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Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited (  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileLiberty Kenya Holdings Limited is an insurance company offering products and services for the retail and corporate sectors in Kenya and other countries in the Africa sub-region. The company provides life assurance, superannuation, industrial life assurance, bond investment and business incidental insurance services as well as insurance products and services for aviation, engineering, fire, liability, marine, private and commercial vehicles, personal accident, theft, workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability insurance. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited also offers asset management and property development services for the private and corporate sectors in Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Liberty Holdings Limited and is the holding company for Heritage Insurance Company and a short- and long-term insurance business called Liberty Life Kenya Assurance Limited. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited has a presence in 15 countries in the Africa sub-region. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Is it worth buying RBS shares now they’re cheap?

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 | More on: NWG “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Is it worth buying RBS shares now they’re cheap? RBS (LSE: RBS) shares have struggled this year. Year-to-date the stock has fallen a staggering 50%! Over the past 12 months, shares in the banking giant are off by 45% excluding dividends.It’s easy to see why investor sentiment towards RBS shares has collapsed over the period. The coronavirus crisis and economic lockdowns imposed to try to control the spread of the killer virus have hit the UK economy like a sledgehammer.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…RBS shares under pressureProjections suggest that the economy is facing one of its worst slumps ever seen this year. This is likely to result in increased loan losses as well as lower profits from borrowing for banks like RBS.However, RBS is in a strong position to weather the storm, I feel. The bank has already cut its dividend, and its balance sheet is significantly more durable than it was in 2008 when the government had to bail out the business. Therefore, it’s unlikely RBS will have to ask taxpayers to shore up its finances this time around.Still, the group will have to deal with higher loan losses and a reduction in profitability from lending in the near term. These factors will weigh on the lender’s profits and, as a result, RBS shares should suffer in the short term.Nevertheless, RBS shares look cheap at current levels. The stock is trading at one of the lowest levels in recent memory.What’s more, even though the company has recently slashed its annual dividend payout, before the crisis, the bank was set to yield nearly 10% in 2020 and 2021. Management might not be able to return the payout to this level for a year or two, but RBS clearly has dividend potential.In addition to the above, the stock is also dealing at a price-to-book value of 0.3 at current levels. That’s compared to the financial services sector average of around 0.6.Margin of safety These figures suggest that the shares offer a margin of safety at present. As such, now may be a good time to snap up the stock while it looks cheap relative to history.Clearly, the lender is going to face further uncertainty over the next year or so as the UK economy tries to get back on its feet. But we’ve been here several times before.In the past few decades, the UK economy has seen several peaks and troughs. After every downturn, it has always recovered strongly over the next few years. The economy has usually grown back bigger and stronger than it was before. The same scenario may play out this time around, which would provide a strong tailwind for RBS shares as the lender benefits from an economic recovery.Therefore, investors with a long-term outlook may benefit from buying the stock today as part of a well-diversified portfolio. Using such an approach would allow you to benefit from any upside potential while minimising downside risk.center_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_img2/7/2019 at 8:07 AMBUSINESS700 BLOCK OF S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL  Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: Week Ending February 9thThe Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending February 9th shows nine burglaries reported in the city of Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1 – Business3 – Residential5 – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries, along with their date, time, type, and location: You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. DATE/TIMETYPELOCATION 2/5/2019 at 4:36 AMVEHICLE200 BLOCK OF E MAIN ST  Please enter your name here 2/4/2019 at 7:33 PMVEHICLE 100 BLOCK OF W 4TH ST  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 2/8/2019 at 4:13 PMRESIDENTIAL100 BLOCK OF W 1ST ST  Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleHome ownership: Let’s Talk About ItNext article5 ways to develop children’s talents Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 2/5/2019 at 3:03 PMRESIDENTIAL100 BLOCK OF N LAKE AVE  2/6/2019 at 7:10 PMRESIDENTIAL 100 BLOCK OF W 4TH ST  2/6/2019 at 9:21 PMVEHICLE300 BLOCK OF E OAK ST  2/7/2019 at 12:54 AMVEHICLE1900 BLOCK OF NICOLE LEE CIR 2/8/2019 at 2:08 PMVEHICLECORNER OF 1ST ST & MAIN ST  Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

F&C KIEKENS / Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia

first_imgArchitects: Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia Area Area of this architecture project Houses CopyHouses•Aalter, Belgium F&C KIEKENS / Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia “COPY” Area:  330 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2015 CopyAbout this officeArchitektuurburo Dirk HulpiaOfficeFollowProductsGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAalterBelgiumPublished on March 06, 2016Cite: “F&C KIEKENS / Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia ” 06 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects “COPY” Photographs:  Alejandro RodriguezCollaborating Architect:Hildegard Desmet, Alejandro RodríguezDesign Architect – Interior:Tamara BeurmsCity:AalterCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alejandro RodríguezRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. In Aalter, the Kiekens´s House rises from an impressive landscape to be constantly in the picture and function as the home to a marriage couple and their guests in a peaceful and cozy atmosphere.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe villa is placed in the same position where the former warehouses were situated, in front of the street entrance. In this way, the path to reach the front door guides through the house, under the slanted roof in order to obtain an intimate welcome in contrast with the high scale of the house and trees.Save this picture!© Alejandro RodríguezThe home is made up of two separated volumes characterized by its slanted roofs, opposed to the flat roof and terrain. On the one hand, the smaller volume accommodates the storage, access to the basement and the bureau. On the other hand, the biggest volume contains the entrance, the living room and, on the first floor, a loft/studio for visitors.Save this picture!© Alejandro RodríguezAn extra volume, smaller in scale and with a flat roof, connects both masses. The kitchen and dining room are situated between the two blocks facing the garden, while the bedroom and bathroom are hidden from the street to have more privacy.Save this picture!© Alejandro RodríguezBlack aluminium and afromosia wood is chosen for the connecting volumes, to give a warm feeling to the entrance and sleeping room. In order to blur the limits from outside to inside and perceive the feeling of living outside, the windows have the same height as the box.Save this picture!© Alejandro RodríguezBrown long bricks and tiles on the roof are the chosen materials for the slanted volumes, this way there seems to be no difference between the walls and the roof. Three big windows stand out , like big eyes, to contemplate the landscape from the inside and give a strong personality to the house.Project gallerySee allShow lessAD Readers Debate: Calatrava’s WTC Hub, the AIA’s Sustainability Role, and the Rende…ArticlesRicardo Bofill Makes US Condominium Debut with 3900 Alton in Miami BeachUnbuilt Project Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Save this picture!© Alejandro Rodríguez+ 31 Share Belgium F&C KIEKENS / Architektuurburo Dirk HulpiaSave this projectSaveF&C KIEKENS / Architektuurburo Dirk Hulpia ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Mobile companies waive fees for SMS donations to Comic Relief

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  72 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Digital Events Finance mobile Mobile companies waive fees for SMS donations to Comic Relief Howard Lake | 12 March 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This year the public can, for the first time, text a £5 or a £1 donation to Comic Relief knowing that every penny will go to the charity.Mobile industry companies 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin and Vodafone have agreed to waive their usual charges to ensure a £1 or £5 text means a £1 or £5 donation to Comic Relief, and the Treasury has confirmed that because of this no VAT will be charged on these donations.The £5 text number (66609) opened on 2 March and will be one of the options viewers can use to donate on the night of TV on 13 March.Since 27 February Radio 1 listeners have been able to send a £1 text (88808) to sponsor the celebrity team on the Red Nose Climb. Both donation lines close at midnight on 31 March 2009.The SMS service is being provided by Buongiorno, in collaboration with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG).Emma Freud, Trustee of Comic Relief, said: “The spirit of the entire mobile industry has taken our breath away. We believe receiving every penny from texts donated by the public will make the most remarkable difference – helping us to transform and save literally thousands of lives.“An astonishing £190,000 was donated via the £1 text donation line on the first day it opened on Radio 1, and in that week it raised nearly £800,000. We have high hopes for the £5 text line on Red Nose Day. This stuff works!”Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Timms, said: “The Government is fully behind the very important work of Comic Relief. That’s why I’m delighted to confirm that no VAT will be charged on donations, so every penny donated will go straight to Comic Relief.”Sue Hammett, Community Investment Manager, Orange UK, said: “Orange has just launched a new community strategy and what better way to kick start it, by waiving our charity rate associated with text donations to Comic Relief. We know our customers are great supporters of Comic Relief, so we wanted to make sure we supported them and this great charity.” read more

After 41 years in solitary, free Albert Woodfox NOW!

first_imgBy Anne Pruden and Gloria RubacOutside court hearing, Jan. 7.WW photo: Gloria RubacNew Orleans, Jan. 7 — Angola 3 supporters, numbering over 100, braved the unusual, subfreezing, windy weather in New Orleans to attend oral arguments in the case of Albert Woodfox at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today. After every single seat in the 80-person en banc courtroom was filled, an overflow courtroom with audio of the hearing was opened for another three dozen supporters.The 5th Circuit will decide whether to uphold U.S. District Judge James Brady’s ruling last February that overturned Wood­fox’s 1972 conviction. This was the third time his conviction was overturned; this time because of racial discrimination in the selection of his grand jury foreperson.The Angola 3 are three African-American men who were imprisoned in Louisiana in the early 1970s, who began to expose and organize against segregation, rape, systemic corruption and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000 acre, former slave plantation called Angola.These men — Albert Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert King — organized hunger strikes and work stoppages and formed a chapter of the Black Panther Party. They called for investigations into inhumane practices. After elected officials and the media started to look at the conditions at Angola, the three were charged with the murder of a guard, a crime they did not commit, and thrown into 6 by 9 foot ­solitary cells in an attempt to silence them.King, released in 2001 after 29 years of solitary confinement, dedicated his life to freeing his two comrades and has built national and international support for the Angola 3. This past October, Wallace’s conviction was overturned and he was released. But he had advanced liver cancer and lived in freedom for only three days.Woodfox, confined to solitary confinement for 41 years, is the last of the Angola 3 still in prison. He endures strip and cavity searches as often as six times a day. He was not allowed to attend today’s hearing, but his presence was keenly felt as supporters wore bright yellow scarves reading “Justice for Albert Woodfox” on one side and “Stop Solitary” on the other.At a press conference and rally after the hearing, Robert King urged continued support for Woodfox. He reminded the crowd that in June there will be a hearing on their civil rights lawsuit contesting the use of solitary confinement.Malik Rahim, a leader of the Common Ground Collective and a former member of the Black Panther Party, told the media that Woodfox would be freed, not by the court across the street but by the court of public opinion. “We have to let the state know that ‘the good old boys’ won’t run West Feliciana Parish!” he said, referring to the parish where Angola is located.Rahim was recently successful in having the New Orleans City Council pass a resolution recognizing the Angola 3. This is the first time any elected officials in Louisiana have recognized the injustice in the Angola 3 case.Speaking for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, which has mounted a strong campaign against solitary confinement, was the Rev. Dr. Patricia Teel Bates. “As a faith leader, I am here to support the immediate release of Mr. Albert Woodfox, and to call for an end to the immorality and inhumanity of his confinement. As I speak, we remember that over 80,000 men, women and youth in U.S. prisons, jails and detention centers are subjected to solitary confinement on any given day, detained in a cell alone for 23 hours a day for months, years, decades. Such conditions have long been considered a form of torture.”Other speakers included longtime supporter, artist Jackie Sumell, who worked with Herman Wallace to write and produce the recent film “Herman’s House.” Also speaking was Ron Harpell, who produced a documentary film about Robert King called “Hard Times.”Also in attendance were representatives of Amnesty International, whose members hand-delivered 50,000 signatures on a petition in October urging the Louisiana attorney general’s office to drop their appeal of Woodfox’s overturned conviction.The Angola 3’s civil suit contends that their more than three decades of solitary confinement is cruel and unusual punishment. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the suit has merit to proceed to trial. The outcome of this landmark civil case could be precedent-setting and eliminate long-term solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.Developments can be followed via ­ and can be sent to Albert Woodfox #72148, David Wade Correctional ­Center, N1 A3, 670 Bell Hill Road, Homer, LA 71040.Pruden and Rubac are longtime members of Workers World Party and veteran activists in the struggle to free all political prisoners. Rubac is a leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Antiracist protests for George Floyd circle the globe

first_imgAthens, Greece. Mexico City, Mexico.In the Pacific, there were protests in South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Quezon City in the Philippines.Tokyo, Japan.Workers World received a solidarity message for the U.S. working class from the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), which “marched in the streets and organized demonstrations in the metropolises and numerous small towns throughout India,” including in the major city of Kolkata, West Bengal.Kolkata, India.The Palestinian people’s strong identification with the Black struggle in the U.S. led to demonstrations in East Jerusalem and other actions. (See article this issue.)Protest in Hebron, Occupied West Bank, one of many in Occupied Palestinian lands, in honor of George Floyd and Eyad Hallek, a young Palestinian man with special needs who was killed by Israeli soldiers on May 30 in Jerusalem. In Bethlehem, demonstrators carried signs reading: “Black Lives Matter, Palestinian Lives Matter!”An especially good development occurred in countries where European populations settled historically, and the rulers and owners pushed aside Indigenous populations. In Australia, the protests morphed from actions in solidarity with George Floyd to demands for the rights of the original population of the island continent.Melbourne, Australia.Massive demonstrations in NATO countriesAntiracist solidarity demonstrations were massive in Europe, especially those countries in Western Europe whose governments and armies are usually lined up with U.S. imperialism in NATO. This time even the governments — many of which are in a difficult relationship with the Trump administration — had to at least speak out publicly against U.S. racist police.Istanbul, Turkey. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Helsinki, Finland.From Istanbul in Turkey to Belfast and Dublin, from Helsinki and Stockholm to Lisbon, dozens of big cities, and many more small ones, including dozens all over Germany, were the sites of antiracist demonstrations. Besides targeting structural racism in the United States, demonstrators raised slogans against the European ultra-right.Paris, France.In France protests took up demands regarding victims of French police brutality.  In Germany activists protested the assaults by neo-Nazis on migrants and refugees. The real enemy of the workers in Europe are the big banks, especially those of imperialist Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States — the old colonial powers.Impact of U.S. protestsCommunists abroad have expressed to Workers World the impact of the U.S. protests. A letter to Workers World from the Union of Galician People (Spanish state) read: “The murder of George Floyd has brought home to the world the existence of a decent people and working class [in the U.S.], who confront injustice in the streets and have even been able to force Donald Trump to seek refuge in the White House bunker.”Fronte Popolare in Italy writes, “Everybody knows that any success, any step forward for the oppressed in the U.S., is a success and step forward for the oppressed of the entire world.”Lancaster, England. Indigenous people perform the Haka, a traditional Maori dance, in honor of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter in Christchurch, New Zealand. In war-ravaged Idlib, Syria, Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun said they painted the mural to memorialize George Floyd “to call for peace and love” worldwide.                                                                                Credit: Omar Haj KadourFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Dublin, Ireland. The massive popular and antiracist reaction to the cop murder of George Floyd in the epicenter of world imperialism has inspired an equally massive reaction worldwide. Hundreds of thousands have marched, not only in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, but also against local manifestations of insidious racism.Demonstrators take down a statue of 17th century “slave trader” Edward Colston and throw it into the river in Bristol, England.The U.S. spreads its pro-imperialist culture through the world on the wavelength provided by Netflix, Disney, the internet media and even the music airways. This cultural dominance has now boomeranged on the U.S. rulers and struck a blow against Washington’s imperialist allies.Even the corporate media have covered the breadth and depth of the worldwide protests. Al Jazeera provided one of the most inclusive lists, along with an interactive world map as of June 7 at one of the most satisfying actions of the weekend, demonstrators in Bristol, England, removed the statue of Bristol-born slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the river.Colston grew rich in the 17th century transporting over 100,000 enslaved people to the New World — dumping overboard the bodies of 20,000 who died during the passage. He then bought his way into the hearts of the English ruling class, who called him a “philanthropist.” Bristol’s current population, now 14 percent people of color, disagree.Solidarity from Global SouthIn this time of capitalist economic crisis and pandemic, the population in the countries facing super-oppression from world imperialism nevertheless came out in solidarity with African-American people and with George Floyd.According to Al Jazeera, in Africa there have been demonstrations in Pretoria and Capetown in South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; Accra, Ghana; Tunis, Tunisia; and Dakar, Senegal.Dakar, Senegal. Nairobi, Kenya.In South America, mass protests took place in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. To the north there were protests from Mexico City to Vancouver, B.C.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.last_img read more

Boys Athlete of the Week: Christian Henderson

first_img More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name: Christian HendersonSchool: Polytechnic SchoolGrade: JuniorSport: FootballPosition: Defensive BackAccomplishment: Coming off a bye week, Henderson’s two 85-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in a 42-12 victory over Boron on Saturday set the tone. Poly improved to 6-0 and Henderson now has 6 touchdowns on the season. Sports Boys Athlete of the Week: Christian Henderson For the week of Oct 10-16 Published on Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 2:28 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business Newscenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Caltech’s Famed (and Twice Hijacked) War Cannon to Thunder at Commencement Ceremony

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Cannon Master Alex Janosi and the “Fleming Cannon”Caltech is known for housing brilliant minds and innovative technology alike, but did you know it is also the home of a 19th-century war cannon that belches smoke and flame on average three times per year?The Fleming Cannon, a Caltech landmark and Franco-Prussian war era weapon circa 1870, is positioned in front of the campus’ Fleming House and will end the school year with a literal bang at Friday’s commencement ceremony as students blast off into their careers.While most Pasadenans may have never heard of the cannon, it is an undeniable piece of the Caltech student body fabric and serves as a hangout spot, a magnet for pranks, and once was even victim of a highly-publicized hijacking by rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology students in 2006.Cannon Master Janosi carefully maintains the 1.3 ton, approximately 145-year-old cannon.Caltech freshman and appointed Cannon Masteris currently Alex Janosi.“Being able to fire a 1.3 ton cannon is something I love to do,” Janosi said this week as he prepared for Friday’s Commencement. “It’s really cool to be able to represent my house in Caltech as the Cannon Master and to have fun while doing it.”The Fleming Cannon is fired to mark important events such as the end of rotation, the annual student Ditch Day, the end of a term, and Friday’s graduation.The cannon was originally used in the Franco-Prussian War. It would eventually live as a front lawn artifact between 1925 and 1972 outside the then-military themed Southwestern Academy in San Marino. Fleming class officers got permission from Southwestern to take the cannon.Then in 1986, Harvey Mudd College students reportedly stole the cannon, sparking a decades-long tradition of pranks both on and off campus.The cannon was eventually returned after eight weeks (that time).Janosi says he learned even before he started as a student that the cannon was a central piece of campus culture when he once stayed with a student host.“Whenever I was asking my hosts, ‘hey, where should I meet you?’ they said, ‘oh, near the cannon.’ I was so confused why they said that, but I figured it out once I got here,” said Janosi.Janosi came to Caltech to pursue computer science and quickly found he was just as interested in becoming the school’s proclaimed Cannon Master also, a title he says he was awarded after beating out 15 other applicants.Caltech Fleming House students in 2006 retrieving their cannon on the Boston campus of MIT after it was hijacked by their rivals. Photo courtesy Rob RadezHe is currently wrapping up the last stage of training and will be recognized as the official Cannon Master for two years to come.The cannon keeps him busy, Janosi says, because Caltech’s other student houses enjoy pranking the Fleming cannon on a regular basis.“They like to put stuff in the cannon like napkins that they dump inside there. So if we’re not careful, we’ll accidentally shoot it off with a whole bunch of confetti,” explained Janosi.The pranking has taken on varying degrees of planning over the years.It was rumored that Harvey Mudd would attempt to steal the cannon again in 2006 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their original theft, but after the cannon disappeared just a day prior to the anniversary, the cannon reappeared 2,974 miles away at Boston’s MIT.Fleming’s members immediately planned a recovery operation and sent twenty-three members to Boston to retrieve their cannon. The expedition ended with a friendly backyard-style barbecue among rivals.There is even an alumnus run website dedicated to telling stories of cannon heists throughout Caltech’s history.The cannon is fully functional and spectators shouldn’t fear for their safety when Janosi fires it; he doesn’t fire off actual cannonballs. Janosi uses his science background to craft a blank made from an oatmeal tin, gunpowder, napkins, and duct tape for the big bang.“It’s this big blob of duct tape with the trigger sticking out of it. Then, I have the key to the cannon, reload it in there and then when the time comes, I just put a 9-volt battery up to the trigger and it goes off,” explained Janosi.The cannon typically remains undetected by neighbors. Janosi says he is certain surrounding neighborhoods hear it after a family friend from Janosi’s native Michigan who now lives a few blocks from campus told Janosi’s father on Facebook about the blast.“My dad posted a video on Facebook of me firing it and they were like, ‘yeah, we heard that from our backyard — loud and clear’,” said Janosi.Guest at Caltech’s commencement ceremony on Friday will witness Janosi fire the cannon.“I always fire it at the end of commencement and I’m also going to fire it once for the Fleming house president,” said Janosi. Top of the News Community News Education Caltech’s Famed (and Twice Hijacked) War Cannon to Thunder at Commencement Ceremony We spoke with Fleming House Cannon Master Alex Janosi about what’s he’s going to do with that 1.3-ton cannon at Caltech’s Commencement By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 8:10 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. 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Limerick bridge renaming row flares after legal letter to Mayor

first_imgAdvertisement THE ROW about the renaming of the Shannon bridge ground to a legal halt in the city council chambers this Friday night when an elected member presented the Mayor with a solicitor’s letter, preventing a debate on the issue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Pat Kennedy(Ind) issued the letter through his solicitors, warning of further legal action if the council does not implement the result of a vote on his motion to rename the bridge the JFK bridge.There was a packed public gallery, with opponents of the move carrying signs which read “The offices of the city council should not be used for personal gain – do the will of the people”.There were angry outbursts from a number of councillors when the meeting was adjourned without a debate.The special meeting had been called after a huge public outcry against the renaming, to determine “means by which the renaming can be referred to the people of Limerick”.But after receiving Cllr Kennedy’s solicitor’s letter, the Mayor Kathleen Leddin (Ind) said this was “very serious,” and she was taking the advice of administrator, Eugene Griffin to defer the meeting and seek legal advice.Addressing the meeting, Cllr Kennedy reiterated that after advertising the fact that there was a proposal to change the name “108 submission were received from the public and 71 per cent of those were in favour of the proposal”.Cllr Diarmuid Scully asked the mayor for a ruling as he believed there had been no actual vote on Cllr Kennedy’s proposal, that the vote had been on an amendment which he had made.“Depending on the ruling, there are a number of ways we can proceed….but the simplest is to use the local elections. We will all be knocking on doors, we can ask the people of LImerick what they want to do”.As the Mayor adjourned the meeting an angry Cllr Orlaigh McLoughlin(Lab) shouted across the chamber, “It’s a farce – I’m not going behind closed doors to discuss this any more.”She was supported by former Mayor, Cllr Gerry McLaughlin who said “we were elected to make decisions, so make them”.Before the meeting a gathering of protesters, including Ger Noonan from Janesboro told reporters that they believe “Pat Kennedy has his own agenda – he wants to go down in history as the man who had the bridge named after JFK. What’s wrong with the Shannon Bridge?”In the chamber Cllr Kennedy’s supporters said they believe it is the right thing to do. “It will bring tourists to the city – it would be fantastic,” said Carmel Kennedy from the Ennis Road.After the meeting Cllr Scully told reporters that he had “never in my fifteen years on this council seen such a thing, that an elected member would use a solicitor’s letter to stop a meeting. It’s an affront to democracy”.Cllr Scully said Cllr Kennedy was mistaken in thinking there had been 108 submissions. “More than 2,500 people have opposed this through secure social media sites. Some people have to wake up to the fact that there are ways of communicating other than writing letters and particularly solicitor’s letters”.Cllr Kennedy dismissed the communications as “social media nonsense”. #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ WhatsApp Previous articleIrish Water blamed for delays in council takeover of estatesNext articleLights go out on Limerick FC Staff Reporter NewsBreaking newsLimerick bridge renaming row flares after legal letter to MayorBy Staff Reporter – March 28, 2014 749 No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter TAGSfeaturedMusic LimerickrenamingShannon Bridge Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Print #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

Miss Limerick launches new Miss Ireland APP

first_imgEmail MISS Limerick, Kyla McGowan, launched the brand new Miss Ireland app.This years Miss Ireland competition had to be postponed due to the pandemic but organisers have created a virtual space for contestants.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are excited of this new addition to Miss and MR Ireland.“The app will allow everyone to follow a contestant from selection to final with interviews, behind the scenes content and MI partner discounts launching soon.“Due to Covid 19 sadly there was no Miss Ireland final so Spring will see a new Miss Ireland crowned who will hold the title 2020 / 2021. ” Miss Ireland Organisers said. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleThe Burren announced as Top tourist destination by Lonely PlanetNext articleWATCH: Niamh McCarthy hoping to ‘get off the mark quicker’ in All-Ireland semi-final Meghann Scully center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMiss IrelandMiss Limerick LimerickNewsMiss Limerick launches new Miss Ireland APPBy Meghann Scully – November 19, 2020 493 Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisementlast_img read more

HUD Secretary Castro Says There Is Some ‘Agreement’ Between Parties on Housing Reform

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-California) questioned HUD Secretary Julián Castro regarding the need for housing finance reform during a full House Financial Services Committee hearing this week titled The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with Castro agreeing there were ways to introduce more private capital into the market.Royce, a member of the House Finances Services Committee since 1995 and a member of the Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Entities Subcommittee and the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, has long been an advocate for taxpayers and transferring mortgage risk to the private market. In late February, he introduced the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2015, aimed at preventing the GSEs from funding housing groups while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are under the FHFA’s conservatorship.Castro was making his second appearance testifying before the full House Committee on Financial Services since being sworn in as HUD Secretary in July 2014.Royce asked the Secretary about the GSEs sharing more credit risk with the private sector and about the creating of a common securitization platform allowing for mortgage-backed securities to be issued by other entities besides Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and also about the development of a common residential MBS by the two GSEs.”I thought I would just give you the floor to discuss how this might bring private sector capital back into the market and how we might work together to achieve these goals as kind of a building block,” Royce said during the hearing.Castro responded by stating there was some “agreement” between the two parties on the issue of housing reform.”The President has made very clear that he does have an interest, as I think all Americans do, in taking taxpayers off the hook in the event that God forbid we did experience the same kind of housing crisis we did go through,” Castro said. “Agreed that we can find ways to introduce more private capital into the market. With respect to proposed legislation, I think there’s some common principles that are the foundation to build on and we look forward to working with you.”Royce then asked Castro about a reduction in FHA market share for large banks, which he said has been recently cut from 61 percent to 33 percent, and that non-bank financial institutions how have 51 percent of the market share compared to 24 percent several years ago.”Is this troubling, and do you think legal uncertainty maybe is part of the problem in terms of getting the traditional lenders more involved here and what about the need for a greater certainty around the rep and warranty framework here and looking at that as a way of bringing capital back in?” Royce said. “. . . Given the percentage of erosion here in market share and especially the fact that it’s thinly capitalized non-banks that are coming in, I think that it needs to be addressed.”Castro said in his response that “we are looking at that” and that it “makes sense to take reasonable steps to create more business certainty for lenders.” He cited HUD’s Blueprint for Access to Credit as a means of easing risk while expanding the credit box.”We hear from lenders about the uncertainty that does exist regarding potential liability,” Castro said. “We look forward to being able to create greater certainty that will help open up the credit box reasonably for responsible Americans to get access to credit.”Click here to see the exchange between Royce and Castro. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / HUD Secretary Castro Says There Is Some ‘Agreement’ Between Parties on Housing Reform Tagged with: Congressman Ed Royce House Financial Services Committee HUD Julian Castro Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Congressman Ed Royce House Financial Services Committee HUD Julian Castro 2015-06-12 Brian Honea HUD Secretary Castro Says There Is Some ‘Agreement’ Between Parties on Housing Reform Previous: Freddie Mac’s STACR Program Receives Prestigious RMBS Award Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 6/15/2015 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 12, 2015 1,298 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Related Articles Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Five Star Conference: Where Business Gets Done

first_img Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Five Star Conference: Where Business Gets Done Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] September 19, 2017 1,357 Views Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Previous: The 5 Best Practices for Diversity Success Next: Mr. Cooper Supporting Customers Affected by Harvey and Irma Tagged with: 2017 five star conference expo hall HOUSING Military Heroes Keys for Life mortgage About Author: Nicole Casperson Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2017 five star conference expo hall HOUSING Military Heroes Keys for Life mortgage 2017-09-19 Brianna Gilpin Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Five Star Conference: Where Business Gets Done The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Five Star Conference Expo Hall opened Tuesday morning, bringing lenders, servicers, and a number of other mortgage professionals under one roof. Include, the 2017 conference theme, was a topic widely discussed at the DS News and MReport booth where attendees explained its importance.“We like the networking opportunities and being able to connect with different companies from a strategic standpoint,” Kiyoshi Hunt, SVP of ZVN Properties said. “We can meet a lot of the needs our clients have, and maybe uncover some things we didn’t know, and learn about different perspectives.”Tim Rath, Director of Supply Chain and Vendor Management from Safeguard Properties also enjoyed the camaraderie and diversity of the Expo Hall.“If you just look around at the industry, there are a number of different people from different walks of life that are here and have a number of different roles,” Rath said. “I think the Five Star does a great job of encouraging everyone from different phases of our industry to come under one roof together.”John I. Pray, Jr., Brig Gen, USAF (Ret). Pray, President and CEO of Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, had a chance to stop by the DS News and MReport booth in the expo hall to discuss many attendees favorite event of the conference: the Military Heroes Keys for Life Dinner and Concert where Operation Homefront and the Five Star Institute present five military veterans with a mortgage-free home followed by a concert from rock band Styx.“It means the world to be able to do this,” Pray said. “When you think about it from their perspective it is literally life-changing. It will give them the firm foundation upon which to build a very bright future.”U.S. Army Sergeant Matthew R. Gaff and his family; U.S. Airman First Class Ryan Hampe and his family; U.S. Navy Seaman Shynae Murphy and her family; U.S. Army Specialist Kenyetta Cooper and her family; and U.S. Army Specialist Marchalle Couch were the recipients of the homes, which Ten-X Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Jeff Frieden helped facilitate. “I will not stop until we have no homeless vets,” said Frieden. Subscribe Related Articleslast_img read more

More than a winning smile

first_img Comments are closed. You know it is important to spend time meeting the right people anddeveloping mutually beneficial relationships with them. But that’s not alwaysthe solution for busy training professionals. John Timperley gives his adviceon making the most of your networking opportunitiesInfluencing people, when you get the chance, is critical to your success inwinning the new assignment, or building relationships with those who can helpyou achieve your goals. Some people appear to get along effortlessly with newcontacts, while others struggle to make the right impact. So what’s the secret?In this article, I will reveal some of the techniques of the great‘connectors’. Creating great rapport is about helping the people you meet think they madea good choice. In short, they must immediately see some benefit from investingtheir time with you. You need to maximise those first few minutes they spendwith you, so that you can use it as a springboard to develop a relationship.Use them well and the door will be open for you to build a solid foundation fora mutually beneficial relationship. Use them badly and you may find the doorwell and truly locked. The champion connector knows that they need to cover thebases below when meeting people. As a trainer you will already know that you have, at the most, 15 seconds tomake a fabulous first impression – and first impressions stick. We live in aworld where we have information bombarding us all the time, so we must formquick judgments about people and things. Do you like the look of this person? For the connector, the answer has gotto be ‘yes’ or he will have real difficulty building a rapport with hisconversation partner. Think of a ‘no’ as starting a 100-metre race 10 yardsfurther back than the rest of the competitors – it’s going to be hard work andyour chances of success are slim. Fortunately, there are proven techniques wecan use to give ourselves a head start – the key question is, do you do thesethings? Smiles and panache A smile shows that you are warm, open and friendly. A poker face, rightly orwrongly, sends out a signal that you are serious, possibly cold andunapproachable. A smile carries your personality with it, lights up your faceand puts a sparkle in your eye. Use it to say ‘I’m really happy to see you’,even before you have opened your mouth. They say a picture is worth a thousandwords, so too is a smile to a connector. The way you introduce yourself sends an instant message to your contact. Thewords you use and the way you deliver them speak volumes about the way you feelabout yourself and your position in life. Suffice it to say, a downbeatdelivery shouts ‘boring’. Self-previews are the equivalent of surfing the radiochannels for one you like. Based on what you hear, you decide almostimmediately whether to move on to the next station or to tune in. It’s the samewith introductions. A poor one will have your contact tuning you out evenbefore you have got started. Use names Dale Carnegie described a person’s name as the ‘sweetest sound anyone everhears’. They pay attention when they hear their own name; they love you when youremember it, and you make them feel special when you use it. Be interested Some would-be rapport builders go wrong as soon as they utter their firstwords because their whole attitude to the process is misjudged. They thinkbuilding rapport is about impressing the other with their innate charm and wit.The ‘aren’t I a great guy’ approach seldom works, and is a high risk strategy. The professionals take the opposite, and altogether more successful, route.They become fascinated with the other person by asking them about themselves,finding out about their family, their views, their experiences, their hopes forthe future – in fact, that both parties find of interest. Seek to find out more about others and what makes them ‘tick’. Be interestedrather than trying to be interesting and you will both enjoy the conversation –you’ll be building great rapport as they share information, insights and viewswith you and its less wearing on your nerves than trying to roll out your partypiece one-liners in a desperate bid to entertain. You too! You instantly feel closer to people who have something in common with you,whether it’s your home town, a mutual friend, or the love of the same footballteam. It doesn’t really matter what, people usually love to have things incommon – they are in familiar territory and they like you for it. The implication of this social phenomenon for connectors is obvious. Listenfor areas of common interest or view, and ask questions that will get you onthe road to shared interests. Listen If you don’t listen to what your contact has to say you will surely fail todevelop the full level of rapport possible for the situation. Connectors havetrained themselves to listen, not only to the whole of what their conversationpartner has to say, but also to tune into the big rapport building moments.When they hear their conversation partner start to say ‘I think….I want…viewis’, they know that good material is on its way as they are revealing what isimportant to them. Reveal yourself You can only go so far in building rapport if you don’t tell people anythingabout yourself. The experienced connector’s rule of thumb is to provide enough personalinformation so their conversation partner gets some ‘hooks’ upon which to hangtheir own questions. That means matching your conversation partner’s level of openness – possiblymore if it is a relationship you wish to pursue (it stimulates the conversationand signals sharing) and divulging less if you don’t wish to go any deeper.This is all straightforward common sense, and it usually happens automaticallybecause people become guarded with folk they are unsure of. Nevertheless,consciously knowing what you are doing, and why, is a valuable weapon to use. Social gracesMaking contacts feel special is an attribute of all the great connectors.That means genuinely caring about the well-being of others, and observing, evenstretching, the social graces in order to demonstrate that you like and respectthe person with you. The connector’s red carpet treatment takes the form of including theircontact fully in the conversation, asking their views and listening attentivelyto their opinion. Rapport builders make sure that their companion iscomfortable, fed and watered and administered the range of social gracesappropriate to the situation and culture, from refreshing their drink toopening the door, passing the biscuits, to holding the umbrella – all of themadd up to you saying ‘you are important to me’. HandshakesNot every situation warrants a handshake, a hug, a kiss on the cheek or anykind of physical contact. You need to be guided by your own feelings at thetime and the social ‘norms’ of the particular situation. Nevertheless, if youdo have to shake hands, there are some do’s and don’ts to watch out for. A key aspect of building rapport is a good, firm handshake. Men’s handshakesare usually firm because they naturally have a stronger grip than their femalecounterparts. Your handshake, rightly or wrongly, telegraphs a great deal of informationabout you and your attitude. Many potential relationships have hit the rocksbefore they have begun because of a weak and lifeless handshake, which therecipient has interpreted as the attributes of their ‘co-shaker’. The acceptedprotocol for women is that it’s better to go for a firm handshake rather thanweak. If you go for weak, you will be in danger of having your fingers crushedby some of the more insensitive handshakers. Use space The Neuro Linguistic Programming gurus have pointed out the real importanceof knowing what space does to your rapport-building efforts. When you aresitting next to someone and want to show them something, say a book or report,your best bet for successful rapport building is to sit next to them. When you sit opposite, the reverse can happen. You are eyeball to eyeballwith the other person – a position that adds formality and seriousness to thesituation. You have the space between you, with an invisible line drawn downthe middle of it. Doctors have now moved away from sitting face to face with their patientsbecause it is a halfway between the informality of sitting next to each otherand sitting directly opposite each other with the desk as a barrier betweenyou. Connectors know that one of the great rapport-building secrets is to aligntheir body so that they are pointed in a similar direction to theirconversation partner. As a result, they and their contacts are much more likelyto view things in the same way and be on the same wavelength. Rapport Top connectors have developed a ‘nose’ for whether they are in or out ofrapport with someone. They have heightened their sensitivity to both the obvious and more subtlesigns of what people say, the way they say it, and how they hold themselves. Itis more than recognising a rebuff when asking for a commitment to action; it isabout reading between the lines of body language and noticing what people arereally thinking. What is the red light which warns you that you haven’t got rapport withsomeone? Simple, you will be acting and thinking differently to them. How to get on to their wavelengthYou can smile, use open body language, mirror them and usetouch appropriately to help build rapport, but if you really want to get undersomeone’s skin, you will need to get on their wavelength. And that means askingopen questions about them, using language that they will identify with andreally find out what they want for themselves. In a nutshell, what makes themtick?Much of what is written in sales textbooks can be boiled downto this: no matter what you are selling, if you are dealing with people, it’sall about:– Identifying what they want, and how you or your product orservice can help them get it– Encouraging them to like you, by creating and maintaining rapport– Giving them the ‘feel good’ factor that you are the rightanswerThe many thousands of sales techniques can all be slotted intothese three categories and, leaving aside the whacky and downright manipulativeones, they will all contribute. But whatever profession you are in, recognisethese three stages and plot your position in relation to your key relationships. Previous Article Next Article More than a winning smileOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Small businesses fail to grasp basic employment legislation

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The UK’s smaller businesses are struggling to come to terms with even themost basic employment laws while many believe legislation is actually having anegative effect on employment practices. Research by Consult GEE suggested that many employers are unable to answerquestions about holidays and maternity leave, let alone deal with more complexlegislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act. A poll of 700 small-to-medium employers found that a fifth wrongly believethey can change contracts without consent, while a third is so confused by newflexible working regulations they think anyone is entitled to apply. Only half of those questioned knew how much holiday employees are legallyentitled to each year and just 20 per cent fully understood equal paylegislation. There was also confusion around health and safety laws, with six out of 10bosses unsure of the requirements. More than 90 per cent admitted that their firm found it hard to keep up withchanges in employment legislation and many felt they were too focused on theemployee. A separate report by the Small Business Council (SBC) found widespreadopinion that regulations were too complex for the majority of smaller employersto understand. The research also suggested that rather than driving improvements,employment laws can create discrimination and actively discourage employersfrom recruiting certain types of individuals. SBC chairman William Sargent said: “Policy makers need to consideralternatives to regulation because it does not always work. The research provesthat regulation should be used only as a last resort.” Small businesses fail to grasp basic employment legislationOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Purplebricks floats on AIM

first_imgPurplebricks, which allows homeowners to sell their properties for a flat fee from £665 plus VAT, floated on the AIM market last week at a value of £240.3 million, with shares initially trading at an opening price of 104.5p before dropping to 96.5p.The company, which launched in April 2014, is backed by some heavyweight investors, including prominent Fund Manager Neil Woodford, Paul Pindar (left), the retired Chief Executive of outsourcing group Capita, and Errol Damelin, the Founder of payday lender Wonga.Purplebricks, which has swiftly established itself as the number one online estate agency, prides itself on offering a cheaper service than traditional estate agents and currently lists in the region of 4,300 homes for sale, and said its market share among the top six online estate agents had grown to in excess of 60 per cent.Purplebricks charges a flat fee of £665 plus VAT for a sale in the UK, rising to £965 plus VAT in prime London post codes. There are some additional charges for a premium service.The funds raised from the float will allow Purplebricks to increase its presence across the UK, according to Chief Executive Michael Bruce.He said, “The funds raised will allow us to further deepen our presence across the UK through additional investment in people, technology, infrastructure and marketing to deliver our ambitious growth plans as well as value for all of our shareholders.”The firm aims are to continue to build its lettings business, grow its mortgage business and optimise the significant and growing traffic visiting its website.In a statement, the business added, “Purplebricks approaches the key trading period of the first quarter of the new calendar year with confidence and, in the Directors’ opinion, with the Purplebricks hybrid model set to continue to change the way that houses are sold and let.”Purplebricks online estate agency Purplebricks floats on AIM December 22, 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks floats on AIM previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks floats on AIMPurplebricks, the online estate agents, has started trading on London’s junior market.The Negotiator22nd December 20150525 Viewslast_img read more