MIPIM 2012: Nick Candy’s top countries with money to spend

first_imgTo see more news, interviews and more from Cannes visit Property Week’s MIPIM microsite. Candy also discussed the state of the London housing market, his views on this year’s event and the rationale behind the purchase, by his brother’s property company CPC Group, of the lease on Sugar Quay site in the City of London, as revealed by Property Week last week.last_img

Scottish National Marine Plan draft ‘unfit for purpose’

first_imgScotland’s National Marine Plan draft is deemed unfit for purpose, according to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE).The draft has been under development by the Scottish Government over a five year period. The Committee is concerned, that the current draft is in parts too detailed, and in other parts too vague, and that it therefore requires amendments to make it fully fit for purpose.Rob Gibson, MSP, Convener of the Committee, said: “The Committee is deeply disappointed that a Government plan five years in the making is simply not yet fit for purpose. The right Government plan has the potential to clearly outline rights and responsibilities, while protecting Scotland’s sustainable future. We are calling on the Scottish Government to create a final National Marine Plan that is clear, concise and can be evenly applied across the country.”RACCE’s report on National Marine Plan draft states that the map of options for offshore wind and marine renewables does not show the current consented areas.The Committee believes that it is important the map clearly showed plans for the future and areas that have already received consents, and was pleased that Scottish Government officials confirmed that the map in the draft NMP could be updated and that the information could also be included in the National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi).The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE) scrutinises policy proposals relating to rural affairs, climate change and the environment, and applies authoritive, expert, effective and influential scrutiny to policy.Image: EMEClast_img read more

Angola offshore crash: Chopper type ‘revealed’

first_imgFollowing a fatal helicopter accident offshore Angola on Monday in which four people died and two were missing, the helicopter’s type has been revealed. When it crashed, the helicopter was bound for Chevron-operated Tombua-Landana platform, offshore Cabinda, carrying five passengers and a pilot. Angola’s Angonoticias reported on Tuesday that all the six people had died; two expatriates and four Angolans.A Chevron’s spokesperson told Offshore Energy Today on Tuesday that “search and rescue operations have been mobilized; currently, there are 19 marine vessels and three helicopters involved in the efforts”.According to info available on the Aviation Safety Network (ASN), a website that keeps track of aviation accidents where the information is added by the network’s users, the helicopter that crashed was of a Bell 430 type owned and operated by Heli Malongo, an air charter operator headquartered in Angola.Based on the Bell 230 type, the Bell 430 was built by the American aerospace manufacturer Bell Helicopter.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Bell Helicopter seeking confirmation of these reports. The company was not immediately available for comment.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Man facing murder charges in road-rage slaying of woman, 18

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: July 2, 2017 2:31 PM EDT Updated: July 2, 2017 2:32 PM EDT WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania man was in custody Sunday for what a prosecutor called the “savage” and “senseless” death of a recent high school graduate shot in the head during a road-rage confrontation as the two tried to merge in a single lane.David Desper, 28, of Trainer, turned himself in accompanied by an attorney early Sunday, and police said he was charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangering in the death of 18-year-old Bianca Roberson in West Goshen Township.Desper and Roberson, who had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester and was planning to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall, were trying to merge into a single lane Wednesday as a two-lane road narrowed, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.“They jockeyed for position, and he wasn’t happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly,” he said.After Roberson was shot, her car veered off the road, struck a tree and was found in a ditch. The shooter fled in a red pickup, driving partly along the shoulder of the highway until exiting the road. Authorities tracked the suspect vehicle on surveillance video and sorted through hundreds of tips from the public, calling on the suspect to turn himself in for his own sake and for the sake of the family.“We got a crucial piece of evidence from Bianca herself, because the round recovered from her was reviewed by a forensic ballistics expert who told us that that round came from a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun,” Hogan said.Desper had a permit to carry the gun, which he purchased in November 2015, Hogan said.After Desper turned himself in, the dented red pickup truck sought in the shooting was found in nearby Glen Mills, and the 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun police believed was used was found in the suspect’s bedroom, Hogan said.Asked if race was a factor in the slaying – Desper is white and Roberson black – Hogan said there was no indication that race played a role. “This appears to be a savage, senseless and brutal act from one human being to another human being,” he said.Desper remained in custody without bail. Defense attorney Daniel McGarrigle declined comment Sunday. Related Articles:‘Turn yourself in,’ authorities plead in road rage killing Author: Associated Press Man facing murder charges in road-rage slaying of woman, 18 SHARElast_img read more

Hogan Lovells agrees partnership with Chinese firm

first_imgInternational firm Hogan Lovells has agreed a partnership with Chinese firm Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, making use of the Shanghai tree trade zone.Fidelity, which has seven offices nationwide, has around 170 lawyers and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and liquidation, as well as real estate and construction work.Andrew McGinty and Zhen Feng, partners in Shanghai’s existing Shanghai office, will lead the relationship and promote joint services from the firms. Shanghai’s free trade zone was set up in 2013 as part of new rules that allow foreign law firms in China to team up with local firms.Previously, foreign lawyers were not able to participate directly in China’s legal affairs and foreign firms were allowed to set up only a branch or a representative office.Under the free trade zone’s rules, a foreign firm in the zone can agree a partnership with a Chinese law firm to mutually dispatch lawyers to the other firm.Last year, international firm Baker & McKenzie became the first to use the zone by teaming up with FenXun Partners.Steve Immelt, chief executive of Hogan Lovells said: ‘Asia is critical to our global strategy and the Shanghai FTZ offers an exciting opportunity to expand our service offering in the region. We are excited about the prospects of our collaboration with Fidelity.’Wang Ping, managing partner at Fidelity’s Shanghai office, said establishing an office in the free trade zone was a critical step toward Fidelity becoming a large and significant national firm. ‘We are very honored to be launching an association with Hogan Lovells, as we’ll be able to draw on each other’s strengths to fully realise our potential and to offer our clients a high-quality, professional, and seamless service,’ he added.last_img read more

Judge issues warning to solicitors providing secondary evidence

first_imgA High Court judge has stressed that witness statements from litigants’ solicitors will be disregarded if they appear to be irrelevant or badly sourced.Chief Master Marsh made the assertion in Folgender Holdings Ltd & Anor v Letraz Properties Ltd & Anor, a dispute over a loan agreement, after the defendant’s lawyer made a witness statement in response to an application for summary judgment.The Master made clear that as a general rule, it was desirable in these circumstances for evidence to be given by a witness who has first-hand knowledge of the events in question. However, he accepted it was convenient in some cases for evidence to be provided by the party’s solicitor based on instructions.In Folgender, the Master explained, the defendant’s solicitor was chosen as a ‘mouthpiece’ and had set out in the statement that facts contained within were within his own knowledge, or could be sourced if not. The Master said Civil Procedure Rules permit secondary evidence, provided these requirements are met, but there were ‘numerous examples’ in the solicitor’s statement making assertions of fact about matters that he ‘could not possibly know about without stating the source of his information’.‘He goes further and ventures opinions about the state of the property market and about the normal terms of lending,’ added the Master.‘If a party chooses in response to an application for summary judgment, or indeed any application, to provide evidence through a solicitor, strict compliance with the CPR is required if that party is to avoid the risk that limited, or possibly no, weight is given to the evidence.’The Master ultimately ruled that the claimants were entitled to the orders sought, subject to certain qualifications, for injunctive relief and disclosure of financial details.last_img read more

Software for Izy low-cost high speed train launch

first_imgSALES: Dutch company Sqills has supplied Thalys with the sales and distribution software for the Izy low cost service which it plans to launch in April. The S3 Passenger platform includes revenue management, pricing and booking engines, seat reservations, inventory management, a customer relationship management front-end and station and handheld ticket validation systems.last_img

Arimura ties Japan LPGA record

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Super effort: Chie Arimura shoots a 10-under 62 on Saturday in the Elleair Ladies Open. | KYODO PHOTOcenter_img Arimura, fourth on the Japan LPGA money list with four wins this season, tied the tour record for the lowest score on a par-72 course.South Korean Ku Oku Hee set the record at the 2003 Daikin Orchid Ladies and was matched by Akane Iijima at the Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup last year.Harukyo Nomura, a 16-year-old amateur from South Korea, shot a 66 to sit alone in second. Toshimi Kimura also carded a 66 and was another stroke back in third.Joint overnight leader Nikki Campbell of Australia (70) dropped to fourth at 8 under.Money rankings leader Shinobu Moromizato (71) tied for 18th at 5 under. Defending champion Sakura Yokomine (70), second on the money list, barely made the cut and shared 48th at even par. Molinari at top MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) Edoardo Molinari of Italy shot a 2-under 69 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.The 2009 European Challenge Tour money leader had four birdies and two bogeys to reach 8-under 205 at Phoenix Country Club.Robert Karlsson of Sweden matched the day’s best round with a 68 to share second with overnight coleader Kenichi Kuboya, who shot a 71.Katsumasa Miyamoto (69) and South Korean Kim Kyung Tae (69) were among five players sitting three shots off the lead in fourth.In the race for the JGTO money title, 18-year-old leader Ryo Ishikawa carded a 71 to share 20th with Vijay Singh (70) and nine others at 1 under, while second-ranked Yuta Ikeda was in a tie for 56th at 6 over after a 73. MITOYO, Kagawa Pref. – Chie Arimura matched a Japan LPGA record with a 10-under 62 to take a four-shot lead after the second round of the Elleair Ladies Open on Saturday.Arimura, who began the day one shot off the lead, made six birdies on the front nine and picked up four more shots after the turn to reach 15-under 129 at Elleair Golf Club.last_img read more

Lansdown Club Draw Winners Spend The Day With Bristol City

first_imgFuture Williams & Glyn, Royal Bank of Scotland won March’s Lansdown Club draw and shared the prize with clients Will Morgan and Mike Cains. The business owners spent the day at the Bristol City training ground where they sat in on a post-match analysis meeting, talked through training with head coach Lee Johnson and were presented with a signed shirt.Owner of Cains Air Conditioning, Mike Cains said: “it was absolutely fantastic to get an insight into the club and talking to the players”.The pair have been Bristol City season ticket holders for over fifty years. Will Morgan, owner of William Morgan Saab Specialist added: “to see the club from a different angle has been superb, especially as we are huge Bristol City fans”.To become a Lansdown Club member or discuss your membership, please contact our Lansdown Club Membership Manager:Jo Robb on: 0117 963 0635 jo.robb@bristol-sport.co.uk.last_img read more

‘Disclose fully documents on Manila Bay white sand project,’ DENR urged

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP Pro-environment and civic society groups that are opposed to Manila Bay’s white beach project have asked Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to publicize documents of the project.(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)In a letter dated September 14, Akbayan! Youth – Taft, De La Salle Environmental Conservation Organization, University of the Philippines (UP) Marine Biological Society, Alyansa Tigil Mina, and Oceana Philippines, wrote Cimatu and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.The groups formed the #SaveManilaBay alliance which also sent their position paper to the officials on the white sand beach project.In their position paper, they tackled the environmental, medical, and legal-political effects of dumping crushed dolomite in Manila Bay as valid reasons to suspend the project and rechannel the funds earmarked for its implementation to alternative uses that are deemed more beneficial.“The environmental, medical, and even legal impacts of the white sand dumping project are not just abominable in themselves; they also set a harmful precedent on how we ought to treat human life, local biodiversity, and the natural habitats in which they live,” it read.SaveManilaBay alliance released their position paper amid DENR’s claim that “blind critics” have vilified its efforts to give Manila Bay a makeover.The department is tasked to clean up the bay as part of its rehabilitation program.“The DENR can’t claim that we’re blind critics because our position is based on data and analysis,” Akbayan! Youth – Taft, the convening organization of the alliance, said in a Facebook post.“Meanwhile, white sand (as) being good for mental health and pro-environment behavior is completely (unsupported),” the group added.Apart from the public disclosure of the documents, the alliance asked the DENR to implement following:Reallocate unutilized project funds to the COVID-19 response programDefund or reverse all local and national reclamation projects harmful to biodiversityConsult or grant leadership positions to environmental defenders and community stakeholdersPlant mangroves and seagrassEnsure medical and financial assistance to workers and community stakeholders affected by the dolomiteMonitor the implementation of the Cease and Desist order of mining companies“As an environmental group, we are seeing before us how the natural world has become a victim to meaningless projects not rooted upon scientific theory or fact. And where there is a victim, there is a perpetrator. And when the perpetrator is our own government, how then can we stay silent?” said Javier Vilchez of UP MBS said.last_img read more