Estate agent calls on ‘high profile’ London firms to stop bragging about viewings during lockdown

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Estate agent calls on ‘high profile’ London firms to stop bragging about viewings during lockdown previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent calls on ‘high profile’ London firms to stop bragging about viewings during lockdownEllie Rees turns to social media to say she is uncomfortable with competitors who have been ‘air punching’ publicly about flouting the lockdown rules.Nigel Lewis7th May 20203 Comments7,906 Views An estate agent has taken to social media to criticise ‘high-profile’ competitors boasting about viewings, sales agreed and exchanges during the lockdown.Ellie Rees runs ethical estate agency Brickworks in central London, which she founded six years ago with partner Rex Siney as an agency with a commitment to a ‘new, ethical style of buying and selling houses’ that is ‘not a marketing ploy…but genuine’, its website says.In a blog posted to LinkedIn, Ellie says she is uncomfortable with competitors who have been flouting lockdown viewings and business activity rules during the crisis.“Of course, business must go on. We all want to protect our livelihoods, and estate agents are no exception.“We’re standing by our clients and keeping things on track. It’s what we promised, so it’s what we’ll do.  But it shouldn’t warrant air-punching and back-slapping. That behaviour is tone deaf in the extreme at a time when people are losing their jobs – and their lives.“And it reinforces the stereotype of estate agents as unscrupulous sorts who only want to line their pockets.  As millions of us have learned recently, ‘home’ means so much more than an asset.“Beating your chest about business as usual is missing the point. Potential clients will see right through it.  The world has changed; we’re going to have to change with it.“It’s OK to be proud of achievements. But to do so without awareness of context is to risk alienating the very people you want to engage.“Let’s not miss the chance to be better at what we do, or forget what we have learned during the lockdown.”Read more about viewings during lockdown.brickworks ellie rees property viewings May 7, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsAmanda O’Brien, www.contentforestateagents.co.uk www.contentforestateagents.co.uk 7th May 2020 at 11:45 amTotally agree with this. Beating your chest and boasting about your achievements to fellow agents or to customers, is never a good strategy, pre or post COVID-19! In fact from a marketing point of view, forming a relationship with your ideal customers is the key. This should be done with clever content that appeals to the target audience. Not with facts, figures and boasts!Log in to ReplyRichard Rawlings, Estate Agency Insight Estate Agency Insight 7th May 2020 at 11:24 amWell said Ellie! Initially I thought it was ok to continue with viewings etc as long as these were done with social distancing in place. But, despite having written several promotional pieces for my estate agency clients recently, I think you are right that bragging about these things is insensitive at this time.I would add that when you mention about the estate agency stereotype of “only wanting to line their pockets” I don’t fully agree that this is necessarily their motivation – more often than not ,it is simply a passion for what they do. Achieving success for their clients, about whom they do actually care, is as much a driver as the commission, if not more.Have a great day, be kind, and stay safe. Richard.Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 7th May 2020 at 10:38 amI agree Ellie, well said.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

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Merchants Bank recognized by FDIC for Money Smart Partner Program

first_imgCommunity Bank NA,Merchants Bank has been recognized by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a Money Smart for Young Adults Partner for its leadership in promoting financial education for young people.‘We are giving young adults the skills they need to succeed in today’s world,’ said Doreen Allen, Community Reinvestment Act officer at Merchants Bank and president of the Northfield branch. ‘The need for financial literacy is greater than ever.’The Partner program applauds people and organizations who share a commitment to building young adults’ personal financial management skills. It offers a curriculum designed to help teens develop skills to become confident, productive, self-reliant adults who are able to take full advantage of mainstream financial opportunities.Allen said the program is offered community-wide through schools, scout troops and other youth organizations.The program is an integral part of Merchants’ on-going commitment to financial education. Recently, Merchants Bank and Merchants Bank Foundation joined with Champlain College to sponsor the Vermont Teachers Financial Literacy Summer Institute, which provides training for secondary school educators aimed at helping students learn about managing money.Vermont Matters. Merchants Bank strives to fulfill its role as the state’s leading independent community bank through a wide range of initiatives. The bank supports organizations throughout Vermont in addressing essential needs, sustaining community programs, providing small business and job start capital, funding financial literacy education and delivering enrichment through local sports activities.05.20.2011’ Northfield, VT ‘last_img read more

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Muckles’ Ink making “quaran-tees” to help community come together

first_imgIn addition, Muckles’ Ink has a bigger concept they refer to as “Muckles Rally.” This gives businesses and local nonprofits the opportunity to pair up with Muckles’ Ink. Muckles will create the wanted material, and the business will then rally its market to purchase the products. In return, a certain percentage goes to that business. Coolbaugh says if you want to take part in this, the Muckles business design makes it a simple process. Some of the shirts feature designs from the famous cartoons of John Hart Studios – one of the companies Muckles Ink has teamed up with for this brand. “We thought well, let’s come up with some fun ideas for a new line of shirts, we’ll call it quaran-tees, brilliant. We’ve teamed up with a few businesses, a few local non-profits, and we’ve just kind of split the profits with them and do our part to help the community out,” said Coolbaugh. While the retail side is currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis, its online shop is business as usual. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Muckles’ Ink is a print apparel shop located in downtown Binghamton, and like many local businesses, Muckles is doing its part to keep its operations going. Founder Casey Coolbaugh and his team created a concept of shirts called “quaran-tees” to put a unique spin on the store’s apparel, as a way to not only stay relevant, but to help the community come together. “What’s nice about Muckles’ is its vertically integrated. So our print shop is in the basement. So we can come up with an idea and pretty much go from idea to product in I don’t know, a day or two. So if we have a fun idea we can whip it up real quick and if people like it we make some sales and print the order,” said Coolbaugh. “We’ve got some fun Gronk the dinosaur ones, some B.C. ones that are kind of like a newspaper throwback. There’s some cool designs. We’re just trying to stay relevant, you know trying to keep some money coming in. I mean everyone’s bottom line hurts now for sure, but we’re just trying to do our part, stay relevant and keep the dream alive.,” said Coolbaugh. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.last_img read more

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Komodo National Park welcomes new dragon hatchlings

first_imgHe said there were at least 49 such nests from the total 74 nests on the island.Read also: Tourism will take at least a year to recover from COVID-19 outbreak: EconomistsEast Nusa Tenggara authorities closed down Komodo National Park in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The park management stated in a circular issued on March 18 that the park would remain closed until May 19.”The restriction is to protect our employees and people living inside the Komodo National Park area from the virus,” Lukita said, adding that the closure would also give the natural environment at the park time to recover from the effects of tourism.West Manggarai Tourism Agency data show that 184,206 people visited the park in 2019, a significant increase from 163,807 visitors in the previous year. Most of them hailed from Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia, among other countries.The coronavirus outbreak, however, has since hit the tourism sector hard with tourists canceling their trips to major destinations, including Komodo National Park. (vny) Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, welcomed Komodo dragon hatchlings between February and April, when the hatching season of the world’s largest lizard occurs.The park management said it observed the eggs of seven Komodo dragons hatch at four active nests spread across Loh Buaya, the reptiles’ main habitat on Rinca Island.”We cannot identify the exact number of the newly born Komodo dragons as we do not monitor all of the active nests,” park management head Lukita Awang Nisyantara said on Tuesday. Topics :last_img read more

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ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding

first_img March 04, 2019 ICYMI: Restore PA plan would boost local infrastructure and tackle blight, broadband, flooding Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania,  Round-Up,  Severance Tax Over the last week, Governor Wolf and his administration visited communities across Pennsylvania to see first-hand their critical infrastructure needs, especially around pressing issues like flooding, blight and broadband expansion. Governor Wolf visited Bridgeville, Allegheny County, and Williamsport, Lycoming County, to talk to local leaders about the state playing a larger role in flood prevention and recovery. Governor Wolf also visited Greene County to talk about how expanding broadband access would help schools and young learners.Administration officials also visited communities in York, Beaver and Schuykill counties to meet with local officials and residents on the need for more resources to address critical infrastructure needs.Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan here.Flooding Prevention and RecoveryRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance. Restore Pennsylvania will also establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Severance Tax To Help Flooded CommunitiesYour Erie: State leaders discuss creating $4.5 billion program to help disaster survivorsWilliamsport Sun-Gazette: Governor presses for severance tax to repair leveeFox43: Flash flooding prompts proposed legislation to help disaster victims in PAWilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: State officials propose funding flood protection with a severance tax on gas drillersBroadbandRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.AP: Wolf promotes proposal to fund high-speed internet expansionUniontown Herald Standard: Gov. Wolf visits Greene County to unveil plan for statewide broadbandThe Tribune-Review: Editorial: Virtual infrastructure critical in PennsylvaniaBlightRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.Beaver County Times: Fight the blight: State leaders come to Aliquippa to discuss new program Restore PennsylvaniaWBRE: State officials take tour in Schuylkill County to address blighted property issueNBC 10: Chester Officials Work to Fix Neighborhood Blightcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Dutch trade unions demand higher discount rate for liabilities

first_imgTuur Elzinga, FNV“This new contract acknowledges the reality that a pension is the result of paid in contributions and returns that can be achieved collectively. This is not risk-free,” the unions said.In an interview with financial publication NRC Handelsblad, Elzinga denied that the unions wanted to scupper a pensions accord with their demand for a higher discount rate.“I just wanted to make clear that this pension contract won’t work without a different discount rate, because if it doesn’t, then we can’t confidently consult our members about the result of the negotiations,” he explained.In their opinion piece, the unions reiterated that they wanted to slow down the rise of the retirement age for the state pension AOW, which is set to increase to 67 by 2021. They also called for more leeway for early retirement arrangements as well as mandatory pensions accrual for self-employed people (zzp’ers) in industry-wide pension funds.The Netherlands’ five largest pension funds have expressed disappointment with the position of the regulator and the minister. Coen Teulings, former director of the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), has also criticised their approach.Last week, Jean Frijns, former head of investments of the €414bn civil service scheme ABP, argued that the DNB’s view on the discount rate was blocking progress on negotiations for a new pensions contract.Today, Dick Sluimers, former chief executive of ABP’s asset manager APG, joined the public discussion by also criticising the view of DNB and Koolmees, urging them to seek a compromise.The negotiations are now focused on a nominal “target pension” in collective arrangements rather than individual pensions accrual with collective risk-sharing. The three largest trade unions in the Netherlands will only support a new pensions agreement if the regulator and government concede to changing discount rate rules and the country’s financial assessment framework (FTK).In an opinion piece published by left-leaning broadcaster BNNVARA, the unions said that the current discounting rules posed “an insurmountable barrier to a new pensions contract and a deal with the social partners”.The unions referred to the views of social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees and regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Both have insisted that the risk-free interest rate should be applied for defined benefit (DB) plans.“A new pensions contract should be accompanied by new and matching rules,” wrote Tuur Elzinga, Nic van Holstein and Arend van Wijngaarden, representatives of unions FNV, VCP and CNV, respectively. According to the unions, the theory of a risk-free interest rate made sense for a risk-free pension, but not for a new pensions contract without a nominal guarantee.last_img read more

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Man United outcast Victor Valdes not wanted by Sevilla

first_imgManchester United outcast Victor Valdes has been turned down by Sevilla, claim reports in Spain.United offered up the former Barcelona goalkeeper to the Europa League winners but the La Liga club failed to agree a deal with the player’s agents.According to Radio Sevilla, contact was made between Valdes and the club last week but talks quickly ended after manager Unai Emery decided he did not want the 33-year-old after all.Valdes, who still has a year remaining on his United contract, is desperate to manipulate himself a transfer before the window shuts after falling out with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal at the end of last season. 1 Victor Valdes last_img

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Outage report cites lax controls

first_img The review also raised other contract quality-control issues, saying the utility did not clearly delineate its responsibilities in relation to its contractors, allowing for overlap. “Their checks and balances are not in order,” said Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council committee overseeing the DWP. “There are holes in the system.” The probe by Pasadena-based Electric Power Group makes a raft of recommendations for how the DWP can avoid such problems in the future, from contracting reforms and more quality controls to more training and job-site safety measures. The report also recommends changes to the power grid system to cope with the aftermath should such an accident happen again. DWP managers want to do everything possible to avoid such a scenario, said General Manager Ron Deaton. “LADWP management and staff are seriously evaluating each recommendation of this report, and we will take corrective actions as expediently as possible,” he said in a statement. Some of the recommendations, including the contracting and training reforms, should be relatively easy to implement, said Mary Nichols, president of the DWP commission. “They didn’t find any smoking gun as far as somebody who should be hanged,” she said. “It’s a matter of sloppiness, and the only way to fix that is through changing the attitudes from top to bottom of the department.” Citing a section of the report that said the setup at the Toluca facility is similar to other sites – meaning the problem could happen again – Cardenas said the issue needs urgent attention. “This was a tremendous blackout,” said Cardenas, whose committee will discuss the probe at its meeting today. “It’s too expensive and too costly, in more ways than one, for us to allow it to happen again.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] Key recommendations of the analysis: Change contracting for engineering work Increase quality controls Boost worker training Provide more on-the-job oversight Change some electrical equipment Improve the power-grid operation Make changes to generating stations Boost emergency training for dispatchers 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Poor communication and lax oversight between the Department of Water and Power and a contractor contributed to a massive September power outage that left nearly 2 million people in the dark for more than an hour, according to an independent review released Tuesday. But the probe of the Sept. 12 blackout – the largest power outage in Los Angeles since the 1994 Northridge Earthquake – also raises issues that go beyond the initial explanation of a worker cutting the wrong wires, including the quality of an ongoing modernization project and training and safety standards. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who called for the review, said he expects the report’s recommendations to produce tangible changes. “The report … has indicated several areas of concern, ranging from employee training to quality control to system design,” he said in a statement. “I expect the Board of Water and Power Commissioners and the department to carefully review the results and to implement whatever steps are needed to ensure the safety and reliability of our electrical system.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The DWP apologized in the wake of the incident, saying the outage resulted from a worker accidentally cutting wires during a modernization upgrade at a Toluca Lake facility. The Daily News reported last week that as the utility faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage claims resulting from the outage, the probe had expanded to review the utility’s wider modernization project and the role of third-party contractors. DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, an engineer whose examination of project records spurred the independent probe to dig deeper, pointed to a review citation noting that a contractor who designed the modernization made a cable-numbering error – which the DWP failed to catch – that contributed to the outage. “It’s shocking that DWP has no quality control during the design process,” Patsaouras said. A spokesman for the main contractor on the modernization project, Denver-based Enspiria Solutions Inc., said company officials had not seen the review Tuesday and could not yet comment. last_img read more

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Football Defeats Morehead State; Sets Up First-Place Battle at San Diego

first_img PDF Box Score Story Links Watch Live Next Game: Preview DES MOINES, IOWA – Led by a career-high 242 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Drew Lauer, the Drake University football team defeated Morehead State, 36-17, Saturday at Drake Stadium.Lauer’s 242-yard day was the first 200-yard performance by a Drake running back in more than three years and his long of 53 yards late in the fourth quarter set up the Bulldogs’ final score of the day to ice the game.Drake (4-3, 4-0 PFL) held a 303-74 yard advantage in rushing as the Bulldogs’ defense turned in another noteworthy performance. Danny Morales led the defense with 11 tackles and three passes defended while Will Warner hauled in two interceptions two go along with nine tackles. Those interceptions, combined with two fumble recoveries and a pick from Collin Seymour helped the Bulldogs to a plus-3 advantage in turnovers. Victor Jurgens and Will Kulick helped force those fumbles, one of which occurred inside the Bulldogs’ 5-yard line to end an MSU scoring threat. Morehead State (4-4, 2-2 PFL) was led by quarterback Mark Pappas who completed 28 of his 44 passes for 288 yards, but was sacked four times by the Bulldogs. Receiver Landon Hurst hauled in 11 of those passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.Holding a 15-10 lead at halftime, the Bulldog defense shined in the second half, allowing just one second-half score while giving the offense the ball back in MSU territory three times in the second half. Drake’s offense took advantage of those opportunities quickly late in the third quarter when following a fumble recovery on the MSU 39-yard line; quarterback Ian Corwin threw a 15-yard pass to Devin Cates to put the Bulldogs on top 22-10. Morehead State answered with a score early in the fourth quarter, but Drake scored on its next two drive with a pair of 70-plus yard drives that ended with Lauer and Cross Robinson finding the end zone to thwart any chance of an MSU comeback.The first half was much more trying for Bulldog fans as the Eagles took an early lead after an MSU interception resulted in a 70-yard Eagle drive that ended with DeAndre Clayton 5-yard touchdown. Drake countered on its next possession with a 41-yard field goal from Nathan De Bruin, his second make of the season, and followed that with a 13-yard Lauer score on the Bulldogs’ next possession. That touchdown capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive to open the second quarter. Just two minutes later, Drake found the end zone again as Mitch McFarlane hauled in a 25-yard Corwin pass to make the score 15-7. That drive was set up by Warner’s first interception of the day.Morehead closed the first half with a 41-yard field goal from Andrew Foster to send the teams into the locker room with Drake leading 15-10 before the Bulldogs pulled away for good in the second half.Drake’s fourth-straight win sets up a huge PFL clash next Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Bulldogs travel to San Diego. The potential league title hangs in the balance as both teams enter the contest on top of the PFL standings with matching 4-0 records in the league.  Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Stadium Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Version at San Diego 11/2/2019 – 4 p.m. HTML Box Score last_img read more

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Garda warning after driver caught speeding at 137kph in thick fog

first_imgGardai have issued a warning after a novice driver was caught speeding at 137kph last night in thick fog.Members of the Buncrana Road Policing Unit detected the driver driving at a speed of 137kph in a 100kph zone on the Letterkenny to Derry Road.The driver will appear before the local courts in the coming weeks. A Garda spokesman appealed to drivers to take care, especially in challenging driving conditions.“Please be careful on the roads. Road conditions from this time of the year onwards can be unpredictable.“Please use the fog lights on your car in foggy conditions and most importantly…..adhere to the speed limit,” the spokesperson added.Garda warning after driver caught speeding at 137kph in thick fog was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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