The Disco Biscuits To Welcome Former Drummer Sam Altman At Camp Bisco 2019 Day Set [Video]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have announced a very special (and familiar) addition to their lineup for one of their sets at the upcoming Camp Bisco, set to take place from July 18th through 20th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. For their Saturday daytime set, the band will be augmented by a second drummer: former band member Sam Altman.Related: The Life I Love Is Making Music With My Friends: Marc Brownstein Reflects On Camp Bisco’s Triumphant Journey [Interview]As the band notes in their announcement,The Disco Biscuits and our fans have come to cherish the day set at Camp Bisco. Over the years we’ve done all sorts of special things during the day set, but perhaps none as unique and special as what we are planning this year: The Disco Biscuits will expand to a 5 piece band for one set only, welcoming back original drummer Sam Altman to play alongside Allen! The Professor and the Robot! Together at last! You can watch the video announcing the collaboration below:The Disco Biscuits – Camp Bisco Day Set Lineup Announcement VideoTickets for Camp Bisco 2019 are available now. For more details, or to grab your pass today, head here.last_img read more

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Jens Voigt Gets Custom Chrome Trek, Gear, and More for Farewell Tour

first_imgNo stranger to custom bikes from Trek, Jens’ final design definitely takes the cake. Finished with a Chrome look, the design took Trek’s Project One team over a week to complete. Fighter pilots get kill marks, Jens gets crushed soul marks. Covering the down tube are markings to commemorate all of the times Jens broke away and “got paid to hurt people.” Trek mentions that this is only a “conservative estimate.”The bike also features a colorful top tube graphic that represents Jens’ family, his home, and his career. Those graphics and style carry over into limited edition Bontrager gear including the Velocis helmet and XXX shoes. The Trek Race Shop Limited jersey and shorts bear the message ‘Farewell Fans!’ and ‘One Last Time’ on the back to salute fans as he rides off into the sunset.Along with the special gear, Trek will have Jens Farewell Tour t-shirts available at the Aspen and Vail stages. These are also the stages that will host the Retirement parties. Follow along with the #Farewelljens tour on twitter, facebook, and instagram as well as the Trek Factory Racing website to get all the details. By this point, Jens Voigt is essentially a household name in the world of cycling. Famous for his “shut up legs” and many other sound bites, the tenacious German even inspired a legion of followers under Team JVA. But as they say, all good things must come to an end and the pro peloton will be losing Jens’ charisma at the conclusion of the Colorado US Pro Challenge.To commemorate the occasion and help Jens go out in style, Trek has put together the Jens Voigt Farewell Tour. A combination of special livery, team kit, shirts, and parties at the event, Jens’ final race looks to be a good one.Get all the soul crushing details next…last_img read more

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Future Nutrition and CytoSport join European sports nutrition trade association –…

first_imgThe European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has announced that leading sports nutrition companies CytoSport UK and Future Nutrition have joined its membership ranks.Future Nutrition, which is based in Ireland, and Cytosport UK join ESSNA’s strong membership of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers. All ESSNA member companies are ‘committed to meeting full regulatory compliance, high safety standards and upholding EU regulations on the content and labelling of sports nutrition products.’These latest new member companies follow Glanbia Performance Nutrition and PhD Nutrition in joining ESSNA in recent weeks.These new members mark a further expansion of ESSNA, as it continues its development into a formal trade association representing many major EU sports nutrition brands. This comes at a crucial time for the sports nutrition category, as the European Commission begins work on a report on the sports nutrition industry. This will either endorse the recent liberalisation of the rules around sports nutrition products or recommend new legislation.Dr Adam Carey, Chair of ESSNA, said “We are thrilled that both of these widely respected organisations have decided to join ESSNA. Our growing membership shows the effect our work is having and demonstrates how ESSNA is, now more than ever, seen as the industry’s voice. Engagement with policy-makers under one industry banner has never been more important and ESSNA’s expansion underlines the fact that many brands recognise this.”“We hope that others will follow this example and join our efforts to ensure that companies across Europe are complying with the regulations put in place to ensure the safety of consumers.”Steve Norris, UK General Manager at Cytosport said “We are delighted to have joined ESSNA whose reputation as the voice of the sports nutrition industry is impressive and ever growing. As the leading sports nutrition company in the United States, CytoSport now seeks to develop a significant and credible presence in the UK and EU, and our ESSNA membership is a fundamental part of this.”Siobhan Donnelly, Sales and Marketing Director at Future Nutrition added “Future Nutrition, as part of the J Donohoe Group, has been involved in responsible manufacturing since 1876 and was a founder member of the Irish drinks industry body in 1928. As a high-quality manufacturer of supplements in liquids and powders, we are delighted to become members of ESSNA and to be supporting responsible and regulatory compliant sports supplement production in Europe.“Similarly, we look forward to working with other members from a manufacturing and networking perspective.” The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance is an alliance of European sports nutrition companies that was formed in December 2003.Members of the Alliance include Adams Food Ingredients, Aminolabs, Body Temple UK, Carbery, CLF Distribution, First Milk, Garnell Corporation, Iovate Health Sciences, Mass Nutrition Kostexperten, Maxinutrition, myprotein.co.uk, NSF, Prometeus, Sci-MX Nutrition, Tropicana Health and Fitness, US Nutrition, USN UK, Volac, Weider Germany, NBTY Europe, BodyBuilding.com, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, PhD Nutrition, CytoSport UK and Future Nutrition.Associate members of the Alliance include HFMA (The UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association), Weider Publishing, Fitnessboutique, LGC, Cambridge Commodities, Healthy Inspirations, The Sales and Marketing Partnership and Affordable Supplements.www.essna.com Relatedlast_img read more

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September 1, 2009 Letters

first_img September 1, 2009 Letters Letters Gay Adoption I want to thank my fellow members of The Florida Bar who wrote such restrained, thoughtful, and dignified letters published in the August 1 News in response to George Metcalfe’s prior advertisement chastising the Family Law Section’s decision to file an amicus brief in support of repealing Florida’s ban on allowing gay individuals to adopt.Every time I sat down to write a response, I found that I could not keep my reply to under 350 words, nor was I having much success in omitting personal attacks. With five out of the six published letters disagreeing with Mr. Metcalfe, my faith continues that hatred and ignorance will not be tolerated in this Bar.W.E. Chip Gaylor VeniceThe issue of adoption is central to our society and deserves open debate. Taking one position does not make an individual “intolerant” or “ignorant.”Such name-calling and hate speech should have no place in this discussion.In regard to the issue of adoption, the question is “what is in the best interests of the child” not the parent adopting and their interests or social agenda.Research repeatedly shows that a child’s development is best served when he/she has daily access to the complementary ways a mother and father parent. The two sexes are different for a reason and such differences lay a firmer foundation for the child to operate in society and better prepare the child to parent themselves when the time comes.It is clearly in the best interest, and I underscore “best” interest, to have the child adopted in a home with a mother and father. Anything less is not offering the child what is our “best” as a society.   September 1, 2009 Letterscenter_img John P. Joseph St. PetersburgIs there not even one gay person in Florida capable of being a good parent?“If the law supposed that,” said Mr. Bumble,. . . “the law is an ass.” (Dickens, Pickwick Papers, [1836-37]).Florida law bans the adoption of children by anyone who is gay. In effect, it says that regardless of ability to be a good parent there can be no adoption. It supposes that not one person in Florida, who happens to be gay, can be a good parent.There is, as it ought to be, only one legitimate state concern in any adoption proceeding. And that is that the child be placed in a safe, loving, and permanent home.Florida’s bizarre “law” was passed more than 30 years ago during the anti-gay hysteria of Anita Bryant’s Save Our Children campaign. The ban on gay adoption was borne out of prejudice, plain and simple. It had no scientific predicate.Yet this application of the prejudicial ban ties the hands of family law judges, who must exclude gay people, no matter how good they might be as prospective parents.Florida stands alone in these United States by absolutely prohibiting the adoption of children by its gay citizens.Every reputable child welfare agency has spoken out against this ban including: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the National Council of Adoptable Children, the Child Welfare League of America, and the National Association of Social Workers.Polling shows the majority of Floridians believe it is time to deny enforceability to this ridiculous law.A Miami circuit judge recently ruled, rightly and humanely so, that the gay foster parent of these children be given full legal custody of these children that he has nurtured for several years. But in its wisdom, or lack of same, the State of Florida has taken an appeal from that decision.Because it would serve the best interest of these children, the Family Law Section has obtained permission to intervene in that pending appeal on the side of children and against this supposed law.The “expert,” hired by the state to legitimize this supposed law, not only spouted long discredited junk science, he even suggested the state ban Native Americans from adopting because “research” shows they are at a much higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse.We have in Florida approximately 5,000 children in need of permanent, loving homes. Those kids should not be denied judicially well-qualified parents, straight or gay.It is time that this adoption ban be denied enforcement and recognized for what it really is, a “law” that sanctions prejudice and interferes with serving the best interest of the child.Burton Young North Miami Beach Conflict Counsel Every time I hear about the high costs of court-appointed attorneys in conflict cases, I get that old Enron feeling again. There would be plenty of money if the system wasn’t being treated like a cash cow by about 15 attorneys in each circuit.There has arisen the farce of death-qualified conflict lawyers. If you can try a complex car crash, you can try a death penalty case. I have done a score of first-degree murder cases, mostly court-appointed. Nobody got the needle, and I never submitted a bill for more than $3,500. I watch as some poor devil spends three years in the county jail, mostly for the reason that his lawyer can come by once a week and earn $500 dollars.The result of all this paper lawyering is that inspirational genius is suffocated and some guy guilty or not rides the Amtrak Orange Blossom Special in reverse. However, lucky for him, his lawyer followed the conflict cook book. It is an odd system indeed where some kid out of law school working for the public defender does as good a job as the conflict lawyer representing the co-defendant while the P.D. earns $40,000 (a year) and the conflict earns $75,000 for one case.The entire rationale for conflict attorneys arose sometime around the witch trials. Disqualifiying a P.D. because some other P.D. represented the co-defendant for a reefer charge 10 years ago makes as much sense as having a death row with 391 people on it. Both situations cost a lot of money, accomplish nothing, and keep about 500 lawyers riding around in BMWs.Charles B. Tiffany Kissimmee Educating Lawyers I am writing in response to the “Law Schools: Time to Get Practical” article that appeared in the August 1 News. While the symposium members’ concerns are well-taken, the article overlooks that law firms and veteran practitioners must take an interest in their young lawyers.Personal experience has reinforced my belief that no amount of law school clinics or coursework can replace the constructive critique and mentoring of a veteran practitioner or judge. That said, law schools can take steps to make their curriculums more relevant, such as requiring a course in statutory construction and interpretation.The practice of law is a profession. Too often, however, associates are considered transient and fungible, and do not receive necessary mentoring and feedback. Trials are a scarce commodity, particularly at larger law firms, and when they arise, partners tend to hoard the trial work. This is likely due to risk aversion and the scarcity of trials themselves. Associates, who often times did most of the preliminary work, are left out in the cold. This extends frequently to even the most routine motion practice, as well. As any associate at a large firm can attest, when a notice of hearing is received, a nervous and cacophonous scramble often ensues. In that scramble, the associate might work late hours, but is often sidelined at the hearing or trial itself.The bench should also evaluate its role. Judges should consider asking senior lawyers to bring their associate to court if that associate played a key role in researching and drafting a court filing (after all, associates are lawyers). If so, courts should be more willing to question the associate or allow the associate to handle part of the argument. Senior lawyers, facing the prospect that the court might question the associate about a particular matter, will have to better incorporate and prepare their associates. At the same time, the court provides cover for senior lawyers, because they can inform their client that they have no choice but to prepare the associate for court.Ultimately, everyone — not just law schools — should reevaluate how they can contribute to the development of young lawyers.Armando Rosquete MiamiI’m not a fan of the News, but as a member of The Florida Bar, it comes, like it or not.In my 56 years of practice, I’ve seen The Florida Bar go steadily downhill, and if it is ever to recover, law professors need to gear their teaching to the top 10 percent of the students, no matter what color they are. If the schools keep teaching to the lower students, we are going downhill on a greased slide.Daniel J. Le Fevre Winter Park Former Judges I read with interest the Advertising Committee’s recent opinion holding that retired judges can no longer advertise this fact or refer to themselves as “judges” even if it states “former,” as it may confuse the public. Former Supreme Court Justice Charles Wells apparently took issue with this ruling.A number of years ago, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the Bar’s amendment to the rules forbidding attorneys from advertising they’re “juris doctors,” as The Florida Bar thought it would confuse the public into thinking we were “medical doctors.” So I guess if juris doctors can’t tell the public that, then judges shouldn’t be able to either.But I wonder if any of this nonsense is necessary, because if this is true, then the “unintelligent” public, which the Bar continually envisions doesn’t know that President Clinton, Bush, etc., are no longer president of the United States, because they’re still referred to as “president” every night on the news.I don’t think the public is that stupid. It concerns me that the apparent low opinion of the intelligence level of the average citizen held by the Bar may contribute to the low opinion that the public holds toward lawyers. We still use them on juries, so let’s give them some credit for being able to think through the above issues without “us” having to protect them.Larry D. Beltz St. Petersburg ( Editor’s Note: The proposed opinion says a former judge can advertise that he or she formerly was a judge, but cannot refer to him/herself by use of the title “judge.” E.g., a former judge couldn’t refer to him/herself as “Judge Smith, former” or “Judge Smith, retired circuit judge,” but could state truthfully that he or she is a former judge.)last_img read more

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People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that backfire, study finds

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Pinterest People with low self-esteem are more likely to seek support from an intimate partner in a manner that tends to backfire, according to new research in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.“We were interested in studying social support seeking because a large body of research demonstrates that social support has important consequences for mental, physical, and relational well-being, but only a few studies had previously examined the determinants of how people seek social support,” said study author Brian P. Don of Clackamas Community College.“By drawing on self-esteem to understand the roots of support seeking behavior, this study makes an important advancement in understanding why people are sometimes unsuccessful in their attempts to seek support from intimate partners.”center_img LinkedIn Email The researchers were particularly interested in a phenomenon known as indirect support seeking — meaning sulking, whining, fidgeting, and/or displaying sadness to elicit support. People are believed to engage in this type of indirect communication because they fear being rejected.In two studies, with 176 couples in total, the researchers found that those with lower self-esteem were more likely to engage in indirect support seeking. This type of support seeking was, in turn, associated with a greater chance of a partner responding with criticism, blame, or disapproval.Those with low self-esteem — but not those with high self-esteem — also viewed their partner as less responsive to their needs when they responded negatively to their support seeking.“People with low self-esteem tend to seek support in ways that actually hinder their partner’s ability to provide support, which in turn has detrimental consequences for how support seekers feel about the relationship,” Don told PsyPost. “Theoretically, this occurs because people who are low in self-esteem tend to be wary of social rejection, but this fear of rejection ironically results in behaviors that tend to elicit the very rejection that people who are low in self-esteem fear.”“One caveat is that, although the pattern of findings was consistent across both studies, the results did not fully replicate for all of the paths we tested. Thus, future work should look to continue to replicate these findings,” Don added. “Given that support seeking is a relatively unexplored area, there are many questions still left to be tested, like how the support provider’s self-esteem may play a role in this process.”The study, “Low Self-Esteem Predicts Indirect Support Seeking and Its Relationship Consequences in Intimate Relationships“, was authored by Brian P. Don, Yuthika U. Girme, and Matthew D. Hammond.last_img read more

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Ebola region rocked by more violence as new funds announced

first_imgYesterday the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group, attacked two villages near Beni, killing 12 people who live in the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) ongoing Ebola outbreak.The terrorists killed nine in Eringeti and three in Oicha, according to Reuters. ADF has not publically pledged allegiance to the Islamic state (ISIL), but that hasn’t stopped ISIL from claiming responsibility for the attacks.The violence comes as two major donors announced added funding of response efforts.Series of violenceThe attacks are just the latest in a series of violent offensives launched by militant groups in the DRC’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The provinces are home to more than 1 million displaced persons and dozens of paramilitary and terrorist groups. Throughout the year-long battle against Ebola, violent attacks have shortly been followed by a spike in cases as the attacks temporarily halt disease surveillance and vaccination efforts.The violence has also caused international actors, including the United States and Doctors without Borders, to remove or relocate health workers in the region for security reasons.Today the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) said groups like the ADF and the Mai-Mai, have created a “deadly environment” for responders, who have been both threatened and killed, UN News reported.”I am concerned with the current situation in Ituri province, where spoilers are seeking to play on ethnic tensions to instigate inter-community violence,” said Leila Zerrougui, the head of MONUSCO, in remarks made at a security meeting earlier today. Attacks by the ADF “continue to exact an intolerable toll on civilians.”World Bank, USAID increase fundingToday the World Bank Group announced an additional $300 million to help scale up response efforts in the DRC.”The communities and health workers on the front line of this outbreak urgently need more support and resources from the international community to prevent this crisis from worsening inside the country and from spreading across borders,” said World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.According to the World Bank, the money will cover the Ebola-affected health zones in DRC and enable the government, World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, World Food Programme, International Organization for Migration, and other responders to step up the frontline health response.Also today, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $38 million for the outbreak, which includes $15 million directed toward the WHO. USAID has given $136 million to the outbreak since August of 2018.”The DRC has fought and controlled nine other outbreaks of Ebola successfully, with the help of the international community; however, this response has a unique set of obstacles because of the ongoing conflict in North Kivu and Ituri Provinces,” USAID said in a press release.”Continuing insecurity and difficulty in earning community trust are major hurdles. A robust, unified response by the Government of the DRC, the United Nations, other neighboring countries, the United States, and the international community in partnership with local communities is critical to stopping the spread of the disease.”Cases top 2,600According to the latest numbers on the WHO’s online Ebola dashboard, there are 15 newly confirmed cases today, raising outbreak totals to 2,612.For the second day in a row, DRC officials have provided no update on the outbreak, including statistics on the number of deaths, health workers infected, or suspected cases. Earlier this week, Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, the DRC’s health minister, resigned following the DRC president’s decision to move outbreak response management to a government expert committee.See also:Jul 24 Reuters storyJul 24 UN News storyJul 24 World Bank press releaseJul 24 USAID press releaseWHO Ebola dashboardlast_img read more

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Scotland’s new planning regime

first_imgSource: Richard Cassidy/ ShutterstockEdinburgh: affordable housing requirements will rise from 25% to 35% under the Edinburgh Choices for City Plan 2030Edinburgh and Glasgow have both set ambitious climate targets that developers will have to meet if they want planning permission. The country’s capital is also considering introducing affordable housing targets that could see current requirements jump from 25% to 35%. And planning fees are set to double as Scotland’s national planning bill — passed into law last summer — comes into force.So what exactly do the changes entail and how will they impact the property industry?The proposal that has received the most vocal opposition from the property industry is outlined in Edinburgh’s Choices for City Plan 2030.The plan to increase the provision of affordable housing requirement from 25% to 35%, which is in consultation until the end of this month, would affect all residential developments – including conversions – featuring more than 12 residential units.Opponents fear it will hinder rather than help the city deliver the right level of affordable housing.“It’s all about viability,” says Will Scarlett, founder and director of Scarlett Land and Development. “If you’ve got to provide 35% affordable housing, your BTR development is less viable.”Scarlett and his firm have been working with developers including Platform_, S1 Developments and Legal & General, as well as Summix Capital Limited on a variety of BTR and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) schemes.“As far as BTR is concerned, we want to continue the momentum and positive work that has been achieved over the past two years,” says Scarlett.In those two years, BTR has emerged as “a key new residential use class” in Scotland, according to Rettie & Co. The firm’s latest research shows that in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the BTR pipeline grew 13% between spring and autumn last year to more than 5,900 units.“This is driven by a rising rental market and socioeconomic changes, in the overall context of weak housing supply,” the firm says.Under pressureNew affordable housing requirements are “going to remove some of that momentum and it’s going to put viability under pressure once again,” says Scarlett. “BTR viability should not be taken for granted.”Increasing the affordable housing provision “has significant implications for our industry,” agrees Robin Blacklock, chair of the Scottish Property Federation and managing director at the BTR specialist Dowbrae Property Consultancy.“It’s restricting the rate of development. BTR could be a significant factor in delivering more homes more quickly,” he explains.Both Blacklock and Scarlett say housing and affordable housing targets in Edinburgh could be revised upward after the Scottish government took control of them under the new Planning (Scotland) 2019 Bill it passed last summer.For the first time, the central government will now set the goals all local authorities in Scotland need to meet.The targets have not yet been released and consultations are ongoing as the government drafts the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).Edinburgh City Council has pledged to deliver 20,000 affordable homes by 2026, but Scarlett and Blacklock say development could slow if projects aren’t viable.Edinburgh’s council did not respond to questions about the impact its affordable housing requirements would have on meeting these targets.Affordable housingKevin Smith SMP, Scotland’s planning minister, says “it would not be appropriate for us to say anything” about the council’s proposal to hike affordable housing, lest it “prejudice” the process. He points out that during the current parliamentary period, the government will invest £225m in affordable housing in Edinburgh.The council’s policy proposals will also impact PBSA. The plans would make it statutory for new PBSA developments with sites larger than 0.62 acres to reserve 50% of their plans for housing – with hotels, short-stay commercial accommodation, other commercial business, retail and leisure developments also affected. On top of that, only 10% of PBSA developments would be allowed to be studio flats.“Why control the mix if there’s market demand for studio flats?” asks Scarlett. “The other issue with that is you’re going to have schemes coming forward where residential owner-occupiers are living cheek by jowl with students. It can work, but is that what people want?”Property industry representatives say the policies could lead Edinburgh to under-deliver on its housing targets by deterring developers and investors from building schemes there because they aren’t financially viable.The Scottish government has a substantial amount of work to undertakeTony Aitken, Colliers International“As an industry, we understand what they’re trying to achieve,” says Blacklock, “but it could have unintended consequences”.Consultation on the overall housing targets local authorities will need to meet is scheduled to wrap up at the end of March. A draft document is expected in September, ahead of the policy’s adoption in 2021.“This presents an opportunity to streamline planning for housing and to create a consistent and transparent platform that can free up planning authorities and stakeholders to focus on delivery and the creation of quality places,” says Stewart.These consultations demonstrate 2020 is all about “putting the meat on the bones” of the planning bill, says Tony Aitken, head of planning at Colliers international. “The Scottish government has a substantial amount of work to undertake,” he says and the bill “brings substantive changes in planning.”Emissions reductionAnother of those changes surrounds the Scottish government looking at options to “radically accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions,” says Stewart. The new national planning framework will outline how developments will contribute to meeting Scotland’s climate targets.“Until it is adopted, it won’t affect existing developments, but once adopted it will form the key basis on which planning decisions are made,” says Stewart.Scotland has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2045, and language in the 2019 planning bill indicates new developments will need to be in line with those commitments.On top of that, Glasgow and Edinburgh are battling each other to be the UK’s first city to hit net-zero carbon emissions. Last year, Edinburgh City Council pledged that the capital will become carbon-neutral by 2030 and in its policy proposals, the local authority says it wants “all buildings through their design and the use of low and zero-carbon generating technologies to be carbon-neutral”.Carbon neutrality “will loom large in the national planning framework,” believes Colliers’ Aitken, who states some “not insignificant schemes” in the planning appeal process would not be up to standard.Demand for buildings to meet these standards is also coming from tenants at the moment, says Simon Capaldi, a partner specialising in occupier services at Knight Frank in Edinburgh. “Larger corporates all have green clauses in their lease,” he says, noting developers and landlords will need to deliver one way or another.Whether it is the tenants, developers or landlords, someone is going to have to pay for the delivery of these greener buildings, says Scarlett.“Everyone is signed up to the need to reduce carbon emissions – but it will come at a price,” he points out. “Either the end-user pays for it, or the developer with a reduced margin, or the landowner.”Planning fees hikeIn addition to these concerns, planning fees are set to double in Scotland under the planning bill. In mid-February, consultation ended on the performance of Scotland’s planning system and fees.In 2017, the maximum planning fee was increased to £125,000 and this is now set to double to £250,000, says Aitken, who notes that “in certain parts of Scotland, such as areas where building is less commercially viable, it could have an impact”.Aitken and other industry representatives say they want those fees ring-fenced by the government so local authorities are required to plough the money back into improvements in the planning system and the processes that grease the gears of planning approvals. The fact it isn’t right now is “the bit that’s unpalatable to developers,” he says.In a letter submitted to the government as part of its consultation the SPF wrote: “SPF members have previously indicated a willingness to pay a higher planning fee for a tangible improvement in performance by planning authorities. Unfortunately, we have yet to see full commitment by planning authorities to tie fees to better outcomes in the way that’s needed.”Members of the SPF will learn if the government has heard their concerns when the draft policy is released in May or June.The fees hike, requirements for new buildings and development to meet climate standards and new affordable housing requirements are just a few of the major policy changes that are being hammered out and put into place this year. The Scottish property industry will be maintaining a watching brief to see how things pan out.last_img read more

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Feature articles in the January 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International

first_imgFeature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment The end of the beginning News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis DSB seeks to close ‘an unhappy chapter’ when it phases out IC4 DMUs, FRA reports uneven progress in Positive Train Control implementation, Moving the economy forward in AustraliaEurope Fourth Railway Package clears the last hurdleThe European Parliament voted on December 14 to approve the final wording for the market pillar of the Fourth Railway Package. Murray Hughes reports from Brussels Open access gains groundInter-city open access passenger trains in Europe remain the exception rather than the rule, but new entrants established on busy corridors are spreading their wings. Murray Hughes investigates A brighter future at nightAustrian Federal Railways has bucked the European trend of shrinking night train services by growing its offering, launching six new routes on December 11 under the Nightjet brand. Long-Distance Passenger Director Kurt Bauer explains the operator’s strategy to Nick Kingsley China targets an eastern gatewayWork is about to get underway on a Chinese-backed upgrading of the Beograd – Budapest corridor, representing one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in eastern Europe Track design Matching ballastless track with bridge structuresNew codes and standards will make it possible to eliminate rail expansion devices for continuous welded rail on many long bridges, making the use of ballastless trackforms more economical for high speed lines in particular Taking trams across the RheinNovel expansion joints have been developed to help carry an extension of the Strasbourg light rail network over the River Rhein to the German town of Kehl Ticketing & fare collection Towards mobility as a serviceTrain operators have yet to grasp the potential of a truly digitally enabled passenger experience, argues David Pitt of transaction technology specialist SilverRail In focus Myanma Railways moves from expansion to consolidationFaced with a dramatic drop in both traffic and revenue, Myanma Railways is concentrating on a few key investment projects as it seeks to consolidate its core network. Peter Janssen reports from Yangon Research & skills Joint research centre opens in Qingdao, Australian young professionals pitch innovation ideas Forum People Dieter Sidetrack Diary Viewpoint Rail Supply Industry WatchThe economic outlook for the next year is mixed, as the global economy is likely to suffer from the suspension of trade agreements and major political conflicts have not been resolved. We asked our panel of industry executives about their expectations for business in 2017 Railway Gazette International is the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.last_img read more

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African Fashion displayed at Fashion Fest

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews African Fashion displayed at Fashion Fest by: Dominica Vibes News – May 23, 2015 202 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! As part of Africa Day Celebrations 2015, six (6) fashion designers collaborated to host an Afrika Fashion Fest at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown, Roseau on Friday 22 May 2015.The designers; Nisha, Kimra, Glenda, Nelly, Alice and Spacks Boutique, showcased their colorful African pieces, for both males and females, adorned by both Dominican and African models.The Fashion Night was held to also showcase the designs available for purchase for the national Africa Dress Day scheduled for Friday 29 May.– / 34last_img read more

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