Countrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital deal

first_imgHome » News » Countrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital deal previous nextProducts & ServicesCountrywide surveyors sign Landmark digital dealAim is to sign off 99% of valuations on the day the site visit takes place using Landmark system, it says.Nigel Lewis17th March 201701,938 Views Tech is changing the way property professionals across the industry do their job. And that now includes the 430-strong Countrywide surveyors team.Where pencil and paper once sufficed, its staff have now begun completing their valuations equipped with Surface Pro 4 tablet PCs (see right) loaded up with software designed to entirely digitise the property valuation process.Countrywide Surveying Services’ says it wants to “disrupt” the way valuation referrals are handled and its aim is to sign off 99% of properties on the day they are valued.This is because, it says, the system enables its surveyors to capture site notes and use Rightmove’s Surveyor Comparable Tool to call up property details and compare it with similar homes in the area.Landmark dealThe system is Landmark Valuation Services’ Q-Mobile product which has just finished being rolled out across Countrywide. And the deal is one of Landmark’s biggest to date, says Mike Holden, its Head of Client Relationships.Countrywide’s valuations business is one of the biggest players in the market and its performance was one of the few high points of the PLC’s otherwise poor annual results published last week.During 2016 it completed 364,957 valuations and surveys, increased its market share and turned over £68.6 million, up 4% on 2015, and earnings before tax up by 14%.“As an organisation that handles thousands of annual valuation instructions, the mobile managed service from Landmark gives us total peace of mind that our surveyors are capturing the right information for every job in an efficient manner,” says Matthew Cumber, Director of Field Operations at Countrywide (pictured, left)“By using Q-Mobile on the latest Surface Pro Tablets, our team can access everything they need onsite:  the camera is integrated, site notes are completed on the tablet, and comparable data accessed online.  It’s a far more streamlined process than ever before.”landmark valuation services Mike Holden countrywide valuation services March 17, 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 2021last_img read more

20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensing

first_imgTwenty percent of London’s privately rented homes are now covered by a local council selective licensing scheme, it has been revealed.Consultancy and services provider London Property Licensing says there are now 30 selective licensing schemes and that 200,000 of London’s million privately rented homes are now included within them.The latest London borough to join the fray is Hackney, which is currently consulting on introducing a licensing scheme across the whole borough for HMOs and a selective licensing scheme in three wards – Brownwood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington.Giving its reasons for bringing in selective licensing, the council says it has found shockingly poor conditions 20% of properties within these wards including leaking roofs, exposed writing and vermin infestations.“Our research has exposed that in some parts of our borough, tenants face appalling conditions that put their safety at risk despite paying an average of £1,820 a month in rent for a standard two-bedroom home,” says Councillor Sem Moema.“This is simply unacceptable. We believe that introducing these licensing measures will give us the powers we need to tackle landlords who exploit renters and make sure their homes are safe, secure and well-maintained.”As we reported in August, Hackney also recently introduced a voluntary lettings fee ban as part of its Better Renting Campaign. The borough is proposing to charge between £400 and £500 for a selective licence.London is not the only city where selective licensing is spreading. Birmingham City Council also recently began consulting on selective licensing within the Stockland Green ward of the city.Landlords will be charge £500 for a license, which will last for five years. The consultation closes at the end of the year and, if approved, licensing will begin next year. hackney Birmingham selective licensing sem moema October 6, 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 » 20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensing previous next20% of London rental properties now part of selective licensingResearch by consultancy shows schemes are spreading across the capital including most recently, Hackney.Nigel Lewis6th October 201701,240 Viewslast_img read more

USS Nimitz to Operate in Mediterranean

first_img View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: Nimitz USS Nimitz to Operate in Mediterranean View post tag: Operate View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Training & Education October 22, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz to Operate in Mediterranean View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and her escort, guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), conducted a northbound transit of the Suez Canal, Oct. 20.USS Nimitz was most recently operating in the Red Sea to provide the U.S. options for responding to crisis situations.USS Nimitz will operate in the Mediterranean Sea and train with international partners before returning to her home port of Everett, WA.Nimitz entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, June 9.[mappress]Press Release, October 22, 2013; Image: US Navylast_img read more

Hockey girls send Mary’s lambs to slaughter

first_imgOxford 3 – 0 St Mary’s A COMMANDING performance saw the Oxford Women’s Hockey team continue their glistening run of form, in the dark surroundings of Iffley Road.  Having begun the BUSA season impressively, the Blues were eager to assert their dominance over a struggling St. Mary’s team, who had no points to their name coming into the game. The home side put pressure on their opponents immediately, forcing early errors from the St. Mary’s back four. Beth Wild was the first to make inroads, linking up with her team mate on the right hand side, before failing to get on to the end of an over-weighted through-ball. This began a frustrating period for the Oxford girls, who were unable to translate dominance into early goals. Despite a profusion of carefully rehearsed short corners, the Blues struggled to beat the resilient St. Mary’s keeper, who pulled off impressive saves to deny first Ravenscroft, and then Cook. At the back, the Blues were well organised and communicative, despite struggling to contain their opposing captain, Lee. The midfielder demanded close attention from the Oxford players, who found it hard to cope with her physicality at times. In the 30th minute, she came close to putting her side ahead, having muscled her way in to the Blues’ area only to be denied by a good tackle from central defence.Shortly afterwards, Oxford deservedly went ahead via Beth Wild, whose athletic run allowed her to beat her marker and nestle the ball into the corner of the goal. After this breakthrough, Oxford played more freely, penetrating the St. Mary’s defence with consummate ease, despite failing to add to their tally before half time.    After the break, Oxford seized momentum again, causing problems for St. Mary’s on both flanks. Straight away, Ravenscroft was unfortunate not to get on the end of a forceful cross from the right, whilst Wild also came close to increasing her tally. At the other end, St. Mary’s were beginning to compete and the home side were fortunate to see Patterson’s deflection sail over the bar from a short corner.    From the touchline, the Oxford coach referred to his players as ‘guys’, making no allowance for laziness or technical deficiencies. He displayed his demand for professionalism when he cursed a rare mistake by Sumpter in defence. St. Mary’s failed to capitalise on this uncharacteristic error, allowing the Blues to dispatch the dangerous loose ball to safety. Shortly afterwards, Alice Cooke increased Oxford’s lead, displaying impressive dribbling skills before tapping the ball past the St. Mary’s keeper to make it 2-0. Surprisingly, it was the match officials that provided the most controversial dimension to a game that was hard-fought throughout. Both sides were bemused by the referee’s judgement when he awarded a number of dubious short corners, particularly as he was often behind the run of play. Whilst these mistakes might have balanced out over the game, Oxford were more capable of exploiting them; the assistant’s questionable decision to award the Blues a short corner allowed the home side to put the game beyond doubt at 3-0.  By this stage, there was little anger from the St. Mary’s bench, who had resigned themselves to the fact that they were fighting a losing cause against superior opposition.last_img read more

Wrights partners with Uttoxeter racecourse

first_imgWrights Food Group has agreed to sponsor the grandstand at Uttoxeter racecourse as part of a three-year deal.Under the terms of the sponsorship, Wrights will supply pies and sausage rolls from a new pie shop located within the paddock.Peter Wright, chairman and chief executive at Wrights Food Group, said the company was delighted to announce this agreement between “two iconic and respected brands”.“To strike a deal with the home of the Midlands Grand National – and a sporting venue which prides itself on the way it deals with its customers – is something that was very important to us.”Britain’s strongest man Eddie Hall, who is sponsored by Wrights and was brought up near Wrights Food Group’s headquarters in Crewe, was on hand to give the deal the seal of approval. “It is an appetising prospect for racegoers – enjoying some quality racing while at the same time being able to enjoy quality pies and sausage rolls,” he said.Wrights Food Group employs around 450 people.last_img read more

With virus in rearview, campaign for Catalan vote kicks off

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Political parties in Spain’s Catalonia region are scheduled to start campaigning for an election set to be held in two weeks The northeastern region has loosened a ban on traveling between municipalities to allow for political rallies with reduced attendance and mask-wearing and social distancing requirements.. That the vote will take place on Feb. 14 as scheduled is not 100% confirmed. The election taking place as scheduled on Feb. 14 is not 100% certain. Catalonia’s High Court needs to confirm its preliminary decision earlier this month to overturn a regional government order to delay the vote for nearly three months due to health concerns.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s student earns Gates scholarship

first_imgSaint Mary’s freshman Clarisa Medina stands at 4-foot-11 but her short stature does not hinder her plans for a big future.  “There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m going to be successful,” she said.  In May 2012, Medina found out she was accepted to become a Gates Millennium Scholar. Of the 26,000 high school seniors who applied for the distinguished scholarship, she was one of the lucky 1,000.  “Students apply annually from all U.S. territories and states.” Medina said. “The program is more prestigious than any university’s admission process, including Harvard.”  Medina applied online in December 2011 and wrote nine essays discussing community service, activities she engaged in during her weekends and summers and the type of courses she had taken to prepare herself for college.  “We also had to write about things that have happened in our lives that we had to overcome to get to the point where we want to be, she said. “There are three rounds and in the final round they determine if you can become a Gates Scholar based off of socio-economic need. If you are chosen you get up to 10 years of education at any university of our choice.”  Medina is the first Gates Millennium Scholar to enroll at Saint Mary’s College. The financial aid office had never heard of the scholarship before Medina.   Medina was first introduced to Saint Mary’s through her sister and current sophomore, Cecily Medina.  “She loved it so much here and she strongly encouraged me to come,” Medina said.  “When I came to visit I liked the classroom size, it was very appealing to me. I feel as if I have so many opportunities here. I get to double major and go abroad. It’s the ideal place to master the basics and go on to a higher level of education, perhaps a PhD.”  Medina, a double major in global studies and political science intends to minor in justice education and Spanish as well as earn her MBA from Notre Dame during her last year of college.  Medina finds another advantage of Saint Mary’s is her ability to participate in two different sports. “I run cross country and play softball here,” she said. “It’s a great stress reliever for me and my team provides me with an additional support system.” The second of eight children, Medina relies on her sports family to help her transition from her home environment. “It is really difficult coming from a Hispanic family because we are very close knit and dependent on each other,” she said. “It’s so loud at home and here everything has been pretty quiet. I know I just have to remind myself to sacrificed that for a reason and that reason was to get an education and to have an opportunity that my parents never had.”  “I am very proud of [Clarisa],” Cecily Medina said. “When she won the scholarship it wasn’t just her winning, it was our entire family winning.”  Despite engaging in an enriched athletic and academic life, Medina has not forgotten her background in service. “I plan to open a camp here that I created back home,” Medina said. “It’s called Run the World and I believe that it is the reason why I got the Gates Scholarship.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]last_img read more

Best Gear for Back to School

first_imgAugust is bittersweet as we begin to say goodbye to summer yet we are filled with the anticipation of fall and, for many, a new school year almost upon us. Here are our picks for some of the best gear for heading back to school.1. Hydro Flask 32-ounce Wide MouthThis is the water bottle of the future, er, make that present. It’s perfect for camping, hiking, campus, yoga, the office, and anywhere else you need to stay hydrated due to its double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel construction and wide mouth. For every purchase they give five percent back to a charity of your choice. $31.99; www.hydroflask.com2. Green Guru Ruckus PackThe Ruckus is everything I want in a versatile commuter pack: extremely durable both inside and out, comfortable to wear, integrated laptop sleeve, big and simple with a few handy pockets. Made from upcycled mountain bike tubes and other upcycled/recycled materials. $149.95; www.greengurugear.com3. Costa CorbinaNobody says summer – and campus – fashion meets function like Costa shades. The Corbina is a large-fit frame with a wide wrap and no-slip Hydrolite lining to keep them in place no matter what. Lens options include Costa’s 580G (glass) or 580P (polycarbonate). $179; www.costadelmar.com4. Helly Hansen Women’s VTR Mesh CapriMulti-colored capri stretch pants…Got to have ‘em. The VTR Mesh 7/8 capri from Helly Hansen offers un-matched style, fit, performance, and moisture wicking for the street, gym, and trail. $55; www.hellyhansen.com5. Lululemon Men’s Metal Vent Tech TLululemon for men? Yep. And it’s not just for yoga. These performance T’s are perfect for hiking, lifting weights, and hitting the town. You can still be a jeans-and-t-shirt guy and have apparel that breathes and moves with you — and will drive the gals crazy. $64; 6. Sol Republic Deck Wireless SpeakerOf course you’ve got options when it comes to wireless, portable sound, but the Deck is the only one that features “Heist Mode” whereby five people can connect via Bluetooth at the same time. This thing sounds awesome, is perfect for outdoor parties, and has a 300-foot wireless range. $199.99; www.solrepublic.com7. Cudas Flip FlopsFor a go-to pair of flip flops, and again, you’ve got choices, why not go with a Blue Ridge based company that delivers comfort and style for under 30 bucks. Guys: roll with the wide-banded Cruiser for beach-lifestyle simplicity. Gals: The Havana are way cooler and sexier than those strappy flats. $24; www.cudas.com8. Alite Barrel Bike BagLadies, outfit your cruiser bike with one of these beach-inspired handlebar bags from San Francisco’s Alite Designs – a company that focuses on simple, functional and forward thinking designs for the everyday outdoors enthusiast. It converts to a trendy cross-shoulder bag when you reach your destination. $50; www.alitedesigns.com9. SalewaWith men’s and women’s specific models, the Salewa Wildfire is one of the best hiking shoes available and is very popular with AT through-hikers as well as hard-core trail runners. Fit, construction and durability are nearly unmatched. Available in Gore-Tex and non-GTX. $159/$129; www.salewa.us10. Farm to Feet Greensboro SockEverybody needs a good pair of socks, so why not go with something made in the U.S. that will last? Lightweight merino wool withstands the rigors of trail runs, gym class, hikes, dress shoes with less funk. Now available in low, 1/4 & 3/4 crew heights. $15-19; www.farmtofeet.comlast_img read more

Work on the Military Pentathlon Course Enters Its Final Phase

first_img On June 20th the Brazilian military pentathlon will acquire one of the best military obstacle courses in the world, which will host the competition in this sport during the 5th Military World Games Rio 2011. Five hundred meters long and with twenty obstacles, the S-shaped course is located on the grounds of the 26th Parachute Battalion, in Deodoro (Rio de Janeiro), next to the Fencing Gymnasium. Due to the demanding requirements imposed by CISM, the International Military Sports Council, the obstacle course’s construction can be compared to that of a road, from the foundations of the obstacles to the drainage system. The course has a pitch of 2.5 cm on the sides, so that rainwater will run down into the channels. The rubber surface is the Italian Mondo brand, found in the best tracks in the world. The material is durable and allows for better performance by the athletes. There will also be two locations for timing, one in the middle and the other at the end of the course. “The know-how will be used in constructing new tracks in Brazil,” said Maj. Ferreira Pinto, manager of the Military Pentathlon for the Rio 2011 Games, whose team provided technical support for the work. On the 22nd the athletes competing for the Brazilian team in the 5th Military World Games and the referees will have their first contact with the course. Between June 27th and July 2nd there will be a tournament involving the Brazilian team, the Agulhas Negras Military Academy (AMAN), the Air Force Academy (AFA), the Naval School, and the 26th Parachute Brigade. By Dialogo June 16, 2011 Brazil needed a large structure like that and the organization is doing a great job. Congratulations to the organizers and to the athletes Brazil on top. PQD 96/6 N 61167 and I will be there to support this great event. Tel 76812437last_img read more

Argentina and Chile Conduct Bilateral Exercise on Naval Strategies

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo October 19, 2016 A delegation from the Argentine Navy’s Naval War School (ESGN, per its Spanish acronym) participated in the XVIII Bilateral Crisis Games 2016 at the Naval War Academy in Viña del Mar, Chile, from September 5th-9th. The annual exercise is part of the academic cooperation between the two navies and has a rotating venue, switching back and forth between Chile’s Naval War Academy and ESGN. “The idea of these games is to create a forum for discussion on topics of strategy, but always within the academic environment of the two schools,” Captain Gustavo Lioi, ESGN chief of operations and participant in the exercise, said to Diálogo. “There are no binding conclusions. These are academic debate forums on different topics that involve both navies,” he added. The Argentine delegation also included Captain Félix Eugenio Plaza, director of ESGN, Professor Rear Admiral (retired) Julio Alberto Graf, and Captain Claudio Villamide, chief of education. Other participants included Argentines deployed in Chile as part of the Southern Cross Joint and Combined Peace Force, made up of military members from both countries. Chilean Navy Captain Enrique Alvayay, director of the Bilateral Crisis Games, told Diálogo that the initiative aims to strengthen mutual understanding between the Chilean and Argentine navies. “[The goal of the exchange is] to articulate, analyze, and solve problems stemming from international crises, for which, due to their nature, the use of combined naval forces would be a priority with the purpose of increasing our mutual trust and operability within the framework of international security,” he said. Help for a fictitious island The Bilateral Crisis Games are based on mock scenarios in which naval issues, or issues mostly in the naval sphere, are resolved. “This year’s exercise was based on a binational force under a United Nations mandate that was tasked with providing humanitarian aid and peacekeeping on an island,” said Capt. Lioi. The fictitious island was hit by a hurricane that destroyed its electrical infrastructure and roadway system. Taking advantage of the collapse of its central government, other countries were plundering fish species in its maritime waters. Faced with this situation, the United Nations, whose mandate included Chile and Argentina, ordered naval forces to control the plundering in the maritime area and to provide humanitarian aid and assistance for rebuilding on land. “The binational maritime force had to plan the assistance for hurricane victims on land, protection of ships with humanitarian aid, and ways to monitor fishing,” said Capt. Alvayay. “This generated a political and military strategy to resolve interagency issues with the intervention of NGOs and other organizations, because, obviously, the solution to this sort of problem is not military,” added Capt. Lioi. “At the same time, the operational level was resolving the issue of using military force to complete these tasks (humanitarian work on land and ocean monitoring) to assist countries that had requested it.” In fact, Chile and Argentina share similar legislation and perspectives on not interfering in the problems of another country unless there is a United Nations mandate that authorizes it. “We didn’t go to that island of our own accord, but because the government of the island had requested the assistance of the United Nations to reestablish its operating conditions after recognizing that it was in over its head with the collapse of its infrastructure and political capacity,” clarified Capt. Lioi. Mechanics of the exercise The games took place over the course of five days in the Naval War Academy in Viña del Mar. The operational level was working with representatives from the Southern Cross Force in one room, while the strategy- and decision-making level was located in another room. After each work day, the groups came together for a plenary session in which they presented their conclusions and explained how they addressed the different circumstances generated by the direction the games took. The participants met again in their separate rooms to work, resolve their challenges, and present the debates. “On the fifth and final day, there was a final session with general conclusions,” said Capt. Lioi. The importance for Chile and Argentina The Bilateral Crisis Games are relevant at many levels, according to participants. “In a didactic exercise such as this, you theorize about topics that can then be put into practice in terms of doctrinal standards or standards for use of resources,” said Capt. Lioi. “But the games are also important in a much bigger sense. Remember that Argentina and Chile were on the verge of war (in 1978, because of a dispute over the Beagle Channel that was resolved through the mediation of Pope John Paul II),” he added. “In this sense, the systematic work that the two navies are doing is making everything come together in an atmosphere of trust,” emphasized Capt. Lioi. “Working with each other is becoming more and more natural, both in the academic sphere and in the work of the armed forces,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Capt. Alvayay said that exercises such as this allow for increasing mutual knowledge among members of partner navies. “They also allow us to identify the important and unique capacities that the naval forces could make available to civilian authorities to increase international cooperation in areas like disaster relief, protection of marine resources, and maritime security,” concluded Capt. Alvayay.last_img read more