Press release: Homes England secures eight more strategic partners to deliver thousands of new homes

first_img YHG 87.5m 2,315 I welcome the new strategic partners who share our ambition to build better homes faster. Our new ways of working with the sector means that housing associations can use their funding flexibly across their development programmes and respond quickly to local housing demand and a changing market. Partnerships Grant No. of affordable starts to March 2022 LMH & Torus 66.4m 1,757 Yorkshire 61.8m 1,300 Together Housing Group 53m 1,152 Curo & Swan 51.1m 1,067 Overall a £1.7 billion pound funding package has been agreed by Homes England to support a total of 23 strategic partners, who together will deliver around 40,000 affordable homes starts by March 2022.The new partnerships announced today are: Bromford, Curo & Swan, Liverpool Mutual Homes & Torus, Longhurst & Nottingham Community Housing Association, Together, Walsall Housing Group, Yorkshire and Your Housing Group. They represent a range of housing associations from across England, all with the ambition to deliver more homes at pace.Homes England Chairman, Sir Edward Lister said: Bromford 66.4m 1,400 WHG 38.7m 1,000 Longhurst & Nottingham Community Housing Association 71.7m 1,685 ENDSFor further information please contact Patsy Cusworth, PR and Media Manager, Tel: 020 7393 2201 or 0796772328 Email: [email protected] to Editors: About Homes England:Homes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand.last_img read more


Fiddler on the Roof’s Adam Kantor Is Broadway.com’s Newest Vlogger!

first_img Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles—we have a new video blogger! Fiddler on the Roof’s Adam Kantor is the latest to grab a camera as a Broadway.com vlogger. Rev up your sewing machines and get ready for Motel Citizen: Backstage at Fiddler on the Roof with Adam Kantor.Kantor, who plays Motel the tailor in the Bartlett Sher-helmed revival, will offer up a glimpse of backstage life at the Broadway Theatre, where he and his co-stars—including Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht and his onstage love interest and offstage bestie Alexandra Silber—follow traditions, find them some finds and haunt our dreams eight times a week.Kantor made his Broadway debut in the closing cast of Rent as Mark. He has since appeared in Next to Normal on Broadway and off-Broadway in The Last Five Years and Avenue Q, as well as the world premiere of Diner in Washington, D.C.Motel Citizen kicks off on February 5 and will run every Friday for eight weeks. View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Related Showscenter_img Adam Kantor in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more


Glamping Resort with tree houses opened in Plitvice

first_imgGrabovac, a picturesque place near the Plitvice Lakes, this summer has become richer for a completely new concept of vacation – glamping, which is part of Plitvice Holiday Resort. The real attractions are five wooden houses, which are a complete novelty on the Croatian market, and nine smaller holiday houses with an artificial lake suitable for swimming in the summer months, and this camp turns into a first-class location for a luxurious holiday all year round.Located high in the pine canopy, these luxurious cottages of unique design are perfect for stepping away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Their interior is designed for comfort and relaxation, and due to its equipment will provide each guest with a sense of comfort and luxury. Five specially equipped wooden houses extend on three levels, with two bathrooms, two bedrooms, living room and kitchen, and provide comfortable and luxurious accommodation for four people.Cottages on the lakeOn the other hand, on the lake itself there are nine smaller houses with double beds and a bathroom. Privacy is guaranteed by the surrounding trees, which also offer pleasant shade on hot days, and it is certainly an interesting fact that due to good insulation and central heating they are available all year round. Contractors from Croatia participated in the construction of these houses and the complete zone, so we can say that they are entirely a Croatian product.The conceptual concept of this glamping edition is signed by the Zagreb Abstracto studio, which is responsible for the complete arrangement of the camp, the design of the exterior and interior of the houses and their environment with the lake.”We are faced with a great challenge in the very development of the concept due to the desire of investors to make the project something unprecedented in our area and beyond. However, many years of experience and trust of investors and camp managers Grabovac, with whom we have successfully cooperated before, made it easier for us to create this project and now, with a step back, we can say with certainty that we have fulfilled this wish.. ” pointed out Ivan Plemenčić, head of the architectural team of Abstracto studio.It should be noted that the gastronomic offer has not bypassed this modern edition of glamorous camping, as this new age concept is called, so at the entrance to the camp there is an à la carte restaurant serving traditional Croatian cuisine, of which specialties should be emphasized. from Lika like homemade lamb. All visitors to the camp can enjoy their meals in the dining room or on the spacious terrace, and it is possible that they return to their terrace with breakfast and thus enjoy the view of nature.PHOTO GALLERY / Photo: Abstracto studio, Plitvice Holiday Resortlast_img read more


Active real estate managers outperform, study shows

first_imgHe said the average outperformance of 1.9% per year “was not accompanied by increased risk or less diversification”.The research carried out by Cremers and Lizieri, professor of real estate finance at Cambridge University in the UK, looked at 256 funds in IPD’s UK database over the 10 years to the end of 2011.The research compared property holdings by aggregating fund weights by segment and geography in order to compare them to a benchmark. This enabled the researchers to see whether a fund had a higher or lower share of assets managed actively.It then used this adapted active-share measure for property at the segment level in the UK and tested whether higher active-share managers tended to outperform lower active-share managers.Funds in the highest active-share group had 31 properties on average — the lowest number of holdings among all groups — and had an average size of around £200m (€239m).Russell Chaplin, CIO for property at Aberdeen Asset Management, noted that such funds could have been forced to be active because they were too small to enter markets such as prime Central London offices or large shopping centres.He said managers of these types of property portfolios could not track an index and so had to take a bottom-up approach to stock selection to deliver long-term value. “This research is a vindication of that approach and extends principles which have a firm basis in the equity markets to the property sector,” he said.Chaplin added: “This research shows you don’t need to be that big to be able to outperform.”The research also shows that benchmarks are there for measurement purposes and not as construction tools, according to Chaplin.He said it was always tempting for managers to monitor how they were performing relative to an index even if they were not tracking it, which could lead them to change allocations.“This shows you shouldn’t worry about those positions benchmark-related,” he said.“Each manager needs to have the courage of their convictions in the assets they’re selecting and stick with those assets.” Real estate funds are more likely to outperform and generate returns that are less volatile if their sector weightings deviate from the index, according to new research.The study by Aberdeen Asset Management, advised by professors Martijn Cremers and Colin Lizieri, found that funds with the “highest segment active share” — or those with the highest proportion of assets allocated independently of the index — generated an alpha of 1.9% on average per year.The research applied principles to the UK property sector that had previously only been used for equities, to see whether active managers generated outperformance.Cremers, professor of finance at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in the US, said: “Our study confirms that active management in property has benefitted investors.”last_img read more


Cleveland St., Oakland meet in Horizon tourney

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 2, 2020 Cleveland St., Oakland meet in Horizon tourney Associated Press center_img LEADING THE CHARGE: Oakland’s Xavier Hill-Mais has averaged 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds while Rashad Williams has put up 15.5 points. For the Vikings, Algevon Eichelberger has averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Torrey Patton has put up 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Hill-Mais has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all Oakland field goals over the last five games. The senior forward has accounted for 38 field goals and 18 assists in those games.SHARING THE BURDEN: Cleveland State is a perfect 6-0 when at least four of its players score 10 or more points. The team is 5-20 when fewer than four Vikings players score in double-figures.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Cleveland State’s Patton has attempted 57 3-pointers and connected on 43.9 percent of them, and is 6 for 16 over the last three games.DID YOU KNOW: Cleveland State has attempted the second-most free throws among all Horizon teams. The Vikings have averaged 21.7 free throws per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Cleveland State (11-20, 7-11) vs. No. 6 seed Oakland (13-18, 8-10)Horizon Conference Tourney First Round, Athletics Center Orena, Oakland, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cleveland State is set to match up against Oakland in the first round of the Horizon tourney. Oakland won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last met on Feb. 13, when the Golden Grizzlies shot 48.3 percent from the field en route to a 79-74 victory.last_img read more


The Mayday Foundation Adds Scholarship for Thurston County Kids Impacted by…

first_imgFacebook84Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Mayday FoundationWhen The Mayday Foundation was approached to partner with Providence Regional Cancer System and Capital Bicycling Club to host a bike ride, Amy Rowley, the non-profit organization’s founder and executive director, quickly said yes.The Two-County Double Metric Century ride starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey. The route is suitable for serious cyclists and casual athletes. Dr. Barbara Lazio (right), a Providence neurosurgeon, is a key member of the ride’s planning committee. Photo courtesy: The Mayday Foundation“It was a natural collaboration,” said Rowley.  “Providence is a strong force in helping local families cope with a cancer diagnosis and it’s a pleasure to work together with Capital Bicycling Club and Providence to raise funds for our neighbors.”The June 23, 2019 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, which starts and ends at Providence Regional Cancer System in Lacey, now includes a fundraising component. Each rider is asked to donate a minimum of $25, earmarked for The Sigrid Hardy Memorial Scholarship fund, managed by The Mayday Foundation.“When we lost our friend, Sigrid Hardy, last year to cancer it felt like a punch in the gut to me,” said bike ride planning committee member and Providence neurosurgeon, Dr. Barbara Lazio. “Sigrid was so hilarious, irreverent, and full of life. It was way too soon. Her kids were in school with mine since we moved to Olympia in 2010. The whole time I knew Sigrid, she was being treated for a rare cancer.”Dr. Lazio proposed the fundraising component and scholarship direction to The Mayday Foundation. “Our Two-County Double Metric Century ride was looking to fund something for local cancer patients and families. By working with The Mayday Foundation, we are so excited to start this scholarship for students whose families are affected by cancer, like the Hardy family. Sigrid Hardy was the obvious person to memorialize with this scholarship,” said Dr. Lazio.Applicants are asked to write a short essay describing how cancer has impacted their family.  “We’re open to families when a parent, sibling or applicant has or has had cancer,” said Rowley.  “Our goal is to not perpetuate the financial hardships of a cancer diagnosis into the next generation. Our hope is to reduce some of the burden of paying for college.”Originally, the groups intended to collect funds during the June 23, 2019 ride and distribute scholarships in 2020.  However, the timeline was moved forward after generous donations from the community. “After two large donations, we hustled to pull together the scholarship form and get it distributed to Thurston County high schools. We decided it was more important to get these funds into the hands of kids impacted by cancer rather than holding dollars in our bank account,” said Rowley when discussing the shift to move up the timeline and give out scholarships in 2019.Dr. Barbara Lazio (left) and her daughter show off their jerseys before the 2018 Two-County Double Metric Century ride. The family was riding in honor of Sigrid Hardy. Photo courtesy: The Mayday FoundationAll Thurston County graduates, impacted by cancer and planning to enroll in an accredited college, university or trade school, are eligible to apply. “We quickly received a couple of applications from kids whose parents have tragically died from cancer,” said Rowley, noting the application process is open until May 20, 2019. The Mayday Foundation scholarship review committee will make a decision in early June and award as many scholarships as possible.“I am grateful that people are so generous and that generosity has Sigrid’s name attached to it.  We’re just a middle class family trying to get by every day,” said her husband of 35 years, Derek Hardy. “Cancer throws a cloud over a family and this scholarship will throw some sunlight back into their lives.”When cyclists register for the June 23 Two-County Double Metric Century ride, they can read Sigrid Hardy’s story. The route includes a variety of lengths and is ideal for both the serious cyclist and the casual outdoor athlete. To register for the ride, click here.Dr. Lazio said in conclusion, “Please consider riding, volunteering or donating directly to the scholarship.”To learn more about The Mayday Foundation’s mission of helping families pay for household expenses while coping with a cancer diagnosis, visit www.maydayfoundation.org.last_img read more