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  • Press release: Cash boost to help build 200,000 homes in new garden towns

    first_img Culm, Mid Devon £300,000 5,000 Halsnead £300,000 1,589 Dunton Hills £100,000 3,500 Place Capacity award Homes Social media – MHCLG Basingstoke £695,000 10,000 Harlow & Gilston £715,000 24,000 Aylesbury £420,000 15,000 North Essex (Colchester, Tendring & Braintree) £1,000,000 43,000 Otterpool Park, Folkestone £1,250,000 10,000 Contact form https://forms.communit… 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Infinity, Derbyshire £150,000 3,200 Media enquiries Bailrigg £100,000 3,500 Taunton £550,000 15,000 Handforth £150,000 1,650 General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 A £9 million cash injection to speed up the locally-led building of new garden towns and villages across the country has been announced today (13 February 2019).The Garden Communities project is expected to deliver 200,000 properties on large sites by 2050, and the latest funding will help get 21 sites ready for development.The government project is helping ambitious councils get well-designed homes built on large sites, and the money will help pay for master-planning and technical studies.Work is already underway on 10,000 properties across the country in garden towns and villages, with 36,000 expected to be underway or completed by 2022.Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said: Longmarston £300,000 3,500 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Office address and general enquiries Welbourne £300,000 6,000 West Carclaze £300,000 1,500 North Northants (Corby, Kettering & Wellingborough) £725,000 33,000 West Oxfordshire £150,000 2,200 St Cuthbert’s, Carlisle £300,000 10,000 Tresham £300,000 1,500 Email [email protected] Longcross £125,000 1,700 We have not built enough homes in this country for the last three decades, and we are turning that around as we work towards our target to build 300,000 properties a year by the mid-2020s. This £9 million funding boost is giving councils the support and cash injection they need so they can finish planning new developments and get diggers on site. Twitter – – – Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Bicester £770,000 13,000 The developments being funded include a 2,000 home site for custom and self-builders in Bicester, on land purchased by the council from the Ministry of Defence.It also includes developments in Basingstoke, Didcot, Taunton, Harlow-Gilston and across Northamptonshire where work is already underway on the first phase of developments.The funding will be administered by Homes England.last_img read more

  • Dell Visor Has Arrived; Order Today

    first_img[UPDATE 10/17/17] Starting today, get your hands on the Dell Visor! Through the Dell Visor headset and one of our compatible Windows 10 PC’s you now have access to Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality platform, blending the physical world with the digital world to create a variety of gaming and lifestyle experiences. Learn more on Also, beginning Saturday, October 21, try out Microsoft’s Mixed Reality for yourself in 200 U.S. Best Buy stores. The demos include 360 degree videos, and more.Ah, the thrill of a first. Remember your first bicycle, or skateboard, or scooter? The rush of the wind, that incredible sense of freedom? We’re having one of those seminal moments right now with the imminent release of the Dell Visor, our first-ever mixed reality headset for the Windows Mixed Reality (MR) platform.At Computex 2017, we gave people a peek at our headset design, and we’ve spent the last few months perfecting every aspect. In partnership with Microsoft, Dell is excited to offer a mixed reality headset for the masses, building on our leadership in VR and our work with HTC and Oculus to bring you accessible, immersive VR experiences.Last week at IFA, we announced additional details on the Dell Visor and reception has been overwhelming from customers and press with several honoring it with a “Best of IFA” title including The Telegraph, Ubergizmo, Recombu and Deccan Chronicle. Now the wait is over!The Dell Visor is available for pre-order today on and in the US and and PC World in the UK. The Dell Visor will start shipping globally on Oct. 17, just in time for the holidays at $349.99 USD (headset) and $99.99 USD (controllers), or $449.99 USD (headset and controllers kit). It will also be available at the Microsoft Store,, Best Buy stores, and other retailers starting in October.The headset is sleek and stylish, with gorgeous white contours, complemented by the black handheld controllers. The flip-up visor is engineered for convenient transitions, but it’s a cool sensation just raising and lowering it, like a sleek pair of Ray-Bans.“Dell Visor is a super comfortable VR headset that should win over the haters.ShareNow let’s talk comfort. Tech Radar says the “Dell Visor is a super comfortable VR headset that should win over the haters….The headband is easily adjustable for any size head, weighted for a more stable feel, and the headset is designed to avoid pressure on the user’s nose and cheeks, so you can wear it for extended periods without feeling like your face is tired.” The thoughtful design even extends to cable management, routing cords to the back for better freedom of movement so users won’t trip over themselves.But does it deliver? Oh yeah. Beyond looks and comfort, the Dell Visor offers an optimal mixed reality experience. Prepare to escape into amazing new worlds – and the digital office if you need – with an immersive, life-like, MR experience with high resolution of 1440 x 1440 per eye, dual 2.89” LCD panels and blazing refresh rate of 90Hz. The Fresnel lenses deliver a field of view of 110 degrees and a breathtaking 360 panoramic view.Thanks to our partnership with Microsoft, the visor takes advantage of the same technology used in the Microsoft HoloLens including 6-DoF, inside-out tracking, with the headset itself able to scan your surroundings instead of satellite emitters positioned inside the room. Meaning that it takes less time and no equipment for set up, so you can immerse yourself in mixed reality experiences right away. .Speaking of Gameplay, you can access games and other MR content via the Windows Store at launch and Steam Store in the future. Read the Microsoft blog to learn more about immersive mixed reality experiences.The Dell Visor is compatible with many Windows Mixed Reality PCs including Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptops and Inspiron Gaming Desktops and additional PCs that we are working with Microsoft to qualify as Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs. If you are planning to pair your Dell Visor with an existing PC, Dell recommends a laptop or desktop that meets the Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PC specifications as they offer greater intensity and a broader selection of experiences. Check the Microsoft blog for more details.We are also offering bundles starting with the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop with an NVIDIA 1050ti, Dell Visor and Controllers for $1249. Stay tuned for more bundles that will be featured on VR market is young but ready to rock, expected to grow to more than 215 million active users by 2025. We’re thrilled to jump in at the water’s edge with the most VR-ready solutions of any PC company. Whether you’re a power gamer or a virtual beginner, Dell wants to be your end-to-end technology partner offering you immersive experiences you will love. Let’s jump in together!last_img read more

  • It’s raining, it’s pouring

    first_imgIt’s raining in Georgia, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop. Instead of the drought levels and watering restrictions of years past, Georgians are now dealing with a yard-flooding abundance of rainfall.That standing water can be a good thing, as long as it’s not pooling against a home’s foundation or causing mosquito problems, said University of Georgia water expert Frank Henning.“When water pools, it’s soaking into the ground; and sediment and other pollutants that are carried in runoff are filtered by the soil,” he said. “It’s doing a lot of environmental services, like cleaning, storing and cooling water that would otherwise discharge directly into streams.”And Georgia’s got a lot of water that runs directly into streams. Concrete, rooftops, asphalt and scalped land all contribute to water problems, even just a seemingly surface issue like erosion.“One of the most expensive things [for municipalities] to get out of drinking water is sediment,” said UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator Steven Patrick.And a lot of sediment is soil that washes away from lawns, gardens, fields and stream banks when it rains.Good-bye, dirtHabersham County, where Patrick works, has seen a spurt of development in the past few years. With people moving up from Atlanta and Florida, builders have met their housing needs by scraping land and building homes.“Basically, our homeowners get left with bare clay and a new house,” he said.Regulations that require Atlanta-area developers to plant grass and shrubs don’t apply as stringently in the north Georgia mountains. New homeowners often find themselves with a new house, annual rye, no woody cover and the challenge of growing a landscape from scratch.Patrick teaches his county’s residents how to reestablish their yards with plants and grasses that will survive in that part of the state. But he sees a lot of water rush straight into streams before those lawns are established.“If people took care of their own yards individually, you wouldn’t have the big storm water surges on creeks and rivers,” he said.Water managementHenning, who is an EPA Region IV Liaison for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said the best way to deal with waterlogged lawns and gardens is to plan for that water.One suggestion involves something called a vegetated swale. It’s like a ditch, only wider, shallower and greener. Swales infiltrate the water from small rain events so there isn’t any runoff. They also slow, filter and divert runoff from larger events without causing erosion.Another option is to install a rain garden. A depressed area in the landscape, a rain garden is designed to collect, store and infiltrate water without providing habitat for mosquito breeding. Rain gardens follow many of the same concepts as swales. However, they may include an overflow outlet that allows water to exit the garden if the level gets too high and an underground drain that reduces the amount of time that water ponds.Mulch and ponds also help harvest rainwater and prevent downstream flooding. Mulch allows water to filter into the soil and helps prevent evaporation in times of drought. Ponds provide places for wildlife to gather and vegetation to grow.Landscaping for low areas is another creative solution, Henning said. With the proper combination of plants, a boggy area or wetland can be an attractive landscape feature.“Embrace those areas, and celebrate the diversity in your landscape,” Henning said. “You’ll have less mowing and something different in your yard.”Whatever the conditions, Henning said to remember the neighbors, even the ones with fins and gills: “Capture and infiltrate rainwater instead of quickly delivering it downstream in a pipe.”For more information on rain gardens, visit read more

  • Bolivia Sends Troops to the Brazilian Border

    first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2010 The Bolivian government has ordered the reinforcement of its military presence in regions bordering Brazil and Paraguay, where an increasing presence of Colombian drug dealers, assassins and gangs has been detected, said the acting president, Alvaro García. “The Armed Forces are the locomotive of the Constitution and the laws (and will serve) to provide a greater territorial presence and to put an end to the micro-armies of drug dealers and mercenaries that are beginning to grow,” Alvaro García affirmed. According to the acting president, Bolivia will form a “joint command in the Chiquitanía region (on the plains of the department of Santa Cruz, on the border with Brazil and Paraguay) to deploy several military units to this region.” “In the upcoming weeks and months we will be present to guarantee our territorial sovereignty,” García said upon referring to the regions that border on Brazilian and Paraguayan territory, where besides drug trafficking, there is also a large illegal trade in arms. The measure focuses particularly on the department of Santa Cruz, where increasing drug-dealing activity has been detected. In Santa Cruz, the most prosperous region of Bolivia, several cocaine labs directed by Colombians have been found in recent weeks, and six murders took place, including the murder of three Serbian bodyguards in what seemed to be a settling of accounts between drug dealers. García – who is temporarily replacing Evo Morales while he is traveling in Europe – said that the problem generated by drug trafficking “should not be allowed.” “This is why we need to deploy the military, which is at the forefront of the state’s presence,” he added.last_img read more

  • Bolivia Scores Great Success Against Illicit Drug Trafficking in the Last 7 Months

    first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo August 10, 2020 The Bolivian Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking (FELCN, in Spanish) seized, eradicated, and destroyed more than 374 metric tons of drugs in the last seven months.From November 13, 2019, to June 22, 2020, agents carried out operations that resulted in the seizure of 8,043 kilograms of cocaine and 366,047 kg of marijuana. Bolivian Minister of the Interior Arturo Murillo announced these results during an event for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, on June 26, at the Government Palace in La Paz.The Bolivian government has re-equipped its counternarcotics forces in the last seven months. In the photo, FELCN agents simulate a seizure of illicit substances. (Photo: Bolivian Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking)“The UIF [Financial Investigation Unit] report that between $1.5 to $2 billion from narcotrafficking circulate annually in Bolivia is not unrealistic,” Murillo told the press.According to the official, Bolivia moved in recent years from being only a drug producer to also being a consumer nation. “What is worse is that we are becoming a corridor for illicit drugs and substances,” he said.As a result, the minister said, some areas in Bolivian territory are now controlled by narcotraffickers.“We have conducted massive efforts in the last seven months, seizing assets, disrupting their wealth, and dismantling family gangs,” Murillo said. FELCN agents have destroyed hundreds of drug labs, to include19 crystallization labs, and 22 recycling sites, and have detained 1,583 people. Authorities have conducted coca eradication efforts, including in parks and protected areas.For his part, Bolivian Vice Minister of Social Defense and Controlled Substances Jaime Zamora reported that drug production labs in the country sell drugs to cartels.“There are irregular groups that protect narcotrafficking with weapons and equipment,” Zamora said following the event. “Narcotrafficking has increased and taken root in the country.”last_img read more

  • Young lawyers look to make PWP affordable

    first_img Young lawyers look to make PWP affordable Grants will assist low wage lawyers Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor How to make the mandatory Practicing With Professionalism program affordable to all attorneys was the topic of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors meeting May 19. The board agreed to set up a grant program that would help attorneys who are in need of financial assistance to defray the $135 cost of attendance.“The big goal is making this affordable for everyone,” said YLD board member Carlos Kelly.The Supreme Court recently amended Bar rules to require all new members of The Florida Bar to participate in a one-day training course designed to establish a basic level of professionalism among all attorneys — including government lawyers. Previously, lawyers in government service were granted a deferral from participation in the program.In June of last year, the YLD Board of Governors Committee on PWP Fee Reduction explored options to make PWP more affordable for all attorneys. While government attorneys do tend to earn less on average, the committee found that many state, local, and city governments will cover the costs of PWP and CLE for their attorneys. The committee recommended that instead of classifying private or public, the board should issue grants based on financial determinants. Attorneys who are making less then $35,000 annually would be eligible for the hardship grant.In light of the recent amendment to Bar rules making PWP a requirement for all new members, the board discussed the implementation of the scholarship program. The board adopted a motion to allocate approximately $9,000 in scholarships in order to defray the cost of attendance. The scholarships will be $75 each, with 10 grants issued for each of the 12 annual seminars. Applicants for the scholarship would be required to sign an affidavit stating the recipient of the grant makes less than $35,000 annually.Because the grant program would be an internal reallocation of YLD funds, establishing the program does not require approval from the senior Board of Governors. After an evaluation period, the YLD board would have the option of asking the senior board to consider making the grant program permanent.In its opinion, the Supreme Court stated that they applauded the Bar’s effort to make PWP affordable to government lawyers and others in financial need through the establishment of a grant program. The opinion, however, went on to encourage the continued exploration of other options that would make PWP more affordable.The board agreed to implement the grant program as originally outlined a year ago. It also referred the matter to a committee that would be in charge of exploring other options in addition to the grant program, including cutting the overall cost of PWP. July 1, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News Young lawyers look to make PWP affordablelast_img read more

  • Judgeships Available

    first_imgJudgeships Available Judgeships Available 18th JNC to fill three judgeships The 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now seeking applications to fill newly created seats on the Seminole and Brevard county benches as well as a new circuit judgeship. Applicants for the new judgeships must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in teritorial juristicetions of the judgeship sought. Applications may be obtained from the JNC’s Web site at An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments for these positions must be delivered to Larry A. Dale, JNC chair, Sanford Airport Authority, 1200 Red Cleveland Blvd., Sanford 32773, (407)585-4002 or Dixie N. Sansom, JNC vice-chair, Canaveral Port Authority, 200 George King Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 by 5 p.m. September 30. 13th JNC to fill three judgeships The 13th Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for two circuit and one county judge positions. Applicants must be residents of Hillsborough County, registered voters, and a member of The Florida Bar for the past five years. Applications may be picked up from the office of C. Howard Hunter, JNC chair, 101 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 3700, Tampa 33602, or obtained electronically from his office by calling (813) 227-8476. The applications also may be obtained from Hunter’s office at any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants should submit with their application a statement of which judicial position(s) they are seeking. One application may be submitted with such a statement for all of the pending seats. An original plus nine copies of the completed application, along with supplements A and B, must be received by Hunter no later than 5 p.m., September 23. 10th Circuit needs two circuit judges The 10th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for two ncw circuit judge positions. Applicants must be registered voters, members in good standing of the Bar for the preceding five years, and reside in the 10th Circuit upon assuming office. Applications are avaialble from G.. Gregory King, JNC chair, State Farm Insurance Companies, 7401 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven 33888, phone (863) 318-4507, or from the Bar’s Web site at The original and nine copies of the completed application must be delivered to King no latcr than 5 p.m. September 30. 19th JNC to fill two judgeships The 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill two newly created judgeships, one on the circuit bench and one for a Martin County judge. Applicants must be registered voters, live within the territorial jurisdiction of the court applied for at the time he or she assumes office, and have been a member of the Bar for the past five years. Applications for both positions may be downloaded from the Bar’s Web site at or picked up from the office of Nita Denton, JNC chair, at 100 E. Ocean Blvd, Ste. 400, Stuart 34994 anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An original plus a copy must be received by Denton and one copy delivered/mailed to each member of the 19th JNC by noon on September 16. Third Circuit needs a new judge The Third Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a new circuit judgeship. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Bar for the past five years, registered voters, and reside in a county located in the Third Judicial Circuit upon assuming office. Applications may be obtained from Tom W. Brown, JNC chair, 116 NW Columbia Avenue, Lake City 32055, (386) 752-3213 or from the Bar’s Web site at An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Brown no later than 5 p.m. September 30. Seventh JNC to fill two judgeships The Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting application to fill a newly created position on the circuit bench and a newly created position on the Volusia County bench. Applicants must be registered voters, members in good standing of the Bar for the preceding five years, and reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the court applied for. Application forms for both positions are available on the Bar’s Web site at or from William J. Voges, JNC chair, 275 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach 32174, phone (386) 671-4910. An original and nine copies of the completed application for both positions must be received by Voges no later than 4 p.m. September 20. September 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

  • BLOG: 2015 Annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence (VIDEO)

    first_imgBLOG: 2015 Annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence (VIDEO) By: The Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence See pictures from the 2015 Annual Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos Hear what Pennsylvanians thought about the Annual Holiday Open House at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence and meeting the Governor and First Lady.center_img December 18, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • House for sale, breakfast included

    first_imgChanel Tatterson with a dressed smashed avocado on toast meal. Picture Mike BurtonA BRISBANE developer may have solved the millennial housing crisis – or at the very least removed one hurdle – offering free avocado on toast for a year to buyers.Neil Sherington’s LME Capital developed a sixpack of two and three bedroom townhouses in high demand Sherwood, targeted specifically at young professionals looking for their first home.1/ 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, QLD. Picture: townhouses – at 28 Bute Street just over 8km from the Brisbane CBD – come with free avocado on toast at the local cafe of choice every weekend for a year.Demographer Bernard Salt had sparked a social media storm when he criticised millennials for spending somewhere in the region of “$22 a pop” on smashed avo on toast that could be going towards their home deposit.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoSmashed avocado on toast. Picture: David ClarkReal estate agent Aimee Carding of Ray White Sherwood, who’s marketing the home with Cameron Crouch, said it was the developer’s idea.“There was that big theory that people can’t get into market because of avo on toast, so he thought it would be a fun way of talking to young professionals.”1/ 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, QLD. Picture:“The way it works is the buyer will indicate to us which local cafe is their favourite, then we work out how much it will be for one lot of avocado and toast and get a voucher for them for the year from that cafe so they could use it however they wanted.”1/ 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, QLD. Picture: townhouses were priced from $595,000 for the three bedroom, two bathroom, single garage – one of which was open for inspection from 1 to 1.45pm Saturday, and 10.30-11.15am Sunday.It has two living areas, one of which could potentially be a fourth bedroom if necessary, a master bedroom, three outdoor spaces and was designed like a house with private street front entry.1/ 28 Bute Street, Sherwood, QLD. Picture: read more

  • 1.77 acres of land commissioned for new Coast Guard base

    first_imgLocalNews 1.77 acres of land commissioned for new Coast Guard base by: – May 31, 2012 Share Share US Ambassador to the Caribbean Larry Palmer and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit breaking ground at Bell Hall for the construction of the new Coast Guard facilityThe construction of a Coast Guard facility on 1.77 acres of land in the North of the Island will soon become a reality after years of conceptualization and a challenge in determining a proper location.Attending Thursday’s ground breaking ceremony at the designated site for the project in Bell Hall, Tan Tan, Police Chief Cyril Carettee told persons gathered that the project is one which was long in the making.“Conceptualization of this coast guard facility has gone back over a decade, it has been a roller coaster ride to really determining where to put the facility, and we have settled for here (Bell Hall) and now it is going through a progression”.Police Chief Cyrli Carett, US Ambassador to the Caribbean Larry Palmer, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Major General John Croley and Senator Alvin BernardHe said now that a location has been approved he looks forward to the start of the construction phase as there is a serious need for a Coast guard facility in the north of the Island.“The need for the base should be unquestioned. The coastline of Dominica is very long and the time a boat takes from Roseau to reach Portsmouth is quite some time”.“There is also more sea fearing activities going on in the Portsmouth area than you have in the Roseau area. When you look at the Portsmouth harbor you will also realize it is naturally set and ideal for ships to come, so that is the reason why we have decided to locate the facility in Bell Hall” Carrette further stated.The construction of the facility is a joint venture between the Governments of Dominica and the United States.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, and the United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Caribbean Larry Leon Palmer dug their shovels into the land to officially break ground for the start of the project.A portion of the Coast Guard facility siteThe ceremony was also attended by Minister for national security, labor and Immigration Charles Savarin, officers of the Coast Guard, Customs officers, members of the police force, government ministers, historian Lennox Honychurch and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port AuthorityBenoit Bardouille.[nggallery id = 188] Tweetcenter_img Share 58 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more