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ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( 2010 Annual Report

first_imgZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (  2010 annual report.Company ProfileZCCM Investments Holdings PLC is an investments holdings company with diversified interests in mining, energy and other sectors of the Zambian economy. The Company has a primary listing on the Lusaka Securities Exchange and secondary listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris.last_img read more

Ghana Oil Company Limited ( 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgGhana Oil Company Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Ghana Oil Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ghana Oil Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ghana Oil Company Limited (  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileGhana Oil Company Limited markets and distributes petroleum products in Ghana. The company markets a range of products which includes diesel, gasoline, premix, kerosene, bitumen, aviation fuel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), lubricants, grease and special products such as brake fluids, mosquito coils and a multi-insect repellent called Goiltox. Ghana Oil Company Limited provides a bunkering service for ocean vessels as well as builds storage tanks and lays pipelines to transport fuel and LPG across Ghana and other countries in sub-Sahara Africa. Its retail division is marketed under the brand name GOIL and comprises 85 filling stations, 61 services stations and 138 consumer outlets located in major towns and cities in Ghana. Ghana Oil Company Limited targets companies, schools, hospitals, factories, hotels, banks and major parastatals. Several retail outlets have been set up to market premix fuel and kerosene to the rural areas and LPG filling stations have been installed in a few filling and service stations. Ghana Oil Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited ( HY2018 Presentation

first_imgNairobi Securities Exchange Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (  2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileNairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) Limited operates as a securities exchange in Kenya offering an automated platform for the listing and trading of various securities such as debt, equity and derivative securities. It provides clearing and settlement services for transactions in derivative securities through its subsidiary, NSE Clear Limited. It also acts as a central counterparty in derivative securities transactions. Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Sahara Africa and NSE plays a vital role in this growth by encouraging savings and investments as well as helping local and international companies access cost-effective capital. The securities exchange operates under the jurisdiction of the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya; is a full member of the World Federation of Exchange; a founding member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA); the East African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA) and the Association of Futures Market. Nairobi Securities Exchange is a partner exchange in a SSE initiative led by the United Nations. Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Kas Di Coral / Bahama-Architecten

first_img Kas Di Coral / Bahama-Architecten The Netherlands “COPY” “COPY” ArchDaily 2011 Save this picture!© Richard Zomerdijk+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•The Netherlandscenter_img Houses Year:  Kas Di Coral / Bahama-ArchitectenSave this projectSaveKas Di Coral / Bahama-Architecten Photographs:  Richard ZomerdijkText description provided by the architects. The “kas di coral” project is located in the new district “de Linie”, which is part of the urban area Europa Park in Groningen, Netherlands. In 2001 the undeveloped district was the scene of the Blue Moon manifestation. An event directed by Toyo Ito where a temporary symbiosis between architecture and visual art was created. Save this picture!© Richard ZomerdijkThe urban plan of ‘de Linie’ is designed by Wiel Arets. It is characterized by a particularly high urban density. The plot size is 12m wide and 15m deep. Some requirements of the quality plan are: flat roofs, placement of buildings directly on the street and one of the side property lines. Save this picture!© Richard ZomerdijkJust like the Blue Moon manifestation the ‘kas di coral’ project is a fusion of architecture and art. The house is designed by Sipke Kingma / Bahama architects. The facade design was created in collaboration with the visual artist Tanja Isbarn. Save this picture!© Richard ZomerdijkThe main structure of the house follows, highlights and reinforces the strict preconditions of the quality plan. The building is orthogonal in nature and there is a strict organization schedule based on the floor plans. The outward appearance is entirely white. As the name ‘Kas di coral’ shows, there is a special connection with the Netherlands Antilles, here specifically the island of Bonaire. Save this picture!© Richard ZomerdijkThe aesthetic concept of the perforated facade in the ‘Kunst am Bau’ project Muraya di coral, derived from fossilized coral mass which is the basic substance of the atoll island Bonaire. The two wall surfaces directed towards the public space are perforated with organic holes in the concrete. The Oblique cuts of the holes allow day light to fall into the interior of the three floors of the house in a very surprising way. Throughout the day a changing light / shade situation appears in the house and it’s walls. In the evening that variable perception game is then addressed to the outside. Save this picture!Floor Plan 01The contrast between the fragile beauty of the coral, the coral reefs and human development of ever more distance and distortion of this nature is reflected in the appearance of the living organic patterns and tight sterile architecture. It is obvious that in this concept effciently energy use was sought after. The heating and hot water demand is supported by 10 m2 of solar panels on the roof. The use of daylight has the highest priority, as a source of passive energy. The whole house is equipped with LED lighting. Save this picture!Floor Plan 02The house reflects the contradiction of human development in distancing from nature and at the same time depending on her, forming a symbiosis as a new interpretation of some kind of cultivated origin. The current draft interprets the dilemma of human development with the immanent dependence and simultaneous distancing from nature.Save this picture!© Richard ZomerdijkProject gallerySee allShow lessTrain Station / Metro ArchitectsArticlesAlgae Green Loop / Influx StudioArticles Share Projects Architects: Bahama-Architecten Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeBahama-ArchitectenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHouses3D ModelingThe NetherlandsPublished on December 13, 2011Cite: “Kas Di Coral / Bahama-Architecten” 13 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HousePartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsBedroom furnitureFlexformMirror – EgonWaterproofing/SealantsEffisusPre-Fab System – Ecofacade Pre-fab TrueSealConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXRoller Shades – Arion Large SizedWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealSunscreen – Terracotta BaguettesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BauBucheLightingLumenpulseLED Projector Lumenbeam GrandeMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Terrence Higgins Trust launches project to increase beneficiary involvement in charities

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Terrence Higgins Trust launches project to increase beneficiary involvement in charities About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Big Lottery Fund The Terrence Higgins Trust announced a three-year project this month to increase beneficiary involvement in the charity, that it hopes will also be used as a blueprint for the wider sector.The Big Lottery Fund is funding the project with a £1.1 million investment.The Terrence Higgins Trust aims to find out how to genuinely involve beneficiaries and those with lived experience across an entire organisation. It will draw on advice from the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop new approaches and adapt how it works to ensure it delivers activities that reflect the changing needs of its beneficiaries.The first stage of the project will have a strong digital focus, using social marketing techniques to reach people who would not ordinarily engage with the charity, and the project plan will be beneficiary-led.This programme will be used to drive forward Terrence Higgins Trust’s work to end new HIV transmissions, support people to live well with HIV and ensure good sexual health is a right and reality for all.Ian Green, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, said:“Meaningful engagement across all areas of an organisation is never the easy option or the quick one, but it’s of vital importance in ensuring what you’re doing is what you should be doing. This is not something Terrence Higgins Trust has always got right. We know, however, it is crucial if we are to adapt and respond to the fast-paced changing needs of people now and in the future.“We look forward to learning with all sectors to innovate and test out new ways to properly involve our beneficiaries. It is only with them that we can ensure that what we do is fit for purpose and reflects what is needed in 2019 and beyond.”James Harcourt, England Grant-Making Director at the Big Lottery Fund, said: Advertisementcenter_img Melanie May | 23 January 2019 | News  224 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 “People understand what’s needed in their communities better than anyone else, that’s why we’re proud National Lottery funding is supporting Terrence Higgins Trust to put those they support in the lead.“It’s great that others in the sector will be able to learn from this project which puts people at the heart of an organisation’s development and delivery, and creates a culture of co-production.”  223 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Five Myths About the Veterinary Feed Directive

first_img The new requirements for the Veterinary Feed Directive were officially in effect as of January 1, but not without misconceptions. Producers must obtain authorization or a prescription to purchase medically important antibiotics for use in animal feed and drinking water. Medically important antibiotics are those used in treating human diseases as well. Chris Richards, Oklahoma State University Extension, is a beef cattle specialist that debunked a few of the common myths. One is that antibiotics will not be available to treat animals. “Antibiotics will still be available to treat disease,” he says. Another is that a VFD is needed for any additives. “There are many additives that don’t require a VFD unless fed in combination with antibiotics,” Richards says. Another myth is feed dealers can’t keep feed on hand until a producer has a VFD. Richards says, “Feed mills can make the product ahead of time, they just can’t sell to a producer without a VFD.”Another myth has to do with a lot of paperwork. Richards says, “A producer who has a steady relationship with a vet won’t have any trouble completing the paperwork twice a year.” The last is that some species won’t have antibiotics available to them. Richards says, “Guidance documents do give vets some discretion in using antibiotics in species that don’t typically have a lot of antibiotics available to them, like goats, sheep, and llamas.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for January 17, 2016Next articleUS Ethanol Industry Opens 2017 with Record-Setting Production Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Five Myths About the Veterinary Feed Directive SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Five Myths About the Veterinary Feed Directive By Hoosier Ag Today – Jan 16, 2017 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

What we’re reading: Not so fast

first_imgRiane Cleveland Track and field concludes Charlie Thomas Invitational with top finishes Twitter Facebook Riane Cleveland printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from “CNN” to “NBC.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we’ve got the first day of spring, Disney closing a deal for Fox entertainment assets and Monsanto found guilty for causing cancer. First day of spring It’s March 20th, which means it is the first day of spring.The first day of spring, also known as the Spring Equinox, marks one of two times each year when day and night are almost the same length, according to CNN.The spring equinox is the start of the planet slowly tilting towards the sun, leading to more sunlight and longer days. The sun will now be up for more than 12 hours. Disney officially closes Fox dealWalt Disney Co. closed a $71.3 billion merger with 21st Century Fox assets on early Wednesday morning.The deal has been in the works for more than a year, but wasn’t official until various agencies around the world gave their approvals, according to a report by NPR. NPR claims that this deal has the power to reshape the media landscape.According to Disney, online video watching is growing because media companies such as Netflix and have decided to move to the direct-to-consumer business.World’s happiest countryFinland has been named the world’s happiest country.  March 20th is International Day of Happiness so it seemed fitting that the happiest country be announced today.According to CNN, countries are ranked on six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.  This is the second year in a row that Finland has been ranked number one.Florida felon voting rights limited by RepublicansFlorida legislators advanced a bill that could limit the voting rights of former felons, according to NBC News.The new bill would require former felons to pay back all court fees and fines before they could register to vote, limiting the number of felons eligible to vote.During the November election, 65 percent of Floridians voted to approve an amendment to the state’s constitution. This change to the Fourth Amendment restored voting rights to certain former felons “after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation.”Those convicted of “murder or sexual offenses” were not eligible for rights restoration.Many former felons have registered to vote since the law took effect in January.Midwest flooding causes three deaths Three people are dead and thousands have evacuated their homes due to flooding in states like Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas, according to USA Today.The record-high flooding comes from snowmelt, warm temperatures and rain that runs into the rivers. Monsanto found guilty A California jury found Monsanto’s weedkiller played a significant role in causing cancer. The weedkiller Roundup caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma for a 70-year-old man. This is the second case brought to court linking Roundup to cancer, according to CNN.The trial isn’t over yet though. The court has found that the weedkiller causes cancer, but now they must decide whether Monsanto is liable. That’s all we have today. Check back tomorrow for more. ReddIt Former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, left, arrives with family members at the Supervisor of Elections office Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Orlando, Fla., to register to vote. Former felons in Florida began registering for elections on Tuesday, when an amendment that restores their voting rights went into effect. (AP Photo/John Raoux) What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Riane Cleveland Baseball sweeps Kentucky in opening weekend Previous articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Bracket SeasonNext articleTCU360’s guide to filling out your bracket Riane Cleveland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Facebook Baseball begins five-game homestand against SFA ReddIt Twitter + posts Riane Cleveland Riane Cleveland Riane Cleveland is a senior sports broadcasting major and journalism minor from St. Louis, Missouri. She hopes to become a multimedia journalist and anchor upon graduating in May. She enjoys watching sports, traveling and spending time with friends. New traffic light on Berry Street hopes to increase pedestrian protection Linkedinlast_img read more

Watt Discusses FHFA’s Progress Toward Goals in Speech

first_img Watt Discusses FHFA’s Progress Toward Goals in Speech  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Watt Discusses FHFA’s Progress Toward Goals in Speech Previous: Neugebauer Introduces CFPB Reform Bill Next: Counsel’s Corner: Court System is Biggest Challenge in Foreclosure, Eviction Cases March 5, 2015 1,114 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Conservatorship Scorecard FHFA Goldman Sachs Mel Watt Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt discussed the progress toward the Agency’s three main goals – maintaining, reducing, and building – in a speech he delivered Thursday at the Goldman Sachs Housing Finance Conference in New York.These three goals are being tracked in the FHFA’s annual Conservatorship Scorecard, which was released in early January.”The annual Conservatorship Scorecard is FHFA’s mechanism for laying out our priorities and expectations for the Enterprises and our means of providing transparency to the public about what we expect,” Watt said.Watt said there are “no surprises” in 2015 when it comes to the first goal of maintaining. He outlined the Agency’s two objectives under this goal, which are to maintain, promote, and expand access to credit safely and soundly, and to continue the loss mitigation and foreclosure prevention activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Two of the actions the FHFA has taken to fulfill the first goal of maintaining are to update and clarify the Representation and Warranty Framework Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use to make sure that they loans they purchase meet underwriting guidelines and to update and enhance the Enterprises’ counterparty standards for mortgage servicers.”We believe that providing lenders greater certainty about when and under what circumstances they would be required to repurchase or take loans back onto their books and providing servicers updated guidelines about when they would be required to pay compensatory fees has moved the availability of mortgage credit in the right direction,” Watt said. “We expect the Enterprises to continue these efforts in 2015.”Also to fulfill FHFA’s goal of maintaining, Watt said both of the Enterprises planned to reduce the amount of non-performing loans in their portfolios. Earlier this week, Freddie Mac made its first NPL sale of 2015 when it auctioned off 1,975 loans with a UPB totaling $392 million. Last month in its 2014 Financial Summary, Freddie Mac reported that it helped 120,000 distressed borrowers avoid foreclosure through either loan modifications, repayment plans, forbearance agreements, short sales, or deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure – bringing the total number of homeowners the Enterprise has helped with a foreclosure alternative since 2009 up to 1.1 million.Under the goal of reducing risk to taxpayers by increasing private capital’s role in the mortgage market, Watt said 2014 was a “breakthrough year for the Enterprises’ single-family credit risk transfer program.” The Enterprises began a handful of transactions in the second half of 2013 that became programs of regular debt issuances known as STACR for Freddie Mac and CAS for Fannie Mae.”The ability and willingness of the Enterprises to provide historical loan performance data has greatly enhanced the ability of the market to achieve pricing that both serves the interests of investors and allows the Enterprises to meet their financial objectives,” Watt said.According to Watt, FHFA tripled the risk transfer requirement in the 2014 scorecard compared to $2013. Each Enterprise was required to transfer a portion of the single-family mortgage credit risk with a UPB of $90 billion, compared with the 2013 requirement of $30 billion. Both Enterprises executed credit risk transfer transactions on mortgages with a combined UPB of more than $300 million, significantly surpassing last year’s benchmark.On the “build” component of the 2015 scorecard, Watt discussed the objective of building a new securitization infrastructure for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that other secondary market participants would be able to use.”Last year was the first time that FHFA included the development of a Single Security as part of our conservatorship priorities for the Enterprises,” Watt said. “Our objective in adding this multi-year project to the agenda is to improve overall liquidity in the market, which will not only be beneficial to the Enterprises and other market participants, but will also benefit borrowers. It would also benefit taxpayers by reducing Freddie Mac’s costs that result from the trading disparity between Freddie and Fannie’s securities.”Watt said providing increasing levels of detail about the Single Security will be a “high priority” for FHFA in 2015. Conservatorship Scorecard FHFA Goldman Sachs Mel Watt 2015-03-05 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. center_img Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honealast_img read more

Greater Cross Border cooperation promised in Covid-19 response

first_img Previous articleGardai warn against Covid-19 scamsNext articleDonegal’s libraries participating in Spring storytelling programme News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews Another three people have died from Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.It brings to 73 the number of people who lost their lives to the virus north of the border.97 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of reported cases to 1,255.Meanwhile, a Memorandum of Understanding has been formally agreed to underpin and strengthen North South co-operation on tackling COVID-19.The document focuses on facilitating greater co-operation in areas such as public health messaging, research, and ethics. Other areas such as procurement will also be considered.The text has signed by the two Chief Medical Officers, Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Michael McBride.**************************Memorandum text in full -MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDINGCOVID-19 RESPONSE – PUBLIC HEALTH COOPERATIONON AN ALL-IRELAND BASISBETWEEN:THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, IRELAND (AND ITS AGENCIES);ANDTHE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, NORTHERN IRELAND (AND ITS AGENCIES).1. CONTEXT1.1 This Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) is between the Department ofHealth, Ireland and its Agencies and the Department of Health,Northern Ireland and its Agencies (herein referred to as “the Participants”)who have expressed their mutual willingness to promote cooperation andcollaboration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.1.2 In response to COVID-19 Ministers from the Irish Government and NorthernIreland Executive met on 14 March 2020 to discuss North-South cooperationin dealing with the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic does not respectborders, therefore there is a compelling case for strong cooperation includinginformation-sharing and, where appropriate, a common approach to action inboth jurisdictions.1.3 At that meeting Ministers affirmed that:“Everything possible will be done in co-ordination and cooperation betweenthe Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive and with the activeinvolvement of the health administrations in both jurisdictions to tackle theoutbreak. Protection of the lives and welfare of everyone on the island isparamount, and no effort will be spared in that regard”. 2. COOPERATION2.1 Cooperation on the public health-driven response to COVID-19 will build onexisting and long-established cooperation on the island of Ireland between theParticipants and the health services including across cancer, ambulance andcongenital heart services, and the strong pre-existing cooperation betweenthe respective offices of the Chief Medical Officers in both jurisdictions.3. PRINCIPLES3.1 The principles upon which our cooperation is based are:• Agility – in order to ensure timely and responsive communications anddecisions in a fast moving emergent environment;• Openness – to ensure transparency of approach;• Consistency – to ensure where possible, both governments adopt similarapproaches as guided by the scientific evidence; and• Trust-that information shared is reliable and is shared and managed withinagreed protocols.4. COMMITMENTSThis Memorandum of Understanding records the commitments of theParticipants; it does not create legally binding obligations.The cooperation envisaged by this Memorandum of Understanding may needadditional authority, including legislative, for expenditure, data sharing and forany new action not already within the power of the Ministers.The Memorandum of Understanding will focus primarily on a number of keyareas.4.1 Modelling4.1.1 The Participants are committed to working in partnership to predict the likelyimpact of COVID-19 and to enable evidence-based decisions on how best torespond across the island of Ireland. This may involve using publishedevidence and data from outbreaks elsewhere and international work inmodelling infectious disease. This will be adapted to and informed by the relevant demographics, healthcare structures and health policies of bothjurisdictions.4.2 Public health and non-pharmaceutical measures4.2.1 The Participants will work to develop evidence based public health measurescentral to the response to COVID-19 in both jurisdictions, including measuressuch as, but not limited to case detection, testing regimens and contacttracing recognising that the introduction of such measures may differ as aconsequence of variation in COVID-19 transmission, local outbreaks andhealth consequences at different stages of the public health response. Suchdecisions will be informed by the advice of the offices of the Chief MedicalOfficers in both jurisdictions4.2.2 The Participants will share information and discuss appropriate socialdistancing measures being considered, including public health-mandatedtravel restrictions.4.2.3 Consideration will be given to the potential impact of measures adopted inone jurisdiction on the other recognising that the introduction of suchmeasures may differ reflecting differences in COVID-19 transmission atdifferent stages of the public health response.4.3 Common public messages4.3.1 Where appropriate the Participants will adopt consistent public messaging tobuild and reinforce core communications around handwashing, respiratoryhygiene, no handshaking and other social distancing measures.4.3.2 Communications may be targeted to support particular vulnerable groups,including older people.4.4 Behavioural change4.4.1 The Participants will work together on relevant programmes of behaviouralchange. As part of the Participants’ commitment to social outreach andengagement, civil society organisations, many of whom already work in both jurisdictions, will be encouraged and assisted in their important work thatsupports public health priorities.4.5 Research4.5.1 The Institute of Public Health, established by the Participants, will considerwhat practical research it could conduct in the context of strengthening theCOVID-19 response. In addition, the Participants and their agencies willexplore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in any identifiedpriority research areas, such as research calls, clinical trials and sharing ofsamples and data.4.6 Ethics4.6.1 The Participants will collaborate on frameworks which can be drawn on tohelp inform an ethical approach to respective decision-making, and research.4.7 Supporting Cooperation4.7.1 The Participants will work together in appropriate areas that may arise, suchas procurement, to support the response to COVID-19, where it is of mutualbenefit to do so.5. ENGAGEMENTWhile regular agile arrangements for communication will be the modusoperandi between the Participants, a weekly teleconference will be heldbetween the respective Offices of the Chief Medical Officers to ensure mutualongoing understanding.6. REPORTINGGiven that the response to COVID-19 requires a whole government approach,the Participants will provide an agreed regular update report to our respectiveadministrations.7. VARIABILITYWhile the Participants will seek to ensure consistency where possible, forjustifiable reasons the public health approach and measures adopted in the respective jurisdictions may not always mirror each other in identical fashion.However, strong collaborative arrangements, including good informationsharing, should help to mitigate possible negative consequences.8. NON-BINDINGThis MoU represents the common understanding of the Participants upon thematters referred to therein. It is not of itself intended to create legally bindingrights or obligations on any Participant. Further it does not constitute aninternational agreement and does not create rights and obligations governedby international law.It has been agreed that this Memorandum of Understanding shall come into effect bythe exchange of emails between the Participants confirming agreement to its termsand that the date of the last of the said emails shall be the date on which theMemorandum of Understanding comes into operation.Signatories:__________________________ ___________________________Dr Tony HolohanChief Medical OfficerDepartment of Health (Ireland)On behalf of the Minister for HealthSimon Harris TDDr Michael McBrideChief Medical OfficerDepartment of Health (Northern Ireland)On behalf of the Minister for HealthRobin Swann MLA By News Highland – April 7, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Pinterest Greater Cross Border cooperation promised in Covid-19 response Twitter Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

Rigid office hours and branches are NOT the future of estate agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Rigid office hours and branches are NOT the future of estate agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleRigid office hours and branches are NOT the future of estate agencyTwo high street agents who recently started up a hybrid agency have also claimed that vendors and landlords’ busy lives mean the traditional model is obsolete.Nigel Lewis9th October 20192 Comments2,947 Views Two former John D Wood employees who set up a hybrid estate agency specialising in prime London property have claimed that high street branches are ‘dead’ and that the industry will eventually have to embrace more flexible working patterns.Rollo Miles and Bob Crowley (pictured, above) co-founded Agent & Homes last year and in January said the Notting Hill based business was growing quickly and had 18 staff.They now claim that London vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants lead such busy and time-pressured lives that most are only available during the evenings or weekends.“It therefore makes logical sense for agents to make themselves available at these times, rather than being chained to rigid traditional office hours,” says Crowley.Consequently the traditional estate agency branch and it’s 8.30am to 6.30pm hours is no longer relevant to many potential clients, he claims.“We believe there is no point in agents sitting around in dead high street offices all day when they could be providing a more pro-active, hands-on, efficient service at the times that suit their clients.”More motivatedFellow co-founder Rollo Miles says this approach also has benefits for estate agency employees because allowing staff to work more autonomously and to their own targets makes them more motivated.“These days, it’s increasingly recognised that it’s important for people to have a good work/life balance with the opportunity to take holidays and time off,” he says.“In order to remain profitable and meet the changing needs of modern consumers, agents need to embrace the flexible working structures adopted by many other sectors.“Providing a professional and expert service which isn’t constrained by a high street office or traditional working hours really is the future of estate agency in this country.”  John D Wood Rollo Miles agent & homes Bob Crowley October 9, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsSam Samuel, Edward Ashdale Edward Ashdale 9th October 2019 at 10:03 amI suppose it differs from area to area. Central London is a very different market.In the suburb of London we have found that people are viewing properties during working hours in the week, taking time out from work to secure that property if they are serious. Saturdays viewing demand is usually into the morning because it would seem people want to balance their own work and personal life commitments.Agree it’s important to offer flexible working hours to accommodate the modern demands of a buyer or tenant and your team, but if you have a lettings and property management department those services are carried out during the day. There is a lot of administration necessary and liaison with other companies can only be done during office hours. Certainly my sales team are not sitting around doing nothing between usual office hours. Solicitor firms do not work outside of office hours.As the time passes most certainly a flexible approach to staff hours and the needs of the customer need to be met, but businesses that provide a range of services, not just residential sales will be the reason why a branch will always be necessary.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 9th October 2019 at 7:13 amThe way people work is changing in all industries and professions, and the explosion of Proptech is certainly changing the role of estate agents.But, from my experience having clients outside the London bubble, many of them ‘traditional’ style agencies who return profits of £400,000 per office year after year, this outcome always seems to be based on a solid team of property professionals with 10 or more years experience, working a 8.30 to 6.0 pm working pattern.The ‘dead time’ – which I assume Rollo and Bob allude to is the non-reactive time when there are no viewers or tenants around to physically service, but, standout agents I have found use the ‘dead time’ to be pro-active, develop their marketing strategy and push forward the fortunes of their agency.With clients able to access their ‘agent’ 24-7 via numerous avenues of contact, in some ways agents are far more accessible and so have a need to be more attentive than back when I started, when you put the office answer phone on and came in the next day to deal with things, now at the ping of a button.We are all super connected, and if making substantial profit is your aim, then utilising the ‘dead time’ should perhaps be the focus point, which of course negates the concept of putting your feet up and enjoying more time off.If anything with the rise of the millennials – to stay ahead of the pack – more customer contact is the new watchword, involving more hours at the office – be it the office in the high street, in your car, or the coffee shop, or the hotel foyer, or the study or the bedroom that you trade out of.Only 4% of clients may be walking into offices, but 100% of them want service and unfortunately from my experience they can connect at any time, not just from 4pm onwards and at week ends.Thoughts anyone?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? 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