Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and Bellway among 16 national house builders to sign up to government’s Starter Homes initiative

first_img whatsapp Share Catherine Neilan Tags: Barratt Developments Bellway Company Taylor Wimpey UK house prices whatsapp Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and Bellway among 16 national house builders to sign up to government’s Starter Homes initiative center_img Some of the UK’s biggest property developers have signed up to a new government scheme designed to help first-time buyers get a foot on the ladder.  Avant, Barratt, Taylor Wimpey and Bellway are among 16 house builders to have put their name to the scheme, which offers first-time buyers under the age of 40 a discount of 20 per cent on a new-build property.  A further 15 smaller builders, and members of the Federation of Master Builders, have also pledged their support for Starter Homes, which is expected to create 100,000 homes. The first raft of houses is expected to be available from next year.  The government is able to offer buyers the discount by changing the planning system so that planning costs and levies are dropped from under-used or “unviable” brownfield sites so that developers can sell them on for below market value.  Local authorities including the Bexley, Windsor and Maidenhead, Trafford, Poole, Wychavon, South Holland,    Cheshire West and Chester, Sevenoaks and North Norfolk have pledged to support the scheme.   The launch has come six months earlier than expected. Prime Minister David Cameron had set out the plan initially at the Conservative party conference earlier this year, and it was expected to be part of his manifesto pledge.  Cameron said: “Hardworking young people want to plan for the future and enjoy the security of being able to own their own home. I want to help them do just that… This is all part of our long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain, making sure we are backing those who work hard and get on in life.” Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, added: “Increasing housing supply is a huge and complex challenge and significant barriers remain. Bringing forward more land for house building, while also enabling more first-time buyers to realise their ambition of home ownership would be another positive step on the way to tackling the housing shortage. “The industry is keen to work with government to develop policies that would allow for more high quality homes to be built in the right places.” Sir Terry Farrell CBE, founding partner at Farrells, will sit on a design panel alongside Sir Quinlan Terry and Roger Scruton to “ensure that new homes are not only lower cost but also high quality and well-designed”.  Farrell said:  This panel has the potential to make a real difference. It builds on the recommendations of the Farrell Review, which highlighted the need for more proactive planning and better placemaking as we attempt to address the housing crisis, with radically higher priority given to landscape, sustainability and the public realm. Only by planning and designing our villages, towns and cities together with local communities can we create the kind of built environment we all aspire to and should be demanding. The government is now running a consultation on plans, which will be open for eight weeks.  Below is the full list of those who have signed up so far Major developers AvantBarrattBloorCalaCountrysideCrestLinden/Galliford TryMillerPersimmonRedrowTaylor WimpeyBellwayCapital and CentricGraingerMount AnvilDevelopment Securities Smaller house builders Affleck Property ServicesBadger Building (E Anglia)Border Craft HomesCarr & Carr (Builders)EntrenchFarnham Bros (Youldon & Barrett)Humber Construction Brick BaronJohn Collis GroupKeigar HomesN London ConstructionREB South WestSwale Valley ConstructionSwallow Hill HomesSwan Homes (East Midlands)Tilbury ProjectsBeattie Passiv Local authorities  London Borough of BexleyPoole Borough Council (South West)Wychavon District Council (West Midlands)South Holland District CouncilRoyal Borough of Windsor and MaidenheadTrafford CouncilCheshire West and Chester CouncilSevenoaks District CouncilNorth Norfolk District Council The Design Panel includes: Sir Terry FarrellSir Quinlan TerryRoger Scruton And representatives from: Design CouncilCreate StreetsRoyal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)Royal Town and Planning Institute (RTPI)  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsAdvertisement This game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsUndoTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? 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As the opioid crisis grows, states are opening Medicaid to alternative medicine

first_img [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. The quickest way to erase pain is to give patients an opioid. But a rise in prescriptions has fueled a national epidemic of fatal overdoses, with a large share of the deaths occurring in low-income communities.Under intense pressure to combat the problem, states across the country are expanding their Medicaid programs to cover alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga. The effort could increase non-opioid options for low-income patients suffering from pain. But it also opens states to criticism from skeptics who say taxpayers are being forced to fund unproven treatments based on political expediency instead of sound science. Log In | Learn More Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @caseymross By Casey Ross Jan. 17, 2018 Reprints Casey Ross Politics STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img Tags Medicaidopioidspatientspolicy Joe Raedle/Getty Images About the Author Reprints GET STARTED What is it? What’s included? National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. As the opioid crisis grows, states are opening Medicaid to alternative medicine last_img read more

Moody’s places Scotiabank ratings under review

first_img Over the last two years, Scotia has accelerated the growth in its credit card and auto finance portfolios, the Moody’s announcement says, “both of which are particularly prone to rapid deterioration during an economic shock and exhibit higher defaults and loss severities than mortgage portfolios.” In addition, the bank has made a series of acquisitions in higher-growth, but less stable, international markets, the Moody’s announcement says. Moody’s review will focus on the likelihood that Scotia’s “increased risk tolerance and strategic imperative to increase profitability by shifting the asset mix towards higher yielding categories of consumer credit, both domestically and in international operations, will persist,” the announcement says. It will also examine the foreign markets where Scotia operates, and the bank’s strategy and performance in these regions. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter New York City-based Moody’s Investors Service has placed the credit ratings of Bank of Nova Scotia on review for possible downgrade, the credit rating agency announced on Tuesday. The review follows Scotia taking “significantmeasures to increase its profitability that signal a fundamental shift away from the bank’s traditionally low risk appetite,” the Moody’s announcement says. In particular, the rating agency is concerned that efforts to enhance current profitability, increase the risk of future incremental creditlosses when the credit cycle turns. Climate tide turns against oil companies: Moody’s Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter elected IIF treasurer Sovereign defaults hit record level in 2020: Fitch Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton High debt levels threaten banks’ strong results: Fitch Keywords Credit ratingsCompanies Bank of Nova Scotia last_img read more

C.D. Howe Institute appoints Mark Zelmer as senior fellow

first_img Zelmer has more than 30 years of experience dealing with financial sector policy and regulatory issues. He was formerly an assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent of financial institutions at OSFI. Prior to that, he worked for the Bank of Canada and the International Monetary Fund. Among his many accomplishments, Zelmer was an active contributor to the global regulatory reform agenda in the wake of the financial crisis, including the development of a new capital adequacy regime for global banks, known as Basel III. At the Financial Stability Board (FSB), he co-chaired its work on structural vulnerabilities associated with the global asset management industry. Keywords Appointments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CETFA elects new board leader PenderFund names new SVP for investments TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planningcenter_img Toronto-based C.D. Howe Institute on Tuesday announced the appointment of Mark Zelmer, former deputy superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), as a senior fellow. “Mark is one of Canada’s leading financial sector policy thinkers,” says William Robson, president and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute, in a news release. “We’re extremely grateful to have him as an advisor to the research program.” James Langton Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Coronavirus, drop in oil prices could mean recession, RBC says

first_img Related news Royal Bank is predicting Canada will fall into a recession later this year as the economy is weighed down by the impact of Covid-19 and the plunge in oil prices.The bank is predicting Canada’s economy will grow at an annualized pace of 0.8% in the first quarter, but then contract in the second and third quarters of the year. Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media RBC is forecasting an annualized decline of 2.5% in the second quarter and 0.8% in the third quarter.Its forecast is based on an assumption that the impact of the virus will run its course by the end of the first half of the year, but an economic recovery will be prevented by persistent low oil prices.RBC expects the economy will pick up in the fourth quarter.The Bank of Canada cut its key interest target by half a percentage point last week in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Business chart with glowing arrows and world map peshkov/123RF Canadian Press Economy grew at 5.6% annual rate in first quarter of year, Statistics Canada says Keywords Coronavirus,  EconomyCompanies Royal Bank of Canada Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

PCA Reports Success with Pesticides Licensing Programme

first_imgRelatedPCA Reports Success with Pesticides Licensing Programme Advertisements PCA Reports Success with Pesticides Licensing Programme UncategorizedMarch 28, 2006 RelatedPCA Reports Success with Pesticides Licensing Programmecenter_img RelatedPCA Reports Success with Pesticides Licensing Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) is reporting that its programme to register sellers of restricted pesticides has significantly reduced public access to toxic chemicals.According to Inspector at the PCA, Kerry Helligar, the programme has been for the most part, successful in its aim to keep toxic chemicals out of the hands of those not equipped to use them.In the first year of the programme, which was launched in 2002, approximately 36 per cent of an estimated 150 farm stores throughout the island were registered. Registration subsequently went up to 63 per cent in the second year.“We cannot allow those chemicals to be readily available to customers,” Mr. Helligar said at a recent JIS Think Tank.“We have been working together with the larger retail and distributing entities to enforce this restriction to ensure that householders do not get a hold of the particular pesticide,” he continued.Under the initiative, pesticides, which are restricted, should only be made available to certified pest control operators. The PCA licensing programme prohibits uncertified pest control operators to purchase restricted chemicals. Certified operators must produce identification in order to purchase the chemical.Mr. Helligar also informed that farm stores were required to keep their sale receipts and records of all restricted pesticides. He said these were very handy, as they gave an idea of “who purchases what and when”.He further explained that despite the fact that the PCA controlled the importation of such chemicals and maintained a data system, problems could still occur. “The data either could be messed up or lost right after distribution,” he pointed out.“Sometimes, we even have to go to rural areas to ensure that the product that comes in even though logged and monitored after distribution, can be accounted for,” he added.Even with the successes, the PCA Inspector acknowledged that there was room for improvement, especially regarding the compliance of those in the farming communities of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth, which represents 44 per cent of all farm stores in Jamaica.A high level of compliance with the programme is observed in the parishes of Hanover, St. Ann, Kingston and St. Andrew.last_img read more

ATO here to help NSW and QLD communities affected by March floods

first_imgATO here to help NSW and QLD communities affected by March floods The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reassuring communities that support is available for those affected by the New South Wales (NSW) and South-East Queensland (SEQ) floods in March. The ATO recognises the challenging conditions faced by those in affected areas, especially small businesses, and while their tax affairs may not be top of mind, support is available.Assistant Commissioner Andrew Watson said that people affected by the disaster should contact the ATO if they are struggling to meet their tax and super obligations.“Whilst the immediate danger has passed, we understand that there are lasting impacts for these communities, on top of challenges likely already being faced for businesses impacted by COVID-19. We are committed to assisting people get back on track. We have a range of practical options available to support those who have been affected by the floods, whether you’re an individual, business owner or primary producer we want to work with you to help sort out your tax affairs.” Mr Watson said.“We know your tax affairs may be the last thing on your mind, but we’re here to help when the time is right. If you’re struggling with your tax and super obligations as a result of the floods, give us a call on 1800 806 218 to discuss how we can support you. You can also discuss your options with your registered tax professional if you have one.”If people are having trouble meeting their tax and super obligations, the ATO can help. Depending on individual circumstances, the ATO may:give people extra time to pay their debt or lodge tax forms such as activity statementshelp re-construct tax records that are lost or damagedfast track refundsset up a payment plan tailored to individual circumstances, including interest free periodsremit penalties or interest charged during the time people have been affected.If your records have been damaged or destroyed during a disaster or incident, the ATO can re-issue copies of income tax returns, activity statements and notice of assessment. If you have lost your tax file number, we can use another method to verify who you are and help you access your tax information.The ATO is also reminding business owners that it is important to keep their Australian business number (ABN) information up to date, as it is:used by emergency services and other government agencies during times of natural disasterused by the government to identify where financial disaster relief is needed to help businesses recover in disaster affected areaslikely to be checked if they are applying for a grant or loan for their business.Business owners can access, change or cancel their ABN details online at All changes made to their ABN online will take effect immediately. /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ATO, Australia, Australian, Australian Taxation Office, Commissioner, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Services, Government, incident, New South Wales, NSW, QLD, Queensland, Small Business, tax, tax returnlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Workshop Lends Disadvantaged High School Students A Helping Hand

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder welcomes 40 students from the Denver metro area and New Mexico later this month for a four-day workshop entitled College Summit.More than half the students will come from George Washington, North and West High Schools in Denver to the Boulder campus June 24-27 to complete college admissions and financial aid applications.During the four-day program faculty, staff and student assistants will run sessions aimed at helping students write their college essays, complete federal financial aid forms and gain a better understanding of what to expect in college.College Summit is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D. C., which matches high schools, colleges and corporate sponsors — in this case US West — in a partnership designed to give low-income students a better chance of going to college.CU-Boulder is the first public institution in Colorado to join in the partnership while more than a dozen other schools around the country are also hosting programs. College Summit quotes 1996 U.S. Census figures showing that economically disadvantaged high school graduates are two-and-a-half-times less likely to enroll in college than their middle- and upper-class counterparts.Since starting in 1993 the organization has run 25 programs for 695 students of whom 83 percent were from single-parent families. Half were African-American, 36 percent Latino, 10 percent American Indian, 2 percent Asian and 1 percent white.Seventy-five percent of students participating in the program go on to enroll in college, compared with a national enrollment average of 34 percent among their peers. Published: June 14, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

New Precision Carbonation System from VA Filtration

first_imgFacebook Email Linkedin Previous articleUSA and China Drive the World’s Wine Market Along with a Global Love of BubblesNext articleKorbel California Champagne Toasts Carnaval Season with Ultimate Celebration Advertorial TAGSCarbonatorfeaturedVA Filtration Share Home Wine Industry Spotlights New Precision Carbonation System from VA FiltrationWine Industry SpotlightsNew Precision Carbonation System from VA FiltrationBy Advertorial – February 20, 2018 52 0 Twitter Pinterest ReddIt AdvertisementVA Filtration has just introduced its new precision carbonation system at the Unified Symposium. The PreCarb system, called the Carbonator, is a diffusion-based CO2 addition system that allows the winemaker precise control over the level of CO2 in wine, cider, or beer.“The biggest difference this machine offers is the precise level of CO2 you desire without beating up the wine,” says Bryan Tudhope, President and CEO of VA Filtration. “You don’t lose the unique aromatics of the wine by rolling or sparging tanks and no oxidation occurs in the closed system.”The system measures the amount of CO2 in the wine as it exits the machine using infrared technology, based on a level that is set on the control panel by the winemaker. The Carbonator can also be used to remove CO2 and dissolved oxygen from the wine when operated in a vacuum phase.It is completely automated, so no sparging or frequently checking numbers is required. The machine also operates in a closed system so no loss of aromatics or outside oxidation occurs during the process.The Carbonator is an addition to VA Filtration’s multitude of services to directly add quality and value by gentling removing undesirable components or taints from your wine on site. Operating mobile services in most of the best wine regions in the world including USA, Australia, Europe, and South America; VA Filtration not only brings the service to you but promises to do so in a fast, efficient, and quality-focused method.VA Filtration is a global leader in the design and manufacture of membrane-based wine processing equipment. With more than 16 mobile and rental machines available and more than 8 service offerings, VA Filtration has the largest and most diverse fleet of mobile wine processing equipment.For more information, contact [email protected] or visit ME INFOAdvertisement last_img read more

NirogStreet in association with Ministry of AYUSH organise Oja Festival

first_img Add Comment Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 NirogStreet in association with Ministry of AYUSH organise Oja Festival Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” AyurvedaCSIR-IIM Technology Business IncubatorDigitisationMinistry of AYUSHNirogStreetOja Festival Share Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals News The event witnessed participation from the Indian Ayurvedic fraternity in full strengthThe third edition of Oja Festival, India’s festival for Ayurveda was organised, by NirogStreet (India’s technology-led Ayurveda platform) in association with Ministry of AYUSH (Government of India) and co-organised by CSIR-IIM Technology Business Incubator in Delhi recently. The event witnessed participation from the Indian Ayurvedic fraternity in full strength. Ayurvedic experts, researchers and practitioners voiced their opinion on critical issues in relation with Ayurveda and its relevance in the modern healthcare system. Oja Festival was a powerhouse of discussion on use of Technology in Ayurveda, Medicinal Cannabis in India Story, Emerging Career opportunities for Students and Doctors, How Ayurveda can cure day to day lifestyle disorders? And the future of Pain Management.Key dignitaries and experts from Ayurvedic community namely Dr DC Katoch, Advisor (Ayurveda) Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India; Dr. Leena Chhatre, OSD-AYUSH Grid, Ministry of AYUSH (Government of India); Vaidya Devendra Triguna, President, All India Ayurvedic Congress; Dr Gauraung Joshi, Chariman, ALSAAR Foundation; Dr Tanuja Nesari, Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda; Dr DC Katoch, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India; Dr Brian Wilkerson, Founder and CEO, Pharmacon Holding; Dr Abhishek Mohan, Director, HempStreet, India and Ram N Kumar, Founder and CEO, NirogStreet among others.Addressing the need for widespread digitisation in Ayurveda healthcare Dr Chhatre, said “The e-Government and digitisation policy of the government advocates that all citizen centric services should be made available in a digitised form. AYUSH Grid has been formed by Ministry of AYUSH to concentrate on this aspect, especially digitisation in Ayurvedic healthcare system. Digitisation is very important for brining transparency, standardisation, drug control, quality control, decision support and continuity of care.”Dr Gayatri Mahindroo, Director, NABH, said, “Technology led practice and NirogStreet certification is the way forward for Ayurveda doctors to deliver better healthcare at their clinics. It is important that doctors follow standards and maintain patient records for future references and diagnosis.”Talking about the initiative, Kumar said, “It is the right time for us to digitally enable Ayurveda knowledge access and present it to the world. The use of technology can greatly help in weeding out the problem of quackery and fake medicine. By capacity building, Ayurveda can be used to change the face of modern healthcare as we know it. Oja Festival is our initiative to celebrate Ayurveda and to promote this most effective yet nature friendly method of treatment among masses so as to make it first call of treatment worldwide. With this unique platform we are making an effort to create a collaborative and integrated Ayurvedic ecosystem.”Kumar added, “With NirogStreet we are striving to bridge this gap by certifying pure Ayurveda doctors and getting all of them available on one platform. Here they can be reached out to for consultation, treatment and knowledge sharing. This dream would be incomplete without building the right technology platforms.”The Indian Ayurvedic fraternity in one voice supported the need for rapid adoption of integrated technology for strengthening the ecosystem.Oja festival culminated with NirogStreet facilitating top doctors who have delivered quality healthcare in Ayurveda using technology.NirogStreet aggregates fragmented doctors and clinics give them access to real-time learning, training, and certification using technology to deliver better Ayurvedic healthcare services to patients. By EH News Bureau on August 12, 2019 last_img read more