Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agency quits high street AND Rightmove in same week previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agency quits high street AND Rightmove in same weekPDQ Estates in Cornwall says end of its branch’s lease is an ideal opportunity to ‘go hybrid’ and that Rightmove rates are no longer economically viable.Nigel Lewis4th February 20193 Comments4,852 Views Cornish estate agent PDQ Estates is to close its branch in Helston and has quit Rightmove, its managing director Chris Wood has revealed.PDQ has been trading for 18 years from the address but Wood says that, after its lease came up for renegotiation, he decided to enact a long-planned strategy to take his business off the high street into action.The 51-year-old says much of his agency’s work is now done remotely on the road, on social media or at home and that this is a “logical move for our clients”.“If you know your local area well, know your job well, why in today’s world of social media, 3D and 4K photography, must you have a high street presence?” he says.“Whilst I will undoubtedly lose some business from more traditional sellers, I am confident I will be able to more than offset this in other ways.”PDQ is the third well-known agency to abandon the high street in recent months following both Orchards in London and national agency Humberts.Wood’s company has only ever operated one branch but his profile has been somewhat larger than his business. He helped Tesco develop its hybrid model during the mid-noughties, and has been a vocal critic of Purplebricks within his blogs and on social media, and disagreed with the NAEA publicly over the ways its presidential elections are conducted.The company also recently had two complaints about one of Woods’ blogs on his company website upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.Wood says he is a supporter of “all business models, as long as they trade honestly, within the rules and don’t make claims they can’t substantiate”.PDQ has also been offline on Rightmove for a week, Wood has revealed, claiming that the “deal agents have had from Rightmove has been a bad one for several years now and its simply uneconomical to continue at the current rate so, as it stands at the moment, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a no deal.” The company advertises its listings via OnTheMarket.com. Purplebricks PDQ Estates NAEA chris Wood February 4, 2019Nigel Lewis3 commentsVivienne Nelson 4th February 2019 at 12:58 pmInteresting to read Julian’s comments above. Surely as the Tenant Fees ban comes into play, and profit margins for letting agents will be squeezed even tighter, suppliers (such as RM) should be working with their clients and trying to support them? Putting up RM fees will only drive clients away, or worst case scenario, into the ground. As a referencing company, we are holding our prices for the 8th year running, as we have been able to negotiate a price freeze with our own suppliers etc as well as increasing commissions on insurance products purchased. A win win for all. Why pass on increased fees to struggling agents who are still coming to terms with the loss of much revenue already ?? The mind boggles …Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 4th February 2019 at 9:56 amI only said last week after we received out annual BS letter from rightmove saying they are increasing their fees by 17.7% that we will leave, starting with lettings. We have advertised on OnTheMarket.com our lettings before putting them on rightmove and have dozens of enquiries, so will leave Lettings first, then sales. We now get an equal amount of enquires from both. Greed will be the end of Rightmove, and good riddance.Log in to ReplyVivienne Nelson 4th February 2019 at 1:20 pmWell said Julian. I cannot believe that RM is increasing their fees by such a huge amount! Surely, in light of the recent Tenant Fees ban, all suppliers should be working with their clients and supporting the current situation. Whether it’s stationery, agency boards, inventories, RM advertising etc, how do they think some agencies will survive? I fear that some will fold completely, which is sad. As a referencing provider, we have frozen our fees for the 8th year running, as we have managed to negotiate another price freeze with our own suppliers. We are also trying to help our clients further by introducing increased commissions on all insurance leads too. Win win for all concerned. As a last thought, all suppliers/business partnerships should be trying to help their clients to look after every penny, as this is key to all businesses succeeding. RM is being extremely greedy and totally not showing any commercial empathy with their clients. As you say “Greed will be the end of Rightmove, and good riddance”.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Back to overview,Home naval-today Brazilian Navy acquires three commercial vessels from Norway Authorities View post tag: Solstad Farstad View post tag: AHTS The Brazilian Navy has bought three anchor handling tug supply vessels from Norwegian shipping company Solstad Farstad in a public auction in Brazil.The vessels, Sea Fox, Sea Vixen and Sea Stoat, were previously used by Brazilian oil giant Petrobras on its fields and were offered for sale by Solstad Offshore before it merged with Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply into Solstad Farstad, a major offshore service vessel (OSV) company.According to the company, the vessels were sold at a price of BRL 82.8 mill (USD 24 million) and will be delivered to the navy by 2017-end.Built between 2010 and 2011 at ABG Shipyards, India, the AHTS are 63 meters long and have a bollard pull of approximately 90 tonnes.The Brazilian Navy intends to use the boats for search and rescue services and ocean towing but they could also be used for refueling of ships at sea. Brazilian Navy acquires three commercial vessels from Norway View post tag: Brazilian Navy September 7, 2017 Share this article
University of Southern Indiana Athletics announced the hiring of Eric Schoenstein as the women’s soccer head coach. Schoenstein, who was elevated from interim head coach, becomes the fourth head coach in the history of the program, replacing Krissy Engelbrecht, who resigned in November.“Eric has shown the passion to succeed as an interim head coach over the last three months,” said Jon Mark Hall, USI Director of Athletics. “I have full confidence that our young women will become both better people and champions under Eric’s leadership.”No stranger to the USI soccer program before joining the Athletic staff in 2014, Schoenstein playing a pivotal role during the Screaming Eagles’ dominance of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with the Eagles winning league titles in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991. He was a senior captain in 1991, earned All-Region honors 1988, was a three-time All-GLVC award winner (1988, 1990, 1991), and finished his career on the 1991 Academic All-GLVC squad. The Evansville, Indiana, native is still among the all-time leaders at USI, ranking third in goals scored (34); fifth in assists (22); and third in total points (90).“The opportunity to be the women’s head coach is a dream come true,” said Schoenstein. “USI is an amazing university and I am looking forward to coaching a great group of student athletes.”Schoenstein, who was selected as the first full-time women’s soccer assistant coach in February of 2014, has been a mainstay in the Evansville soccer community since the 1980s. He became a part of the USI coaching staff after serving as the Sporting Southern Indiana (formerly Southwest Indiana Soccer Association) Director of Coaching and Player Development since 2002. He was named the 2013 Indiana Girls Travel Coach of the Year and was the 2008 Indiana Director of Coach Award winner.During his tenure with Sporting Southern Indiana, Schoenstein enlarged the club from 12 to 32 teams, growing the recruiting base from 200 to 600 players.Schoenstein compiled a record of 269-80-60 as the head coach of the SWISA Rush U-18 Girls, earning a number one ranking in Indiana, and the SWISA Crush U-17 Girls. He also directed the U-18 squad to four state finals, to the 2012 Midwest Region 2 semifinals, and the 2009 Midwest Regional League championship.The U-17 team earned a number two ranking in Indiana under Schoenstein’s direction and won the 2013 Indiana State Cup title. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A significant price rise on flour is being tipped as “inevitable” as rising wheat prices on the world market hit the baking industry.The rise could be £40 per tonne on breadmaking wheat, industry sources suggest, which could lead to bread price increases of up to 10p per 800g loaf.National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh explained that the forward price for wheat in November 2008 was currently £142 per tonne delivered to the north west (Manchester/Liverpool).When the milling industry last put through a price increase of £29 per tonne in early September 2006, November wheat was trading at £108 per tonne – so cost prices are up £34/tonne since then. Waugh said: “It is inevitable that there will be a price rise on wheat.”Miller Rank Hovis’ sales and marketing director Jon Tanner said a price increase before the harvest couldn’t be ruled out. “Prices have risen relentlessly since last September and it is unlikely that millers will be able to absorb these costs for much longer. If the wheat market maintains its strength, then a flour cost price rise is inevitable.”ADM Milling said it was monitoring the situation on a daily basis, but it was too early to comment on possible price rises.Meanwhile, French millers this week announced they would be putting up prices by 54 euros (around £38) a tonne as of 1 July.Waugh said world wheat and other grain prices were under pressure for a variety of reasons, particularly rapid increase in demand for biofuels and low world stocks. “There is no real indication on the UK harvest yet; we are expecting quite reasonable quantities. The problem is that wheat prices are up around the world and markets are very volatile,” he said. “There have also been scares – crops from Eastern Europe have been 10 million tonnes less than expected and the US has been hit by bad weather for the second year in a row.”ADM Milling wheat and flour manager Lewis Wright added that the weather was “conspiring against us in all areas”, with world stocks at a 30-year low. Heavy rains in the past week had damaged crops in parts of the UK.Meanwhile, plant bakers are also awaiting developments, according to Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson.Warburtons’ purchasing director Bob Beard said Warburtons was watching the markets “with alarm”. Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this week, Beard said figures over the past few days suggested “potential for a cost price increase of between 6p and 10p per loaf”. The trade was also being hit by price increases on wheat, milk and molasses, which are used to make yeast, he added.John Tjaardstra, assistant executive director of the International Grains Council, said interest in ethanol was a major factor in market volatility, and consumption was slightly ahead of production for the third year running.
Levenshulme-based bakery Trove will open a second site at Altrincham.The new site will open on 11 March and is set to be a miniature version of the existing Levenshulme business, according to owners Marcus and Katy Saide.The husband and wife team, who make all their food “from scratch”, have a stall on the market five days a week and supply a number of residents including Little Window, Tender Cow and Market House Coffee.Katy said: “We’ve been trying to get in it [the area] for ages. The whole place is just brilliant and we’ve got a lot of support here. It just made sense really.“It will be a smaller version of what we do in Levenshulme, except we cannot bake on the premises for the time being.“We’re going to focus more on the pastry side of things and the menu will be a bit smaller by comparison, with probably about five or six items on it and some drinks and coffees.”Plans to extend the original premises are also in the pipeline, thanks to a Kickstarter project online. Supporters have pledged more than £14,000, which although short of the £35,000 target, means the project will go ahead.The couple also plan to open in the evenings, serving wine and beer, as well as food.
All land is not created equal. Massachusetts forests, for example, do triple duty in ecosystem benefits by filtering public drinking water, providing habitat for threatened species, and storing carbon to combat climate change.Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems — called “hotspots” — for their exceptional conservation value. A new study published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology reports that the number of ecosystem hotspots in Massachusetts has increased over the past decade, with more and more hotspots popping up in metro Boston.But more hotspots may not be a good thing, contend the authors of the study.Jonathan Thompson, a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest and co-author of the study, attributes the increase in hotspots to a degradation of ecosystems across the commonwealth. “Over the past 10 years, urban development has increased by more than 6 percent, at the expense of forests and agricultural lands,” he said. “When we lose intact forests, we lose stable flows of clean water, climate regulation, recreation opportunities, and wildlife habitat. The remaining forest is left to pick up the slack.”Meghan Blumstein, lead author of the study and a doctoral student at Harvard’s Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, notes that the emerging ecosystem hotspots are highly valuable and indeed worth saving. But, she adds, “An increase in their number reflects an ongoing division of the natural landscape into smaller units, which are expected to produce the same number of services with less.”“Humans have used the land for millennia to satisfy particular needs,” says Saran Twombly, lead program director for the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program, which funded the research. “This study takes a broad view to show that exploitation of land for one use has effects on a wide range of services we expect the natural environment to provide.”The forest ecosystems around the Quabbin Reservoir (photo 1) provide clean drinking water to more than 2 million residents of metro Boston and western Massachusetts. Patterns of forest loss in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2011, measured across the state (image 2). More than 5,000 acres a year were converted for residential and commercial uses during the study period. Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems — called “hotspots”— for their exceptional conservation value. Courtesy of Harvard ForestUsing satellite maps, the research team tracked changes in land cover — such as forest clearing for agriculture or development — across Massachusetts from 2001 to 2011. In each 30-meter square on the map grid (about the size of two basketball courts) they applied computer models to assess which benefits each ecosystem could provide, and how those benefits changed over time.The research team found that some benefits, like wildlife habitat for ground species, declined state-wide over the study period. But benefits like carbon sequestration and outdoor recreation increased, because intact forests are growing rapidly, and more land is being conserved and made available for outdoor recreation such as hiking and hunting.For some benefits, the scale of the analysis made a big difference, says Blumstein. When analyzed at a local scale, an area of forest in the Quabbin Reservoir may appear to be less of a hotspot than a local park. But when analyzed at a regional scale, the continuous forest area around the Quabbin Reservoir provides clean drinking water for millions of Massachusetts’ residents.The scientists say they hope the research will encourage collaboration in the conservation community. “The sustained delivery of benefits from nature requires an approach that considers conservation at multiple scales,” says Blumstein.“The natural environment cleans our water, shelters our wildlife, mitigates climate change, and protects us from flooding,” says Emily Bateson, program coordinator for Wildlands and Woodlands, a conservation initiative that calls for the region to conserve 70 percent of the New England landscape as forest. “Here is another resounding wake-up call that we must redouble our efforts to conserve the natural landscapes that sustain us all.”To learn more about Massachusetts “hot spots,” visit the Harvard Forest website.
Related Shows View Comments Star Files Wicked And nobody is gonna bring her down! The newly minted Golden Globe winner Amy Adams showed off her vocal chops singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked at a gay karaoke bar in Los Angeles, according to TMZ. The American Hustle star is no stranger to musicals having starred in a Grease parody, as a Disney princess, with The Muppets and in The Public’s Into the Woods throughout her career. Perhaps this is an “audition” for that future Wicked film?! We commend anyone for bringing musical theater to a karaoke night (who needs another butchering of “Rumor Has It”). Check out the performance below to hear every gay in that bar scream for the Oscar nominee. Oh please, you would too! from $95.00 Idina Menzel
Star Files Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Now that the 2015 Tony Awards are over, can we take a second to talk about how ridiculously entertaining Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming were? Hosting Broadway’s biggest night is no walk in the park (please, you try keeping an entire theater full of show people amused and on schedule) but Cheno and Cumming pulled it off with fabulous flying colors. The co-hosts kicked off the Tony Awards with a laugh-a-minute medley of quirky quips and sassy songs that showed off their show-stopping talents and frisky chemistry. Cumming performed “Willkommen” from Cabaret, joking that it would be the last time he ever performs the song, or as Chenoweth put it: “Until a revival paycheck comes along.” Speaking of that cheeky Cheno, she spent the evening putting the Energizer Bunny to shame with her wacky costume changes (“Eat your heart out, Kelli O’Hara!”), practically tackling Tommy Tune and blowing the roof off Radio City Music Hall with her On the Twentieth Century performance. Yes, she does, indeed, “Got It All.” Cumming and Chenoweth kept the ceremony light and fun by being their perfectly goofy selves. Whether they were both claiming to have hooked up with Bradley Cooper, confusing Fun Home with E.T.’s “phooone hooome” or joking about how Hollywood casts adaptations of popular Broadway shows, the two hostesses with the mostesses made the 69th Tony Awards three hours of delightfully devilish fun. Chenoweth and Cumming are two of showbiz’s brightest stars for a helluva lot of reasons and we had the privilege of spending the night with them while celebrating all of the things we love about Broadway.
View Comments Brandon Victor Dixon & Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Let the countdown begin! The Tony Awards Administration committee met today for the fourth and final time this season to determine the eligibility of nine Broadway productions for the 2016 Tony Awards.The nine productions discussed were Bright Star, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Father, American Psycho, Waitress, Fully Committed, Tuck Everlasting, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Check out the decisions below.Carmen Cusack will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Bright Star.Ciarán Hinds and Saoirse Ronan will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.Frank Langella will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Father.Es Devlin and Finn Ross will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work on American Psycho.Jessie Mueller will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Waitress.Fully Committed will be considered eligible in the Best Revival of a Play category.Sarah Charles Lewis will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her performance in Tuck Everlasting.Michael Shannon and John Gallagher, Jr. will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for their respective performances in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed.Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all that Followed will be considered eligible in the Best Musical category.All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits.Andrew Rannells and Patina Miller will announce this year’s Tony nominations on May 3 at 8.30 AM. The 70th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden, will air on CBS on June 12.
Burlington Telecom,The following is a statement issued by Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss in regards to Burlington Telecom, following a meeting with the Public Service Board. BT’s chief creditor is seeking to repossess some of the municipal telecommunications company’s hard assets. BT also owes the city $16.9 million. The circumstances of that financing are being investigated at the state and federal levels.Mayor Kiss: “At today’s status conference the City had the opportunity to explain its plans for the future of Burlington Telecom to the Public Service Board in Montpelier. It should be made clear that the City is not in default on its Lease-Purchase agreement with CitiCapital. Any and all rental payments the City is obligated to make under the agreement have been made.”The Lease-Purchase agreement has been terminated. In order to fulfill its obligations under the lease agreement, the City is making arrangements for the return of BT’s equipment to CitiCapital in concert with the acquisition of replacement equipment to continue providing BT services. With its advisors Dorman & Fawcett, the City is in discussions with CitiCapital regarding the appropriate return of the equipment covered by the Lease agreement.”Dorman and Fawcett (D&F) is also in discussion with potential financial and strategic partners inside and outside Vermont in order to finance the acquisition of replacement equipment. An essential element of these discussions includes the potential for future repayment of BT’s debit to the City’s pooled cash account.”The City will come back to the Public Service Board with a plan for this transition that will eliminate or minimize any disruptions to service as these plans develop. The Board must approve any plan before it is implemented. These plans are part of the City’s commitment to develop a successful cure for any CPG violations as specifically provided for by the law and the Board’s most recent order. D&F will continue discussions toward completing plans to return equipment to CitiCapital and procure replacement equipment.”Throughout this process, BT has shown resilience consistent with its track record of high-quality services and hard-working staff. As interim managers of BT, Dorman & Fawcett have brought new efficiencies to BT’s operations, with FY 2011 revenues remaining above prior-year levels. The City and BT appreciate the loyalty and support of its customers. BT customers and Burlington residents should know that the City is committed to preserving and enhancing the tremendous telecommunications and economic development asset we have in Burlington Telecom.”Source: City of Burlington. December 8, 2010.