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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks quadruples annual revenues to £18.5m previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks quadruples annual revenues to £18.5m445 per cent uplift in income for the year to 30th April came as, “Customers are increasingly being won over to our hybrid model.”18th May 20160559 Views The figures are fabulous, the hype is huge, but is Purplebricks too good to be true?Purplebricks may be one of the UK’s youngest estate agents but it is certainly going down a storm with investors. Having listed on the Aim market in December its shares have gone up by 62 per cent.It claims to be the fastest growing estate agent in the UK and has just launched in Scotland. Purplebricks says it takes just 14 days on average, to sell a home, or six days, on average, to let a property. It also claims to save sellers an average of £4158.With a reported 6,941 listings on its website, compared with 6,869 for Foxtons, (according to the FT) it is certainly making massive inroads to the UK property scene.Michael Bruce, Chief Executive, said, “With solid underpinnings, momentum and the size of the market opportunity, we are confident in proving the business model and delivering value for all of our shareholders.”However, nobody seems to be saying how many properties they have actually sold or let, which, even if they say revenues are impressive at £18.5 million, the sales and lets must be a key set of figures.If the instruction fee of £798 for a sale is all that sellers need to pay, (for simplicity – leaving lettings out of the equation) they would have sold 23,182 homes, which would be impressive, but maybe unlikely. If just half of sellers took the extra ‘service’ of a For Sale board, that would reduce the sales number to 21,561, which still seems incredible. However, the website doesn’t divulge the extra cost for the mandatory EPC or for viewings, which could make a significant difference to the calculation.In a recent interview with The Negotiator magazine, Michael Bruce (left) said that Purplebricks is a hybrid agency, not to be included with the standard online newcomers, “I think we’re very different from the other online agents,” he says. “From our perspective we’ve invested massively in technology and in people whereas the other online and non-traditional competitors haven’t quite done the same.”But they are still cagey about the current state of play. Anthony Codling, analyst at Jefferies, said that the number of homes sold or let was an important omission. “The valuation suggests that Purplebricks is the darling of the stock market and that investors expect the challenger to be successful in its challenge to the traditional UK estate agency model. However, before we pass judgement we would like to know how many homes it has helped sell.”Purplebricks charges a fixed £798 (up by 20 per cent from £665 in January 2014) plus value added tax, or £1,158 plus VAT in Greater London, chargeable whether or not a home is sold. And, of course, that fee is payable whether or not they sell the property, a factor which could make a significant difference to the numbers of homes sold or let.hybrid agency Purplebricks annual revenues Purplebricks fastest growing agency May 18, 2016The 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


first_imgThe 33rd annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet took place April 9. At the banquet, multiple awards were distributed, celebrating a range of student achievement and involvement on campus.  Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, activities and events, said although her office hosted the banquet, a number of different organizations gave out awards. “The first ones are those given by the [student] government and Hall President’s Council,” Kennedy said. These awards included the Irish Clover Award, which honors two community members — students, faculty, staff or administrators — for service to the student body. This year’s Irish Clover Award was bestowed to staff assistant Kim Miller and senior Corey Gayheart. The Frank O’Malley Award, which is awarded annually to a faculty member for “outstanding service to the students of the Notre Dame community,” was given to assistant Program of Liberal Studies professor Jennifer Newsome Martin. The Michael J. Palumbo Award, which honors a student for “outstanding service and dedication to the student union,” was awarded to senior Dan Hopkinson. The Office of Student Affairs also awarded a series of prizes. These awards included the the Rev. A. Leonard Collins, CSC, Award, which was awarded to senior Bethany Boggess. The award is given to a senior who ”has expended substantial personal effort to advance the interests of students at Notre Dame,” according to the Division of Student Affairs website.The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award, was awarded to senior Deborah Bineza. The Student Affairs website said the Hesburgh award is bestowed every year upon a senior who has focused on furthering inclusion efforts within the Notre Dame community.Senior Richard Klee received the Sister Jean Lenz, OSF Leadership Award, which is annually given to a “post-baccalaureate student who has displayed leadership in promoting a more diverse, inclusive campus community for students.”The Blessed Basil Moreau, CSC, Leadership Award, which honors a senior ”who embodies Fr. Moreau’s vision of educating both the heart and mind, and who has demonstrated significant effort to advance the Catholic character of the University,” was awarded to senior Joe Crowley.The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, which was awarded to senior and class of 2019 salutatorian Annelise Gill-Wiehl, “annually honors a student who exemplifies the ideals of Notre Dame through outstanding volunteer service beyond the University community.”Senior Alyssa Ngo received the Mike Russo Spirit Award, which is bestowed each year to an “outstanding undergraduate student who exemplifies the qualities for which Mike Russo was known, including service, personal character and those who strive to bring about the best in themselves and others.”The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, which honors a graduating senior for “leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith and affinity for athletics,” was awarded to senior Shannon Hendricks.The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism was awarded to senior Juan Jose Rodriguez.The Student Activities office also awards the Student Leadership Award every year, Kennedy said.“It’s meant to be given to students who got involved and impacted campus in a variety of ways,” she said. “So it’s not like some of the named ones are really specific to students who have done service, or specifically to students who’ve made great impact in terms of making Notre Dame a more diverse and welcoming environment. So ours are more broad, and we receive nominations from students and staff and we select 10 that we award to students.”The nomination for a Student Leadership Award can come from either a student or staff member and student can be nominated for a diverse level of work and engagement on campus. The 10 recipients of the Student Leadership Awards this year were seniors Clare Cunningham, Sarah Morris, Kayah St. Gerard, Prathm Juneja, Anusha Jain, Maureen Schweninger, Nicholas Martinez, Charles Trense, Nohemi Toledo and Andrea Tong. Jain, a recipient of the award from Lyons Hall, said she believes she received the award due to her involvement in dorm life as well as programing and planning events as part of the Student Union Board. She said she was surprised to receive the award.“I was surprised, because the [nomination was] not in my hands,” she said. “It makes you feel very valued, which is something I feel that the University does really well.” Jain, an international student, plans to start work in industry somewhere abroad next year. “I’m going into industry — 16 years of school is enough for me,” she said. “I’m probably going to go abroad, either to the Middle East, or back to India and work there for a couple years and then see where that goes. Maybe come back for a Master’s.”Jain also had an idea of the kind of work she wanted to get involved with. “I’m usually looking for something that front-end and client-based,” Jain said. “With my experience in Student Union and dorm life and stuff like that, I am better at face-value. Like when you put me in front of someone, I perform better than if I would on paper.” Martinez was another recipient of a Student Leadership award. He has worked in a variety of areas during his time on-campus.“I like to think that I tried to make every moment count,” Martinez said. “Most recently I’ve been the vice president of The Shirt Project.”Martinez said he has also been heavily involved with SAO and dorm life. He said it feel great to be recognized for something about his time at Notre Dame which he so deeply cared about. “It’s incredible, it’s really nice to be recognized for all of my different involvements at [Notre Dame],” he said.  Martinez will be moving to California after graduation to work in healthcare.“I move out to San Francisco in July. I’m going to be working as a healthcare consultant and patient advocate in San Francisco,” he said.  One recipient, Cunningham, couldn’t attend the awards ceremony due to the schedule of her ROTC training. However, she said she thinks it was her involvement in the ROTC program that got her nominated for the award. She said she didn’t know a lot about the award beforehand, but appreciated the attention it would bring to her program. “It’s really nice for [the ROTC program] to get extra visibility, because I think a lot of people just see the uniforms and marching and that’s it,” she said. “I think a lot more of what we do is leadership training and service.”  Next year, Cunningham will be entering a pilot training program. Toledo was also heavily involved in campus life. “I am an intern in Campus Ministry … I worked specifically in multicultural ministry,” she said. “So I would plan all the events there that would happens like Día De Los Muertos or like Spanish Mass. So that kind of like got me involved in little things on campus and stuff.”Toledo also said she was part of the Notre Dame’s dual-degree program with Saint Mary’s and involved in a number of Latino student clubs. She said she found it nice to be recognized, though she did not expect to receive the award. “I don’t really expect recognition with what I’m involved with and with what I help [with], and just doing the things that I love on campus, so that was really surprising,” Toledo said. “It was nice, though. It was nice to know that people are like acknowledging what I’m doing and recognizing that I’m putting full energy into the things that I do.” Next year, Toledo plans to work in Honduras.“In August, I’ll be  moving to Honduras for a year and a half to teach in an orphanage,” Toledo said. “I’m really excited, I think it’ll be a nice break just between the next thing that I’ll do.” Tags: 2019 Student leadership awards banquet, Commencement 2019, Hall of the year awards, hall president’s council, Office of Student Activities, Student Affairs Office, Student Government awards, student leadership awardslast_img read more


first_img The record box office triumph garnered a congratulatory statement from Phantom producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, in which they called The Lion King, “The Pride of Broadway.” “It’s difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show’s impact,” Disney Theatrical Productions honcho Thomas Schumacher told the AP. “Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their heart. And, to this day, that is the audience experience whether they see the show in Madrid, Appleton, Wisconsin, South Africa, Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud.” Related Shows View Comments Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King is the story of Simba, a young lion prince who idolizes his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands. He starts anew, but eventually, the weight of responsibility comes to find the adult prince. The score by Elton John and Tim Rice features the songs “The Circle of Life” and the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” The Julie Taymor-helmed production premiered in Minneapolis on July 13, 1997. Four months later, on November 13, the show celebrated its opening night on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. It went on to win six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. On June 13, 2006, the production moved to its current home at the Minskoff Theatre. The show has played 21 countries and has been translated into eight different languages. Over 140 million people have seen it across the world. The Lion King Long live the King! The Lion King is once again celebrating a massive milestone: the Tony-winning musical has taken over from The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing show of all time. According to the Associated Press, the box office receipts from Broadway, touring and international productions of the tuner now exceed $6.2 billion. from $75.00last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo October 15, 2010 Ministers met Thursday, 14 October, to outline NATO’s trajectory for the next decade, hoping to reach agreement on new policies on missile defense and cyberwar and on a mandate for global missions, despite the decrease in European military budgets. NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen is seeking contributions from member countries’ foreign and defense ministers in order to agree on a new NATO Strategic Concept – or declaration of intentions – at an alliance summit to be held on 19 and 20 November in Lisbon. “NATO’s core mission, to protect the 900 million citizens of NATO countries from attack, must never change – but it must be modern defense, against modern threats,” Rasmussen said. The Strategic Concept will define the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s central task of defending its territory and its commitment to collective defense, as well as the mandate for operations like the costly mission in Afghanistan. It will also underline the need to modernize national forces in order to confront twenty-first-century security threats, including cyberattacks and missiles, but it also encourages collaboration in order to make the best use of resources in times of budget cuts. The document will also ask NATO members to engage more actively with countries that are not members of the alliance. Rasmussen has underlined the importance of ties with countries such as Russia, India, China, Japan, and Australia. He also warned against excessive cuts in defense spending and pointed out that Washington will turn to other allies if Europe does not make the necessary efforts in security matters. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that he is concerned because the cuts in Europe could increase the pressure on an already-stretched American army. Great Britain is expected to cut ten percent from its budget of 36.9 billion pounds (58.4 billion dollars). Rasmussen and Gates will urge their allies to invest 200 million euros in linking their current missile-defense capabilities with the interceptors Washington is planning to deploy in Europe.last_img read more


first_img continue reading » Chapter 1 of this series considered the importance in establishing a specific goal to solve using data analytics and proving the ROI in order to justify automation and decisioning using business intelligence in a credit union. Chapter 1 also highlighted two real use cases of success credit unions have had using data analytics to solve real-world problems. According to a recent study conducted by Best Innovation Group (BIG) and OnApproach (now Trellance), 45 percent of credit unions don’t currently have a strategy in place, and those that do have a strategy still say it will take three to five years to implement. Credit unions that aren’t making the most of data analytics today could be in even bigger trouble if an economic downturn occurs, as some economists are forecasting. “As we go forward there will be a significant performance difference between those that have invested and those that have not,” says Kirk Kordeleski, senior managing partner at BIG. “We think any downturn in the economy will highlight the advantage that data-oriented FIs will have over their competitors.”How Much Will It CostThe survey revealed that more than half of the 85 credit unions surveyed have budgets in place for data analytics. Of those, one-third plan to spend more than $200,000, the other two-thirds plan to spend between $50k to $200k. In addition, credit unions need to consider on-going costs. A rough rule of thumb is that a CU with $500 million in assets should budget between $150,000 and $300,000 per year for three years to cover software/hardware, analytic applications, and strategy. Smaller credit unions can find some savings by relying on a CUSO to provide the analytics and associated services. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Home Affairs Ministry did not respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for commentTopics : Sixteen groups in Papua have voiced opposition over the potential continuation of its special autonomy (Otsus) status, with the transfer of Otsus funds from the central government set to end next year.Protesting under a movement called Petisi Rakyat Papua (Petition by Papuans), the groups also demanded a referendum to determine their own fate.The administration of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri passed a law on special autonomy in Papua and West Papua provinces to guarantee Papuans the right to manage their own region politically, economically and culturally. The law also stipulated the allocation of special autonomy funds, valid for 20 years. “Enough of the political compromises. We refuse the unilateral [deliberation of the bill] by the special House committee,” she said.The groups lambasted the Otsus for failing to bring about significant change in Papua and legitimizing colonialism.“Ever since before the Otsus until today, almost 20 years after the Otsus, racism toward Papuans, land grabbing, military operations, rights abuse, and social and economic inequality keep happening in Papua,” Papuan Students Alliance head John Gobay said.The government has allocated US$7.4 billion in Otsus funds to grow Papua’s economy. Despite the hefty budget, the National Development Planning Agency noted that Papua was home to almost a million impoverished people and over 6,000 underdeveloped villages. Papua and West Papua also has the lowest human development index in the country, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).A researcher on Papua studies at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisah Putri Budiatri, said expressions of opposition to the special autonomy status occurred in 2005 and 2010 when Papuans symbolically returned the system to the government.“Besides its perceived inability to address the problems in Papua, the special autonomy has weak legitimacy as the deliberation did not include all parties such as the pro-Papuan independence group,” Aisah told the Post.She added that while the Otsus law was pretty comprehensive as it included regulations related to human rights violations in Papua, there had been a lack of results.“For example, the government has yet to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR), as stipulated in the law,” she said.Jayapura city secretary Frans Pekey said that, before deliberation over extending the Otsus law, there should be a thorough evaluation of it and how it had been implemented to determine whether it was effective.“If it is shown to have failed, we should evaluate and revise it through the existing mechanism. Let’s be realistic, Papua is still a part of Indonesia and Papuans need education, health care and other basic infrastructure to thrive,” he said.Mandabayang said, however, neither the special autonomy law nor a developmental approach was a solution to racism toward Papuans.In January, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian urged the House to immediately deliberate the bill as he argued the special autonomy fund would accelerate Papua’s development and help resolve the issues of discrimination in the province.The ministry’s regional autonomy director general Akmal Malik did not respond to the Post’s queries on Tuesday regarding the recent protests against the continuation of special autonomy status.LIPI’s Papua Research Team has since 2009 analyzed the root causes of the conflict in Papua, determining that it all stems from the marginalization and discrimination of indigenous Papuans, development failures, disputes over political identity, the annexation of Papua and violence against Papuans.“As of today, the government has yet to use dialogue to address the issues in Papua. With the deadline to end special autonomy funds getting closer, now is the time for the President to carry out dialogue to rebuild the trust that leads to reconciliation in Papua,” Aisah said.center_img As the transfer of funds will end in 2021, the House of Representatives has included deliberation of Papua’s special autonomy status in this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.“The House proposed the bill without discussing it with indigenous Papuans, who are the subject of the bill. Papuans are the ones who get to determine whether they want a second phase of special autonomy or independence,” Victor Yeimo, National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) spokesperson and one of the petition’s initiator, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The executive director of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Markus Haluk, said that even though the ULMWP already had a petition bearing the signatures of 1.8 million Papuans who demanded a referendum, a more recent petition would express their opposition to Papuan bureaucrats who made compromises over the Otsus with elites in Jakarta.Activist and former Papuan prisoner Sayang Mandabayan expressed distrust over Papuan representatives in the House.last_img read more


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first_imgStatewide—The Indiana DNR has reduced the County Bonus Antlerless Quotas for deer hunting in the affected areas in southern Indiana to a maximum of two because of the effect of epileptic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) on the deer herd this year.Counties that already had quotas of two or fewer will remain the same. The Special Antlerless Firearms Season is only allowed in counties marked in green on the County Bonus Antlerless Quota map. These counties previously had a county bonus antlerless quota of four, but were reduced to a maximum of two.For more information on EHD and the new County Bonus Antlerless Quotas, click here.last_img read more


first_img “He seems to be in good form and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully it’s a race he can run well in.” Flaxen Flare’s seven rivals are headed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Marchese Marconi and Midnight Oil and Digeanta from the Willie Mullins stable. Trainer Gordon Elliott has chosen the Killarney Veterinary Clinic Race at the County Kerry track as the comeback run for last season’s Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner ahead of the valuable handicap at the Ballybrit venue on August 1. “We’ve got to start him off somewhere. He’s going for the Galway Hurdle in a couple of weeks but we want to get a pipe-opener into him so this will just be a runaround for Galway,” said Elliott. Press Associationcenter_img Cheltenham Festival hero Flaxen Flare warms up for a crack at the Guinness Galway Hurdle with a run on the Flat at Killarney on Tuesday.last_img read more