Bad week for online agent

first_imgOnline estate agent eMoov is under pressure for making unsubstantiated and misleading claims to home sellers over fees and asking prices, while their lodged complaint with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against OnTheMarket (OTM) will not be followed up by the regulator. The CMA took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading last year.Having investigated claims made by eMoov in an advert that its sales performance last year resulted in 99 per cent of the asking price being achieved for its clients compared to the national average of 96 per cent, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) concluded that that the statements were unsubstantiated.ASA said that sales data only covered the period of January to September 2014, while no comparable information relating to asking prices achieved by traditional estate agents in London was provided.The online estate agent also claimed that its customers had saved more than £11 million in fees by using its services because its business model depended on it selling a higher proportion of its inventory. But once again, this was panned by the ASA because it was based on the average fee its customers paid instead of actual fees, which was said to have been double that of the average fee on occasions.eMoov has been ordered to remove the advert in its current form by the CMA which is currently in the process of writing to all estate agent nationwide to warn them they are breaking the law if they agree restrictive adverts with newspapers.The watchdog is informing agents that they are at risk of breaking the law if they cut anti-competitive advertising deals with newspapers barring the display of all fees and discounts in the industry.Ann Pope of the CMA told the press, “The CMA is keen to work with businesses across the property and newspaper publishing industries to explain the implications of this case and ensure they understand what they need to do to comply with competition law and can recognise where they may be at risk of breaking it.”Companies that break competition law can receive a significant fine and company directors can be disqualified for up to 15 years.Meanwhile, eMoov’s official complaint with the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) accusing OTM of running an illegal cartel will not be pursued, it has been formally confirmed.eMoov Chief Executive Russell Quirk (left) filed the complaint against OTM last October on the grounds that the new portal was operating an illegal cartel being run by a handful of estate agency directors to form a protective entity, engaging in anti-competitive practices by preventing members from freely advertising on all other major portals and from excluding online estate agents from listing their properties on the website.online estate agent online agent OnTheMarket OTM CMA Competition and Markets Authority Emoov fees and asking prices June 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Bad week for online agent previous nextRegulation & LawBad week for online agentASA has ruled that claims made by eMoov were unsubstantiated, while the CMA will not pursue eMoov’s complaint against OnTheMarket.PROPERTYdrum11th June 20150690 Viewslast_img read more

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Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 5th Fleet

first_img View post tag: US The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived for a routine deployment in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), Jan. 19.Abraham Lincoln conducted work-ups for months to train, man and equip the CSG prior to it deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO, to support maritime security operations, counter-piracy operations, theater security cooperation efforts, and conduct air missions over Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.“Our strike group has trained countless hours to ensure our Sailors are ready to conduct vital operations,” said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, CSG 9. “We’re looking forward to working closely with our coalition and regional partners to keep the sea lanes safe and secure for the free flow of maritime commerce that is so important for the continued prosperity of nations in this region and around the world.”Abraham Lincoln CSG is comprised of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).“From our air wing to the destroyer squadron and other surface combatant ships, we have a fantastic team,” said Capt. John D. Alexander, Lincoln’s commanding officer. “We provide a flexible, adaptable and persistent force that will support the regional commander by providing the greatest assets the Navy has to offer.”The arrival of Lincoln brings the number of aircraft carriers to two within the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO. Carl Vinson arrived in theater, Jan. 9. A second aircraft carrier in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility (AOR) ensures the U.S. military has the naval and air capabilities to support operational requirements while adequately meeting other security commitments in the region. The aircraft carriers will simultaneously conduct operations in different areas of the AOR, to adequately provide support operations requirements and other security commitments in the region.Abraham Lincoln departed its homeport of Everett, Wash., Dec. 7, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AOOs. The ship departed Laem Chabang, Thailand, Jan. 10, following a four-day port visit prior to transiting to U.S. 5th Fleet. Following deployment, Lincoln will change homeports from Everett, Wash., to Norfolk, Va., for a periodic refueling complex overhaul.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 20, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: 5th Back to overview,Home naval-today Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 5th Fleet View post tag: in Training & Education View post tag: Carrier View post tag: fleet January 20, 2012 Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group Arrives in US 5th Fleet View post tag: Group View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Strike View post tag: Arrives Share this articlelast_img read more

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Assistant Scientist in Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (modeling of Schottky barriers and

first_imgThe Department of Physics at the University of Florida (UF) seeksone full-time, twelve-month, time-limited, non-tenure trackAssistant Scientist in Computational Materials Physics in theCenter for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (M2QM), to berenewed on a year-to-year basis contingent on performance, andfunding.This positions could begin as soon as February 2020 andwould be supported by non-state funding. M2QM is an Energy FrontierResearch Center funded by the US Department of Energy ( https://science.energy.gov/bes/efrc/). The successful candidate will be responsible for the modeling ofSchottky barriers and molecule-surface interactions usingfirst-principles methods.The candidate is expected to support the center PrincipalInvestigators (PIs) in leading a group of graduate students andpostdoctoral researchers who work on the theory and modeling ofmagnetic system in M2QM. The candidate is also expected tocoordinate monthly zoom meetings and assist in annual progressreports and workshop organization with the collaboration.Candidates must hold a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physics or aclosely related field and have postdoctoral research experience inatomistic theory. Candidates should be familiar with magnetism inlow-dimensional systems such as magnetic molecules andtwo-dimensional magnetic systems. An excellent track record inscientific research is required. In addition, candidates must showexcellent advanced computational implementation skills, includingcoding, parallel computing, and preferably utilizing GPU.All candidates must apply online through http://apply.interfolio.com/71915, A complete application will include a cover letter, a curriculumvitae with publication list, a research statement of past andpresent activites, and three confidential letters of reference. Forfull consideration, all application materials should arrive byJanuary 15, 2020, and the position will remain open untilfilled. Questions should be directed to the search chair , Prof.Hai-Ping Cheng, at [email protected] .All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).The Department particularly welcomes applicants who can contributeto a diverse and inclusive environment through their scholarship,teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university andgreater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of culturalevents, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities,and social opportunities.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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Brace’s wins Welsh Food and Drink award

first_imgCrumlin-based baker Brace’s Bakery scooped the Made in Wales Food and Drink Award this month.The 109-year-old fourth-generation family-run business, which bakes 6,000 loaves an hour, was commended by judges for its “energy and originality” in a tough trading market. It beat off stiff competition at the ceremony, held in Cardiff’s Mercure Holland House Hotel and run by Wales Business Insider magazine. This included Peter’s Savoury Foods, Hot Diggidy Dog and Burns Pet Nutrition.Brace’s sales and marketing director Scott Richardson said: “This inaugural award is recognition of Brace’s forward-thinking adaptability and evolution alongside the company’s history, heritage and long-established reputation. Winning the award is largely down to our excellent and dedicated workforce.” The award win is one of many successes Brace’s has celebrated this year, following its £4m acquisition of bread baking giant Warburtons’ Newport-based production operation back in January.In the last six months, Brace’s was ranked the highest Welsh company in The Sunday Times’ Profit Track 100 compilation, which lists the UK’s fastest-growing privately-owned businesses.Last month, it made The Sunday Telegraph’s Britain’s Brightest Business supplement, celebrating 1,000 mid-sized UK companies that have thrived throughout the economic downturn.last_img read more

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Phantom Welcomes Julia Udine & Linda Balgord

first_img Related Shows The current cast of the longest-running show on the Great White Way also includes Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Christian Šebek as Piangi, Kara Klein as Meg Giry and Kaley Ann Voorhees as the Christine alternate. The Phantom of the Opera has some new faces on parade! Julia Udine and Linda Balgord, who both appeared in the show’s current national tour, begin performances on Broadway as Christine and Madame Giry, respectively, on December 15. They take over for Mary Michael Patterson and Ellen Harvey at the Majestic Theatre, where the iconic musical began performances nearly 27 years ago. Tony nominee Norm Lewis will don the mask as the titular Phantom through February 7, 2015. View Comments Udine’s additional stage credits include Jack’s Back and West Side Story. On screen, she has appeared in Law and Order: SVU and All My Children. Balgord’s Broadway credits include Cats, The Pirate Queen, Gypsy, La Cage aux Folles and Passion. She starred as Norma Desmond in the first national tour of Sunset Boulevard and as Rose Vibert in the U.S. and Canadian tour of Aspects of Love. from $29.00 The Phantom of the Operalast_img read more

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US Military to Keep Hundreds of Soldiers in Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo April 21, 2010 Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who stepped down Sunday as the commander of Joint Task Force Haiti, told Pentagon reporters on April 19th that the U.S. military will keep about 500 soldiers in Haiti throughout the summer months as part of U.S. efforts to help the nation recover from the quake. “I expect us to — on or about 1 June — to be able to stand down the Joint Task Force,” Keen said. “We will be able to do that, because of the capability that’s being built up and has [been] built up by civilian organizations, … [and] as they build up that capacity and get into more of the recovery and reconstruction phase, the need for our military diminishes.” Currently some 2,200 troops and four aircraft are operating in the area, Keen said. Starting this month, the Louisiana National Guard will begin a five-month exercise – “New Horizons” – focused on helping to rebuild Haiti. This exercise will have over $2 million worth of projects focused on engagement activities such as training medical personnel, building schools and clinics, and helping Haiti establish an emergency operations center and planning process to prepare for possible future natural disasters, Keen said. Haiti has been the focus of an expansive international relief effort in the wake of what is considered one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. A devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti killed an estimated 235,000 people and displaced more than a million inhabitants. At the height of the U.S. military effort there, some 22,000 forces were in or around Haiti, including 7,000 land-based troops, with the remainder operating aboard 58 aircraft and 15 nearby vessels. Keen, who also serves as the deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command, said the current mission in Haiti continues to be saving lives and mitigating suffering. “While over 230,000 people died, many, many were saved; thousands were saved, because of the tremendous response medically, not just on our military and other militaries,” Keen said, “but the international community and nongovernmental organizations.” Keen, who was succeeded as the top U.S. commander in Haiti on April 19th by Army Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, reflected on the situation he witnessed in Haiti upon his departure. “As I left Haiti, I saw lots of hope as I walked around the streets, particularly when you look in the faces of the children, the smiles on their faces, the gratitude that they have, certainly from our military’s presence there, but the presence of the international community there,” he said. “But the proof of the ability to realize their hopes is going to be in how you’re able to apply all of these donor nations’ contributions,” he added, “and how they’ve been able to build a strategic plan, and then how the government is able to lead forward, because this is about Haitians leading Haitians.”last_img read more

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District Attorney: Man convicted of sex crimes in Broome County

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Broome County Jury found a man guilty of multiple sex-related charges Wednesday. In a statement to 12 News, Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak said, “Those who prey on children, will be aggressively prosecuted and removed from our streets and neighborhoods.” They say McMillian also possessed sexually-illicit pictures of a female under the age of 16. McMillian is scheduled for sentencing on March 20.center_img The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says a jury found Jimir S. McMillian guilty of rape in the 3rd degree, criminal sex act in the 3rd degree and possessing a sexual performance by a child. All are felonies. The district attorney’s office says McMillian was proved to be 21-years-old or older and had engaged in sexual intercourse with another individual under the age of 17. last_img read more

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Tesla sues California county in virus factory closure fight, threatens to leave

first_imgThe company said it had worked out a thorough return-to-work plan that includes online video training for personnel, work zone partition areas, temperature screening, requirements to wear protective equipment and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols.The company said it had informed health authorities in Alameda County, where the Fremont factory is located, about its restart plans, but claimed the acting official did not return calls or emails.Alameda County’s Public Health Department, which earlier on Saturday said it had been “communicating directly and working closely with the Tesla team,” did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Tesla filed a lawsuit against the county in San Francisco federal court on Saturday, calling the continued restrictions a “power-grab” by the county since California’s governor had said on Thursday that manufacturers in the state would be allowed to reopen. The company said Alameda was going against the federal and California constitutions, as well as defying the governor’s order, the lawsuit said.Alameda County is scheduled to remain shut until the end of May, with only essential businesses allowed to reopen. The county said it does not consider Tesla an essential business. County officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.The outspoken Musk also took to Twitter on Saturday to complain and threatened to leave the state.Read also: Indonesia asks Tesla’s Elon Musk for ventilators”If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependent (sp) on how Tesla is treated in the future,” he tweeted, referring to the San Francisco Bay area facility that is Tesla’s only US vehicle factory.Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020Alameda County said on Saturday that it has been working with Tesla to develop a safety plan that “allows for reopening while protecting the health and well-being of the thousands of employees” that work at the factory and that it looks forward to coming to an agreement on a safety plan very soon.Fremont Mayor Lily Mei expressed concern about the potential economic implications of continuing the shelter-in-place order without provisions for manufacturers such as Tesla to resume. Mei on Saturday urged the county to work with businesses on “acceptable guidelines for re-opening.”Musk had told employees on Thursday that limited production would restart at Fremont on Friday afternoon.Tesla last year built nearly half a million vehicles at the Fremont plant and moving the entire production facility would be a massive undertaking.Dan Ives, a Wedbush analyst, on Saturday estimated it could take the company 12 to 18 months to relocate production.The threat to relocate the facility comes as Tesla aims to ramp up production at Fremont of its Model Y sport utility vehicle, which it expects to generate record demand and profit margins.Musk, who sparred with California officials in March over whether Tesla had to halt production at Fremont, had criticized the lockdown and stay-at-home orders, calling them a “serious risk” to US business and “unconstitutional.”Tesla shares have risen 127 percent since March 18, their recent closing low, including a 16.8 percent gain in the last trading week to close at $819.42 on Friday. Topics : Tesla Inc sued local authorities in California on Saturday as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there and Chief Executive Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.Musk has been pushing to re-open Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory after Alameda County’s health department said the carmaker must not reopen because local lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in effect.In a blog post on Saturday, Tesla said the county’s position left it no choice but to take legal action to ensure Tesla and its employees can go back to work.last_img read more

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Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean

first_imgFeel Guide 16 July 2013Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™.  She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines.  Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia.  Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”.  The following is an excerpt from a story by Sarah Cain:“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States.  In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years.  Harper also mentioned the safety angle.  All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.  So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil™ alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions.  At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines.  The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation.  Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.  Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night.  ’About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life,’ Harper says.  ’Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself.  But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’”http://www.feelguide.com/2013/07/16/lead-developer-of-hpv-vaccines-comes-clean-warns-parents-young-girls-its-all-a-giant-deadly-scam/last_img read more

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New Zealand removes statue of controversial colonist

first_imgHamilton City Council acknowledged the statue’s extraction was part of a push to remove memorials “which are seen to represent cultural disharmony and oppression” sparked by global anti-racism protests. (AFP) The New Zealand city of Hamilton on Friday tore down a statue of the colonial military commander after whom it was named, joining a growing list of places worldwide that are reckoning with their past. A crane hoisted the bronze sculpture of Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton from the town square after requests from local Maori and threats from anti-racism protesters to topple it. A small group of cheering spectators looked on. A crane hoists the sculpture of Captain John Fane Charles Hamilton from the city square after requests from Maori and threats from anti-racism protesters to topple it. AFPlast_img read more

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