Next Modernisation funding to open soon

first_imgThe Modernisation Fund capital grants are expected to offer funds in 3 expenditure bands of:Small: £10,000 to £100,000 (£3m budget)Medium: £100,000 to £300,000 (£3m budget) and Large: £300,000 to £1.5m (£9m budget). The Programme seeks to fund capital projects (up to %100 funding).Deadlines for applications are expected to be in October. The Department of Social Development’s next round of Modernisation funding for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland will be opened during the summer, with the first grant payments to be made early in January 2008. The objective of the Fund is to support voluntary and community organisations to modernise so as to allow them to become more sustainable and deliver new and better services in an era of change. The original outline of the capital fund suggested funding for improving access; youth facilities provision; partnership and collaboration; cost reduction and income generation; and the development of good relations between and within communities.There was also a commitment to investing £3million of the funding available to the capital programme on providing or improving youth facilities in disadvantaged areas (Renewing Communities initiative). This investment will be managed across the schemes making up the programme. Advertisement Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 June 2007 | Newscenter_img Next Modernisation funding to open soon About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Counterinauguration protests from coast to coast

first_imgWashington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Los Angeles New York City Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Durham, North Carolina Chicago Portland, Oregon Tens of thousands of people, unable to get to Washington, D.C., for the anti-Trump demonstrations there, took to the streets in their own cities on Jan. 20 as part of a national call for counterinauguration actions.In New York City a Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples’ mobilization against white nationalism was held in Harlem at the Harriet Tubman Memorial. Rally organizers said they came out “to say no to racism. To say no to gentrification. To say no to white supremacy. To say no to Donald Trump.”The action was organized by a coalition of activists, including Why Accountability, People’s Power Assemblies, NYC Shut It Down, Jails Action Coalition, Black Lives Matter, #J20Resist Labor, Standing Rock activists and the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, among others. Children just getting out of school were invited to join the march, and many did.Following the rally, activists marched across 125th Street, stopping outside gentrified shops and calling out the police for their racist tactics. From there the rally proceeded to Trump International Hotel in Columbus Circle.Dull, drizzly weather in Jersey City, N.J., didn’t dampen the spirit andmilitancy of the people who came out to a protest called by theJersey City People’s Alliance. They marched from Journal Square to City Hall, past Dickerson High School, where they got a very positive response.Speakers included Michael Kramer, of Veterans for Peace; Matt Smith, of Food & Water Watch; Narciso Castillo, of Action 21, a community organization; and members of the Jersey City Peace Movement and Anakbayan New Jersey, which represents the large immigrant Filipino community in Jersey City.A militant Syracuse, N.Y., contingent marched with #J20Resist in Washington, D.C. The group carried bold banners calling on people to “Reject and Resist” racism, capitalism, sexism, ableism, “wars and walls.” Protesters also condemned transphobia and lockstep gender conformity imposed on people who have complexly gendered lives.Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Buffalo to reject Trump’s inauguration and to stand up against war, racism, sexism, anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ bigotry. Loud chants of “No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!” were met with honks from vehicles and cheers from passersby. Many placards and speakers raised up Black Lives Matter and urged the need to organize, fight back and unite in solidarity actions. The action was called by Buffalo Anti-Racism Coalition, co-sponsored by the Buffalo International Action Center and joined by the #UB Sanctuary Campus Movement.Chanting “Not my president,” hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Philadelphia in several actions that included student marches from Temple University and the Community College and rallies at Thomas Paine Plaza and Independence Mall. A variety of organizations participated, including Philadelphia Coalition for Racial Economic and Legal Justice, Temple Feminist Majority and Socialist Alternative. Immigrant rights groups and their supporters rallied on Independence Mall, denouncing Trump’s threats against immigrant communities and calling for Philadelphia to remain a Sanctuary City.At the University of Pennsylvania, where Black students were targeted by racist email threats shortly after Trump’s election, several dozen students gathered in the rain for a protest.In Blacksburg, Va., members of numerous labor, community and student organizations participated in a daylong Inaugurate Resistance event. A series of workshops took place at the Lyric Theatre, followed by a street vigil and march of hundreds through downtown. Major organizational support came from the Coalition For Justice and professors, staff and students from Virginia Tech University.Over 300 people turned out for a #J20RESIST rally in Durham, N.C., called by the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition. Speakers included representatives from Electrical Workers (UE) Local 150, Fight for $15, Durham in Defiance, Alerta Immigrante, Jail Investigation Team, Duke University’s graduate student union and Workers World Party.Some 500 marchers stepped off from Troy Davis Park (aka Woodruff Park) in downtown Atlanta in an unpermitted, loudly defiant protest named The People’s Inauguration. Initiated by organizations representing those most targeted by racist, anti-immigrant, sexist, anti-LGBTQ and Islamophobic laws and practices, the Georgia J20 Coalition came to include faith, community and labor groups as well.The chanting, drumming crowd passed through downtown shopping areas, went by Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and stopped briefly at the Atlanta Detention Center, where hundreds of poor and working people are jailed and dozens of undocumented immigrants await deportation.The march concluded with a rally on the steps of the Atlanta City Hall. A cross-section of speakers outlined 19 demands to Mayor Kasim Reed and the City Council to enact measures that would guarantee human rights for all who live and work in the city.The action was designed to serve as the launch of invigorated resistance to any attacks — whether from the Trump administration or from state and local entities — on the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ, immigrants, Muslims, poor, homeless and disabled communities.Members of the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump and many other organizations took to the streets to resist the Trump agenda. After a militant rally at Red Arrow Park, the multinational protesters, with bilingual English and Spanish lead banners, marched through downtown Milwaukee. Red Arrow Park is where Dontre Hamilton was murdered by Milwaukee cop Christopher Manney on April 30, 2014. The Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement participated in the J20 action with their banner, reading “Build A United Front Against Trump.”Hundreds participated in the J20 demonstration in Madison, ., in which participants marched from Library Mall to the state Capitol. Speakers before and after the march touched on topics ranging from the wars in the Middle East, the colonial oppression at Standing Rock, workers’ rights, why Black Lives Matter is essential to the struggle in Wisconsin, women and LGBTQ struggles, and the need to fight back against the bigoted Trump administration every day.Trump Tower target of thousandsAround 7,000 demonstrators converged on Trump Tower in Chicago and marched through the Loop (the downtown area). Participants included Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian freedom fighter whom the federal government is trying to deport on trumped-up charges.In Seattle actions countering Trump’s inauguration began with student walkouts at a number of high schools across the city. A walkout was also held by students at the University of Washington, who also conducted a teach-in.That afternoon a “Unidos Contra Trump” march, called by El Comite/May 1st Action and Socialist Alternative, tied up traffic in the downtown area. Rallying at City Centre, the crowd grew to 5,000. Twelve immigrant students from Foster High School described being terrorized by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nicole Grant, of Seattle’s Martin Luther King County Labor Council, said, “Since the Eastside Islamic Center got arsoned and burned to the ground, labor is going to step up and help them rebuild!”Protesters then marched six miles to the University of Washington campus to confront Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of Breitbart News, who was giving a bigoted, racist speech there. A protest by other anti-racists had already kept attendance low in the hall where he spoke. Cops had to escort him and his audience out through an underground parking garage.Pioneer Square in Portland, Ore., was overflowing with upwards of 30,000 demonstrators, who rallied in defiance of the Trump inauguration. The crowd cheered, jeered and empathized as a diverse group of local organizers condemned austerity, patriarchy and white supremacy.Speakers encouraged resistance to capitalism, fascism, the Trump-Pence regime and offered resources to the community. As word spread that police were arresting those with their faces covered, many others covered their faces in solidarity. Demonstrators, including protesters young and old and people with disabiliites, marched miles of center city streets without a permit. Local police shadowed the march on bicycle, while lines of state-paid employees, in full riot gear, blocked intersections to redirect the route into Old Town Portland.In Los Angeles a Unite Against Hate march and rally was organized by many organizations determined to send a message of defiance against Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and anti-woman agenda. Many were also in opposition to the imperialist policies of U.S. wars, proxy wars, occupations, and racist agendas enforced by both Republican and Democratic parties.An anti-imperialist contingent was organized by the International League of Peoples Struggles that included the International Action Center; Human Rights Alliance; BAYAN-USA and its member organizations; Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador; Chinatown Community for Equitable Development; and more.Earlier in the day the Community Service Organization, Black Lives Matter and other groups protested in Bel Air at the home of Trump’s cabinet pick for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin. Protesters were met with helicopters and police who said they had no right to protest. The cops claimed that the entire town of Bel Air was “private property.” However, the protest continued, and later some of the groups met up with the main march in downtown Los Angeles.At the concluding rally, Romeo Hebron, representing BAYAN-USA, spoke on building a people’s movement against the imperialist policies of both Democrats and Republicans, and on being in solidarity with struggles from the Philippines to Palestine. to struggles here in the U.S. against poverty and repression.Rebecka Jackson, a member of Workers World Party representing the International Action Center, raised the need to be anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist. She stressed the importance of connecting struggles and bringing together communities of color, women, LGBTQ people, youth and students, immigrant and workers’ organizations in order to build a progressive movement for social justice and change — and to work toward the liberation of all peoples living in the U.S. and around the world.Contributors included Jasen Vyvyan Balmat, Sage Collins, WW Buffalo Staff, G. Dunkel, Dianne Mathiowetz, Jim McMahan, John Parker, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Faiquan Sell, Jeff Sorel, Johnnie Stevens, Dante Strobino and the Workers World Wisconsin Bureau.WW photos: Liz Green, Joseph Piette, Brenda Ryan, John Parker, Dante Strobin, Jeff Sorel, Terri Kay, Daniel Hernandez, Lyn Neeley.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Guillermo Nuñez wins Big 12 Player of the Week

first_imgNew medical school will not reserve seats for TCU students TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Ben Auten ReddIt courtesy of Twitter Ben Auten Linkedin What we’re reading: Congress making moves + posts Neeley School professor hosting ‘Entrepreneurship Boot Camp’ Linkedin ReddIt Ben Auten Previous articleMarch for Our Lives calls for gun reform in AmericaNext articleTrack and field team records multiple wins and personal bests in San Antonio Ben Auten RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ben Auten Facebook Ben Auten Twitter printTCU has been playing their best tennis of the season lately, as has senior Guillermo Nuñez.Nuñez earned Big 12 Player of the Week for his performances over the past two matches.Nuñez fueled the Frogs in a road upset over No. 6 Texas A&M March 20. Nuñez and Alex Rybakov won their doubles match to secure the doubles point for TCU, and Nuñez followed that up with a singles victory over No. 25 Valentin Vacherot 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to help the Frogs knock off Texas A&M.TCU welcomed Tulane to town Sunday and Nuñez and Rybakov were well on their way to another victory, but the Frogs had already picked up the doubles point. In singles play, Nuñez downed Tulane’s Hamish Stewart 6-2, 6-4 to help the Frogs earn a 6-1 win.Nuñez, a Santiago, Chile native, is riding a six-match winning streak in singles and a 7-match winning streak in doubles.TCU is currently on a six-match winning streak as a team and will take on UT-Arlington Tuesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. Facebook Ben Auten is a junior sports broadcasting major from Charleston, South Carolina. He is an avid sports fan; he especially loves college basketball, baseball, and soccer. Center for International Studies creates new study abroad option Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Eight Limerick water supplies hit by drought

first_imgDESPITE recent heavy rainfall, Irish Water says that the number of schemes in drought around the country has increased from 35 to 38 and the ones in potential drought has grown from 52 to 58 since the start of the Water Conservation Order on June 8.In Limerick, there are now eight supplies in drought and one in potential drought.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They are Abbeyfeale, Fedamore, Foileen (Cappamore), Croom (Croom Bypass and Skagh Well), Oola, Kilfinnane, Kilcolman (Rathkeale) and Cooga Spring (Doon).The need for the Water Conservation Order was due to the exceptionally dry spring which has seen big drops in both surface and ground water levels throughout the country.Ian O’Mahony of Irish Water told The Limerick Post that short periods of heavy rainfall, such as those experienced last week and earlier this week, are not sufficient to return raw water sources to normal levels.“A minimum accumulation of 100mm rainfall and a return to normal precipitation levels thereafter would be needed to offset the impact of the unseasonal lack of rainfall since March,” he explained.“We are keeping the situation under continuous review and are liaising closely with other key agencies such as Met Éireann, the OPW, the EPA, amongst others and if the situation improves we will consider lifting the Water Conservation Order. However any change is unlikely in the short term.“Irish Water would like to thank the public for their cooperation and the efforts they have made to conserve water in their homes and gardens over the last week and to appeal to them to continue supporting us in safeguarding water for essential uses,” Mr O’Mahony added.More details at Linkedin WhatsApp Print Facebook Previous articleTop Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition dealNext articleLimerick Post Show | Kilkee prepares for Summer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email NewsEnvironmentEight Limerick water supplies hit by droughtBy Staff Reporter – June 26, 2020 542 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Taoiseach challenged over urgency of flood works for North West

first_img Taoiseach challenged over urgency of flood works for North West Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers By News Highland – December 9, 2015 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn has challenged Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the urgency of flood relief works, saying that 17 TDs from all parties and all areas of the country calling for more to be done.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said the situation in parts of Donegal is very serious, and more government attention is needed:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Responding, the Taoiseach said Minister Simon Harris will visit the county and other areas, and the government is trying to do as much as it can:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Previous articleClaims road between Donnyloop and Clady is close to collapseNext articleDenis Donaldson inquest adjourned for the 17th time today News Highland Google+last_img read more

President Higgins praises Derry’s contribution to peace process

first_imgNewsx Adverts 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp By News Highland – April 25, 2012 Google+ Previous articleCouncillor concerned over Donegal Arts organisationsNext articleDonegal sporting groups could benefit from 30 million sports fund News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img Pinterest President Higgins praises Derry’s contribution to peace process Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th President Michael D.Higgins has praised the role that Derry and its people have played in nurturing the peace process.He made his comments during a visit to the city yesterday.While there, President Higgins visited Rosemount Primary School, and delivered a key lecture at the Magee Campus of the University of Ulster.Speaking on the theme  “The transformational power of culture”,  President Higgins predicted Derry’s reign as UK City of Culture will be a success, and said he looks forward to the sights and sounds of what will no doubt be a wonderful chapter in the history of this great city.He said creativity is a powerful resource that must be nurtured in our communities. In doing so, he said, we lay the foundation for social cultural and economic transformation.Following a series of engagements in the city, President Higgins concluded that  Derry and its people have, in many ways, been the creative influences of the peace process, and have led the process of transformational change.It was Mr Higgins’s’ second visit to the city as president, one of his first engagements after his inauguration was to attend the All Island Schools Choir final in the Millennium Forum. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Saudi Aramco signs up to World Bank routine gas flaring scheme

first_imgAhead of its long-awaited IPO, Saudi Aramco commits to the World Bank’s gas flaring ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030’ initiative in a bid to reassure investors Saudi Aramco keen to address gas flaring and climate concerns ahead of IPOSaudi Aramco’s IPO has been the subject of much discussion throughout the year, with weak oil prices and a drone attack on two of its key facilities disrupting its progression – as well as growing public opposition to the fossil fuel industry dampening investor confidence.Despite reports that the company has been the world’s biggest emitter of CO2 into the atmosphere for the past 50 years, it is making a concerted effort to reassure potential investors that the issue of issue of climate change is being taken seriously.Al-Saadi added: “We are also investing in advanced technologies to enable greater efficiency and lower emissions in transport, carbon-free hydrogen fuels, and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS).“This is all part of our broader effort to enable the circular carbon economy and deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to the world while minimising greenhouse gas emissions.” Abqaiq Oil Plant (Credit: Saudi Aramco) Saudi Aramco has committed to a World Bank initiative aimed at reducing natural gas flaring by oil companies during their production operations.The Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 scheme was launched in 2015, as a way for industry and governments to cooperate on eliminating the wasteful burning of natural gas created as a by-product of oil extraction.The Saudi oil giant – which this week green-lit plans for its long-awaited IPO – says its flaring activity already accounts for less than 1% of its total raw gas production, and that its upstream carbon intensity is among the lowest globally at 10.2kg of carbon dioxide per barrel of oil equivalent.Saudi Aramco senior vice president of technical services Ahmad Al-Saadi said: “We are proud to join the Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative, which we view as an important global effort to eliminate flaring.“We have been taking active steps to reduce flaring in our operations for the past 40 years and have invested in a range of flaring reduction technologies and programs to achieve our excellent performance.” US gas flaring increased by 48% last yearBetween 2014 and 2018, Russia, Iraq, Iran, the US and Algeria were found to be the top five regions accountable for gas flaring.In 2018, the US was shown to have increased its flaring activity by 48% year-on-year, which is far more than any other region.These increases were concentrated predominately across the country’s “big three” oil producing regions — the Bakken in North Dakota, and the Permian and Eagle Ford basins in Texas.Recent data compiled by Rystad Energy reveals that flaring and venting across the Permian oilfields reached an “all-time high” in the third quarter of 2019 – averaging more than 750 million cubic feet per day.The increase was attributed to higher activity levels in the region, more production from areas with less developed gas gathering infrastructure, and basin-wide takeaway capacity bottlenecks.Rystad head of shale research Artem Abramov said: “Oil production in the Permian Basin is growing at an accelerated pace again, and we observe high, sustained levels of flaring and venting of associated gas in the basin.“The most recent increase in flaring is predominantly driven by the Delaware Texas portion of the basin, which accounted for more than 40% of basin-wide flaring and venting as of the third quarter of 2019.“Northern Midland also saw a significant boost in new activity, which resulted in increased flaring of associated gas.“The sub-basin has basically returned to the record level of flaring seen in the fourth quarter of 2018.”center_img The World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiativeThe World Bank scheme to eradicate routine gas flaring across oil production operations was launched in 2015, in an effort to reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.Natural gas flaring has been a routine practice across oilfields worldwide, with low gas prices, underdeveloped gas transportation infrastructure and commodity taxation prompting many oil producers to simply discharge the gas they extract as a by-product of crude oil extraction.This is done by either burning off the unwanted gas, or simply releasing it directly into the air in a process known as venting.Gas flaring is the practice of disposing of unwanted natural gas through burningWhile natural gas is a useful and sellable commodity in itself, oil hunters have frequently decided that it is more cost-effective to waste it rather than to collect and use it for industrial or commercial purposes.According to the World Bank, global gas flaring increased by 3% in 2018 to 145 billion cubic metres – a figure equivalent to the total annual gas consumption of Central and South America, and responsible for 350 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. BP and ExxonMobil identified as main contributors to US gas flaringEarlier this year, a probe by the Greenpeace investigative unit Unearthed revealed the scale of natural gas flaring across the Bakken, Permian and Eagle Ford regions – which collectively accounted for 57% of US oil production in 2018.In the 12 months to March 2019, companies operating across these areas released 369 billion cubic feet – roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 10 coal-fired power stations – of natural gas into the atmosphere, either through flaring or venting.ExxonMobil and BP were found to have been the biggest practitioners of gas flaring activity – particularly in the Permian basin – despite both having made carbon reduction commitments, and BP being a signatory to the World Bank’s Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 programme.last_img read more

JLL sends all staff home after two employees test positive for Coronavirus

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » JLL sends all staff home after two employees test positive for Coronavirus previous nextAgencies & PeopleJLL sends all staff home after two employees test positive for CoronavirusStaff working at its 31 residential and commercial branches and offices across the UK have been told not to come into work as two premises are deep cleaned.Nigel Lewis18th March 20201 Comment1,452 Views Residential and commercial property giant JLL has told all its employees to work from home after two members of staff tested positive for Coronavirus over the weekend.JLL says any clients who came into contact with the pair have been made aware of the situation and that, as a precaution the two offices they were based at have been closed and are in the process of being deep cleaned.The two employees are said to be recovering from their bout of Coronavirus and JLL says it is ‘doing all we can to help them through this difficult time’.“In the light of the rapidly worsening and changing circumstances of Covid-19, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what we’re doing in response,” an email sent to all clients by UK CEO Chris Ireland (pictured, below) says.“Our priority remains the health and well-being of our people, our clients, our supplier partners and communities. We have robust contingency plans and procedures in place to provide continued services to our clients.”The two Coronavirus cases were confirmed just hours after the company carried out a planned test closure of all its offices and branches on Friday.JLL says it is well prepared for the Coronavirus outbreak because it established a ‘work from anywhere’ policy some time ago and that it is ‘confident that remote working at scale is achievable for extended periods of time’.“Clearly in the short term we’re going to be talking more and meeting up less,” says Ireland. “I’ve asked our teams to get on the phone and support you in any way they can.”Read more about Coronavirus.JLL March 18, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentPaul O’Hara, Service Provider Service Provider 18th March 2020 at 12:10 pmThe average deep clean is unlikely to achieve the level of hygiene you are hoping to achieve. To deal with viruses, bacteria, mould or yeast infections ‘environmental decontamination’ is required.The very best cleaning operative will not thoroughly clean walls, windows, furniture, ceilings, lighting, the undersides of furniture, inside cupboards and drawers mechanical and electronic equipment manually and achieve the same as the new technology that we have to use. In acute care settings we have to achieve a 99.99% reduction in microorganisms airborne droplets surface pathogens of the variety I’ve mentioned. Deep cleaning is great but will make the place look like a new pin and clean but not to the level where proper decontamination is required.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 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

New report: Rightmove is the most vulnerable it has been for years

first_imgThe Say No To Rightmove campaign has this afternoon released a ten-page report that claims Rightmove is the most vulnerable it has been for many years.The report also reveals that 3,300 branches representing 1,750 agents have so far joined up its ‘rebel’ campaign. This is in addition to the branches who have backed the other three campaigns also battling to loosen the portal’s grip on estate agents.Rob Sargent, who is also CEO of 36-agency estate agency The Acorn Group, says he has spent recent weeks privately canvassing all the players in the market.This includes Rightmove, Zoopla, OTM and both small, medium and large estate agencies as well as industry experts, consultants and commentators.He says the research found that one-branch independents paid the most to Rightmove and that 65% of the UK’s 18,000 branches have fewer than three offices. Sargent consequently urges smaller agents to quit Rightmove, support OTM and list with Zoopla as well as investing in their own brands rather than relying on portals to get leads.Competitive market“Smaller agents want to see a permanent move to a more competitive market in which portals compete for their business rather than simply dictating terms to them,” the report says.Sargent also accuses the big three chains – LSL, Countrywide and Connells – of enjoying preferential Rightmove access and pricing structures compared to smaller agencies, and of supporting the status quo.“Whilst many big agents are supportive of the aims of our campaign they are, in the main, unable to take tangible action to support us I while still in contract with Rightmove,” says Sargent.A solution to this impasse is suggested. The three portals should compete for agent listings and fees, rather than one being dominant and the two others fighting it out for second place.And challenger portals like OpenBrix, Homesearch, Residential People, Moovshack and OneDome also have a role to play, the Say No To Rightmove campaign says.Read the report in full.SayNoTorightmove Rob Sargent’s Say No To Rightmove Rightmove OTM Zoopla June 16, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 17th June 2020 at 7:47 amRob Sargent is a consummate property professional, he is not a client, but in discussions with him indeed others heading anti-Rightmove groups, such as David Thomas it is clear Rightmove is not the way forward.Also it is clear that Giles Ellwood and Sam Hunter Homesearch, Mick Silver Moovshack, Chris May Residential People, Adam Pigott Openbrix and Ben Davis PropertyHeads have real support amongst the anti-Rightmove groups, which is translating into action.Putting aside the toxic and draconian methods that Rightmove has been utilising, and its total lack of engagement with the pressure groups – a sign of utter contempt, Rightmove’s biggest problem is that the new insurgent portals actually have more functionality and value, and many are free to list, or have transparent low charge rates.Also, the new portals actually enhance the end clients buying experience – because unlike Rightmove who have sat on a two decade old model, the new portals have ‘listened’ to the needs of the end user and the agents and built property ecosystems accordingly. Listening and taking notice is a valuable part of any business relationship and Rightmove are about to learn sticking their fingers in their ears and hoping a bad situation will go away is going to cost them millions and a big slice of market share.Log in to ReplyAndrew Goldthorpe, 16th June 2020 at 5:46 pmOTM PLC should have been a “wholly” owned portal forever, but it is now only a “majority” agent-owned PLC. At launch, OTM PLC was approximately 70% agent owned, but already, depending on whose numbers you believe, that is down to 60% – 65% agent owned. A PLC Board must work solely in the best interests of shareholders so seeking “assurances”, as agents did from Rightmove PLC, is by no means certain. Who do you think has more sway, financial institutions promising to invest millions in return for more profit, or independent agents?35% – 40% of OTM PLC is already owned by institutions and non-agent investors. They only need 51% to have majority control. Because it is a PLC, OTM is undoubtedly driven primarily by the interests of its institutional shareholders. These investors have a say in setting the direction of the business which has implications for revenue targets and thus subscriptions. Should OTM PLC make future profits, these investors will be entitled to 35%-40% of these profits. Crucially, OTM PLC and its shareholders also have control over agents’ data, an extremely dangerous thing in my view, if agents want to avoid being owned outright by a “for-profit” business.Zoopla may have “re-positioned itself” and been forced to become more competitive, but it is 100% private equity owned so 100% of profits go to investors, not agent, and agents control 0% of the data they are giving away. Of course Zoopla has positioned itself as a supporter of independent agents…I believe, that as sure as night follows day, OTM PLC will have to go the same way as Rightmove PLC and Zoopla PLC did. When a company is listed on the stock market and starts gaining momentum, institutions pile in, agent share ownership gets diluted, ultimately below 50% as happened with Rightmove PLC (100% investor owned) and Zoopla PLC (100% investor owned), and greed always wins.It is my view that agents should only support a 100% agent owned business and simply STOP backing corporate portals. Investment in such a wholly owned mutual would allow agents to create virtually whole of market inventory, have a year on year multi-million marketing budget without giving away any ownership or control and, who knows, even engineer a reverse takeover of OTM PLC and take it back to being the 100% agent owned mutual it should always have remained.This report, as I feared, is very disappointing for the challenger portals. SNTRM appears to be focused entirely on making a more competitive “corporate” portals market. These exciting and disruptive new challengers, all of whom no doubt think they have the solution to the portal crisis, are effectively dismissed with a token mention based on the premise that if three corporate portals decide to behave themselves (don’t hold your breath), these challengers are expected to compete for the crumbs left over out of agents already hard pressed marketing budgets.Please can all future SNTRM announcements start with a disclaimer breaking down the per centage of OTM shareholders making up their office membership so far? It is not enough for Mr Sargent to announce that only his business is an OTM shareholder.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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » New report: Rightmove is the most vulnerable it has been for years previous nextAgencies & PeopleNew report: Rightmove is the most vulnerable it has been for yearsDocument released today shines a light on the extraordinary situation most agents face when paying for Rightmove – and the need to reduce the portal’s power.Nigel Lewis16th June 20202 Comments4,733 Viewslast_img read more

McCambridge results rise

first_imgIrish bakery group McCambridge saw turnover rise by more than 50% to £15.9 million last year, despite tough trading conditions.Profits at the Dublin-based firm rose slightly to £1.38m, up from £1.2m the previous year, as a result of rising flour and energy costs.The company has a number of operations in Britain and has invested almost £3.5m in West of England Bakeries, based in Plymouth. It has also invested £1.3m into Derbyshire-based Aldreds the Bakers and £1.2m in Berkshire-based WR & SV Hussey, which it bought in 2001.last_img read more