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first_imgFierce debate over the government’s advice on property viewings and home moves has erupted once again after agents in the Somerset town of Weston-super-Mare complained to local authorities about a rival who, they claim, has been conducting viewings.Two agents, who wish to remain anonymous, approached The Negotiator to claim that Ashley Leahy, who runs an eponymous estate agency in the town, has been seen attending property viewings with potential buyers on several occasions.Guidance from Propertymark is explicit on the subject, saying: “Under the current public health guidance in-person viewings are not permitted and should be delayed.”But official guidance is also clear – it says that although people who want to put their properties on the market can proceed, as long as no one visits their home including agents or buyers,  and if they receive offers move to exchange of contract.The grey area is empty or vacant properties – which the official guidance suggests can be visited for viewings and surveys, but it’s not clear whether this is for homes already on the market prior to the lockdown, or new listings.The Negotiator asked Ashley to comment about the claims. He said: “There have been a few viewings that we have done on vacant properties.“We have gone to the property in question, opened the door and then let the people go around on their own. This was permitted because I felt that there was absolutely no risk to them or us.  I am absolutely certain that other agents in the town have also done this.”Trading standardsLeahy was reported to North Somerset Borough Council trading standards who earlier this week contacted him to discuss the claims.“I can confirm that following a complaint we contacted the proprietor of Ashley Leahy Estate Agents and advised him that he shouldn’t be trading,” a spokesperson told The Negotiator.“We reminded him of the business closure regulations and sent him the current government guidance specific to estate agents.“He advised us that his business is closed and that he wouldn’t conduct house viewings or on-site valuations until the restrictions are lifted.”Ashley Leahy Estate Agents operates from a residential address in the town and offers fixed-fee sales starting at £995.Read more about vacant properties viewings.Weston-on-Supermare Ashley Leahy North Somerset May 1, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentMatteo Donna, Alex & Matteo Estate Agents Alex & Matteo Estate Agents 1st May 2020 at 9:07 amI am not justifying Mr Leahy however It is so sad that in a moment like this there are estate agents that instead to get closer and support each other, bad mouth others competitors.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Arguments erupt in Somerset over vacant property viewings by estate agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleArguments erupt in Somerset over vacant property viewings by estate agentSeveral agents in Weston-super-Mare have claimed that a rival is conducting viewings in contravention of Ministry of Housing and Propertymark guidance.Nigel Lewis1st May 20201 Comment15,298 Viewslast_img read more


first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: contract View post tag: Naval USA: Raytheon Gets USD 18.34 Million MK15 Phalanx Close-In-Weapon System Contract July 22, 2011 View post tag: MK15 View post tag: Close-In-Weapon View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: gets View post tag: system View post tag: 18.34 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Raytheon Gets USD 18.34 Million MK15 Phalanx Close-In-Weapon System Contract View post tag: Raytheon Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded an $18,346,000 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-07-C-5437) for engineering and technical services in support of the MK15 Phalanx Close-In-Weapon System. The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is a fast reaction terminal defense against low- and high-flying, high-speed maneuvering anti-ship missile threats that have penetrated all other ships’ defenses.  The Phalanx Close-In Weapon System is an integral element of the fleet defense in-depth concept and the Ship Self-Defense Program.  Operating either autonomously or integrated with a combat system, it is an automatic terminal defense weapon system designed to detect, track, engage, and destroy anti-ship missile threats penetrating other defense envelopes.  The Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems are installed on approximately 187 Navy ships and used by more than 20 foreign militaries.  This modification will be incrementally funded in the amount of $11,625,546 at time of award.  After award of this modification, the total estimated contract value will be $197,548,604.  This contract combines purchases for the United States government (82 percent), and the governments of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan (18 percent combined) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by April 2012.  Contract funds in the amount of $1,547,225 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, July 22, 2011; View post tag: million Equipment & technology View post tag: Phalanx Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgDavid Fanning, executive producer of “Frontline,” will be recognized with this year’s Goldsmith Career Award for his distinguished broadcast journalism career by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy today (March 23) at the Harvard Kennedy School. He will receive the award at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.Fanning began his filmmaking career as a young journalist in South Africa. He came to the United States in 1973 and began producing and directing documentaries for KOCE, a public television station in California. In 1977, he came to WGBH Boston to start the international documentary series “World.”In 1982, Fanning developed “Frontline.” Its signature has been to combine good reporting with good filmmaking. In 2010, after 27 seasons and more than 530 films, “Frontline” is currently America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television and has won every major award for broadcast journalism.In 2001, Fanning’s determination to bring more foreign stories to American audiences led to the creation of “Frontline/World,” a television magazine-style series of programs designed to encourage a new, younger generation of producers and reporters. The emphasis has been on bringing a largely unreported world to viewers through a series of journeys and encounters. Fanning has said that he sees it as a prototype for the future, and a place to build a community of enterprising journalists.With Fanning’s encouragement, one the singular achievements of “Frontline” has been its embrace of the Internet. Starting in 1995, the show put interviews, documents, and additional editorial materials on the Web, and the series created some of the first deep-content editorial Web sites in history. “Frontline” made its journalism transparent and had a major influence on the nature and content of the show’s broadcast journalism. In 2010, more than 85 hours of full-length documentaries are streamed on the series Web site, which receives 55 million page views annually.last_img read more


first_imgThe Shirt committee unveiled its design for its 31st installment of the long tradition Friday, April 17.The committee had originally planned to reveal the design at a celebratory event on Library quad in the spring. Instead, the group debuted the final product virtually, utilizing its Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube account.Courtesy of Jennifer Paul and The Shirt committee In a video posted to its Facebook page, the committee released special footage of its members revealing the design.In an article posted on The Shirt’s official website, head of public relations Max Perry said, “This year’s design of The Shirt is intended to capture the experience of a Notre Dame game day. To accomplish this, we wanted the front of The Shirt to contain elements familiar to the Notre Dame community.”On the front of the shirt “Irish” is spelled out in a Celtic-styled font, “in reference to the mascot, gameday traditions such as the bagpipe band, and the 2020 season opener in Ireland,” the article said.In the middle of the letter “s” rests a circular window of the Golden Dome.“The goal for the back of The Shirt was to depict the excitement of game days at Notre Dame and the immense amount of loyalty that the fans show for Notre Dame football,” Perry said in the article.The committee chose to highlight the kickoff in depicting game day excitement. The kicker wears the number 31, in honor of the 31st year of The Shirt.“We also gave the kicker a green jersey, traditionally worn for special games,” the article said.The left ticket features seat number 1842, referencing the year Notre Dame was founded, and the right ticket features the student section cheering during kickoff, but also represents a similar motion performed at the end of the alma mater. The seat number 1887 represents the first year of Notre Dame football.“The phrase ‘With unshakable spirit, we live out our legacy,’ captures both the passion that fans have for the team as well as the tradition of success that stands behind the Notre Dame football program,” the article said.The Shirt is available to purchase on the Hammes Bookstore website.Tags: Notre Dame football, The Shirt, The Shirt 2020last_img read more


first_img View Comments The much-buzzed about Dear Evan Hansen began Broadway previews this week and immediately broke into our top five shows by capacity list. Bringing in a solid $804,291 over seven performances, we’re expecting the early Tony frontrunner to go from strength to strength in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the perennial favorites, Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon all made the top five by gross. On the other end of the spectrum, In Transit, also in previews, took home the least of any show on Broadway with $238,222, although it is in the smallest house. The a cappella tuner will be looking to word of mouth and good reviews to build its audience moving forward.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 20:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,454,656)2. The Lion King ($1,812,204)3. Wicked ($1,481,062)4. Aladdin ($1,356,518)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,326,359)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Heisenberg ($426,167)4. The Color Purple ($396,147)3. The Cherry Orchard ($309,281)2. The Encounter ($239,584)1. In Transit ($238,222)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.38%)2. Hamilton (101.74%)3. The Lion King (98.25%)4. Dear Evan Hansen (98.08%)*5. Aladdin (96.53%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. On Your Feet! (66.55%)4. Kinky Boots (66.15%)3. The Color Purple (62.62%)2. Fiddler on the Roof (60.61%)1. The Encounter (55.48%)* Number based on seven preview performances** Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway League Ben Platt & Rachel Bay Jones in ‘Dear Evan Hansen'(Photo: Matthew Murphy)last_img read more


first_img Only patients with 10 medical conditions, such as HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and cancer, qualify for the medical marijuana certificates given by physicians registered with the New York State Department of Health. The doctors have to undergo a four-hour training course and pay a $249 fee. As of this week 409 patients have signed up in New York and 302 doctors have registered.Despite the restrictions and the slow implementation of the program, state Assemb. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), who has been sponsoring medical marijuana legislation for almost two decades, remains optimistic.“I would say the glass is three-quarters full, which is pretty good in life,” he said. “Ultimately the law, even as currently written, is going to provide important relief for thousands and thousands of seriously ill patients. I think it could work a whole lot better and serve a lot more patients in need if some of the restrictions the governor insisted on can be changed.”In the current legislative session, the Assemblyman has introduced some amendments to address these concerns.“We’re still going to be working to fill the glass,” he told the Press. “I’ve always believed that on this issue the general public is way ahead of a lot of elected officials.”Advocates for the law hope the health commissioner will exercise his leeway to include at least five more qualifying serious medical conditions and allow doctors to more easily participate in the program. The dispensaries are also on a tight watch to prevent abuse. That intense scrutiny applies to the dispensaries’ suppliers too, noted Gottfried. These producers have to use their own trucks and drivers—not Federal Express, for example—and each truck has to be outfitted like an armored bank truck with its own safe to keep the product locked up. When one driver stops for coffee, another has to remain in the truck at all times.“You would think they’re delivering plutonium,” observed Gottfried.Gottfried disagrees with the health department’s insistence that the list of approved doctors be kept secret.“I don’t think there is any legal justification for doing that,” he said. “The department ought to put it on its website.”Although there’s no publicly available list of certified physicians, Columbia Care maintains its own list it can supply prospective patients. Potential patients, who are battling debilitating illnesses, are also struggling with the restrictions.Before they can receive treatment, patients have to locate a physician who has been approved by the state to issue a prescription. In many cases, their primary care doctor may not even know who they can turn to.“We’ve gotten literally dozens and dozens of calls from patients every day really frustrated and angry that they’re not able to enroll in the program because they can’t find a physician,” said Julie Netherland, a director at the Drug Policy Alliance, which runs the Compassionate Care coalition of patients and caregivers and was involved in lobbying for the bill.“It is a fairly narrow and restrictive program,” she told the Press. “You can see that there are huge areas of the state that are not well served and Long Island is one of them. It’s a big area and only two are slated to open. The very people who qualify for the program are some of the sickest and most disabled folks in New York for whom travel can be really difficult and burdensome.”She said it’s very hard to know how many patients would want to participate in the program, especially considering the limited number of qualifying conditions. One of the five dispensary companies licensed to supply the product in New York told Netherland that they estimated 400,000 to 500,000 patients but “I don’t know how accurate that is.”Patients who qualify have to pay for it out of pocket because medical marijuana is not covered under any health insurance plans. The dispensaries have the option to price the product on a sliding scale in order to subsidize those patients who couldn’t otherwise afford the prescription. The drugs cost between $100-$300.The drug is taken orally, for now. They expect to roll out vapor and pills in the near future.“Somebody who wants to use marijuana for recreational purposes in New York does not need to go through this whole health department process to get access to it,” said Gottried. “You can go to almost any street corner. You don’t have to register your name and address with the state if you’re interested in smoking a joint.”On Long Island, Bloomfield Industries Inc. is opening a dispensary at 2001 Marcus Ave., Suite NI, in Lake Success. Columbia Care runs the dispensary at 1333 East Main St. in Riverhead.“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for patients and physicians to really examine and take advantage of a new form of health care,” Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita told the Press inside the facility Friday morning.Vita said about 15 patients have scheduled appointments as of Thursday evening. Over next several weeks it will transition to regular business as opposed to strictly appointment based.“The goal for us is to make sure no one ever comes and leaves empty handed,” Vita said. “If they want medicine, they should be able to get medicine, and that’s something we have the ability to do.”The facility does not have any signs or markings outside indicating it’s a medical marijuana dispensary. Inside, it’s decorated with succulents and retro furniture.Columbia Care has four facilities statewide, which is the max under the law. They’re in Riverhead, Manhattan, Plattsburgh and Rochester.But New Yorkers won’t have the same options patients in other states have.“There are lots of restrictions on the kinds of medical marijuana that are available in New York that don’t apply to other states,” said Netherland, noting that other states permit smokables, edibles, patches and lotions, as well as dozens of different strains. “That’s important because physicians and patients want the flexibility to be able to match a therapeutic strain to a particular set of symptoms. In New York there are only five strains or brands being allowed for each company. So if you go into a dispensary, you’re going to have a fairly limited selection.“We all want to see a well-regulated system,” said Netherland. “The problem is that you have to balance that regulation with patient access.” She thinks the state has tipped the balance too far.“My hope is that as the program rolls out,” Netherland said, “the state will realize that it doesn’t need all the restrictions that it’s put into place and will really change the program in a way that allows the patients to get the medicine they need more easily.”—With Rashed Mian Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ittle by little, New York is finally joining 22 other states plus Washington, D.C., in offering medical marijuana to qualified patients at tightly regulated dispensaries that are slowly opening across the Empire State. All told, there will be 20 when the program is fully operational. Two facilities are set to open Friday on Long Island, one in Riverhead and the other at Lake Success.Like Minnesota, New York’s stipulations are very restrictive, permitting the dispensaries to sell the drug only in oils and tinctures—not in smokable or edible form—compared to other states that have legalized medical marijuana.“Our goal is to ensure that New Yorkers have access to the treatment they need through a controlled, regulated process,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a press release when the law passed in 2014 as part of the Compassionate Care Act.last_img read more


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first_imgSenegalese-American singer Akon, whose Akon Lighting Africa initiative aims to bring electricity to some of the 600 million Africans who lack it, announced on Thursday the launch of a new “Solar Academy” for the continent.Akon, 42, made the announcement at the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York.The project is one of the many under the Senegalese-American’s Akon Lighting Africa initiative, which was launched in 2014 to bring solar electricity power to 600 million Africans that currently live off the grid.The “Solar Academy,” will open this summer in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The academy will aim to teach people how to instal and maintain solar-powered electricity systems as well as micro grids, “which are really taking off in rural Africa”, Akon Lighting Africa said.The academy will teach solar engineers how to install and maintain solar panels and “micro-grids,” small electrical grids that provide power to a very limited region , harnessing the 320 days of sunshine that most parts of Africa receive annually.“Micro-grids” are increasingly popular in rural Africa, where conventional, large-scale power infrastructure is unavailable.When Akon is not singing or producing music, he is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it.The Senegalese-American celebrity is the latest participant in what some have deemed a “solar revolution” that’s bringing the alternative energy source to the impoverished but sun-rich continent.Akon Lighting Africa is now present in 14 African countries and has provided solar power to more than 1 million households by subsidizing the cost of installation for consumers keen on replacing kerosene with solar energy.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqoIQFfuvYElast_img read more


first_imgThe SLS 5th Grade Boys Basketball team opened their season on Tuesday, October 24th with a 33-17 loss to St. Mary’s – Vernon.The Cardinals were lead in scoring by Ben Miller with 10 points.  Henry Wanstrath finished with 5 points, and Sam Laloge rounded out the scoring with 2 points.‘All the boys gave great effort, didn’t give up, and supported each other throughout the game!’ Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.last_img


first_imgThe 20-lap IMCA Modified main was the nightcap of the evening’s racing.  Only four points separated Tim Ward and Joel Rust for the track title.  Rust led all of those 20 laps on his way to the win. Ward trailed as distant runner-up. Ward is the 2019 track champion. A slight bobble in turn four nearly cost Meyer the win, but he regained control and flew under the checkers first. Damon Murty, who uncharacteristically lost control on lap 10 and went over the top of turn four, rejoined the field at the tail, and recovered to finish in second place. Jeff Wollam, whose late father was honored earlier, finished third. Steve Meyer was crowned the 2019 track champion in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car class.  Meyer had a 22-point lead over Todd Reitzler going into the night.  Meyer led the field to green and shot to the lead in the 18-lap main event.  Reitzler gained the top spot on lap two and then set sail on a quest for the checkers. Leah Wroten had the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track title wrapped up before the race began, leading by 40 points.  It also appeared that she won the 15-lap feature race, but that was not the case.  Wroten led all laps but when she got into Kaden Reynolds as they approached the checkers, spinning him out, she was penalized for the contact and the victory was awarded to Jacob Floyd. This was Floyd’s first time ever to win at the Marshalltown Speedway.  Jake McBirnie kept his point lead in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature, winning the track crown and also added to his quest in the hunt for the national title in the division with a feature win. McBirnie spanked the field, leading all 18 laps and winning by more than half a lap. Reitzler’s vision of a victory evaporated on lap 12 when he found himself in spin mode, bringing out a yellow, and sending him to tag the field. This returned Meyer as captain of the ship which he held to the checkers.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (Aug. 23) – It was the Larry Wollam Season Championship night on Friday at the Marshalltown Speedway where family, friends, and fans celebrated the man who was such an inspiration to the track and racing in general.  It was the 20th anniversary of the passing of Wollam, who had been a racer, promoter, and big supporter of the speedway. By Joyce Eiselelast_img read more