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London property market to revive in 2020 claims leading house builder

first_imgThe UK’s best-known house builder and founder of Berkeley Homes, Tony Pidgley  (pictured, above), has called the bottom of the property market in London and claimed that the capital’s housing market will see a ‘revival’ next year.Berkeley Group’s 72-year-old chairman made the comments over the weekend as he revealed that his company is to pay food store Morrisons £120 million for a site in Camden, central London.The company is to build a new 40,000 sq ft store at the site as well as 450 homes and 100,000 sq ft of office space.The project is one of several that Berkeley has acquired within inner London recently as it gambles that the next few years will see a revival in the London housing market despite punishing Stamp Duty bills for buyers and the lingering effects of Brexit. “Pidgely always calls the market right,” says property PR guru and former eMoov CEO Russell Quirk (left). “If he says London will recover in 2020 and has bet £120m on it – follow him.”His ability to correctly call the UK housing market is well documented. He sold off assets prior to the housing crash of 1989 and was among the first to spot that people were moving back into city centres in the early Nineties.During the financial crisis Berkeley, which specialises in expensive properties in London and the South East, avoided the turmoil that swept through the wider housing market following the financial crash.Pidgley subsequently spent the downturn snapping up prime sites in places such as Battersea and Wapping in London. berek berkeley group Berkeley Homes Russell Quirk tony pidgley December 16, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » London property market to revive in 2020 claims leading house builder previous nextHousing MarketLondon property market to revive in 2020 claims leading house builderPrediction is made by UK’s best-known and veteran house builder Tony Pidgley as he announces £120 million deal.Nigel Lewis16th December 201902,670 Viewslast_img read more

Melvin Seals Added To Lettuce’s 2019 Rage Rocks

first_imgIn December, Lettuce announced the 2019 edition of their annual blowout at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, affectionately known as Rage Rocks. The latest edition of Rage Rocks, which marks Lettuce’s 6th visit to Red Rocks, is set to take place on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 and will feature two sets by the host band.As always, Lettuce has some special tricks up their sleeve for their Red Rocks trip. In addition to support from TAUK and The Soul Rebels, Rage Rocks 2019 will see Lettuce use the first of their two sets to reprise the Jerry Garcia Band tribute that wowed audiences at the 2018 edition of LOCKN’.Today, Lettuce has announced that longtime JGB member Melvin Seals has been added to the bill, as the organist/keyboardist will lend a helping hand during the band’s tribute set.Notes bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes in a press release, “The scenery and feeling at this divine location in Morrison, Colorado makes Red Rocks Amphitheatre a multi-sensory experience by itself. Add in two tablespoons of Jimi Hendrix‘s historic performances here, a half cup of The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia’s legendary shows at the venue, and a heaping quart of the Count Basie big band’s gigantic vibe and lingering presence that is emanating from the area and you have yourself one immense vortex of goodness. It is hands down one of our very favorite venues in the country and is incomparable to any other place. Long live Colorado and it’s band of merry pranksters.”Adds drummer Adam Deitch, “We gonna funk up Dead Nation!”For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the Lettuce’s website.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Shut Borland down for year

first_imgThree games into the 2010 season, and the Wisconsin Badgers are already being served their first course of adversity.Linebacker Chris Borland is the entr?e of choice here, and his cranky surgically repaired left shoulder is the dinner guest causing a scene. Against Arizona State Saturday, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year reaggravated his shoulder injury on his sixth snap of the game. Afterwards, head coach Bret Bielema suggested that Borland could redshirt this year, putting him out for the rest of the season but providing another year of eligibility.“We’re only going to put him out there if it is in his best interests and [his] health and safety,” Bielema told reporters after the game.Borland was scheduled to undergo more tests Monday and likely meet with Bielema to discuss his options. Shutting Borland down for the year would be a huge loss for UW, as the Kettering, Ohio native has proven nearly indispensable on both defense and special teams in less than two years as a Badger. Last year, Borland burst on the scene with a reputation as a stat-sheet filler, posting 54 tackles (10.5 for loss), five sacks, five fumbles caused and three recorded and one interception.Essentially unblockable in run support and a menace rushing the passer in UW’s “Badger” 3-3-5 package, Wisconsin needs Borland, and you can bet that Borland needs to stay on the field – cut out of the old-fashioned, do-it-all linebacker mold, Borland’s not going to sit out if he can help it.Thus, as one Michael Sorrentino has been known to say, “we’ve got a situation.”What’s the remedy? Just shut him down, Bret. Just shut him down.For starters, the Badgers cannot afford to be pressing their luck. Everyone’s been talking about the hustle of Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward in tracking down ASU’s Kyle Middlebrooks at the 1-yard-line right before halftime and Jay Valai’s magnificent blocked PAT, but the truth remains that UW is lucky to have held on for a victory. Coaches preach the value of special teams like the guys on “The Jersey Shore” swear by their GTL routine, but there’s no way that even the Badgers’ special teams coaches are expecting two standout plays from the unit every game. Borland’s absence will be distinct, and with Wisconsin fortunate to be ranked No. 10 in the nation, UW shouldn’t test its luck by mortgaging Borland’s future.On the sunnier side of things, there’s also a positive reason for redshirting Borland right now – these Badgers are deep, very deep, at linebacker. Senior captain Culmer St. Jean has been a bright spot for the defense so far, leading the way with 17 tackles in the first three games. Mike Taylor, UW’s other starting outside linebacker opposite Borland, is steadily working himself back from his second knee surgery a few weeks ago and looks to be in good shape.Then there are the reserves, senior Blake Sorenson, redshirt junior Kevin Rouse and junior Kevin Claxton. I’ve already touted the merits of having a player like Sorenson available to come off the bench and play all three linebacker spots (“No. 9 could be savior for injured LBs,” 9/2/10), and the Eden Prairie, Minn. native hasn’t disappointed. With all three starting linebackers nursing injuries at one point or the other, Sorenson has seen plenty of playing time so far this season, recording 16 tackles – second on the team, right behind St. Jean.After Saturday’s game, Bielema confirmed to reporters that Borland can – in the next six games – play in two and still redshirt. But with such solid depth at linebacker, it just doesn’t pay to mortgage Borland’s future. He needs to be shut down, now.Obviously, planning for the future comes after planning for the next game, especially in Wisconsin where “1-0” is the program’s live by, die by mantra. Yet, this team will be losing St. Jean, Valai, Sorenson and starting cornerback Niles Brinkley to graduation after this season. Right there, that’s four key players from your defense. Throw in the fact that if defensive end J.J. Watt continues along his torrid pace this season and decides to test the NFL Draft waters, the Badgers’ D will be missing nearly half of its best players next year.So that’s the situation. Less than a month into the season, and adversity is already staring the Badgers right in the eyes. Coaches talk all spring, summer and fall about the “a-word” and how nothing counts until their teams are actually tested in the regular season, and now Wisconsin’s defense finds itself being tested. If Watt and the D-line can continue to supply a strong pass rush, the depth at linebacker should sufficiently compensate for Borland’s absence. Then, next year, Borland and Taylor will make up two-thirds of what will be one of, if not the best, linebacker units in the Big Ten. It’s not a tough decision or even a bold proclamation, it’s just clear and simple – shutting Borland down now makes sense for both the present and the future.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you think Borland should be redshirted? Are two “Jersey Shore” references two too many for you? Let him know at [email protected]last_img read more

Questions around VAR again, stops working during Ligue 1 match

first_imgNothing has divided the world of football – like the video assistant referee system has, ever since being used at the World Cup earlier this year. Some have praised for spotting fouls, while other have criticised it for slowing down matches.On Sunday, VAR attracted attention for another reason altogether – it stopped working during the 1-1 draw between Rennes and Toulouse.”The fourth official came to see me 10 minutes from the end of halftime to tell me it wasn’t working,” Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said. “There was a problem, quite simply.”Casanova said he and his Rennes counterpart, Sabri Lamouchi, as well as the two team captains, were all informed before the second half started.Les yeux sont désormais tournés vers vendredi, et la réception de l’ @ogcnice , où il faudra confirmer cette belle mentalité. #SRFCTFC pic.twitter.com/SO7HqZadmbToulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) September 30, 2018Toulouse may have cause for regret because VAR was not used to review images when a penalty was given to Rennes midway through the second half. It was awarded after striker M’Baye Niang fell under a challenge from Jean-Clair Todibo, who was shown a yellow card for protesting the decision.Niang converted in the 70th minute, but Todibo headed in the equaiser two minutes from time for Toulouse.Toulouse played with 10 men for the entire second half after forward Aaron Leya Iseka was sent off in the 43rd for a second yellow card.The draw leaves Rennes struggling in 16th place – two spots above the relegation zone – while Toulouse is seventh.advertisementSLICK LILLELille showed it means business as a contender for Champions League qualification, beating Marseille 3-0 to move into second place behind Paris Saint-Germain.Striker Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the second half and then earned another penalty. He let strike partner Jonathan Bamba take it, making it 2-0 in the 86th.Moments later, Bamba added his second of the night from close range.Lille struggled so much last season it was almost relegated.Back to work after this one.#LOSCOM | pic.twitter.com/4sIJDEzSY7Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) September 30, 2018What a turnaround it has been since coach Christophe Galtier took charge. Not only did he save Lille from humiliating relegation following a significant transfer outlay, he has transformed the side this season.Meanwhile, Marseille’s defense continues to leak goals and coach Rudi Garcia’s team is down in sixth spot.IMPRESSIVE MONTPELLIERThird-place Montpellier continued their fine start by beating local rival Nimes 3-0.Defender Ambroise Oyongo put Montpellier ahead and striker Andy Delort made it 2-0 after nine minutes of first-half injury time. A metal gate gave way after Montpellier fans celebrated Oyongo’s goal, sending a few of them spilling onto the pitch and causing the match to be delayed.Le Derby est à nous ! #MHSCNO 3-0Le compte-rendu https://t.co/9024klwWLz pic.twitter.com/4SFMXPFbHUMHSC (@MontpellierHSC) September 30, 2018Reports said two fans sustained light injuries.The outstanding Florent Mollet set up striker Gaetan Laborde for a diving header in the 79th, after which a crowd disturbance caused the match to be stopped for about 30 minutes.Some 70-80 riot police came onto the pitch to block a section of agitated Montpellier fans from confronting their Nimes counterparts.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

‘FRIENDLY FIRE’ PRELUDE TO WORLD CUP

first_imgDefending Men’s Open World Champions Australia will take on the Lebanon ‘Cedars’ in the Mediterranean Cup ‘Friendly’ Series on Saturday 18 November 2006 at the Canterbury Veledrome, Bayview Avenue, Earlwood. The two game fully sanctioned Federation of International Touch (FIT) ‘friendly’ series will feature both Countries World Cup line-ups in a dress rehearsal for the International competition that awaits them at the sixth FIT World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa 17-21 January 2007.Game times are 2.00pm and 4.30pm.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offside

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri slams VAR: Kane was offsideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri slammed VAR after losing the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi to Tottenham.A Harry Kane penalty in the first-half – which was awarded via VAR – earned Spurs the 1-0 win.Sarri snapped, “A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane.”Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.”I don’t think English referees are able to use the system.”If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide. But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders.”I think they have to study the system.”It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system. It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.” last_img read more

Ohio State Lineman Taylor Decker Got Goosebumps From Seeing “The Undisputed Way” Street Sign

first_imgOhio State's "The Undisputed Way" street sign.Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.last_img read more

Former Alabama DB John Fulton Has Started A Fundraiser To Help Pay For Altee Tenpenny’s Funeral

first_imgA panorama view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during a game.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Earlier this week, tragedy struck the Alabama community when former Crimson Tide running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a one-car crash in Mississippi. Since, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support from Tenpenny’s former teammates. One is going above and beyond for Tenpenny’s family.John Fulton, a former defensive back for the program, has set up a gofundme.com account to help raise money for Tenpenny’s funeral. At the time of this post, over $8,500 has been raised. The goal is $15,000. Considering it’s only been live for 12 hours, it’s a safe bet they’re going to reach it.We all knew Altee as a guy that would do anything for anybody. Well now is our chance to give back to his family https://t.co/uR0jV9x3mx— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015It doesn’t matter if it’s $1, $10 or $100 anything helps. We all know Altee would have done it for us #FlyHighMyGuy #RIPAltee— John Fulton (@_Elvis_Freshley) October 22, 2015Props to Fulton for taking charge. We’re sure Tenpenny’s family and friends appreciate it.last_img read more

Craig Group Disposes of Its Shipping Arm amid Restructuring

first_imgzoom UK-based Craig Group has sold its shipping arm, North Star Shipping, a provider of emergency response and rescue services to the offshore industry in the UK North Sea, to infrastructure equity fund Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP (Basalt).The existing senior management team, staff and crew of North Star will remain with North Star, under the new owners, Craig Group said.“The senior management team, staff and crew at North Star will remain with the business and this transaction will not impact on our day to day operations. We remain committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service to our clients and provide industry-leading vessels and support,” Callum Bruce, Managing Director of North Star said.North Star currently owns and manages 31 vessels supported by a fleet of approximately 50 fast rescue crafts and 35 daughter crafts.“The opportunity arose to secure the long-term future of North Star Shipping under new ownership who could bring even more opportunity for further investment and growth. Given our rich maritime heritage, this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is one which makes sense for the Craig family and for the future development of North Star,” Craig Group commented.Craig Group will continue to own and manage its global oilfield procurement business, Craig International, the company added.“North Star is a highly attractive investment opportunity in a UK regulated sector. The transaction provides a proven management team that has built a stable business, with strong growth potential and providing sector diversification for Basalt,” Steven Lowry, Partner of Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP, advisor to Basalt, said.The emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) business is a highly regulated sector in the UK which demands a 24/7, 365-day service provided to oil and gas companies operating with personnel on offshore platforms. “We are very excited to be partnering with Basalt for the long term. Their investment coupled with our market-leading position and sector knowledge provides a strong platform for future, sustainable growth and diversification of the Company,” Bruce added.Bank of Scotland has provided financing to Basalt for the acquisition.last_img read more

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Russian state-funded TV channel RT has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent after pressure from the U.S. government, documents released Monday show.The Justice Department announced the registration just hours after RT’s chief editor said the company had complied with the U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The move doesn’t restrict the channel’s content, but the network is required to publicly disclose details about its funding and operations as well as mark certain content distributed in the U.S. with labels.Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register, but the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials who have said they will retaliate with unspecified restrictions on U.S. news outlets.On Monday, RT editor, Margarita Simonyan, said on the channel’s Russian-language website that “between a criminal case and the registration, we have chosen the latter,” adding on a sarcastic note that “we congratulate the American freedom of speech and those who still believe in it on that.”Simonyan said that failure to fulfil the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to register by Monday could have led to the arrest of RT’s American director and the freezing of its accounts.In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said that the Justice Department enforces the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, “regardless of nationality.”“Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” he said in the statement.Passed in 1938, the law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other “foreign principals.” The law is most commonly applied to foreign lobbying efforts, but the Justice Department has also required registration by media outlets funded by foreign governments. For example, the English-language newspaper, China Daily, is registered due to its affiliation with the Chinese government.The filing for RT came through its U.S.-based production company, T & R Productions LLC. According to the filing, the Washington-based production company registered as a foreign agent of ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity that handles the broadcast of RT worldwide.In the filing, the production company disclosed that it was paid $350,000 within the past 60 days by ANO TV-Novosti, which it notes is funded by the Russian government “to substantial extent.” It also disclosed several licensing agreements with the Russian entity for shows such as “News with Ed Schultz,” ”Redacted Tonight” and “Larry King Now.”T & R Productions owner, Mikhail V. Solodovnikov, also registered personally as a foreign agent, but he said he “respectfully disagrees that FARA should apply.”Solodovnikov, who reported a $670,000 annual salary, said the channel’s purpose is to produce “news, talk shows and entertainment programs that are designed merely to inform, not influence.” The programs are “not aimed to primarily benefit any foreign government or political party,” he added.The U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged RT served as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin as part of its multi-pronged effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering.In response to the Justice Department’s pressure on RT, Russian lawmakers are drafting retaliatory measures. The Justice Department said Monday it is reviewing the filing for “sufficiency.”___Isachenkov reported from Moscow.last_img read more