Bristol market down but not out in tougher conditions

first_imgTake up has fallen from 521,500 s ft in the first half of 2007 to 376,500 sq ft this year. However, the report stressed that last year was a record year and take up was in line with the five year annual average of 685,200 sq ft.Whilst smaller lettings are continuing to happen, the larger pre-lets that have buoyed the market in recent years have been absent so far in 2008, the report found. Peter Martin, associate director in CB Richard Ellis’s Bristol office, said: ‘Take up to dates in 2008 is in line with the 5-year average, whilst there have not been the large pre-lets of last year the number of deals and enquiries is encouraging.’ In the investment market, transactions in the first half of 2008 totalled £100m, compared to £134m on the same period last year. Andy Sayner, director of investment, said: ‘Yields for both prime and secondary offices continue to move out in 2008 as institutions continue to disinvest and leveraged buyers seek higher initial yields to improve their cashflow position in order to secure funding.’last_img read more

S J Phillips puts New Bond Street home up for sale

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Chief Engineer Freed after Striking Plea Deal

first_imgDejan Vodopic, a Croatian citizen and M/V Bellavia cargo ship’s chief engineer, who was indefinitely held by United States officials for almost a year pending an investigation into environmental violations, has through his legal representatives Arent Fox LLP negotiated a plea deal that includes a probationary sentence and a fine of USD 15,000 on one count of a conspiracy for failure to report a hazardous condition.In October 2013, Dejan Vodopic was accused of discharging oil into the Pacific Ocean in violation of international maritime law. As a result, Vodopic and 11 other crew members were held in the United States pursuant to a security agreement between the operator of the M/V Bellavia and the U.S. Government.The agreement provided for the release of the vessel in exchange for the indefinite detention of the crew members. Vodopic and the other crew members were never consulted or shown the agreement.“Dejan and the rest of the crew were held without due process rights,” said Michael Zweiback, a former Assistant US Attorney, who led a team from Arent Fox.“A contract between their company and the United States Coast Guard allowed the United States Attorneys’ Office to indefinitely detain the crew and prevent them from departing the country. As a result, they had no rights under the material witness statutes defined under the United States Criminal Code because unlike in almost every other criminal case, the government does not designate these individuals as material witnesses in ship-based environmental cases.”The US government had been seeking a prison sentence for Vodopic after accusing him of pumping fuel out of a tank that had been compromised during a shipping accident in the Panama Canal. The government initially sought two counts against Vodopic for failing to maintain an accurate record book, and making false statements.The United States District Court for the Central District of California ultimately accepted the plea agreement, imposed a probationary sentence, and, in an unusual step, released Vodopic immediately so that he could depart for his home country of Slovenia.Earlier this year, the German operator of the M/V Bellavia, Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG., paid a USD 1.25 million fine for the alleged violations of failure to report a hazardous condition and failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, USD 500,000 of which was paid to four whistleblowers. Captain Mitar Miseljic pled guilty to a conspiracy to defraud the United States and is awaiting sentencing.last_img read more

SgurrEnergy Partners with OASIS

first_imgSgurrEnergy has partnered with Chinese lidar manufacturer, OASIS, in a deal which will complement the company’s package of wind farm SgurrOptimiser services.The package, which includes bespoke analysis and recommendations to fully extract the wind energy potential from operating wind farms, will help owners to maximise energy production, revenue and asset longevity through a series of practical, site-specific enhancements.The agreement is worth several million GBP to SgurrEnergy and will create 20 new jobs in Scotland over the next 3 years.The partnership will allow SgurrEnergy, a Wood Group company, to combine its lidar technical knowledge with the design and manufacturing capability of OASIS. According to the company, the partnership will considerably advance wind lidar technology applications, making it more cost effective, while providing exciting new products for the sector.The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, who witnessed a partnership deal, said: “Scotland is seen as a world leader in the renewables sector and companies like SgurrEnergy are looked upon as experts in their field with unrivalled insight and expertise. The firm’s deal with OASIS is a celebration of the innovation and success between Scotland and China and I hope their partnership will lead to positive results.”SgurrEnergy’s technical director, Ian Irvine, said: “The joint development of new lidar products will help our clients maximise their wind farm assets, a key element of our strategy. We believe that our reputation for robust, accurate advice puts us in a strong position to support our clients to optimise the performance of their wind farms.“Furthermore, this deal supports the strategic target for company growth which is set to build our renewable focussed, consultancy business to 20 international offices by 2020.”Image: sgurrenergylast_img read more

Fatal attraction

first_imgOne of the saddest stories I ever heard about a lawyer in love was that of New Zealander Gary Alderdice – known as ‘Never Plead Guilty Gary’. After the collapse of his marriage in the 1990s, the Hong Kong-based Alderdice started making trips on the hydrofoil to neighbouring Macau (pictured). Gambling there had been invaded by the Russian mafia, in association with the local triad organisations, and a whole army of prostitutes (mainly from the Vladivostok area) was working the hotel circuit. Among them was the exceptionally attractive strawberry blond Natalya Samofalova. Her contract had been signed in Macau and, as protection for themselves, the local triads had very sensibly retained her work papers. For Alderdice, it was a question of love at first sight and his feelings do seem to have been reciprocated. He took up with Samofalova in early April 1994 and the pair stayed first in his hotel room and then in a cottage at the Westin Resort until early May. Then came Alderdice’s fatal mistake: he declined to pay her owners for her services. When her papers came up for renewal, the triads refused to return them to her and she was obliged to leave. On 23 June Alderdice flew to Vladivostok, where he was met by Samofalova at the airport. He had, it was said, taken with him about $150,000. The next day Samofalova’s mother called at her flat and found both Alderdice and her daughter dead. It was thought that Alderdice had taken the money to buy his girlfriend’s contract but the pair had been killed to demonstrate the power of the mafia, who had left the money untouched. Five years after the killings came a confession from a woman the police would initially identify only as Olga, who had worked with Samofalova. She claimed she and two other men had been persuaded to rob the pair. Alderdice had been shot and Samofalova tied to a chair and tortured to make her reveal the whereabouts of the money, but only $2,000 was found. Unfortunately for the police, Olga succumbed to a drug overdose just four days later. One of the men subsequently denied the story. The other man, whom she said had actually shot the pair, is thought to have died in a gangland killing back in 1995. It is just one of those stories where the suspects are conveniently dead or untouchable. James Morton is a writer and former criminal defence solicitorlast_img read more

Browns Urge Fans to Be Prepared Thursday for New Security Screening at First Energy Stadium

first_imgThe Browns will play their first home game of 2016 on Thursday night at First Energy Stadium, and they alerted fans this morning they may want to be prepared to wait in line a little longer as new screenings will be in place for fans entering the stadium.Only 2 days til #ATLvsCLE! Come prepared for our new security screening process! Also visit https://t.co/WMHIw3xEiv pic.twitter.com/B72itUh0A2— FirstEnergy Stadium (@FEStadium) August 16, 2016Thursday’s game is set for 8pm as the Browns will take on the Atlanta Falcons, in the first chance for fans to see new coach Hue Jackson, QB RGIII and others in action. Related TopicsBrownsFirst Energy Stadium Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

J.R. Smith Restrained By Security After Cavs’ Blowout Loss in Miami

first_img Related Topics Matt Medley J.R. Smith had to be restrained by Cavs security after Saturday’s 120-92 blowout loss in Miami, as he appeared to be exchanging pleasantries with Heat guards Rodney McGruder and Dion Waiters.Looks like J.R. Smith is ready to come back ? pic.twitter.com/2PDJuts8JU— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 5, 2017Smith has not played in a game since mid-December.LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were given the night off to rest and it seemed like the rest of the team had mentally checked out… except for J.R.This three-game road trip has been the first time Smith has traveled with the team since his injury.You can tell he’s itching to get back on the court and if the team’s hopes turn out to be fulfilled, Smith will be back on the court in less than two weeks.center_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

AND1 tour headed to Japan

first_imgWith trick plays and acrobatic shooting action accompanied by hip-hop music, a rebel brand of basketball is coming to Japan again. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The tour is run by basketball shoe company AND1 and is gaining nationwide popularity in the U.S., making the cover of the June 13 issue of Sports Illustrated.The Mix Tape Tour features players showing off their unique ball-handling techniques, pin-point passing and dynamic moves. Among the players visiting Japan will be former NBA player Lonnie Harrell (aka Prime Objective), Grayson Boucher (aka The Professor), Waliyy Dixon (aka Main Event) and Aaron Owens (aka AO).Tickets are available over the Internet at www.and1.co.jp and at Ticket Pia, Lawson, e+, and Disk Garage after Aug. 20. The AND1 Mix Tape Tour, a popular street basketball event in the United States, will extend its tour to Japan this fall, organizers announced Thursday at InterFM in Tokyo. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

The Sunderland v QPR quiz

first_imgQPR travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland tonight. Test your knowledge of history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-79]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 AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more