The first ever fully digital contract preparation and signing process for a house sale is about to be completed in London and will be the first step in a “huge” revolution in the way home sales are progressed, it has been claimed.The Partnership, which is a leading player in the London and Home Counties conveyancing market, is only days away from exchanging on a property owned by a German investor using InfoTrack’s electronic conveyancing contract pack (eCOS).The system enables buyers and vendors to complete and sign all documents online via the InfoTrack portal, which was soft-launched last year. The Partnerships is the first firm to officially use the system since its formal launch.Parties using the eCos system now no long have to wait for signed contracts to arrive via the post, or print off unsigned contracts from email attachments, which InfoTrack and The Partnership say is likely to reduce the conveyancing process by up to three weeks.“The digitisation of the conveyancing process is going to be massive,” says Peter Ambrose, a director of The Partnership (pictured).“There are still a couple of challenges to overcome, the main one being that everyone involved has to buy into it, but nevertheless it will be huge because it means the process no longer requires signed documents.“But, once the Land Registry enables Transfer of Title documents can be signed online, which they can’t by law at the moment, then the entire process will be truly digital.”Time savedPeter says most of the time saved by digitisation is at the beginning of the process when traditionally conveyancers are waiting for paperwork to be returned.“I looked at letting agents, many of whom have been using online systems to enable landlords and tenants to sign legal documents and wondered why we can’t do that,” says Peter.Peter Ambrose InfoTrack Land Regsitry The Partnership April 4, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021 Home » News » First ever digital exchange of contracts about to take place previous nextProducts & ServicesFirst ever digital exchange of contracts about to take placeLeading conveyancer claims digitisation of contract paperwork is going to be revolutionary.Nigel Lewis4th April 201701,035 Views
Ben Stiller is an A-list Hollywood actor, starring in classic comedic movies like Zoolander, Meet The Parents, Dodgeball, and more. However, some fans might not be aware that Stiller was also a drummer in his high school punk band, which, obviously, was called Capital Punishment. In 1982, Capital Punishment recorded and released their first (and only) record, called Roadkill.Now, it seems like Roadkill is getting a revival, with the Capital Punishment record featuring Ben Stiller on drums due out for a re-release on September 14th. However, Stiller is not the only high-profile member of the band. In fact, as noted by Consequence of Sound, Capital Punishment also features “a future Supreme Court Justice for Arizona (Peter Swann), a Professor of Slavic Studies (Peter Zuis), and a musician/documentarian whose family built the Brooklyn Bridge (Kriss Roebling).”While the reissue of 1982’s Roadkill will be available to the public in the fall, this has been in the works for a while—the album’s re-release was originally announced in 2015. You can listen to a newly released track off the album, “Muzak Anonymous”, below. If you’re digging what you hear, you can pre-order the album here.Capital Punishment – “Roadkill”
James F. Rothenberg ’68, M.B.A. ’70, a member of the Harvard Corporation since 2004 and the University’s treasurer from 2004 to 2014, died unexpectedly Tuesday, apparently of a heart attack. He was 69.A longtime resident of the Los Angeles area, Rothenberg was a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, chairman of the board of directors of Harvard Management Company, and a co-chair of The Harvard Campaign, among many other roles.“Jim was one of the best friends Harvard has ever had, and his selfless leadership, gentle wisdom, humane spirit, and boundless generosity in service of Harvard will live on always,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The entire Harvard community deeply mourns his passing and extends deepest condolences to [his wife] Anne and the Rothenberg family. We will miss Jim more than I can say.”“In a community of extraordinary people, Jim was one of the most extraordinary,” said William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation. “He was a person of unmatched intellect, judgment, integrity, and empathy, and was deeply committed to Harvard and all it represents. He was and is without peer.”Rothenberg devoted his professional career to the Capital Group, one of the world’s leading investment management firms, where he began in 1970 and rose to become chairman of the board. Among his roles, he was president of Capital Research and Management Co., which provides investment management services to Capital Group’s American Funds, one of the country’s largest mutual fund families, and president of the Investment Company of America, one of American Funds’ flagship funds.Rothenberg served on the University’s presidential search committee in 2006-07 and on the committee whose work led to the historic governance reforms approved in 2010 and implemented since. He was a member of the Corporation committees on finance and governance from their inception in 2011. As treasurer, he helped Harvard navigate the 2008-09 global financial crisis and its aftermath, and as chair of the Harvard Management Company board, he oversaw the investment of the world’s largest university endowment.A native of Pittsburgh, Rothenberg was active in the alumni affairs of both the College and the Business School, serving on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Council and the Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors. A major figure in Harvard’s fundraising efforts and himself a philanthropist of extraordinary generosity, Rothenberg long served on the Committee on University Resources and co-chaired several of his College reunions before assuming a leadership role in the current Harvard Campaign.Having concentrated in English as an undergraduate, Rothenberg initially worried that his liberal arts studies would be a liability as he prepared for a business career. But he soon came to see his background as a distinct advantage.Largely thanks to his undergraduate experience, Rothenberg told the Harvard Gazette in 2007, “I can study massive amounts of material, I can find the key issues, and I can summarize them and present them in a logical, straightforward way.”Throughout his career, Rothenberg said he spent more time reading literature than studying stock prices or economic data. Doing so, he said, helped him hone skills in making good decisions with incomplete information, learn how to manage and motivate people, and apply imagination to investment strategies.“The deeper one gets into studying literature, the more one sees there’s no single right answer to a problem the way there is in mathematics or the sciences,” he told the Gazette. “The creativity one exercises in analyzing works of literature and drawing conclusions about them is very valuable in the investment world where one is constantly faced with the task of making investment decisions based on imperfect knowledge.”Widely active in educational, civic, and community pursuits in the Los Angeles area, he chaired the boards of both the Huntington Hospital and public television station KCET, and was a trustee of the California Institute of Technology. Earlier this year, he joined the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust.Rothenberg is survived by his wife, Anne F. Rothenberg; their three children, Catherine Rothenberg Wei, Erin Rothenberg Baker, and Daniel H. Rothenberg ’04; and six grandchildren.
Nearly 150 Harvard alumni shared their experience and expertise at the sixth annual Public Interested Conference at the Science Center last Saturday, serving as both inspiring role models and enthusiastic mentors to students and fellow alumni interested in exploring a career in public service. While alumni speakers represented a wide range of fields and organizations, from government to global health to social entrepreneurship, they struck a common chord in their advice to attendees: Your talents are needed, perhaps now more than ever.“There are critical opportunities to serve others and change the world by putting your public service passion to work. You have the choice — seize upon it,” said Maribel Hernández Rivera ’04, executive director of legal initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and leader of ActionNYC, a program that provides free immigration legal services in communities across the five boroughs.Hernández Rivera moderated the “Alumni Think Big” session, in which five alumni presented innovative ideas from their public service work. Participants included Ariel Brooks ’04, founding chief program officer at College for Social Innovation; Nick Gates ’91, founder and global strategist for Coaches Across Continents; John Simon ’84, founder of the GreenLight Fund; Jen Zhu ’14, policy lead at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; and Sozi Pedro Tulante ’97, J.D. ’01, Philadelphia’s city solicitor.Tulante, who was born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and immigrated to the United States as a child, said he decided to throw out his original presentation and start from scratch in light of President Trump’s executive order on immigration. “I am a refugee, and I am an American,” he began.Tulante and his family sought asylum in the U.S. after his father was arrested as a political dissident by dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Settling in Philadelphia in 1983, the family relied upon the “selfless dedication” of refugee organizations, teachers, and others in the community. Having benefited from this support and now being in a position to manage public service groups in city government, Tulante urged students to consider getting engaged at the local level.“The talk is that all politics is local. In my view, all public service is local,” he said. “You’re going to really see the impact you have on everyday citizens. I guarantee you that, over the next few years, cities across the country are going to be the engines of change.”The full-day conference also featured an alumni workshop, a keynote address by tribal rights attorney Tara Houska, a panel discussion for underclassmen and alumni, breakout sessions for seniors across nine public service career tracks, and a networking and recruiting reception.Gene Corbin, M.P.A. ’01, assistant dean of Harvard College for public service, says the event is a boon for students, who don’t have many opportunities to interact with people working in the public interest sector.“Public sector fields don’t recruit quite like investment banking or consulting; it requires a little more patience and networking to find positions. Having caring alumni help you navigate getting a job is powerful support,” said Corbin, of the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship, who coordinates the conference in collaboration with the Center for Public Interest Careers, the Harvard Alumni Association, the Harvard Global Health Institute, the Harvard Varsity Club, the Institute of Politics, the Office of Career Services, the Office for Sustainability, the Phillips Brooks House Association, and the Public Service Network.And it’s not just students who benefit from the conference. “Over six years, we’ve established a community of alumni who network and support one another,” Corbin said.Alumni also trumpeted the value of the Harvard network during a panel discussion titled “Why Work in the Public Interest Sector.”“Don’t be afraid to reach out to us,” said Erica Scott-Pacheco ’06, director of development at South Coastal Counties Legal Services. “I know networking can be kind of scary, but it’s true that most of the jobs you’re going to get are because of personal connections, especially in this field. People are always willing to give you advice.”“Almost every pursuit is a people business. Collect people,” added Congressman Jim Himes ’88, a Democrat representing Connecticut’s 4th District.Noting that many young people, and Harvard students in particular, tend to “endow every decision with an immense amount of weight,” Himes also emphasized that there is no defined path to a successful career in public service or anything else. “You’re going to need to find ways to bust out of what everyone tells you is the next step,” he said. “You’re here because of the excruciatingly good work you did in following that path, but sometimes happiness comes in challenging yourself on whether you really want to be on that path.”Having heard from so many accomplished alumni working in public service throughout the day, Hernández Rivera closed the speaker portion of the conference with a confession: “I arrived here feeling demoralized … but thanks to all of you here today, I have been inspired, I have been energized, and I’m ready to continue to advocate to make the world a better place.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications from farmers, agricultural producers and owners of rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).The funding notice dated April 26, 2010 notes the deadline of June 30, 2010 for nation-wide applications, however, states have also been given funding for in-state competition. Applicants wishing to be considered for the in-state funding must submit applications no later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Friday, May 21, 2010. A second round of applications will be accepted for in-state funding and must be received by 4:30 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2010. All applications received after Friday, June 4, 2010, will be submitted for national competition. These applications must be received in the Montpelier Area Office, not later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered for funding in FY 2010, regardless of the postmark on the application. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the April 26, 2010 Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-9580.pdf(link is external). Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean, or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, adding insulation, and improving heating and cooling systems. In fiscal year 2009, this program helped fund 1,485 REAP projects in 50 states, the territory of Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific Islands.For more information about USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program in Vermont contact Cheryl Ducharme, Rural Energy Coordinator, at 802-828-6083 or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external). Under REAP, grants are also available to intermediaries to help owners of rural businesses and farms to conduct energy audits. Eligible applicants include a unit of State, tribal, or local government; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or a public power entity. The program is designed to provide energy audit assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. USDA Rural Development has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is implementing an energy audit program for farms, to minimize duplication of services by sharing information about funding recipients. The NRCS initiative (the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – EQIP) will provide approximately 1,000 on-farm energy audit evaluations in selected states. Information about EQIP is available by visiting the following website: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/EQIP_signup/2009_signup/index.html(link is external) USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs visit the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).Source: USDA. 5.3.2010
U.S. Wind Industry Reports Most Installations in Three Years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ashleigh Cotting for SNL:Wind installations in the United States totaled 4,420 MW during fourth quarter 2015, making it the best quarter for the industry since fourth quarter 2012. Fourth-quarter installations accounted for 53% of all new wind capacity brought online in 2015.Texas and Oklahoma combined for nearly half of the installed capacity, totaling 2,180 MW between the two states. Texas accounted for 30% of the capacity, with a total of 1,326 MW installed across nine projects, and Oklahoma accounted for 19% of the capacity, with a total of 853 MW installed across five projects.The largest project brought online during the quarter was Southern Co.’s 299-MW Kay County Wind Project in Oklahoma. Texas was home to the second-largest project to come online during the quarter. The 250-MW Javelina Wind CISD is located in Webb County and owned by NextEra Energy Inc.A total of 1,970 MW of wind was announced during the quarter. The largest announced project during the period was the 1,000-MW Bay State Offshore Wind facility, owned by DONG Energy. The facility, which would be installed off the coast of Massachusetts, is projected to cost $4.2 billion. The project has an in-service date of 2025. No offshore wind plants are currently in operation within the United States, so the likelihood that all 1,000 MW of the project will come online is unclear.The second-largest project announced during the quarter is also slated to be located offshore. The 400-MW Barbers Point Wind Offshore Wind is owned by Progression Energy and will be installed off the coast of Hawaii. The $1.6 billion facility is scheduled to be online in 2022.As of Feb. 2, there were 49 GW of wind capacity in various stages of development across the U.S., with 5,509 MW, or 11%, under construction. Another 6,910 MW, or 14%, was in advanced development. S&P Global Market Intelligence considers a wind project to be in advanced development when two of the following five criteria are met: financing is in place, a power purchase agreement is signed, turbines are secured, required permits are approved or a contractor has signed on to the project.Just over 21 GW of the capacity in development is scheduled to come online in 2016. However, the recent extension of the production tax credit could take some pressure off wind energy development in 2016 and allow developers to push back the online date for some of the projects.Wyoming had the most wind project capacity in advanced development, with 3,080 MW, while Texas led. in projects under construction, with 2,336 MW.Full article ($) with charts and maps: Wind sees best quarter for installations in 3 years, 49 GW in development
NewerWorld Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time From this date, all passengers will depart and arrive from this terminal and should not use terminals two and three. Passengers returning to Manchester after this date whose vehicles are parked in the terminal three multi storey car park will be contacted to advise them of this change.Karen Smart, managing director at Manchester Airport, said: “The coronavirus pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to our airport and to our wider industry, but we are determined to provide passengers with the best possible service in the circumstances, ensuring both their safety and comfort.- Advertisement – “When it became clear that England would enter a second national lockdown, we moved quickly to put an appropriate plan of action in place, which will safeguard the continued operation of our airport during these uncertain times.”She added: “Changing our operation like this is not straightforward and I would like to thank our dedicated teams for their hard work in preparing for this scenario. “We will keep this decision under constant review and communicate any further changes to our customers.- Advertisement – “I would encourage all passengers who will be travelling through Manchester Airport this month to ensure that they are familiar with all of the guidance in place, both from the UK government and at their destination.”The UK government continues to advise against all but essential foreign travel and ignoring this guidance may invalidate travellers’ insurance policies.Passengers are advised to contact their airline if they have any queries regarding service availability. They are also encouraged to thoroughly read all guidance relating to coronavirus from both the UK government and the authorities in their destination before travelling. OlderTravellers from Denmark barred from entry to UK With England returning to a national lockdown for a minimum period of four weeks, Manchester Airport is moving all its operations into terminal one in response to the drop in passenger numbers. The move will come into effect from Wednesday and remain in place until further notice. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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Topics : Esteban Ocon, who last raced in 2018, took eighth for Renault on his return while Antonio Giovinazzi bagged ninth for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel, who had another nightmare, completed the top 10 for Ferrari.Canadian Nicholas Latifi was the last car running with 11th for Williams.There was drama even before the race when stewards performed a U-turn after a Red Bull challenge and dropped Hamilton from the front row to fifth on the grid for a qualifying error.That also promoted Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to the front row alongside Bottas.Any hopes the Dutchman had of completing a hat-trick of Austrian wins disappeared when he suffered an early technical problem and became the season’s first retirement.”I think it would have been an easy podium and third would have been a decent start to the season but what can you do?,” he said.Safety carThe first safety car was deployed when Haas’s Kevin Magnussen spun off on lap 26 and it then came out again when George Russell parked up his stricken Williams.The third was after Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo turned into a three-wheeler, a loose wheel bouncing off and across the track.Bottas had Hamilton in his mirrors soon enough but the Briton was handed a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon while defending second place.The Thai spun off into the gravel, his podium hopes gone.”It’s not been a great weekend for me, yesterday was entirely my fault and to get a penalty today… it is what it is,” said Hamilton.Leclerc, whose team had struggled in qualifying with Vettel failing even to make the top 10, moved up to third against all expectations — which became second after the chequered flag.”It feels like a victory today,” said the Monegasque.Perez, who ran as high as third, lost out to Norris two laps from the end but the Mexican was already carrying a time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.Anyone who had feared Mercedes enjoying a race of their own, after dominating practice and qualifying, need not have worried. They fretted over gearbox sensors and possible kerb damage as he race wore on.The second race is at the same circuit next weekend, another Formula One first. Norris, at 20 the youngest driver in the race and now the youngest Briton to stand on an F1 podium, also claimed a bonus point for fastest lap.The race, on a sunny afternoon at the scenic Red Bull Ring was behind closed doors — a Formula One first — due to the COVID-19 pandemic that had put the season on hold since March.The drivers gathered on the grid before the start in a show of unity against racism, with Hamilton and 13 others taking a knee in solidarity.Spaniard Carlos Sainz made it a double points haul for McLaren in fifth, with Sergio Perez sixth for Racing Point and Pierre Gasly seventh for AlphaTauri. Formula One came back with a bang on Sunday as Finland’s Valtteri Bottas won a dramatic Austrian season-opener for champions Mercedes in a race with only 11 finishers and no spectators.Charles Leclerc finished a surprise second for struggling Ferrari with McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrating his first F1 podium after a time penalty dropped Mercedes’ six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton to fourth.”I managed to keep it together and control the race from my side and it’s a good start to the season,” said Bottas, who started on pole position and had to keep his cool through three safety car periods.
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