BCSC 2009: Portillo downbeat on recovery

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It’s time to kick-start a housing revolution

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Society agrees PII deal with Aon as AmTrust enters market

first_imgThe Law Society has signed up PII broker Aon to provide professional indemnity insurance to members of its Conveyancing Quality Scheme and Lexcel quality marks. The broker has an exclusive arrangement with two of the largest A-rated qualifying insurers, QBE and XL, for one-to-10 partner firms. Firms who use the service will have access to PII quotes that reflect their accreditation in time for this year’s renewal period. Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said: ‘PII renewal can be challenging and we are keen to help exploit every aspect of a firm’s risk profile to its advantage. ‘CQS and Lexcel represent reduced risk, effective practice management and a client care focus. This should give an advantage in the renewal process.’ One new entrant to the PII market this year is Elite Insurance, and market insiders expect more to follow. As the Gazette went to press it emerged that broker JLT has teamed with AmTrust Europe to launch a sole practitioners service. This service will provide a personalised quote, based on an assessment of each individual risk profile rather than a ‘rigid rating engine’. Speaking to the Gazette for this week’s special feature on PII, Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson was upbeat about solicitors being able to secure insurance on the open market. ‘The outlook for this year’s PII period is positive,’ said Hudson. ‘We expect to see new entrants, including rated insurers covering the smaller end of the market, which is encouraging as this segment has experienced difficulties in the past.’ This year, the Society has also launched a composite proposal form for firms to complete one application to multiple insurers and brokers.last_img read more

Vardag accolade

first_imgAyesha Vardag, president of family law firm Vardags, won the Natwest EveryWoman Award 2015 for outstanding achievement. The award celebrates female business success across the UK.last_img

Pet charity targets solicitors for free wills service

first_imgVeterinary charity PDSA is looking for solicitors to help it provide free wills to its supporters nationwide, in the hope they will leave a gift to the charity in their will.  PDSA will pay participating solicitors a fee to write a simple or mirror will. The charity said clients may then choose to leave some money to PDSA, but this is not compulsory.According to the charity, two-thirds of the two million treatments it gives every year are funded by gifts in wills, making it one of the UK’s largest beneficiaries from legacies.Ruth Lister (pictured), PDSA’s legacy development manager, said: ‘Legacies make up a vital part of PDSA’s funding. When we piloted our free wills offer we had a fantastic response from animal lovers who choose to leave a gift to us.‘This lasting legacy shows their love for pets by helping us provide our life-saving veterinary services across the UK.’The charity is offering a simple will or codicil to individuals or couples over the age of 50.The nationwide scheme started this month, after the service was tested in a handful of cities over the past 18 months. So far 350 individual solicitors or firms across the country have signed up to participate. The service will particularly target Essex, Oxford, Kent, Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Birmingham and East Sussex.Dominic Mackenzie, a solicitor from Leeds firm Ison Harrison, said partnering with PDSA has given his firm the opportunity to secure long-term business from other clients who require executor and other services.He added: ‘It is also a great way to demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility, supporting a charity that helps hundreds of thousands of pets each year.’According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, if someone’s legal costs are covered by an organisation, solicitors must make clear the details of the arrangements between them and the organisation, and tell their client if they or the referrer is benefiting in anyway, financial or otherwise.The free will offering comes at a time of uncertainty over whether people can safely leave money to charities in their wills, after the Court of Appeal overturned a woman’s will which had left her entire £500,000 estate to three animal charities. The charities are appealing the decision in the Supreme Court.last_img read more

PI giant targets acquisitions after turning last year’s losses around

first_imgShirley WoolhamThe return to profit also appears to buck the trend in the personal injury market, as firms struggle through the effects of LASPO and fixed costs, ahead of Civil Liability Act reforms liable to restrict income from RTA claims.‘Any business in our sector that has not borne down hard on its fixed costs faces a bleak future,’ said Woolham.‘Our results are also supported by a 21% reduction in administration costs, driven mainly by our consolidation into a single HQ in Wakefield. The hard work of the past 18 months has paid off. Minster Law is an efficient, debt-free business with an ambitious strategy. We’re well positioned to accelerate our competitiveness in the market, further invest in our digital capability, pursue acquisition opportunities and diversify into new revenue streams beyond personal injury.’Woolham said the firm was keen to talk to other market players about acquisitions where they make ‘long-term strategic sense’, and will also seek out strategic partnerships with suppliers.The firm plans to create a broader legal services business to meet the needs of insurers and brokers, including entry into the legal expenses insurance market.Woolham added: ‘We see a real opportunity to shake up the LEI market, which needs an injection of new ideas to help customers deal with the impact of the personal injury reforms. There will be more demand for legal expenses cover and insurers and brokers will want and need a more sophisticated solution that really works for customers.’ One of the biggest personal injury firms has returned to seven-figure profits after closing an office and chopping staff numbers.Minster Law reported this week that profit before tax for the year ending June 2019 was £1.62m, on £35m annual turnover.The profit figure was in contrast to 2018, when the firm suffered losses of £2.6m.Accounts filed with Companies House show the firm, which closed its signature York office to consolidate operations in Wakefield, trimmed staff numbers by 15% to 464 by June 2019. This reduction was entirely made up of cuts to support staff, with the number of fee earners actually rising slightly to 230.Chief executive Shirley Woolham said the results were a ‘tremendous achievement in tough trading conditions’, emphasised by the firm increasing gross profit margin to 36.1% from 31%. last_img read more

St. Lucia Zouks take victory last night of CPL in Lauderhill

first_imgSt. Lucia Zouks win over the Jamaica TallawahThe St Lucia Zouks continued their winning form at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as they defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs for the second time in two days. This win was not enough to secure a place in Playoff 1 where a route straight to the final was up for grabs but they will head to their Playoff 2 match against the Trinbago Knight Riders full of confidence and hopeful of victory.On Saturday when these two teams met at this ground the Zouks batted first and blasted their way to 206-3 on the back of an excellent opening stand from Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles. Today’s Zouks innings was almost a carbon copy as Fletcher and Charles put on 104 runs for the first wicket from 68 balls. Both men were brutal on everything that the Tallawahs’ bowlers served up, and both of them made half centuries in the process as the Zouks made 194-3 from their 20 overs.Charles was the first man to go, well caught in the deep by Chadwick Walton off the bowling of Garey Mathurin for 64 from just 35 balls. Charles was replaced by Mike Hussey who didn’t find the same fluidity as the openers. He made just eight runs before he too was caught on the boundary by Walton, this time it was Rovman Powell that was the bowling – it was his first wicket in T20 cricket.Having made 74 not out in the last game Fletcher carried on that form as he laid the foundation for a match-winning total and set up the fifth win for the Zouks in the last six matches.Fletcher eventually fell for 70 (54), also caught by Walton who seemed to be everywhere in the field. Shane Watson took up the boundary hitting on his way to a 17-ball 42 that included five Hero Maximums. 64 runs came from the last five overs as the Zouks set a target of 195 to win.It would take a fine batting performance from the Tallawahs to chase that down and they would need runs from Chris “Universe Boss” Gayle. When Gayle began his innings looking to blast the ball as far as possible from the very beginning he seemed to think that he needed to go big early on to get up the win. He rode his luck in the PowerPlay with several balls landing just out of the reach of fielders.That good fortune did not last for Gayle, eventually getting caught on the long-on boundary by Daren Sammy off the bowling of Watson for 30 from 15 balls. Fellow opener Chadwick Walton also went inside the PowerPlay as the Tallawahs reached 51-2 off the first six overs of their chase.Kumar Sangakkara looked to set a base in order from which to launch the chase but he fell for 24 to the first ball of Gidron Pope’s spell to leave the Tallawahs in real trouble at 75-3 with the Andre Russell and Rovman Powell at the crease.Anything is possible with Russell in the middle and he immediately looked to up the run rate, particularly off the bowling of Grant Elliott who conceded 27 runs from two overs. But his pyrotechnics did not last long either, falling to the bowling of Delorn Johnson for 21.The Tallawahs did a decent job at keeping up with the rate but were losing wickets throughout. When Powell fell in the 16th over there was no coming back despite some lusty blows from Alex Ross as the Zouks won by 17 runs.This match ends the hugely successful Florida leg of the Hero CPL which has seen great cricket and big crowds. Now the tournament moves on to St Kitts & Nevis for the knockout stage. Hero CPL 2016 Media Press Releaselast_img read more

Governor Cuomo announces aid for New York’s storm-hit farms

first_imgGovernor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that an additional $1 million in recovery aid will be provided to New York farms that were affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. These funds are Round 2 of the Farm Operation Match Component of the Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund (ACRF).Grants will go to 97 farms in 18 counties to help replace feed and crops that were damaged by Irene or Lee. The first round of grants awarded $1.3 million to 143 farms in 21 counties.advertisementadvertisement To be eligible for funds, farms must have sustained direct, physical flood-related damage due to Irene or Lee. An application to receive funds can be obtained by emailingfloodrecovery@esd.ny.gov or by calling (518) 292-5340. PD—From Dairy Farmers of America/Dairylea newsletterlast_img read more

Cavaliers’ ‘Big 3’ return to dominate Lakers after skid

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Cavaliers’ ‘Big 3’ return to dominate Lakers after skid’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]CLEVELAND – One game off and few days of rest refreshed the Cavaliers’ Big 3.LeBron James scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving matched a career high with 12 assists, Kevin Love scored 27 with 17 rebounds and Cleveland finally put away Los Angeles in the fourth quarter, beating the young Lakers, 119-108, on Saturday night.The Cavs were back at full strength after coach Tyronn Lue left James, Love and Irving behind earlier this week for a game in Memphis, a decision that sparked some criticism as fans were denied a chance to see the three stars and Cleveland lost.Irving, who complained of tired legs before a game last week, looked more like himself in his first game since Dec. 10, finishing with 21 points as the Cavs improved to 19-6.”It was just a needed rest for me,” said Irving, who didn’t get a break after Cleveland won the NBA title in June because he played for the US Olympic team. ”For me, it’s just about being smart and not running into that wall completely. I’m able to push through anything and my mind commands my body at the same time, it’s still about being smart.”James, Irving and Love combined for 74 points, 30 rebounds and 25 assists.James, who missed the end of pregame warmups, national anthem and player introductions before running onto the floor just before the opening tip, took over in the fourth and needed just two points to move past Moses Malone (27,409) for eighth place on the career scoring list.Nick Young made eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 32 for the Lakers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak on Friday in Philadelphia and were a headache for the defending NBA champions all night.The Lakers were still within 110-105 when James hit a 3-pointer in transition as the Cavs closed with a 10-3 run.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points and Los Angeles rookie Brandon Ingram missed a triple-double by one point and an assist. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Dua Bulan Uji Coba, Waymo Menjadi Pemimpin Perjalanan Kendaraan Otonom di California

first_imgProgrm percontohan Waymo sendiri tidak terbuka untuk umum melainkan untuk karyawan dan tamu-tamu mereka di wilayah South Bay yang geofenced dan mencakup Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Altos serta Los Altos Hills. Ini hanya beberapa di mana Waymo menguji coba kendaraannya di California.Karena perusahaan dalam program percontohan, maka tidak diperkenankan untuk mengenakan biaya perjalanan bagi penumpang. Dr Susan Shaheen, wakil direktur Pusat Penelitian Keberlanjutan Transportasi di Universitas California mencatat, bahwa sulit untuk menentukan pemintaan untuk layanan penumpang yang berjalan tanpa pengemudi. Waymo saat ini memiliki izin berpartisipasi dalam program Percontohan Layanan Penumpang Kendaraan Bermotor oleh CPUC.Diketahui, Waymo, yang menerima izin pada 2 Juli atau dua bulan memasuki kuartal kedua sudah menjadi pemimpin dalam hal perjalanan. Di bawah program, pemegang izin harus menyerahkan data anonim tentang setiap kendaraan otonom yang beroperasi.Waymo dan perusahaan lain yang berpartisipasi dalam uji coba harus memberikan total jarak tempuh kendaraan yang ditempuh selama layanan penumpang, serta total jarak tempuh dalam kendaraan listrik (jika ada) setiap kuartal. Persyaratan data lainnya untuk setiap kuartal mencakup jarak tempuh ke titik penjemputan, waktu idling, hunian kendaraan dan data tentang wahana yang dapat diakses.Data ini dimaksudkan untuk membantu CPUC mengembangkan kerangka kerja untuk penyebaran penuh, layanan penumpang kendaraan otonom berbayar di California. Namun, data mungkin tidak sepenuhnya menangkap seperti apa layanan komersial itu. Misalnya, total jarak tempuh Waymo yang dilalui dari lokasi awal kendaraan ke titik penjemputan atau istilah yang dikenal sebagai deadhead miles dengan berjarak 48.137 mil dari total 59.916.Baca juga: Di 2020, Uber dan Volvo Siap Uji Mobil Otonom Generasi KetigaWaymo mencatat dalam laporannya kepada CPUC bahwa ia terus menguji di antara wahana, menyiratkan bahwa ini bisa menaikkan deadhead mil. Perusahaan kendaraan otonom sebagian besar telah mendukung dua program percontohan CPUC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedGiliran Bus Otonom EasyMile EZ10 Diuji Coba di Australia17/07/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Hadirkan Bus Otonom, DeNA Terbentur Regulasi Tentang Bangku Pengemudi30/08/2017In “Darat”Gandeng Bosch, Mercedes-Benz Perkenalkan ‘Taksi’ Otonom di San Jose12/12/2019In “Darat” (Reddit) Pilot project Robotaxi Waymo menyelesaikan 4678 perjalanan penumpang pada Juli ditambah dengan 12 perjalanan lainnya untuk tujuan pendidikan. Waymo mengangkut 6299 penumpang dengan minivan Chrysler Pacifica yang berjalan otonom atau tanpa pengemudi dalam bulan pertamanya berpartisipasi dalam program percontohan robotaxi di california.Baca juga: Nuro, Mobil Otonom Pengantar Pizza Hadir Akhir Tahun di HoustonDengan adanya data angka-angka ini, menunjukkan Waymo memiliki sumber daya, staf dan kendaraan untuk mengoperasikan secara otonom sambil terus menguji teknologinya di beberapa kota dan meningkatkan layanan perjalanan Waymo One di Arizona. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari techcrunch.com (17/9/2019), data Waymo bersama dengan laporan triwulanan dari tiga perusahaan lain yang memegang izin dari CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) memberikan petunjuk bagaimana permintaan kendaraan otonom komersial dan bagaimana layanan ini dapat membentuk kembali kota.last_img read more