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Connells eyes ambitious growth strategy

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Connells eyes ambitious growth strategy previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells eyes ambitious growth strategyPROPERTYdrum6th February 20150562 Views Connells plan to open as many as 75 new lettings branches in 2015, as part of the firm’s ambitious expansion plans, having already enjoyed an exceptional year of growth in 2014.Connells Group’s multi-million pound lettings expansion programme continued to gain momentum last year after achieving a total of 68 new lettings branch openings and a growing number of lettings acquisitions in what continues to be one of the largest lettings expansion projects ever undertaken by a UK agency. “2014 was an exceptional year of growth for the Connells lettings business and 2015 shows no sign of slowing down,” said Stephen Nation (left), the Group’s Lettings Managing Director. “We had a record number of new branch openings, both in existing and new locations, achieved key acquisitions with a good geographical spread and appointed Mark Chatterton as Corporate Lettings Director to lead our growth. Our aim for 2015 is to continue this rapid expansion plan with a further 75 new lettings branches added to our local branch network.”Testimony to the Group’s already strong presence in the lettings market, Connells Group Lettings recorded a 20 per cent rise in the number of homes to let coming onto the market and a 25 per cent rise increase in the number of tenancies agreed in 2014 compared to 2013. Demand continues to increase for rental property across all areas of the UK and this ambitious growth programme will allow Connells to offer its industry leading proposition to a much wider section of the market.Recent lettings acquisitions that have taken place around the UK include Platinum lettings in Crawley, Harcourt Estates in South Leicestershire and Peter Allen in Wales.As well as the Connells brand, the Group operates under a variety of local trading names including Barnard Marcus, William H Brown and Fox & Sons. “Our local lettings offices offer a market-leading proposition to tenants, landlords and investors in the locations in which we operate. We are looking forward to extending access to this as part of our current expansion,” Mr Nation added.The Connells Group is currently open to new opportunities to acquire lettings business across the UK so is urging owners to get in touch if they would like to discuss this further.lettings growth connells expansion February 6, 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 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

Vectren’s Official Statement Concerning The Nicor Energy Services Law Suit

first_imgVectren’s Official Statement Concerning The Nicor Energy Services Law Suit Nicor Energy Services Co. (doing business as Pivotal Home Solutions) offers ancillary home services for multiple utilities throughout the U.S., including Vectren Energy Delivery. Examples of these optional services include appliance repair and maintenance plans and indoor/outdoor piping or plumbing repair plans in which customers pay for insurance to cover expenses to repair, maintain and/or replace equipment in their home. This sort of home warranty/service plan cover issues typically not covered by homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.Pivotal Home Solutions and similar companies have been offering these services to Vectren customers for more than 10 years. They are typically offered to new customers during the move-in process or through direct mail pieces delivered directly to the customer’s home. Enrollment is completely voluntary, and the customer must proactively and affirmatively agree to enroll in the service(s); these services are not part of a default plan when becoming a Vectren customer.The charge for the service(s), should a customer choose to enroll, is added to the Vectren bill to provide the customer a convenient bundled payment option. These charges are listed separately from the energy service charges as “Non Vectren Energy Delivery Charges” in both the bill summary section and a separate, bolded section on the bill, along with the phone number to contact the warranty company should the customer have questions or need to cancel the service(s). Likewise, the following description is listed below the bill line item.“Non Vectren Energy Delivery charges, including charges for Vectren Home Solutions, are separate from the regulated utility charges of Vectren Energy Delivery. Failure to pay these optional services will not result in the disconnection of your utility service. You must directly contact your service provider at the number above if you elect to cancel these optional services. Your responsibility for these charges is dependent upon the terms of your agreement with the service provider.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Man accused of stealing from friend on bail

first_imgChief Magistrate Ann McLennan released Glendon Moses of Dazzle Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for stealing from his male friend.Glendon MosesThe 32-year-old miner denied that on December 29, 2019 at Status Hotel, Georgetown, he stole one phone valued $180,000, a phone charger valued $10,000, $180,000 and a hand sanitiser valued $500, property of Hollister Hooper.Prosecutor David Goodman informed the court that the duo checked into the hotel for three days. However, Hooper left with a friend and the articles were left in the room.According to the Prosecutor, when Hooper returned, he was informed by the receptionist that Moses had checked out of the hotel. He nonetheless went to the room and the items were all missing. As such, the matter was reported.The Prosecutor stated that Moses was seeking refuge at City Hall after a group of men attacked him, but was subsequently arrested when a search was conducted and the items found in his possession. Moses was released on $15,000 bail. The case will continue on January 28, 2019.last_img read more

SOA + BPM: EAI evolves

first_imgAcronym and lovers of jargon have celebrated a pleasant holiday.  A new Forrester Wave study that came out just before Christmas created new BPM-space acronyms.  Forrester now divides BPM into two halves: IC-BPMS (Integration-Centric Business Process Management Suite) and HC-BPMS (Human-Centric Business Process Management Suite) . Other than the convoluted names, the study has some valuable information, and the report has been made available free by a number of vendors who placed well among the thirteen companies covered, like webMethods.Forrester had previously covered a space called “integration suite” representing products with Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities, but they found that the introduction of SOA technology has changed the space.  EAI has now evolved into IC-BPMS. Part of the reason for the switch in naming is that they think that product offerings over just the last 4-5 years have changed dramatically.  Vendor offerings that had been closed and proprietary are now standards-based, and most vendors have also augmented their products to include embedded Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and enhanced Business Process Management (BPM) capabilities.The Forrester study looked at 85 different criteria and found that webMethods, TIBCO Software, IBM, and Sun were the category leaders, based on their strengths in connection, BPM and SOA.IC-BPMS products allow composite applications to be constructed using model-based tools and to blend structured, unstructured and metadata stored in SOA-based registries and repositories.  The tools in the category promote reusability of all system components: services, code and data.HC-BPMS products have their origins with workflow and imaging and typically involve intensive human interaction.The report emphasizes a synergy and overlap between capabilities in BPM and SOA and suggest that companies should try to achieve the benefits of both with new implementations.webMethods was considered the leader in this category, although it is the smallest of the top-ranked vendors.  Somewhat of a surprise, Sun ranked well too because of their 2005 acquisition of SeeBeyond Technologies, a company with a J2EE-based solution.last_img read more

23 days agoTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave up

first_imgTottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GIF: Arkansas Blows Three-Point Lead With Awful Foul Late Against Alabama

first_imgAn Arkansas Razorbacks cheerleader.JACKSONVILLE, FL – MARCH 19: A cheerleader for the Arkansas Razorbacks watches on against the Wofford Terriers during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Arkansas and Alabama are currently in overtime, but ask any Razorback fan, it should have never gotten this far. With under five seconds left, and a three point lead, Arkansas committed the cardinal sin of fouling a player on a layup, and sending him to the line for a game-tying free throw. Arkansas’ Bobby Portis fouled Alabama forward Michael Kessens, who made the bucket, and sunk the free throw to send the game to overtime. The game is tied at 86 with under two minutes remaining.last_img read more

Women more likely than men to experience workplace harassment StatsCan study

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — A new study suggests women are more likely than men to experience workplace harassment, and that it’s more common in health-related fields.The Statistics Canada report, “Harassment in Canadian workplaces,” is based on 2016 data from the General Social Survey on Canadians at Work and Home. The survey asked about 9,000 people between the ages of 15 and 64 about incidents of harassment during the previous 12 months. It defines workplace harassment as experiences of verbal abuse, humiliating behaviour, threats, physical violence, and unwanted sexual attention or sexual harassment.More women than men reported experiencing at least one such incident, with 19 per cent of women versus 13 per cent of men saying they had been harassed at work.Both men and women said clients or customers were the most common source of harassment, including 53 per cent of women and 42 per cent of men.The study also notes women are more likely to work in the health field, which involves a high degree of interaction with the public.Overall, those in the health field — including nurses and doctors — had a 23 per cent probability of reporting harassment, including 27 per cent of women and 21 per cent of men.In contrast, those in natural and applied sciences — such as engineers and computer and information system professionals — had a 9 per cent probability of reporting harassment.Researchers also linked workplace harassment to workplace well-being, such as job dissatisfaction and level of motivation.Women who reported harassment were three times more likely to say they were unhappy with their job, at 14 per cent, than those who did not. Similar results were found for men.Harassment by a supervisor or manager was also associated with more negative effects on workplace well-being than harassment by someone else.The study also linked workplace harassment to personal well-being, with 18 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women who reported incidents saying they had poor mental health, compared to 6 per cent of men and 8 per cent of women who had not been harassed.Other findings include:-After clients or customers, the next most common source of harassment for men was their supervisor or manager at 39 per cent. Among women, it was colleagues and peers at 34 per cent;-13 per cent of women and 10 per cent of men reported having experienced verbal abuse;-6 per cent of women and 5 per cent of men reported experiencing humiliating behaviour;-Men and women were equally likely to report having experienced threats in the workplace, at 3 per cent.-About 4 per cent of women and less than 1 per cent of men reported having experienced sexual harassment or unwanted sexual attention in the workplace;-About 3 per cent of women reported having experienced physical violence, versus about 1 per cent of men.last_img read more

Kolkata to experience evening showers rainy Holi expected

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted light to moderate rainfall in various South Bengal districts including the city particularly during evening hours in the next 48 hours.The MeT department on Saturday said that there will be scattered rainfall in the city and also in some parts of South Bengal in the next two days due to the impact of a collision between Western disturbances and a wind that is blowing towards the Western direction. Western disturbances are low-pressure waves that travel from West to the East across the plains. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a senior MeT department official, there may be thundershowers coupled with strong breeze in some districts including West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. “An impact of the Western disturbances and a wind that moves towards the East direction may trigger light to moderate rainfall in the city. “Various South Bengal districts may receive light to moderate rainfall while some others will witness lightning and thunderstorms. The city may witness rains during the evening hours bringing the mercury down by a few notches,” a MeT official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOne or two moderate spells over the city are possible during the coming two to three days until March 18. Thereafter, there is likely to be a break in rains. However, once again, on March 20 and 21, some on and off showers may make an appearance over the city of Kolkata. It may be mentioned here that people in the city and other South Bengal districts have started experiencing comparatively hot weather conditions in the past few days as the mercury has begun to soar up.last_img read more

Do Toothless Offenses Like The Bengals Ever Recover

1973OAK22.914.024.426.1-1.7 2006OAK10.53.011.618.1-6.5 2000DET19.214.519.920.1-0.2 2001SEA20.06.022.021.1+0.9 All is not lost here for the Bengals. Eight of those teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two games actually went on to score more on average in their remaining games than they did in the previous year. But all of these gains were modest, in many cases less than a point. The biggest rebounders were the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers, who averaged 16.6 points in 1989, failed to score an offensive TD in Weeks 1 and 2, and then averaged 19.3 points for the rest of the year. The news is less rosy when you look at three most recent examples: The 2016 L.A. Rams, the 2006 Oakland Raiders and the 2006 Tampa Bay Bucs. The inauspicious starts for these three were a dark omen for what was to come. The trio combined to go 10-38.The hope of modest gains isn’t much for Bengals fans to cling to. This team was expecting its offense, which ranked 24th in the NFL last year, to get much better — not to plateau or fall off a cliff. Since history tells us to expect that teams in the Bengals’ position will score an average of three fewer points per game than they did in the previous season, and Cincinnati scored 20.3 points per game last year, we’d expect the team to post about 17 points per game in 2017. In the 16-game era,1Not counting 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by strikes. teams that average between 16 and 18 points per game are 871-1,635-6 for a .348 winning percentage that translates to between five and six projected wins this year for the Bengals.Of course, the Bengals could have just run into hot defenses in their first two games, against the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. But even the great 1985 Bears gave up 22 offensive touchdowns that season, or 1.4 per game. Getting shut out from paydirt in two straight games is epic futility no matter who you’re facing. Cincinnati might pin Week 2’s offensive fiasco on the fact that is was playing a Thursday night game on short rest, but that likely had no effect given that in games through Week 2 since 2014, teams have actually averaged more points per game on Thursdays (23.3) than in the season as a whole (22.6).Some expressed worries that the Bengals’ attack would suffer after the team let 35-year-old Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth leave for the Rams in free agency, but the Bengals attempted to compensate for the loss by picking up even more skill players in the draft. Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis selected world-class sprinter John Ross to be a game-changing deep threat with the ninth overall pick. And in the second round, the club added 226-pound running back Joe Mixon, who ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.And those players were added to a mix that already included three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton, perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green and one of the league’s most efficient scorers in tight end Tyler Eifert, who since 2000 has the third most touchdowns per catch (minimum 20 touchdowns) among tight ends. The team has 11 offensive players who are home-grown first- or second-round draft picks.All of which makes the offense’s ineptitude even more perplexing. Which explains why the team took drastic measures: This is the first time in the Bengals’ 50-year history, all of which has been spent under the guidance of the Brown family, that an offensive coordinator has been fired during the season.But the bigger issue may be Dalton, who currently ranks last in the NFL in QBR with a rating of just 10. The league average QBR through Week 2 is 49; last year, Dalton’s was 52.3. There have even been rumblings about benching Dalton, including from a former NFL Executive of the Year.Either way, Cincy has no excuses this week — at least, that is, no excuses for not scoring a touchdown. The Bengals are in Green Bay facing a Packer defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed per play through Week 2 after finishing 28th in 2016.But perhaps the Bengals can look to one of their NFC counterparts for offensive inspiration. The Bengals were the 24th team to go through their first two games without scoring an offensive TD, but the 25th team, this year’s San Francisco 49ers, joined the club just a few days later. After a fortnight of grim, incompetent offense, Brian Hoyer and the Niners exploded for five touchdowns and 39 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams.Then again, when it’s only Week 3 and you are already trying to emulate the feats of the Niners, something has gone terribly wrong. 1988CLE19.04.521.126.0-4.9 YEARTEAMFULL YEARGAMES 1-2REST OF YEARPRIOR YEARDIFF AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME 2004TAM18.88.020.318.8+1.5 Teams that started like the Bengals didn’t rebound wellHow the 22 past teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in Weeks 1 and 2 fared over the rest of the season, compared to the season prior 2006TAM13.21.514.918.8-3.9 1978BAL14.90.017.021.1-4.1 1990PIT18.311.519.316.6+2.7 2001WAS16.01.518.117.6+0.5 1996TAM13.84.515.114.9+0.2 Excluding the 1976 Tampa Bay team, which was in its first year as a franchiseSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1985BUF12.56.013.415.6-2.2 1977TAM7.43.08.18.9-0.8 1985PHI17.93.020.017.4+2.6 1970NOR12.31.514.122.2-8.1 1982KAN19.614.021.221.4-0.2 1977BUF11.43.012.817.5-4.7 1975NOR11.81.513.511.9+1.6 1974PHI17.38.018.922.1-3.3 1990NOR17.17.518.518.8-0.3 The Bengals entered this year as playoff contenders with a retooled offense that was considered one of the fastest units in the NFL. But two games into the season, they’ve kicked three field goals. And that’s it, that’s all the points the team has scored. Cincinnati’s inability to score a touchdown in its first two games (both losses) has led to the quick dismissal of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese in his 15th season with the team.It may not sound like that big a deal to be held without a touchdown for the first two games of the season, but going back to 1970, this has only happened 15 times prior to 2017. Another eight teams registered only a return touchdown, failing to score with their offense.The 23 teams that got left at the starting gate should not give Bengals fans much confidence in this year’s unit. These offenses would go on to average 17 points per game for the remainder of the season. If you include the two clunkers each team had in Weeks 1 and 2, the group finished the season with a paltry 15.6 points per game. When compared to their previous season’s scoring output, teams — not counting the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an expansion team and so did not have a previous season — declined by an average of three points. 2016LAR14.04.515.417.5-2.1 1997IND19.68.021.319.8+1.5 read more

Ohio State defense ready to showcase improved skills against Navy

Then-sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) tackles a player during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorWith the first game of the 2014 season only days away, the Buckeyes are just recovering from one of the biggest overhauls of the offseason.Not only have they lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the year because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, but they’ve also seen a turnover at two defensive coaching positions — former co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers left for the head coaching position at James Madison University and former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel took a job with the Houston Texans as their linebackers coach.Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson were brought in to overhaul a defense that gave up a combined 115 points in its final three games last season, and the players have responded to the new defensive style.Ash was brought in after one season as defensive coordinator at Arkansas while Johnson was a member of the Penn State coaching staff for 18 years before joining Meyer’s crew in Columbus.“I think that the scheme change — playing a more aggressive defense — it’s a little bit easier to grasp and has helped us a lot,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said.Perry said the new aggressive style of play particularly helps the linebackers better play to their skill sets.“We have got some of those guys who played safety in high school. Kind of the hybrid guys who are a little bit lighter and they can hit which is really important,” Perry said. “We have got some of the other guys like (freshman Raekwon McMillan) and (senior Curtis Grant) and myself, who are a little bit of the bigger guys who can still run and cover.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said the new scheme has also helped out a secondary that let up an average of 378 yards passing in its final three games last season.“I am very excited,” Reeves said of the new defense. “Playing bump-and-run and playing physical, being able to use our skills — you got (redshirt-freshman Eli Apple), (redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley), (who are) big long corners, then you got me and (senior Doran Grant) that are really strong and really know how to manhandle the wide receivers.”Coach Urban Meyer said the corner position opposite Doran Grant is still up for grabs heading into the first game against Navy.“The other corner, it’s Eli and Gareon. They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign,” Meyer said. “They’ll both play.”Then-sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves prepares for a play during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoReeves said while the two young players continue to fight for playing time, they each have distinctive skills.“They both bring a different type of style to their game, but that’s what makes them special,” he said. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The new style of play is set to be tested against an uncommon offensive scheme with Navy, a team that runs a triple-option wishbone look which features the quarterback and wing backs in a run-heavy style offense.While playing against such an unusual offense would normally be a tough challenge, Perry said having the entire offseason to practice for it has helped.“The really good thing for us is we have had all camp to prepare,” Perry said. “Whereas you would come in on a typical game week and you really only have four or five days to prepare.”The attitude and toughness that comes with playing against a U.S. military academy is something the Buckeye defense have also been preparing for, Perry said.“That is something we talked about in meetings today. These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless,” he said. “They are trained to be relentless all the time. We know that we have to go full go the whole game.”The Buckeyes are set to play Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more