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Mortagage lending falls in August

first_img Gross mortgage lending fell six per cent year-on-year in August to £13.3bn, the Council of Mortgage Lenders has said.That was the lowest August total since 2000 and represented a drop of 14 per cent from July.The figures chimes with other surveys in showing a cooling in the housing market following a sharp recovery in the second half of 2009.Figures from the Bank of England on Monday showed major lenders approved just 45,000 mortgages in August, the lowest level in more than a year.“We face the prospect of a difficult second half of the year,” said CML chief economist Bob Pannell. “However, the Bank of England is likely to keep interest rates at record lows for longer to support the economy. This will continue to alleviate payment pressures for many borrowers.” Show Comments ▼ Mortagage lending falls in August Monday 20 September 2010 5:03 am whatsapp Share whatsapp Tags: NULL John Dunne More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comlast_img read more

How I plan to build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA with just £60 a week

first_imgHow I plan to build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA with just £60 a week Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I believe almost everyone can realistically build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA in their lifetime. It might sound unrealistic at first glance, but its not.Firstly, the easiest way to build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA is to start as early as possible. The longer you have to invest, the more time your investments will have to compound and grow.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…How is a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA possible?The average long-term stock market return is said to be around 7%. If I have 35 years before I want to retire, at a 7% annual investment return, I calculate that I would need to invest £555 per month.As an experienced investor, I’ve managed to return more than 7% per year. I’d say many investors could increase their investment returns by further reading and learning. Conservatively, I think it’s quite possible to make at least a 10% annual return by buying quality UK shares and being disciplined enough to hold them for several years.So, lets now assume a 10% investment return, and 35 years before retirement. To build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA, I calculate that I would only need to invest £270 per month, so roughly just £60 per week.What to invest in?After setting the investment amount, the next part of the plan is to decide what to invest in. Here you have several options. Investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA can be a minefield if you don’t know where to look.Part of my Stocks and Shares ISA is invested in managed funds, which is where a fund manager decides which investments to hold in the portfolio. This can be a decent option for a hands-off approach.I like funds where the fund managers have their own savings invested in them, also known as ‘skin in the game’. Currently, my favourite managed fund is Fundsmith Equity Fund, which is managed by veteran investment manager Terry Smith.  Part of my Stocks and Shares ISA is invested in individual companies. Generally, there are three styles of stock investing – quality, value, and momentum. I prefer companies that demonstrate high quality attributes combined with stock price momentum.Smaller companies can offer fantastic opportunities for private investors. They tend to be less researched by the large investment houses and banks. It’s possible to find undervalued, good quality companies that have the potential to grow into the giants of tomorrow.  Other points to considerWhen setting up a long-term investment plan, it’s important to be aware of pitfalls. Stock markets fluctuate and in short periods they can be quite volatile. When investing for the long term, it’s important to try to ignore these daily ups and downs.In fact, you can take advantage of shorter-term volatility by investing regularly. By making regular purchases in your Stocks and Shares ISA, you will automatically be buying shares when share prices are depressed. This is known as pound cost (or dollar cost) averaging and is a good method for long-term investing, in my opinion.So, there we have it. With a decent plan, discipline, and perseverance, that’s how I plan to build a £1m Stocks and Shares ISA with just £60 per week. The next question will be how I plan to do it in 25 years instead of 35 years… See all posts by Harshil Patel I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Harshil Patel owns units in Fundsmith Equity Fund. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten

first_img Year:  photographs:  Bart GosselinPhotographs:  Bart GosselinClient:AG VespaBudget:€ 705 000 (excl. VAT)City:MortselCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bart GosselinText description provided by the architects. As part of the city of Antwerp’s Land and Property policy, AG Vespa (“Autonomous Local Enterprise Real Estate and city projects for Antwerp”) purchases run-down properties in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and seeks, by regeneration or renovation, to provide positive incentives in and around the city centre to contribute to a better living environment.Save this picture!© Bart GosselinA former petrol station, on a corner of a residential neighbourhood together with an adjoining property, is being demolished to make space for three flats. They are spread over five floors, two homes consist therefore of both ground and first floor. All homes have also a (build-in) spacious terrace connected to the living area. The ground floor is partly taken up by a public bicycle garage, where individual bicycle sheds adminstered by the city of Anwerp are rented out.Save this picture!© Bart GosselinSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Bart GosselinStarting from the planning process a concept for the façade was investigated in order to capitalise on the characteristic architecture of the area. It becomes a prominent brick building whereby within the properties of the material subtle details and possible combinations between textures and colours was explored, applied to the different sections of the façade: the ‘plinth’, the horizontal edges marking the different floors and the large spaces in between.Save this picture!© Bart GosselinProject gallerySee allShow lessHead in the Clouds with SOILED’s 5th IssueArchitecture NewsPublic Space in Gora Pulawska / 3XASelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Statielei, 2640 Mortsel, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments Area:  473 m² Area:  473 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: De Gouden Liniaal Architecten Area Area of this architecture project 2013 “COPY” Save this picture!© Bart Gosselin+ 24 Share Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal ArchitectenSave this projectSaveCollective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs 2013 Projects Year:  CopyApartments•Mortsel, Belgium Belgium ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten CopyAbout this officeDe Gouden Liniaal ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMortselHousingResidentialBelgiumPublished on March 14, 2015Cite: “Collective housing AGVC / De Gouden Liniaal Architecten” 14 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

No triumph for ultra-right in Netherlands; French vote looms

first_imgPolls predicted that the Islamophobe Geert Wilder’s Party of Freedom (PVV), a racist, xenophobic party that also opposes the European Union, would win big in the March 15 Dutch election. It didn’t. Its vote rose from only 10 percent to 13 percent.Interest in Wilder’s fate was great not only in the Netherlands. It was closely watched because of what it might foretell about the possibility that Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the ultra-right National Front (FN) in France, might be elected president in late April elections there.In the Netherlands, while the center-right Liberal-Democratic party (VVD) of Prime Minister Mark Rutte saw its vote decline from 26 percent to 21 percent, it still came in first, and will try to form a coalition government. Its two allies, the Christian Democratic Party and a center-left party, saw their votes increase from 16 percent to 24 percent.The vaguely ecologist, left-wing party “Groenlinks” went from 2 percent to 9 percent, and the Denk, a new party based in the Moroccan and Turkish communities, got three seats.Since voting is strictly proportional nationwide, the number of seats equals the percentage of votes, and the VVD will have to pick up another coalition partner to form a government. It is normal in the Netherlands to govern with a broad ­coalition.Wil van der Klift, the secretary general of the New Communist Party of the Netherlands, in an interview with the German daily newspaper Junge Welt said following the elections, “We must be able to talk more about the everyday life of people. We try to be more visible in businesses and neighborhoods. I think we have a good chance of doing that because there are quite a few young people who are interested in our positions lately.”Although Wilder’s PVV did less well than predicted, this was partly because its right-wing and centrist competitors adopted major portions of its anti-immigrant platform, but with a softer voice. According to some analysts, Dutch voters, frightened or repulsed by the Donald Trump presidency, were hesitant to back someone like Wilders, who identified closely with the Trump program and style.FranceIn France, the FN also opposes the European Union and is just as anti-Islam, racist and xenophobic as Wilder’s PVV. Islam is the religion with the largest number of adherents in France, which is a ­nuclear-armed, major economic power in Europe and a major imperialist presence in Africa and the Middle East. About 20 percent to 30 percent of French electors have voted for the FN in recent elections.The two parties that have alternated control of the French government — the Socialist Party (PS), which is socialist in name only, and a center-right party now called The Republicans (LR) — have kept the FN out of office. Now both face serious electoral trouble, which could open the door to Le Pen.Benoît Hamon, the PS candidate, was a minister in the most unpopular French administration in recent decades, and has been unable to rally the PS behind his candidacy. The Republicans’ candidate is François Fillon, who is under the French equivalent of an indictment for corruption.Emmanuel Macron, who was a minister of the economy in the PS government and part of the party’s right wing, quit to form his own party, Onwards! Before that, this elite, rich, privileged politician was a private banker at the Rothschild Bank in Paris.Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the major progressive candidate in the race, is running on the Indomitable France ticket, which has the support of France’s Communist Party. Mélenchon is polling fifth.Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are leading the polling, with Fillon and Hamon in third and fourth place, well behind Macron and Le Pen.France’s election involves two rounds, scheduled for the end of April and the beginning of May. The two top finishers in the first round — most likely Macron and Le Pen — compete in the second round a week later.Polls favor Macron over Le Pen, but an expected demagogic attack on Macron’s elitist history could still favor the FN candidate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

12 journalists killed since early April

first_img Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders called today on Iraqi and US officials to make “serious and speedy investigations” into the murders of the 12 journalists and media assistants in Iraq since 1 April. It also asked the US army, as the body responsible for a number of errors that cost journalists their lives, to “show better judgement” and to punish the soldiers responsible for these mistakes.Ahmed Jabbat Hashim, of the daily Al Sabah, was the first to die, on 1 April, a day after being kidnapped in Baghdad. Fadel Hazem Fadel, of Al-Hurriya TV, and his cameraman Ali Abrahim Aissa, were killed when their vehicle was blown up on their way to cover a car-bomb explosion south of Baghdad on 14 April. The next day, Shamal Abdallah Assad, of the Kurdish station Kirkuk TV, was shot dead in a Kirkuk street. Saleh Ibrahim, an Associated Press cameraman, was killed in an explosion on 23 April probably aimed at US troops.In May, two Iraqi journalists – Najem Abed Khodair, who worked for the independent dailies Al-Madaa and Tariq al-Chaab, and Ahmad Adam, of Al-Madaa and the newspaper Sbah – died after having their throats cut on their way to Kerbala.After a brief lull in attacks on journalists, Yasser Al Salihy, of the US Knight Ridder newspaper group, was killed as he drove his car on 22 June. The same day, Jassem al-Qais, of the daily Al-Siyada, was also killed in his car, 10 kms north of Baghdad. Iraqi producer Wael al-Bacri, who worked for the TV station Al-Sharkiyah, was killed by US army gunfire on 28 June, allegedly because he was too close to a military convoy.Khaled Sabih al-Attar, a producer for the Iraqi state TV station Al-Iraqia and for Nainava TV, was kidnapped and killed in Mosul on 1 July. Two days later, Maha Ibrahim, editor in chief of Baghdad TV, was killed, probably by US military gunfire. News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq July 4, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 12 journalists killed since early April IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News to go furthercenter_img News News February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals

first_img Previous: LoanDepot Delays IPO at the 11th Hour Next: Stewart Title Announces Strategic Partnership With zipLogix in Daily Dose, Featured, News New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Bill Dudley New York Fed U.S. Economy U.S. Housing 2015-11-13 Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Dudley also noted the importance that the forward momentum the jobs market picked up in October persists. The well-below-expectations jobs reports in August and September caused many to speculate that the labor market was faltering—but 270,000 jobs were added in October, about 50 percent higher than expected.“Those concerns should be at least partially put to rest given the strength of the October employment report, recognizing that the employment news can be volatile on a month-to-month basis,” Dudley said. “Most noteworthy to me are the strong payroll employment gains in October and the solid 0.3 percent rise in aggregate hours worked.  Over the past three months, payroll gains have averaged 187,000 per month, not much below the average payroll growth of 213,000 per month during the first half of 2015.”Earlier in the week in a public address in Rhode Island, however, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren hinted that the Fed may not raise the rates at December’s meeting.”Given persistently low wage and price pressures, and the relatively slow real GDP growth forecast in the SEP, a more gradual path of normalization may be necessary to ensure reaching the 2 percent inflation target,” Rosengren said.Click here to read Dudley’s full speech.Click here to read Rosengren’s full speech. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. About Author: Brian Honea Subscribecenter_img Tagged with: Bill Dudley New York Fed U.S. Economy U.S. Housing  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 13, 2015 1,275 Views Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Bill DudleyIn an address about the economic outlook in the United States and monetary policy at the Economic Club of New York this week, New York Fed President and CEO Bill Dudley praised the progress housing fundamentals have made during the economic recovery but refused to offer his views on whether the Fed would raise the short-term interest rate in December.Dudley stated at the onset of his speech that he would not address the topic of whether the “normalization” process would commence at the Federal Open Market Committee’s next meeting (its last of 2015) in mid-December. He said his view on whether or not the Fed will raise rates depends on how the incoming data influences his assessment of more improvement in the labor market and his confidence that inflation will return to the Fed’s 2 percent target rate.The weak advance report on Q3 GDP growth (1.5 percent, compared to 3.9 percent in Q2) and the weakness of the manufacturing sector have caused some concern among many that the U.S. economy is losing forward momentum, Dudley said.But there are many positives to offset those negative economic metrics, one of which is housing, according to Dudley.“In particular, domestic demand continues to grow at a solid pace as increases in consumer spending, housing and business fixed investment all contributed to the third quarter’s 2.9 percent annualized gain in real domestic final sales,” Dudley said. “A large decline in the pace of inventory accumulation was the main reason why real GDP growth faltered in the third quarter. Because the contribution to growth from inventory investment can be quite volatile on a quarter-to-quarter basis, the growth in real final sales probably provides a better sense of the state of economic activity than does the GDP figure.”The fundamentals supporting domestic demand have been solid—consumer spending has increased supported by real income gains, and household net worth is rising—and housing fundamentals have been solid as well, according to Dudley.“Housing prices are rising and the constraint on growth in residential investment now appears to be more on the supply side, as building contractors struggle to mobilize the resources needed to construct more homes,”  Dudley said. “The National Association of Home Builders’ index rose in October to the highest level since late 2005. While the housing indicators will likely continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis, I expect the gradual improvement in the housing sector to continue.”“While the housing indicators will likely continue to be volatile on a month-to-month basis, I expect the gradual improvement in the housing sector to continue.”Bill Dudley, New York Fed President Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / New York Fed President Praises Progress of Housing Fundamentals Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Covid-19 Disease A ‘Disaster’: Kerala HC Upholds Taking Over Of Residential Apartment By DDMA [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesCovid-19 Disease A ‘Disaster’: Kerala HC Upholds Taking Over Of Residential Apartment By DDMA [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 July 2020 5:48 AMShare This – x”The take-over is made by the DDMA in exercise of the powers under the Act, 2005.”The Kerala High Court dismissed a plea challenging take-over of an Apartment building for using it as Covid First Line Treatment Centre.Justice N. Nagaresh observed that the Corona Virus Disease will fall within the ambit of “disaster” as defined under Section 2(d) of the Disaster Management Act and thus it will be open to the District Authority to procure use of amenities including…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court dismissed a plea challenging take-over of an Apartment building for using it as Covid First Line Treatment Centre.Justice N. Nagaresh observed that the Corona Virus Disease will fall within the ambit of “disaster” as defined under Section 2(d) of the Disaster Management Act and thus it will be open to the District Authority to procure use of amenities including buildings from any authority or person even without formal requisition .The owner and some occupants of the flats had approached the High Court after the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) took over the Apartment complex to convert it temporarily as Covid First Line Treatment Centre (CFLTC). They contended that take-over of buildings for the purpose of CFLTC is not provided under the Disaster Management Act or in the guidelines issued by the State. Justice Nagaresh, in his judgment with the following quotes from Vidura Niti and also of Kautilya. He said that India followed a Socialistic pattern and Laissez-faire, in economics or elsewhere, was never the philosophy of India.”Sacrifice the interest of the individual for the sake of the family, Sacrifice the interest of the family for the sake of the Village, Sacrifice the interest of the Village for the sake of the Country.””In the happiness of his subjects lies the King’s (read State’s) happiness, in their Welfare King’s (State’s) Welfare.” The court said that though the Constitution of India places liberty and freedom of individuals at the highest pedestal, even the fundamental rights were not envisioned to be absolute by the Constitution makers. It observed:”The Right to life under Article 21 and the Right to property under Article 300 A are subject to restrictions and can be curtailed in accordance with procedure established by law and by the authority of law, which in these cases are under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Insofar as the WP(C) No.12935 OF 2020(N) District Disaster Management Authority exercises power under and follow the provisions of the Act, 2005, the petitioners cannot claim that their constitutional right to life and right to property is violated.”With regard to the contention that the flat owners were not given notice, the judge said:”What is affected by the pandemic is the right to life of the citizenry as a whole. In the situation prevailing, the State cannot be expected to issue individual notices to all Apartment Owners, whose whereabouts are not immediately known and provide them opportunity of hearing before take-over. The builder of the Apartment was heard. The residents, who were physically occupying the building, were informed. Strict extension of the principles of natural justice to a few flat owners, whose whereabouts are not immediately known, is likely to put the life and safety of a large number of public in peril. In such circumstances, the arguments of the petitioners that the take-over is illegal for want of notice to all, cannot be accepted.”Covid-19 A DisasterAnother issue was whether the provisions of DMA Act could have been invoked. Referring to the definition of disaster, the court observed”The Corona Virus Disease, 2019 (COVID-19), being a grave occurrence of a pandemic and consequently a calamity, arising from natural or man made cause, which has already resulted in substantial loss of life and human suffering, and being of such a nature and magnitude that it is beyond the coping capacity of the community of the affected area, the disease will fall within the ambit of “disaster” as defined under Section 2(d).”The judge, referring to provisions of the Act, said that it will be open to the District Authority to invoke Section 34 and procure use of amenities including buildings from any authority or person even without formal requisition and take such other steps as may be required or warranted to be taken in such situation. While dismissing the writ petitions, the court added:”The take-over is made by the DDMA in exercise of the powers under the Act, 2005. As regards taking over of residential buildings, such course is permissible under the Act. In view of the purpose for which the take-over is resorted to, proximity of CFLTC to Hospital being the prime consideration, the action of the respondents in selecting the building in question which is proximate to Kannur District Hospital, ignoring other types of buildings which are farther, cannot be found fault with. Even if the take-over is as part of capacity building measure, the seriousness of the pandemic and imminence of the requirement also justify the action of the respondents. Non-issuance of a formal requisition, selection of a residential building and urgency with which the District Authority acted, do not singularly or together, constitute malafides, as alleged by the petitioners.”Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Ocean City Police Focus on Making Local Roads “Safe for the Holidays”

first_imgPtl. Brian Teeney watches for distracted drivers while parked on the shoulder at the intersection of 14th Street and Bay Avenue. By Donald WittkowskiPtl. Brian Teeney was on the lookout for drivers talking on the cellphone, and it didn’t take long before he spotted one on Wednesday morning.Teeney had his Ocean City Police Department SUV parked on the shoulder of the intersection of 14th Street and Bay Avenue for just a few minutes when a man in a black pickup truck drove by with a cellphone held up to his ear.“He’s so distracted talking on his cellphone that he didn’t even see that I’m sitting here in a police car,” Teeney said, shaking his head in amazement.Ocean City police are on the watch for distracted drivers as part of a holiday safety campaign that will continue through the new year. Dubbed “Safe for the Holidays,” the enforcement program targets a different type of roadway danger each week in hopes of getting the message out that there will be “zero tolerance” for distracted, careless or reckless driving.The campaign began the week of Nov. 27 by focusing on truck-route violations. Trucks are supposed to follow designated main routes in Ocean City that generally keep them out of residential neighborhoods while they are making their deliveries.This week, the emphasis will be on distracted driving, which mainly includes talking on the cellphone and texting. On average, about nine people are killed each day and more than 1,100 are injured in traffic accidents in the United States involving distracted drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.As the use of mobile technology grows exponentially, it is not hard for police to find drivers chatting on their cellphones. Teeney noted that he pulled over three drivers in a row last Friday, within a 30-minute span, for chatting on a cellphone.In New Jersey, fines for cellphone violations range from $200 to $400 for the first offense and $400 to $600 for the second. Drivers are fined from $600 to $800 for a third cellphone offense and risk having their license suspended for 90 days and losing three points.New Jersey drivers, however, are allowed to talk on hands-free devices while in their car or truck.Eating or drinking in the car, fiddling with the radio or navigation system, putting on makeup or even talking with a passenger are other examples of distracted driving. Although those activities aren’t illegal by themselves, they could result in police issuing tickets if drivers are involved in an accident, veer out of their lanes or do something else unsafe while they are distracted.“Any type of distracted driving can lead to other traffic violations,” Teeney said.Ptl. Brian Teeney and Sgt. Brian Hopely of the Traffic Safety Unit discuss the Safe for the Holidays program.Ocean City’s last traffic fatality involved a pedestrian who was killed by a distracted driver on July 17, 2009. Casey Anderson Feldman, 21, a senior at Fordham University, died after she was struck in a crosswalk while on her way to her summer job as a waitress in Ocean City.Sgt. Brian Hopely, of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, said Feldman was killed by a driver who became distracted while looking down to find a nonalcoholic beverage in the car.“That, for Ocean City, was an important date,” Hopely said of the day Feldman was killed. Feldman’s parents have established a foundation in her memory that is involved with a nationwide program dedicated to fighting distracted driving.In addition to the Safe for the Holidays campaign, Ocean City police have other programs focusing on distracted driving. Hopely and other officers give a presentation each fall to Ocean City High School sophomores, juniors and seniors to stress the dangers of being distracted while behind the wheel.Hopely explained that the holidays are a good time for police to pay extra attention to highway safety because drivers often are not. Many times, motorists are focused on their holiday shopping rather than the rules of the road, he said.“They don’t pay attention as they normally would,” he said. “They are rushing.”During the week of Dec. 11, police will concentrate on equipment and inspection violations, such as faulty headlights, brake lights and turn signals. Police say the equipment violations will also focus on commercial vehicles for anything that might be unsafe, including construction machinery that is not properly secured.For the week of Dec. 18, the safety campaign will target seatbelt and child-restraint violations. Police will focus on careless driving during the week of Dec. 25.For the campaign’s final week of Jan. 1, there will be a crackdown on speeders.“By designating a particular issue each week, it is our hope that the local press and community members will become more aware of all traffic laws and choose to participate by compliance, making Ocean City and neighboring roads safer,” the police department said in a statement.Drivers given tickets by police may end up in Municipal Court in the Ocean City Public Safety Building.last_img read more

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first_img== Reduced sat fat ads ==United Biscuits has launched an advertising campaign to highlight the achievement it has made in reducing saturated fat in its McVitie’s Digestives, Rich Tea and HobNobs brands by 50%. The campaign will run for eight weeks.== Bakery for sale ==East Lothian-based wholesale business Trusty Crust Organic Bakery is up for sale, including a fully equipped bakery and delivery vans. The owners have said it would suit someone starting up, as it has an established customer base. It is certified organic (UK4) and full support is available from East Lothian Economic Development. Interested parties should call: 01875 341098.== Beacon lights up ==Ingredients specialist Beacon Foods has passed its British Retail Consortium (BRC) audit with distinction. MD Edward Gough said he hoped achieving this standard would help the company attract new business and reinforce its commitment to food safety and quality.== Delice tart delights ==Foodservice supplier Delice de France has won bronze for its Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Savoury Tart at the British Frozen Food Federation Awards in the Best New Meat Free/Vegetarian Product category. It is supplied frozen, ready-to-bake and is made using shortcrust pastry.== Gluten-free lessons ==Delicious Alchemy and The Springboard Charity are inviting bakers, chefs and front-of-house staff to their first Gluten-Free Masterclasses on Friday, 4 September 2009, at Westminster College, London. The classes will focus on preparing gluten-free meals and afternoon tea. Call 020 7497 8654 or visit for details.last_img read more