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New Housing Minister announced

first_imgHome » News » New Housing Minister announced previous nextRegulation & LawNew Housing Minister announcedGavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central takes on a dual role with the additional job of Minister for London.The Negotiator16th July 20160624 Views Gavin Barwell MP, is the new Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London.He joins the team at Department for Communities and Local Government, who are being led by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State.Gavin (left) is MP for Croydon Central and he takes over from Brandon Lewis, who has moved to the position of Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service.When his appointment was announced on Sunday (no rest for the new Government!) he said, “Yesterday afternoon, I took a call from the Prime Minister (I was half way up a tree at the time midway through sawing off a branch and Croydon Central came pretty close to having a by-election…). I am hugely honoured that the Prime Minister asked me to serve in her Government as Minister of State for Housing & Planning and Minister for London.“Every MP will tell you that housing is one of the most common issues they deal with in their surgeries. Too many people are having to live in overcrowded or even unsafe conditions. Too many people don’t have a permanent place to call home. Too many people are having to pay too much of their monthly earnings on their housing costs. And – as the Prime Minister said in her moving speech outside Downing Street on Wednesday night – too many people who want the independence of owning their own home currently can’t afford to do so.“I look forward to working with councils, housing associations, developers, investors and local communities to make sure we build we need with the mix of tenures that people want and that those homes should be great places to live.”Gavin has been MP for Croydon Central since 2010 when he won the seat with a 2969 majority. In 2015 he increased that majority by 3096 votes. He is married and has three young sons. He is also, according to his Twitter page, a “Sports and Tolkien nut.”In June 2016 he was threatened by a man at his Croydon surgery, who was said to be furious, making ‘very wild’ allegations about local police and Polish politics. Brandishing a knife, he threatened to attack – and kill – Mr Barwell. The police were called and the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.new Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP Minister of State for Housing Planning and Minister for London July 16, 2016The 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

Oxfordshire to launch its own contact tracing system

first_imgThe campaign group Oxfordshire Keep Our NHS Public told Cherwell: “All local authorities should have been involved from the outset; international evidence shows the keys are Directors of Public Health, their departments, the NHS infectious disease departments and their labs, and environmental health – all working with the voluntary sector as locally as possible.” The county’s director of public health, Ansaf Azhar, made the announcement at a meeting of the joint health overview and scrutiny committee last Wednesday. He also gave notice that he was looking into securing testing locally for key workers, and that work had been done to ensure university sites were COVID-secure. Blackburn with Darwen council, in Lancashire, began local contact-tracing in early August. The lead officer, Paul Fleming, said that local systems “complement the national system, because we have the local knowledge of the area and the ability to send officers round to people’s addresses”. After one week, according to the council’s director of public health, 90% of the cases the national system could not reach had been contacted. Figures released on Friday revealed that almost one in five positive cases in Oxfordshire went unreached by the national contact-tracing system and only 62% of positive case’s close contacts could be identified, a figure below the national average. They warned that local contact tracing must work in tandem with the University’s testing scheme, saying: “Contact tracing will inevitably straddle both [the local and University context]. What would be really helpful is if both systems were intermingled, and testing stations, and tracers, and telephone numbers, were shared.” Graphics by Bee Boileaucenter_img Peterborough has also launched a local service. Its director of public health, Dr Liz Robin, said: “National test and trace isn’t always able to [reach people] fast enough – and some people don’t respond to the national text and telephone system – so we’ve asked Public Health England to let us take this on locally, as we know our communities best.” Image credit: Mufid Majnun/ Unsplash On the 10th August, the government announced all local authorities would be offered dedicated ring-fenced teams of contact tracers, after the national contact tracing scheme faced criticism from local authority leaders for its lack of local focus. Andy Burnham – mayor of Greater Manchester – told The Guardian in May that the government “could and should” have involved local authorities more with contact-tracing. Oxfordshire hopes to launch its own contact-tracing system by mid-October, joining a host of other local authorities who have also implemented regional tracing networks.last_img read more

ZABOTKA, WILLIAM R.

first_img82, of Marlboro, passed away on November 23, 2017. He was born in Jersey City and also lived in Bayonne and Bear Creek Township, PA before moving to Marlboro 13 years ago. Bill retired from the NJ Turnpike Authority in 1999 after 19 years. He also served in the United States Army from which he received his Honorable Discharge in 1957. Bill leaves behind his wife of 55 years Jo Ann “Bobbie” Zabotka, daughter and son-in-law, Joelle Zabotka and Christopher Cevasco, a son William R. Zabotka Jr., a sister and brother-in-law Lorraine and Frank Milito and 4 grandchildren, James, Caitlin, Caroline, and Christian. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in his name to the Deborah Heart and Lung Foundation by visiting www.deborahfoundation.org/donate. Funeral arrangements by WAITT Funeral Home Cremation Service, 501 Highway 79, Morganville, NJ.last_img read more

Baker takes top title in pie championship

first_imgThe first ever British Pie Awards took place at St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, Leicester this week.There were 277 hot pies and 234 cold entered – a grand total of 511 pies across 12 categories. These included Steak and Kidney, Cornish Pasty, Football Pie, Vegetarian, plus the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, which was judged jointly by Ian Clarke, a Quality Guild butcher and Sylvia Macdonald editor of British Baker.Champion of Champions was won by Walker’s Charnwood Bakery of Leicester with its hand-raised Sainsbury’s Melton Mowbray Pork Pie. Other winners included Dickinson & Morris of Leicester, which won both Pork Pie and Game Pie classes, and Stuart’s of Buckhaven, which won British Apple Pie.last_img read more

Free program to help small businesses deal with emergencies offered

first_img Facebook By Jon Zimney – October 25, 2020 0 298 Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleSeveral businesses in downtown Niles damaged after gunfireNext articlePolice search for suspect following Benton Harbor shooting Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) A free program to help local small businesses to better prepare for emergencies continues on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8 a.m – 9:30 a.m. with a session focused on planning for people, data, facilities and business restarts.The program is hosted by a local consulting team and sponsored by the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center.The next two sessions will take place as follows:Oct 29: Planning for protection of personnel, data, facilities and restart of business.Nov 12: Putting the plan in place and testing it.Participants who would like to gain the materials from earlier sessions are able to do so. Registration is complimentary, but required; participation for the events is also encouraged.The sessions will be provided via Zoom.  The link is via Eventbrite and can be found at the Small Business Development Center website, https://isbdc.org/locations/north-central-isbdc/, or at the following link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparedness-planning-series-tickets-121228280049?ref=ecalFor more information, please email John Pinter, [email protected] or contact him via LinkedIn. Google+ Free program to help small businesses deal with emergencies offered Pinterestlast_img read more

Group trying to stop executions set for later this week in Indiana

first_img Pinterest Google+ (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) Two men are scheduled to be put to death Thursday and Friday, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. A group called Death Penalty Action, rather than holding a protest at the prison, is holding a virtual conference all week on the federal death penalty.“It is time to take away the power of the federal government when it comes to executing its own people,” said activist Shane Claiborne, in a video released by the group.He said he wants to make sure that the new administration is held to the standards it espouses.“I think it may be the first time in 50 years that we’ve had an administration that is against the death penalty,” he said, pointing out that the platform of the Democratic Party has not been anti-death penalty.“So, we’re gonna put this new administration, this Biden/Harris administration, in the hot seat. We’re gonna say in your first hundred days, let’s see some action to abolish the federal death penalty.”The group is being joined this week by human rights activist Amanda Knox.If the executions that are scheduled are carried out before Pres. Trump leaves office, thirteen executions will have been carried out this year.The facility at Terre Haute is the only place where federal executions are currently carried out. Pinterest Twitter Facebook IndianaNews WhatsApp Previous articleMore than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart CountyNext articleBristol woman, 18, killed in crash on County Road 8 in Elkhart County Network Indiana Google+ By Network Indiana – December 8, 2020 2 254 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Group trying to stop executions set for later this week in Indianalast_img read more

Baking Industry Awards ’18: Bakery Innovation Award

first_imgSponsored by ReiserWinner: Botanical Breads, Cinnamon SquareImagine a range of innovative breads leavened by fermentation of edible fruits, vegetables, flowers or plants.Paul Barker imagined such a thing, and now his shop, school and bakery in Rickmansworth has evolved a process enabling such breads to be produced in quantity in a bakery environment. While wheat and rye are commonly fermented for sourdoughs, many other foods can be fermented, creating excellent dough leavening power, as well as imparting subtle flavours and aromas to the baked breads. No additives need to be used to create magnolia petal bread, for example, or fig & fennel, tomato & basil and avocado & red chilli.This summer, Barker has made watercress breads for sale at the open days of a 200-year-old local watercress farm. And, if shoppers bring in a surplus of home-grown vegetables, he can make them a bespoke bread from it.  Barker has contacted a local brewery and horticultural society about partnerships, and the brewery has agreed on a bespoke collaboration.He has also identified the impact this process can have on food waste and intends to work with a local retailer and ferment bread from their surplus food to donate to a local foodbank. Finalist: Mince Pie Croissant, Paul UKPaul UK describes its festive creation – an all-butter croissant containing mincemeat that is balanced with almond frangipane and then dusted with icing sugar – as a hybrid between a French classic and a British favourite, but with a modern take.“A mince pie can be a bit heavy for breakfast, compared to a light French traditional croissant,” explains Leila Chaabouni, operations manager responsible for new product development at Paul.Chaabouni developed the combination and then worked with bakery director Kevin Sherlock.“I tried several versions and Kevin and I agreed which one was our favourite. We then carried out research, took our customers’ comments on board, and ended up with what we think are perfectly balanced flavours and textures.”The mince pie croissants are all handmade at night to be baked fresh the next morning. They received widespread press, TV and radio coverage last year and there have since been requests for a bite-size version, which will be launched this year in time for Christmas.Finalist: Satin Vegan Cake Mixes, PuratosTapping the burgeoning vegan trend, these innovative mixes are versions of Puratos’ best-selling products but contain no egg, milk or dairy.Trevor Neilson, Puratos customer development manager, says eggless cakes are the biggest challenge with vegan bakery, adding that the new mixes, available in chocolate and plain flavours, deliver a moist cake with a short bite.Designed to be versatile and robust, the Satin Vegan Cake Mixes can also be used for lines such as muffins, cookies, biscuits and pancakes.“The cake mix is developed to a high standard to ensure there is no compromise on taste or texture,” says Puratos digital and communications manager Lydia Baines. “Vegan is becoming a highly popular lifestyle choice,” she adds. “The number of vegans in the UK has grown fourfold in the past 10 years and the trend is accelerating.”Recent research shows a significant spike in the number of people going vegan since 2016, with more than 3.5 million British people – or 7% of the population – now identifying as such.last_img read more

Deal or no deal: Virus aid tests Biden ‘work together’ plea

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden pitched himself during the presidential campaign as someone who could “get people working together” and lower the temperature in a Washington overheated by Donald Trump. Now, after his first full week as president, Biden is coming face to face with the potential limitations of his ability to work across the aisle as he pushes a giant coronavirus relief bill that is the first big test of his tenure. Republicans are balking at the price tag. And Democrats are sending signals that they’re willing to push the bill through without GOP help.last_img read more

Detering tomato spotted wilt virus

first_imgU.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored research at the University of Georgia campus in Tifton is looking into the potential of using a cover crop system to improve soil and prevent tomato spotted wilt virus.According to Stuart Reitz, a research entomologist with the USDA, tomato spotted wilt virus is one of the most devastating insect-transmitted vegetable diseases. In the Southeast it affects everything from peppers to peanuts and can cause complete crop failures in the field.“You certainly can’t grow tomatoes in this part of the country without trying to take some kind of management method to try to reduce the tomato spotted wilt incidence,” Reitz said.In fact, after being in the Southeast for about 25 years, it’s becoming a global problem. The vectors for the disease are tiny, moisture-sucking insects called thrips. The primary culprits in the Southeast are Western flower thrips and tobacco thrips.Cover crops to limit thripsReitz is investigating the potential of a cover cropping system to deter these species of thrips. Cover cropping is also used to build soil fertility, limit erosion and suppress weeds. Reitz is partnering with University of Florida Extension specialist Steve Olson and UGA entomologist Rajagopalbabu Srinivasan. Funded by the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), their research focuses on a cover crop rotation of lupin, bidens and sunn hemp. These plants are tested for their effect on thrips and the virus in tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers growing nearby. According to Reitz, for unknown reasons cucumbers are not as susceptible to the virus in the Southeast, although feeding damage by thrips can lower their marketability and consumer appeal. “We’re interested in developing some sustainable, noninsecticide based management methods for controlling thrips and thrip-transmitted viruses in these crops,” he said.With these particular cover crops, the research is directed toward farming systems in the Southeast. But Reitz believes, with the right plants, the cover cropping system can be adapted elsewhere. Nonpest thripsEarly returns in the first year of this three-year trial are intriguing, to say the least.There are a number of different thrips that live in the Southeast, some of them closely related to Western flower thrips. These related species don’t seem to damage crops to the same degree as their cousins, and they don’t transmit the virus. “Not all thrips are created equal. Some of them can actually have beneficial effects,” Reitz said. “In a sense we regard them as nonpests.”More importantly, according to Reitz, when these nonpest thrips are in the farming system, research shows they outcompete Western flower thrips and suppress their population — essentially limiting their problem as a pest.Careful use of insecticidesBy disrupting the balance between pest and nonpest thrips, insecticides can actually increase the incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus, Reitz said.“The nonpest competitor species are much more susceptible to virtually all insecticides than Western flower thrips,” he said. “So when they’re taken out of the system, Western flower thrips are freed from that competition, and their populations can build up.”Reitz encourages growers and crop scouts to identify which thrips are in the field.“We’re saying to look at which species are present, and if you have these nonpests, then let them stay. They’re not going to do the crop damage that the Western flower thrip will do,” Reitz said.In addition to the UGA-Tifton campus, the experiment is currently being conducted at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, Fla., and is scheduled to run for two more years. After next year, there will be a demonstration trial on farms in Georgia and Florida to assess it on a commercial scale.last_img read more