first_img Social media – MHCLG General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 On 22 September 2017, the Midlands Engine Partnership published their Vision for Growth, in response to the government’s strategy. It sets out their vision and priorities for growth to create a Midlands Engine which powers the UK economy and competes on a world stage. We continue to work with the Partnership to turn this vision into action. Media enquiries Midlands LEPs awarded £392 million for local growth projects, bringing the total Growth Deal Funding for the Midlands to nearly £1.9 billion. A flagship £20 million Midlands Skills Challenge to improve skills across the Midlands. £4 million to support the Midlands Engine Partnership. 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Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 The announcement came as the Secretary of State spoke at the annual Local Government Association conference held in Birmingham.Following this he also visited important Midlands Engine projects including unveiling plans with Birmingham City University for the site of the second phase of a new innovation centre – the STEAMHouse building – which has received £15 million of government funding.The Secretary of State also visited the proposed site of the new HS2 station at Curzon Street. This follows the Secretary of State’s visit to Ibstock in Leicestershire last week to see first-hand how Ibstock Brick Ltd are supporting government’s housing programme.Sir John Peace, Midlands Engine Chairman, said: The economic success of every region of the UK is vital to the success of our country as a whole and this is going to be more important than ever once we leave the European Union. I am delighted to be the new Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine and to act as its advocate across government. I look forward to working in partnership with Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, to drive forward the government’s plans to fire up the Midlands Engine to improve opportunities and quality of life across the region and to build an economy which works for everyone. I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Communities has been appointed Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine. He is already an enthusiastic supporter of our region and I look forward to working with him in the coming months to continue making our region a great place to live, learn and to run a business. There is no doubt that the Midlands is at the heart of the UK’s growth. The region is benefitting from the biggest increases in exports of any UK region and record levels of foreign direct investment – with 243 projects delivering over 13,000 new jobs in the last year alone. The Midlands Engine Investment Fund together with the Barclays Midlands Growth Fund are making over £600 million available to the SME sector, creating jobs and helping realise our region’s potential through enterprise. We are in the vanguard of innovation across many forward-thinking sectors from digital connectivity, advanced manufacturing and engineering to the life sciences, clean energy and battery technologies. And, we are poised to cement our position as the UK’s transport hub with the arrival of HS2. The Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP today (3 July 2018) confirmed he is picking up the baton as new Ministerial Champion to drive forward the government’s ambitious plans to fire up the Midlands as an engine for growth in the UK.A thriving Midlands region is essential to building an economy which works for everyone and the government is playing its part in supporting the Midlands Engine Partnership achieve their ambition of growing the Midlands economy by £54 billion by 2030 to make the Midlands an even better place to live, work, study and do business.With Coventry named UK City of Culture for 2021 and Birmingham announced as the hosts of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Midlands is playing it’s role on the national and international stage.The Secretary of State for Communities the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more


first_img View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda THE AUGUST ANNOUNCEMENT. #D23Expo2015 pic.twitter.com/A9toAtNRbq— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) August 14, 2015 Some Broadway favorites are writing songs for the Mouse! Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez, the husband-and-wife team behind Frozen’s award-winning score, will compose music for the upcoming Disney animated films Moana and Gigantic, respectively. The announcement was made at Walt Disney Animation Studio’s D23 Expo.Miranda will collaborate with Mark Mancina, who provided arrangements for The Lion King on stage and screen, as well as Opetaia Foa’i, founder of the New Zealand-based South Pacific Fusion band Te Vaka. Moana, set to premiere next year and feature the voices of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Broadway alum Alan Tudyk, will follow a princess that comes from a long line of explorers who sets out to sea on a daring mission. John Musker and Ron Clements are set to direct.Gigantic, which is scheduled for a 2018 release, will take the familiar Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale and set it in Spain. Nathan Greno will direct. No cast is set for the film, but we’d be shocked if some familiar Great White Way names weren’t on board to belt out new tunes from the Oscar and Grammy-winning duo behind “Let It Go.” The Lopez’s new musical, titled Up Here, is currently playing La Jolla Playhouse.Miranda joins a long line of stage composers and lyricists who have written for Disney films, including (in addition to the Lopezes) Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, the late Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Have a look as he raps his way through the big announcement!last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A sizeable new renewables fund chaired by former NSW Premier Morris Iemma and numbering executives from Macquarie, AEMO and Tesla, has revealed billion-dollar plans to install 1.5GW of solar and a gigawatt of battery storage across commercial and industrial sites around Australia over five years.CEP.Energy said this week that the first phase of the rollout would start relatively soon, on the assets of industrial developer and property owner Pelligra Group, which has a portfolio of several hundred properties, including the former Ford manufacturing sites in Victoria.An agreement with Pelligra will see CEP.Energy lease a portion of the company’s millions of square metres of roof space and build and operate solar and storage systems, starting with a 400MW “virtual power plant.”The Pelligra solar and battery VPP – presumably using Tesla batteries, if the appointment of ex-Tesla energy storage man Jan Muller is any hint (RE is awaiting confirmation on this) – will be managed and operated through a separate deal with retailer SmartestEnergy, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni.CEP.Energy says SmartestEnergy will manage the assets, optimise the value of the solar energy produced, and sell it back to Pelligra’s retail and commercial customers at a roughly 20 per cent discount on grid prices.CEP.Energy has also entered into negotiations with several large companies for long-term corporate power purchase agreements, a statement says.[Sophie Vorrath]More: CEP and Marubeni unveil plans for 1GW battery and 1.5GW of solar in Australia New group planning 1.5GW of solar, 1GW of storage on Australian commercial, industrial rooftopslast_img read more


first_imgWhat’s cool about IceMule? What is IceMule even? Well I’ll tell you.It’s quite possibly the. coolest. cooler. ever. (no pun intended).With a softshell exterior, easy-to-use roll top, and padded backpack straps, this cooler is portable, leak-proof, and durable. It’s perfect for any adventure, from festival strolling to stand up paddleboarding and beach chilling. Load it up with whatever you want to keep cool, a bag of ice, and roll down the top. Let some air into the sides and your perishables are good to go for over 24 hours. The ice will keep for at least a day if not longer, but even once the ice melts, your contents will stay chilled for days.IceMule founder James Collie thought of the idea during a day hike with friends in the mountains of Virginia (where most great ideas come to fruition). When his impromptu trash-bag-lined day pack failed to keep his contents cold and his remaining possessions dry, he decided to make a portable softshell cooler. Many months and prototypes later, the IceMule was born. Check them out at icemulecooler.com.last_img read more


first_imgAccording to Garnar, the yellow zone is the 13905 zipcode for Binghamton. A more specific map is coming soon, he says. Additionally, he says the county will determine when 14-day yellow zone initiative starts, which will be either Thursday or Friday. 5:08 P.M. UPDATE Schools in the yellow zone will be able to request testing equipment from the state. —– Houses of worship may function at only 50% capacity.A maximum of 25 people will be allowed at indoor and outdoor mass gatherings.Only four people will be allowed per table for indoor and outdoor dining.Schools will remain open, but mandatory weekly testing of students, staff and teachers will be required for in person settings. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar tweeted clarification of what the “yellow zone” means for Binghamton.center_img Governor Cuomo said they are working with local authorities about the exact location of the yellow zone. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared part of Binghamton to be a “yellow zone” in New York. According to Cuomo, a yellow zone is a spot where the virus is spreading rapidly. However, there are also “orange” and “red zones”, such as Queens and Brooklyn, where the virus is spreading faster than in Binghamton. The mandate will last for a minimum of 14 days and will undergo review at the end of the time frame. Because Binghamton is a yellow zone, the state will mandate the following:last_img read more


first_imgThe new flight will take place on an Airbus 319/320 aircraft with 137/166 seats. “I am very pleased to present this additional flight with a night stop in Zagreb. This flight offers excellent connections via Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to other destinations. Going to Paris and returning to Zagreb on the same day is an additional benefit for Croatian travelers. With the new Alloff flight schedule, you can more easily access – among others – North American destinations, such as New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle and Vancouver.said Ildiko Kiss country Manager for Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia. Namely, the new airline will provide a quality connection with North America for all passengers who continue their flight to these destinations, which is certainly an interesting combination and benefit for our tourism. Starting on May 4, 2020, Air France will provide all passengers from Zagreb with another direct flight to Paris. In addition to the existing two direct flights, one of which in cooperation with Croatia Airlines is the offer of a total of three flights to Paris on a daily basis. The new flight will enable him to take off and return from Paris in one day, but also to board some of the flights to North America. last_img read more


first_img“We believe that the Federation should immediately repeal the ‘Anthem Policy’, publish a statement acknowledging the policy was wrong when it was adopted, and issue an apology to our black players and supporters,” the United States Women’s National Team Players Association said in a statement on Monday.”Further, we believe the Federation should lay out its plans on how it will now support the message and movement it tried to silence four years ago.”Kaepernick had begun kneeling during the anthem in August 2016 in order to draw attention to racial injustice following the deaths of several unarmed black men during confrontations with police.Kaepernick’s kneeling protest has become an emblematic expression of solidarity adopted during the recent demonstrations across the United States and around the world since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.Protesters and police officers have all taken a knee during the protests while sports stars in Germany’s Bundesliga have all kneeled before recent matches.Players from English Premier League giants Liverpool also knelt in a photo distributed through the club’s social media channels last week.ESPN said if US Soccer’s board votes to repeal the policy, it would take effect immediately but would still need to be voted on at the federation’s annual meeting next year.Topics : The United States Soccer Federation is considering scrapping a rule which bans players from kneeling during the national anthem, officials confirmed on Monday, as the US women’s team criticised the body for implementing the policy in the first place.USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone called for the policy to be discussed at a board meeting due to take place on Tuesday, ESPN reported on its website.A USSF spokesperson later confirmed the federation was considering repealing the policy. In a controversial move, US Soccer introduced a rule in 2017 which formally states that players must “stand respectfully” during the national anthem.It came after US women’s team star Megan Rapinoe kneeled during the anthem at an international in 2016.4 yrs ago a white gay female kneeled while playing for the USA national team to support what Kaepernick was kneeling for. Megan Rapinoe. A legend. Just so y’all know (: pic.twitter.com/3GrTi4gUPn— Des Equis (@desireehaven) June 5, 2020Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.The US women’s soccer team called on the USSF to “immediately repeal” the policy and to “apologize” to their black players.last_img read more


first_imgGermany’s ministry for labour and social affairs (BMAS) is considering a relaxation the minimum guarantee offered by Pensionsfonds.In a letter to stakeholders, BMAS proposed changes that would allow greater flexibility for the pension payout phase.Another proposal currently being discussed would allow certain employees to opt out of the protection offered by the insolvency fund PSV.In Germany, defined contribution (DC) funds have to be set up with a minimum guarantee, or Beitragszusage mit Mindestleistung, and if a Pensionsfonds is used as a vehicle the pay-out phase has to contain an insurance element. At present, Pensionsfonds are hardly used upon retirement, but rather as a financing instrument for pension pay-outs.The new proposal by the BMAS aims to change the norm by allowing the application of a 0% discount rate on all pensioners’ assets in Pensionsfonds.Employers would only be required to top up assets if returns fell below the minimum discount rate of 0%.Thomas Jasper, head of retirement at Towers Watson in Germany commented: “As stated in the proposal, this [approach] can really help Pensionsfonds to increase efficiencies and opportunities in the asset allocation and with it the chances of a higher pension for members.”The new law would allow Pensionsfonds to make full use of the regulatory freedoms in asset allocation which they can currently only apply to active members’ assets.Stephan Hebel, from the pensions department at Mercer in Germany also welcomed the proposal. “This is also a chance for employers to allow Pensionsfonds to try and generate higher pensions without a higher risk of top-ups.”He added the proposal was a “sensible evolution of the Pensionsfonds”, which was hindered in its development by the current regulation.Jasper was also convinced the change would be a “major step towards increasing the attractiveness of the Pensionsfonds”.A third expert did not want to go on the record before the end of the consultation phase on the new proposal on 10 September.She pointed out the proposal would only change the supervisory framework but not the legislation regarding workers’ rights:“Volatile pension pay-outs are something very unusual for Germany,” she stressed.On the other hand she noted the new regulation would allow Pensionsfonds to have one portfolio both for active as well as retired members.This would help save costs, also because providers would not have to hire an insurer to handle its payout phase.Hebel saw the proposal as part of the preparations for new industry-wide pension plans proposed by social minister Andrea Nahles earlier this year.Nahles has encouraged employers and employees to set up Pensionsfonds or Pensionskassen to create industry-wide pension plans with only minimal guarantees. The second part of the proposal by the BMAS would allow workers to individually opt out of PSV-protection if their employer went insolvent.“This makes sense in cases where the pension promise is already fully insured by a reinsurer, maybe if it is an old contract with interest rates of up to 4%,” Hebel pointed out.It would also help the PSV lower its admin costs by not having to take on members covered by a reinsurer’s contract.The experts all stress it was currenty unclear when the new proposals would be implemented.Some have speculated the changes could be integrated into the revised supervisory regulations brought about by the implementation of the portability directive and scheduled for this autumn.last_img read more


first_imgSelling agent Ivo Kornel of Belle Property — New Farm said the home sold to a prominent name in the construction industry for $4.05 million. Mr Kornel said the buyer had been looking for something in Teneriffe for a year and a half, but could not find anything suitable until now.He said he planned to renovate the property and build his “dream house” for his family. This house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe, was on the market for the first time in 53 years.The property on Teneriffe Hill had been in the same family for more than half a century. RELATED: New high for Brisbane house price This house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe, has sold for the first time in 53 years.ONE of Teneriffe’s most historic homes has sold for the first time in 53 years for more than $4 million in cash, in another sign Brisbane’s prestige property market is on fire.But the new owner is going to need to fork out even more money to restore the grand house to its former glory. The kitchen in the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.Teneriffe is Brisbane’s most expensive suburb, with a median house price of $1.67 million according to the latest Corelogic data. One of the five bedrooms in the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.He said she had hosted an annual Christmas party for the Teneriffe Hill residents — a tradition that the new owner planned to continue in the future.“This is one of the great homes — and positions — of Brisbane,” he said.“It’s elevated, up on Teneriffe Hill, river views, northeast aspect, it has the only drive through driveway in all of Teneriffe/New Farm. “To get all of those things on over 1000 sqm is as rare as hens’ teeth.” MORE: Model, rapper return to Brisbanecenter_img Inside the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe house has five bedrooms and two bathrooms and sits on a huge 1065 sqm of prime real estate.Mr Kornel said the home’s previous owner, who was in her 70s, had raised her family there but it had become too big for her alone. Inside the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe. Mr Kornel said the circa 1908 home attracted 25 groups at its first open inspection, with a mix of families and young couples who were planning to have a family.Local developer Frank Licastro and his public relations executive fiancee, Kaitie Mulherin, were among the prospective buyers looking at the home.“You also have those buyers, who are caretakers you could say, who would buy something like that to say they once owned it and be part of the history of the house,” he said. A view of the side of the house at 40 Teneriffe Dr, Teneriffe.last_img read more


first_img Luke Henderson of Professionals John Henderson. Pic: Jerad WilliamsHe said they already had settlements booked for December 19.Agents were reporting a steadier market following a tough start to the year and expected it to continue into the new year.McGrath’s Billy Jaz, who recently became a joint franchise partner of the Palm Beach office with Andy Hogarth and Ian Mills, said buyer sentiment had improved with market conditions in recent months. “The finality of both the (federal) election and (banking, superannuation and financial services) royal commission are two factors that have positively influenced the marketplace,” he said.“In addition, the trend of interstate buyers is growing quickly and is supported by all-time low interest rates.” Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said they were ready for the Christmas rush.“We’ve got solicitors on standby up until the 23rd,” he said.“If you (buy at) auction this weekend, we can do a 21-day settlement and they can be in by Christmas.“Even a 14-day settlement we can do.” Dane Atherton of Harcourts Coastal. Pic: Jerad WilliamsHe said there were also many benefits for sellers when it came to offloading properties before Christmas and the New Year.“The upside in doing it before Christmas is you avoid the potential increase in competition of more listings coming on (the market) in January,” he said.“These people who will have sold before Christmas, they’re now in a position to buy in January.”Professionals John Henderson director Luke Henderson said it was important to be organised.“You just need to have your finance lined up at this stage,” he said.“If they only need a valuation through the bank and everything else is lined up, they could probably do it as early as 14 days.“If you don’t, then you’re generally waiting until a month after that.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 Property experts are urging house hunters to buy now if they want to move in by Christmas.IF all you want for Christmas is a new home to celebrate the festive season in, you still have time.Property experts say it is becoming more common for house hunters to buy and then settle nail-bitingly close to December 25.Many have preparations in place weeks in advance to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. MORE NEWS: Best kitchens for happy holidays MORE NEWS: Luxury mansion’s $5 million reno pays offlast_img read more