The Bringey wins ‘Best Small Development’

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » The Bringey wins ‘Best Small Development’ previous nextLand & New HomesThe Bringey wins ‘Best Small Development’The Negotiator2nd January 20170523 Views A stunning small development, ‘The Bringey’, currently being marketed by Beresfords estate agents, has been judged the best small development in the UK at the Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards.The award was presented to the developer, FINC Homes Ltd at a gala awards evening in November; the company had fought off over 2000 entrants to win the accolade.Steven Fisher, Director, FINC Homes Ltd, is delighted with the award win. He says, “We believe that good design can enhance the quality of people’s lives. Our development at ‘The Bringey’ offers the very latest in open plan design and building techniques to create the ideal family home.”The Bringey is a fourbedroom detached family home situated in Great Baddow, Essex, on a development of three detached properties and is finished to a high standard and includes ample open plan living accommodation, spacious kitchen, stylish bathroom and en-suite to master bedroom. The property also has off-road parking and an integral garage.Alex Beresford, Manager, Beresfords Chelmsford, adds, “’The Bringey’ is the ideal family home in a wonderful location. The development now also comes with an official stamp of approval with this top-notch award, which is great peace of mind for home buyers.”Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards Bringey Best Small Development award Bringey development January 2, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Commentary: An Arsenal Of Lies Leads To Still More Casualties

first_imgBefore the police stopped his rampage, though, 12 innocent people were dead. Four others had been wounded.The gunman, it seems, bought his weapons and their human-killing accessories through legal means.That’s not surprising.Virginia’s legislature, like Indiana’s and so many others in America, takes pride in being a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association and the firearms industry. Like Indiana, Virginia has some of the laxest gun laws in the nation.Just a few months ago, gun-loving lawmakers in the Virginia legislature knocked back a proposal that would have outlawed the larger capacity magazines the shooter in Virginia Beach used. Proponents for the ban argued that such devices weren’t needed for hunting or even for self-defense.The only thing they’re truly needed for is what the shooter used them for.Killing a lot of people in a hurry.It didn’t matter.Anything that slows the sales of firearms and the accompanying ring of the cash register is something the NRA is against.Regardless of how many innocent people get killed as a result.Now, 12 more people are dead.God knows how many more will carry wounds and grief with them for the rest of their lives.All to keep the NRA and the firearms industry happy.The NRA has been in the news a lot lately.Reporters from several news organizations and investigators in multiple legal actions have uncovered financial practices on the part of the gun lobbying group that would make a bank robber blush.It turns out the NRA’s leaders have bilked their members and others out of tens of millions of dollars. They’ve channeled massive payouts to spouses, ex-spouses, friends, cronies and other hangers-on.They’ve been so generous in spreading around this largesse that the NRA now spends less than 10 percent of its funds on gun-safety education and training.Such education was supposed to be the NRA’s main mission, its reason for existing.The organization’s financial irregularities are so great that its tax-exempt status now is threatened. If it loses its tax-exempt designation, the NRA likely will die.But not before many more innocent Americans do.That the NRA’s financial empire was made up of lies shouldn’t be news to anyone who isn’t terminally gullible.The NRA’s commitment to lying knows few bounds.In public policy debates, the organization’s flacks – and their stooges in the nation’s legislatures – will fudge and falsify the numbers relating to the epidemic of gun-related violence in America in any way they can to make a case that guns can’t be part of the problem. They will wrench “facts” out of context or just make them up if it suits their purpose.They will fight to suppress the gathering of accurate information about gun-related deaths and injuries. That’s why it’s against the law for the Centers for Disease Control even to study gun violence as a public health problem.The result of this slavish obeisance to an organization and industry devoted to telling lies about guns and gun violence is that we now have more Americans dying as a result of wounds from firearms than die in automobile accidents. An American is 2000 percent – that’s 2000 percent – more likely to die by gun than a citizen in the rest of the developed world.We lead the world by a similarly wide margin in the numbers of mass shootings.We added some more names in Virginia Beach to that tragic list, 12 more martyrs to the shameful cause of placing a higher value on guns than people.Lord knows how many more will join them until we stop listening to the lies the NRA sells about guns and gun policy.And the liars who tell those lies.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is the Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few days ago, another disturbed man entered a crowded building and opened fire.He carried two semi-automatic weapons, both apparently with extra-capacity magazines. One of the guns also seems to have been fitted with a sound suppressor. The man shot people at random before law-enforcement officials cornered him and shot him to death.last_img read more

Regatta raises funds, fosters Fisher community

first_imgThe smell of burgers, lyrics of “Call Me Maybe” and cries of “You Gotta Regatta” filled the air around St. Mary’s Lake on Saturday during the 26th annual Fisher Regatta. A team of 15 Fisher Hall residents, led by juniors Patrick Bowlds, Matt Hart and Jeff Wang, organized this year’s Regatta, which promotes camaraderie among Fisher residents and raises money for charity. Bowlds said the event raised more than $1,500 from entrance fees and sale of regatta tanks, all of which will be given to the André House of Hospitality in Phoenix, Arizona. The competition featured 45 boats, including six from Fisher, Hart said. Two Fisher boats finished among the final four boats in the men’s bracket. For the second year in a row, Knott Hall’s “Knacht Yott” took first place in the men’s bracket. Juniors Rob Ray, James Kaull and Jeff Ulrich and seniors Hans Helland and Andrew Bell comprised the five-man crew during the final round. Another team member, freshman Alex Miram, filled in for Ray in the first round. Ray designed the boat, which consisted of a fiberglass canoe with an attached outrigger that was added after the canoe capsized in its first year of use. He said this year’s victory validated the team’s success last year. “The victory feels pretty good. Last year was an iffy win, so it’s good to win two years in a row,” Ray said. “The Green Pearl” from Pangborn Hall won the women’s bracket, crewed by freshmen Kate Christian and Ingrid Adams and juniors Katie Buczek and Linda Scheiber. Adams said the team owed their victory to their hydrodynamically-designed boat. Buczek said speed was a major part of their design plan. “We knew we wanted a canoe, because we wanted to go fast, and canoes tend to be faster than rafts,” Buczek said. Several boats proved less than lakeworthy during the course of the Regatta. Dillon Hall’s aptly-named “Big Red Box” began to rock side-to-side early in its journey across the lake. When it became clear the boat was going to capsize, safety personnel brought their boat alongside the “Big Red Box” and junior Trevor Dorn handed over his younger sister, Autumn Cavalieri, who was on board. Cavalieri said her brother suggested she join the crew of the “Big Red Box,” so her mother signed a waiver allowing her to participate. She said she was not scared by the rocking of the boat and enjoyed participating in the Regatta. “I liked the idea and I had a lot of fun doing it,” she said. The boat continued to sway after Cavalieri disembarked, and spectators cheered when it eventually capsized and the rowers were forced to swim ashore. Junior Kyle Buckley said the group overestimated the number of people their boat could support. “I want to say it was solidly built. It was the best dumpster we’ve ever built, but it just wasn’t built for 15 people,” Buckley said. “Next year when we’re seniors, we’ll build a box that will get across in style.” Another notable wreck was the largest boat in the competition: Fisher Hall’s “El Flota Part Deux,” a 16-by-8-foot raft, featuring two miniature basketball hoops that broke almost immediately after entering the water. Hart said three crewmembers salvaged a section of the boat from the debris and beat their competing boat, which had also broken down, in what became a swimming race to shore. Sophomore Stephen Elser said the experience was a memorable one. “As soon as we got in the water there were cracks in the boat. Ten feet from the shore it broke into pieces, and I found myself on a piece with a hoop. Then [junior] Pete [Bratton] and [senior] Stevie [Biddle] helped me swim it to shore and finish the race,” Elser said. “We beat the other boat, and it was the most fun I’ve had since the original ‘El Flota’ broke last year.” In addition to the boat races, spectators also enjoyed free food and music, which Hart said created a party-like atmosphere. “The area by the food and speakers was described by one ‘Fisherman’ as an outdoor dorm party,” Hart said. “It was a good way to celebrate the end of the year.” Hart said he was happy to see students from other dorms enjoying the boat races as well. “The Regatta is a celebration of Fisher, but it was also fun to see everyone else having a blast out there on the lake,” he said. Despite the chilly weather, Wang said it did not prevent participants and spectators from enjoying the event. “I thought it was great that despite the weather not being warm and sunny people still showed up. The Regatta was still awesome,” he said.last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Amphibian fungus is wiping out frogs around the world

first_imgA fungal outbreak that has been wiping out frogs for decades is far worse than anyone thought, according to a worldwide analysis by 41 scientists. Since the outbreak began in the 1970’s, over 500 species of frogs have declined in population and at least 90 have gone extinct, a figure that is double earlier estimates. The fungus, called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd for short, infects frogs when they come in contact with other animals or spores floating in the water. The animals then grow sluggish and their skin begins to peel away before death. The fungus loves cool, wet conditions, so frogs living in cloud forests are most susceptible. Scientists are calling Bd “the most deadly pathogen known to science.” Some North Carolina Republicans are looking to ban wind turbines from the most energy intensive part of the state’s Atlantic coast, saying that the turbines would impact military training flights. Legislation introduced by Republican Senator Harry Brown would prevent wind turbines from operating 100 miles from the coast from the Virginia border to south of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. Brown says the purpose of the legislation is to keep high structures out of current or future flight paths around the state’s major military bases. Back in 2016, Brown and other republicans asked the incoming Trump administration to kill the $400 million wind farm built to power data centers for Amazon, claiming that it interfered with a military radar instillation. The Navy, however, said that it had studied the risk of interference and found the project manageable. Opening of campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountain National Park delayed because of government shutdown North Carolina may ban wind turbines near the coastcenter_img An amphibian fungus is wiping out frogs around the world The opening of many facilities in Great Smoky Mountain National Park have been delayed due to the partial government shutdown, which lasted for six weeks in late 2018 and early 2019. Campgrounds, picnic pavilions and cabins have been most impacted and their openings are delayed, on average, two-and-a-half weeks. During the time of the shutdown, park employees would have been preparing for the upcoming season by hiring 80-90 seasonal workers that would have started in April. The park’s seasonal employees are responsible for caring for the campgrounds and picnic areas and doing roadside grounds maintenance. Some also do field work in resource management, like wildlife inventory.last_img read more

How to prepare your client for deposition

first_imgHow to prepare your client for deposition How to prepare your client for deposition Francisco Ramos, Jr. The most important deposition in your case is not one you will take. Rather, it is one you will defend, namely the deposition of your client. What he says in deposition may help you win the case or may cause you to lose it. Accordingly, great care and patience must be exercised to prepare your client for his deposition. When preparing him, keep the following in mind: • Address your client’s anxiety. No matter how calm your client appears, he probably has some apprehension about being deposed. A deposition can be a nerve racking experience. Acknowledge your client’s fear and help him deal with it. Thorough preparation will serve to relieve his anxiety. • Review all the relevant documents with your client. Most cases involve documents. Locate all the relevant documents and review them carefully with your client. Particularly, review any documents your client prepared, drafted, or signed. Also review with your client the complaint, all written discovery, and the deposition transcripts of other witnesses in the case. • Take time to prepare your client. It will take time to prepare your client for his deposition. The more time you take with him, the more smoothly his deposition will go. • Go through a dry run of the deposition. Put your client through a dry run of the deposition. This may take a couple of hours or more, but there is no better way to prepare your client than by asking him every conceivable question you expect him to be asked at his deposition and hearing his responses to those questions. You don’t want your client to be surprised by any question at deposition and you don’t want to be surprised by any of his answers. • Make sure your client knows the basics. Don’t overlook the obvious when preparing your client. Make sure your client knows where to go, when to go, how to get there, where to park, what to bring, what not to bring, what to wear, who will attend, what the court reporter will do, what a transcript is, what objections you’ll make, what they mean, and so on.In preparing your client for his deposition, make sure he understands the ground rules. Instruct him as follows: • Tell the truth. The first rule is to tell the truth. Don’t exaggerate, don’t mislead. • Listen to the question. Listen to the questions carefully. Make sure to answer the question that was asked and not the one you think was asked. Don’t answer a question you don’t understand. Ask that it be rephrased. • Don’t volunteer information. Simply answer the question. If the question calls for a yes or no answer, limit it to that. volunteering information, you’re only inviting more questions and possibly revealing information you’d prefer not to disclose. • Take your time. Take your time formulating the answers to the questions. Don’t blurt out answers without thinking them through first. • Don’t let the other attorney testify for you. The attorney deposing you is going to try to put words in your mouth. Don’t let him. • Don’t let your guard down. The attorney deposing you will try to come across as your friend. Don’t fall for it. He’s only there for one reason, to get you to say something harmful about your case in order to strengthen his case. • Take breaks. From time to time ask for a break. Go to the restroom, drink some water, and stretch your legs. Your deposition can last all day. Without breaks, you’re likely to make a mistake. • If you’re asked to discuss a document, review it first. If you’re asked about a document, ask to see it first and read it carefully. Don’t answer any questions about it until you’ve read it thoroughly and understood its contents. • If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so. “I don’t know” is a perfectly acceptable answer to a question. A deposition isn’t a memory game. You’re going to be asked a lot of questions you don’t know the answer to. If you don’t know, say so. • Don’t guess. As a follow-up to the last piece of advice, never guess. You may guess wrong. • Stick to your answers. The attorney may not be happy with the answer you give and may ask the question over, perhaps several times, slightly differently each time, in hopes you’ll change your answer. Remain steadfast. • Everything you say becomes part of the transcript. Remember that the court reporter takes down everything you say and makes it part of the transcript. Therefore, think before you speak. Errant comments will be recorded forever for all to see. Avoid using slang and never resort to profanity. • Ignore the silence. Another trick is for a lawyer to remain silent after you answer a question in hopes that you’ll feel like you have to say something more, and continue testifying. Once you’ve answered the question, stop. Don’t feel pressured to keep talking.The most important thing you can do in litigation is to properly prepare your client for his deposition. Absent this preparation, your client’s deposition and his case have the potential of going very badly. Francisco Ramos, Jr., is a senior associate with Clarke Silverglate Campbell Williams & Montgomery, in Miami, practicing in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation. He can be reached at (305) 377-0700 or [email protected] May 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

Two Bar disciplinary rules challenged in federal court

first_img Two Bar disciplinary rules challenged in federal court Gary Blankenship Senior Editor An Orlando attorney has asked a federal court to declare unconstitutional two Florida Bar rules, claiming they violate lawyers’ rights to free speech.Steven G. Mason, who is represented by fellow Orlando lawyer Jerome Hennigan, said the action is needed because he faces a Bar grievance investigation for violating Rules 4-8.2(a) and 4-8.4(d). He said those rules violate the First, Fifth, and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.The Bar has responded by filing a motion to dismiss Mason’s suit.The case stems from two different trials in which Mason was involved earlier this year and comments he made in two different Orlando Sentinel stories.In one case, he represented the Democratic Party which was opposing a call for a special mayoral election in Orlando. After a local judge ruled the election should proceed, Mason was quoted as saying he would seek an appeal and “It’s an illegal election. . . . We’ll find some judges on the appellate court who aren’t afraid of the political heat and we’re going to win this thing.”The other case involved a jury ruling against his client in a racketeering case, and Mason was quoted as saying, “Unfortunately, this jury got absolutely buffaloed. They got snookered, beyond snookered.. . . I would like to see their faces when they find out another jury in this courthouse found these people not guilty of every single charge based on the exact same facts.”Rule 4-8.2(a) prohibits lawyers from making false statements or statements made with a reckless disregard on whether they are true or false, about the parties in a cases, including judges and jurors. Rule 4-8.4 bars conduct by a lawyer that is prejudicial to the administration of justice “including to knowingly, or through callous indifference, disparage, humiliate, or discriminate against litigants, jurors, witnesses, court personnel, or other lawyers on any basis. . . ”Rule 4-8.2(a), Mason’s suit says, is “vague and far too broad and thus overbroad in violation of the First Amendment. The rule prevents comments and criticism concerning any official, judges, etc. ( e.g. a ‘public legal officer’) and directly impinges upon free speech including unabashed discussions and frank opinions of lawyers either in a private or public forum. Likewise, Rule 4-8.4(d) impinges upon free speech because it prohibits an attorney from advocating or offering comments on any subject that can be characterized as a violation of the terms within the rule.. . . “Based upon its broad terms, the rule is vague and overbroad and, hence, violates the First, Fifth and 14th amendments to the United States Constitution.”Tallahassee attorneys Barry Richard and Laureen E. Galeoto, who prepared the Bar’s motion to dismiss Mason’s case, noted that no conclusion had been reached in the disciplinary case and that Mason did not, in his suit, deny making the statements.“Mason cannot meet the high threshold required by the U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence to establish vagueness and over breadth,” the motion said. “In fact, as discussed herein, the ample law interpreting and applying the rules at issue, and comparable rules from other jurisdictions, have clearly placed Mason on notice of the proscribed conduct.”The motion argued that the Florida Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various courts around the country have held in similar cases that such language is neither vague nor overbroad and is easily understood given the traditions of the practice of law. Those rulings also held that unwarranted derogatory statements about participants in the legal system are not protected by the First Amendment.“Mason. . . can, with the exercise of ordinary common sense, sufficiently understand and comply with Rules 4-8.4(d) and 4-8.2(a),” the motion said.Mason filed his case in the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. It is case no. 6:05-CV-627-ORL-28. June 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Two Bar disciplinary rules challenged in federal courtlast_img read more

Email security – How not to get spoofed!

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The importance of email security is higher than ever with sensitive data being exchanged online. We get a lot of questions about email security – specifically, how to prevent people from being able to spoof your domain. First, let’s clarify what email spoofing is. Email spoofing is fraudulent email activity hiding email origins. The act of e-mail spoofing occurs when imposters are able to deliver an email by altering an email’s sender information.Now, I’m going to cover three high-level DNS-related tactics that you can take to help prevent people from trying to spoof your email domain. continue reading »last_img read more

2M Partners Divert Ships from APMTR

first_imgDanish container shipping giant Maersk Line and its 2M partner MSC are diverting four boxships from their joint Transatlantic TA3 service from APM Terminals to Europe Container Terminals (ECT) in Rotterdam.The impacted vessels will be Maersk Kawasaki, Maersk Kure, MSC Charleston, and Maersk Kowloon, Maersk Line said in an advisory.“This change is dictated by the current situation at APMTR where we experienced delays in the past weeks. By changing the terminal we can ensure on time departure and avoid delays at destination ports in USA,” Maersk Line added.The affected calls range from July 27 till August 17.As disclosed, the change is temporary and it will be reviewed after the departure of MSC Charleston.The announcement comes on the heels of the Petya cyber attack from June 27 that hit several of Maersk’s 76 APM Terminals.APMT Maasvlakte 2 at the Port of Rotterdam was one of the hardest hit terminals with only 1 vessel berthing between June 28 and July 6. During the days following the cyber attack, the terminal stopped all loading and discharging activities, CargoSmart’s data showsWorld Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Solstad Farstad sheds another anchor handler

first_imgSolstad Offshore Singapore Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Norwegian offshore shipping company Solstad Farstad, has sold one of its anchor handling tug and supply (AHTS) vessels.Solstad Farstad said on Thursday in an Oslo Bors filing that it sold its AHTS Nor Star to an undisclosed buyer.The company added that the delivery of the vessel to the new owner took place on November 2, 2017.The vessel was built in 2005 by Pt. Jaya Asiatic Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia. It is 70 meters long, 14,95 meters wide, and can accommodate 42 people.Norway’s newly-formed OSV provider also said that the sale of the vessel would result in an immaterial accounting effect for the fourth quarter of 2017.According to available AIS data, the vessel is currently moored at the Husoya port in Norway.In recent months, the OSV provider sold the PSV Far Service, three anchor handlers to the Brazilian Navy in a deal worth approximately $24 million, and the Far Shogun AHTS.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Damen Targets US Offshore Wind with New Vessel Design

first_imgDamen Shipyards Group has designed a new Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 3410 service accommodation and transfer vessel (SATV) with features that are said to ensure its suitability for operations in the developing offshore wind market in North America.Source: Damen Shipyards GroupThe premise of the design is the Damen Twin Axe bow design which allows the vessel to cut through waves instead of slamming, improving seakeeping and onboard comfort, the company said. Damen’s FCS 2610 optimised this seakeeping behaviour by combining the Axe Bow with a catamaran hull form.Damen has recently developed this theme further with the FCS 2710 – a new FCS vessel one metre longer than its predecessor and, with an additional metre in water clearance, enabling the vessel extended operational windows.The FCS 3410 is said to further develop this theme, tailoring the concept to meet the requirements of the emerging US offshore renewables market.“This vessel is well suited to numerous markets, however, we have given it long endurance capability so that it can remain at sea for up to five days at a time – a requirement typically seen in US operations. To facilitate this we have designed a vessel 6 metres longer than previous FCS types, able to host more on board personnel and accommodation,” Daan Dijxhoorn, Damen sales manager US, said.The FCS 3410 also draws on the Damen Accommodation Support Vessel 9020, a walk-to-work vessel designed for transporting and providing accommodation for offshore personnel for up to a month.The FCS 3410 would be built on location in the United States. The company’s US partner yards have built Damen designs at domestic locations for years, providing American ship owners with access to Damen’s designs while complying with the requirements of the Jones Act. This process, the Damen Technical Cooperation, ranges from licensing up to the delivery of full materials package, including technical support.”There’s a real sense that offshore wind is building momentum. The Black Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island is still the only wind farm in operation off the coast of the USA nearly two years after it opened, but a number of states are pushing ahead with their own plans for offshore renewable energy development,” Dijxhoorn said.Massachusetts currently leads the way in these developments with a target of 1,600MW generated by wind energy by 2027 and having an 800 MW project planned to begin next year. New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland also have plans in the pipeline.last_img read more