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Acquisitions and departures

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Acquisitions and departures previous nextAgencies & PeopleAcquisitions and departuresPatterson Bowe staff joins Hamptons International, while elsewhere two industry veterans announce their retirements.The Negotiator31st March 201601,765 Views Hamptons International has snapped up Patterson Bowe property and lettings agency operating in Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea.Established over 25 years ago, the central London based independent agency has built a reputation as one of the most successful Lettings Partnerships in the heart of the capital, and it is the strength of the firm’s lettings portfolio and the combined specialist client service offered by its staff that ultimately appealed to Hamptons International, according to Lesley Cairns, the company’s Head of Lettings.Cairns said, “We are delighted to have acquired Patterson Bowe; one of Prime London’s most esteemed Lettings agencies. Through organic and acquisitive growth, the lettings division at Hamptons International has doubled in size over the past eight years and today’s acquisition reflects the company’s strategic plan to further expand its market share.“We are very much looking forward to welcoming staff and customers of Patterson Bowe into our organisation, who as new employees and clients of Hamptons International will have access to a wealth of benefits and opportunities that come with being part of a large network.”All members of staff at Patterson Bowe have already joined Hamptons International’s Knightsbridge branch. Directors of the agency, Stuart Patterson and Allister Bowe (right), have taken on consultancy roles within the office.Stuart Patterson (left), Director at Patterson Bowe, said, “We are extremely pleased with this acquisition by an internationally recognised brand that shares the same values and ethos as Patterson Bowe. We founded our business 25 years ago based on exceptional personal service, exceptional local knowledge and professionalism. Hamptons International brings the very same qualities while extending them to a global market. We have no doubt that our loyal clients will benefit enormously from this exposure in the years ahead.”Industry figures step downMeanwhile, the CEO of London-based Marsh & Parsons, Peter Rollings, has announced that he is stepping down from his role after 11 years at the helm.Peter, who has agreed to act as a Marsh & Parsons brand ambassador for two years, is to be replaced by David Brown, who has been with LSL for 24 years, and who over the past two years has run LSLi which comprises nine estate agency brands with 58 offices in London and South East England.Peter said, “This was not a decision I have taken lightly however I have been CEO for 17 years straight and frankly I want to step out of the fast lane and be on cruise control for a while, to take time out with my family and recharge my batteries before taking up any fresh challenge. Marsh & Parsons is in great shape and I am leaving the business on a high, confident that the management team can continue to even greater things.”Elsewhere, Sharman Quinney, which has a 20 branch network across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, has announced that Managing Director, Steve Quinney, is retiring and will step down from his role after 26 years this week.“The time feels right for me to retire when the business has recently celebrated great results, is in great shape and is set to continue to have a bright future,” he said.Patterson Bowe Hamptons International acquisitions departures March 31, 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Reward Available For Stopping Farm Animal Abuse

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Whistleblowers in Indiana could earn a reward of up to $5,000 if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals.The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slaughterhouses or livestock auctions.Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection with HSUS, says his organization’s undercover investigations have found animal abuse at factory farms and slaughterhouses to be rampant across the U.S.“Our exposes have found evidence of workers and management cruelly beating, kicking, dragging, even torturing animals,” he says. “This is the type of cruelty that simply has no place in our society, and it needs to stop.”The tip line is especially designed for workers at farms and slaughterhouses, but anyone can call to report abuse and remain anonymous if they choose.The Humane Society will investigate and verify all claims, and up to $5,000 will be paid if the tip leads to the arrest and conviction of those who have committed acts of cruelty against farm animals.Shapiro says the tip line is the result of some states passing “Ag-Gag” laws, such as Idaho, where it is now illegal to photograph farm animals being abused in a facility.“It’s basically evidence of an industry that is grasping at straws, trying to keep Americans in the dark,” he says. “You know an industry has a lot to hide when they want to make it a crime to document the abuse of animals.”The hotline number is 1-888-209-7177.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Vodacom launches ‘hosted call centre’

first_img14 July 2010As call centres continue to expand in South Africa, Vodacom has teamed up with two other technology firms to launch a hosted call centre product suite that enables customers to get on with their core business, knowing that their IT infrastructure and call centre operations are taken care of.The Vodacom Business Data Centre has been developed by Vodacom Business together with Presence Technology, a global software provider of a modular based, all-in-one call centre solution suite, and call centre service provider INOVO.“IT operations are a crucial aspect of any company’s operations,” Vodacom Business managing executive Ermano Quartero said in a statement last week. “One of the main concerns is business continuity; companies rely on their information systems to run their operations.“If a system becomes unavailable, company operations may be impaired or stopped completely. Our hosted call centre product suite ensures that a company can continue to run without having to worry about their IT infrastructure and call centre operations.”Centrally hosted platformWhile call centre suppliers only offered traditional premises-based call centre solutions up to now, the new service now offers a centrally hosted call centre platform in the world-class Vodacom Business Data Centre as an on-demand, operational expenditure based, modular call centre solution.The Presence Suite includes various modules, including inbound, outbound, recording, scripting, messaging, reporting, interactive voice responses and intelligent routing.The hosted call centre services have been expressly designed to simplify management of call centre activities, maximising the productivity of call centre agents allocated to inbound and outbound campaigns, whether voice or multimedia.Expansion as requiredSkills-based routing to the appropriately experienced agent is integrated into the product thus enhancing both the agent and customer experience. In addition, during business peak periods, call centre supervisors can add extra agents and modules “on the fly” and scale them down when required.In order to leverage the reliable hosted call centre technology, call centres can be accessed through telephone, fax, SMS or email.Call centre growthQuartero said that, according to research, the number of contact centre agent seats in South Africa would grow by 74% over the next five years. Currently, 90% of call centres deployed in South Africa are below 250 seats, of which a large majority would consider hosted call centre solutions.Quartero said the cost of setting up and running call centre infrastructure was prohibitive. “By making use of the Vodacom Business hosted call centre service, our customers get increased customer satisfaction, product flexibility and scalability, as the product provides superior customer service at a price that is competitive for local and global organisations.“The drive towards offering an operating expenditure costing model ensures that Vodacom Business and our business partner INOVO gives us and our customers a competitive edge in the market, where a large majority of call centres are sold as an capital expenditure model, requiring large capital outlay.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

JD Equipment Announces New Chief Operating Officer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest JD Equipment Inc., a leading John Deere Dealer with 8 locations in Central Ohio, is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Driscoll as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 2, 2018.Driscoll, an Idaho native, joins JD Equipment after leadership roles with Driscoll Management Company and Stotz Equipment. Most recently, he served as CEO and President of Driscoll Management Company, where he led the executive team and oversaw several business units involving cattle, row crops, hay export, potatoes, baking and transportation. Driscoll earned a degree in Ag-Business from BYU-Idaho.“I am excited to join the leadership team at JD Equipment and help grow the customer oriented approach to business,” said Driscoll. “By serving our customers with the best in equipment, parts and service, we help ensure our mutual success, both now, and in the future.”“JD Equipment is committed to serving our customers, which includes adding to our leadership capabilities, so that we can keep pace in a constantly changing business environment,” stated Jeff Mitchell, CEO. “I am confident our customers and employees will benefit from the experience and ideas Eric brings to JD Equipment.”In the newly created position of COO, Driscoll will have direct responsibility for daily operations of the equipment sales and aftermarket departments and will assist with strategic projects.last_img read more

Follow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene

first_imgLighting a moving subject and staying out of frame is always difficult. The solution to this problem is easy: follow fill.The dilemma: you have to get the lights far enough back so they don’t appear in the scene yet close enough to make the subject stand out from the background. It poses an added problem if you’re shooting outside, or in a dark location, or your subject covers a lot of distance.Follow fill is a light (usually a battery-powered LED) on the end of a pole that a grip or gaffer carries above the camera. The light should be as close as possible to the axis of the camera so it doesn’t create extra shadows — and so the viewer doesn’t see movement. To make the light as large (and as soft) as possible, it will usually be in some type of china ball diffusion. This will allow it to get extra light on your subject, making it brighter than the background.Follow fill is a great technique for adding extra illumination when you’re filming in outside locations (such as a city street) and there is no way to rig lights along the pathway of the camera-move. Even if you did rig static lights, they would keep illuminating the background, cutting into that separation you want between your characters and background.The great thing about follow fill is that due to the “inverse square law,” the light only travels at a bright level for a couple of feet. Therefore, if the person holding the follow fill keeps it two or three feet in front of the talent, you’re going to get an actor who pops out of the background and is far brighter.You can see this technique in the movie Deadpool 2 when the protagonist is running in slow motion. There was nowhere for the crew to place a light soft and bright enough that the audience wouldn’t have seen it as the camera pulled back.Images via Deadpool 2 (Twentieth Century Fox).You can see another example in Black Swan when Natalie Portman walks around the city streets at night. The grip holds a light on a boom pole below Portman’s eye-line to create an up-lit, uncanny effect. The only alternative solution for this would’ve been to rig a soft light source twenty feet above the path, which is very expensive, hard to power, and extremely loud. Just by placing this light source in a china bowl, in front of Natalie Portman’s character, you can effectively separate her from the background.In normal filming conditions, there’s usually a boom operator holding a microphone almost at the same place as the Follow Fill, in order to negotiate between both the microphone and the light. You can also shoot these types of scenes without sound, or rely on wireless lav mics. This allows the person holding the follow fill to get as close as possible to the actor while staying out of the frame. Anyone who knows how to swing a boom on set and keep it out of the shot can do this job.On a recent shoot, we used an Intellytech LC-50 on a boom pole for a follow fill. It’s powerful, light, battery-powered, and you can run the cable down the boom pole onto the operator’s belt. This will yield a very bright light that can run for two hours off a 98 watt-hour V-mount battery. You can also use follow fill with a reflector, such as a piece of polyboard. Someone offscreen shines a bright Fresnel-style lens onto the reflector that a grip carries in front of the actor. (This requires coordination.) You won’t be able to move as far with this method, but it removes the wires and batteries from the equation, and it can get you out of trouble. I’ve also seen it used when the actor’s actually holding a flash light, and it bounces off a piece of polyboard to create a fill light.Even though there are plenty of different ways to do this, the central principle is that a light moves with an actor to add illumination, and when the camera swings around, you won’t see anything you don’t want to.Looking for more articles on lighting? Check these out.The Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on SetWhy Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft LightInside the Electric Department: Lighting, Tools, and Safety SkillsEfficiently Lighting and Shooting Product Shots for YouTubeLighting in a Pinch: Five Tricks Using Your Mobile Phonelast_img read more

WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week. His Cleveland Cavaliers  teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Cavs arrange 3rd Finals showdown with Warriors, eliminate Celtics

first_imgThe Cavaliers basically conceded the East’s top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5.Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks.It was a very welcomed sight in Irving’s case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland’s Game 4 win. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland’s 4-1 series’ win gives it a 12-1 record this postseason and sets up a third consecutive matchup with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the Finals last season to claim the franchise’s first championship.It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: LeBron James surpasses Jordan as all-time leading playoff scorerAvery Bradley led Boston with 23 points. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LeBron James surpasses Jordan as all-time leading playoff scorer BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The Cleveland Cavaliers pose with their trophy after winning Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics 135-102, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. APBOSTON— LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila) to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA Finals.Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver all helped spread out Boston’s defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities.Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn’t there Thursday night.TIP-INSCavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland’s 13 games this postseason. … Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. … The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for points in a quarter.Celtics: Injured point guard Isaiah Thomas led his teammates in a pregame huddle before they took the court for warmups. Thomas sat out the rest of the series after aggravating a hip injury in Game 2. … Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. … Were whistled for 16 fouls in the first half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

Provincial Government to start budget consultations in Dawson Creek

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government will start 2019 budget consultations in Dawson Creek this September.The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance will start consultation on September 17.  The consultation will run until October 15, and on top of the public consultation meetings, members of the public can provide their ideas for the next provincial budget by telephone at a public hearing, by providing a written, audio or video submission, or by filling out an online survey. The committee must release its report by Nov. 15.“This consultation is a great opportunity for British Columbians to share their priorities for Budget 2019,” said Bob D’Eith, committee chair. “In renewing our consultation outreach, we are encouraging more British Columbians to participate, including Indigenous organizations, community-based groups and first-time participants. Registration for public hearings will open on Friday, Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) via the committee’s website: https://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/financeThe committee will hold public hearings in 14 communities throughout the province:Dawson Creek (Sept. 17)Prince George (Sept. 18)Smithers (Sept. 18)Masset (Sept. 19)Campbell River (Sept. 20)Vancouver (Sept. 24)Cranbrook (Sept. 25)Trail (Sept. 25)Nelson (Sept. 26)Kamloops (Sept. 26)Kelowna (Sept. 27)Esquimalt (Oct. 9)Mission (Oct. 10)Surrey (Oct. 11)British Columbians may also request to participate via teleconference opportunities by calling 1 877 428-8337 toll-free in B.C. from 9 a.m. onward on Friday, Sept. 7. Open-mike opportunities will also be available at public hearings.last_img read more

Seniors Housing Project takes another step in the right direction

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Zoning amendments and a public hearing for a new seniors housing project were approved by Council.The public hearing scheduled for Monday, July 22nd at 6 pm will take place in the city hall chambers. Peace Holdings Inc. sought to change zoning to support the build of a seniors housing development. This will facilitate residential and affordable housing and some commercial facilities for health services to serve the needs of the residents creating what is called an ageing-in-place community.The property located at 10763 86 Street will be made up of mixed-use, seniors housing,affordable housing, assisted living, adult living, and care facility as there is a need for seniors and affordable housing.Senior Housing findings forum report; CLICK HERE Peace Enterprises continuum of care; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Instagram updating contentbanning policies on app

first_imgSan Francisco: As part of its efforts to curb the spread of false information, consipiracy theories and hate on its platform, Instagram is implementing a policy change concerning the removal of posts violating content norms based on accumulated negative strikes, as well as content bans. Instagram has said that with its new policy, accounts will be removed after an undisclosed amount of violations and an undisclosed window of time. And it’ll be the same bar for every user, regardless of how often they post on the app, Engadget reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Up until now, Instagram relied on a policy that allowed “a certain percentage” of violations within a window of time before it decides to ban someone. The company said it doesn’t want to share the exact number of strikes it will put in place, or the timeframe for them, because it doesn’t want bad actors to take advantage of the system, the report added. Earlier this week, the photo-messaging app decided to run posts going viral on its app through Facebook fact-checkers to ensure the credibility of the posts. Instagram also announced that it would soon allow users to appeal posts that have been taken down, directly from inside the app.last_img read more