased thriving city centers, pushing poorer residents into segregated suburbs, pinning communities against each other. Despite their “trans-Atlantic collapse,” today all the world’s metropolises follow these policies. British geographer professor Loretta Lees calls it “planetary gentrification.”In a keynote speech based on her work with London public housing residents, Lees lectured on how organized anti-eviction groups re-create the social fabric that displacement shatters, as affected people become activists that can help others. Scholars shall abandon their top-down expertise and learn to collaborate. Who knows a community better than those who build it every day?In authoritarian countries such as Brazil, however, activists that work to restore minimum welfare and social bonds among the poor are forced to break discriminatory laws, exposing themselves to violence and arrest. Welita Caetano, leader of FLM, a housing organization in São Paulo’s, showed a video of everyday life in vacant buildings occupied by poor families and single mothers of color.“They have to choose between paying rent or buying food,” she explained.Caetano does not hesitate in justifying the breach of law: “The Brazilian constitution states that private property shall fulfill a social purpose.” “We remind institutions of their duty. We organize daycare for children to allow mothers to work. But the government treats us as criminals,” she added.Four FLM leaders were recently arrested, 12 more face criminal charges, including Caetano. In the same way as indigenous activists are targeted or killed for defending the Amazonas from arson, housing activists confront not only the rigidity of law, but also the violence of paramilitary groups. Only last year, community activist Marielle Franco was killed in Rio for her commitment to housing rights.S’bu Zikode, leader of a shack-dwellers movement in Johannesburg, also spoke of his house being burned down in 2009, while his family suffers constant threat of violence.But scholars and intellectuals that work on gentrification often claim neutrality in front of these extremes.In the second keynote speech, Harvard anthropologist Professor Michael Herzfeld said that to seek “objectivity” when violence is in place puts us on the side of the offenders and does not guarantee us to be better equipped to study those contexts. In fact, people who suffer systemic violence will not entrust confidential information to researchers who approach them assuming neutrality.Weatherhead Center Professor Lizabeth Cohen opened the roundtable, discussing with Lisa Owens, board member of City Life Vida Urbana, a social justice organization active in Boston since 1973. CLVU already puts into practice what the conference advocated: every week, attorneys from Harvard Law Clinic give legal advice to foreclosed residents of Boston’s suburbs. Some of their clients attended the conference, showing that scholars able to approach organized civil society are more easily recognized as people whose views matter.To engage in urban struggles is harder than to research or lecture on them. As Owens said, though, “only working together can we create something new.” This is how the urban ecosystem can begin to heal — and we with it. “Exercising or eating spinach will not make us healthy. What makes us healthy is society,” said Columbia professor and psychiatrist Mindy R. Fullilove, author of “Root Shock” (2004).Fullilove spoke at the 2019 Urban Activism conference which was convened by Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES). The organizers — Harvard graduate students Joan Chaker and Aylin Yildirim Tschoepe, Leicester University postdoc Stefano Portelli — aimed at showing how a collaboration of activists and scholars can help prevent further harm to cities.“Society is a collective construct,” Fullilove continued. “If I destroy a piece thinking the rest will be fine, this is a fundamental misunderstanding of what ecosystems are.”last_img read more

Werk! Broadway.com Ranks the Top 10 Best-Dressed Stars at the 2016 Tony Awards

first_img View Comments 4. STEPHEN KARAMThe Humans’ Tony-nominated scribe Stephen Karam looks superb in white. Look around, look around! The Great White Way’s most dazzling night has arrived and so have the stars who make it so! Checking out the red carpet looks is one of our favorite parts of the Tony Awards. From breathtaking dresses to super dope duds, take a peek at the ensembles Broadway’s brightest worked on the red carpet. 5. ADRIENNE WARRENTony nominee Adrienne Warren is channeling major Shuffle Along vibes in this ensemble.And now, the gents… 3. JUDITH LIGHTTony winner Judith Light always turns heads. We can’t wait for her return to the New York stage. 5. LIN-MANUEL MIRANDAThe Hamilton mastermind is ready for Broadway’s biggest night. Note Lin-Manuel Miranda’s treble clef buttons. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Karam & Cynthia Erivo(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) 1. BRANDON VICTOR DIXONThe Shuffle Along Tony nominee looks toe-tappingly vibrant. 2. MARK STRONGA View from the Bridge Tony nominee Mark Strong looks red-carpet ready with his wife Liza Marshall. 3. ALEX BRIGHTMANSchool of Rock frontman and Tony nominee Alex Brightman is too hot for us in Custom Calvin Klein. 4. MEGAN HILTYNoises Off Tony nominee Megan Hilty looks like an old-school Hollywood bombshell in black. 2. BEBE NEUWIRTHChicago Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth looks like Great White Way royalty. 1. CYNTHIA ERIVOThe Color Purple Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo may be a Broadway newcomer, but she is poised like a pro on the red carpet.last_img read more

Adani aims to hook Australia, India, and Bangladesh on coal for decades

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:The story of Adani and its Australian project illustrates why the world keeps burning coal despite its profound danger — and despite falling prices for options like natural gas, wind and solar.Coal is in steep decline in wealthier countries, including the United States and across Western Europe, mostly because of competition from those alternative energy sources. But in Asia, demand for coal, the main source of energy, is growing. That’s because it is plentiful, the appetite is huge and the alternatives are fewer.Government support is also key to coal’s survival. Subsidies for coal-fired power plants have nearly tripled in recent years in the Group of 20 countries, according to a study by the Overseas Development Institute and two other groups. In rich countries, that’s helped to keep coal on life support. In developing countries, it means coal continues to thrive.Moreover, Mr. Adani said, “nation building” was part of his business philosophy. At the heart of that, he said, was the question of “how to make India energy secure.”Regardless of whether India has a choice about coal, Mr. Adani’s empire of mines, cargo ships, ports and power plants depends heavily on it. And he has invested enormous effort to make sure coal will not go away anytime soon.“Throw enough subsidies and anything can be viable,” said Tim Buckley, an analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “If they did not have special treatment back in India they wouldn’t be able to use expensive Australian sourced coal viably.”More: How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades Adani aims to hook Australia, India, and Bangladesh on coal for decadeslast_img read more