Connells subsidiary Sequence has begun an aggressive push to buy up independent agents and has announced its second purchase this month via its main high street brand, William H Brown.Following the purchase of Enfield, North London agent Barnfields at the beginning of August, William H Brown has now bought a second agent, Cory & Co in the Essex port town of Harwich (pictured, right).Like Barnfields, Cory & Co is an independent family-run agency but unlike it, Cory & Co’s founder is retiring and the business is being absorbed into the local William H Brown branch.Norman Cory (pictured, left) established Cory & Co in 1981 trading in the Harwich, Dovercourt and surrounding villages and is also a leading light in the local town and keen Rotarian.William H Brown will transfer its lettings, property management and remaining sales deals into its existing branch along with three members of staff.Sequence“This acquisition strengthens our position in the local market and fits our targeted approach of building our managed property portfolio,” says Mike Rowley, Acquisitions Director for Sequence (pictured, right).“There is huge demand for rental property in Harwich and its surrounding areas and we’re looking forward to welcoming and working with the Cory & Co team to provide more landlords and tenants with the full spectrum of market leading lettings services that we offer.”Sequence has a head office in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and following the recent acquisitions has nearly 400 branches under 11 different brands, the largest of which is William H Brown at 204 which has the most branches in Yorkshire.Its other brands include Allen & Harris (42 branches); Bagshaws Residential (5); Barnard Marcus (43); Brown & Merry (13); Fox & Sons (57); Jones & Chapman (10); Manners & Harrison (4); Roger Platt (3); Shipways (10). Harwich Mike Rowley Norman Cory Sequence connells Cory & Co William H Brown August 8, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’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 » Sequence buys up its second independent agent in four weeks previous nextAgencies & PeopleSequence buys up its second independent agent in four weeksConnells subsidiary is on the acquisition trail through its William H Brown brandNigel Lewis8th August 201701,408 Views
View post tag: Navy Sailors from High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2 and members from the Naval Forces Europe band “Topside” joined efforts in entertaining children at Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l’Action Culturelle, and the Centre Pilote pour la Petite Enfance, May 10.More than 100 students and adults at both locations shared smiles and music, while Sailors gave teddy bears to the children.“We are grateful they came here to bring some joy and happiness to our kids,” said Emma Brousset, director of the Centre Pilote pour la Petite Enfance. “There some here with handicaps who were able to feel the vibe of the music and dance.”For service members, visits like these are opportunities to build friendships and give back to their host nations.“Our involvement in the mission is to build bridges and strengthen friendships,” said Musician 2nd Class Willie Brandon, trombonist with Naval Forces Europe Band. “Music is an international language and we use that to build those bridges.”Swift’s visit to Cote d’Ivoire was part of theater security cooperation, and is the first by a U.S. Navy vessel since the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) visited in 1999. The visit comes after several months at sea, making stops along the Black Sea and other European ports to strengthen ties with partner nations.Swift will continue to visit ports in Africa as it begins support to Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. Swift’s visit demonstrates the U.S.’s ongoing commitment to the region’s stability and economic prosperity.For the students and teachers that participated in the visit, many expressed their hope to see U.S. service members again in the future.“What they shared with us, we feel, is a big sense of solidarity,” said Brousset. “They can come back any time because we won’t forget them.”Swift is currently underway supporting APS which is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 14, 2012; Image: navy Share this article View post tag: Schoolchildren View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic May 14, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Visit Back to overview,Home naval-today HSV2 Sailors Visit Schoolchildren in Cote d’Ivoire View post tag: Cote HSV2 Sailors Visit Schoolchildren in Cote d’Ivoire View post tag: d’Ivoire View post tag: HSV2 Training & Education
A quick question for you: what links Edinburgh, Nottingham and UWIC? Answer: according to the BUSA league table, they’re all better than Oxford at sport. Of course, Loughborough is in first place on the BUSA table, closely followed by Bath and Birmingham, both universities renowned for sporting success; perhaps it would be unfair to expect Oxford to beat any of these three. But when did Edinburgh and Nottingham become excellent universities for sport? And do you even know what the letters UWIC stand for? (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, for those of you who, like me, didn’t know). Why is Oxford University worse at sport than six other universities? Should we be happy at being seventh out of 149 – and, what’s more, five places above Cambridge – or should we have a right to expect Oxford to be better?First things first, though: how is the table compiled? Well, the British Universities Sports Association takes all the results from the biggest competitions in BUSA-accredited sports, allots points accordingly and the universities with the most points come top. All fine and dandy, you might think. But, of course, not all sports are included: among the forty-nine sports included are Tenpin Bowling and Ultimate Frisbee, but Dancesport, a sport in which Oxford excels, is not recognized by BUSA. According to Mark Brian, Head of Sports Programmes at BUSA, this isn’t BUSA’s fault: “When new sports want to be considered for accreditation, they have to put forward a paper to us and then there are criteria they have to reach – they will then be considered on a case-by-case basis. A group from Dancesport hasn’t yet come forward.”But then there’s the problem of how the sports are weighted. 66154.5 points are awarded overall, but sports aren’t given an equal allocation of those points: Football is given the most points, with 5886 overall, while the most minor sport, with only 60 points, is considered to be Fives. Out of those 5886 points given for Football, how many do you think Oxford got? I’ll tell you – six, for coming fifth equal in the Men’s Shield competition. In fact, in the 2006-07 season Oxford got far fewer points for Football than it did for Women’s Boxing (twenty out of a possible forty). Rowing, meanwhile, although it is arguably the highest calibre and most important sport in Oxford, ranks quite lowly on the national stage: it is allocated just 1900 points, fewer than fifteen other sports, including Golf (2336 points) and even Table Tennis (2265 points). Mind you, BUSA has given it far more points this year than it had last year, when it had fewer points than Cycling, Sailing, Water Polo, Canoeing and Rugby League, all of which it has now overtaken. Mark Brian told me why BUSA now puts more weight on Rowing: “At the top end of the team programme there’s a very good standard but in the Individuals Competitions, competitors who may be of world status were only getting three points. We’re trying to recognize the standard of individual competitors, and so sports like Rowing have benefited fairly significantly from this year’s restructuring of the league table. The points allocated to the Regatta are now 1090 points, whereas football’s Knockout points are only 925 points [the other points are all won from how well teams do in the leagues].”So, is Oxford happy with its ranking? According to Kate Filochowski, Sports Federation President, the answer is yes: “This was another very, very strong year for us. We came fourth last year, but we always knew we weren’t going to do as well this year after the restructuring [of the way in which sports are allocated points by BUSA]. We always aim to punch above our weight, but it’s not realistic to hope to beat Loughborough, for example, or other sport-specific institutions – they’ve got specific sports departments, sports scholarships and that sort of thing. At Oxford we don’t have sportspeople first and foremost, but scholars and academics, and still we manage to come seventh – it’s pretty awesome, really.”The Sports Federation President is happy with seventh place, then – are Oxford sportspeople happy too? Well, in any case, a lot of them are being acknowledged by BUSA: out of the 49 BUSA-accredited sports, Oxford gained points in 34, including Windsurfing, Pool and Korfball – it certainly seems as if Oxford has breadth and depth. Even so, there were fifteen sports in which Oxford failed to win any points. Mainly this is because more minor sports have fewer points to give away and therefore often only the best four universities get any points, whereas in football more than twenty-four universities can get points for the same competition, never mind the same sport; sometimes, though, this is for more prosaic reasons – as Rob Dixon, Vice-President of the OU Trampolining Club, told me, one member of the Trampolining team made it through to the BUSA National Finals but didn’t go because nobody else from Oxford was going.So, apart from turning up to competitions, is there anything else Oxford can do to improve its student ranking? According to Richard Howell, Sabbatical Officer at Bath University Students’ Sports Federation, not very much: “Well, Bath’s success is very much a long-term thing – it didn’t happen overnight. Bath’s a young university – only forty years old – but it’s always focused on sport as an aim, and the Sports Department and the Federation work together to achieve the best results we can.” But he did have one piece of advice for us: “At Bath we’ve got reresentation in almost every sport, and we encourage participation in diverse sports, even trying to send individual competitors in sports where we haven’t got a university team.” Considering Oxford doesn’t field competitors in all of BUSA’s 49 sports, perhaps this is something we should be looking to: anyone fancy competing in Tenpin Bowling?We shouldn’t place too much importance on the BUSA league table, though – as Kate Filochowski told me, “BUSA isn’t everything for us; other competitions and national leagues are just as important.” Of course, BUSA doesn’t take into account Varsity matches, surely the most prestigious events in the Oxford sporting calendar (after all, to become a Blue you have to have taken part in a Varsity Match); also, it doesn’t recognise Oxford’s achievements in sports which aren’t played on a large scale nationally, such as Aussie Rules Football and Lifesaving. But we shouldn’t disregard the BUSA league table completely – after all, losing out to institutions like UWIC which, even if not well-known, put a lot of resources into sport, is nothing to be ashamed of. And, in any case, there are plenty of Tabs left to beat.
Cialone has worked as a professional urban planner, urban designer, and architect for the past 16 years, with more than a decade at Perkins Eastman and EE&K Architects overseeing large-scale urban design and strategic master planning projects for both private and public clients. Projects have included the Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan, Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor Redevelopment Plan, the Together North Jersey Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, the Passaic Eastside Redevelopment Area Strategy, and the Island Park Revitalization & Transit Oriented Development Plan for revitalization following Hurricane Sandy, amongst many notable others.The position of Planning Director was vacated last spring after the longtime director Bob Cotter retired after more than 30 years of service with the city. The city advertised the position on the website and through professional planning associations to have the greatest reach in the professional community.Majestic Theatre features artist Michael SteinbrickInfluenced by the realists Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent, and the photorealist Richard Estes, artist Michael Steinbrick will be featured artist at The Majestic Theatre Condominiums, 222 Montgomery St., in Jersey City from March 3 to June 25, with an opening reception on March 3 from 6 to 8 p.mApplication process open for Summer Youth EmploymentMayor Steven M. Fulop announced today the opening of the online application process for summer youth employment opportunities within city departments and agencies, under the Jersey City Summer Works program, a multi-program initiative, which has provided more than 3,000 youth with meaningful summer employment and enrichment opportunities since its inception in 2014. Residents can submit applications for City Youth Jobs through the Jersey City Youth Works website at www.jerseycityyouthworks.org.The Jersey City Summer Works initiative includes: City Youth Jobs, which offers a wide range of summer positions for youth, ages 15-24 within the Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, the Jersey City Public Library system, the Police and Fire Departments and other city offices; the Jersey City Summer Arts Program, which offers students an outlet to express their artistic creativity through various educational and enrichment opportunities; and the previously announced, Jersey City Summer Internship program, which places eligible public school students who are currently juniors in paid summer internships at leading companies and nonprofit institutions that earn them academic credit.The City Youth Jobs Initiative is JC Summer Works’ largest jobs program and was started by Mayor Fulop. Under the Department of Recreation, positions are available for residents in areas such as camp counselors, recreation aides, lifeguards, locker room attendants, and Stop-the-Drop team members.The application process to City Youth Jobs begins with the online application, open now through April 23. However, applicants for Recreation and the Department of Public Works positions should submit their online applications prior to April 2. Individuals selected for interviews will be interviewed by representatives of participating departments and organizations.Applications for the Jersey City Summer Internship program are due March 6.For more information, please visit www.jerseycityyouthworks.org.Army recruiting sees historic mission increaseU.S. Army leaders recently announced the need for 6,000 additional active-duty recruits and 1,500 additional Army Reserve recruits by the end of September as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act’s increase in the Army’s size.U.S. Army Recruiting Command will see the largest in-year mission increase in the command’s history, bringing the original mission of 62,500 to 68,500. This will increase the mission of the local Army recruiting battalion, located on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, from 2,257 to 2,472, an increase of 215 enlistments.The Army has added $200 million in incentive bonuses, fully opened enlistment to those who have served previously to assist with the increase, and increased the number of two-year enlistment opportunities.The Army’s standards for quality will not change with the mission increase. Currently, only 29 percent of youth meet the physical and mental qualifications required for military service.To discuss these changes and the impact on the local area, contact Michael Halloran at (732)-408-4427 or [email protected] Jersey City hires new planning directorMayor Steven M. Fulop announced on Feb. 15 that the city has hired a new Planning Director, Annisia Cialone, who is both an urban planning professional with over 16 years of experience and a longtime Jersey City resident with a passion and dedication for her city. A SLIGHT ACCIDENT – A vehicle sliding on ice near the Haborside station hit a northbound Hudson Bergen Light Rail train on Feb. 11. Trains approaching from various points north and south were halted for several hours. But no injuries were reported. ×A SLIGHT ACCIDENT – A vehicle sliding on ice near the Haborside station hit a northbound Hudson Bergen Light Rail train on Feb. 11. Trains approaching from various points north and south were halted for several hours. But no injuries were reported.
Many homeowners have a substantial investment in the various trees, shrubs and annuals in their landscape. Trying to keep these prized plants watered can sometimes be a challenge, especially in times of drought.We all drive past beautiful commercial landscape properties that have automated sprinkler systems that distribute water in every direction. Fully automated irrigation systems like these can be very expensive. While installing underground irrigation systems and pop-up sprinklers can be complicated and is best left to a professional, anyone with a little initiative can add a drip irrigation system to water landscape plants.First, take an inventory of your landscape. Make a list of the trees, shrubs and flower beds that you want the system to water. Realize that trees and larger shrubs can consume more water than annual flower-bed plantings, but they can also go longer periods of time without irrigation. It is wise to create zones of plants with similar water requirements.You will need a water source, whether it’s an outdoor faucet or a dedicated well.The first item leading from the water source will be a backflow device to prevent any contaminants from going back into the water source.Next, add a timer. Timers can range from simple wind-up devices to sophisticated, hard-wired, moisture-detecting irrigation controls. For the average consumer, a battery-operated automated water timer is a good compromise. These simple devices range in cost from $30 to $75.The next item required is a water filter – basically a small canister that contains some type of screen filter and catches small debris like silt or sand before it enters the drip lines. If you are served by city water, you may not need a filter. If you are irrigating from a well or possibly a pond, a filter will be essential.After the filter comes the pressure regulator, a very important component. This basically reduces water pressure down to a flow that is much lighter than the spigot. Typically, a water spigot puts out between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (psi). The pressure regulator will cut that down to somewhere between 10 and 20 psi, depending on the system. Without this vital component, your emitters can blow out and create flooding.Now, a supply line delivers the irrigation to the landscape. This flexible, plastic pipe comes in different diameters, but typically a half-inch pipe is used. Drip irrigation pipe with emitters can be purchased, or you can buy solid pipe and install emitters yourself.You can also use a combination of different emitters, depending on the variations in your landscape. For example, mass ground cover plantings, like a bed of liriope, would best be served by a drip line with emitters spaced every 12 inches. A solid drip hose with emitters placed strategically at each plant works best for large shrubs and trees. You will probably need some elbows, tees and end stops to round out your personalized irrigation system.Complete irrigation kits that contain everything you need from start to finish for a set amount of square footage can be purchased. The components are also sold separately if you choose to design and personalize your system.Because drip irrigation systems use low pressure and much less water, you should have enough volume to supply your whole landscape without creating specific zones. I prefer to create zoned areas based on the water needs of individual plants. My annuals and herbaceous perennials are on one line, while my shrubs are on another. I also run a separate line to water fruit or ornamental trees. This method allows me to provide water according to the plants’ needs.This does not mean you need three different irrigation systems. Everything can easily run through the same timer, filter and pressure regulator. You just need cutoffs to close off any systems that do not need water.Everything you need, from timers to emitters, can be purchased at large home improvement stores or online from companies that specialize in drip irrigation systems.Drip irrigation systems can be fully automated, but you should still check the water pressure and emitters frequently for clogs or blowouts. Sometimes mice will chew into the lines and cause leaks. Check your system at least once a week, while it is turned on, to make sure everything is functioning properly. Inspect the filter and clean it as necessary or at least once every few weeks.When winter arrives, you may not be able to run your system if it stays too cold in your region. If this is the case, drain the water out of the line and use the system only during warmer temperatures. Irrigation timers are very susceptible to cracking if water freezes in them.If you keep a watchful eye on your system, it should last for years to come. As you sit on your porch and sip a cool glass of iced tea, you will probably wonder why you didn’t install one years ago.
##30## After 18 straight days, working at over a dozen sites along Lake Champlain, VTrans reported Friday that the majority of their effort to shore up roadways from flood damage is complete. The tally of work over the past three weeks demonstrates more than one hundred and twenty five (125) state employees from all nine districts around the state worked side by side with private contractors and law enforcement personnel to ensure safe passage along roadways during some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Over sixty (60) private contractors supported state efforts to establish work zones and improve road conditions. The state called in seven (7) large excavators and fifty (50) dump trucks from private contractors, to augment state resources which were stretched to the limit. Over three hundred and seventy five (375) sections of jersey barriers were delivered to the trouble sites from across the state. Approximately fifty thousand (50,000) cubic yards of rip rap from six (6) quarries coupled with two hundred (200) cubic yards of crushed stone was utilized to repair and shore up decimated roadways near the lake. In addition to lake shore flooding, fourteen (14) different sites reported major slides and slope failures along rivers and streams. Each of these reports created yet another emergency that required immediate attention. Road Update:As Lake Champlain water has receded, water is no longer crossing the traveled portions of Route 2 including the causeway leading to the Champlain Islands. Weather forecast for more rain this weekend and into next week could bring water levels back up. VTrans will continue to monitor the situation, and advise drivers to be mindful of possible changing road conditions. Route 2/ Sandbar ‘ Open to two lanes with no water or debris issues ‘ Jersey barriers are still in place.Route 2/Carry Bay ‘ Work complete on armoring ‘ no issues.Route 2/Alburgh ‘Mothers Bend’ ‘ Work complete on armoring ‘ no issues.Route 2/Alburgh ‘ North Hero Bridge ‘ Work complete ‘ no issues.Route 78/Swanton ‘ Work complete and delineators in place. No issues with water/debris.Route 129/Isle La Motte ‘ Open to two lanes with water/debris not an issue.Route 17 ‘ Open.Route 125 ‘ Remains closed.I-89 Southbound near Milton ‘ Still reduced to one lane and awaiting repair.Route 118 ‘ Still reduced to one lane in some areas due to road work.Route 122 ‘ Remains one lane in Lyndon due to slope failure and awaiting repair.Route 7/Highgate Springs ‘ Open; water and debris no long an issue.Route 36 ‘ No change ‘ still closed along the Bay.Smugglers Notch is now open. Ferries: Charlotte to Essex Ferry still out of service. Chimney Point and Grand Isle running on schedule. Preliminary Damage ReportVTrans has been working with FEMA and Vermont Emergency Management to assess flood damage to town and state roads and bridges. Latest damage estimates from recent flooding for the FEMA eligible public assistance program (town roads and bridges) are in excess of $6 million. State-owned road damage estimates are now in excess of $1.9million. These figures are likely to increase as the flood waters recede.
NAFCU reacted to the $185 million fine of Wells Fargo by California and federal regulators for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said, “Wells Fargo’s illegal sales practices are an egregious violation of consumer trust. To open more than 1.5 million likely unauthorized consumer deposit accounts and more than 500,000 credit card accounts is despicable, and it’s flat-out fraud. Someone needs to go to prison,” Berger said. “To put an end to this type of behavior, there has to be personal accountability. Consumers deserve better; our country deserves better. Did the banks not learn anything from the financial crisis they caused?”Berger added, “Credit unions — not-for-profit, member-owned financial institutions — have their members’ best interests at heart. By contrast, Big Banks and Wall Street banks are clearly driven by their shareholders’ interests at any cost. The flagrant disregard exhibited by Wells Fargo for their customers’ trust confirms that.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“I think the greatest impact I see is what we provide over breaks for students in terms of food, that’s really important because when we’re not in session sometimes that breakfast and lunch are two of the hot meals for the day.” Norwich High School Principal Kisten Giglio explained Tuesday, “This grew from a closet in the nurse’s office, one little tiny closet, to this whole room.” Those items include food, clothing, hygiene products and school supplies. The idea started when Giglio noticed a need for simple items in her students. Members like Jonathan Ryan spearheaded the project, saying, “I really want to just help other people out.” Looking for a group to tackle the issue, the school’s Spanish Club stepped up to the plate. Another group built the shelves inside, others wash the clothes brought in and the items inside are donated from all over the community. While the closet has only been up and running for a few months, she said she’s already seen the difference. “So if we meet these needs then hopefully they can be more successful academically as well,” added Giglio. NORWICH (WBNG) — Norwich High School and its surrounding community are making sure students have everything they need to succeed through a project called the Purple Pride Closet. Giglio hopes to not only see the closet continue to grow, but also the number of students it helps. “We just want them to know that no matter what the need we’re here for them.” Students can talk to any staff member about the closet in order to gain access to the items they need.
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A little wind and a wave or two was enough to make both amateur and professional Italian surfers quickly forget two months of anti-virus lockdown. The beaches of Ladispoli, northeast of Rome, have opened after being off-limits since March, and despite mediocre conditions, the surfers showed up to ride the waves.”The best feeling was putting my feet back in the sand again, even before getting into the water,” said local surfer Piero Capannini. “Then, the fact of being able to immerse yourself and be in the waves felt like I was doing it for the first time.” The waves weren’t great, he added, “but still it was maybe one of the most beautiful sessions in my life.”With a setting sun, a steady wind stirring the palm trees and a crumbling medieval tower in the background, these surfers said they wouldn’t miss this opportunity for the world. “You can see that the waves aren’t amazing but we’re all in the water so that shows how important it is for us to be able to get back in the water, put on the wetsuit even if it’s cold,” said surf instructor Fabrizio Cimini.Another surfer, Giorgio Fiorilli, said he surfed every day before the coronavirus emergency struck. But what he also missed, he said, was the tight-knit surfing community. Topics : “You see all these people with you, close to you, you feel home, with your family. It’s really nice,” Fiorilli said.Also in the water was professional surfer Roberto D’Amico, who lives in Ladispoli. When the town reopened its beaches on May 4, D’Amico appealed on his Facebook page for beach lovers to respect social distancing, as the beach risked being closed again over any irresponsible behavior.Most beaches remain closed throughout Italy although local officials have the authority to reopen them.”Surely times have not been easy for anyone. I knew that surfing wasn’t a priority right now,” D’Amico told AFP. “We respected the rules, we were really barricaded at home for two months.””The pandemic is not over, but nevertheless we’ve been given the freedom to come back and breathe some quality sea air, which makes us really happy and gives us the strength to face this difficult period for everyone.”