Businesses propose major Oxford-Cambridge development shake-up

first_imgThere it was suggested that the Gross Value Added of the area could be increased by £163bn to a total of £250bn by doubling house-building rates in the area and delivering East-West Rail and the Oxford-Cambridge Express-way. In July of this year, Housing Minister Kit Malthouse and Business Secretary Greg Clark supported four Local Industrial Strategies along the Arc. Bidwells senior partner Patrick McMahon argued that to preserve the competitiveness of the area ‘a long-term strategy that encourages public-private collaboration is crucial’. This would include the creation of one million new homes and jobs by 2050 and the country’s first new towns in 50 years. However, local authorities were only given seven weeks (during parliamentary recess and the school holidays) to come up with housing proposals, some to house over 150,000 people. Layla Moran strongly opposes the £4 billion cost of the Express- way, but calls for the electrification of lines required for the East-West rail link to be accelerated. Moran has in the past described the Expressway as,”unpopular and questionable”. Twenty-five leading property chiefs and businesses are calling for an “Olympic-style” body to deliver infrastructure and housing required to develop the area between Oxford and Cambridge, a development project known as the “Oxford-Cambridge Arc”. For example, the opening of rail services to Cowley East will be delayed beyond 2019 and Councillor John Howson has called for the project to ‘get back on track’. Despite this, the sense of urgency has not decreased as house prices have risen by 73% in Cambridge and 67% in Oxford, in the last decade. There is also frustration at the current lack of public consultation with decisive power residing with central government. The atmosphere appears promising as the current Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, described Bidwells proposals Party housing as a ‘down-payment Conference on broader ideas to come’, at the Conservative over the summer. The Manifesto calls for automatic brownfield development rights, a people’s planning lottery, Visas for STEM News students, houses for workers, and much more. That the ODA’s success was primarily attributable to its wide-ranging powers over local bodies and the prior compulsory purchase of the land in East Lon- don may be a cause for concern for some in Oxford who would rather empower regional authorities. The Expressway remains the most contentious issue within the broad Arc project. The No Expressway Alliance points to the lack of public consultation or evidence that it would work to reduce congestion. center_img Their proposal would entail a single body on which thirty-one local councils work with private developers to better deliver the ‘Arc’ project. The original Oxford to Cambridge Arc initiative was launched in 2003 and aimed to capitalize on the educational, research and business assets found in the area. It was then turbocharged by a National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) report in 2017. However, it was criticised by George Monbiot as amounting to a “Oxford-Cambridge conurbation”, an unnecessary expansion. This is expounded in the forthcoming ‘Radial Regeneration Manifesto’ produced by property consultancy Bidwells, architect Perkins & Will and public relations spinners Blackstock Consulting. Bidwells advise over 60% of Oxford colleges on their property and investment strategy, and the Manifesto is supported by Oxford University Innovation. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) inspiring the proposal was a successful public-private partnership that oversaw the planning and construction of the Olympic Park in East London. They were responsible for eight sport venues, the Olympic Village, transport infrastructure, and the 2,800 homes built after the games. Parts of the proposed development, most contentiously the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway road, already face opposition from both Oxford Extinction Rebellion and the Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran, among others. They suggest the proposals would compromise greenbelt areas and pose wider environmental challenges. This is echoed by Oxford Extinction Rebellion who oppose the expressway road on account of greener alternatives, as transport already makes up 27% of total UK carbon emissions. These were developed with local authorities, businesses, and government, and intend to “set out how the area will deliver the national Industrial Strategy’s aim to raise productivity levels and to create high-quality, well paid jobs.” Conversely, the plan received support from local government leaders with new powers proposed for local councils to fund and raise finance for major infrastructure developments and combat burgeoning house prices. However, this has not yet materialised and further delays have stymied the project. This is particularly ambitious as for the scheme to work, Oxfordshire would have to provide 300,000 homes despite currently containing 280,000. The Chair of the NIC, Lord Adonis, said it constituted a “ground-breaking deal between ministers and local leaders that could transform the area.” last_img read more

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UNC looks to knock off No. 11 Louisville

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 February 20, 2020 SENIOR STUDS: Louisville has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon have combined to account for 61 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 56 percent of all Cardinals points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Cole Anthony has directly created 46 percent of all North Carolina field goals over the last three games. Anthony has 19 field goals and 15 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: North Carolina is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 10-7 when scoring at least 65.PERFECT WHEN: Louisville is a perfect 17-0 when it scores at least 71 points. The Cardinals are 5-5 when scoring any fewer than that.DID YOU KNOW: North Carolina is ranked first among ACC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.4 percent. The Tar Heels have averaged 14.1 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Carolina (10-16, 3-12) vs. No. 11 Louisville (22-5, 13-3)KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Louisville looks to give North Carolina its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents. North Carolina’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 11 Oregon Ducks 78-74 on Nov. 29, 2019. Louisville is coming off a 90-66 home win over Syracuse on Wednesday.center_img Associated Press UNC looks to knock off No. 11 Louisvillelast_img read more

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Sen. Beck Keeping Watch on the Economy

first_imgBy Jody CalendarEATONTOWN – Monmouth County’s economy is recovering at a faster pace than the state average and Fort Monmouth is considered the best recovery from a closing in the nation.But byzantine regulations have slowed homeowners from recovering from Super Storm Sandy, residents are flocking to Florida to avoid the state’s draconian estate tax laws and the casinos are blocking the economic recovery of Monmouth Park and “gaming” the state, Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-16th, said in a wide-ranging discussion with businessmen this week.Beck promised the gathering of the Eastern Chamber of Commerce Business Network Breakfast meeting yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel, here, “I’m on it” but recognized that she may face fierce opposing opinions and interests.She urged those in her district who are still having trouble with Sandy recovery of their home or business to call her office.She said she had a team of “incredibly smart young people” who will help expedite solutions.Beck is angry that casinos are moving operations 9 miles from the New Jersey border but want to be subsidized in Atlantic City “and are crying poverty when they are making a mint. And those are your tax dollars.”Beck said the casino industry’s insistence that Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands not be allowed gaming licenses was frankly absurd and self-serving.Admitting that she went head to head with Gov. Chris Christie when he wanted to close Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands, said, “He and I went at it.“Thirty two gaming casinos are amassing on New Jersey’s borders, she said. “The casinos are playing us. They are savvy, savvy businessmen. The sad thing is those 10,000 people out of work from the closing of the four casinos and another is possibly closing which will mean a loss of another 3,000 jobs.”That affects Monmouth Park as well as Monmouth County businesses, she stressed.Beck said she also opposes raising the gas tax to fund the Transportation Trust Fund. Her calculations suggest the tax would have to be raised 22 cents a gallon, which, she said, is not viable.“Anyone who drives Rt. 66 knows it needs work, which is money,” she said. “Should (the Trust Fund) be funding sound walls? We have to look at what we’re funding.”She’s also concerned that “droves” of residents “which are tracked by data” are moving to Florida to avoid tax on retirement funds, inheritance tax and estate tax.“There’s a serious debate because some people believe that persons of means, who have more than $675,000 don’t care about those taxes but it’s clear they are going to other states for 183 days – it’s happening so we don’t benefit from the taxes at all,” said Beck, who is on the budget committee.The good news is that Fort Monmouth is developing well and transitioning into private ownership. Paterson Hospital was privatized, the marine facility has been privatized, the golf course will be, the state police took over the firing range and there are many other negotiations.What Beck is most excited about is her meeting with Sen. Joseph Kryillos, and Sen. Tom H. Kean Jr. with a Princeton-based concern to discuss the development of a technical center that would partner with a car marker to develop driverless cars and the facility would encompass 83 acres.“High paying, high-tech business,” Beck said. “Subaru is moving its headquarters to Camden and we hope to approach them.”She also stressed that the state’s economy has improved with the state dropping from 10 percent unemployment to 6.6 percent and Monmouth County at 5.5 percent.Beck is urging towns to consolidate to save tax dollars and said merging sewer authorities won’t lose a town’s identity.She said among her many priorities some at the top of the list are estate tax repeal, pension reform because of the “robust outstanding liability,” gaming licenses for Monmouth Park and stopping the casino drain, regionalization and growing the economy.She urged residents in her district to engage the issues and voice their opinions.“We need your help,” she said. “These are complicated issues.”last_img read more

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22 days agoStandard Liege coach Preud’homme: Any Arsenal result a surprise

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Standard Liege coach Preud’homme: Any Arsenal result a surpriseby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStandard Liege coach Michel Preud’homme admits they’re rank outsiders going to Europa League opponents Arsenal.The former goalkeeper says any result would be a bonus.”Getting a result would be a surprise,” says Preud’homme. “Of course we all hope so. What the reality brings, however, we’ll only know tomorrow night. I have told my players to take advantage of this competition to give everything. With the ambition to get the most out of it. “We are going to try to play our football. Our biggest weapons? Every week, we are a team that tries to think collectively.” last_img read more

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a day ago​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger left

first_img​Arsenal hero Petit: Nothing has changed since Wenger leftby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Emmanuel Petit does not see any differences between the end of Arsene Wenger’s time at the club and their performances now.Unai Emery has received time and backing at the club, as he is now into his second season as manager.But their performances and results are no better than what Wenger was achieving, and Emery arguably has a more balanced squad at his disposal.Petit told reporters: “I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery.”As a manager he has a bad record away from home – not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain.”Arsenal showed no character and it p***es me off because it has been the case so many times away from home.”The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange.”It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures.”But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane – you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team.”They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set pieces.”That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea.”But more importantly they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch.”They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity.”They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal – you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got.”But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsène Wenger left.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photos: Honeymooners Sporting Their Tux And Wedding Dress Are At Kentucky’s Game vs. South Carolina

first_imgHoneymooners in wedding tux and dress at Kentucky vs. South Carolina.It’s Valentine’s Day, so it’s fairly fitting that a recently married couple is attending Kentucky’s game against South Carolina at Rupp Arena this afternoon. The couple, which got married Friday night, is sitting in the upper section of the Wildcats’ arena, with the groom sporting his tuxedo and the bride still wearing her wedding dress. Check it out: Here’s our new favorite honeymooners sitting 1st row upper arena @Rupp_Arena after getting married last night pic.twitter.com/v6k9s9Bea5— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) February 14, 2015There’s a bride at Rupp Arena today: pic.twitter.com/hmWR6RHcPx— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) February 14, 2015How grand is UK basketball? These fine Kentucky folks were just married in the Commonwealth’s church, Rupp Arena. #fb pic.twitter.com/1QwZNQMDOc— Benjamin Riggs (@bpriggs) February 14, 2015Woman in wedding dress watching basketball in second level of Rupp Arena. (Above A in Whitaker). pic.twitter.com/ZhmxF36x6Z— Brian Bennett (@BennettESPN) February 14, 2015Love and Basketball combine @Rupp_Arena for @KentuckyMBB vs South Carolina. #BBN #Bluelyweds pic.twitter.com/Na3HgVOs1C— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) February 14, 2015Basketball, clearly, reigns supreme in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky and South Carolina are currently playing on ESPN.last_img read more

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Cardinal Energy cleaning up after 320000 litres of oil and produced water

first_imgSWAN HILLS, Alta. — A large spill of crude oil and produced water at Cardinal Energy’s facility near Swan Hills is being cleaned up.The Alberta Energy Regulator has few details about Saturday’s spill on its compliance reporting website.It says 320,000 litres of the substances leaked after a problem with pump equipment. The regulator says no wildlife has been affected.Cardinal Energy could not immediately be reached for comment.The facility where the spill happened is near Swan Hills, Alta., which is about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Man arrested in Regina for sexual assault was in Dawson Creek and

first_imgDuke appeared in a Regina court on Friday and according to CBC Regina, was released on bail with no curfew or travel restrictions.  His next court appearance is August 20, 2019.Regina Police believe there is potential that other victims exist unreported. Duke has travelled across Canada, and was in Esterhazy from November of 2018 to February of 2019, and travelled from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta to Dawson Creek and Taylor, British Columbia, in June and July 2019. Duke also has a campsite at Craven Country Campground. His travels are not limited to these areas, but these areas are locations of travel of which police are aware.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).  The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.Forty-nine-year-old Christopher Cameron Duke, of Regina, was charged with:2 X Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age [CC 271];2 X Sexual Interference [CC 151]; and2 X Anal intercourse [CC 159(1)]. REGINA, S.K. – Regina Police are looking for potential sexual assault victims in Dawson Creek and Taylor after they arrested a 49-year-old man earlier this month.On August 1, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m., police were dispatched to a Regina residence for the report of a sexual assault of a 12-year-old female.  The incident occurred at the residence on the evening of July 31, 2019. An investigation into the incident led to a 49-year-old male, who was arrested and charged.Sexual Assault On A Minor https://t.co/gJMoSYsak1 pic.twitter.com/3Fw1CIAn9W— Regina Police (@reginapolice) August 7, 2019last_img read more

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Top Court Panel Rejects Centres Objection On 2 Judges Recommends 2 More

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today rejected the government’s objections to the elevation of two judges to the top court, stressing that merit should be considered above seniority. The Supreme Court collegium, or panel of five senior most judges, reiterated its April 12 decision to recommend Justices Aniruddha Bose and AS Bopanna for the top court. “Merit should be given predominant consideration,” the collegium said, noting that “nothing adverse regarding competence, conduct or integrity of the judges had been pointed out” by the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Amid disagreement over the two names, the collegium today also recommended two more judges for the Supreme Court – Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant. Justice Gavai is a judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Kant is the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The collegium includes Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Bobde, Justice NV Ramana, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice RF Nariman. Reports suggest that the government had cited seniority and regional representation to send back the names recommended by the judges’ panel. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “We have carefully considered the observations made by the Department of Justice while referring back to the Collegium,” the judges said. Aniruddha Bose is the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court and AS Bopanna is Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court. “The Collegium is of the view that, as laid down by the Supreme Court, though seniority amongst Judges in their High Courts and their combined seniority on all-India basis should be given due weightage, merit should be the predominant consideration,” the judges said. While recommending two new names, the Supreme Court said it had considered their seniority, competence, conduct and integrity. With Justice BR Gavai’s elevation, added the collegium, “the Supreme Court Bench will have a Judge belonging to Scheduled Caste category after about a decade.” The Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 31 judges but is working with 27. with inputs of NDTVlast_img read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State hits century mark in win over Marshall 11170

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate slams home a dunk against Navy on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFollowing Wednesday’s win over Jackson State, Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said that he was pleased with where his defense was at, but admitted that the offense needed some touching up. On Friday, OSU put together one of its best overall games in more than a season.The Buckeyes defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 111-70, on Friday at the Schottenstein Center in the final game of the Global Sports Invitational. The Scarlet and Gray scored 60 points in the first half and topped 100 points for the first time since Dec. 27, 2014 against Wright State.Senior forward Marc Loving and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate led OSU in scoring with 20 points each.“This has been a good week for this team,” Matta said. “I think we’ve grown and gotten better on both sides of the basketball. Are we there yet, no … but from the standpoint of what we’ve done percentage wise defensively is a good thing for us.”Marshall entered Friday night’s game averaging 83.8 points per game. The Buckeyes were averaging 56.6 points allowed per game. Something would have to give, and that something favored the Buckeyes.Marshall’s 70 points was its lowest total yet this season.OSU had the Thundering Herd on its heels from the beginning. Through the first eight minutes, the Buckeyes scored 27 points and already had a 13-point lead. The hot shooting continued as redshirt junior guard Kam Williams got several looks from 3 and the Scarlet and Gray owned the glass, creating several transition opportunities.The Buckeyes used a first-half 13-0 run that ended in a 22-5 run to pad its lead to 23 before halftime. Redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson led the team with 15 points at the half. OSU had 30 rebounds in the first half compared to its game average of 38. Williams was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc at half with 11 points.In the second half, it was more of the same from the Buckeyes. OSU racked up 27 offensive rebounds and freshman center Micah Potter started to make his presence more known. Potter ended the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds in his first career double-double.“Last game we gave up too many offensive rebounds so the emphasis of just, in practice, doing a lot of box-out drills, doing a lot of rebounding drills,” Thompson said. “That’s the biggest thing that we wanted to do was crash the boards and keep them off the glass and stuff like that.”Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle shook off a rough first half and scored 12 points in the second. He ended the night with six assists.Loving became the 53rd player in OSU history to surpass 1,000 career points. He also had 14 rebounds.Loving has had two consecutive games where he has shot above 50 percent from the field. As the only senior on the team, this is the type of production Matta and Loving, himself, is looking for.“Marc has kind of kicked it in a little bit and hopefully he can continue to not just make shots but … he’s playing better defense too and that’s a good thing for us,” Matta said.Next on the schedule, the Buckeyes have their toughest test yet, on the road at No. 7 Virginia. OSU lost by six last year in Columbus to the Cavaliers. Loving led that game with 19 points.Loving said that for the team to have its best game for its biggest game of the year thus far is certainly a boost of morale, but it doesn’t mean much when the teams square off on Wednesday at 9 p.m.I think I saw their score and Virginia was winning their game by a large margin as well, so both teams will be confident coming into this game,” he said. “We’ll just see who’s better that night.” read more

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