Hamptons buys west-country agency Hayward White

first_imgHamptons, a subsidiary of Emaar properties, bought the firm of high-end and country house agents as a part of expansion into those markets.‘The decision to acquire Hayward White is in line with our expansion plan,’ said Hamptons International’s residential agency managing director Mark Anderson. ‘This acquisition will help build upon and strengthen our presence in the mid-to-high end residential sales and lettings market within the Bucks and Oxfordshire region.’ Hamptons International, established in 1989, consists of six branches in Banbury, Brackley, Buckingham, Chipping Norton, Deddington and Winslow.As a part of the take-over Hamptons will retain all of the Hayward White staff.last_img

Scientists created material to generate renewable hydrogen

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A positive step, but a small one

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Medical benefits of dental floss unproven HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) – It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.Except there’s little proof that flossing works.Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that, “Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.”The federal government has recommended flossing since 1979, first in a surgeon general’s report and later in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued every five years. The guidelines must be based on scientific evidence, under the law.Last year, the Associated Press asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture for their evidence, and followed up with written requests under the Freedom of Information Act.When the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. In a letter to the AP, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required.The AP looked at the most rigorous research conducted over the past decade, focusing on 25 studies that generally compared the use of a toothbrush with the combination of toothbrushes and floss. The findings? The evidence for flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” of “very low” quality, and carries “a moderate to large potential for bias.”“The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal,” said one review conducted last year. Another 2015 review cites “inconsistent/weak evidence” for flossing and a “lack of efficacy.”One study review in 2011 did credit floss with a slight reduction in gum inflammation – which can sometimes develop over time into full-fledged gum disease. However, the reviewers ranked the evidence as “very unreliable.” A commentary in a dental magazine stated that any benefit would be so minute it might not be noticed by users.The two leading professional groups – the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology, for specialists in gum disease and implants – cited other studies as proof of their claims that flossing prevents buildup of gunk known as plaque, early gum inflammation called gingivitis, and tooth decay. However, most of these studies used outdated methods or tested few people. Some lasted only two weeks, far too brief for a cavity or dental disease to develop. One tested 25 people after only a single use of floss. Such research, like the reviewed studies, focused on warning signs like bleeding and inflammation, barely dealing with gum disease or cavities.Wayne Aldredge, president of the periodontists’ group, acknowledged the weak scientific evidence and the brief duration of many studies. In an interview at his private practice in New Jersey, he said that the impact of floss might be clearer if researchers focused on patients at the highest risk of gum disease, such as diabetics and smokers.Still, he urges his patients to floss to help avoid gum disease. “It’s like building a house and not painting two sides of it,” he said. “Ultimately those two sides are going to rot away quicker.”Aldredge also said many people use floss incorrectly, moving it in a sawing motion instead of up and down the sides of the teeth. Pressed about the origins of his organization’s endorsement of flossing, he said it may simply have “taken the ADA’s lead.”When the ADA was asked for proof of its claim that flossing helps prevent early gum disease and cavities, the group cited the 2011 review and a 2008 two-week study that measured bacteria and did not even consider gum disease.In a later statement to the AP, the ADA said flossing “removes plaque” and “is proven to help remove” debris from between teeth. A video on its website proclaims that flossing “helps prevent gum disease.” When pressed, Matthew J. Messina, a practicing dentist and spokesman for the dental association, acknowledged weak evidence, but he blamed research participants who didn’t floss correctly.Even companies with a big market share of the flossing business – by next year, the global market is predicted to reach almost $2 billion, with half in the United States, according to publisher MarketSizeInfo.com – struggled to provide convincing evidence of their claims that floss reduces plaque or gingivitis. Yet the industry has paid for most studies and sometimes designed and conducted the research.Procter & Gamble, which claims that its floss fights plaque and gingivitis, pointed to a two-week study, which was discounted as irrelevant in the 2011 research review.Johnson & Johnson spokesman Marc Boston said floss helps remove plaque. When the AP sent him a list of contradicting studies, he declined comment.The floss-making companies partner with the ADA through its Seal of Acceptance program. The ADA promotes the seal to companies as something that “directly affects the purchase decisions of consumers;” each manufacturer is charged $14,500 for the evaluation. If it approves the product, the ADA then charges an additional annual fee of $3,500.The ADA says it rigorously evaluates products and makes no profit from the program. However, floss companies themselves are allowed to design the studies.“The funding can come from companies – no problem at all,” said dentist Marcelo W.B. Araujo, vice president of the ADA’s Science Institute, who joined the organization after serving as an executive for Johnson & Johnson. “The design can start from the company.”When flossing first gained acceptance, no proof was required of remedies. Dentist Levi Spear Parmly is credited with inventing floss in the early 19th century. By the time the first floss patent was issued, in 1874, the applicant noted that dentists were widely recommending its use.The ADA has been promoting floss universally since 1908. “They just looked into what they did every day in their clinical practice and what they would recommend for patients,” said Araujo.Count dentist Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, among the skeptics. “It’s important to tell people to do the basics. Flossing is not part of the basics.”Floss can occasionally cause harm. Careless flossing can damage gums, teeth and dental work. Though frequency is unclear, floss can dislodge bad bacteria that invade the bloodstream and cause dangerous infections, especially in people with weak immunity, according to the medical literature.National Institutes of Health dentist Tim Iafolla acknowledged that if the highest standards of science were applied in keeping with the flossing reviews of the past decade, “then it would be appropriate to drop the floss guidelines.”Regardless, he added, Americans should still floss.“It’s low risk, low cost,” he said. “We know there’s a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it.” Author: Associated Press center_img Published: August 2, 2016 3:05 PM EDT SHARElast_img read more

Commercial property

first_imgThe report of E.ON UK plc v Gilesports Limited [2012] EWHC 2172 bears reading because there are a number of interesting points, but in this article I will focus on only one – how long is a reasonable time to consent to an assignment? Gilesports is better known under the name of its parent company, Sports Direct, and it had a sub-lease of a shop in Nuneaton. The shop was occupied by a group company, OSC, under the group company sharing rights contained in the lease. In December 2007, Gilesports contracted to sell OSC to JJB Sports plc. The transaction involved transferring 8 leases to JJB, including Nuneaton. Cobbetts acted for Gilesports, and it asked for the landlord’s details. Gilesports gave the details of managing agents for Royal London. Sadly, Royal London was the freeholder, not OSC’s immediate landlord. An application for consent was made to the agents by email with a copy of JJB’s accounts in January 2008. By March, JJB had offered a parent company guarantee in respect of the lease, and by April Cobbetts was in touch with Royal London’s in–house solicitor. The licence to assign was agreed and engrossed during April. It was only via a telephone conversation about an unrelated rent review memorandum at the start of May that it became clear that neither Gilesports nor Royal London were in touch with the intermediate party, Central Networks. Central Networks was Royal London’s tenant and Gilesports’ landlord. Cobbetts quickly obtained details of the landlord’s managing agents from its client and once again emailed the agents with an application for consent to assign. Cobbetts sent the form of licence to assign all the other parties had agreed, but not accounts for the prospective assignee. Although it set out the history of the application since January, it did not say it was now urgent. The email was followed up both by phone and email. A copy of the assignee’s accounts was requested and sent on 9 May 2008. Cobbetts sent one more chaser. Then the transfer was completed before the end of May, regardless of consent. Cobbetts assumed that Halliwells, acting for the assignee, would register the transfer with Central Networks. The court saw evidence suggesting Halliwells had prepared a notice of assignment and an application to the Land Registry to register the transfer, but these were never sent. It is not known why. By the end of June, the licence to assign had been sent to Geldards, acting for Central Networks. However, before the licence could be progressed, JJB withdrew the offer of a guarantee. Geldards was not told about this while Sports Direct was trying to get JJB to change its mind. The negotiations between solicitors carried on in a desultory manner. JJB refused to give a guarantor and on 19 February 2006 OSC went into administration. The case was triggered because no rent had been paid since April 2008.The court considered a number of issues. This summary deals only with the issue of the application for consent to assign. The duty not to unreasonably delay consent arises from section 1(3) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988. The duty is triggered when a written application for consent is served on the landlord. Section 5 of the 1988 act permits an application to be served in any manner permitted by the lease. Gilesports’ application was made by email from its solicitors to the managing agents. This was certainly a written application. The lease incorporated the service provisions of section 196 of the Law of Property Act 1925. The 1925 act requires service either by personal delivery to a landlord’s last known place of abode or business, or by registered post. Neither was used in this case. The court held that the application was not ‘served’ on Central Networks. Those of you reading carefully will note that, even if email had been sufficient, the application was not emailed to the actual landlord. Notwithstanding that all the parties proceeded on the basis that an application for consent had been made, this did not establish an estoppel by convention. Because the application had not been made properly, the reasonable time to give consent did not start to run. What if this analysis was wrong? Had there been an unreasonable delay? Gilesports argued that the clock started on 9 May, when accounts for OSC were sent. Eleven working days later, the assignment took place without consent. The judge did not think this was a reasonable time generally, and particularly with regard to the Whitsun bank holiday period. Gilesports’ lawyers did not say the matter was urgent, nor why it was urgent, nor did they set a timescale for a response. Indeed, given that freeholder’s consent had been sought in January and the matter had not reached Central Networks till May, it would have been reasonable for Central Networks to conclude that the matter was far from urgent. Central Networks had to consider both the assignee and the guarantor: not complex, but still a task to be done. It follows that the transfer was completed in breach of covenant. The lease was a ‘new lease’ and therefore, following an unauthorised assignment, Gilesports continued to be liable for the tenant’s covenants (and the rent) in the sublease. It is easy to be wise with the benefit of hindsight. I think the clearest lesson from this case is not to forget the basics. By all means send an email asking for consent. But this should support a written application properly served, not replace it. Corporate support work can be seen as the poor relation to ‘proper’ real estate work. Yet even on these transactions, it is almost always necessary to deduce and check title. This case shows how shortcuts can lead to long delays. Suzanne Gill, Pinsent Masonslast_img read more

Paralegal banned after under-settling claim without authority

first_imgA paralegal who took it upon himself to under-settle a personal injury claim has been barred from the profession.Vijay Parekh, formerly with Coventry firm Ward & Rider in its PI department, made an offer to defendant solicitors to settle a claim for £25,000 – an offer which was accepted. The injured client had not given authority or instructions to make the offer and indeed had no knowledge of it.A day after the defendant accepted settlement, Parekh told his client the opposing side had made a final offer to settle for £25,000 and he advised her to accept it. He explained that counsel had valued her claim at £30,000 which the court would reduce to between £24,000 and £26,000. The client agreed to settle her claim for the amount agreed with the defendant.In fact, counsel had valued the claim at £33,750 and advised that offers be made for no less than £30,000. The firm identified concerns about Parekh’s conduct following a review of the file and he resigned after a disciplinary investigation was started. The firm compensated the client in full for her potential loss.According to an SRA notice, Parekh admitted he acted dishonestly. He put forward as mitigation that he had worked as a paralegal for the firm for 14 years with no other concerns about his professional conduct. The firm audited his files after this incident and found no issues on them. It was not explained in the notice why he wrongly advised the client but he expressed remorse for his actions.Parekh was made subject to a section 43 order, preventing him from working for any regulated firm without SRA permission. He will also pay £600 costs.last_img read more

Ramaphosa retains Kganyago at South African Reserve Bank

first_imgGovernor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, speaks during a press conference in the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC on April 21, 2018. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images) FILE PHOTO: Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, speaks during a press conference in the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. (Photo credit ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reappointed Lesetja Kganyago as the governor of the South African Reserve Bank for a period of five years, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.Kganyago’s reappointment takes effect from November 9, 2019.President Ramaphosa also appointed Rashad Ismail Cassim and Fundi Tshazibana as deputy governors of the bank.The appointments were necessitated by the resignation of Francois Groepe in January this year and the expiry of the term of Daniel Mminele at the end of last month.Tshazibana, an advisor to the governor and deputy governors, has previously worked for the National Treasury and the International Monetary Fund.Cassim, who leads the Economic Research and Statistics Department at the bank, was once a lecturer at the University of Cape Town and executive director at the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).“President Ramaphosa has wished the governor and deputy governors well on their forthcoming terms and said these appointments were directed at strengthening capacity and maintaining stability at this critical institution,” the statement concluded.Ramaphosa had previously pledged that his government would maintain the Reserve Bank’s independence. His remarks came as factions within the ruling African National Congress party differed on whether the Bank should widen its focus beyond inflation to improve employment and economic growth.South Africa’s economy has faced challenges in recent months including weak investor confidence and demand and struggling state firms.last_img read more

The coronavirus infections top 1000 in Libya

first_imgLibya closes coronavirus hospital amid attacks One more patient recovers from coronavirus in Libya An illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle studded with glycoprotein tubercles in this handout image obtained by Reuters April 9, 2019. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Monday reported 57 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country so far to more than 1,000.In a statement earlier on Monday, the center said it received a total of 632 suspected samples, of which 575 tested negative and 57 positive.The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Libya so far is 1,046, including 261 recoveries and 32 deaths, the center said.Libyan authorities closed the country’s borders, closed schools and mosques, banned public gatherings, and imposed curfew in order to prevent infections.The city of Sabha, the largest southern Libyan city, is the epicenter of COVID-19 in Libya, reporting more than half of the number of confirmed cases in the country.Libya reported the first COVID-19 case in March and the first death in April.China donated medical aid to Libya in June to help the country fight against the pandemic.The aid included 834 nucleic acid diagnostic kits, 5,000 medical protective suits, 15,000 N95 masks, 100,000 surgical masks, 5,000 goggles and 5,000 pairs of medical gloves.Relatedcenter_img Libya declares alert against possible cholera infections from Algerialast_img read more

New Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz and WiFi Maximizes Throughput

first_imgEthertronics at the MWC 2015 has introduced an Active Steering System Solution for the 5 GHz and WiFi applications. The Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz combines the antenna, Ethertronics’ recently announced EtherChip EC482 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) RFIC, EtherChip EC614 four-port RF switch, and algorithm into a single systems module. An ideal solution for the burgeoning streaming High Definition video markets, the Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz can be easily integrated into a variety of products, including access points, set-top boxes, Wi-Fi clients’ smart appliances, Wi-Fi extenders, wearables and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.Ethertronics’ Active Steering technology generates multiple radiation patterns from a single antenna structure. It enables “beam steering” from a wireless device by sampling and switching between the multiple radiation patterns, and optimally selecting the antenna radiation pattern that provides the best RF link performance. This capability provides for revolutionary improvements in range, data throughput for applications such as video streaming, interference reduction, robustness in multipath environments, and connection reliability. This is ideal for devices such as set-top boxes, tablets, HDMI video dongles and Wi-Fi access points.With MIMO systems becoming more prevalent for Wi-Fi, the need for two or more antennas collocated in a mobile device or small form factor access point is becoming more common. These groups of antennas in a MIMO system need to have high, and preferably, equal efficiencies along with good isolation and low correlation. In the case of access point applications, for example, the multipath environment is constantly changing, impacting throughput performance of the communication link. The new Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz with embedded EC482 addresses these challenging RF environments by dynamically tuning and optimizing the antenna system parameters for a MIMO system that will provide greater throughput.In addition to solving the MIMO challenges associated with the 5 GHz band, this new system enables one gateway to streaming video, data and voice – all in a single box or access point – since these components are co-developed and optimized as a system to provide a solution that is cost effective and easy to integrate.OEMs can realize time-to-market and cost benefits with the new Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz. The embedded EtherChip EC482 is designed for the high frequency and fast RF switching environment that Wi-Fi systems demand. EtherChip EC482 contains not only the RF switching, which acts as the transducer to adjust the IMD antenna’s pattern, but also the algorithm and communication and control conduits that sample and switch among the patterns, adaptively making the optimal selection. For MIMO Wi-Fi applications, the master EC482 controls multiple MIMO antenna systems in concert through satellite antenna systems utilizing EtherChip EC614s. An EC482 is used for the first antenna system element and an EC614 is utilized for each additional element. This combination will provide the most cost-effective solution to Ethertronics’ customers.Furthermore, with the Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz, an OEM can replace one of the existing antennas, all 5 GHz antennas or a subset of them in a single box, since the antenna, chip and algorithms are configured as one system. To further ease integration, the Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz is available as a 2D antenna on flexible circuit that can be placed anywhere in the box for Active Steering, or printed on PCB for further cost reduction.With an operating frequency of 100 MHz to 7000 MHz, Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz has a small foot print, and minimal power consumption is required for operation. In addition to delivering uninterrupted service, faster data throughput and video streaming, and eliminating tiling of videos for end-users, Active Steering provides a host of benefits to service providers.This new Active Steering System Solution for 5 GHz, is being showcased at the Ethertronics booth at Mobile World Congress (Hall 1, Stand 1D49) in Barcelona.last_img read more

Elbit Systems Acquires Global Defense Solution Company, IMI Systems for $495 Million

first_imgElbit Systems has completed the acquisition of IMI Systems, an Israel based global defense solutions company. The acquisition was completed for a purchase price of approximately $495 million (NIS 1.8 billion), with an additional payment of approximately $27 million (NIS 100 million) contingent upon IMI meeting agreed performance goals.IMI Systems Ltd is a globally recognized defense systems house, specializing in the development and manufacturing of comprehensive combat-proven solutions and technologies for the land, air, naval and cyber and homeland security (HLS) requirements of the modern battlefield. More than 8 decades of experience in the defense market bestow IMI Systems’ reputation as a preferred and highly appreciated defense systems manufacturer in the areas of various precision munitions, Combat mobility, survivability and protection systems, armor solutions and HLS and Crisis management. The company’s unique combination of capabilities enables its customers and business partners to enjoy the benefit of high standards, uncompromising quality solutions while facilitating their abilities to successfully cope with the demanding challenges of the future battlefield.Accoording to Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President & CEO, Elbit Systems, the synergy between the capabilities of the two companies and the global positioning of Elbit Systems will enable them to offer an enhanced portfolio and to realize the potential of the technologies of IMI in the international arena, making this acquisition significant to Elbit’s long-term growth strategy.last_img read more