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Leaders makes another push into ‘virtual branches’ with northern cold start

first_imgYet another major estate agency has announced a further push into hybrid operations with a ‘virtual branch’ cold start.Leaders, which has 116 offices all over the UK, says its latest expansion effort will be a virtual affair.The company, which joined forces with Romans in 2016 to create the Leaders Roman Group (LRG), has now opened its second virtual branch.This is to cover the Sheffield lettings market and follows a similar announcement by LRG last week which saw a similar virtual branch cold-start in Lincoln.Leaders says the two virtual offices are part of its attempts to be more flexible as landlords and tenants demand a more digital property management service outside traditional office opening hours.But the company’s claims gloss oveer a more stark industry trend – that the huge cost of running high street offices, lower footfall during Covid and the increasing obsolescence of physical branches are driving many agents of all sizes to try out the hybrid/virtual branch model.Leaders latest office will be headed up by Rebecca Wood, who has worked within the property sector for nearly ten years, and has spent the last four within the LRG network including as a lettings manager and valuations manager.“The launch of our virtual office in Sheffield demonstrates our commitment to the innovation and continued delivery of customer service in a growing number of areas,” says Peter Kavanagh (left), CEO of LRG (left).“We are excited to announce our arrival [in Sheffield] and growing our business here, to provide Sheffield with our trustworthy and knowledgeable service.”  August 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Leaders makes another push into ‘virtual branches’ with northern cold start previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeaders makes another push into ‘virtual branches’ with northern cold startLeaders parent company LRG says the latest Sheffield virtual opening follows its initial dip into the hybrid agency model in Lincoln earlier this month.Nigel Lewis11th August 20200415 Viewslast_img read more

High-profile agent signs up to join new recruitment ‘associate’ network

first_imgHome » News » High-profile agent signs up to join new recruitment ‘associate’ network previous nextProducts & ServicesHigh-profile agent signs up to join new recruitment ‘associate’ networkWill Smith is to become the region’s Rayner Personnel representative but continue to run the Land and New Homes part of his Compete agency.Nigel Lewis1st September 20200652 Views A leading SW estate agent is the latest to join an unusual new network of industry recruitment ‘associates’ after revealing that they have found local recruiters ‘lacklustre’.Will Smith (above), who is well known in the region as the founder of five-branch and new homes specialist Complete, is to become the SW of England representative of Rayner, leaving the company’s MD Jade Boyles-White (above)to concentrate on running its estate agency operation.The firm has offices in Exeter, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Teignmouth and Bovey Tracey.“As a growing estate agency we have often been left disappointed by recruiters, with many being somewhat lacklustre,” says Boyles-White.“Recruitment and estate agency involve similar skills to one another and so it makes sense for us to use our industry expertise, experience and contacts to offer an improved, complementary recruitment proposition to estate agencies here in the South West. It makes a lot of sense”.NetworkSmith is the latest of eight such associates to sign up to the network in recent weeks but will continue to look after his company’s New Homes and Land operation.He says: “I’m so excited at the prospect of building the Rayner Personnel proposition locally and in offering the same level of recruitment service that I myself would want and expect.“I’ll be banging on a few industry friends’ doors soon to listen to how our new venture can help them.”The associates programme is part of Rayner Personnel’s push to expand quickly across the UK and become the nation’s leading specialist estate agency recruitment brand.The other recently-joined associates are former LSL heavyweight Jo Green who is now its Group Operations Director; former Rightmove, Zoopla and BYM senior Tony Cassidy who is looking after its specialist B2B recruitment;  former David Andrews lettings manager Becky Sweeney (Central, SW and West London); Rula Talib (North London) formerly of Purplebricks; Alice Darby (South and South West) formerly of Purplebricks; and Edmund Khoury (Essex) formerly of Balgores.Jade Bowles-White September 1, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage Sailors, DoD personnel, and civilians celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a ceremony in the Grand Vista Ballroom on Naval Station Everett (NSE), Nov. 28.The ceremony featured speakers, a slide show and static display on Native American culture, music and native dance performances.After an opening slide presentation commemorating the Native Americans who received the Medal of Honor, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 2nd Class (AW) Lawrence Solomon took the podium to speak, clothed in traditional native attire. Solomon, a member of the Lummi Indian Nation, described his pride in being able to display his culture to his fellow Sailors. “I am very proud of who I am and where I come from,” he said. “I want to share the culture that I am so proud of with everyone around me.” Swil Kanin, a noted Native American violinist, actor, poet and community advocate, spoke next at the event. “As we gather together to celebrate our unique heritage, it is important to remember that we are all connected. As Sailors you are part of a brotherhood of service members. That makes you all family,” said Kanin, a former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant.Kanin, president of the non-profit fine arts foundation “HonorWorks,” played a self-composed piece of music on his violin after speaking.After Kanin finished playing, performers from the Seawolf Group took the stage to perform traditional “Coast Salish” songs and dances. Coast Salish is the Native American term for the Puget Sound, the area surrounding Naval Station Everett.Solomon, his wife Denise and daughter Cassandra are all part of the Seawolf Group, a group of Lummi and other Native Americans who express their love of their culture through song and dance. Solomon and his wife sang in the Lummi language while their daughter and other performers danced during the ceremony.The performers used traditional drums and the dancers used painted canoe paddles as part of their dance, a Lummi tradition.“In the Navy, diversity and making an effort to embrace other cultures is very essential to our core values,” said Cmdr. Jeffrey Cualk, executive officer of Naval Station Everett. “The more we learn about the rich cultures of others, the more we learn about ourselves and the great country that we live in as a whole.”After the ceremony concluded, traditional Native American cuisine was served at Everett’s All-American Grill.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 30, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: American November 30, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Native Training & Educationcenter_img USA: NSE Celebrates Native American Heritage View post tag: Naval View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Heritage Share this article View post tag: NSElast_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: Updates on Merion Park, 15th Street Playground, Other Projects

first_imgWe are also expecting the 11th Street drainage and road paving and Bay Avenue drainage and road paving projects to resume after Labor Day. The reconstruction of the playground at 15th Street is complete with the exception of a few minor accessories.  I apologize for the delay in the completion, but the final project is certainly worth the wait.  I hope all our families enjoy the new playground, and I am sure the neighborhood is happy to see the completion. Warm regards, The next stage of the boardwalk project has been awarded and the contractor is beginning to construct sections of the boardwalk offsite. Demolition will begin immediately following Indian Summer Weekend and we are optimistic that the job will be finished by the end of March. The playground at 15th Street and Bay Avenue in Ocean City has been closed for reconstruction and the project is now substantially complete.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, August 1. The North End Pump Station project continues to move forward.  This project is partially grant funded, and we are in the permitting stage at this time.  The location of the pump station may now require additional permitting, which affects the storm drainage design and outfall location. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Dear Friends,I would like to provide an update on several capital improvement projects.The road and drainage project in Merion Park is ongoing and progressing on time.  I would like to thank all of the residents of the neighborhood as they endure the construction project through the summer months.  Some paving may be scheduled as early as within a few weeks, with completion expected this fall. Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

Three people killed in crash on State Road 2 in western St. Joseph County

first_img (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Three people were killed in a crash in western St. Joseph County.The collision happened just before 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 14, on State Road 2 at Strawberry Road, which is located east of Bendix Woods.The highway was closed for most of the overnight hours but reopened shortly before 5 a.m. on Monday.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Google+ Pinterest Three people killed in crash on State Road 2 in western St. Joseph County Google+ IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook By Jon Zimney – June 15, 2020 0 365 Twitter Previous articleUPDATE: Silver Alert cancelled for Fort Wayne teenNext articleElkhart County Health Department urging residents to wear masks Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebooklast_img read more

Gov. Holcomb signs order to increase child care options during virtual school days

first_img Twitter Twitter By 95.3 MNC – August 24, 2020 3 479 Google+ Previous articleU.S. Postal Service initiates new Election Mail websiteNext articleIndiana State Police trooper bitten by man he was trying to arrest 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp Facebook (Photo supplied/State of Indiana) Governor Eric Holcomb has signed an executive order to increase child care options for families seeking support during virtual school days.The order allows school corporations to contract with organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club or a YMCA, to operate school-age child care programs in locations in addition to public school buildings to help families who need care while their students engage in e-learning.The order also increases from six to ten the number of school-aged children allowed to gather in a home on school days for e-learning without requiring the child care setting to be licensed.Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm Pinterest Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Gov. Holcomb signs order to increase child care options during virtual school dayslast_img read more

Marks & Spencer launches vegan avocado buns

first_imgMarks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled its first vegan brioche buns and hot dog rolls made with avocado.The soft Avoca-dough Burger Buns and Avoca-dough Hot Dog Buns have a slight green hue and are made with pureed avocado instead of egg. They also contain coconut oil to help give the traditional brioche texture.Available in a pack of two (rsp: £1.15), the buns are high in vitamin D and fibre and have been launched as part of the retailer’s Plant Kitchen range of vegan BBQ foods.“Avocados are huge – be it avocado on toast, in a margarita or simply as part of a salad – and social media goes mad for all things avo,” said Kirsty Rowley, bakery product developer at M&S.M&S added a sausage roll to its in-store bakery line-up this month.last_img

Aphex Twin Announces Rare One-Off NYC Show

first_imgFollowing Coachella’s recent lineup announcement, English contemporary electronic musician Aphex Twin has announced another rare U.S. tour date.Aphex Twin will play a one-off show at New York City’s Avant Gardner on April 11th, two days prior to his first 2019 Coachella performance, during weekend one of the Southern California festival.The newly-announced date will mark Twin’s first U.S. performance since Houston, TX’s Day For Night in 2016, and first NYC date since the 1990s–having only played the U.S. a handful of times in the last two decades.Twin’s only other scheduled performance is a stop at Mexico City’s Ceremonia festival on April 6th.Tickets for Aphex Twin’s NYC performance go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. (EST) here.last_img

Recommendations to aid NFL players’ health

first_imgThe Football Players Health Study at Harvard University released a set of recommendations today on issues affecting the health of National Football League (NFL) players. Among its major recommendations, the study said that club medical staffs should not have divided loyalties between players and clubs.The study also suggested further research into the health effects of playing football, and said that health care improvements should never be a bargaining chip in negotiating sessions between the NFL and the players union.A research initiative composed of data from several ongoing studies, the report, which is nearly 500 pages long, is based on an analysis performed over two years by researchers from The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. It’s the first comprehensive analysis of the legal and ethical obligations of groups influencing NFL players’ health.The report reviewed and evaluated the roles of 20 relevant stakeholders, including the NFL, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), players, and team doctors. The report made 10 major recommendations, and 76 in all.Its highlight findings addressed these key issues:Conflicts of interest: The current arrangement under which a team’s medical staff, including doctors and athletic trainers, have responsibility both to the players and to the club presents an inherent structural conflict of interest. A division of responsibilities between two groups of medical professionals is needed to minimize such conflict and ensure that players receive medical care that is as unbiased and uninfluenced by competing interests as possible. Care and treatment should be provided by one set of medical professionals, called the “players’ medical staff,” appointed by a joint committee with representation from both the NFL and NFLPA. The evaluation of players for business purposes should be conducted by a separate set of medical personnel, known as the “club evaluation doctors.”Player health and adversarial collective bargaining: The NFL and NFLPA should refrain from making improvements to player health policies a bargaining chip in labor negotiations, to the extent that this is not already the case. Players should never be asked to trade their health care for other benefits in the collective bargaining process.Ethical guidelines: Various stakeholders — including club doctors, athletic trainers, coaches, contract advisers, and financial advisers — should adopt, improve, and enforce codes of ethics specific to the environment of the NFL.Ongoing research into the health effects of the game: The NFL and NFLPA should continue to initiate and support efforts to scientifically and reliably identify the health risks and benefits of playing pro football.Access to data: The NFL and, to the extent possible, the NFLPA should make aggregate injury data publicly available for independent reanalysis. They should also continue to improve their data collection and offer it to qualified professionals for analysis.Meaningful penalties: The collective bargaining agreement should be amended to impose meaningful fines on any club or person found to have violated players’ rights to medical care and treatment.Investing in players’ health and care: The NFLPA should consider investing greater resources to investigate and enforce player health issues and enforce player rights.This report recommends that responsibility for player health should fall upon a diverse but interconnected web of the groups involved.“Our report shows how the various stakeholders might work together to protect and support NFL players who give so much of themselves — not without benefit, but sometimes with serious personal consequences — to one of America’s favorite sports,” said Glenn Cohen, professor of law at Harvard Law School and co-lead of the law and ethics initiative as part of the health study.“We are committed to addressing the needs of ‘the whole player, the whole life,’” said Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and research director of the study. “As a physician, I know we must take an interdisciplinary approach to address important ethical and structural factors. This report elucidates many valuable points that we hope will lead to productive dialogue.”“This report offers vital recommendations to improve player health,” said Ed Reynolds, a former linebacker with the New England Patriots and New York Giants and an adviser on the study. “Many individuals and groups are involved, and we must continue this important dialogue to help keep NFL athletes healthy on the field and long after.”In the coming months, the law and ethics initiative will release several additional publications that cover other legal and ethical issues affecting NFL player health.last_img read more

Lake ecology session

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center will hold a Saturday session entitled Explore Rock Eagle Lake on July 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.The event is part of the center’s Saturday at the Rock program. At this session, participants will use dip nets to collect and identify common organisms found in Rock Eagle Lake. The role and adaptations of each aquatic organism will also be discussed. The Saturday sessions are appropriate for all ages and cost $5 per person. The program includes a visit to Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum. Advanced registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Matt Hammons at (706) 484-2862 or [email protected] A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at www.rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html .last_img