Foxtons set to open 20 new branches

first_img ESTATE agents Foxtons is to launch an ambitious expansion drive almost doubling the number of branches it currently has after returning to profit. The move will aim to increase Foxton’s presence in its core markets of London and the Home Counties. Last year BC Partners, the private equity firm which bought Foxtons for £360m just before the credit crunch in 2007, ran into difficulties repaying annual interest of £30m on the loans it received from two banks to finance the buyout. It was forced into a debt for equity deal, which saw the two banks, Bank of America and Mizuho, collectively take a majority stake in the estate agent in return for writing off £180m of debts.  BC Partners remains the largest minority shareholder. Foxtons’ most recent set of accounts showed a profit of £16.7m so far this year compared to a loss of £900,000 for last year. The estate agent is now planning to launch 20 new branches over the next three years taking the total to 50 with most branches being opened in the London area and Surrey. The aim of the expansion drive is to provide Foxtons with market share while transaction levels remain weak. Recently the estate agent opened its 27th branch in Streatham, south London.The estate agent relies on generating fees from new instructions to sell or rent but when it opens a new branch Foxtons waives commission on new instructions for up to three months to gain share in a new area and secure sales.“We are heading for a good financial year again, with both our sales and lettings performing strongly. The signs are that we are increasing market share with our existing branches,” Michael Brown, chief executive of Foxtons, told the Financial Times this weekend.“We see a good deal of organic growth potential and we are actively opening new offices to expand into London areas we’ve not been in before.” KCS-content Share whatsapp Sunday 12 September 2010 10:24 pm whatsappcenter_img Foxtons set to open 20 new branches Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Show Comments ▼last_img read more

SPB vs GRD Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Tips, Captain Choices, Playing11…

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Fidelity Bank Plc ( Q12017 Presentation

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (  2017 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

RSF reminds US that Karl Penhaul is a journalist, not a terrorist

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Karl Penhaul is a well-known and respected British journalist who was placed on the No-Fly List on or before January 2014 as a result of U.S. authorities’ misplaced suspicions generated by his work as a reporter and news contacts in Colombia. The No-Fly List was created after the attacks of September 11, 2001 by the U.S government to identify and include people who are prohibited from boarding a commercial aircraft for travel in or out of the United States. Penhaul applied for redress at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, earlier this year, DHS notified him that it had made corrections to its records, presumably a reference to his removal from the No-Fly List. Nonetheless, Penhaul is still unable to travel to the US as the Department of State has failed to review his new visa application for months since the DHS correction. “RSF calls on the Department of State to put an end immediately to this absurd situation. Karl’s placement on the No-Fly List and now his inability to obtain a visa prevents him from freely practicing his profession within the United States, the country of the First Amendment. This sends a very concerning signal to all American and foreign journalists covering sensitive issues of high-public interest for the American public. Karl’s case sets a worrying precedent for press freedom and highlights the need for the US Administration to carefully review journalists’ profiles before placing them on the US No-Fly List”, says Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders.Penhaul lived and worked in Colombia from September 1996 until mid-2014 and cultivated contacts with many local sources including within the FARC. Covering the FARC is of high-public interest for the international community and the American public. Penhaul has worked for various media outlets and news agencies such as Reuters, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report, and especially CNN and Univision. He received and was part of the CNN team who received the most prestigious journalistic awards, such as the Peabody Award in 2006, the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007, the CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2010, the Prix Bayeux des Correspondants de Guerre in 2010 and an Emmy Award in 2006. Karl’s journalistic work in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Egypt and in Latin America contributed directly to inform the American public.“It has been deeply unnerving on a personal level and extremely damaging on a professional level to have been effectively labeled a terrorist by the U.S. administration because of my work as a journalist, Karl told RSF. There was clear public interest in informing U.S. taxpayers about how their money is being spent fighting counterinsurgency and narco-trafficking in Colombia. It is the responsibility of a free press to shed fresh light on issues by reporting from all angles.”Penhaul is not the first foreign journalist who has been prohibited from traveling to the US because of his reporting on sensitive topics. Manuel Martorell, a well-known Spanish journalist, former editor in chief of the prominent daily newspaper El Mundo and historian who specializes in covering Kurdish issues, was refused a tourist visa for a trip to the United States with his family in May 2015. When he applied for a visa, he was asked to fill out a questionnaire about his personal and professional history. Three months later, he received a letter from the US Department of State informing him that his visa application had been denied because he was alleged to have participated in “terrorist activities”. RSF reiterates its call on the US government to act quickly to rectify the visa status of Manuel Martorell. Despite various exchanges over several months between RSF and the US Department of State, both of Penhaul and Martorell’s visa situations remain unresolved. The United States ranks 41 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski / AFP The United States placed a well-known British journalist on the “No-Fly List” and still refuses to let him travel to the country. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the US government to immediately resolve Karl Penhaul’s situation, which has had extremely grave consequences on freedom of the press. Help by sharing this information September 1, 2016 RSF reminds US that Karl Penhaul is a journalist, not a terrorist RSF_en News Follow the news on United States to go further Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Newslast_img read more

Pacific Oaks Children’s School Plans to Reopen to Young Students in Early September

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News 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. More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty 44 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Business News A preschool operated by Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena is planning to welcome students back in early September, while the college will continue on a course of online and distance education, representatives said.“The Pacific Oaks Children’s School has received clearance from the L.A. County Department of Public Health for its plan to resume operating Sept. 8, Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School President,’’ Jack Paduntin said.Many families depend on the 75-year-old nonprofit school, where teachers in training get experience, he said.“We need to support the families,” Paduntin said. “And at the same time to honor the children themselves, because they need to learn and they need to progress in their education. It’s a play-based, anti-bias curriculum.”Pacific Oaks College Director of Early Childhood Education Judy Kraus said it was important for the young students to get back to school “so that they can learn from each other, because they do learn through hands-on interaction and they do learn through play.”The plan allows for the children’s school to operate with up to 80 students, Paduntin said. But some parents remain leery of sending their kids back to school amid the pandemic.“Based on the information we have received from parents, we might not reach that” number of 80, he said. “The most important thing for us is safety and health: Well-being of the children, and also the teachers as well.”A group of Pacific Oaks staff has been assembled to help guide the reopening process, Kraus said.“We created a team where we followed everything that’s happening with the CDC, the Department of Public Health, (and) Cal/OSHA to make sure that we are following all of the guidelines and regulations to keep children safe,” she said.An advisory board on reopening has also been established, Klaus said.The recent months have been hard on Pacific Oaks, Paduntin said.“It was heartbreaking to actually close the school over the summer period and have to furlough the staff,” he said. As a nonprofit, he added, “We’re not eligible to receive the PPP grant like some other smaller schools.”But the support from the community and the college staff has been immense and appreciated, Paduntin said.The college is scheduled to begin its semester with online and distance education on Aug. 31. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Education Pacific Oaks Children’s School Plans to Reopen to Young Students in Early September By BRIAN DAY and DAVID CROSS Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 3:34 pmlast_img read more

Farmer returned to prison for failing to obey court order

first_imgEmail NewsLocal NewsFarmer returned to prison for failing to obey court orderBy admin – August 11, 2011 644 Twitter Facebook Previous articleEncouraging signs for 2011 in Shannon Development reportNext articleP’Well’s 1813 meteorite goes for auction admin WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin A 40-year-old county Limerick farmer has been returned to prison after he refused to purge his contempt at Limerick Circuit Court last week.Daniel Doherty of Rathcahill, Templeglantine, appeared before Limerick Circuit Court last Friday after failing to obey a court order where he was to vacate a farm holding and dwellings owned by two bachelor brothers who died without leaving a will.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A week earlier, he had been sent to prison for refusing to obey the order. He was returned to Limerick Circuit Court to see if he would purge his contempt.Mr Doherty had claimed through earlier proceedings, lasting some seven years, that the brothers wished him to stay and remain at the farm with his cattle.However, circuit and high court appearances supported that indeed, Mr Doherty was to leave the land in question.The 40-acre holding, owned by Edward and Mattie Roche, was tended to by Daniel Doherty as he assisted them over a number of years.Last Friday, Judge Carroll Moran asked Daniel Doherty if he would obey the court order and leave the farm as per the order handed down by the courts on March 4, 2010.Doherty stated, after his solicitor came off record, that he was not going to go against the wishes of the dead brothers.“I was with them the day Mattie died, I was there when he got the stroke by the fire. I’m not going to go against Mattie’s wishes”.Emmet O’Brien, barrister for the Roche family, said that “enough was enough” when speaking of the situation with Mr Doherty refusing to vacate the land and remove his 15 head of dry stock and a single milking cow.With members of the Roche family in court, Emmet O’Brien told the court that after the alleged “incidents” during the arrest of Mr Doherty the week before, the family did not wish to engage or further deal with Daniel Doherty or any of his brothers as tensions were already high. Nor was it their responsibility to do so he claimed.As the court order had not been adhered to, proceedings had been brought by Eamon Roche to have the matter dealt with at the Circuit Court.Doherty had claimed that he helped the brothers milk cows and save hay and that Mattie Roche had invited him on to the land with his cows. This however, was disputed by the estate of the Roche brothers.Appeals had failed to have the order overturned and the High Court upheld the vacation order.John Cussen, solicitor representing Mr Roche, told the court that his client was not giving him further instruction and therefore, he could not advance the case any further.“In the words of Maggie Thatcher, Danny is not for turning,” added the county Limerick solicitor as he applied to come off record and not represent Daniel Doherty any further.Emmet O’Brien advanced the matter and stated that Mr Doherty’s brother was looking after the cattle following Judge Carroll Moran asking what the Roche family proposed to do regarding the cattle belonging to Mr Doherty. Emmet O’Brien added that the plaintiffs should not have to do anything with the moving of cattle as it was not a “big logistical event” to move them.He added that it should be the responsibility of the Doherty brothers, and given the tensions between the families, it was something that they did not wish to do.However, after a brief adjournment, the court was told that the Roche family were willing to move Doherty’s cattle to a neighbouring farm, only if they had a garda escort.Judge Carroll Moran then repeatedly asked Daniel Doherty if he would again purge his contempt of the court order by refusing to leave the land but he repeatedly said that he could not go against “Mattie’s wishes”.  The judge told him that he would have to stay in prison until he decided to obey the order. Liberty to re-enter the matter was granted to the State should Doherty wish to purge his contempt.Daniel Doherty was returned to Limerick Prison, with Judge Carroll Moran stating; “I don’t want to keep you there a minute longer than I have to”. Advertisement Printlast_img read more

[COVID-19] Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020] Postponed Again

first_imgNews Updates[COVID-19] Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020] Postponed Again Radhika Roy18 May 2020 7:09 AMShare This – xThe Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for the year 2020 has been postponed in wake of the extension of the national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last date of the application has been extended to July 1. A notification has been issued to this extent.The decision was taken during the NLU Consortium meeting which was held today wherein the Executive Committee reviewed the impact…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for the year 2020 has been postponed in wake of the extension of the national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last date of the application has been extended to July 1. A notification has been issued to this extent.The decision was taken during the NLU Consortium meeting which was held today wherein the Executive Committee reviewed the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on the conduct of CLAT 2020.The notification further states that the date for CLAT 2020 will be announced by July 1st, thereby giving the students at least 21 days’ prior notice for the exam.The exam was originally going to be held on May 10, and was initially postponed to May 24. However, due to the extension of the national lockdown, it was yet again scheduled to be held on June 21.  Next Storylast_img read more

Rise in Covid-19 clusters

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Rise in Covid-19 clusters Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Twittercenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There’s been a slight rise in the number of covid-19 clusters recorded in the Republic.The HSE was notified of 410 outbreaks in the week to December 12th, which is 58 more than the previous week.Private homes remain the setting with the greatest number of clusters, with 328 family outbreaks noted last week.Nine workplace outbreaks were also confirmed, along with 19 in schools. By News Highland – December 16, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous article8 Covid related deaths and 510 new cases in Northern IrelandNext articleDamages awarded to family of Hyde Park bombing News Highland Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

How many hours should I work?

first_img Comments are closed. Although my company talks a good talk on work-life balance, there is clearlyan unspoken view by the board that the ‘serious’ managers are those that work50 or 60 hours a week. Personally I am quite happy to work long hours, but asan HR manager I feel I should set a good example. Any advice? Claire Coldwell, consultant, Chiumento As an HR manager, your role is to ensure the company operates legally andthat appropriate HR policies are devised and used. Most people who are enthused about their work are happy to work long hours,but no-one likes to be taken for granted, or see people being promoted simplyfor working unreasonable hours. In the long term, morale takes a dive andpeople leave. What is important is to be seen to work effectively. No-one is fooled byunproductive people staying late into the evening, and the board needs to bemade aware of that. Is the policy appropriate if it is being ignored at senior level?Investigate the reasons for this happening – are people unable to delegate? Arepeople inadequately skilled? Does the nature of your business mean that longhours are frequently necessary? Whether it is a training, recruitment orcultural issue, you, as HR manager, are accountable. It is not enough to simply provide a good example – your role is tochallenge if policy is not working in practice. Suzanne Taylor, HR consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Your company is certainly not alone in its attitude to long hours, despitehaving the best intentions to encourage its employees to take a balancedapproach. As a recent article in Personnel Today pointed out, the UK tops thelist of the longest working hours in Europe. Working time legislation has sofar failed to significantly change attitudes to the long-hours culture and inreality this won’t happen until examples are set at the most senior levels ofbusiness. Having said this, there are times when it can be healthier to work longhours – avoiding the stress caused if tasks are rushed through or notcompleted. There are many who may be labelled as ‘workaholics’ but who do findimmense satisfaction from a long day’s work. You cannot take the weight of responsibility for your own company’s approachto long hours, and it is not your responsibility to make others change the paceof their work or decide whether or not they are happy to stay late. However, it is sensible and wise to set a good example. Perhaps you couldmake a point by leaving the office on time at least occasionally, or to take afull hour for lunch once in a while. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMSConsultancy There seems to be an issue here that goes deeper than just work-lifebalance. Your comments on what the board says and what they expect demonstratesa lack of clear direction from a people management viewpoint. Your role is toinfluence good people management policies, not support poor working practices. Working 50 to 60 hours per week has been shown to cause stress. Also, thereis research that clearly demonstrates long hours result in a drop inperformance. This message needs to be put across to the board. Look forevidence such as turnover figures, higher than average sickness and qualityissues to make your point. It might be interesting to question your own values– why are you happy to work such long hours? Previous Article Next Article How many hours should I work?On 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

System keeps Interfleet on right lines

first_img Previous Article Next Article e-HR in action: How an expanding engineering and consulting group keeps ontop of its disparate HR needsSeven years ago, Interfleet was a UK traction and rolling-stock business,created from the engineering arm of British Rail. Today, it operates as aninternational rail infrastructure and business strategy consultancy. With clients all over the world, it now has six offices across threecontinents including Derby and London in the UK, Philadelphia in the US andSydney and Brisbane in Australia. It recently expanded its European operationwith the acquisition of TrainTech Engineering AB in Sweden. Although its workforce numbers less than 500, with HR data spread across 20disparate systems, many of them manual (including a paper-based leave system),Interfleet was a classic candidate for an enterprise-wide HR system. Added tothis, the HR department already had its work cut out with the typical globaland cultural issues that arise following a merger. After looking at a number of providers it decided on MidlandHR’s Trent HRmanagement and payroll system. “It is important that the HR department concentrates on the businessand related cultural issues that taking on a new business creates, rather thanworrying about collating leave sheets,” says Mark Nosworthy, MidlandHR’sproject assistant for the Trent system at Interfleet. “The company willnow be able to do this because of the reduction in administration as a resultof employee self-service. This will enable HR to be more strategic.” Interfleet currently has the people, development, absence, organisation,recruitment and training modules in use in the UK and, last October, theorganisation went live with self-service HR in Australia. It hopes to go livein Sweden by the end of the year. The organisation admits, however, that thepaperless approach has received a mixed reaction in some areas. “A number of the more mature employees are used to filling inpaper-based leave sheets so the transition to the new system may be more of achallenge to them,” says Nosworthy. But he emphasises that the ease-of-useof the system means that little training was needed. “We arranged 30-45minute awareness sessions for managers to explain the technology,” hesays. Interfleet HR assistant, Louise Sherwin, who oversees the Trent system on aday-to-day basis, says that while HR can expect a significant reduction inadministration, the overwhelming benefit so far has been the system’s in-builtreporting tools. “We can quickly find out how many holidays are left, forinstance.” She says the system is also helping to drive staff training byletting HR know when essential refresher courses in first-aid and health andsafety are required. The database is also used to download information on to the Interfleet intranetwhich contains contact details, phone numbers, policies and the companyhandbook. Interfleet was an early adopter of the Trent system and Anton Roe, softwaredirector at MidlandHR, says that its progress and use of reporting tools isparticularly pleasing, especially as it is putting the new functionality togood use in a live situation. “Organisations that are forward-thinking are now using the reportingsuites to develop key performance indicators. In one of our recent releaseswe’ve included an analytics module specifically to help with this.” System keeps Interfleet on right linesOn 2 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more