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Electrical installation checks of rented properties to become compulsory

first_imgHome » News » Electrical installation checks of rented properties to become compulsory previous nextRegulation & LawElectrical installation checks of rented properties to become compulsoryDCLG working group says homes should be inspected every five years and a system of approved inspectors set up.Nigel Lewis13th November 2017010,884 Views Letting agents and property managers in England and Wales will soon have to organise electrical installation checks of privately rented properties following the recommendations of a government report.After a detailed examination of the subject, the working group set up by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has recommended that electrical installation checks should be compulsory for properties within the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and carried out every five years.The working group also says a scheme should be set up to register and approve the people who will carry out the checks and separate electrical safety from the Building Regulations regulatory framework.Led by five senior figures from the DCLG, the working group’s members  included every membership organisation within the lettings industry including  most of the main membership associations representing agents and landlords.electrical installation checksThe final recommendation is that the requirements for electrical installation checks should be phased in, starting with new tenancies before being rolled out to include existing ones.But the rest of recommendations are not mandatory and include instead recommendations.These include that landlords or agents should carry out visual checks of electrical equipment at a change of tenancy, that paperwork confirming that an Electrical Condition Report and any remedial work has been completed be given to both the landlord and new tenant, and that Residual Current Devices be fitted to a device to prevent electric shocks being suffered by tenants.The working group, which met four times, says although safety standards are improving within the PRS, tenants within it still face a higher risk from ‘incidents’ from electrical faults than their social housing counterparts.The new regulations, which are now likely to be enacted via the existing Housing and Planning Act 2016, are in addition to the existing regulations that make it a legal duty for landlords and their agent to ensure the wiring in rented homes is safe. DCLG Department of communities and local government electrical safety electrical installation testing November 13, 2017Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Rare opportunity for Chiswick development

first_imgA Thames-side” residential development opportunity, on the market for the first time in 60 years, is a rare and exciting opportunity to acquire a 0.68 acre (0.28 ha) riverside site in a tree lined residential road. Chiswick mainline station is close and there’s easy access to the A4/M4 for Heathrow Airport and Central London.The large detached house has a garage, off-street parking and an exceptionally beautiful and private garden leading to the Thames, with potential for five new 3-4 bedroom houses by the river (subject to planning) and retaining the existing house.Unconditional offers are sought for the freehold interest.Giles Cook, Head of Residential Agency, www.bestgapp.co.uk, said, “With 92 ft of prime river frontage and half an acre of mature private gardens, this is a rare, exciting opportunity for a boutique developer to build (subject to planning) five new river facing family houses and convert the existing detached period house, in the prestigious Grove Park Conservation Area.”Chiswick development Thames-side” residential development Residential Agency Giles Cook November 6, 2019The 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Rare opportunity for Chiswick development previous nextLand & New HomesRare opportunity for Chiswick developmentThe Negotiator6th November 20190207 Viewslast_img read more

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Image of the Day: View from Underneath the Surface

first_img View post tag: Naval Training & Education March 11, 2014 Share this article [mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 11, 2014; Image: Dutch Navy Image of the Day: View from Underneath the Surface View post tag: Surface View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: View from Underneath the Surface View post tag: Navy View post tag: Underneath View post tag: view Last week, the Special Forces Marines of the Dutch Navy trained with the submarine HNLMS Dolphin.last_img read more

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ROLL UP FOR BEST OF THE REST

first_imgMake a beeline for BB’sVisitors would be well advised to skip breakfast with a large number of stands offering baked products to sample throughout the day. Among them, BB’s Coffee & Muffins will be providing attendees with a breakfast muffin and a coffee from the Cafe Society Area, located in Hall 7. BB’s will also be selling a range of muffins, pastries and hot snacks throughout the event.Shopping centre cafe operator BB’s has approximately 130 stores in shopping centres in the UK and Ireland, providing freshly made snacks, ground coffee and a selection of other drinks.last_img read more

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British Bakels revamps Country Oven bread mix range

first_imgSource: BakelsIngredients supplier British Bakels has revamped its Country Oven range with four new concentrates designed to tap into consumer demand for healthier breads.The concentrates come in Multiseed Vitality, Golden Grains, Fibre Plus and Seeded Artisan variants – all of which have an ‘enhanced nutritional profile’, according to Bakels.Like the rest of the Country Oven speciality bread mix portfolio, which includes Multiseed and Rye, they should be used at a 50/50 ratio with flour.Ancient grains, turmeric and chia seeds are among the ingredients used in the mixes. The concentrates are described by Bakels as:Multiseed Vitality – this mix contains a high level of protein (14g per 100g) and fibre, and is fortified with a source of calcium and vitamin D. It supports the immune system and metabolism, maintains normal teeth and bones and is good for gut healthGolden Grains – it features ancient grains, quinoa and chia seeds, along with turmeric, sunflower and linseed. It is a source of protein and fibre, supports the nervous system and contributes to reduction in tiredness and fatigueFibre Plus – comprising wheat flakes, this concentrate has a malty and sweet flavour. It is high in fibre (7.7g per 100g), a source of protein and good for gut healthSeeded Artisan – it features Bakels’ Fermdor Wheat Sourdough, sunflower and linseeds. It is a source of protein and supports the immune system.Available from January 2021, the concentrates are suitable for vegans. Bakels said they mark a drive from the company in the development of ingredients that produce nutritious/healthier baked goods but also those suited to different diets and lifestyles, such as vegan and vegetarian.It comes as consumer demand for bread with nutritional and health benefits increases following the coronavirus pandemic, Bakels added. It noted research from analyst Mintel which found that 31% of adults are eating healthier, 20% are interested in foods which support their immune system and 41% want their diet to support digestive health. Looking at bakery specifically, 25% and 31% of those polled say breads with health benefits and high fibre appeal to them, respectively.Several opportunities for the bread market have emerged since the start of the outbreak, according to Mintel, including tapping into demand for healthier loaves, those with better environmental credentials and value for money.last_img read more

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Eric Clapton Documentary Soundtrack To Feature Five Previously Unreleased Clapton Tracks

first_imgThe original soundtrack for the new Eric Clapton documentary Life in 12 Bars features five previously unreleased tracks by the guitar legend. Slated for release on June 8th, the compilation is a companion to the Lili Fini Zanuck-directed documentary, which debuted on Showtime earlier this year.Among those newly-released slices of Clapton’s greatness is a 17-minute live version of “Spoonful” recorded during an October 1968 Cream show at the LA Forum. The soundtrack also features two Derek and The Dominos offerings, including a version of “High” recored during the 1971 Olympic Studios sessions for their unreleased second album, and a cover Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” that wa recorded on at the Fillmore East on October 24, 1971, just a few weeks after Hendrix’s death.Additionally, the soundtrack includes the previously unreleased full-length version of Clapton’s 1974 take on “I Shot The Sheriff”, which was recorded during the sessions for 461 Ocean Boulevard. Finally, a live performance Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” from a July 1974 show at the Long Beach Arena can be found on the soundtrack as well.On top of all that, the release features two alternative mixes of Clapton’s debut album: one mx from Delaney Bramlett and Tom Dowd, and another from Clapton himself.The Life In 12 Bars soundtrack will be available in 2-CD, 4-LP, and digital formats. In total, the compilation showcases 32 tracks by The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Muddy Waters and Clapton solo. Fans can preorder it via Amazon, and the full track list can be found below.Life In 12 Bars trailerLIFE IN 12 BARS DOCUMENTARY OST:DISC ONE                                                            Big Bill Broonzy: Backwater Blues (4.07) The Big Bill Broonzy Story 1957Muddy Waters: My Life Is Ruined (2.38) Chess single 1953Muddy Waters: I Got Mojo Working (4.28) Live At Newport Jazz Festival 1960The Yardbirds: I Wish You Would (2.19) – studio versionThe Yardbirds: For Your Love (2.30) For Your Love 1965John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Steppin’ Out (2.29) John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 1966John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: All Your Love (3.37) John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton 1966Cream: I Feel Free (2.57) Fresh Cream 1966  Cream: Strange Brew (2.50) Disraeli Gears 1967Cream: Sunshine of Your Love (4.12) – studio versionAretha Franklin: Good to Me As I Am To You (3.58) Lady Soul / Recorded on December 16 and 17, 1967                       Cream: Crossroads live (4.18) Wheels Of Fire / Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA16The Beatles: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (4.45) The Beatles / Recorded 5–6 September 1968Cream: Badge (2.48) Goodbye / Recorded October 1968 at IBC Studios in London     Cream: White Room live (5.41) Live Cream II / recorded October 4, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum ArenaCream: Spoonful (17.27) live from Goodbye tour – LA Forum October 19, 1968 ^^Blind Faith: Presence Of The Lord (4.52) – studio version                                                                                                                               DISC TWO                                                          Delaney & Bonnie & Friends featuring Eric Clapton: Comin’ Home (7.51) Live at Fairfield Halls  Eric Clapton: After Midnight (3.25) alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album) 1970Eric Clapton: Let It Rain (5.00) alternate mix from Eric Clapton (first album) 1970Derek and The Dominos: High (3.10) (Olympic Studios, April 1971) Derek and The Dominos album^^         George Harrison: My Sweet Lord (4.44) All Things Must Pass 1970Derek and The Dominos: Thorn Tree In The Garden (2.55) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970Derek and The Dominos: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (5.01) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970Derek and The Dominos: Bell Bottom Blues (5.08) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970Derek and The Dominos: Layla (7.10) Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs 1970Derek and The Dominos: Little Wing (6.11) Live At The Fillmore 1970 ^^Derek and The Dominos: Got To Get Better In A Little While (6.05) – studio versionEric Clapton: I Shot The Sheriff (6.54) full length version from 461 Ocean Blvd 1970 ^^Eric Clapton: Little Queenie live (6.00) Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, July 19/20, 1974 ^^Eric Clapton: Mainline Florida (4.08) 461 Ocean Boulevard 1974Eric Clapton: Tears In Heaven (4.31) – studio versionlast_img read more

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Northfield Savings introduces Moola Hoopla

first_imgNORTHFIELD SAVINGS BANK ADDS BOUNCE TO HALFTIME AT CATS GAMESMoola Hoopla Gives Fans A Chance To Win $50,000 $25,000 For TheShooter And $25,000 For The Victory ClubNorthfield, VermontJanuary 10, 2005Vermont Catamount fans havesomething new to cheer for at half time as Cats sponsor NorthfieldSavings Bank rolls out Moola Hoopla this week. At all men and womensregular season home games, one lucky spectator will have a chance to win$50,000–$25,000 cash for the participant and $25,000 which will bedonated to the Vermont Catamount Victory Club.The randomly selected fan must sink two consecutive shots from a place oftheir choice on the court. The catch is that they must sink one shot ineach basket from that spot.Vermont Athletics enjoys such widespread support among Vermonters that wewanted to offer an exciting promotion that would be fun to watch, andbenefit both the fans and the Athletic Department, says Patricia Sears,Senior Marketing Manager of Northfield Savings Bank. This approach ofrewarding a fan AND contributing to the University is consistent withNSBs policy of donating 10% of our profits back to Vermont communityorganizations, adds Sears.Moola Hoopla is a great partnership between two outstandinginstitutional members of Vermonts community Northfield Savings bank andthe University of Vermont. “We are fortunate to have such a greatpartnership with Northfield Savings Bank. Moola Hoopla is a very excitingpromotion for our fans and has added even more energy to our gameentertainment,” comments Krista Balogh, Director of Marketing & Promotionsfor Vermont Athletics.last_img read more

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The Misfortune of Gold in Colombia

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo August 29, 2017 Excelente la información, muy estructurada y soportada, de tal forma que denota claramente la importante labor de la Fuerza Pública en su lucha contra la minería ilegal que tanto daño causa en las personas y en el ambiente, más tratándose de la a explotación ilegal de oro por el uso indebido del mercurio. In coordinated operations between the Colombian Navy (by way of its Southern Naval Force), Army, Air Force, and the Colombian National Police’s Environmental and Ecological Protection Group, four homemade dredgers used for illegal gold mining were seized in the department of Guaviare. The dredges ensured a monthly gold production of $40,000. The operation, which took place in July, resulted in the capture of eight people red-handed. Simultaneously, in the areas surrounding Amacayacú National Park, above the Cothué River, in the department of Amazonas, four more dredgers that had produced $122,000 per month in illegal gold were rendered unusable. Among other tools found were 30 black sieving mats, six diving suits, and two gold smelters. Key to success “The Air Force is a key part of it, with its reconnaissance flights and the photographs they take, which were the first on which we based our planning,” Brigadier General Adolfo León Hernández Martínez, the commander of the Colombian Army’s 27th Jungle Brigade, told Diálogo. “The Southern Naval Force and Army forces jointly intervened with help from the Marine Corps, and arrived at the sites where the dredgers were.” To coordinate the operation, other entities attended meetings called “bubbles,” in which institutions with different resources and capacities work towards the common goal of fighting environmental crime. This strategy emerged more than 10 years ago with the creation of joint commands. “When we want to fight crime and attack a problem that’s become rather critical, what we do is form a bubble in which the different institutions focus on that aspect, on that crime,” Brig. Gen. Hernández noted. “All of us bring to the table everything we’ve got to fight that crime.” Coca and illegal gold are the products of a criminal network that benefit only large criminal structures. Growers and miners alike are victims of extortion, and they are the ones who earn the least from this enterprise. “The illegal value of the enterprise [illegal gold mining] moves a lot of money, but most of it ends up in the criminal organizations that are getting rich off of it,” Brig. Gen. Hernández indicated. “Organizations such as the Gulf Clan, or all the other organized armed groups whose tentacles reach into these areas, are involved in this.” According to a report by the Colombian Army’s Special Brigade against Illegal Mining, organized crime’s earnings come at a very high environmental and social cost. “Mineral exploration and extraction, done without compliance with legal requirements, has become one of the main sources of financing for illegal armed groups and criminal organizations.” Illegal gold’s footprint Colonel Ricardo Alberto Suárez Rátiva, the commander of the 3rd Marine Corps Brigade, explained to Diálogo that amateur miners use mercury in their mining process. “To get one gram of gold, the ratio is more or less two grams of mercury, it’s two to one. And a special connotation is that Colombia does not produce mercury. However, the use of that metallic chemical element in gold mining represents a hazard not only to those who handle it. “The mercury issue can manifest as cancer, or as deformities in babies and sterility in men,” Col. Suárez added. “It can also affect people’s nervous system.” The populations where illegal mining is carried out are therefore more vulnerable to illness and deformities, among other things. In addition to the illegal and/or toxic homemade methods used, illegal gold mining carries environmental costs. According to the Office of the Attorney General of Colombia, the risk of erosion, the release of toxins, watershed degradation, and the displacement of fauna are all a result of it. Scope Throughout 2017, the Southern Naval Force has destroyed 25 dredgers used for illegal resource mining, a significant achievement in countering this activity. “We’ve cleaned up illegal mining and mining sites along approximately 600 kilometers of river,” Col. Suárez stated. “But we’re still continuing these actions against criminal organizations and locating the structures that are devoted to this activity.” “At this time, with FARC terrorists no longer present in these Amazon territories, we’re directing all of the military capacities we’ve developed at environmental crimes,” Brig. Gen. Hernández added. “And those crimes include illegal mining and mining sites.”last_img read more

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US and Argentine Marines Exchange Knowledge

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo January 23, 2019 On the beaches of Punta Alta, in Buenos Aires province, Argentina, units of the Argentine Navy’s Marine Corps Command practice hand-to-hand combat techniques. They work on blows, kicks, strangling, and other techniques to stop a possible aggressor, as well as cushion falls or minimize injuries. With helmets and boxing gloves on, they improve their punches. They also practice using knives with the proper force. Their physical training regimen is rigorous and includes push-ups on the seashore and on the sand, until exhaustion. The week-long training was part of a knowledge exchange between instructors of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) and their Argentine counterparts. Three MARFORSOUTH instructors led the training at the Instruction and Assessment Command (COIE, in Spanish) of Baterías Marine Corps Naval Base from November 26 to December 1, 2018. “The training consisted of exchanging techniques and procedures in hand-to-hand combat through the implementation of different theoretical, but mainly hands-on, activities,” Argentine Navy Captain Javier Pedro López, commander of COIE, told Diálogo. “It was conducted with a significant component in terms of improving leadership skills, considering that the participants comprised personnel already trained as instructors in the field.” Solving conflict situations The objective of the training was to improve hand-to-hand combat efficiency, based on tactical procedures and maneuvers used in different disciplines, such as martial arts, boxing, and wrestling, among others. The program focused on conflict analysis, planning, and resolution, and sought to reinforce participants’ knowledge of combat physiology and psychology, key tenets of security. Service members trained in techniques and procedures for knife combat, different types of cuts, and weapons of opportunity. Participants also benefited from theoretical instruction about mental discipline and the fundamental values marines share. For Capt. López, the MARFORSOUTH training is important because it helps maximize Argentinean marines’ knowledge in combat situations in the style of the U.S. Marine Corps. “In the modern operational environment, characterized by very close-quarters combat and contact, the need to intervene against combatants and non-combatants, in addition to respecting specific rules of engagement [for the use of force], demands giving our marines the tools to fulfill the mission effectively,” said Capt. López. U.S. marines have a unique combat system, developed in the early 2000s. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines existing and new hand-to-hand and close-quarters combat techniques with honor, courage, and commitment values. The program emphasizes character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork. Mutual advantage The training was equally advantageous for MARFORSOUTH instructors, who learned from their Argentinean counterparts during their week-long stay at Baterías Base. The exchange also allowed participants to strengthen the sense of fraternity and camaraderie, as well as interoperability, an essential element when conducting combined exercises or operations. “I am convinced that these activities enable us to work side-by-side,” said Capt. López. “I believe that there is mutual benefit in conducting these activities, as it helps forge bonds of professional trust among marine corps units.” The Argentine Navy, and particularly the Marine Corps Command, has a long-standing friendship with the United States, including several exchange programs between marines. Exchanges and other support programs allow participants to share knowledge and skills, as well as history and culture, which strengthen cooperation between both countries. “The combined exercises we conducted throughout the years are countless,” said Admiral José Luis Villán, chairman of the Argentine Navy General Staff, who trained at the Expeditionary Warfare School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia. “Currently, our relationship is at its best in terms of cooperative exchanges of all kinds, which contribute to better understanding and institutional interoperability.”last_img read more

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