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Bombshell: Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Bombshell: Connells begins bid to buy Countrywide previous nextAgencies & PeopleBombshell: Connells begins bid to buy CountrywideConnells has made a preliminary move this morning to acquire the struggling behemoth, and has until December 7th to make a formal offer.Nigel Lewis9th November 20201 Comment3,893 Views Connells has made a bid to buy Countrywide for £2.50 a share, dropping an unexpected bombshell into the ongoing saga at the UK’s largest estate agency and throwing the company’s debt restructure plan into disarray.The opening offer is £1.05p more than Countrywide’s current share price, and values the company at £126,5 million.Countrywide notified investors of the approach early this morning, which it says is at an early stage and is conditional on Connells completing the usual due diligence on the behemoth, and gaining a recommendation from its board.Connells has until 5pm on the 7th December to announce whether it intends to proceed with the purchase.“There can be no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms of any such offer, should one be made,” says its Company Secretary, Gareth Williams.In light of this development, Countrywide has decided to postpone its planned special general meeting ‘until further notice’ at which shareholders were due to vote on whether to accept its debt reduction plan.Debt plan postponedOn 22nd October Countrywide revealed that it is to raise a further £165 million and announced a new chairman, former M&S digital chief Carl Leaver, and a new CEO, who will be announced soon.The new cash was to be via a £90 million capital raise through an investment by private equity firm and shareholder Alchemy. This will be via a 66 million share issue and a new £75 million loan from its existing lenders with a four-year term.“Accordingly, Countrywide shareholders should take no further action in connection with the Proposed Transaction,” says Williams.“In the meantime, the Board will continue to engage with its shareholders to examine all potential options to deliver a sustainable capital structure for the Company and to maximise shareholder value.”Although the statement does not mention it, it is likely that the deal would also have to be approved by the competition regulator the CMA; 600-branch Connells is ultimately owned by the Skipton Building Society, which also operates the Sequence chain of estate agent branches.Andrew Stanton Sequence connells Countrywide November 9, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 9th November 2020 at 10:09 amCan wounded Dinosaur Countrywide plc with its failed ‘back to basics’ change into a ‘back to profits’ enterprise if it swops management team at the top, and has cash. Is the future of agency in the UK superbrand corporates, or online or even public self listing using emerging technology.Maybe with ‘Zillow’ unfurling its blueprint across the pond, this deal or no deal between Skipton who only know how to make profit through excellent management, and Countrywide the sad clown act, might in a few years be seen as the last great, old scholl estate agent deal that was done prior to ‘new residential agency models that washed in during the 2020’s’ – where the tech savvy property consumer dictated the change to how how the property asset was transacted.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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USI Softball Picked Second In GLVC

first_imgUniversity of Southern Indiana Softball was picked to finish second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference according to the GLVC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon by the league office.USI, which earned 202 points and a league-high six first-place votes, trailed the University of Indianapolis (210 points/five first-place votes) and were in front of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (185 points/two first-place votes).Truman State University (180 points) and Bellarmine University (173 points/2 first-place votes) rounded out the coaches’ top five predictions in fourth and fifth, respectively.McKendree University (157 points), Maryville University (142 points) and the University of Illinois Springfield (123 points) were picked sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, while William Jewell College (109 points) and Rockhurst University (104 points) completed the top 10 picks.The coaches’ predictions were rounded out by Drury University (78 points), Quincy University (73 points), Saint Joseph’s College (67 points), Lewis University (60 points), Missouri S&T (47 points) and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (18 points).USI, which is receiving votes in the NFCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ poll, returns seven position starters and three pitchers off a team that went 35-21 overall and 21-9 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference a year ago.Included in that list of returning players are five All-GLVC honorees, two All-Region performers and the reigning GLVC Player of the Year in senior All-American catcher Haley Hodges (Portage, Indiana).Hodges, who was named first-team All-America by Herosports.com, the NFCA and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, is coming off a historic 2016 season that saw her set single-season school records for home runs (22), RBIs (72), walks (45) and runs scored (58).Surrounding Hodges in the lineup is a first-team All-GLVC outfielder in sophomore Olivia Clark-Kittleson (Carbondale, Illinois), a pair of second-team All-GLVC honorees in junior first baseman Marleah Fossett (Brownsburg, Indiana) and sophomore designated player/pitcher/outfielder Caitlyn Bradley (Forest, Indiana), and a third-team All-GLVC shortstop in senior Lexi Reese (Lebanon, Indiana).Clark-Kittleson hit .351 with nine RBIs and 18 runs scored before injury cut her 2016 season short. Fossett hit .336 with 11 doubles, six home runs and 37 RBIs, while Bradley hit .300 with 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBIs in her first year of collegiate softball. Bradley also earned All-Midwest Region honors a year ago.Reese had a huge year for USI as a junior when she hit .326 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 40 RBIs.In the pitcher’s circle, the Eagles return Bradley and fellow sophomores Haylee Smith (Florence, Kentucky) and Courtney Atkisson(Bringhurst, Indiana). Smith led the Eagles with a 2.91 ERA and 11 complete games as a freshman, while Bradley went 6-3 with a 3.04 ERA.Atkisson is coming off a strong fall campaign that saw the emergence of freshman pitcher Jennifer Leonhardt (Louisville, Kentucky). Leonhardt earned third-team All-State honors as a senior after posting a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts during her senior season.USI opens the year February 14 when it travels to Florence, Alabama, to take on defending NCAA Division II champion and preseason No. 1 University of North Alabama.The Eagles also are slated to play preseason No. 6 Grand Valley State University March 6 at The Spring Games in Clermont, Florida, while the University of Indianapolis (No. 16) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (No. 23) are the only GLVC teams to open the year in the NFCA Top 25 preseason poll.Following their doubleheader with North Alabama, the Eagles host the Midwest Region Crossover February 24-26 at Deaconess Sports Park in Evansville. USI opens its home schedule March 15 with a doubleheader against Midwest Region foe Kentucky Wesleyan College. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Colony Club Plans Fashion Show and 65th Anniversary Bash

first_imgOcean City Fashion ShowThe Colony Club of Ocean City will hold its annual Fashion Show — “Look What You’ve Been Missing!” —on Saturday April 25, 12 to 4 p.m. at the Union Chapel by the Sea. For more information and tickets, contact Jeanne Robinson, 609-398-3708. See flyer below.The Ocean City Colony Club is affiliated with the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.Download (PDF, 290KB) The Colony Club of Ocean City invites all members of the public to attend two upcoming events.The local women’s club will celebrate its 65th anniversary of community service on May 14. 65th Anniversary DinnerWhat: Dinner and dancing— Smart attire, jackets required for menWhen: Thursday, May 14,2015 — 6 to 10 p.m.Where: Flanders Hotel — 719 East 11th Street, Ocean CityTickets: $45.00 per person — RSVP by May 9th — contact Eileen Adams at 609-398-9754last_img read more

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The EPA at 40

first_imgNovember’s broad election gains for House and Senate Republicans do not equal a mandate to roll back hard-won protections for the environment, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said Friday (Dec. 3) at Harvard Law School (HLS).The EPA’s aggressive work to clean up the environment during the Obama administration’s first two years has made it a target for the ire of some Republicans, Jackson said. But she argued that the same voters who put those Republicans in office also approved numerous ballot measures protecting the environment in their home states.“No candidate ran on a promise to put more pollution in our air and water, and no one was sent to Congress with a mandate to increase health risks for our children,” Jackson said.Jackson was the keynote speaker in the School’s Ames Courtroom during an all-day conference marking the 40th anniversary of the EPA’s creation. The event was sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), the Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) . Among the speakers and panelists was former Vice President Al Gore, who addressed the luncheon.President Drew Faust (from left) talks with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, former Vice President Al Gore, and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow.Jackson said that the EPA has been aggressive under her leadership but that critics who argue that environmental protection and economic development can’t coexist are wrong. Despite repeated predictions of economic doom from industry groups when significant protection legislation has been passed, those industries have endured and the economy has continued to grow. In fact, Jackson said, regulations have provided the inducement for innovations such as the catalytic converter, replacement chemicals for ozone-killing chlorofluorocarbons, and an industrial sector dedicated to producing “green” products.“President Obama has insisted that the choice between our economy and our environment is indeed a false choice,” Jackson said. “We’ve been more than happy to prove him right.”The EPA’s past successes have provided a series of environmental protections that the public would be loath to part with, Jackson said. Among them are removing lead from gasoline and the air, reducing acid rain, providing the scientific foundation for secondhand-smoke regulations, cleaning rivers and water supplies, halting the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, increasing vehicle efficiency, and controlling toxic substances.“This list represents million of lives saved and trillions of dollars in health benefits,” Jackson said. “These changes touched the life of every single American since 1970. … This list represents things the American people would refuse to do without.”One of the more contentious challenges lying ahead involves action on climate change. A 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA cleared the way for EPA action on such change under the Clean Air Act. The case determined that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted by vehicles are indeed pollutants and therefore subject to EPA regulation. In 2009, the EPA released an “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act, saying that greenhouse gases can threaten public health and the environment and that emissions from motor vehicles contribute to air pollution that endangers public health.One of the panels explored the ramifications of those actions and the extent to which the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases without major climate change legislation, which is stalled in Congress.The panel, led by HUCE Director Dan Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering, featured EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School Jody Freeman, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council Peter Lehner, and EPA Associate Administrator Lisa Heinzerling.Perciasepe said that with more sweeping climate change legislation stalled, there are still actions that can be taken under the Clean Air Act to address the emissions of greenhouse gases.“If we can’t do the big thing, we should do something, and the Clean Air Act is a way to do something,” Perciasepe said.The EPA already has taken other steps, such as the Energy Star appliance program, to use less fuel — and thus emit fewer greenhouse gases — through efficiency.Freeman said that a piecemeal approach that fully uses the executive branch’s powers to make rules and regulations under existing laws, such as the Clean Air Act, and that takes advantage of state and local efforts to fight climate change could actually make significant reductions. That goal would require, though, that multiple efforts on many fronts all be successful, she said, even in the face of opposition lawsuits and moves in Congress to weaken or block action through legislation. One unsung but critical strategy will likely involve “playing defense” against current and future action in the courts and Congress, Freeman added.While those actions could help the nation reach interim greenhouse gas reduction targets, the only way to reach long-term goals, Freeman said, is to pass more comprehensive climate change legislation.A piecemeal approach that fully uses the executive branch’s powers to make rules and regulations under existing laws, such as the Clean Air Act, and that takes advantage of state and local efforts to fight climate change could actually make significant reductions, contends Harvard Law School Professor Jody Freeman.last_img read more

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Brazilian Military and U.S. Researchers Recreate Historic Expedition

first_img Explorers battle insects, hunger and fatigue In 1956, a part of Brazil’s Amazonian region was renamed in his honor, becoming known as the Federal Territory of Rondônia; it achieved statehood in 1982. Col. Hiram is a living legend in Brazil: aboard a kayak, he has traversed 11,300 of the 23,000 kilometers of Amazonian rivers. Due to the restriction imposed by the indigenous tribe, the researchers were unable to travel the 184 kilometers “that were considered the most difficult stretch of the original expedition,” Col. Hiram said. However, aside from this minor incident, the new journey down the Roosevelt River was peaceful – much different from the journey that took place a century ago. “I wrote a historiography of the rivers; I verified everything that had been written or said about them,” said Col. Hiram, who is also a professor at the Military College in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil invited Roosevelt to command the expedition After 59 days without seeing another human face outside of the team, the expedition finally arrived at an inhabited site. Upon spotting the two canoes, the riverside inhabitants ran away, thinking that they were about to be attacked by an indigenous tribe, since until then no one had dared to explore that path. Due to the restriction imposed by the indigenous tribe, the researchers were unable to travel the 184 kilometers “that were considered the most difficult stretch of the original expedition,” Col. Hiram said. However, aside from this minor incident, the new journey down the Roosevelt River was peaceful – much different from the journey that took place a century ago. In 1914, Brazilian Army Colonel Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon and former United States President Theodore Roosevelt led an extraordinary adventure. Together, they commanded the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, whose mission was to plot the course of an unexplored river in Brazil’s Amazon region: the Duvida River, (River of Doubt). When they completed the mission despite much adversity, the river was christened with a new name: Roosevelt River. Meanwhile, another threat from within their own team compounded the danger: as supplies ran low, a strong Soldier known as Júlio began to steal food. He was caught by Sergeant Manoel Vicente da Paixão, of the Corps of Engineers, and reprimanded; in response, Júlio grabbed a rifle and shot the Sergeant, killing him, and fled through the brush. Roosevelt and Rondon buried the sergeant in the forest; Júlio disappeared. “I wrote a historiography of the rivers; I verified everything that had been written or said about them,” said Col. Hiram, who is also a professor at the Military College in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. By Dialogo June 02, 2015 “We used the same means as the original expeditions. There were no motorboats, and we traveled down [the Roosevelt River] using paddles [in kayaks or canoes], camping and cooking,” said Marc Meyers, a materials sciences professor from the University of California–San Diego. The four researchers traveled down 581 kilometers of the Roosevelt River in 22 days, from October 22-November 13, 2014. After less than a month, a tragedy befell the team: expedition member Antônio Simplício da Silva was dragged into the water and disappeared forever when one of the boats was carried away by the currents down a waterfall and sank. Roosevelt’s son, Kermit, who was in the same canoe, was able to save himself with great difficulty. After less than a month, a tragedy befell the team: expedition member Antônio Simplício da Silva was dragged into the water and disappeared forever when one of the boats was carried away by the currents down a waterfall and sank. Roosevelt’s son, Kermit, who was in the same canoe, was able to save himself with great difficulty. The trip became more hostile every day. Of the seven original canoes, only two survived. Provisions were lost. The group was constantly under siege from poisonous ants, bees, wasps, snakes, centipedes, and scorpions, and hunted by indigenous people. The explorers were ill, hungry, and exhausted. One of the most dramatic moments occurred when Roosevelt injured his leg; the wound became infected, and the former president developed very high fever, forcing the expedition to interrupt their journey. Roosevelt called Col. Rondon and told him that he could go no further, begging to be left behind. Obviously, this request was not granted. Not knowing what they would encounter, the group of 22 men chose heavy wooden canoes, which would prove unfit for crossing the rapids and the 11 waterfalls they found. The alternative was to open a 10-kilometer path through the rain forest, portaging seven canoes fashioned from tree trunks and carrying nearly a ton of supplies. The group was exposed to all sorts of insects, including mosquitoes carrying tropical diseases, and spied on by indigenous people who had never had contact with Western civilization. One of the expedition dogs was found dead, struck by an arrow. Col. Rondon is promoted; Roosevelt writes book The four researchers traveled down 581 kilometers of the Roosevelt River in 22 days, from October 22-November 13, 2014. Legendary figure recreates journey Col. Rondon was promoted to general and, in 1955, when he was 90, Brazil’s National Congress awarded him the title of Field Marshal, the highest rank in the Brazilian Army. For his pioneering work in defense of indigenous peoples, he came to be known as the “Marshal of Peace.” “We used the same means as the original expeditions. There were no motorboats, and we traveled down [the Roosevelt River] using paddles [in kayaks or canoes], camping and cooking,” said Marc Meyers, a materials sciences professor from the University of California–San Diego. Legendary figure recreates journey In 1913, Roosevelt held conferences throughout South America when he was invited by the Brazilian government to command the expedition. The Minister of Foreign Relations at the time, Lauro Müller, said that the American statesman would help raise Brazil’s profile abroad. The expedition was recorded in photographs and journals written by Roosevelt, Col. Rondon, and other team members, including Brazilian Captain Amílcar Armando Botelho de Magalhães. Historians disagree on the dates of the expedition; some say it lasted two months and others say it took eight months. But all agree that the trip was a harrowing ordeal that nearly cost Roosevelt his life. A century after the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, two Brazilian Service Members and two U.S. researchers recreated the journey to commemorate the historic adventure and to document the environmental changes that have occurred in the meantime. The trip became more hostile every day. Of the seven original canoes, only two survived. Provisions were lost. The group was constantly under siege from poisonous ants, bees, wasps, snakes, centipedes, and scorpions, and hunted by indigenous people. The explorers were ill, hungry, and exhausted. One of the most dramatic moments occurred when Roosevelt injured his leg; the wound became infected, and the former president developed very high fever, forcing the expedition to interrupt their journey. Roosevelt called Col. Rondon and told him that he could go no further, begging to be left behind. Obviously, this request was not granted. Meanwhile, another threat from within their own team compounded the danger: as supplies ran low, a strong Soldier known as Júlio began to steal food. He was caught by Sergeant Manoel Vicente da Paixão, of the Corps of Engineers, and reprimanded; in response, Júlio grabbed a rifle and shot the Sergeant, killing him, and fled through the brush. Roosevelt and Rondon buried the sergeant in the forest; Júlio disappeared. “We lost two days because the Cinta-Larga tribe did not allow us to travel in an area of the river that went around their reservation,” Col. Hiram said. Professor Meyers, who was born in Brazil, came up with the idea of “The Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition: 100 years later.” The others involved in the project are retired Colonel Hiram Reis e Silva, a Brazilian Army Department of Education and Culture researcher; retired Brazilian Army Colonel Ivan Carlos Gindri Angonese; and U.S. documentarian Jeffrey Lehmann, the producer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television program Weekend Explorer. After 59 days without seeing another human face outside of the team, the expedition finally arrived at an inhabited site. Upon spotting the two canoes, the riverside inhabitants ran away, thinking that they were about to be attacked by an indigenous tribe, since until then no one had dared to explore that path. In 1914, Brazilian Army Colonel Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon and former United States President Theodore Roosevelt led an extraordinary adventure. Together, they commanded the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, whose mission was to plot the course of an unexplored river in Brazil’s Amazon region: the Duvida River, (River of Doubt). When they completed the mission despite much adversity, the river was christened with a new name: Roosevelt River. That’s where the expedition came to its end. Roosevelt, Rondon, and their team had traversed 750 kilometers of waterways and had mapped the course of the river, which until then was unknown. Roosevelt returned to the United States and wrote the story of the expedition in the book “Through the Brazilian Wilderness,” published in 1914; but his health never fully recovered from the journey, and he died Jan. 6, 1919. Brazil invited Roosevelt to command the expedition A century after the Roosevelt-Rondon Scientific Expedition, two Brazilian Service Members and two U.S. researchers recreated the journey to commemorate the historic adventure and to document the environmental changes that have occurred in the meantime. Not knowing what they would encounter, the group of 22 men chose heavy wooden canoes, which would prove unfit for crossing the rapids and the 11 waterfalls they found. The alternative was to open a 10-kilometer path through the rain forest, portaging seven canoes fashioned from tree trunks and carrying nearly a ton of supplies. The group was exposed to all sorts of insects, including mosquitoes carrying tropical diseases, and spied on by indigenous people who had never had contact with Western civilization. One of the expedition dogs was found dead, struck by an arrow. “We lost two days because the Cinta-Larga tribe did not allow us to travel in an area of the river that went around their reservation,” Col. Hiram said. In 1913, Roosevelt held conferences throughout South America when he was invited by the Brazilian government to command the expedition. The Minister of Foreign Relations at the time, Lauro Müller, said that the American statesman would help raise Brazil’s profile abroad. The expedition was recorded in photographs and journals written by Roosevelt, Col. Rondon, and other team members, including Brazilian Captain Amílcar Armando Botelho de Magalhães. Historians disagree on the dates of the expedition; some say it lasted two months and others say it took eight months. But all agree that the trip was a harrowing ordeal that nearly cost Roosevelt his life. Explorers battle insects, hunger and fatigue Professor Meyers, who was born in Brazil, came up with the idea of “The Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition: 100 years later.” The others involved in the project are retired Colonel Hiram Reis e Silva, a Brazilian Army Department of Education and Culture researcher; retired Brazilian Army Colonel Ivan Carlos Gindri Angonese; and U.S. documentarian Jeffrey Lehmann, the producer of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) television program Weekend Explorer. Col. Rondon is promoted; Roosevelt writes book Col. Hiram is a living legend in Brazil: aboard a kayak, he has traversed 11,300 of the 23,000 kilometers of Amazonian rivers. That’s where the expedition came to its end. Roosevelt, Rondon, and their team had traversed 750 kilometers of waterways and had mapped the course of the river, which until then was unknown. Roosevelt returned to the United States and wrote the story of the expedition in the book “Through the Brazilian Wilderness,” published in 1914; but his health never fully recovered from the journey, and he died Jan. 6, 1919. Col. Rondon was promoted to general and, in 1955, when he was 90, Brazil’s National Congress awarded him the title of Field Marshal, the highest rank in the Brazilian Army. For his pioneering work in defense of indigenous peoples, he came to be known as the “Marshal of Peace.” In 1956, a part of Brazil’s Amazonian region was renamed in his honor, becoming known as the Federal Territory of Rondônia; it achieved statehood in 1982. A very important issue full of details involving courage and fearlessness to adversity in order to establish the sovereignty of a giant by nature; suffering and lives lost. It is very touching that Roosevelt, when injured, asked to be left behind in the middle of the green expanse of uninhabited forest while knowing that it was virtually impossible for them to return. Our respect and reverence to all of these men. Excellent news Thank you, Aquino.Excellent report. A big, friendly hug from this canoeist in the eternal search for the Third Riverbank.Hiram Reislast_img read more

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Islip Teen Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Islip teenager was killed while inspecting damage to his car caused by a hit-and-run driver in Brentwood on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said 17-year-old Anil John pulled his Hyundai Sonata to the side of Crooked Hill Road near Suffolk County Community College after being involved in a minor crash when he was struck by a southbound Ford at 9:30 a.m.John was pronounced dead at the scene. The 81-year-old driver who hit him was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for observation. The first driver that hit John’s car fled the scene.Third Squad detectives impounded the two vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about either of the crashes involved to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img read more

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TZ Biograda na moru provides hosts in family accommodation with free apartment photography and eReception

first_imgThe generators of strategic development are precisely the tourist destinations themselves, and not the Ministry of Tourism or the Croatian Tourist Destination, and those destinations that are proactive, creative, innovative and those that want growth are growing.One of the elements for growth and quality improvement is certainly family accommodation, which is our advantage and uniqueness over other destinations, and it should certainly be specially branded through labeling programs or quality clubs of family accommodation (Kvarner family, Welcome, Domus bonus, Like Home), encourage hosts to open small family hotels, educate and give them the importance they deserve, all with the aim of raising the quality of accommodation and service.On this track is the Tourist Board of Biograd na Moru, where in order to raise the quality of family accommodation, they have provided their hosts with two free services in family accommodation: free professional photography of apartments and eReception.E-reception is a system that will allow a private renter to easily manage reservations, registrations and obligations in one place, and for them completely free or PMS (Property Management System) system specially adapted for private renters that combines various services from booking calendar, viewing and printing reservation and guest list, print invoice until check-in and check-out of guests in the e-Visitor system. “Our goal is to simplify and facilitate the administration of private renters, and put their focus on the guest (sales, services”). Also, we want to point out that the point is not to be on as many booking sites as possible, but it is necessary to position your accommodation offer as well as possible. We have also prepared free photography of apartments for private renters, because we want to make them aware of the importance of photography when advertising accommodation. Photos taken with a mobile phone still predominate, and it is the photos that hold the attention of tourists the most when choosing accommodation. ” points out Ivana Kulaš, director of the Biograd na Moru Tourist Board.Biograd na moru has been constantly growing for the last 20 years, and currently 750 hosts in family accommodation are registered in the area of ​​the town of Biograd. According to current information, this will be another record year, Ivana Kulaš points out, adding that the goal of the Biograd na Moru Tourist Board is to direct the increase in the pre- and post-season months, and one of the contents that attracts off-season arrivals is the a la carte adventure game. adventure. “In April, we prepared a study trip to the island of Krk for the landlords in order to show the landlords examples of good practice and at the same time motivate them. The reactions have been great, so we will continue with the same practice in the future. ”Concludes Kulaš.// OVER 600 HOSTS IN BIOGRAD NA MORU RECEIVED BRANDED TOWEL SETSIn the area of ​​Biograd na Moru there is a Welcome, labeling program of the Zadar County Tourist Board, and in my opinion, the Biograd na Moru Tourist Board should have linked its additional services to the quality club, thus encouraging those hosts who are not in the labeling program to join. this is what the labeling program is for. Also, my advice is to always focus on the market and the choice of PMS system as a professional photographer and other services should be given to the hosts themselves, ie that the hosts choose which PMS system is best for them. This encourages the development and quality of the market, as well as fair market competition. Win-win for everyone, because open market competition is the best regulator, and quality always wins.In any case, a great move by the Tourist Board of Biograd na Moru and another proof of how those who struggle and want to grow grow, because every tourist board can provide free professional photography of apartments, but they do not, no matter how small or large. Another proof of this is how last year the Tourist Board of Biograd na Moru distributed a set of towels with the logo “City of Biograd-the heart of Dalmatia” to its hosts in family accommodation free of charge for each registered bed. Great idea, isn’t it? Those who want to grow, not those who “whine” and stagnate.I invite all hosts in family accommodation to get involved and take advantage of the benefits offered by the Tourist Board of Biograd na Moru as well as the quality club Welcome, because those who will not grow and develop, will soon find themselves in big trouble because there will be more empty and more holes in season. The offer and quality is increasing, and thus the possibility of choice, and those who lag behind will be at the bottom of the list when choosing accommodation.By the way, in the area of ​​Zadar County there are currently 213 hosts in family accommodation in the quality club “Welcome”, while in Biograd na Moru there are currently 8 hosts who have entered the quality club.Related news:ADVENTURE À LA CARTE – A MAP THAT DISCOVERS THE PECULIARITIES OF THE BIOGRAD RIVIERA THROUGH PUZZLESILIRIJA INVESTS HRK 35 MILLION IN RAISING THE QUALITY OF ITS ACCOMMODATION CAPACITIES AND NEW FACILITIESlast_img read more

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Multimillion-dollar listing is coastal suburb’s most viewed

first_imgThe outdoor setting is bordered by a bespoke concrete beam with inset strip lighting. Retractable doors invite the outside in.Foliage including Jasmine drapes over and throughout the property, with retractable doors allowing the outside in.Wall to floor glass is also used extensively. 15 Cleland Crescent, Broadbeach Waters is on the market for $8.495 million.MORE people wanted to buy this modern masterpiece than anywhere else in Broadbeach Waters.According to realestate.com.au, this waterfront house was the most popular listing in the suburb in the past week.The living room with 5.5m ceilings, electronic blinds, fireplace, wall to floor glass and stone features.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe $8.495 million listing at 15 Cleland Crescent sits on 30.5 metres of water frontage with spectacular city skyline views.It’s standout features include a stunning pool and spa setting, 2000 bottle temperature controlled wine cellar and media room.Heated floors feature throughout.last_img read more

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Bruno Fernandes: Man United confirm £68m deal with Sporting ahead of medical

first_img A statement released by United on Wednesday afternoon read: ‘Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes. ‘The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms.’ United striker Marcus Rashford replied to the club’s announcement statement on Twitter by saying: ‘Welcome Bruno.’ The player’s agent Miguel Ruben Pinho posted a photo of them on the plane before they flew from Lisbon, and Fernandes then shared a picture of himself arriving in Manchester with his partner Ana Pinho and their daughter Matilde. Sporting also took to social media to wish Fernandes – who cost £7.2m from Sampdoria in 2017 – good luck, tweeting: ‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Good luck and thank you, captain.’ Loading… Read Also: Tension as Barcelona ‘hijack’ Man United transfer target It’s understood that the add-ons include a £4.2m payment to Sporting if United qualify for the Champions League, another £4.2m based on Fernandes’s appearances for the club and a separate £12.6m if individual targets are met. Assuming Fernandes passes his medical, he could feature in United’s home Premier League fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?This Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceledcenter_img Bruno Fernandes arrived at The Lowry Hotel on Wednesday night as he prepared to complete his £67.8million move to Manchester United. Fernandes (left) pictured alongside his agent (right) on the private plane to Manchester Fernandes jumped on a flight to Manchester as soon as United and Sporting Lisbon had put the final touches to the transfer that will cost the Premier League club an initial £46.6m plus up to £21.2m in add-ons. The 25-year-old midfielder will undergo a medical on Thursday and could be available to make his debut against Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday before United take a 16-day winter break that includes a warm-weather training camp in Marbella. Fernandes arrived at Lisbon Airport on Wednesday afternoon to fly by private jet to Manchester to complete his move to United The club officially confirmed on Wednesday that terms had been agreed with Sporting, who once sold Cristiano Ronaldo to United for £12.24m, and manager Ole Gunnar welcomed news that the protracted transfer was close to completion. ‘I’m delighted we’ve agreed,’ said Solskjaer. ‘There have been good negotiations with Sporting and we know, through history, these two clubs have been good with each other.‘Now we’ve reached that agreement, hopefully we can get the boy’s contract over the line and the medical done and then, hopefully we can announce it that we’ve got the deal through and – it’s very exciting.’last_img read more