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Press release: Homes England to launch new framework to help speed up the a delivery of new homes

first_imgThe frameworks will provide direct access to professional, technical and design services, building the strong working relationships needed with these service providers to prepare land for housing development and disposal to the market.The frameworks will provide Homes England, and other public sector bodies, with an OJEU compliant and efficient means to procure technical and design services, helping support the government’s ambition to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Stephen Kinsella, Director for Land at Homes England said: “This will be the fifth generation of our multidisciplinary framework and our biggest yet, demonstrating Homes England’s expanded role in bringing together land and expertise to speed up the building of new homes.“We want to create strong working relationships with a wider range of companies who can provide valuable technical advice and design expertise to help accelerate housing development, deliver value for money and great places to live.”Valued at £150m, the new frameworks with replace Homes England’s current framework that expires in November 2018.Homes England will make the frameworks available to other public sector bodies, for example local authorities, to help them procure specialist technical services and develop homes for their residents. Our frameworks have been used by over 300 other public bodies.The new frameworks will have an underpinning Multidisciplinary Framework, which will act as a one stop shop to procure a range of integrated technical and design services from a single source. Homes England has operated this arrangement successfully in the past, which will enable the organisation to continue to work with companies and their specialist sub-consultant teams.The Multidisciplinary Framework will also be supplemented by a range of specialist frameworks to meet specific future needs and enable Homes England to engage directly with a broader range of companies. These specialist frameworks will consist of: Five regionally based frameworks to provide planning, masterplanning and consultation services to help us obtain planning permission on Homes England sites. This will enable Homes England’s regional delivery teams to engage directly with consultants with sound regional knowledge and experience. A project, cost management and development monitoring framework which will support Homes England’s investment activities and also provide more general project and cost management advice aligned to housing development and regeneration. Specialist site survey and asbestos frameworks to provide very specific services to enable Homes England to quickly prepare brownfield land for development. The Multidisciplinary and Technical Frameworks supplement the services provided by Homes England’s £150m Property Framework and our £8bn Housing Development Framework Delivery Partner Panel 3 (DPP3).EndsNotes to EditorsHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.For more information visit our website or follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Whitmore looks to homegrown talent

first_imgTheodore Whitmore Jamaica’s soccer coach Theodore Whitmore will use homegrown players for aJune 13 friendly against Peru in Peru.The team is preparing for the June 22-25 Caribbean Cup in Martinique and the CONCACAF Gold Cup which takes place from July 7-26 in the United States.“For our friendly international against Peru, it is a grand chance for the local players to show what they are made of. As we prepare for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Cup and prepare for the Gold Cup, this is the last chance for the locals to execute and impress me in order to get into the squads of Caribbean Cup and the Gold Cup,” Whitmore said.Jamaica are defending champions and looking for a seventh Caribbean Cup crown. Aruba, Curacao and Martinique are the other teams playing.In two meetings, Jamaica has drawn 1-1 and lost 1-2 to Peru.Reggae Boyz pull off 1-0 victory over Honduraslast_img read more

Govenor Inslee Appoints SPSCC Alumna Student Regent at University of Washington

first_imgFacebook165Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeBeginning July 1, 2019, South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) alumna Daniela H. Suarez will serve a one-year term on the University of Washington’s Board of Regents as Student Regent following an appointment from Governor Jay Inslee. The Board of Regents is the university’s governing body, its officers selected by Washington State governors to supervise and coordinate university affairs.After graduating from North Thurston High School in Lacey, Daniela began at SPSCC, where she served as the Senator of Legislative Affairs on SPSCC’s Student Senate and had the opportunity to intern for the Washington State Board of Community Colleges. She worked with student leaders across Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges on issues relating to higher education, and in the 2019 state legislative session she coordinated the Racial Equity Team on policies that affect communities of color. SPSCC President Tim Stokes describes her as “a powerhouse of intellect, compassion, and determination.”Suarez is currently a senior at the Henry M. Jackson School of International studies, focusing on Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Peace, and Security as she pursues a minor in Political Science. She has dedicated herself to advocating for social justice and accessibility in higher education, participating in efforts to advance landmark legislation such as the Dream Act 2.0 to expand financial aid for undocumented students and the Fair Chance Act to promote equal housing and employment. In addition to her leadership work, she remains an active community member volunteering through the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.last_img read more

Watch: Wydad supporters fired up The Moroccan Casablanca Derby by putting a freaking Dragon…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AD Sports/afrik-foot.comAdvertisement al19s1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6l6qsvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euxe( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jqpWould you ever consider trying this?😱nxCan your students do this? 🌚8nRoller skating! Powered by Firework Derby matches in Football are a sight to see. The historical rivals, be it a top tier league or in a low ranking country, put up the most extravagant tifos to prove their superiority over their sworn enemies. The famous ‘Casablanca Derby’ between Raja Club Athletic and Wydad Athletic Club is a heated one, and the latter took it to the next level by bringing in a red-hot-fire-breathing Dragon!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AD Sports/afrik-foot.comNot a real dragon, of course. Yesterday’s Arab Champions Club round of 16 first leg face off between the clubs at the Stade Mohammed V ended in a 1-1 draw. Just into the half time, Wydad fans displayed a huge fire breathing red dragon taking a walk in the stands with holding the tournament trophy.A clip of the gigantic tifo was uploaded by Sports + on their Facebook page. Check it out below-Advertisement  The Wydads took the lead in the 32nd minute as winger Ismail El Hadad netted one in from inside the box. However, the lead was short lived as the Rajas’ Congolese midfielder Fabrice Ngoma scored the equalizer, 47th minute into injury time.The adversaries will see each other again in the second leg of the round of 16 match on 24th November. Advertisementlast_img read more

SB Making Plans to Move Forward

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Sea Bright is rebuilding, residents are moving back and there are promises the beach will be ready for next summer, the mayor and borough council, say.Three weeks after Super Storm Sandy devastated the small beachfront community, Mayor Dina Long and the six-member borough council held its municipal meeting at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Tuesday evening. The governing body offered its assessment of where the borough stands and discussed plans for moving forward.Before a crowd of about 250 people, the council authorized a $3 million emergency expenditure to help cover the cost for the storm and its aftermath.That amount is about half of the borough’s annual municipal budget, said Councilman William J. Keeler, who chairs the council’s finance committee.He said he holds out hope that the borough’s insurance coverage “should cover a great deal, if not all of the $3 million” through a combination of money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the borough’s coverage with the Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), which underwrites municipalities’ insurance coverage.Reimbursement through JIF, however, he warned, may be slow in coming.Borough officials also expect to hold another meeting with FEMA representatives next week. Local officials are continuing to pursue available financial grant opportunities, Keeler said.Work continues to be done to restore electrical power and natural gas service to borough locations, said Councilman James A. LoBiondo. He told the audience JCP&L, the power utility, has completed repairs to the substations serving Sea Bright and replaced meters that were compromised by salt water. The utility is continuing to repair damaged transformers, but no timeframe was given as to when that work would be completed.New Jersey Natural Gas also is continuing to turn on the gas to properties that can safely use it, LoBiondo said.Water service should be available and damage to the sewer pump stations have been repaired.Property owners will have to contract with private electricians and plumbers if their locations were compromised to ensure gas and electricity can be safely turned on, he said.Marilyn Jaccard, a former Sea Bright resident who now lives in Highlands, wondered about a recent Wall Street Journal article discussing whether communities like Sea Bright, ravaged by the late October storm, should rebuild.“There are some arguments out there to not rebuild,” Long said. The mayor quickly added, “there are just as many compelling arguments to continue.”Councilman C. Read Murphy said the council is authorizing proposals for work on the borough’s beach bathing pavilion, that was destroyed by the storm, is proof positive of the governing body’s commitment to move forward. “So what’s gone will be back,” he said. “We will have a Sea Bright Beach next summer.”The Army Corps of Engi­neers’ beach replenishment project for the length of the borough beach, planned long before Sandy, began this week, Read said.Public and private property for the small community of approximately 1,500 year-round residents, sustained an estimated $450 million in damages, the amount local officials submitted to FEMA, Long said.“We are recovering and looking to rebuild,” and are moving forward, with some people having already returned to their homes, she said.“We truly believe in the future of Sea Bright,” Murphy said. “This town is coming back and it’ll be stronger than ever.”The borough council used the Red Bank theater because its usual meeting site, Cecile F. Norton Community Center on Ocean Avenue, continues to be used for relief activity.“After our last two council meetings with substandard conditions,” Long said, “we were looking for a warm place.”last_img read more

Route 35 Resurfacing Continues Into Fall

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – A resurfacing project on Route 35 in Middletown will continue for several more weeks.Motorists should expect lane and ramp closures on Lake Shore Drive and Green Oak Boulevard in Middletown, Cherry Tree Farm Road/CR 516 in Middletown and Matawan Creek in Keyport.The road improvement project started Aug. 1. It will continue from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday for next few weeks. New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) contractor Earle Asphalt, is scheduled to temporarily close shoulders (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and single lanes (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) for daytime concrete repair work along Route 35 in both directions.The NJDOT said this project needed to be “expedited” because of poor conditions following a particularly harsh winter.It is part of a $12.9 million maintenance resurfacing project, which also includes 4 miles of Route 37 in Toms River between Lake Shore Drive and Green Oak Boulevard.Overnight milling and paving is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 20 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. It will run weekdays, require shoulder and/or lane closures and is expected to continue into the fall.In addition to the milling and paving, Earle Asphalt will also reconstruct sections of sidewalk and curb and install imaging radar and loop detection systems to monitor vehicles passing through or arriving at certain points on Route 35.The Route 37 portion of the project is expected to be complete this fall and the Route 35 portion is expected to be complete in the summer of 2019.NJDOT asks that travelers be mindful of detour signs and messaging that will be used throughout the duration of the project.The timeline of the work is subject to change due to inclement weather of other factors. Real-time travel information and updates are available at 511nj.org.This article was first published in the August 9-16, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Selects grab win in U15 Division on opening day of Provincial B Cup

first_imgIt was a mixed bag for Nelson Selects teams at BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Tournament action.In Nelson, the U15s were the only squad to taste victory as the Selects edged North Shore 1-0 in opening day action at the Lakeside Fields.In other action Thursday in Nelson, Selects lost 4-1 to Kelowna in the U13 Division while the U14s failed to score in a 3-0 decision to Kelowna. In action Thursday in Penticton, the U15s droped a 1-0 decision to Burnaby while the U18’s, which won the bronze medal a year ago, thumped Columbia Valley Titans 4-1.In boy’s action, the Selects lost 5-0 to Langley United in the U15s Division.In 100 Mile House, Nelson Selects played Kelowna United.Action continues in Nelson Friday with the Selects facing Cliff Avenue of Vancouver in U13 play at 8 a.m.Nelson meets Vernon in U15 play while the Selects face Surrey United in U14 Girls round robin action.Both games are at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Hotshots heed coach’s call, overcome Beermen rally in Game 5

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Hotshots hope that belief will be stronger than ever come Sunday night when they shoot for the title in Game 6.But as far as closeout games go, both Victolero and Barroca know it’s not going to be easy.“We know [the Beermen] are not going down easily,” the mentor said. “We just have to [do it again].”“To keep it close and give us a fighting chance,” Victolero added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Barroca hit a midrange jumper at the buzzer to move the Hotshots on the cusp of the crown and push the reigning four-time conference champions to the brink of elimination.“At halftime, I told them that there will be a moment in the second half that San Miguel mounts a run,” Victolero said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTrue enough, the Beermen rallied from 13 points down to put the Hotshots within striking range. A brief exchange of buckets ensued with Terrence Romeo knotting the affair at 86.Then Barroca’s moment came. Steph Curry, shorthanded Warriors knock out Rockets in Game 6 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “We were talking during that final timeout. We just want a chance at a last shot, and we were bent on getting it,” the veteran guard said in Filipino.Quite fittingly, it was all Magnolia needed. It was, after all, their mantra all conference long.“There’s nobody believing in us. Just us,” he added. “Going into this conference, we’ve been underdogs. Quarterfinals, semifinals.”“But whenever we believe, good things happen. That’s why our battle cry is ‘Believe.’”Magnolia had faith that it would survive San Miguel’s spirited comeback attempts and win Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia coach Chito Victolero had a simple marching order for his charges against San Miguel Beer in Game 5 of the PBA Philippine Finals: Weather the storm.The Hotshots did that and more on Friday night at the Big Dome, with its veteran guard Mark Barroca leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The Ashes: England opening bowlers let down captain Root at Adelaide

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was no doubt mindful of recent history at Adelaide Oval when he sent Australia in to bat on winning the toss in the second Ashes Test on Saturday.In the two previous day-night Tests, the visiting team won the toss – New Zealand in 2015 and South Africa last year – decided to bat and eventually succumbed to defeat against Australia.So one could hardly blame Root for opting for a different path, but that will not stop the Sunday morning quarterbacks from second-guessing his decision, which somewhat backfired when his opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad wasted the new ball, though the day was not a complete disaster, with Australia 209 for four wickets at stumps.England’s Test debutant Craig Overton, who was not used early but later in the day bowled Australian captain Steve Smith for 40, acknowledged the early going was a tough slog for the visitors.”Overcast skies, a bit of moisture around,” he said, when asked the thought process behind sending Australia in.”Obviously, the first session didn’t go to plan but … they’re not too far ahead of the game.”Australian number three Usman Khawaja was not surprised by Root’s decision.”I had a feeling they might bowl first,” Khawaja said after making 53. “It was overcast, day one, pink ball, their bowlers do thrive in these conditions but at end of the day whatever you do first you have to do it well.”I think we’re pretty happy with four to 200 at the end of the day.”advertisementAnderson and Broad posed few problems for Australian opening batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft early on.With 899 Test wickets between them, they rarely looked like making it 900 as they sent down too many short deliveries with the pink ball which passed through harmlessly to the wicketkeeper during the early stages.Broad lasted just three overs in his first spell before being replaced by Chris Woakes.It was a far cry from the second Adelaide Test seven years ago, when England reduced Australia to three wickets for two en route to a decisive victory.Anderson collected the prized scalps of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke back then, taking 4-51 in the first innings.It was a different story on Saturday but by day’s end Root could surely defend his decision to bowl.Cricinfo last year calculated that since 2000 the side batting first have won 36 percent of those Tests, the side bowling first 39 percent.The odds swung had swung slightly in Australia’s favour by stumps, but not by much.last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave up

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more