Goodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes name

May 7, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS ) has changed its name after 20 years to Safeagent, the Client Money Protection (CMP) campaign it has been spearheading since 2011.This initiative has focussed on persuading lettings and management agents across the UK to sign up to CMP but now that it has become mandatory, NALS has decided to rebrand and ‘prepare the next steps for the Safeagent brand’. It will now be the key accreditation scheme for agent working in the private rental sector.The organisation says Safeagent is popular with agents, increasingly recognised by renters and landlords and that it wants to retain this goodwill, and the majority of NALS members are already ‘Safeagents’; the only difference is the use of one logo rather than two.CampaigningIts ‘Safeagents’ will have access to all of NALS existing benefits, including campaigning, specialist training, and advice and support.“It’s a pivotal time for the private rented sector,” says Isobel Thomson, its Chief Executive (above, left).“There have been many changes, and many more are in the offing, but we do know what makes a Safeagent. In a crowded, sometimes confusing marketplace, it remains an easily identifiable mark of trust for consumers in an agent’s professionalism and the security of their money.“We will maintain Safeagent’s consumer focus, while also continuing to champion the cause of our professional accredited agents who uphold the highest standards of professionalism.”The next Safeagent Awareness Week, which in the past has been supported by leading agency chains including Northwood and Belvoir and has been running for the past six years, will be from 17-21 June 2019.         National Approved Letting Scheme NALS Isobel Thomson SAFEagent May 20, 2019Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Goodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes name previous nextAssociations & BodiesGoodbye NALS, hello Safeagent! Rental sector scheme changes nameThe private rental sector organisation says it wants to be the key agent accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents.Nigel Lewis20th May 201901,687 Viewslast_img read more

Ministry of Cake marks 3m-a-week milestone

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTaunton bakery and dessert manufacturer Ministry of Cake has marked the fact it now makes 3m cakes a week by launching a new website.The company’s longest-serving employee Pauline Gammon and its oldest employee Alan Leader, 79, pressed the button to launch the new website.Sales are now expected to top £30m in the current financial year, thanks to rising export sales, and as reported last week, export discussions are ongoing.As part of its expansion, the company’s sister operation, Ministry of Pudding, also in Torquay, is about to produce its 10-millionth pudding since opening in August 2014.Chris Ormrod, managing director, was also voted CEO of the year this week by the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.He said: “We are now selling more than 3m slices of cake a week, helped in no small part by St Mary Berry and a certain TV show.“We now send cakes from Taunton to Europe and beyond, with ongoing discussions with China and Australia. I estimate 20% of Ministry sales will come from outside the UK within the next three years.”last_img read more

‘Gangnam Style’ by the Yard

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgEvery now and then a song sweeps the world, catapulting its singer into the stratosphere of super-fame. “Gangnam Style” is that kind of phenomenon, performed by South Korea’s Park Jae-sang, better known to nearly 1.6 billion YouTube viewers (the most ever) as Psy.On Thursday the Korea Institute at Harvard University sponsored “A Conversation with Psy” for a packed audience of Harvard students, staff, and faculty and the international press at Memorial Church, in a session that was also live-streamed online.The event was introduced by Carter J. Eckert, the Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History. Slipping on a pair of sunglasses, à la Psy’s trademark style, Eckert suggested that Harvard hasn’t been so close to cool since Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1838 speech on transcendentalism.Alexander Zahlten, assistant professor of East Asian languages and civilizations, put “Gangnam Style” into the context of the investments Asian countries are making in exporting their cultures, and their growing influence in the West.Psy then entered and shook hands, and the audience cheered as he walked to the pulpit.“Isn’t life beautiful?” he asked.Psy, of course, wasn’t always a superstar. He was born in 1977 in the well-to-do Gangnam district of Seoul. As the only son, he was expected to take over the family business, building a “semiconductor equipment thing.” To avoid that, he spent four years in the late ’90s in college in Boston. First, he studied business at Boston University, then dropped out and enrolled at the Berklee College of Music.He left Berklee without a degree (“My nickname was W-W-F: Withdrawal, Withdrawal, Fail,” he said to a chorus of sympathetic “Awws!”), went back to South Korea, started making K-pop, and danced on television. He released his first album in 2001. For the next 10 years, Psy sang, danced, and made music.In July of 2012, he released “Gangnam Style.”“When I wrote [‘Gangnam Style’] last summer, the economy was so bad,” he said.“Everyone was so poor. My only goal was to make them laugh, with the song and choreography, so I tried to be as ridiculous as possible.” He explained that he intentionally developed the now-famous “horsey dance” so that anyone could do it.Then, lightning struck. By August, “Gangnam Style” was No. 1 on iTunes, and by November it was the most viewed video ever on YouTube. In December, it became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views.“Isn’t that amazing?” Psy said. “I am so glad, because the crowd doesn’t know [the meaning of the words], but they look so happy” when listening to the song and doing the dance.“I think there is something beyond the language,” he said, trying to explain the song’s popularity. “We can assume it’s the music. But that’s the boring answer. I think it’s the word ‘fun.’”Psy has won accolades and dozens of music and video awards, but he said the moment he really knew he’d made it was when Madonna asked him to perform with her at Madison Square Garden. He said when he arrived, Madonna was lying on the stage, and she told him, “Honey, you can touch anywhere on my body on the stage.”He said his first thought was, “I’m her honey?”His actual response was, “Really?”“I’ve got to be humble,” he continued. “This doesn’t happen to everyone, especially Asian artists. I dreamed someday, some Korean artist would be recognized in the American market, but I didn’t dream that it would be me. I have a very special body shape, so I never thought it would be me.“It’s weird,” he continued. “I am facing you guys like this. But life is weird. I’m happy and so proud. It’s so unrealistic to make a speech at Harvard.”During a question-and-answer session, he advised, “Please be positive. That’s the biggest power on the planet.”And, almost echoing his cool predecessor Emerson’s words at the Divinity school so many years ago (“Thank God for these good men”), Psy said, “I thank God all the time, because what I want to do is what I can do.”He then graciously thanked the audience for their time, and treated everyone to a Korean dinner.“A Conversation with Psy” was co-sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard “Learning from Performers” series and the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.last_img read more

Frank Langella & More Begin Previews in The Father

January 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_img‘The Father’ View Comments The Father Led by three-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella, the American premiere of Florian Zeller’s The Father starts previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 22. Translated by two-time Tony and Oscar winner Christopher Hampton and helmed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, the limited engagement will officially open on April 14.Kathleen McNenny (Enemy of the People) will replace the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of Woman in the production, which runs through June 12. The cast also includes Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe, Brian Avers, Charles Borland and Hannah Cabell.The Father looks inside the mind of André (Langella), a retired tap dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?Zeller’s drama earned him a Molière Award, France’s most prestigious theater honor, in 2014. The Father concludes its West End return on March 26. Star Filescenter_img Frank Langella Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

D.W. Brooks

January 17, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFive innovative leaders at the University of Georgia were honored in the name of another innovator Oct. 3 in Athens, Ga., when the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences had its annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.Brooks, founder of Gold Kist Inc. and Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies, was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. Although he died in 1999, his promotion of agriculture lives on through those honored each year.The 2006 winners are Allan M. Armitage, teaching; Joseph F. Frank, research; John P. Beasley, extension; Sandra F. McKinney, public service extension programs; and Anna V.A. Resurreccion, international agriculture. Each will receive $5,000.The awards program included the annual Brooks lecture. Pedro Sanchez spoke on the African Green Revolution and the Millennium Villages Project. Sanchez is director of the Center for Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment and senior research scholar and director of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.Armitage has evaluated garden plants in Montreal, Quebec; East Lansing, Mich.; and now Athens, Ga. Lately, his research focuses on using woody shrubs for the greenhouse and retail industry.The author of 11 books, Armitage is best known for his classroom and reference text, “Herbaceous Garden Perennials, a Treatise of Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes.” His interest in new crops for the garden, greenhouse and field has taken him to gardens worldwide. He also directs the UGA Horticulture Gardens, which are supported by growers and plant breeders internationally.Frank, a CAES food science and microbiology professor, teaches food microbiology courses in the department of food science and technology. From 1999 to 2001, he served as interim head of the department.His research covers the microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods and the role of bacterial cultures in dairy product quality. His research accomplishments include showing how biofilm growth affects Listeria monocytogenes survival in food processing environments, developing ways to observe viable pathogenic bacteria on food tissues treated with antimicrobials, and finding that capsule-producing lactic acid bacteria can improve the texture of low-fat dairy products.Beasley, a UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist, is based at the CAES Tifton campus. His applied research program focuses on peanut management and economically competitive production systems.His priority is to develop educational programs and deliver peanut production information to county Extension agents and Georgia peanut growers. He works closely with other faculty on the UGA peanut team to develop and deliver information that makes Georgia farms more productive and profitable.McKinney, the UGA Extension coordinator for Crisp County, has excelled in Extension 4-H youth development. Her innovative educational programs have garnered state, national and international recognition.Under McKinney’s direction, Crisp County 4-H was one of five youth groups in the world to receive the Albert Schweitzer International Youth Group of the Year Award for their environmental work in waste management, beautification and education. Another Crisp project, “Taking the Sting Out of the Mosquito Threat,” was the only 4-H project in the nation selected to appear on a video showcasing exceptional after-school programming.Resurreccion, a professor of food science and technology, has distinguished herself through international research and exceptional creativity. She has helped globalize the CAES peanut processing and utilization research program.Resurreccion developed a research program on ways to measure and quantify consumer preferences and the sensory quality of food. She uses this information to design, develop and optimize food products for global markets. She’s also a principal investigator or co-investigator on five U.S. Agency for International Development Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt and Bulgaria.last_img read more

Renters benefit the most from tourism?

November 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRenters benefit the most from tourism? – This is the sentence we hear most often.Only we renters benefit from tourism, is tourism something for everyone else that endangers their comfort of life?To all banks, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, confectioneries, furniture manufacturers, carpenters, plumbers, builders, real estate agencies, transport companies, dairies, bakeries…. life would probably be quieter if we renters didn’t have guests because of which they have to work so hard?Retirees should also not crowd the beaches, wait in line at the bakery, listen to all that tourist bustle gu? Probably everyone’s life would be more beautiful and easier if there was no tourism, especially us landlords who do nothing and earn enormous money?We are:- inherited real estate,- of course the money to edit them, it goes in the kit,- We all have an agency like booking com that takes a minimal commission from us- and maximally fills objects,- we do not pay VAT, tourist membership fees, contributions, taxes, etc.…Our only job is to welcome guests and change the bed linen, but even that is difficult for us, so we take women to whom we pay a miserable 60 kuna per hour on the black market?Our only concern is how to avoid entering VAT because we are always somewhere on the verge of crossing the threshold of HRK 300.000,00? ”Author: Anamarija Cicarelli, Interligo – Counseling for apartment ownersRELATED NEWS:INTERVIEW ANAMARIJA CICARELLI: DO NOT REDUCE ACCOMMODATION PRICES, BUT RAISE QUALITYlast_img read more

South Korea virus cases surge as WHO sounds maximum alert

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSouth Korean casesSouth Korea’s epidemic is centered in its fourth-largest city, Daegu, whose streets have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale.Three women in the Daegu area died of the illness, taking the national toll to 16, authorities said Saturday.South Korea’s total is expected to rise further with screening of more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country’s cases.While China reported 47 more deaths on Saturday, it recorded fewer new cases than South Korea, with 427 infections.South Korean officials say they are not considering a citywide quarantine for Daegu similar to the lockdown imposed on the central Chinese city of Wuhan.In Iran, unnamed health system sources told the BBC that at least 210 people had died of the coronavirus — far beyond the official death toll of 34, but a health ministry spokesman angrily denied that figure. South Korea reported on Saturday its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases and concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States as the World Health Organization raised its risk alert to its highest level.The virus has rapidly spread across the world over the past week, causing stock markets to sink to their lowest levels since the 2008 global financial crisis over fears that the disease could wreak havoc on the world economy.More than 2,900 people have died and over 85,000 have been infected worldwide since it emerged apparently from an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December. The vast majority of infections have been in China but more daily cases are now logged outside the country, with South Korea, Italy and Iran emerging as major focal points.South Korea has the most cases outside China, with nearly 3,000 infections as 594 more patients were reported on Saturday — the country’s biggest increase to date.In neighboring North Korea, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un warned top party officials of the “serious consequences” of failing to prevent an outbreak of the new coronavirus on their side of the border.The impoverished nation, with a weak and ill-equipped healthcare system, has closed its borders to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. Topics :center_img The virus has also spread to new zones — in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries, from Azerbaijan to Mexico and New Zealand after reaching sub-Saharan Africa with Nigeria reporting its first case.”We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday.”We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that’s the case, we still have a chance of containing this virus.”But California health officials confirmed a second suspected US case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill, prompting fears of a possible outbreak in the United States.”This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear,” said Sara Cody, director of public health for Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley where tech giants like Apple and Google are based.”What we know now is that the virus is here, present at some level, but we still don’t know to what degree.” Economy, events hit US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank stood at the ready to intervene if needed, given the “evolving” risks to the world’s largest economy posed by the outbreak.Official data released in China on Saturday showed the extent of the damage caused to the world’s second-largest economy, with manufacturing activity falling to its lowest level on record in February as key industries ground to a standstill under drastic containment measures.More global events were disrupted due to the epidemic, with the United States delaying a regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) due in Las Vegas next month.”This is not a time for panic. It is time to be prepared — fully prepared,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.Those efforts come as the number of deaths and new infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities.But they have kept rising abroad.last_img read more

Cairns apartment buyers need to consider strata dynamics

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgAPARTMENTS are a key part of the Cairns property scene, either for holiday investors or residents keen for a no-frills home close to the city’s amenities.But Archers the Strata Professionals, which has a presence in Cairns, has urged new buyers to do plenty of research on the strata or body corporate scheme and its management when buying an apartment.Partner Grant Mifsud said it was not just the property being purchased but also common areas and relationships with other owners.Mr Mifsud said while most strata schemes were well-managed and maintained communities, there could also be financial, legal, administrative and emotional challenges for buyers whether they be owner-occupiers or investors.Buyers should check out records to determine whether they are financially and emotionally stable and well managed.There are also professional body corporate record search agents trained to spot potential problems.Mr Mifsud said the five key areas where bodies corporate experience problems include their finances, common property defects, legislative compliance, body corporate management and disputes.“A solid program of maintenance, good recordkeeping, reporting and a healthy sinking fund are all important tools for maintaining common property,” he said.“A body corporate also needs good leadership to avoid stagnation and disputes. It is possible for a building to become derelict or invaded by toxic personalities and shockingly quickly. Since apathy usually goes hand-in-hand with stagnation of action, the longer it continues the larger the cost both financially and emotionally to eventually get the building back on track.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMr Mifsud said “dealing with difficult people” was the most daunting aspect of the job for all strata managers.He advised members to keep to the following:• Stay impartial and calm. The complainant is usually frustrated with the situation.• Listen and take notes. This is a necessary step not only to demonstrate your concern but to keep a record in case of formal dispute.• Empathise. If the complainant sees you are paying attention and empathising with them, their emotion will tend to diffuse.• Set boundaries. Let them know what your role is in the situation and the limit of your assistance.• Solve the problem. Educate the complainant of a step forward in the dispute resolution process.last_img read more

Vitol Buys Majority Stake in LSC

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgVitol Netherlands has acquired 19.62% of the total voting capital of Latvian Shipping Company (LSC), LSC said citing a notification from energy and commodities company Vitol.This is equivalent to a total of 39,249,118 shares in the tanker shipping company.The sum Vitol paid for the shares was not disclosed.Since 2002, the largest shareholder of LSC has been Vitol’s subsidiary JSC Ventspils Nafta, owning 49.94% of the share capital.Given that Vitol’s existing shares in LSC amount to 99,880,361, the group’s total shareholding is now equivalent to 69.56% of the voting capital of LSC, the shipping company said in a statement.Currently, LSC’s fleet is comprised of sixteen Handy and MR ships with carrying capacities from 37,211 to 52,684 tons.last_img read more

Expro Scoops Repsol Sinopec UK North Sea Deal

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgInternational oilfield services company, Expro, has secured a five-year master services agreement with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited, for well services across its UK North Sea assets.The contract is valued at $8 million for the first calendar year, which will be reviewed on an annual basis – including options to extend beyond the initial term.Expro’s award includes well intervention services across all of Repsol Sinopec’s UK North Sea assets for production assurance and enhancement, well integrity, subsea, reservoir and decommissioning and abandonment applications.The wireline and cased hole logging services include personnel to supervise all offshore intervention activity, including slickline and electric line conveyance, memory and real time cased hole logging (including production logging and calliper services), explosive and perforating services, downhole cameras, gauges and sampling.Expro’s UK area manager, Gary Sims, said: “Securing this significant agreement gives a major boost to our UK well intervention business, as we work hard to maintain contracts with valued, long term customers. It continues our excellent relationship with Repsol Sinopec (formerly Talisman), which goes back to the company’s arrival in the North Sea two decades ago.“The experience of our personnel, our strong safety culture and our commitment to service quality were critical in securing this contract – we look forward to further strengthening this relationship with Repsol Sinopec in the future.”last_img read more