SVA Property Auctions first 2017 sale

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » SVA Property Auctions first 2017 sale previous nextAgencies & PeopleSVA Property Auctions first 2017 saleThe Negotiator23rd March 20170566 Views SVA Property Auctions, Scotland’s independent auction service, will put 21 lots under the hammer on 1st March at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel, coming from as far north as Sutherland to Peebles in the south.The Edinburgh auction will list five former bank branches, including the ground floor property on Main Street, Cambuslang, part of a handsome end terrace three storey stone corner block. The lot includes the lease of an ATM unit, which will generate an income stream of £3,000 for the buyer.Says Shaun Vigers, SVA Property director and auctioneer, “We have sold over thirty former bank premises over the last few years and they have been popular in the auction room. We are therefore anticipating that bidding will settle for this particularly attractive building at around £135,000.”There is also a very attractive lot of 1.77 acres at Lauder Road in the Borders town of Stow. The village has new residential development and a station on the new Borders railway link has given the economy a significant boost. The plot is ideal for a development of six houses and the principle of residential development has been established with Scottish Borders Council. The auctioneers believe it will sell for around £325,000.Shaun Vigers, director and auctioneer, says, “We offer properties which have not previously been exposed to the market and we know from feedback from buyers and vendors that this has been a key factor in their decisions to participate in our auctions.”SVA Property Auctions auction Scottish auctioneers March 23, 2017The 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 2021last_img read more

New Zealand Navy’s sole tanker concludes last deployment

first_img Royal New Zealand Navy’s fleet oiler returned to her homeport of Devonport Naval Base on June 13 completing her last operational deployment.The 30-year-old Endeavour wrapped up a four-month South-east Asia deployment and is set to be decommissioned later this year.HMNZS Endeavour started her service in April 1988 after being built in South Korea. Endeavour is the third ship of this name to serve in the Royal New Zealand Navy and is named after James Cook’s HM Barque Endeavour on his first voyage to New Zealand.Crewed by 50 officers and sailors, Endeavour spent her years in service refueling ships at sea, enabling other navy vessels to operate over long distances for extended periods of time.She will be replaced by what will be the Royal New Zealand Navy’s largest ship ever.HMNZS Aotearoa, as the vessel will be named, will have twice the displacement of HMNZS Endeavour and will carry 30 per cent more fuel.Construction of the new 24,000-tonne vessel will start next year and is expected to be delivered in January 2020. New Zealand Navy’s sole tanker concludes her last deployment Authorities View post tag: RNZN View post tag: HMNZS Endeavourcenter_img June 13, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand Navy’s sole tanker concludes her last deployment Share this articlelast_img read more

Trump: Look, Obamacare is ‘Dead’ and I’m ‘100 Percent’ Behind Our Replacement Plan

first_imgTrump: Look, Obamacare is ‘Dead’ and I’m ‘100 Percent’ Behind Our Replacement PlanGuy Benson Guy Benson Up first, a key nugget of news: Now that the Trump/Ryan healthcare bill narrowly cleared another hurdle in the budget committee this week (more on that in a moment), it has been sent over to the rules committee — the final stage before a full floor vote. House leadership is apparently sufficiently confident that this final committee obstacle will be overcome that they’ve slated a floor vote for late next week. As it approaches, expect a furious debate with the Democrats, and an intense whip count effort within the GOP conference to round up the requisite votes for ultimate passage. Here we go:Will Paul Ryan have the votes? He and his team have repeatedly insisted that this “repeal and replace” roadmap has been charted with major buy-in from the House GOP rank-and-file, who’ve been kept in the loop every step of the way. But in recent weeks, the party’s right flank has blanched at the framework of the legislation (dubbing it “Obamacare-lite” and too generous), while centrists have sounded the alarm over the Congressional Budget Office’s score of the bill. Are these differences reconcilable? We’ll likely find out in a matter of days. It’s worth noting that in this week’s budget committee squeaker (19-17 passage), three members of the House Freedom Caucus joined Democrats in voting no, nearly waylaying the process. One additional lost vote, and the American Health Care Act would have been tied up in committee.As the “repeal and replace” push began in earnest earlier this month, may political observers said that a key factors in the process would be presidential leadership. Despite the problematic (but likely overstated) CBO challenge and other intense pressure points — and despite theorizing that certain elements within the White House were setting up the House to fail — President Trump’s steadfast support for GOPCare has remained unwavering. Having recently hosted Obamacare victims at the White House, Trump made an additional statement in the Oval Office today, flanked by members who were leaning ‘no.’ He explained that the failing status quo demonstrates that the current law is “dead,” (the latest enrollment numbers are poor, a consequence of unaffordable costs) voicing “100 percent support” for the Republican alternative designed by his HHS Secretary and House leaders. This is a full-throated endorsement:Trump again repeats the smart talking point that Obamacare is collapsing on its own, but that sitting back and allowing that to happen would be irresponsible governance because people are suffering. This framing reinforces the public’s belief that the current law is failing, a reality that even a majority of respondents in this week’s brutal Fox News poll agreed with. As for vote-gathering, according to Politico’s Tim Alberta, there’s a specific strategy afoot:What this suggests to me is that the plan is to muscle the bill through and get it over to the Senate in its current form, at which point amendments will probably make some significant alterations. Trump’s campaign posture was vowing as much coverage for as many people as possible, so it would follow that he’d be likely to support changes that make the bill more generous (and expensive) when push comes to shove. As it stands, moderates would likely kill this iteration of the bill, so stand by for changes in the upper chamber. But it also looks like Trump is willing to do the political work of launching a private charm offensive with reluctant conservatives (adopting previously-discussed policy changes in the opposite direction, too, which led to the photo op embedded above), then taking his show on the road — with a goal of keeping the heat up on Republican members who may be tempted to torpedo his bill. I’ll leave you with a clip from Ryan chatting with National Review’s Rich Lowry about this process, as well as a surreal quote from Nancy Pelosi attacking Republicans for forcing their members to “walk the plank” in support of a harmful healthcare bill. This coming from a woman who did precisely that, without a public mandate developed over four election cycles, and who proceeded to lose 63 seats in the next election:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

What Approaching Winter Storm Means For Ocean City This Weekend

first_imgA Winter Weather Advisory is in effect tonight for the possibility of a brief mix of snow & ice. A storm system that will affect us this weekend bring mainly rain for parts of Saturday and Sunday. Luckily, we will be climbing out of our deep freeze before the brunt of the precipitation arrives.After a starting Friday morning with temperatures in the teens, an approaching storm would usually mean trouble. Fortunately, this storm will track to our west and with a surge of milder air ahead of the system, any frozen precipitation will be short lived. The leading edge of snow/mix will move into our area late Friday night. With temperatures below freezing over the last couple of days, any snow or mix that falls will stick. So roadways could get slick for late tonight into the overnight hours if the precipitation arrives in time. Computers models show a brief shot of snow possible before changeover to rain (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)However, temperatures will slowly climb and will be above freezing before sunrise on Saturday morning. So the longer it takes to arrive, the less snow/mix we would see. Little or no accumulation is expected before any changeover to rain overnight.Computer models shows rain across Central and South Jersey and freezing rain across Philadelphia and points north & west. (Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com)Rain will continue through Saturday morning and will taper off during the afternoon as the warm front lifts through. It will be breezy and milder during the day as temperatures climb through the 40s and could reach 50 by Saturday evening. Temperatures climb from the 20s Friday into the 40s Saturday to near 60 by Sunday!If you are traveling towards Philadelphia and points north & west, a longer period of snow and ice is expected early Saturday morning. Only a couple of inches of snow and ice is expected before a changeover to rain occurs there as well.National Weather Service: Forecast Snow Total Through Saturday morning The next round of rain will arrive Sunday ahead of a cold front. Temperatures will get close to 60 degrees before the front moves through later in the day on Sunday.2nd round of rain arrives Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy: tropicaltibits.com)Cold air returns Monday but not frigid as highs return to the upper 30s to lower 40s early next week.last_img read more

Press release: Arrest made following Home Counties waste mountains

first_img Waste criminals put both the environment and local communities at risk with their reckless actions. The Environment Agency is determined to bring culprits to justice. A 44-year-old man from Maidenhead, in Berkshire, was held at Eton Wick on 21 May, by Thames Valley Police in connection with large-scale illegal waste tipping across Surrey, west London, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Hampshire.The spate of incidents started in March this year, and has so far seen 35 incidents of waste deposited unlawfully.The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation between the Environment Agency and Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley and Surrey forces.A tipper lorry and van believed to be involved in the illegal waste operation were seized as part of the operation. The investigation continues, with various lines of enquiry being pursued.Emma Viner, Area Enforcement Manager for the Environment Agency, said: Last year, the Environment Agency stopped illegal waste activity at 812 sites – more than two a day, disrupting illegal operators and helping legitimate business to grow.In 2017/18, the EA made 93 successful waste-crime prosecutions, resulting in 17 prison sentences. We encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. We are pleased a suspect has been arrested in connection with a number of suspected large-scale illegal dumping incidents across four counties and west London.last_img read more

When to alter cancer screenings

first_imgNot only is it important for physicians to be fully informed about any cancer in their patients’ family histories, but a massive new study led by a Harvard researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a University of California scientist indicates that it is important to update that history whenever there are contemporaneous changes in it.While it has long been known that family history is among the most important determinants of an individual’s risk of cancer and the details of that history — whether and at what ages close relatives were diagnosed with particular tumors — can affect recommendations for screening examinations such as colonoscopies and mammograms, the results of the study in the July 13 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) show that changes in family history significant enough to alter screening recommendations are common in adults ages 30 to 50.“We wanted to find out whether changes in a person’s family history of cancer, over time, would affect the screening schedule and tests recommended by standard guidelines,” says Dianne Finkelstein, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health who is associated with the MGH Biostatistics Center and a corresponding author of the JAMA report. “The results of our study could guide how often health care providers should update their patients’ family histories.”The study investigators are all members of the National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Genetics Network (CGN), which involves 14 academic medical centers in the U.S. Established in 1998, the CGN is a registry of thousands of individuals with a personal or family history of cancer. The researchers analyzed both the detailed family history information participants reported upon enrollment in the network — which reflected their cancer risk up until that time — and the updated information they provided on an annual basis over an average of eight years.Analysis focused on colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, since the established screening guidelines for those common tumors can be affected by family history. For example, a 42-year-old woman with no family history of colorectal cancer would be recommended to have her first colonoscopy at age 50 and a repeat exam every 10 years. But if her 46-year-old brother is diagnosed with that cancer, the guidelines would call for her to have an immediate colonoscopy that should be repeated every five years. Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to add breast MRIs to their routine mammograms.Sufficient data to determine risk of those three tumors were available for more than 11,000 CGN participants. Examining both the retrospective and prospective information reported by participants revealed that, between ages 30 and 50, the percentage of participants whose risk of colorectal cancer increased enough to affect screening recommendations more than tripled. Similarly the percentage of women in that age group with a change in breast cancer risk that would call for breast MRI increased almost 60 percent. A smaller but still significant increase in prostate cancer risk was seen in men ages 30 to 50.The investigators note that, in addition to taking comprehensive family histories of new patients, primary care physicians or other health care providers should update those histories every five to 10 years, particularly for patients between the ages of 30 and 50. “We hope this new information will help educate physicians to more frequently ask patients these important questions,” says Sharon Plon, a professor of both pediatrics and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and senior author of the JAMA report. “As most health care systems are moving toward the use of electronic health records, there is tremendous potential to ensure that people at higher risk of cancer are being screened earlier and using the best methods.”Plon notes that patients can also take it upon themselves to inform their providers of significant changes. “Many patients make lists of questions for the doctor before their appointments, and we hope they add changes to their family history to those lists. Our results are relevant for all patients, since anyone may have a change that would affect their cancer screening recommendations.”Finkelstein adds, “Patients should be aware which of their close relatives have had cancer, the location or organ where the cancer started, and the age at which the relative was first diagnosed with cancer.”Co-lead authors of the JAMA report are Argyrios Ziogas of the University of California, Irvine, and Nora Horick of MGH Biostatistics Center.last_img read more

America at a crossroads

first_imgAt stake in the next election is nothing less than a redefinition of America’s priorities, according to Harvard scholars taking part in a panel discussion at the Barker Center.Offering both historic and contemporary perspectives on the current election, several faculty members reflected on how themes from America’s recent and distant past are playing out on today’s national stage during an Oct. 16 panel discussion.The national mood is strikingly similar to that of a century ago, when the majority of Americans were disillusioned with the “vast inequalities of wealth and power” in the United States, said Alexander Keyssar, Harvard Kennedy School’s Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy.That unhappiness led to creation of what Keyssar deemed a “grand bargain” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through institutional reforms involving corporate regulation, unionization, social insurance provisions, and universal suffrage.But in recent decades, that bargain has come under attack, largely from Republicans, but also from some Democrats, he said, who have done things like pass voter identification laws and dismantle significant parts of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which limited the power of commercial banks. As a result, President Barack Obama has had to play the role of a “strategic conservative” trying to preserve the status quo, while Romney and his party “seek dramatic movement back to the 1890s.”What’s fundamentally at stake with the election, said Keyssar, is “whether that ‘grand bargain’ will be further eviscerated, whether those basic institutional structures will be more completely dismantled.”Annette Gordon-Reed, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, said the election comes down to a basic question of “what kind of nation the American people think they are.”Annette Gordon-Reed (left), with Elizabeth Hinton and Kenneth Mack.Gordon-Reed, who is also the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School (HLS), said the question could be traced back to a fundamental philosophical difference between Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. The former admired Europe and sought a more robust role for central government in American life, while Jefferson envisioned the United States becoming a “completely different place.”Those conflicting visions, she said, have persisted and put the nation on a kind of “track,” one in which many consider the present-day European vision of a social safety net as un-American and “oppressive, as opposed to something that is helpful, or a right that people share.”The differing perspectives can also be tied to race, and a belief that minorities “will be the primary beneficiaries … of the welfare state.”The irony, said Gordon-Reed, is that Obama, who as an African-American man ­­is a member of a minority group, finds himself in the position of defending his largely “conservative” health care plan. Yet conservatives still see that plan as “engaging in an enormous power grab.”This election recalls the political situation in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan took office, quickly lowered taxes, and pursued a deregulation agenda to move government out the way “to make room for private initiative,” said Kenneth W. Mack, HLS professor of law.Today’s situation is similar, he said, but is playing out in slightly “different terms.” According to Mack, the Democratic Party continues to be interested in government intervention in the economy, but has adopted Republican talking points about the need to reduce the deficit and debt.When adjusted, the dollars spent per vote cast in the 1896 presidential race between Republican William McKinley and Democrat William Jennings Bryan dwarfs the spending from 2008 and even 2012, said Jed Shugerman. Such “through-the-roof spending,” said the HLS assistant professor of law, declined in the decades that followed the 1896 election.The likely reasons for the drop-off included McKinley’s win, which represented a “victory over the socialist threat,” the sense from donors that they had overspent on the campaign, and an economic downturn.But Shugerman said the current levels of campaign spending won’t decline in the same organic fashion after the 2012 election. Instead, reducing the money spent on elections would require shifts like “a change in corporate law …  that would require shareholder votes in order for companies to spend their money” backing candidates.Asked about eliminating the Electoral College, a move suggested whenever its tallies come close to overshadowing the popular vote, Shugerman warned of potential pitfalls. To be foolproof, such a change would require more accurate voting technology, he said, to avoid a predicament like in Florida during the 2000 election, when officials had to pore over paper punch ballots, as well as the many problems associated with computerized voting machines.“Imagine a national recount and how bananas that would be. … We need national solutions if we are going to have a national election.”Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, moderated the roundtable discussion.last_img read more

HILT hosts reception for grant recipients

first_imgHILT hosted a reception last week for faculty, student, and staff grant recipients. Attendees represented projects from all four rounds of Spark Grants since 2013, as well as the inaugural round of Cultivation Grants, awarded in 2014. The group of nearly two dozen attendees took turns sharing a sentence or two about the status of their innovative teaching and learning experiment, and also answered questions from the group.These informal sessions, organized periodically by HILT, are intended to yield new network connections across the University and valuable conversation about shared resources, common challenges, and best practices learning throughout the stages of each project.See the full list of HILT Projects awarded since 2012. Grant recipients presented updates on their innovative teaching and learning projects to the group. Read Full Storylast_img read more

The New Reality for Retailers: Science Fiction No More

first_imgHow Dell Technologies is empowering retail surveillance with best-in-class AI and computer vision to capture brand new customer opportunities and maximize value. I want to ask you what may seem like a simple question.Why is surveillance so important for retail?Most people would immediately assume preventing theft and saving money. And up until now, these have precisely been the major driving forces behind the development and adoption of security and surveillance technologies. According to the “2018 National Retail Security Survey,” inventory shrinkage accounted for an average loss of 1.33% of retail sales last year. That’s a total loss of $46.8 billion. The financial impact of theft is considerable, but here’s some very good news: that loss is steadily declining.With the help of leading security and data experts like Dell Technologies, improving strategies and technologies like computer vision has helped retailers lower the average dollar loss to about half of what it was in 2016—a massive decline in lost revenue and a steady improvement that has continued for the past three years.This brings me back to my original question about the relationship between surveillance and retail. What if I said that these new innovations were changing the way we view and use surveillance technology—pushing it into a new era where the benefits (and profits) go much further than simple security and where ideas from science fiction are becoming a new reality for both consumers and retailers?When it comes to discovering new ways to leverage AI and IoT with surveillance, there have been many incredible advancements lately. In many cases, faster and smarter algorithms, cameras, and sensors are being revealed almost every week, and at Dell Technologies we’re spearheading several of these exciting new avenues, not just helping our enterprise partners go above and beyond their retail security needs, but also helping them and their customers achieve a new reality of personalized shopping.Computer Vision Is Reshaping How Retailers Do BusinessThese developments in computer vision don’t just save money and enable real-time potential-theft evaluation. They also give retailers a brand-new opportunity to better understand their customers. New implementations of hardware and software provide our partners with the tools necessary to learn how to better engage their customers and improve their shopping experiences, resulting in longer times spent shopping and more dollars paid into the store.For example, understanding how customers flow through the store and at what times of the day can allow the retailer to put more important items directly in their paths where the products can be more visible. Understanding flow can also help reveal why certain items are being skipped over or potentially picked up and put back. Or perhaps there are specific repeat customers or even areas of the store that result in more revenue being generated, where staff can be strategically positioned to assist customers. These few implementations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how computer vision is helping to obtain personalized customer insights and knowledge of real-time and previous behavior that will improve retail profits. Due to the popularity of online shopping, it can be weeks or months before a customer comes back through the doors, so capitalizing on these in-store interactions is more important than ever.Computer vision is changing everything. The purpose of surveillance up until now was focused on saving money by deterring theft, but these breakthrough developments are revealing how going forward, the new focus will instead be on revenue generation.Next Steps to Adopting a Computer Vision Solution Deciding to bring on an advanced surveillance solution, however, can be daunting and often riddled with complexities. That is precisely why Dell Technologies has taken the necessary steps to simplify and streamline the process with an open, holistic, and integrated platform for both surveillance and computer vision based retail insights. Our IoT Solution for Surveillance, including computer vision and AI, is specifically designed for ease of use and especially consistent quality and performance.Considerations for the Supporting InfrastructureFrom an architectural standpoint, we understand how most retailers want to make real-time decisions at the store level. Cloud infrastructure and years of metadata are a strong and highly useful foundation for deeper analysis when needed, but when it comes to practical real-time decision making and per-store or even per-customer customization, that cloud-to-edge connection may not be the best option, and it can even handicap an architecture that requires that constant connection during an event such as a hurricane. Consider, for example, those businesses that are critical in helping their communities when disaster strikes—like some of the large home improvement stores that require access to their digital systems in order to adequately respond to urgent customer needs in any situation. The better option for these types of retailers is a resilient, on-premises infrastructure. For this reason, Dell Technologies has worked with several partners to develop a robust, integrated, and scalable in-store appliance optimized for visualized streaming data with right-sized storage for analytics.See It Live at NRF 2019Surveillance continues to save retail more and more money when it comes to preventing theft, but our computer vision, AI capabilities, and best-in-class computer technologies are changing the way retailers are going about saving money and building revenue. With new capabilities and quickly evolving AI, Dell Technologies is able to provide retailers with more personalized insights and tools that don’t just make more profits but bridge the gap between the store and the customer.While you can already experience several of these living examples of our vision and computing in retail stores throughout the country, come experience a deeper look at Dell Technologies’ computer vision in action live at NRF (VMware booth, #1057) on January 13-15.last_img read more

U.K. universities sign first-of-a-kind wind driven power purchase agreement

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Twenty of the UK’s leading universities have struck a £50m deal to buy renewable energy directly from British windfarms for the first time.The collaborative clean energy deal will supply electricity from wind farms across Scotland and Wales to universities including Newcastle University, University of Exeter and Aberystwyth University.The landmark deal, known as a “power purchase agreement” or PPA, is the first time that public sector energy users have clubbed together to buy clean electricity.The PPA was arranged by deal brokers at The Energy Consortium and Squeaky Clean Energy to fix the price of renewable electricity from a portfolio British windfarms for the next 10 years. The universities will be guaranteed clean energy by the windfarm owner, Norwegian energy giant Statkraft, which will issue certificates matching the output of the windfarms.Richard Murphy, the managing director of The Energy Consortium, said the “groundbreaking deal” would help universities reduce their carbon emissions and save money by accessing the power purchase market for the first time. Murphy said that collaborative energy purchase deals mean that even small institutions are now “able to navigate a previously inaccessible market” too.More: UK universities in landmark deal to buy energy direct from windfarms U.K. universities sign first-of-a-kind wind driven power purchase agreementlast_img read more