Countrywide’s next Open House set to be largest yet

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide’s next Open House set to be largest yet previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide’s next Open House set to be largest yetUK’s biggest agency group flexes its muscles once more to create UK’s largest ‘open house’ marketing event.Nigel Lewis12th September 201701,970 Views Countrywide has kicked off its latest national open house event which, despite recent branch closures and operational streamlining, is set to be the biggest yet.This will be the 15th time the company has run the event since launching it in 2010, the most recent one being in March earlier this year, and before that last September.“We can’t tell for sure how many vendors and tenants will sign up to include their properties within us until the last moment, but it’s shaping up to be big this year,” a spokesperson told The Negotiator.“The good thing about this event is that it takes places across a vast range of properties – owners of million pound mansions throw their doors open for our Open House as well as homes from the rest of the market.”During the most recent Autumn event 29,000 viewings took place at 6,000 properties available to buy or let over the weekend of 25th-26th September. This means on average nearly five people attended each open house.During the inaugural Open House, during December 2009, Countrywide’s brands booked 27,000 viewings across 11,000 properties.This Autumn’s Big Open House is taking place on the weekend of 30th September-1st October and, a company spokesperson said, the company was preparing for it be the biggest to date.Countrywide says the event requires vendors and landlords to register their properties to be included in the list of open houses taking part, which are listed on the company’s Propertywide website.Big Open HouseAll the company’s 50+ agent brands taken part in the event, although it is up to individual branches whether they participate. Also, vendors and landlords can choose whether their open house is supported with staff from the nearest participating branch.Claims made for the event in the past include that it helps sell properties faster than the national average of 66 days, that in some instances it prompts multiple offers for the same property.“It takes a national average of 11 days to receive a first offer on a property and the Open House Event is a great way to speed up the process by having potentially multiple viewings in a short period of time,” a Hamptons branch manager in Brighton recently told the local paper.“All of our estate agents, covering our brands across the UK, are on hand before, during and after the course of the weekend to arrange viewings and give our customers the best opportunity to sell and buy their dream home.” big open house event Countrywide September 12, 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

USA: Rolls-Royce Receives Mission Care Contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rolls-Royce Receives Mission Care Contract View post tag: CARE View post tag: Naval October 9, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Industry news View post tag: Mission Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a US$103.3 million MissionCareTM contract by the US Department of Defense to provide support for the F405 (Adour) engines that power the US Navy’s T-45 training aircraft.The contract reflects the continued success of MissionCare support for the US Navy and exercises the fourth option year to provide guaranteed engine availability. This includes support ranging from on-wing through intermediate and depot level maintenance, under a five-year base contract that began in 2008. Rolls-Royce uses MissionCare to apply commercial Power By The Hour® principles to the unique requirements of the defence industry.Paul Craig, Rolls-Royce, President – Defence Services, said: “Our MissionCare contract with the US Navy is one of our most successful partnerships and we take great pride in supporting the training of new aviators for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. We look forward to another successful year, working in partnership with our customer to maximize engine availability for training missions.”Under the terms of the agreement, which is administered by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Rolls-Royce will provide inventory control, as well as integrated logistics support and required engineering elements for both the F405 engine and the aircraft gas turbine starting system.This contract provides comprehensive propulsion services to more than 200 aircraft, operating at four main Naval Air Stations – Kingsville, Texas; Meridian, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; and Patuxent River, Maryland.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 09, 2012; Image: Rolls Roycecenter_img View post tag: Rolls-Royce View post tag: contract View post tag: Navy View post tag: receives Share this article USA: Rolls-Royce Receives Mission Care Contractlast_img read more

Signatories of free speech letter under fire

first_imgFour Oxford academics are signatories to an open letter published in The Observer criticising recent attempts to clamp down on free speech at British universities. The letter, entitled ‘We Cannot allow censorship and silencing of individuals’, was published on Sunday 15th February. 131 academics signed it, including Dr Rachel Hewitt, Professor Deborah Cameron, Dr Samantha Lythe, and Dr Michael Whitworth.This comes after weeks of controversy over free speech in Oxford. Up to 400 students protested again Marine Le Pen’s talk at the Union in 3rd Week and the OUSU Executive Committee signed an open letter asking the Oxford Union to refrain from inviting such speakers again. OUSU also formally condemned the views of Marine Le Pen and her party, the Front National.Professor Cameron told Cherwell she had “no problem with people standing outside the Oxford Union to register their objections to the politics of Marine Le Pen. That isn’t censorship. My problem would be with a ban on Marine Le Pen speaking in Oxford at all.”Jan Nedvidek, a second year PPE student at Christ Church, went further, stating to Cherwell, “You can’t believe in free speech and in ‘no-platforming’ at the same time. When you say someone should not be given a platform, you say that their views are too bad for other people to listen to them, and that they shouldn’t be allowed to air them. This is clearly anti-liberal.”The academics in the letter argue against the censorship of speakers at universities. They point out that ‘no-platforming’ used to be a tactic used against self-proclaimed fascists and Holocaust deniers. The authors of the letter contend that it is now deployed regularly against anyone who does not fit with the views of a student body. The signatories stated, “We call on universities and other organisations to stand up to attempts at intimidation and affirm their support for the basic principles of democratic political exchange.”Dr Whitworth told Cherwell, “Universities should be a place for debates, conversations, and disagreements, and for finding out more about each others’ views and reasons for holding them.”However, Oxford liberation and minorities groups have criticised the letter for discriminating against sex workers and trans people and delegitimising protest. The original letter argued ‘no-platforming’ had been used “to prevent the expression of feminist arguments critical of the sex industry and of some demands made by trans activists.” WomCam published an official response to this, condemning the open letter and asking “all of the signatories who are members of Oxford University to retract their signatures and to make public apologies for adding to the discrimination against sex workers and trans people within our community.”OUSU VP for Women Anna Bradshaw added, “We are not asking that these people be censored and of course, we do not have the power to censor then. However we are requesting that they do not voice these damaging views on our campuses and consequently, in our homes.”last_img read more

Supermarkets’ upbeat Christmas trading figures

first_imgThe latest TNS figures on the UK grocery market cast a positive light on trading over the Christmas period. For the 12 weeks to 27 December 2009, the major multiples achieved higher sales than the comparable figures in 2007. Waitrose, in particular, saw a large sales rise – up 16.5%, while the Co-operative’s were up 13.1%, Morrisons rose 10.3% and Sainsbury’s sales increased 6.9%.According to TNS, Waitrose’ sales hike was the highest recorded growth for the supermarket in both market share and turnover since August 2005.Edward Garner, communications director at TNS Worldpanel, said that in 2008 the recession put a stop to consumers prioritising the quality of food over its value. “But we are now seeing signs of a return to more traditional Christmas purchasing habits with a growth in Premium ranges, particularly Tesco Finest, over the festive period,” said Garner.last_img read more

Space saver

first_imgWood Stone has added another oven to its Bistro range.The Bistro 4355 joins the 3030 and 4343, and is constructed from the same materials as the larger Wood Stone commercial stone hearth ovens. They can be used to make products such as pizza.The new model has a larger cooking surface with a compact footprint. It has an extra 12 inches added to the depth of the footprint compared to the Bistro 4343, which increases the cooking surface by 2sq ft. The stainless steel exterior can be finished to match your decor.last_img read more

Press release: Parole Board statement for Antoni Imiela

first_imgThis information does not align with GDPR.,A spokesperson for the Parole Board said:“We can confirm that the Ministry of Justice has referred the case of Antoni Imiela for an parole review. The review is following the standard 6 month process for all indeterminate sentence prisoners and will be reviewed on the papers in the first instance. The review may be concluded on the papers or alternatively it may be directed to an oral hearing.”last_img

News story: Bids open to host annual Armed Forces Day National Event in 2019

first_imgIn 2019, Armed Forces Day will celebrate eleven years of supporting our Armed Forces Community, from serving personnel and reserves to veterans, cadets and families.The eleventh Armed Forces Day, on Saturday 29 June 2019, will be a chance for the British public to show their gratitude to the Armed Forces for their hard work and sacrifice, to keep us safe at home and abroad.Defence Minister for the Lords, Earl Howe, said: This is a fantastic opportunity for a town or city to be at the centrepiece of the nationwide celebration as events and celebrations take place up and down the country. Anyone interested in becoming the 2019 host should contact the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Day team for more information by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 020 7807 0970. The deadline for applications to be considered as host is 15 March 2018.More information about Armed Forces Day is available at In recent years the Armed Forces Day National Event has been held right across the country, showing the spectrum of British society – from the nation’s capitals like Edinburgh and Cardiff to Liverpool and coastal communities like Cleethorpes and Blackpool.This year’s event will be hosted by the historic North Wales seaside town of Llandudno. The hosts, Conwy Council, have a spectacular range of celebrations planned to show their gratitude to the Armed Forces community. Councillor Gareth Jones, Leader of Conwy County Borough Council, said: We are proud and privileged to be named as the Host of the National Armed Forces Day in 2018. Conwy County has a deep affiliation with the Armed Forces and a strong historical link. Llandudno will be a great destination to showcase the outstanding work of the Armed Forces past and present. The event will be supported by all the North Wales Councils and key colleagues across Wales. Serving personnel and veterans of our Armed Forces Community will be assured of a very warm welcome and an event that thanks them for their commitment to keeping the country safe.last_img read more

Foo Fighters On ‘Indefinite Ihateus’, Dave Grohl To Start Solo Career [Updated]

first_img[H/T CoS] Update 11:12 pm ET: The Foo Fighters are indeed going on a hiatus, but they are defintely not breaking up, and Grohl isn’t planning a solo project (despite the Page Six report that came out earlier). Watch the band’s official announcement below; it’s a hilarious short that shows Grohl failing at recording a solo album while the rest of the band members debate who to get to replace him, and land on an unlikely candidate…Yesterday’s Page Six article started the fire with a statement from drummer Taylor Hawkins, who confirmed tension between him and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. According to the New York Post’s source, “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it.”Artisan News kept this news a secret, and today published an interview from January 16th, in which Hawkins goes in more detail about the hiatus, or as he describes it, the “ihateus.”“We’re on ihateus right now, we’re on an indefinite ihateus … [It’s] not because we don’t love each other, or don’t want to make music together … We did so much in the last five or six years — we as a band could go into the studio tomorrow and have just as much fun as we ever had, but I think the world needs a break from us for a little while,” he explains.You can watch the full segment below, though the breaking news starts at the 5:10 mark:The band has followed Hawkins’ tellings with a Facebook post, to which we all patiently await a continued response:  Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.Posted by Foo Fighters on Tuesday, March 1, 2016last_img read more

America’s first time zone

first_imgAs Harvard celebrates its 375th anniversary, the Gazette is examining key moments and developments over the University’s broad and compelling history.In 1849, New England’s growing railroads faced a deadly problem. The rails were getting busier, and the number of wrecks was climbing. The crashes killed people, and the public was grumbling that the railroads were cutting corners. To the railroads, though, the problem wasn’t money, but time.There were too many time standards: Boston time, Worcester time, Springfield time.Train conductors of the day set their clocks by the time at their main departure station, found locally by marking the stars or the sun’s passage in the sky. That meant time differed for trains originating in towns to their east or west. The further away the towns were, the bigger the time difference in clocks aboard the trains.With many lines having just a single track, the trains traveled in both directions. Knowing where another train was, and when it would pass, allowed conductors and engineers to pull their train onto a siding to avoid colliding. But the proliferation of trains and times made train wrecks more common, with 97 between 1831 and 1853.The railroads decided they needed to run according to a single standard time. That need drew a Boston clockmaker, William Cranch Bond, and the Harvard College Observatory into the business of standardizing time. Starting in 1849 and for the next 43 years, a time signal originating in the Harvard College Observatory not only let New England’s trains run more safely, but also created what was in effect the first American time zone.People today may not think of a clock as an important scientific instrument, but in the mid-1800s, the ability to build increasingly precise clocks was opening new scientific frontiers, according to Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor and faculty director of Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.Researchers were beginning to measure things once believed to be instantaneous, such as the speed of thought. They were marking the time it took for a visual cue to run through the brain and cause a reaction, like a subject pressing a key that generated an electric signal.Precise timekeeping was also important in astronomy, Galison said. It was used in finding longitude and in understanding the solar system. Venus’ periodic transits across the face of the sun were eagerly observed and timed, providing important information that astronomers used to calculate the Earth’s distance from the sun.Boston’s best clockmaker in 1849 was also the head of the Harvard College Observatory. William Bond’s clocks had a reputation for precision, so the railroads agreed that they would use the time kept at William Bond & Sons’ Boston shop, plus two minutes. The firm’s most accurate clock, today on display in the Putnam Gallery in Harvard’s Science Center, was at the Harvard observatory, where it informed the work of astronomers.Sara Schechner, the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, said that initially, the proper time was communicated from the observatory to the Bond & Sons’ shop by setting a chronometer at the observatory and physically transporting it into Boston. In 1851, Bond established the world’s first public time service in which time signals were sent via telegraph lines and the Observatory’s electrical ticktock became the synchronizing signal that traveled to Boston.That first voluntary time agreement among the railroads became mandatory a few years later, after an 1853 wreck occurred outside Pawtucket, R.I., on a blind curve known as the “Boston Switch.” The collision, which killed 14 people, was due to a “reckless conductor and a faulty watch,” Schechner said. “He thought he could make it.”After that, railroad time was mandated along the region’s tracks. From there, the synchronization of time spread. People and businesses relying on trains became tired of needing to keep track of both local time and railway time.“Towns started to say, ‘We don’t want 10:56 as town time and 11 a.m. as railway time, so let’s just use railway time,’ ” Galison said.The spread of a single standard time was abetted by the telegraph, which soon carried the observatory time signal to fire alarm call boxes all around the city, ringing bells at noon, and thereby giving all of Boston a time cue.By the 1870s, the observatory even began selling time, sending hourly signals over the fire alarm system and working with Western Union to distribute time across the region. The observatory’s time signal even went to ships in Boston Harbor through a time ball — like the one dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve — that fell daily from the Equitable Life Insurance Building as a visual signal so mariners could set their clocks.The result of all this, said Galison and Schechner, was America’s first time zone, albeit one that was oddly shaped. Instead of covering the large geographic swaths we’re familiar with today, that first zone followed the rail lines, creating a spider web of towns across the region whose clocks were all synchronized to the observatory.Harvard did all right with its time business, Schechner said. The observatory earned $2,400 a year through the 1870s and about $3,000 in 1892, the year when time distribution was taken over by the U.S. Naval Observatory. Schechner said the money helped to defray costs, but added that Bond and the observatory directors were more interested in having the public understand that astronomy could provide an important public value.Of course, not everyone was happy with the adoption of a standard time. Though Americans today are surrounded by devices that keep time, the ability to find time has become something of a lost art.“If you live at the edge of a time zone when it’s noon, the sun is not in the highest point in the sky. We don’t know or even care about that anymore, but they knew it good and well when all this was happening,” Galison said. “Many people didn’t like it at all. They didn’t like being told by New York or Boston that it was noon when they could see that it wasn’t noon.”Still, Galison said, the installation and wiring of public clocks in town centers synchronized to the time of a big city became exciting affairs that people gathered to watch. “It was a sign of modernity,” Galison said. “As trains, time zones, and markets demanded simultaneity, we were willing to give up this idea of noon being when the sun is highest in the sky.”last_img read more

Speaker explores relationship between buccaneers and the slave trade

first_imgJohn Donoghue, associate professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, spoke Monday evening about buccaneers and their role in the slave trade during his talk, “Slave Revolts and Piratical Capitalism in the Age of Captain Morgan.” Donoghue said in the 17th century, buccaneers started out as poor French, Dutch and British citizens who had been “delivered into bondage across the Atlantic” without their consent, often tricked or manipulated into signing contracts.“These buccaneers who become pirates and make their living ultimately by stealing, are themselves stolen,” Donoghue said.He said these indentured servants ultimately escaped from their brutal work, and formed communities of their own, where they lived off looting.“Whatever loot that they got, whatever provisions they were traded, the spoils would be divided equally among the brethren,” Donoghue said. “They organized themselves along decidedly anti-Capitalist lines.”Nevertheless, Donoghue said soon the buccaneers teamed up with the British colonial settlement in Jamaica in order to stifle Spain’s thriving trade.“The buccaneers saw an opportunity to increase their wealth, and the English saw an opportunity to acquire the labor they needed to begin robbing the Spanish,” Donoghue said. “This produces an innovation in the colonial economy called privateering. This is essentially state-sponsored piracy.”Donoghue said the buccaneers, led by Capt. Henry Morgan of Wales, pillaged many Spanish settlements, most famously Porto Bello and Panama.“These were massive forces attacking cities, destroying them and relieving them of their wealth,” Donoghue said. “So the buccaneers provided the key military labor for extracting capital from the Spanish empire that [would] be brought back to Jamaica, and invested for the purposes of sugar planting.”Through these attacks, Donoghue said the buccaneers brought back thousands of African slaves from Spanish settlements to Jamaica.“By turning mercenary for the colonial regime in Jamaica, we see people fleeing from unfree labor becoming instruments of enslavement themselves,” Donoghue said. “I call this conflicted resistance.”The intense influx of African slaves made each slave increasingly expendable, to the point that Donoghue said it was “more profitable to work a slave to death” than keep him healthy.“This is a holocaust of the early-modern period, a holocaust driven by profit maximization,” Donoghue said. “This is a murder machine.”However, by 1693 slaves outnumbered their white slavers by a ratio of around 5-to-1 in Jamaica, Donoghue said. Consequently, slaves began to revolt and form their own settlements on the island called Maroons.“These rebels were so powerful that the British were forced to come to terms with them in the Treaty of 1739, recognizing the sovereignty of these Jamaican Maroon communities,” Donoghue said.What makes this so fascinating, he said, is despite how buccaneers are in part responsible for the prevalence of African slaves in Jamaica, the buccaneers and Maroons were very similar in their quest for sovereignty after escaping enslavement.“Buccaneering parallels the development of the Maroon societies of the Caribbean,” Donoghue said. “In some ways, buccaneering is a floating Maroon community. But we see that this history gets very complicated and conflicted.”Tags: buccaneer, John Donoghue, pirates, slaverylast_img read more