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Ban on short-term lets of new homes trialled in Manchester

BBC Manchester - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:49
The move will protect the Brunswick community from private landlords, says the council.
Categories: Manchester

County Championship: Jack Taylor hits 99 as Gloucestershire take command against Leicestershire

BBC Gloucestershire - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:31
Jack Taylor scores 99 as Gloucestershire bat themselves into a commanding position against Leicestershire at Cheltenham.
Categories: Gloucestershire

County Championship: Jack Taylor hits 99 as Gloucestershire take command against Leicestershire

Bristol BBC NewsFeed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:31
Jack Taylor scores 99 as Gloucestershire bat themselves into a commanding position against Leicestershire at Cheltenham.
Categories: Bristol

£38m Isle of Man ferry terminal funding approved despite rising costs

Merseyside BBC News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:23
A new passenger ferry terminal in Liverpool is given the green light despite a £6.5m increase in costs.
Categories: Merseyside

MPs question former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague in secure communications inquiry

Parliament News - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:13
Foreign Affairs Committee takes evidence for urgent inquiry into FCO communications
Categories: Parliamentary News

Grenfell scrutiny group could be scrapped by council

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:10
Kensington and Chelsea council says it might close the group scrutinising its response to the tower fire.

Disabled girl faces £870 Hereford school bus bill

BBC Worcestershire - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:10
Leia Daunter, 16, cannot return to school in Hereford due to council cuts, says her guardian.
Categories: Worcestershire

Stretford stabbing: Boy, 13, among four people arrested

BBC Manchester - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:01
The boy, two men aged 19 and 28, and a woman aged 22 have been held on suspicion of attempted murder.
Categories: Manchester

Bolton Wanderers: Trotters' pre-season friendly at Chester called off

BBC Manchester - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:55
Bolton Wanderers's pre-season friendly away at non-league side Chester on Friday has been called off.
Categories: Manchester

Dorset Council celebrates prestigious Green Flag Awards

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:54

A record number of parks and green spaces across the Dorset Council area have been awarded a Green Flag Award, representing the mark of a quality park or green space. Green spaces can be national nature reserves, picnic areas or an area of open space.


Avon Heath Country Park and Moors Valley Country Park, both near Ringwood, Durlston Country Park in Swanage, Thorncombe Woods near Dorchester and The Milldown and Stour Meadows in Blandford, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Thorncombe Woods, by Ian Metcalfe

Each of our parks and open spaces offer visitors a totally different experience. From the cliff-top nature reserve, teeming with life at Durlston to a bustling family friendly day out at Moors Valley Country Park and the history steeped Thorncombe Woods – Thomas Hardy’s birthplace – there is so much to see and explore.

These sites in Dorset are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “In Dorset Council’s first year, it is wonderful to have been awarded so many Green Flag Awards. They are so well deserved, and the parks and greenspaces themselves are wonderful places to discover.”

Giles Nicholson, Dorset Council’s greenspace manager said: “We’re really proud of our parks, picnic sites and greenspaces and we know how much they matter to residents and visitors. We are absolutely delighted to receive so many Green Flag Awards for these sites, which reflects the dedication of our ranger teams, volunteers and apprentices.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

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Categories: Dorset

BBC and Netflix cemetery filming 'totally disrespectful'

BBC Berkshire - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:47
Relatives of the deceased are angry over filming of a BBC and Netflix drama at a Caversham cemetery.
Categories: Berkshire

William Saliba: Arsenal close to completing £27m signing of Saint-Etienne defender

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:46
Arsenal are set to beat rivals Tottenham to the signing of teenager defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

Christopher Eccleston: Actor in Greater Manchester park litter rant

BBC Manchester - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:45
Christopher Eccleston says he hoped "nature takes its revenge" on those who litter in Heaton Park.
Categories: Manchester

Woman who died 'after falling from horse' in Solihull named

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:38
Clare Bedford, 31, of Rugby, died "as a result of a fall while competing" at a one-day event.
Categories: Birmingham

Manchester Arena attack: Bomber's brother faces murder charges

BBC Manchester - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:34
Hashem Abedi is set to appear in a UK court charged with killing 22 in the 2017 attack, police say.
Categories: Manchester

Dante Mullings murder: Four men arrested over shooting

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:30
Detectives quiz four men in their 20s over the death of Dante Mullings, 23, in Birmingham in May.
Categories: Birmingham

Dudley hospital review leaves medics feeling 'betrayed'

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:26
Medics have been left "deflated and betrayed" by a review, a letter to the government says.
Categories: Birmingham

Benidorm water park accident: British tourist 'could be paralysed'

BBC Essex - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:20
David Briffaut is having surgery after breaking his neck in an accident on a water slide in Spain.
Categories: Essex

Pension savings are being left in cash after M&G property fund blocks withdrawals

City of London News Stream by Cityam - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:19

Institutional investors are being blocked from withdrawing money from a major UK property fund, while contributions made by thousands of pension savers into the strategy will be redirected into cash.

Asset manager M&G has stopped investors exiting its £636m UK Property Fund for up to six months after some clients – most of which are large pension schemes – sought to move their money elsewhere.

Earlier this month City A.M. revealed similar restrictions applying to pension-holders with money in Prudential’s UK Property Fund, which buys units in the M&G strategy. Withdrawals from the fund have been subject to delays of up to six months since 3 June, although the company says some exceptions are made, for example when customers wish to take retirement benefits.

On 12 July, Prudential made the decision to temporarily stop all new contributions going into the M&G fund, including regular pension payments, saying it will instead redirect the money into a separate cash fund. 

Scott White, Prudential UK head of communications, said: “We always focus on what would be the fairest outcome for workplace pension scheme members, so given that there is a deferral period to withdraw money, we didn’t think that it was fair for people to continue to contribute into that fund.”

Property funds have been under pressure in recent months, while regulators have turned the spotlight on illiquid funds promoted to retail investors. Three years ago a string of UK property funds, including one managed by M&G, were forced to suspend trading for several months after investors panicked over the Brexit referendum result and sought to cash in.

M&G, which is owned by Pru, insists its recent UK property fund deferral is temporary, adding that it is in place because clients are reducing risk in their portfolios, and is not related to Brexit or the wider property market. 

Irene Chambers, head of UK communications at M&G, told City A.M. that temporary deferral provisions are a common tool in institutional fund management to give fund managers time to sell assets and rebuild liquidity. “Whereas a retail property fund would hold larger amounts of cash, institutional funds hold minimum cash to avoid performance drag, hence the occasional need to defer. The main thing about this is that it protects everyone’s interests,” she said.

Prudential has told customers they will be no worse-off in the cash fund because they will receive returns they would have made had the money been invested in the property fund, should the fund outperform the cash fund. 

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Categories: City of London

Ferry companies warn of gridlock in no-deal Brexit

BBC Kent - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:13
Freight companies have told Newsnight they will refuse boarding to lorries that do not have the right paperwork.
Categories: Kent