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first_imgHome » News » Industry stars to gather today at Parliament to get their qualifications awards previous nextRegulation & LawIndustry stars to gather today at Parliament to get their qualifications awardsLord Best is hosting the annual Propertymark event at the House of Lords as the government prepares to introduce compulsory NVQ Level 3 qualifications.Nigel Lewis23rd October 20190568 Views The industry’s most promising young estate agents are to gather at Westminster today to find out who are the winners of this year’s Propertymark Qualifications awards.Hosted by Lord Best, OBE the event should be a lively affair for several reasons.Parliament is currently encircled with protesters from both sides of the Brexit debate as Boris Johnson attempts to get his Brexit bill through; and Lord Best is one of the chief architects and chairman of Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Working Group.The grouping earlier this year published its report on compulsory industry regulations after months of public evidence gathering from industry leaders.This will include minimum qualifications for estate agents working on the front line before they can legally carry out their roles regardless of previous experience.Propertymark“The event highlights the professional achievements of learners who invest in their own professional development and that of their staff,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark.To be held in the Cholmondeley Room and terrace in the House of Lords, it is expected that one of the current housing ministers will give out the prizes at the event, alongside Mark Smith who heads up Propertymark’s qualifications operation.These will include sales candidate of the year, lettings candidate of the year, auctioneer candidate of the year, the industry’s rising star, employer champion and learner of the year.It is also likely that a ‘lifelong achievement’ award will also be handed out, which last year went to NAEA past president Melfyn Williams.Propertymark is the UK’s largest property industry training organisation offering regulated property qualifications through in-house training, online courses, business skills courses and both estate agency and commercial sector courses.Propertymark Qualifications Lord Best Brexit October 23, 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 2021last_img read more


first_imgThe mission of the Department Biochemistry & Molecular Biologyfalls into two important categories: teaching and research. Weaddress important research problems and provide high qualityopportunities for pre-and postdoctoral trainees. Biochemistry andmolecular biology are the underpinnings of modern biomedicalscience and our Department provides this background for alltrainees at VCU, regardless of the direction the future may takethem in.In research, fundamental discoveries are enabled by outstandingfaculty, state of the art instrumentation, and great resources thatexist within the Department, School of Medicine, the Massey CancerCenter, and the institution at large. A unique collaborative spiritreinforced through graduate student and postdoctoral fellowshiptraining and through engagement of our faculty in scientificinteractions is at the core of our mission. The Department hasresearch efforts of international stature in severalmulti-disciplinary research areas in cellular and molecularbiology, bioactive lipids, metabolism, cancer, cardiovascular andneuroscience. The Department is committed to enhancing diversityamong its faculty, staff, and students. Finally, the Departmentfaculty have a responsibility to provide service to theirprofession and to the university community.In education, our teaching methods help to reinforce difficultconcepts and provide individualized attention that fosters trainingof the highest quality. A program of instruction in teaching forour junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students ensures thatfuture teachers have the necessary tools to communicate clearly andeffectively. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3 • Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or a closely relateddiscipline.• Track record of publications in high-impact journals in the areasof bioactive lipids, metabolism, cancer, neuroscience, orcardiovascular.• Have a well-developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidenceof multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriateto complement and expand existing expertise in thedepartment.• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Is this employee on a H1B Visa? If you have specific questions please contact the BiochemistryAdministrative Office at 804-828-9762. School/UnitSchool of Medicine Working TitleAssistant Professor Application Deadline Date Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Position NumberF65940 Number of Months12 RankAssistant Professor Position Responsibilities Preferred Qualifications Posted Salary Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Required Qualifications Mission or Goal of Unit Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/97785 Date Posted03/02/2020 Diversity Statement Information Grant funded position?No ResearchEstablish a laboratory to successfully contribute to the departmentresearch mission concerning grant submissions, publications, andtraining of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.TeachingThe faculty member will have teaching responsibilities in the areasrelevant to their expertise. Possible course assignments mayinclude but are not limited to: MI Medical Biochemistry;BIOC503/BIOC504; BIOC602; BIOC604. In addition, faculty will mentorresearch projects of graduate students who are registered forBIOC697. Type of SearchNational Application Process/Additional Information Tenure StatusTenure Eligible Open Until FilledYes Proposed Hire Date06/01/2020 The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in theSchool of Medicine is seeking to fill a tenure-track facultyposition in line with our research and teaching mission. DepartmentBiochemistrylast_img read more


first_imgJohn Gregg’s $239,114.64 Issueby ABDUL HAKIM  SHABAZZ f or IndianaForefrontDemocratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg has a problem and it’s worth about $239,114.64.Because by the end of the year, that’s how much taxpayers are estimated to have paid for what basically amounts to free healthcare for Gregg, his wife, his ex-wife and two sons.You see back in 2002, when Gregg was Speaker of the House, he along with then Republican Senate Leader Bob Garton passed legislation giving lawmakers lifetime health care. Yes, lifetime, as in when they left office the taxpayers would still be picking up the tab for most of their health insurance.House Speaker Brian Bosma ended the perk in 2006, but due to legal/constitutional restraints they couldn’t end it retroactively. So the Speaker authored a law saying any lawmaker elected or re-elected after 2006 could no longer get the benefit. A number of them retired. And today, Gregg and about 30 other lawmakers are still receiving it.With respect to Gregg’s family, coverage for his former spouse ended in June 5, 2006. Coverage for his current wife began on March 30, 2013 and coverage for his two sons ended on December 31 of 2015. Those same records also show the House of Representatives paid $202,863.63 in benefits for Gregg and his family through the end of 2015 and is expected to pay another $36,251.01 in 2016.Gregg’s campaign is defending the benefit, arguing it’s not free, but he does pay premiums. Which is true, but they won’t disclose the amount.Luckily you have me.In 2002, a traditional family health insurance plan under the state was $8,993.60. A retiring lawmaker would only pay about $343.67 or 4 percent of the costs. And the law locked in that rate for life any lawmaker who had six years and one day of service. Extrapolate that to today. And assuming Gregg is on the traditional plan, he is paying $1,440, saving about $34k -$36k year. Or that’s what you’re paying for him and his family’s health insurance.Now my Democratic friends say this isn’t an issue because Gregg didn’t do anything illegal and some have even brought up Governor Mike Pence’s salary when he was in Congress. And to be honest, I was surprised Gregg was still on the program. I figured he would have been on his own plan since he was President of Vincennes University at one time and worked for a Fortune 500 company. Regardless, I think my democratic friends’ positions show a fundamental misunderstanding of politics.While voters may not appreciate the subtleties between acquired wealth and deferred compensation, they can sure wrap their arms around any politician (who is supposed to be part-time) writing a law to give him and his family basically free health insurance 14 years after they left office.And if you don’t believe me, just watch the campaign commercials that are likely to come out of all this.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgSource: Lovingly ArtisanLovingly Artisan has won the baker of the year accolade at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards for the second year running.Kendal-based Lovingly Artisan illustrated a great passion for hand-crafted breads and took into consideration the health aspects of its ingredients, said the judges.“They have an excellent synergy with local suppliers,” one stated.The awards were announced via social media, as they were due to be presented at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.Covering 11 categories, the awards were hosted by broadcaster, journalist and judges’ chair Nigel Barden.The panel also included: food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm; British Baker deputy editor Amy North; owner of Wellgate Fisheries and president of the National Federation of Fishmongers Giles Shaw; fresh foods reporter at The Grocer Henry Sandercock; and Richard Nicholson from Cannon Hall Farm Shop, last year’s Retailer of the Year winner.“From a fantastic collection of speciality retailer finalists, dedicated to artisan quality, service and the communities they serve, we now have the very best of the best,” added Barden.Farm Shop & Deli Awards winners 2020Baker of the Year: Lovingly Artisan, CumbriaButcher of the Year: Brace of Butchers, DorsetFishmonger: Cross of York, North YorkshireGreengrocer: K D Davis & Sons (The Greengrocers), South YorkshireNewcomer: The Crieff Food Co, PerthshireOnline Business: Dukeshill Ham Co, ShropshireRetailer of the Year: The Courtyard Dairy, North YorkshireVillage Store/Local Shop: Fittleworth Stores, West SussexRegional winnersCheesemonger and North West: The Courtyard Dairy, YorkshireDelicatessen and South East: Panzer’s, St John’s WoodFarm Shop Large Retailer and South West: Strawberry Fields Farm Shop and Restaurant, DevonFarm Shop Small Retailer and Midlands: Wellbeck Farm Shop, NottinghamshireFood Hall and Scotland: The Crieff Food Co, PerthshireEast Anglia: The Norfolk Delicatessen, HunstantonNorth East: Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, West YorkshireNorthern Ireland: Cunningham Butchers & Food Hall, Kilkeel, Co DownWales: The Little Cheesemonger, Rhuddlan, Denbighshirelast_img read more


first_imgRadiohead fans hit the jackpot last year with the release of OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017, a 20th-anniversary reissue of OK Computer that featured three previously unreleased B-sides from the band’s fruitful mid-’90s heyday. The three tracks—”I Promise”, “Man Of War” and the semi-legendary “Lift”—were all tunes that long ago got the live treatment before falling off the radar entirely, so it was quite the treat to hear them in all of their fully fleshed-out studio glory.Fast forward to today, and Radiohead devotees have another serious treat on their hands. This one is a full recording of the mysterious rarity “Come To Your Senses”, which—as far as anyone knows—was only played once during a soundcheck 12 years ago.Fans originally got a taste of the “Come To Your Senses” after a 56-second snippet of the song was posted online by a bootlegger called Hoserama following Radiohead’s June 24th, 2006 show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. At the time, the band was on the road workshopping much of the material that would appear on 2007’s In Rainbows, though “Come To Your Senses” clearly wasn’t on that album. After holding on to the full recording for over a decade, Hoserama marked the fateful show’s 12th anniversary by uploading the full version to YouTube on Sunday (why they waited this long is anyone’s guess, but at least it saw the light of day eventually).“Come To Your Senses” is a fascinating Radiohead effort, to say the least. The recording—the only version of the song anyone has ever heard—opens with twangy two-and-a-half minute jam before giving way to the meat of the acoustic guitar-centric tune. Frontman Thom Yorke can be heard mumbling various things throughout the recording, but for the most part, its a fairly straightforward rendition of a surprisingly straightforward song.Radiohead – “Come To Your Senses” (2006 soundcheck)In addition to the seven-minute clip of “Come To Your Senses,” Hoserama also posted a full recording of Radiohead’s 70-minute soundcheck from the June 24th, 2006 show, which features some random jamming and early versions of “Bodysnatchers”, “All I Need”, “Go Slowly”, and “15 Step” as well as takes on “The Gloaming”, “Subterranean Homesick Alien”, “The Tourist”, and “Airbag”.Radiohead – Full June 24, 2006 Soundchecklast_img read more


first_img from $149.00 View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Raise a glass to freedom! Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and because of the Tony-winning Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, red, white and blue bathing suits, beach towels, fireworks, burgers and dogs are not the only reasons to be excited about the holiday. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan smash hit has made fans excited about United States history, and this year, we celebrate 240 years of our young, scrappy and hungry nation running nonstop. So which Ham jam will you be blasting at your barbecue? Broadway.com Cinematographer Alex Goyco kicked off the challenge with his top 10. Now it’s your turn. Happy Fourth!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)center_img Hamilton Related Showslast_img read more


first_img“It can’t feel it. The nervous system isn’t developed at this stage,” said Robert Beckstead, poultry science professor and researcher with CAES. After just two days of developing in the egg, a chicken’s heart beats. Students discovered the beating organ firsthand after cracking open eggs to learn about embryo development in “Chickenology,” a seminar course offered by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Does it hurt?” asked some of the students as they watched the heart throb through a microscope. Like in human development, the heart is one of the first organs to develop in birds. It beats to circulate blood throughout the chicken’s circulatory system so it can grow into a healthy bird. Wings and eyes are easily seen by day six. The chick is ready to hatch after 21 days. “Chickenology” is one of more than 300 seminars offered as part of UGA’s new First-year Odyssey program. Freshman seminars are designed to introduce students to the academic life at UGA. Small classes allow freshmen to engage with faculty and other first-year students while learning about the university’s unique academic culture. “The goal is to get freshmen integrated into the university quicker and give students more one-on-one time with faculty members,” said Robert Beckstead, poultry science professor and researcher with CAES who teaches the “Chickenology” course. “Freshmen are fun in the classroom. Everything is new, and they like to ask questions and think about things.” Freshmen are required to choose one seminar. What attracts them to “Chickenology?”For Patrick Murray, an animal health major, the name sold him. “I thought this class would be fun. I never knew anything about chickens and it seemed more interesting than the other choices.” Carlie Grubbs wanted to study something outside of her intended major — athletic training. “I like anatomy and learning new things,” she said. “I knew I wouldn’t have another opportunity to take something completely different.” Odyssey courses were offered for the first time in fall 2011. Classes are limited to 15-18 students. “The important thing is to engage them, but more importantly for me is to have them start thinking on their own and know that it is OK to question what they read and interpret what they see and hear,” Beckstead said. Conversations in Beckstead’s classroom also include the families and communities tied to the students. “I have a student whose grandmother sent her a book about chickens because she went home and told her about the class and what she was learning. They probably talked about hormones or something else we learned in class and now two people know more than they did before coming to this class,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders will join thousands of Americans this weekend participating in “Tax March” rallies intended to discredit President Donald Trump’s claims that the public is apathetic when it comes to his returns, which he refused to reveal in the run-up to the presidential election and continues to withhold from the public.Members of the so-called Trump “Resistance” are organizing rallies across the country, including outside Internal Revenue Service (IRS) buildings in Hauppauge and Bethpage, which happen to coincide with the country’s most-scorned date of the year: April 15th, Tax Day.In the spirit of transparency, demonstrators plan to call on the president to finally produce his tax returns so the public can have a greater understanding of the self-declared billionaire’s sprawling business interests, including any financial ties to foreign countries.“Let’s send a clear message to the President: ‘SHOW US YOUR TAX RETURNS!’” reads a Facebook event for Saturday’s Bethpage rally. “The President is accountable to the American people. We care, and we’re not going away!”Demonstrations are planned across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where protesters will march from the Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial.“You work for us,” the message to Trump on the Tax March website reads. “And we demand answers.”Throughout the presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump vacillated on the issue of releasing his tax returns: in one breath saying he’d acquiesce and in another he claimed that an IRS audit prevented him from doing so, a justification thoroughly debunked by neutral observers.Trump broke with a four-decade-old tradition of presidential candidates’ releasing their returns to the American public. The list includes President Richard Nixon, who was also under an audit but made his documents available anyway.Among some of the reasons given for concealing the documents was Trump’s assertions that Americans are not interested in his returns, that they’re so voluminous that the layman would be unqualified to come to a knowledgeable conclusion about the documents’ contents, and that only reporters have expressed interest in Trump’s returns.Despite what Trump says, many national polls show that a majority of Americans would prefer he reveal his tax returns.A Pew Research Center survey released 10 days prior to Trump’s inauguration found that 60 percent of respondents said the president has a responsibility to release them, compared with only 33 percent who said he did not.Surveys released in the final months of the presidential campaign similarly found public interest in Trump’s returns, including a Sept. 7 Fox News poll in which 60 percent of respondents said “yes” when asked: “Do you think Donald Trump is hiding something in his tax returns?” Not surprisingly, Democrats overwhelmingly agreed with that premise as opposed to little more than one-third of Republicans who were surveyed.Americans have only seen small snippets of Trump’s past tax returns. In October, The New York Times reported that Trump reported a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns. Such a dramatic loss could have, in theory, allowed Trump to pay nothing in federal income taxes for 18 years, the Times reported.In March, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported that Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes, according to his 2005 1040 form.On the legislative side, some Congressional Democrats have said they’d refuse to act on any Trump tax reform proposal until they have an opportunity to review the president’s returns to determine what impact changes to the tax code would have on his private finances. Trump has identified tax reform as a major policy objective of his early presidency.The rally in Bethpage will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the IRS office at 999 Stewart Ave. The Trump tax protest in Hauppauge runs from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the IRS location at 1180 Veterans Memorial Highway.last_img read more


first_imgThe digitally connected ecosystem of our world today finds financial institutions competing to meet the robust expectations of their members while driving unparalleled business value. The transition to meet current needs has been a formidable journey, begging us to ask the question, “What will the next five years look like?”Contact centers are often the first line of the member experience, with a primary goal of providing excellent, customer-centric service. To stay competitive, contact center leaders have had to find ways to enable their agents to meet this goal in a fast-paced, continuously changing digital world.By incorporating robotic processing automation (RPA), organizations have been able to improve operations by reducing manual processing time and improving employee engagement. According to the 2018 Deloitte “State of AI in the Enterprise,” 49% of corporations are using RPA. This is just the beginning for RPA and other automation technologies—the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning (computational statistics) with RPA solutions can help contact centers orchestrate extraordinary levels of quality and efficiency. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated in the opening ceremony of the conference “Island Development”, which was held in Opatija, organized by Novi list. It is a gathering that gathered in one place an impressive list of participants with the aim of bringing closer to the public the provisions of the new Law on Islands and initiatives aimed at helping the further development of many Croatian islands.When asked whether it is worth investing in the islands, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, who is from Mali Lošinj, answered that investing in the islands is very profitable, regardless of the fact that the investment is 30% more expensive at the beginning.This year, tourist traffic was recorded on 48 islands, and it is very similar to last year when 3,3 million tourists and 26 million overnight stays were recorded on the islands. Thus, 26 percent of all Croatian overnight stays were realized on the islands.The islands account for 18 percent of arrivals, and what is especially interesting – the stay of tourists on the islands is two days longer than in mainland tourist centers. There are 474 thousand beds on the islands, which is a third of Croatia’s accommodation capacity. The dominant accommodation capacities on the islands are home-made, and the leader of island tourism on the Adriatic is the island of Krk. The islands generate 68 percent of traffic in the summer, in the full season, which is seven percent more than the rest of Croatia.”They often ask me the question – is it worth investing in the islands? I am very angry about this question, because the statistics presented here alone say enough that investing in the islands is very profitable. True, I myself admire investors in the islands because investing in them is 30 percent more expensive in the beginning. When it comes to the Government of which I am a member, it very well recognizes the problems of the islands and does everything to improve life on them with the new law. There are large investments in the infrastructure of the islands, in the waterfront and rivice, even in situations where there are only a few inhabitants on some islands. However, this is precisely an indicator of the investment momentum in the islands, which injects hope for a better future of life on the islands, because better connections also mean the renewal of life. Demographic renewal is also a big and often prominent problem on the islands, and its most important foundation is employment. I would say that employment on the islands is the most important demographic measure. It can only be provided by investments, so in a concise form that would be my answer to the question – is it worth investing in the islands. ” Capelli pointed out.The conference on the development of the island was held in anticipation of the first session of the Government on the island in general, which will be held on October 26 on Hvar and which will be dedicated to the development policy on the islands and their tourism.last_img read more

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