Bracknell Real Estate – Hudson Berkshire Experience http://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:25:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Bracknell Real Estate – Hudson Berkshire Experience http://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/ 32 32 Surplus NHS sites that could be sold for homes https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/surplus-nhs-sites-that-could-be-sold-for-homes/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:20:45 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/surplus-nhs-sites-that-could-be-sold-for-homes/

Some sites have already been sold. The Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust has agreed to the sale of Fulwood House in Sheffield, which it says is a locally significant heritage asset.

The site sold for £12.3 million. The plan is to use it for housing, with around 161 homes, 40 of which would be affordable, according to figures from NHS Digital. Housing plans on NHS land are encouraged to offer affordable housing to NHS staff first. As of March 31, there were no plans to do so on this site.

Other high-priced sales include Hawks Road Clinic in Kingston, which sold for £9.708million, with plans to use it for housing, with around 100 homes. Chiswick Health Center for £9.5m, Brocklebank Health Center in Wandsworth for £8.2m, Flat AC in Westminster for £6.325m were also sold for developments including housing.

The West London NHS Trust has identified Broadmoor Hospital in Bracknell Forest as surplus to requirements. He estimates the site, which is a listed building, could be sold for £28million. The vegetable garden on the site could also be sold for £6million. This could be used to supply 210 houses.

Other sites in the area have been identified as opportunities – these are sites that could be declared surplus and a plan to sell them has been developed. These include the western development area of ​​the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital in Harrow, which could sell for £35million and be used for 92 homes.

Leeds General Infirmary, which is a listed building, has also been identified as an opportunity, and the site could be sold for £17.8million and used for a 200-home mixed development. Information from NHS Digital indicates that the sale of these two sites could be delayed by the need to move the site’s facilities elsewhere.

There may be more excess land identified in the area, but not all sites are individually listed in the data. A number have been marked as sensitive and are therefore included in the global figures but not in the local breakdown.

The NHS long-term plan states that the NHS will improve the way it uses its land, buildings and equipment. One of the ways it is expected to achieve this is by disposing of waste land to allow reinvestment while supporting the government’s aim to build new homes for NHS staff.

As part of this goal, NHS workers should be granted a first refusal for affordable homes built on surplus land. The government hoped this would benefit 3,000 families.

As of March 31, 2022, 441 lands had been declared surplus or potentially surplus by 110 trusts and by NHS Property Services (which manages around 10% of NHS property). Of these, 67 plots had already been sold (with a sale year from 2021/22).

The plots sold had brought in £94.07 million. Beyond that, the estimated sales receipt for surplus or potentially surplus land was £1,211 million.

When submitting housing plans, developers must include the provision of affordable housing. Nationally, the policy is that 10% of housing must be affordable, which includes social rentals, affordable rentals, and owned or condominium rentals, although local policies may vary and there are exemptions.

Of 229 non-sensitive sites identified by NHS Digital, 133 have been identified as having reception potential. They could provide about 5,653 units, of which 784 could be affordable.

However, only 96 of these affordable homes have been identified as being offered to NHS staff via the right of first refusal.

The Department of Health said it was working with the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and NHS England to explore how excess public sector land freed up for housing could meet health infrastructure needs, including the accommodation for key workers.

He said demand for NHS staff accommodation was mainly for properties in London, with NHS Trusts in the capital also developing additional ways to meet the needs of their staff, including rental model partnerships with service providers. accommodations. A Department of Health assessment shows that ownership has not been the most attractive option for NHS staff, and they intend to review our approach over the coming months.

Recent new uses for NHS surplus land include a planned new Aldi store at the entrance to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and 21 affordable housing units planned for land at Hythe Hospital in Hampshire.

A consultation is underway on the store, on a sloping meadow which is not used for any treatment, the entire proceeds of the sale of the site having to be reinvested in the future developments of the hospital. In Hampshire, New Forest District Council has agreed to buy the site to develop housing, with NHS Digital figures listing £1million in sales revenue for the site.

While the 21 homes planned for land at Hythe Hospital are affordable, NHS Digital figures show none will be offered to NHS staff via right of first refusal. The current NHS surplus land sales policy is based on recommendations from the Naylor review in 2017.

This was aimed at developing a new NHS property strategy which supported the Government’s plans to free up money from sites, which could then be reinvested in the NHS, and to deliver land for new homes. His analysis identified £2.7billion in revenue from inefficiently used land and property (perhaps more if things like planning permission went the right way), and the review made a number of recommendations on how to achieve this.

The government largely accepted the report’s recommendations in 2018. This led to the creation of the NHS Property Board to support estate planning and management and support plans to sell surplus land.

It also allows NHS providers to retain revenue generated from the sale of surplus land and property, provided it is reinvested to meet local priorities. Offers of access to investment funds should also be supported by plans for how NHS organizations would maximize the disposal of excess land and property in their area.

]]> Review: The Importance of Being Earnest is witty, and never dull, at Shaw Festival https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/review-the-importance-of-being-earnest-is-witty-and-never-dull-at-shaw-festival/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 18:40:39 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/review-the-importance-of-being-earnest-is-witty-and-never-dull-at-shaw-festival/

Peter Fernandes as Algernon Moncrieff and Gabriella Sundar Singh as Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest.Emily Cooper

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  • Title: The importance of being serious
  • Written by: Oscar Wilde
  • Director: Tim Carroll
  • Actors: Peter Fernandes, Martin Happer, Julia Course, Gabriella Sundar Singh, Kate Hennig
  • Company: The Shaw Festival
  • Venue: Festival Theater
  • Town: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
  • Year: Until October 9, 2022
  • COVID-19 measures: None

line for line, The importance of being serious is undoubtedly the wittiest piece ever written.

The downside to Oscar Wilde’s 1895 script being so damn witty, however, is that it can often be production-draining – like scrolling through a Twitter thread dedicated to clever epigrams for two and a half hours. He can wear.

The charming new production from director Tim Carroll Serious on the main stage of the Shaw Festival, however, does the opposite: it builds and builds.

It might take a full act to really find its feet, but after that it has excellent comedic momentum, culminating beautifully in the ludicrous reveal of the coincidences that tie its absurd plot together.

Algernon and Jack, the two wealthy and idle young men at the center of the town louse/country louse intrigue, can often seem like mirror images of each other – just like their two love interests, Gwendolyn and Cecilia. But here, the foursome stand out in both casting and characterization.

Peter Fernandes, in an amiable and light-hearted performance, gives us a city-dwelling Algy who is careless about everything but his cucumber sandwiches, while Martin Happer is dead serious, austere and impassive, like Jack, a country gentleman which ends up in a pickle.

The dilly is this: Jack would like to marry Algy’s cousin, Gwendolyn (Julia Course), the daughter of Lady Bracknell (Kate Hennig), but there are two major obstacles.

The first is that he has no birth parents on hand – just the purse he was found in at a train station as a baby by a very wealthy man many years ago.

The second is that Jack operates under the name Ernest when in town – a name he gave to a fictional urban outcast of a brother he invented as an excuse to leave town – and, in As it happens, Gwendolyn loves it as much for that name as anything else.

It’s in Jack’s country estate where the plot ingredients all combine to produce a comedic chemical reaction after Algy takes a train, impersonating Jack’s fictional brother, Ernest, in order to woo Jack’s ward, Cecily (Gabriella Sundar Singh), and Gwendolyn shows up. shortly after.

New Siminovitch Prize winner Gillian Gallow has designed a truly delightful setting for this part: a garden with a maze of hedges behind it that turns every entrance and exit into a visual delight. Figures first appear only in the form of an umbrella or a hat or get lost on their way out (in the particular case of Ric Reid’s oft-fluttering Canon Chasuble.)

The difference in height between Course and Sundar Singh is showcased in the hurdles as well as when the two women – who are both in love with an Ernest who does not really exist – face off over tea.

It’s a strength of Carroll’s production that the women and men seem so well matched in spirit. One of Wilde’s funniest speeches that struck me during this viewing was Gwendolyn’s about her ever-off-stage father, Lord Bracknell.

“Outside the family circle, dad, I’m happy to say, is totally unknown. I think it is quite as it should be. The home seems to me to be the proper domain of man. And certainly, once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties, he becomes painfully effeminate, doesn’t he? And I don’t like that. It makes men very attractive.

It’s utter nonsense and full of truth – and Course does a great job of pivoting between all of its paradoxes.

It is Hennig as Lady Bracknell who stands out from the production, however. Too many managers Serious take Jack’s annoyed claim that she’s a “Gorgon” on the face of it, when she’s, in fact, the most sane of the bunch. Hennig isn’t afraid to play the villain when needed, but her blunt, no-nonsense manner is endearing in its own way.

Hennig sets the bar so high that you can’t help but notice that other performances aren’t quite as perfect. But the only real stumble in the series is that first act – which is held back by overly restrained design, in set and costume, and an overemphasis on character poses.

It’s always surprising to learn that The importance of being serious was first criticized as being about nothing – when it seems, some 125 years later, a much more piercing critique of society than Wilde’s melodramas which have at their center social issues that now seem irrelevant.

Serious discussions about property and income seem to break taboos.Emily Cooper

Indeed, serious discussions about property and income seem to break taboos. In our current “era of surfaces”, we talk endlessly about the price of things, houses in particular, and very little about how wealth is actually accumulated and transmitted in our society.

This is not the case with Lady Bracknell, who questions Jack about every detail of his finances and is delighted to learn that Jack’s money comes from investments rather than land. “Between the duties expected during his lifetime and the duties demanded after his death, the land ceased to be a profit or a pleasure,” she says. “It gives a position and prevents keeping it.”

I could go on quoting the piece at length, but I’ll stop before this review turns into a tedious Twitter account.

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Portrait of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon debuts at auction https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/portrait-of-lucian-freud-by-francis-bacon-debuts-at-auction/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:14:06 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/portrait-of-lucian-freud-by-francis-bacon-debuts-at-auction/ A painting by Francis Bacon that has not been seen publicly for nearly six decades will go up for auction later this month, having sat in the same private European collection for 40 years.

Titled Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud, it was painted by British artist Bacon in 1964 and based on a photograph by his contemporary art colleague Freud, taken the same year by the artists’ mutual friend John Deakin.

The painting, which will go up for sale at Sotheby’s British Art: The Jubilee Auction on June 29, was last seen in 1965 when it was displayed as the center panel of a triptych on a large scale as part of a traveling exhibition in Hamburg and Stockholm.

The portrait study of Lucian Freud was painted from a photograph taken by John Deakin (John Deakin/PA)

It was also exhibited in Dublin on its own the same year.

Bacon and Freud had been friends for 20 years prior to Bacon’s creation of Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud and shared a friendship for over 40 years, before relations soured and the relationship ended in the mid-1980s.

The two artists painted themselves on numerous occasions, Freud often painting from real life and Bacon preferring to work from photographs.

In the case of Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud, Bacon used an image of Freud sitting on a bed, arms outstretched, fists clenched, and white sleeves rolled up above the elbows.

Black-and-white photographs taken by photographer Deakin became Bacon’s primary source as he obsessively painted Freud in the 1960s.

Of great personal importance, Bacon kept the photographs with him for the rest of his life, and they were rediscovered torn, crumpled and spattered with paint in his studio after his death in 1992, Sotheby’s said.

Speaking of the portrait ahead of its sale, Sotheby’s Senior Director of Contemporary Art, Tom Eddison, said: “In this portrait alone, we bear witness to a masterpiece, illuminating the deep and complex relationship between two titans of the XXth century.

“It is hard to think of two greater artists whose lives and works are so interwoven into the fabric of our consciousness than Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.

“At once muses and critics for each other, it was their friendship, respect, rivalry and deep infatuation with each other that ultimately fueled their unequivocal artistic talents.

The portrait will be auctioned for the first time on June 29 (The Estate of Francis Bacon/DACSArtimage/PA)

“Executed with painterly bravery at the height of Bacon’s praise, here we see a portrait that pulsates with an intensity, a tension that reflects the emotions that have bonded these two sparring partners for more than four decades.

“Now, having remained completely invisible to the public for 57 years, this remarkable portrait will return to London as the highlight of the summer auction season.”

The portrait carries an estimate of over £35million.

As well as Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud, Sotheby’s British Art: The Jubilee Season sale will also include other highlights: Banksy’s portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, a sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth, the tranquil nearly four-metre depiction of off David Hockney’s Woldgate Woods, LS Lowry’s Town Square, JMW Turner’s View of London and Flora Yukhnovich’s Boucher’s Flesh.

The live auction will begin at 5 p.m. on June 29.

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Iconic Leeds pub receives second-highest historic protection status https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/iconic-leeds-pub-receives-second-highest-historic-protection-status/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:12:20 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/iconic-leeds-pub-receives-second-highest-historic-protection-status/ A historic pub has been given the second highest possible protection due to its historical significance as an upscale Victorian ‘lunch bar’.

Whitelock’s Ale House, which is tucked away in a lane in Leeds city centre, has been upgraded to Tier II* by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on advice from Historic England , part of a project to help save rare historic pub interiors.

Grade II* status means it is among the 5.8% of protected historic buildings in England.

Whitelock’s Ale House, Leeds (Historic England/PA)

Historic England said Whitelock’s is one of the finest examples of a late 19th century upmarket bar.

He said the pub was described by Sir John Betjeman as “the very heart of Leeds” and has been frequented by celebrities over the years, becoming a favorite of Peter O’Toole and Dame Margot Fonteyn.

It retains its 1895 interior design scheme and a host of high quality features including stained glass windows and a rare ceramic bar counter.

Whitelock’s is close to another Grade II* listed building, the City Varieties music hall – home to the long-running BBC TV show The Good Old Days – which has gained a reputation as the social and cultural hub of Leeds.

It is joined by another Victorian pub – the Prince Alfred in Maida Vale, London – which has also been upgraded to Grade II*.

Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, London (Historic England/PA)

Historic England described Prince Alfred as “one of the finest examples of city pubs of its day”.

He said the bar, which dates to the height of the pub boom in the 1890s, has plush fixtures and exceptionally well-preserved cubicles that radiate elaborate peninsula service, divided by ornate screens.

Prince Alfred’s original set of ‘posh screens’ at the Ladies Bar was designed to give privacy to women ordering at the bar and is described as ‘extraordinarily rare’.

Historic England has also announced two new listings of pubs in London. These are the Grade II Blythe Hill Tavern and another interwar pub, the Admiral Vernon in Dagenham.

Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, London (Historic England/PA)

The Admiral Vernon was built to service the Becontree estate, one of the largest municipal estates of the time, and its interior is much as it was when its first customers passed through its doors in the 1930s .

The list of pubs has been brought to you by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) Pub Heritage Group, as part of a collaboration with Historic England to protect historic pubs.

Duncan Wilson, Managing Director of Historic England, said: “At a time when many historic pubs in England are subject to change or at risk of closing, we are happy to celebrate pubs that have retained their remarkable interiors.

“These rare interiors help tell the fascinating story of pubs over the centuries and how they reflected society. From the celebrity haunting Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds to Prince Alfred in London with his ‘posh screens’, they all fully deserve the protection offered by registration.

Paul Ainsworth, chairman of Camra’s Pub Heritage Group, said: “Times are tough for all pubs at the moment, including those with significant historic interiors. The more protection they can receive, the better.

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Nearly 650,000 UK retail jobs lost since 2017 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/nearly-650000-uk-retail-jobs-lost-since-2017/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 23:10:13 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/nearly-650000-uk-retail-jobs-lost-since-2017/ Almost 650,000 jobs have been lost in the UK retail sector over the past five years, according to new figures.

It comes as industry experts are urging the Prime Minister to be cautious about business tariff levels next year to protect the future of high streets across the UK.

The Center for Retail Research said 645,204 retail jobs had been lost and 72,580 stores closed across the UK in the five years since 2017.

This included 105,727 jobs lost last year as the continuation of the furlough scheme kept losses below previous years.

The stark figures come as high street businesses face a significant rise in business rates after receiving tax breaks during the pandemic.

In April 2023, a reassessment of around two million non-domestic properties for business rates in England will come into effect.

The corporate rate liability, the tax on UK commercial properties, is calculated based on the ‘taxable value’ of a property.

For the next revaluation, this will be the open market rental value on 1 April 2021, based on an estimate from the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

While the reassessments don’t create extra money because they’re designed to be revenue-neutral, they do create winners and losers, generating significant changes in tax liabilities, experts said.

Over the past year, these changes will have resulted in significant bill reductions for some businesses and regions, but successive governments have imposed strict limits on bill reductions to contain costs.

The changes due to the pandemic and the associated financial support mean that some areas have benefited from bill reductions that would otherwise have been blocked by these limits.

Property adviser Altus Group said that under the previous scheme introduced when it was last reassessed in 2017, the retail sector would have been denied £1.28billion in tax cuts and refused to the northwest £611m of reduced bills.

Experts have warned that the upcoming reassessment should not limit the scale of cuts for certain areas.

Robert Hayton, UK Chairman of Altus Group, said: “Taking from these struggling sectors and regions, where rents have fallen significantly, would be reckless, giving them no breathing space to recover and rebuild.

“It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul and it certainly doesn’t help level prosperity.”

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Republican candidate for Michigan governor charged with rioting at US Capitol https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/republican-candidate-for-michigan-governor-charged-with-rioting-at-us-capitol/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 18:20:04 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/republican-candidate-for-michigan-governor-charged-with-rioting-at-us-capitol/ Ryan Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for governor of Michigan and a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been indicted for his role in the 2021 post-election riot at the US Capitol.

Kelley, 40, was arrested in western Michigan and is awaiting a court hearing in Grand Rapids, FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said.

His arrest came hours before the House committee investigating the insurgency will hold a much-anticipated public hearing, showing never-before-seen video, audio and evidence highlighting the deadly violence that erupted. on January 6, 2021.

It’s unclear why authorities have decided to act against Kelley now. He previously acknowledged he was in the insurrection although he did not enter the Capitol. But nearly 18 months later, the government is still charging more people.

Ryan Kelley is seeking to become governor of Michigan (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

In a court document, federal investigators filed photos of Kelley in a backwards baseball cap, trying to rally the pro-Trump crowd.

Kelley was videotaped repeatedly waving to the crowd and directing them to the stairs leading to the building, the FBI said.

He used his phone to “film the crowd assaulting and pushing back the United States Capitol police officers” and was in a crowd that climbed the stairs to a Capitol entrance after police backed off , indicates the document.

Kelley, a real estate broker who lives in Allendale Township, is charged with disruptive conduct, trespassing on public property and entering a confined space without permission, according to the criminal complaint.

He is one of more than 800 people facing criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.

More than 300 people have pleaded guilty, mostly to offenses punishable by more than a year in prison. Some who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors were sentenced to short stints behind bars while others were sentenced to house arrest or probation.

In Michigan, Kelley is one of five candidates in the Aug. 2 Republican primary. The winner will face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.

His arrest still upsets a peloton which initially had 10 candidates.

Five of them, including two favorites, were removed from the ballot because fraudulent signatures submitted by paid petition distributors left them below the 15,000 needed to make it to the ballot.

Kelley declined to participate in a Republican debate last week because organizers of the public policy conference on Mackinac Island demanded proof of a Covid-19 vaccination or a negative test. He called it a “ridiculous leftist propaganda show”.

After the 2020 election, Kelley spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Lansing, telling a lie that Mr. Trump had won the election and that Democrats were trying to steal his victory.

In the early months of the pandemic, he staged a protest at the Michigan Capitol, calling on heavily armed militias to gather inside the state house.

He told The Associated Press that the militia members are “law-abiding, legitimate citizens who love this country, and maybe you have a few that are bad apples. The question for you is, are there bad apples in pretty much everything we have when it comes to groups? »

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Real estate group buys Berkshire development | Southeast Deals https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/real-estate-group-buys-berkshire-development-southeast-deals/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 08:13:15 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/real-estate-group-buys-berkshire-development-southeast-deals/



A property investment group has extended its presence with the acquisition of a development in Berkshire for £11.8million.

LRC Group UK has purchased Blu Bracknell, which comprises 53 fully let studio, one and two bedroom apartments, in Wokingham Road, Bracknell.

The deal is part of a broader growth strategy for the company.

Property specialist Centrick presented the acquisition to the LRC Group and led the negotiations.

Mital Patel, Head of Acquisitions and Asset Manager at LRC Group UK, said: “We are very pleased to have entered into this agreement as part of a wider strategy to acquire similar sites across the UK. United for an international fund.

“Blu Bracknell meets the fund’s very specific requirements, so this is a very successful transaction for us.”

Jane Morcom, Centrick Group Chief Commercial Officer, added: “The acquisition of Blu Bracknell, as part of their wider international investment fund, is an excellent deal for the LRC Group.

“This is a new development of apartments, all of which have tenants, in a great location.

“We presented the deal to the LRC Group, who are in the process of building a rental property investment portfolio. Our team provided all the information necessary to ensure an acceptable offer and facilitated the negotiation.”

Centrick manages several similar residential projects in the area as part of its asset management and real estate and property management services, supported by its southern office.

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Recipients of Queen’s Birthday honors ‘reflect the qualities of the monarch’ https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/recipients-of-queens-birthday-honors-reflect-the-qualities-of-the-monarch/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 23:10:22 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/recipients-of-queens-birthday-honors-reflect-the-qualities-of-the-monarch/ Britons who reflected the Queen’s ‘priceless’ qualities have been recognized on her Birthday Honors List as the nation celebrates the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.

Famous figures from showbiz, sport and politics – including actor Damian Lewis, former First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster and journalist Clare Balding – have been honoured.

Lewis said he and his late wife Helen McCrory were both “delighted” after the 51-year-old TV, film and stage star was made a CBE.

The couple raised money for Feed NHS, a fundraiser to donate food from street restaurants to NHS staff during coronavirus lockdowns, before acclaimed actress McCrory died in April 2021 at the age of 52 years following a battle with cancer.

Lewis told the PA news agency: ‘What a great honor to receive the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for services to the theater and for the charity work I have done over the years and during the pandemic with my late wife, Helen McCrory.

“Thank you very much. She and I are both delighted.

According to those responsible for the selection process, greater consideration was given to individuals who represented themes such as youth engagement, the environment and sustained public service.

Actor Damian Lewis said he and his late wife Helen McCrory were both ‘delighted’ after being appointed CBE (Anthony Devlin/PA)

British-Indian author Sir Salman Rushdie and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake have been named Fellows of Honor for their services to literature and illustration.

Sir Quentin said: “Of course it’s a huge privilege to be made a Companion of Honour, but it’s also of particular interest to me because it’s not, unlike so many awards, just a medal that’s yours. pinned.”

Sir Salman said: “It is with great surprise and pleasure that I learned of this extraordinary honour. It is a privilege to be included in such an illustrious company, past and present.

Elsewhere in showbiz, fashion designer Stella McCartney has been named CBE.

The MBEs were served to MasterChef duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace for food and charity service.

Chef John Torode with fellow Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace
Chef John Torode and fellow Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace are honored (PA)

Torode said: “I am truly delighted, humbled and very grateful and would like to thank those who nominated me for this great honor of an MBE.”

And her co-star Wallace said: ‘From a council estate in Peckham to being recognized by the Queen, this to me is something like a fairy tale story. I’m incredibly, incredibly proud.

Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels and winner of several national and international awards, was knighted for his services to literature and charity.

Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the V&A Museum and co-chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, was also knighted, which on Sunday will see a 3km carnival procession through central London with thousands of people.

A record proportion of Queen’s Birthday honors have gone to women, the percentage this year – 51.5% – slightly higher than the previous record of 51.2% set in 2015.

Queen's Birthday Honours: Awards to Women
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The proportion going to people from ethnic minorities, 13.3%, was down from a record high of 15.0% last year, while slightly more went to people with disabilities.

The percentage of LGBT beneficiaries decreased slightly compared to last year, from 5.0% to 4.6%.

Balding said: “I’m so surprised and really thrilled to receive such a prestigious honor and really see it as a reflection of people’s interest in the sport.

“I love having the opportunity to broadcast sporting events and talk about the positive impact of sport.”

In the world of football, five-time Champions League winner and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Liverpool player James Milner have been appointed MBEs, while former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been made an OBE.

Liverpool v Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League – Final – Stade de France
Gareth Bale is on the list this year (Nick Potts/PA)

Eve Muirhead of the British women’s curling team has been named an OBE after helping the country reach the podium at the Winter Olympics in February.

Her teammates Jennifer Dodds, Hailey Duff, Mili Smith and Victoria Wright became MBEs with coach David Murdoch.

Meanwhile, cricketer Moeen Ali has been appointed OBE.

Ali said, “It’s an honor to be recognized, it’s amazing and my family is really proud and happy. More than anything, I know it makes my parents happy.

Former Stormont Premier and ex-DUP leader Arlene Foster was made a Dame and Tory MP and former Attorney General Jeremy Wright was knighted, days after calling on the Prime Minister to resign over the partygate saga.

The Queen's Birthday Honors 2022
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Dame Arlene said: “This is the Platinum Jubilee year and Her Majesty The Queen has given so much devotion and service to the country so to receive her in her Platinum Jubilee year is really special to me. It is a real pleasure for me. »

Tory MPs Maria Miller, Tracey Crouch and Chris Skidmore are also on the list, with a femininity, CBE and OBE respectively, while Labor MP Nia Griffith is also a dame and her colleague Stephen Timms is knighted.

And there was a second successive honor for the Blair family following former Prime Minister Sir Tony’s New Year’s Knighthood, as his son Euan was made an MBE for services to education in his role as founder of Multiverse, which offers learning programs.

Elsewhere, NHS England national medical director Professor Sir Stephen Powis and AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot have been knighted and England’s chief nurse Ruth May made a dame as They were among a host of names recognized for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Angela Redgrave, 104, the oldest recipient on the list, and twins Elena and Ruben Evans-Guillen, 11, the youngest, received BEMs, the latter two after raising £50,000 for the NHS at the course of the last three years.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘This historic platinum jubilee is not just a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses.

“The accolades she is bestowing this week reflect many of those qualities which have been invaluable across all walks of life and in communities across the UK.

Queen's Birthday Honours: Awards for People from Ethnic Minorities
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“I pay tribute to all of this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to us all.

A government spokeswoman told a briefing at Lancaster House in central London on Tuesday: ‘Each of our selection committees have been asked in particular to look at Jubilee themes, looking at the engagement of young people , the environment and sustainability and a sustained public service.

“So those were considered with all the things usually looked at, service to others, sustained commitment.

“But we have particularly sought to consider and promote cases that illustrate these themes, which are the themes throughout the entire Jubilee.”

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Sanctioned Russian oligarch’s megayacht hides in a cove in the United Arab Emirates https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/sanctioned-russian-oligarchs-megayacht-hides-in-a-cove-in-the-united-arab-emirates/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 07:16:51 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/sanctioned-russian-oligarchs-megayacht-hides-in-a-cove-in-the-united-arab-emirates/ One of the world’s largest yachts has been seen sitting in a quiet harbor in the UAE’s northernmost sheikhdom – so far avoiding the fate of other luxury vessels linked to sanctioned Russian oligarchs.

The presence of the 387ft Motor Yacht A in a cove in Ras al-Khaimah shows the neutrality of the United Arab Emirates during Russia’s war against Ukraine, as the Gulf country remains a target for Russian money and its oil-rich capital sees Moscow as a crucial OPEC partner.

Since Russian tanks entered Ukraine on February 24, the seven emirates of the Emirates have offered refuge to Russians, both those despairing of their country’s future and the mega-rich worried about Western sanctions.

While much of the world has imposed sanctions on Russian institutions and allies of President Vladimir Putin, the Emirates have not.

In the dusty northernmost Sheikh of the United Arab Emirates, Motor Yacht A, one of the largest yachts in the world, sits in the quiet harbor – so far avoiding the fate of other linked luxury vessels to sanctioned Russian oligarchs (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

It also avoids openly criticizing the war, which government statements still call the “Ukrainian crisis.”

Motor Yacht A is owned by Andrey Melnichenko, an oligarch worth around US$23.5bn (£18.7m), according to Forbes.

He once ran fertilizer producer Eurochem and SUEK, one of the largest coal companies in the world.

In March, the European Union included Mr. Melnichenko in a massive list of sanctions against business leaders and others described as close to Mr. Putin.

EU sanctions noted that he attended a meeting Mr Putin held on the day of his invasion.

“The fact that he was invited to this meeting shows that he is a member of Vladimir Putin’s closest circle and that he supports or implements actions or policies that undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, as well as stability and security in Ukraine,” the EU said at the time.

Mr. Melnichenko has resigned from the positions he held at the two major companies, according to the companies’ statements.

However, he criticized Western sanctions and denied being close to Mr Putin.

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Two crew members could be seen on deck (Kamran Jebreili/AP)

Mr. Melnichenko could not be reached for comment through his advisers.

Already, Italian authorities have seized one of his vessels – the $600m (£476m) Sailing Yacht A.

France, Spain and Britain have also sought to target superyachts linked to Russian oligarchs as part of a wider global effort to pressure Mr Putin and those close to him.

But the $300m (£238m) Motor Yacht A appears to be intact so far.

It was displaying an Emirati flag on Tuesday when Associated Press reporters observed the ship.

Two crew members circled the deck.

The boat’s last recorded position on March 10 put it away from the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, just over 1,860 miles from Ras al-Khaimah.

Planet Labs PBC satellite images analyzed by the AP show the ship in the Ras al-Khaimah stream from March 17, a week later.

The Financial Times first reported on the ship’s presence in the United Arab Emirates.

Ras al-Khaimah authorities did not respond to a request for comment on the yacht’s presence.

The UAE Foreign Ministry did not respond to questions about the ship, but said in a statement to the AP that it takes “its role in protecting the integrity of the global financial system extremely seriously.” serious”.

But so far, the UAE has taken no such public action aimed at Russia.

The country abstained in a UN Security Council vote in February condemning the Russian invasion, angering Washington.

The neutral response may come “from the financial gain we’re seeing in Dubai in terms of new tourist arrivals and Russian efforts to move assets and buy property,” said Karen Young, senior fellow at the Washington-based Middle East Institute.

The flow of Russian money – both legitimate and shady – is now an open secret in Dubai, where lavish hotels and beaches are increasingly teeming with Russian speakers.

State radio hosts happily describe a massive influx.

The United Arab Emirates has become one of the few remaining flight corridors from Moscow.

The Emirati government has offered three-month multiple-entry visas on arrival to all Russians, allowing large companies to easily transfer their employees from Moscow to Dubai.

Al Maktoum International’s private jet terminal at Dubai World Central has seen a 400% increase in traffic, the airport’s CEO recently told the AP.

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Estate agents have reported renewed interest from Russians looking to buy property in Dubai, particularly in the Dubai Marina high-rises and Palm Jumeirah villas.

For those wishing to settle in the UAE, purchasing a high-end property also qualifies for a visa.

“Business is booming right now,” said Thiago Caldas, CEO of Dubai-based real estate company Modern Living, which now accepts cryptocurrency to facilitate sales with new Russian customers.

“They have a normal life and are not subject to restrictions.”

Mr Caldas said requests from Russian customers in Dubai had increased more than 10-fold since the war, forcing his company to hire three Russian-speaking agents to cope with the deluge.

With sanctions on Russian banks and companies preventing many citizens from accessing foreign capital, Russians are increasingly trying to circumvent bank transfers through digital currencies in Dubai, two cryptocurrency traders in the city have said , where they are able to liquidate large sums of money.

“It is a haven of peace. … The influx of Russian accounts skyrocketed by 300% days after the start of the war in Ukraine,” said a Russian crypto trader in Dubai, who spoke like the other on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s state-owned investment firm Mubadala remains among Russia’s most active sovereign wealth funds, along with those of China and Qatar, according to calculations by Javier Capapé of IE University in Spain for l ‘AP.

But the pressure is mounting.

Late Tuesday, the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi released a strongly worded video message in solidarity with Ukraine featuring local ambassadors from the world’s major democracies as the Russian Foreign Minister visits the region .

“We are united against Russia’s unjustifiable, unprovoked and unlawful aggression,” said Ernst Peter Fischer, German Ambassador to the UAE.

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Wordle 346 May 31: Wordle Clues and Today’s Answer https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/wordle-346-may-31-wordle-clues-and-todays-answer/ Mon, 30 May 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://hudsonberkshireexperience.com/wordle-346-may-31-wordle-clues-and-todays-answer/ wordle took the world by storm, and if you haven’t given in to the daily game, we can guarantee you’ve seen the elusive squares all over social media.

The game uses the same rules as Scrabble, where only real words are allowed in both the guesses and the outcome.

If you receive a letter in good place and form the correct word, the square turns green.

But if the guessed letter is in the word but not in the right place, the square turns yellow.

Letters who are wrong turn gray to help the process of elimination for all six tries.


Wordle tips and best starting words to keep your streak going


Hint for today’s Wordle Tuesday, May 31

If you’re still trying to save your streak, don’t scroll down yet, maybe some clues will send you on your way.

Today’s word starts with the letter M and ends with the letter R.

It has two vowels.

Another word for a mansion or the main house of an estate.

What is Wordle’s response for today, Tuesday, May 31?

If you dropped out of today’s game, we can save you the misery. But those still trying to crack the five-letter code, look away now.

The word for May 31 is MANOR.

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The game was created by software engineer Josh Wardle, who recently announced that he had sold the popular word game to The New York Times.

In a statement on Twitter, he wrote: “Since launching Wordle, I have been impressed with the response from everyone who has played.

“The game has become bigger than I ever imagined (which I guess isn’t much of an achievement considering I made the game for an audience of just one).

“It was amazing to see the game bring so much joy to so many people and I’m so grateful for the personal stories some of you have shared with me – from Wordle uniting estranged family members, to causing friendly rivalries, supporting medical recoveries.

“On the other hand, I would be lying if I said it wasn’t overwhelming.”

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