Home » News » Agencies & People » Michael Stoop retires from The Property Franchise Group previous nextAgencies & PeopleMichael Stoop retires from The Property Franchise GroupGroup Managing Director will continue as a consultant until June 2017The Negotiator6th August 20160741 Views Michael Stoop has retired from his position as Group Managing Director at The Property Franchise Group (Martin & Co., CJ Hole, Ellis & Co., Parkers and Whitegates.)He says that he will focus his time on his role as Vice Chairman of The Property Ombudsman, but will continue as a consultant for the Group until June 2017.The Property Franchise Group welcomed Michael on board when Martin & Co purchased the Xperience and Whitegates estate agency brands from Legal & General in November 2014.Michael (left) has spent 40 years in estate agency, having worked for many notable estate agents including roles as the Managing Director at Winkworth and Legal & General Franchising.Commenting on his decision, Michael said, “I am very fortunate to have supported the integration of the ‘Xperience’ brands alongside the Martin & Co business, which now positions the Group as one of the largest and most successful estate agency and lettings Groups in the UK, with almost 300 offices and turnover at the franchisee level of £73 million.“The Group is now very well positioned for further growth and I am delighted to continue to work as a consultant with the Group until next June and immersing myself in my role as Vice Chairman at The Property Ombudsman.”Michael Stoop retires The Property Franchise Group August 6, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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
View post tag: Northwest View post tag: usa USA: CNP Visits Pacific Northwest Region View post tag: Pacific September 12, 2012 Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) conducted multiple all hands calls in the Pacific Northwest Region, Sept. 10-11.The visit is part of Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk‘ fleet-wide tour, in an effort to inform Sailors of key personnel policies including force management initiatives, efforts to improve sea duty manning, and 21st Century Sailor and Marine programs. “I tell the Sailors that I am here for two reasons. First and foremost is to hear from them; get a pulse of what’s on their mind and what are some of the challenges and issues that they are facing, particularly in the manpower and personnel, and the training and educational areas that I represent for our Navy,” said Van Buskirk.The CNP also talked about the importance of fleet manning, filling critical billets with qualified, experienced Sailors, both ashore and at sea. “What these Sailors represent for our nation and our Navy and the job that they’re doing, it’s tremendous,” said Van Buskirk.“We are America’s away team, always have been and always will be, and while we’ve been supporting our missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the same time we’ve been present throughout the world. And, now as we follow the defense strategy and rebalance with the Pacific, we’ve never been more relevant in what we’re doing day in and day out,” Van Buskirk continued.During the all hands calls, Van Buskirk talked about Sailor readiness and emphasized the Navy’s need for Sailors who are assignable, distributable, and deployable in an effort to meet the CNOs three tenants of War fighting first, operate forward, and to be ready. “It’s all about balancing the workforce, stabilizing where we’re at right now and then distributing it correctly,” said Van Buskirk. “What we’re really trying to achieve is filling our gaps at sea. Our critical priority is to make sure we’ve got all of our ships manned and ready to deploy and meet all of our mission demands,” Van Buskirk added.The CNP’s tour in the Northwest region included visits at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 12, 2012; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: CNP Visits Pacific Northwest Region View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Region View post tag: News by topic View post tag: CNP View post tag: visits View post tag: Naval Share this article
May 23, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today International Maritime Exercise (IMX) concludes in Bahrain View post tag: NSA Bahrain View post tag: IMX International Maritime Exercise (IMX) concludes in Bahrain Authorities More than 20 nations took part in the International Maritime Exercise (IMX) 2017 which was held from May 2 to 18, on Naval Support Activity Bahrain.In addition to personnel led by U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the command post exercise also included representatives from the civilian shipping industry group Oil Companies International Marine Forum.This group of key players came together to promote interoperability, increase readiness in all facets of defensive maritime warfare, and demonstrate resolve in maintaining regional security and stability and protecting the free flow of commerce.“This year’s IMX presented an invaluable opportunity to build upon the successes of [the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise] and act as a stepping stone looking forward to IMX 2019,” said Commodore William Warrender, deputy commander of combined maritime forces in U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, and international maritime exercise force commander. “This year was the largest exercise we’ve seen to date, and the 2019 iteration of the exercise is going to be an even greater opportunity to demonstrate coalition cohesiveness. It is only with continued support of our partners and allies that we can endure with our mission, delivering stability and reducing illicit activity within the region.”IMX 2017 consisted of four days of academic training from various presenters, which included the U.S. Naval War College. The topics of the presentations ranged from naval planning to mission analysis, as well as discussing the coordination of forces to increase international cooperation.“Having a significant number of international partners working alongside the civilian shipping industry builds a critical understanding to enhance security and cooperation in the region,” said Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ralph Underhill, lead planner for IMX. “By training on as realistic of threat-scenarios that we could possibly make, we tried to ensure IMX trained against situations that are entirely possible in this region.”Following the presentations, participants took part in field exercises simulating realistic scenarios that have occurred in or threaten the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Situations included a simulated missile attack, mine threats, a mine strike on a naval vessel, and a fast attack craft threat.The region encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water and includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea, and parts of the Indian Ocean. Twenty countries comprise this expanse, which includes three critical choke points at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen. The Strait of Hormuz sees nearly 20 percent of the world’s oil supply transits, and exercises like IMX are designed to share knowledge and enhance proficiencies in a joint environment. Share this article
The Tedeschi Trucks Band has made a habit of playing the Orpheum Theatre whenever an album-supporting tour winds through Los Angeles. Yet, there was a decidedly different feel to the 12-piece ensemble’s show downtown on a Thursday in mid-May.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Performs On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ [Pro-Shot Video]Sure, the two sets were freshly filled with tracks from their new album, Signs, including “I’m Gonna Be There” and the title track to start the second set and the powerful “Shame” popping up shortly thereafter. And yes, there were more cameras than usual in the building to capture the magic for those watching at home through Nugs.net.But the biggest difference of all was a rather somber one. This marked the first LA show for the Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks-led outfit since the tragic passing of keyboardist Kofi Burbridge earlier this year. His loss is the closest to the band’s performing core, but hardly the only one within the Tedeschi Trucks circle in recent years. From Gregg Allman and Leon Russell to Colonel Bruce Hampton and Derek’s uncle, Butch Trucks, the band’s long list of confidants and collaborators shrunk considerably and sadly during the creation and release of Signs.The resulting raw emotions lent an entirely more somber and, in some respects, more powerful quality to TTB’s performance. Even songs from records past—from Revelator’s “Midnight in Harlem” to Made Up Mind’s title track, “Do I Look Worried,” “Idle Wind” and “Part of Me”, took on a different quality and meaning given all the group has been through.The same could be said for TTB’s litany of covers. With Willie Nelson’s “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces,” Bob Dylan’s “Down in the Flood” and “Lord Protect My Child” and the Four Tops’ “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” the group did its part to honor some of the music world’s living legends. And with Elmore James’ “The Sky is Crying,” the Allman Brothers Band’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out of My Life, Woman,” and Joe Tex’s “Show Me,” TTB seemingly paid homage to the greats who’ve come and gone, and on whose timeless shoulders the band still stands.None of this is to suggest that TTB has at all diminished as an act. For one, Gabe Dixon was (and still is) no slouch on the keys, as difficult as it may be to attempt to fill Kofi’s shoes.Moreover, through these hard times, the extraordinary musicians who comprise TTB remain as masterful as ever, and now bring with them an even more powerful depth of emotion to color their spectacular displays of artistry.The drum duet from Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson on “Idle Wind” was that much more grounding, the brass solos by Kebbi Williams on saxophone, Ephraim Owens on trumpet and Elizabeth Lea on the trombone that much more stirring. The range shown by Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers on vocals felt that much wider, and the rasp on the mic from Tedeschi and Mike Mattison seemed to have more of a reason—as if they were weeping along with the audience.As for Trucks, his singular guitar work was once again spellbinding. But where once the contrast between his more feathery finger work and his bluesy overdrive was more a matter of happenstance, in this case, it took on the timbre of tough times and how music can help to pull us through them, one heart-wrenching note after another.All told, these challenging months and years have not bowed TTB. If anything, the earthly departures from the band’s world appear to have given it ample reason to not just carry on, but to honor the memory of their loved ones gone and inspire the living to reach for more impassioned artistry.Tedeschi Trucks Band’s tour continues tonight, May 18th, with a performance at Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, AZ. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here. Scroll down for a photo gallery from Thursday’s performance, courtesy of Brandon Weil.You can watch a pair of pro-shot videos from the performance below courtesy of Nugs.tv.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Do I Look Worried” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I’m Gonna Be There” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19Set One: Do I Look Worried, Part of Me, Don’t Drift Away, Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, High & Mighty, Down in the Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, The Sky Is Crying, Idle WindSet Two: I’m Gonna Be There, Signs, High Times, Lord Protect My Child, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, Get Out of My Life, Woman, Show MeEncore: Made Up MindTedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 5/16/19 | Photos: Brandon Weil Load remaining images
EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci recently visited Japan for an appearance at the Nikkei Global Management Forum. There, he outlined EMC’s strategy for cloud and Big Data and also introduced the Software-defined Datacenter (SDD) concept that will revolutionize the way datacenters are operated and managed.In addition to Joe’s commentary on the industry’s transformation, he also provided some color on EMC’s corporate strategy, vision and the business outlook in Japan.When it came to the topic of Japan’s “stagnation,” in the global economy, Joe was very clear: Cloud computing is the largest wave of transformation the IT industry has ever seen, and Japanese companies must move past their conservatism and take advantage of their skilled IT talent to capitalize on the opportunity.The Software-defined Data Center approach of pooling together compute, storage, networking, security and other services to be delivered as software will allow datacenters to become more standardized, virtualized and eventually, automated. Improved efficiency and lower costs are just what Japan needs right now to help jumpstart economic prosperity.Japan’s strong, dedicated workforce coupled with its history of multi-industry dominance serve as the foundation to carry it through this period of economic uncertainty. The country’s spirit of innovation and record of high quality output are what’s needed to move the country forward. As Japanese companies look for ways to do more with less, as many companies across the world are doing, EMC’s mantra of IT transformation is helping to put theory into action.
For theater nerds like us, there’s no better way to spend the summer than hanging out in the sun and rocking out to showtunes all day long—preferably in the pool. No Fourth of July barbecue is complete without a great playlist, so Broadway.com has created a lineup of fun, summery songs from Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and more to fuel your celebration. Log in to Spotify to stream the songs below and have a great weekend! View Comments
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Source: WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Energy efficiency remains America’s cheapest, cleanest, and fastest energy source for five years running. That’s the conclusion of a new study that shows that the utility cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy efficiency has held steady or even slightly declined at about 2.5 cents over the last half decade, even as the costs for new coal, nuclear, and other supply-side energy alternatives have risen.Titled Saving Energy Cost-Effectively: A National Review of the Cost of Energy Saved Through Utility-Sector Energy Efficiency Programs, the new analysis from the nonprofit and independent American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) updates the organization’s widely cited benchmark research of 2004 showing that the average cost of delivering energy efficiency programs in the U.S. was then 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).The report notes: “In contrast, recent conventional energy supply-side options have typically cost between $0.07 and $0.15 per kWh — about three to four times the cost of energy efficiency investments . . . In 2008, pulverized coal cost between $0.07 and $0.14 per kWh, combined-cycle natural gas cost between $0.07 and $0.10 per kWh, and wind cost between $0.04 and $0.09 per kWh . . . Furthermore, as energy supply-side resource costs are highly volatile, energy efficiency remains a financially stable, long-term investment. In the near future, this cost picture will likely be very similar.” The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2020 new conventional power plants including coal and nuclear will cost about $0.10 per kWh, or four times higher than current energy efficiency program costs.The new ACEEE report looks at energy efficiency programs from recent years in 14 states, with utility costs ranging from $0.016 to $0.033 per kWh and an average cost of $0.025 per kWh. ACEEE gathered data on energy efficiency program costs in 14 states — California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. The six natural gas efficiency programs covered in the report also saved energy cost-effectively — spending $0.27 to $0.55 per therm, with an average of $0.37 per therm — less than a third of the average residential retail price seen over the past five years.Maggie Eldridge, report co-author, ACEEE, said: “Our new findings have major implications for the U.S. Senate deliberations on climate legislation, the upcoming Copenhagen summit, and state-level decisions about other sources for new power generation. The data show conclusively why energy efficiency should be universally regarded as the ‘first fuel’ in making energy decisions. It is cheaper, cleaner, faster, and more easily realized than any other resource out there.”Katherine Friedrich, lead author, ACEEE, said: “Energy efficiency is by far the least costly energy resource option available for utility resource portfolios. Saving a kilowatt-hour through energy efficiency improvements is easily one-third or less the cost of any new source of electricity supply, whether conventional fossil fuel or renewable energy source. In addition, the results of this research suggest that the cost of energy efficiency has remained very consistent over time, even in the face of increasingly ambitious energy savings levels. Energy efficiency appears to be a resource that continues to renew itself — the more energy efficiency opportunities we look for, the more we find.”Dan York, co-author and acting utilities program director, ACEEE, said: “This study clearly demonstrates the very real value provided to utility customers of these energy efficiency programs. We encourage regulators, utilities, and policymakers to continue to support and expand such programs in order to continue to reap the multiple benefits they provide for customers, utilities, the economy, and the environment. Energy efficiency is a cost-effective solution to many problems, including the growing economic and environmental costs of carbon dioxide emissions. Also, energy efficiency goals can often be accomplished using existing technology, so programs can deliver results relatively quickly — in much less time than it takes to construct a new power plant.The full study findings are available online and can be downloaded for free athttp://www.aceee.org/pubs/u092.htm(link is external)ABOUT ACEEEThe American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy http://www.aceee.org(link is external)) is an independent and nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. ACEEE was founded in 1980 by leading researchers in the energy field. Since then the organization has grown to a staff of 40. Projects are carried out by ACEEE staff and collaborators from government, the private sector, research institutions, and other nonprofit organizations. For information about ACEEE and its programs, publications, and conferences, visithttp://www.aceee.org(link is external).
continue reading » It’s a win for consumers, their communities and their financial institution in the few scenarios when a credit union purchases a bank, League of Southeastern Credit Unions President/CEO Patrick La Pine wrote this week for AL.com. Responding to community banker complaints about credit unions purchasing banks, La Pine says these bankers are working against the best interest of their own customers and communities.“No one is forcing a bank to sell to a credit union. These transactions occur because they benefit both sides, and the fact that they happen again shows the difference between credit unions and banks,” he writes. “As a result, the bank and the credit union each fulfill their purpose and it shows that credit unions are committed to expanding their reach to bring more Americans and more small businesses into credit union membership.”La Pine notes that community banks are disappearing due to mega banks, not credit union growth. Since 1992, credit union market share has grown from 5.6% of the market to 7%, while the 100 largest banking institutions went from 41.1% to 75.4% over the same time period. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been working the last 15 years to increase awareness about domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex trafficking and getting more men involved in the struggle to end these problems. Part of that effort has been as a community member on the Schenectady Domestic Violence Task Force and the Community Sexual Assault Response Team.I was approached by a young woman who had been assaulted at her restaurant job. Her police complaint wasn’t prosecuted by the DA due to an error on dates. As a response, some additional training has been developed to hopefully avoid similar problems in the future.The woman was also threatened by her assailant for going to the police. She and her roommate fled their apartment in Schenectady as it was in the same building as the restaurant and they felt very unsafe. After living in their car for several days, they found shelter in another city. Recent articles in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Sacramento Bee as well as numerous magazines point out the high rate of harassment, gropings and assaults faced by female restaurant workers. Nearly 40 percent of sexual harassment complaints to the Federal EEOC come from females in the restaurant industry.My friend’s experience may have been unusual for Schenectady — but maybe not. It seems timely for Schenectady to do some preventative investigation into these kind of situations. I urge the county Legislature and the city council to look into the matter, and to empower or direct the Schenectady Human Rights Commission to hold hearings.Other cities are doing this, we can as well.ED GUIDERBallston LakeThe writer is a member of Schenectady Stand Up Guys.More from The Daily Gazette:Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes