Lomond Capital acquires agency

first_imgLomond Capital has continued to expand with the acquisition of John Shepherd estate agents in Birmingham taking its portfolio in the city to in excess of £250 million.The Edinburgh-based firm will now merge John Shepherd estate agency with Birmingham-based Marwood Homes and John Shepherd Lettings, which are also owned by Lomond Capital.The company forecast that the enlarged business will now manage more than £250 million worth of properties for private landlords and sell in excess of £200 million worth of property annually.Stuart Pender (left), Chief Executive of Lomond Capital, said, “The merger of John Shepherd Estate Agents with our existing businesses allows us to create a full service proposition for our clients under the leading estate agents brand in the region.”Lomond Capital, which currently has businesses in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester, is now seeking to make further acquisitions across both lettings and estate agents in Birmingham as well as part parts of the UK. The company is currently in negotiations with estate agents and lettings businesses in Bristol, Brighton, Reading, Oxford and Cardiff.“This is the first in a number of larger acquisitions planned in the south of England,” Pender added. “Our aim is to build a full service of property management businesses in key UK markets that offer private and institutional investors a scale model with a range of offerings from lettings to maintenance, financial products and investment and block management.”The announcement of the John Shepherd acquisition coincides with the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and Partner. Hazel McIntyre (right) joins the Lomond group at the start of April having spent periods of her career with RBS, Green Highland Renewables and Giles Insurance.Pender added, “Hazel has significant experience in both seeing through acquisitions and managing growth in  a rapidly expanding group, with profit increasing in Giles Insurance from £8 million to £24 million during her five-year period as Mergers and Acquisitions Director.”merger Lomond Capital acquires John Sheperd Lomond Capital John Shepherd acquisition February 4, 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Lomond Capital acquires agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleLomond Capital acquires agencyThe Edinburgh-based group has snapped up John Shepherd Estate Agents in Birmingham.The Negotiator4th February 20160818 Viewslast_img read more

IS IT TRUE July 5, 2017

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that Channel 44 News recently reported that two Tri-State hospitals have agreed to talk about how they can work together?  …they reported that Methodist Community Hospital in Henderson and Deaconess Hospital have entered into a letter of intent to discuss business practices, treatments, and other health care issues?  …a Deaconess spokesperson told Channel 44 News “at this point the two hospitals are only talking about what kind and how much of an affiliation they want”?  …the spokesperson says “it is hard to tell where the talks will end, but she insists the talks are not aimed at a potential merger or buy out”?IS IT TRUE that the City County Observer recently reported that Deaconess Hospital recently signed a “Letter of Intent” with Henderson Methodist Hospital agreeing that both entities would cooperate in the sharing of physicians and other hospital services?IS IT TRUE it was reported by the City County Observer that it’s being alleged that Deaconess Hospital may be considering a move to help secure a bond debt owed by Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital to the tune of $25 to $30 million dollars?  …if this is true it would allow Deaconess Hospital to secure some financial and operative controls over Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital? …if members of the main stream media would file a Freedom Of Information Request to get copies of the official  Methodist Community Hospital board minutes during the last three (3) months they shall get their answers to this question?IS IT TRUE we are are extremely pleased that Channel 44 NEWS decided to take this story head on? …no wonder why Channel 44 News is now considered to be “the go to channel for breaking news”?  …we wonder why other members of the main stream media have been so quiet about the Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital and Deaconess Hospital issue?IS IT TRUE we highly recommend that the Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital Board of Directors pay special attention to the concerns of their 1600 plus employees? … …Its obvious that any contractual agreements between Deaconess Hospital and Henderson’s Methodist Community Hospital will affect their employees future employment status?IS IT TRUE political patronage is alive and well at the newly re-organized Evansville Land Bank (formerly Evansville Brownfield Corp)?  …we have been informed that at least 2 home inspectors are individuals with strong political connections have been hired by this organization?  …that 2 of the 3 home inspectors of the Evansville Land Bank were former elected city/county officials?  …that one of these individuals just lost his reelection bid for Vanderburgh County Council?  …we hear that this individual is now concerning announcing as a candidate for the At-Large City Council seat?EDITORS FOOTNOTE: Todays Readers Poll question Is: Do you feel that a legal  agreement was signed that will allow Deaconess Hospital to take over Methodist Hospital  the near future?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column doesn’t represents the views or opinions of our advertisers.last_img read more

Ocean City Tax Bills Due by Nov. 10

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityTax bills have been mailed and the grace period ends Nov. 10, 2014.  Please be advised that postmarks are not accepted in accordance with the State of New Jersey tax laws, therefore the payment must be received by Nov. 10.Taxes can be paid online by visiting the Tax Collection web page at www.ocnj.us/tax. If you are using the bill pay feature with your bank, please allow 7-10 days for your payment to reach us. The Tax Collection website is sent directly to our bank account whereas using the bill pay feature of your own bank will require a check to be sent to this office.The Tax Collection office is located at 861 Asbury Ave. and our office hours are 8:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday thru Friday. The Tax Collection office phone number is 609-525-9379.— From the City of Ocean Citylast_img read more

News story: DIO sets out vision for future working with industry

first_imgGraham Dalton, DIO’s CE said: The publication of this strategy, in anticipation of the updated 2018 DIO procurement plan, marks an important moment for DIO. We realise that we have not been the easiest organisation to do business with in the past and we are dedicated to changing that. This strategy sets out our intent to broaden our supply base, and for our existing and prospective suppliers to have the confidence to work with us. We will work in an open and constructive way to deliver innovative and value for money services that meet the requirements of defence and the armed forces. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO),on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has launched its commercial strategy setting out its vision for future ways of working with suppliers in the soft and hard facilities management, construction and property advisory sectorsDIO currently spends around £3 billion each year buying infrastructure services to enable the men and women of defence to live, work, train and deploy across the UK and overseas.The strategy, which has been developed in consultation with industry partners, aims to transform the way DIO does business. It provides information on the types of opportunities available to prospective suppliers and outlines plans to create and sustain a competitive market.Central to the strategy is the importance of a broad and more diverse supply base which increases value back to the taxpayer by generating wider competition. DIO aims to increase supplier numbers and create a genuinely competitive supply base which offers greater opportunities to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger suppliers.As a main infrastructure client, DIO will engage with industry by sharing pipeline information well in advance of planned procurements to help shape the market, drive innovation and invigorate and maintain a diverse portfolio of suppliers. In turn this will support economic growth nationally and in the regions by giving businesses certainty to recruit and retain staff.Minister for Defence, Personnel and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said: At a crucial time for defence spending, I am very pleased that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation has applied government best practice alongside working with industry to launch its first ever commercial strategy.It is important that we build a strong and broad supply chain for government contracts and by giving certainty and transparency to the market we ensuring value for money for the taxpayer and a vibrant economy. Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer said: The defence estate is where our armed forces live, work, train and deploy from and it’s crucial we give them the best infrastructure possible. Working with industry is key, and this commercial strategy will ensure that the £3 billion we invest each year in our estate gives more value for money, is better aligned to military needs and gives more certainty to the defence supply chain. Mark Fox, Chief Executive of the Business Services Association said: The DIO commercial strategy sets the direction for future DIO procurement plans. I welcome the publication of the DIO commercial strategy. BSA members were closely involved in its development. Its publication marks an important step forward in the relationship, with government partnering with the private sector to deliver the best possible services.last_img read more

News story: Joint article: a deep and special partnership

first_imgBy Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David DavisToday (10 January 2018) we’re both in Germany to highlight the important relationship that exists between our countries.It’s a relationship built on shared interests and shared values, that has helped both our nations prosper and grow.And while the UK will leave the EU next year, we can still look to the future with a shared vision — one that sees Germany, Britain and the EU continue to thrive, and our relationship remain strong and close.Trade between the UK and EU 27 is worth €750 billion a year — and a quarter of EU exports to Britain, worth €113 billion, come from Germany, more than any other EU country.Of course we understand that Germany and other EU countries want to protect the integrity of the single market, and that without all the obligations of EU membership third countries cannot have all the benefits.Those priorities are not inconsistent with ours — a deep and special partnership with our closest trading partners and allies.Our commitment to Europe’s security is unwavering, and we’ll seek to agree new arrangements that allow us to keep the close UK-EU cooperation to tackle the shared threats we face.Meanwhile, there are still important choices to be made about how we find the right balance in Britain’s new relationship with the EU.As two of Europe’s biggest economies, it makes no sense to either Germany or Britain to put in place unnecessary barriers to trade in goods and services that would only damage businesses and economic growth on both sides of the Channel.So as Brexit talks now turn to trade, the UK will look to negotiate a new economic partnership with the EU – the most ambitious in the world – that recognises the extraordinary levels of interconnectedness and cooperation that already exist between us.When we leave the European Union, we will leave the Customs Union and Single Market, but in agreeing a new model of cooperation, we should not restrict ourselves to models and deals that already exist.Instead we should use the imagination and ingenuity that our two countries and the EU have shown in the past, to craft a bespoke solution that builds on our deeply integrated, unique starting point to maximise economic cooperation, while minimising additional friction.The economic partnership should cover the length and breadth of our economies including the service industries — and financial services.Because the 2008 Global Financial Crisis proved how fundamental financial services are to the real economy, and how easily contagion can spread from one economy to another without global and regional safeguards in place.That is why the UK has worked with our partners in the EU to ensure we led the world in making the regulation and supervision of finance safer.In particular, we’ve sought to ensure that financial authorities across the world can cooperate in rule-setting and supervising systemically important global firms, to make sure such a catastrophe doesn’t happen again.That work shouldn’t end because the UK is leaving the EU. On the contrary, we must re-double our collective effort to ensure that we do not put that hard-earned financial stability at risk, by getting a deal that supports collaboration within the European banking sector, rather than forcing it to fragment.For such a close trade partnership in goods and services to succeed, we will need to maintain our common principles – including our shared belief in high standards – and continue the intelligent cooperation of our regulators.Because the trust we place in each others regulators, in a whole range of areas, has been built up over many years of cooperation and there’s no good reason why it should disappear after the UK leaves the EU.We also propose to provide as much certainty to businesses throughout the EU as possible, through a time-limited implementation period after Britain leaves the EU.During this period, we propose that access to one another’s markets will continue in its current form, using the EU’s existing rules, regulations and agencies.That way, UK and European businesses have time to prepare for a single set of changes – once we know what our future trading partnership will look like.This implementation period is clearly in the mutual interests of the UK, Germany, and the EU – that is why the December EU Council signalled its support for rapid progress on this agreement, which we should deliver at the March council.So this week, we both take the message to German business leaders that agreeing the details of this period with the Commission is a major priority for the UK Government.Brexit will inevitably mean a shift in the way UK and European companies do business together.But with the next set of negotiations just around the corner, a bold, positive and exciting new chapter in our history together awaits.We will continue to work closely together, to make sure we put in place a new relationship that works best for the UK, for Germany and for Europe.last_img read more

Press release: UK House Price Index for November 2017

first_img house prices have fallen by 0.7% since October 2017 an annual price rise of 4.5% takes the average property value to £152,855 England 531 For further information about HM Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry. Mortgage £155,246 4.8 -0.7 All £481,915 £470,854 2.3 the West Midlands experienced the greatest rise in average property price over the last 12 months, up by 7.2% the North West experienced the greatest monthly price rise, up by 1.4% the North East and London saw the lowest annual price rise, both up by 2.3% the North East saw the most significant monthly price fall, down by 1% Price change by region for England North West 140 Follow us on: Building status* Average price September 2017 Annual price change % since September 2016 Monthly price change % since August 2017 Average price by property type for Wales the number of completed house sales in September 2017 fell by 21.5% to 6,494 compared with 8,275 in September 2016 Property type November 2017 November 2016 Difference % South East £325,270 5.7 0.3 South West £251,923 6.2 -0.5 Average price by property type for London on average, house prices have risen by 0.1% since October 2017 an annual price rise of 5.1%, which takes the average property in the UK to £226,071 London £481,915 2.3 -0.9 Yorkshire and the Humber £155,778 3.0 -0.8 Repossession sales by volume for EnglandThe lowest number of repossession sales in September 2017 was in the East of England. Terraced £195,956 £185,434 5.7 Press Office August 4,190 4,122 1.6 The November data shows: The UK House Price Index (HPI) is published on the second or third Tuesday of each month with Northern Ireland figures updated quarterly. The December 2017 UK HPI will be published at 9.30am on 13 February 2018. See calendar of release dates. Detached £369,380 £349,672 5.6 West Midlands 63 Existing resold property £485,338 2.9 -0.2 Terraced £495,903 £480,836 3.1 New build £208,793 13.3 0.5 Average price by property type for England Building status for London Month Sales 2017 Sales 2016 Difference % Revision tables have been introduced for England and Wales within the downloadable data. Tables will be available in csv format. See about the UK HPI for more information. Flat/maisonette £226,501 £218,906 3.5 The UK HPI is calculated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. It applies a hedonic regression model that uses the various sources of data on property price, in particular, HM Land Registry’s Price Paid Dataset, and attributes to produce estimates of the change in house prices each month. Find out more about the methodology used from the ONS and Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency. Funding and buyer status for England All £243,339 £231,053 5.3 Cash £228,889 5.2 0.0 We have made some changes to improve the accuracy of the UK HPI. We are not publishing average price and percentage change for new builds and existing resold property as done previously because there are not currently enough new build transactions to provide a reliable result. This means that in this month’s UK HPI reports, new builds and existing resold property are reported in line with the sales volumes currently available. Former owner occupier £275,792 5.3 -0.1 Repossession sales September 2017 Funding and buyer status for Wales Building status for Wales Cash £506,946 1.9 -1.3 Twitter @HMLandRegistry our blog LinkedIn Facebook *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for EnglandThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for England show: HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales. Property type November 2017 November 2016 Difference % August 74,189 79,655 -6.9 Semi-detached £147,643 £140,306 5.2 East Midlands £185,047 6.4 0.2 North West £159,066 6.2 1.4 West Midlands £192,119 7.2 1.3 Transaction type Average price November 2017 Annual price change % since November 2016 Monthly price change % since October 2017 the number of completed house sales in September 2017 fell by 14.8% to 64,812 compared with 76,114 in September 2016 Background tables of the raw and cleansed aggregated data, in Excel and CSV formats, are also published monthly although Northern Ireland is on a quarterly basis. They are available for free use and re-use under the Open Government Licence. Existing resold property £149,773 5.0 0.4 The first estimate for new build average price (April 2016 report) was based on a small sample which can cause volatility. A three-month moving average has been applied to the latest estimate to remove some of this volatility. First-time buyer £421,781 2.3 -0.7 East of England £289,731 6.0 -0.2 September 6,494 8,275 -21.5 South East 55 Month Sales 2017 Sales 2016 Difference % Information on residential property transactions for England and Wales, collected as part of the official registration process, is provided by HM Land Registry for properties that are sold for full market value.center_img Existing resold property £238,556 4.8 -0.1 August 7,802 8,535 -8.6 Phone (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm) 0300 006 3365 Yorkshire and the Humber 88 South West 25 *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for LondonThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for London show: The data can be downloaded as a .csv file. Repossession data prior to April 2016 is not available. Find out more information about repossession sales. EnglandThe data for England shows: Semi-detached £226,228 £213,385 6.0 Cash £148,829 4.0 -0.7 Former owner occupier £543,383 2.4 -1.2 Building status for England The regional data for England indicates that: Region Average price November 2017 Annual change % since November 2016 Monthly change % since October 2017 Detached £231,696 £222,255 4.2 East Midlands 48 New build £310,878 11.9 0.3 Transaction type Average price November 2017 Annual price change % since November 2016 Monthly price change % since October 2017 The HM Land Registry dataset contains the sale price of the property, the date when the sale was completed, full address details, the type of property (detached, semi-detached, terraced or flat), if it is a newly built property or an established residential building and a variable to indicate if the property has been purchased as a financed transaction (using a mortgage) or as a non-financed transaction (cash purchase). North East 76 HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. Month Sales 2017 London Sales 2016 London Difference % HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for some 85% of the land mass of England and Wales. Email [email protected] Transaction type Average price November 2017 Annual price change % since November 2016 Monthly price change % since October 2017 North East £127,737 2.3 -1.0 London 23 Flat/maisonette £107,952 £106,699 1.2 Mortgage £474,145 2.5 -0.8 *Figures for the two most recent months are not being published because there are not enough new build transactions to give a meaningful result.Sales volumes for WalesThe most up-to-date HM Land Registry sales figures available for Wales show: the number of completed house sales in September 2017 fell by 6.6% to 3,786 compared with 4,054 in September 2016 there were 60 repossession sales in September 2017 Repossession sales data is based on the number of transactions lodged with HM Land Registry by lenders exercising their power of sale. First-time buyer £204,494 5.3 0.3 September 3,786 4,054 -6.6 For England, this is shown as volumes of repossession sales recorded by Government Office Region. For Wales, there is a headline figure for the number of repossession sales recorded in Wales. house prices have risen by 0.1% since October 2017 an annual price rise of 5.3% takes the average property value to £243,339 Flat/maisonette £424,766 £418,660 1.5 Property type November 2017 November 2016 Difference % Sales volume data is also available by property status (new build and existing property) and funding status (cash and mortgage) in our downloadable data tables. Transactions involving the creation of a new register, such as new builds, are more complex and require more time to process. Read Revisions to the UK HPI data. Former owner occupier £176,931 4.3 -1.0 Building status* Average price September 2017 Annual price change % since September 2016 Monthly price change % since August 2017 Terraced £117,939 £112,457 4.9 The UK Property Transaction statisticsare taken from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) monthly estimates of the number of residential and non-residential property transactions in the UK and its constituent countries. The number of property transactions in the UK is highly seasonal, with more activity in the summer months and less in the winter. This regular annual pattern can sometimes mask the underlying movements and trends in the data series so HMRC also presents the UK aggregate transaction figures on a seasonally adjusted basis. Adjustments are made for both the time of year and the construction of the calendar, including corrections for the position of Easter and the number of trading days in a particular month. Mortgage £250,620 5.4 0.1 East of England 13 Work has been taking place since 2014 to develop a single, official HPI that reflects the final transaction price for sales of residential property in the UK. Using the geometric mean, it covers purchases at market value for owner-occupation and buy-to-let, excluding those purchases not at market value (such as re-mortgages), where the ‘price’ represents a valuation. Data for the UK HPI is provided by HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, Land & Property Services/Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and the Valuation Office Agency. The UK HPI revision period has been extended to 13 months, following a review of the revision policy (see calculating the UK HPI section 4.4). This ensures the data used is more comprehensive. All £152,855 £146,278 4.5 LondonThe data for London shows: WalesThe data for Wales shows: September 64,812 76,114 -14.8 Detached £919,354 £886,553 3.7 First-time buyer £132,177 4.7 -0.4 house prices have fallen by 0.9% since October 2017 an annual price rise of 2.3% takes the average property value to £481,915 UK HPI seasonally adjusted series are calculated at regional and national levels only. See data tables. Funding and buyer status for London New build £521,920 10.2 0.9 Semi-detached £583,283 £562,093 3.8 Building status* Average price September 2017 Annual price change % since September 2016 Monthly price change % since August 2017 Access the full UK HPI UK house prices grew by 5.1% in the year to November 2017, experiencing a 0.3 percentage point fall from the previous month.The UK Property Transaction Statistics for November 2017 show that the number of seasonally adjusted transactions on residential properties with a value of £40,000 or greater rose by 7.1% in the year to November 2017. Between October 2017 and November 2017, transactions increased by 0.6%.Looking at the regional level, the largest annual price growth was recorded in the West Midlands at 7.2%, up from 7.1% in October 2017. It was followed by the East Midlands at 6.4%. At 2.3%, both London and the North East region showed the slowest annual growth of all UK regions. This is the 12th consecutive month where the annual growth in London has remained below the UK average.See the economic statement.Notes to editors Trafalgar House1 Bedford ParkCroydonCR0 2AQ Mobile (5:30pm to 8:30am weekdays, all weekend and public holidays) 07864 689 344last_img read more

Press release: UK funded vaccines save Rohingya children from deadly diphtheria outbreak

first_imgNotes for Editors: General media queries (24 hours) Email [email protected] It is difficult to comprehend the depth of human suffering among the hundreds and thousands of Rohingya who have fled persecution in Burma. Many have sought refuge in Bangladesh, but their plight is far from over as diphtheria, an entirely preventable disease, is claiming the lives of those who thought they had finally reached safety. British expertise and aid is saving lives in Cox’s Bazar, preventing and treating this deadly infection, helping children like Anowar. In today’s world, no child should die from a preventable disease. The UK is giving hope and a chance to Rohingya families. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible.center_img The UK has once again led the response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, by contributing to a vaccination programme which will protect more than 350,000 vulnerable Rohingya children from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria.The vaccination campaign, which began in December, is due to run until February, has already ensured more than 315,000 children aged between six-weeks and 15-years-old, living in or near the world’s biggest camp in Cox’s Bazar, are protected.Overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar are a breeding ground for contagious diphtheria, with 100 new cases every day.Since late 2017, there have been nearly 4,000 suspected cases and at least 31 deaths. More than half the deaths relate to children under the age of five.Diphtheria is especially dangerous for children. It is fast spreading and fatal, causing extreme breathing difficulties, inflammation of the heart which can lead to heart failure, problems with the nervous system and fatal paralysis.In tandem with the vaccination campaign, which is being carried out by UNICEF, the UK has also provided specialist expertise in the form of British doctors, nurses, paramedics and midwives, who are treating diphtheria patients.Only three weeks after arriving in the camps, the skills of the 40-strong UK aid-funded Emergency Medical Team have made a significant difference and saved countless lives, including that of four-year-old Anowar.He was referred to the treatment centre at 9am last Monday (January 8), in a weak and lethargic condition and displaying symptoms of diphtheria.Anowar’s symptoms were so severe; the clinicians decided that he needed diphtheria anti-toxin immediately in addition to a course of antibiotics. By 4pm that afternoon his health had improved significantly, and he was soon released to complete his treatment in the care of his relieved family. He is now doing well and looked healthier when he visited the treatment centre on Thursday 11 January for a check-up.The intervention of the UK medics undoubtedly saved Anowar’s life but it has also had a wider impact as clinicians were also able to treat his entire family with precautionary antibiotics, preventing them from going through the same suffering as Anowar.The Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from neighbouring Burma following persecution by its military. In November 2017, the International Development Secretary visited Cox’s Bazar where she announced extra UK aid for the humanitarian crisis, ensuring more lives are not put at risk when international funding starts to run out in February 2018.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 DFID is funding £2million of the $4.6 million cost (£3.4 million) required to vaccinate 351,458 children aged six-weeks to 15-years-old as part of the campaign. The wider UNICEF vaccination campaign will also vaccinate 130,000 school children living in host communities near to the camps in Cox’s Bazar. Funding for this vaccination campaign has been provided from the response budget announced on 23rd October and 27th November 2017. Medics have worked tirelessly to ensure the swift vaccination of those most at risk. To date 315,889 children have been reached. DFID is working in partnership with the government of Bangladesh to ensure that children living in the camps and host communities are vaccinated against this deadly disease. The UK’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) is a collaboration between DFID, the NHS, Public Health England, UK Med – a register of NHS volunteers ready to deploy to emergencies, Handicap International and the UK Fire and Rescue Service. This is the first deployment of the EMT since it was verified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in December 2016. UK medical personnel have previously been deployed to respond to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and the Nepal earthquake in 2015. The deployment will be funded from DFID’s Bangladesh humanitarian budget – up to £650,000 has been earmarked for the EMT. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection. It most often causes infection of the upper respiratory tract. Diphtheria is most commonly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets (coughs and sneezes), or by direct contact with either respiratory secretions or infected skin lesions. Respiratory diphtheria usually occurs after an incubation period of 2-5 days. It causes life-threatening airway obstruction if untreated. The first suspected case of diphtheria was reported on 10 November at an MSF clinic in Cox’s Bazar. The outbreak was confirmed through laboratory testing on 04 December 2017. As of 10/1, 3,868 suspected cases of diphtheria and 31 deaths have been reported. In response to the diphtheria outbreak in Cox’s Bazaar, existing clinical facilitates are being converted and scaled up. This is currently being led by Médecins Sans Frontières MSF and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). However IOM and other international NGOs are unable to manage the complex care needs of these patients, which is why they require the support of UK staff. IOM will provide the medical facilities for the deployment. World Health Organisation (WHO) will provide drugs. The UK’s EMT will provide a specialised clinical team, clinical oversight, some key medical equipment not available in country, and accommodation and transport for staff. Following the request for international assistance by the World Health Organisation on 15 December, a UK EMT team travelled to Bangladesh to conduct an emergency assessment, and recommended the deployment of the EMT. Staff will be rotated out of Cox’s Bazaar after three weeks. Staff will have a diphtheria booster injection before deployment and will then be at minimal risk of contracting the disease. The UK has currently contributed £59 million to the crisis since 25 August 2017. Free-to-use video content is available to download here.last_img read more

The Werks’ Rob Chafin Hypes Ohio Music Scene Ahead Of Winter Werk Out

first_imgThe Werks are getting ready to host their now annual Winter Werk Out, the winter version of their larger summer jaunt in their home state of Ohio, next week. The two-day event will take place at Columbus’ The Bluestone on February 2nd and 3rd, with the host act performing both nights, joined by Papadosio (both nights), Phutureprimitive, Aqueous, Zach Deputy, LITZ, Mike Perkins, Electric Orange Peel, Ernie Johnson From Detroit, and Conscious Pilot (check out a schedule of the full weekend of music below). We had the chance to catch up with The Werks drummer and event organizer Rob Chafin and chat about the upcoming festivities and then some.The Werks are no strangers to putting on some epic parties with their friends and fellow musical cohorts. Outside of an absolutely electric set of their own, the group always has some interesting collaborations hidden up their sleeve to surprise the audience with. When asked about the importance of teaming up with their fellow musicians within the community, Chafin explains, “We absolutely center our events around bands and acts that are our good friends. We are extremely honored to have so many incredibly talented friends in the music industry and always try to involve them in everything we do.”With that comes the opportunity to bring back acts that can grow alongside the annual events, such as both Aqeuous and Electric Orange Peel, who will both be returning for the second year in a row. “Both bands are great friends and are on the rise,” Chafin explains, “we’re stoked to have them back as WWO Veterans!” In the case of Aqueous, the Buffalo-based quartet had an insane 2017, which culminated in a sold-out hometown New Year’s Eve throwdown at Town Ballroom, in which the group performed a special Gorillaz tribute set to celebrate moving forward into 2018. The band will also be heading out with fellow Winter Werk Out cohorts Papadosio for a string of winter dates.Which leads us to the Asheville, NC-based outfit. Both Papadosio and The Werks have been friends and collaborators for years at this point, sitting in with one another and sharing the stage on many occasions during the course of their respective careers. Papadosio had a huge year with their own Re:creation headlining spot at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, major festival spots at Electric Forest, Oregon Eclipse, Resonance Music & Arts Festival, and proper send-off to 2017 down in Nashville at Marathon Music Works.We recently had a chance to discuss new music on the horizon for the band with both Anthony Thogmartin and Billy Brouse (read what they had to say here), and it sounds like 2018 is looking to be even bigger and better as the band opens turns the page to a new chapter in their story. With both Dosio and The Werks on tap at WWO for two nights each, something special seems to be brewing, and you won’t want to miss out.With both summer and winter Werk Out editions flexing artistic muscle and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, the eyes remain on the prize of giving fans what they want. Rob Chafin explains, “Our main goal is to make the best experience we can for the fans. The fans are what these festivals are all about, because it is the passionate music lovers that truly make all of this possible. We are always actively asking the fans what acts they want us to book because we value their opinions very much. That being said, we are excited to announce that the 2018 summer Werk Out Festival is going to be the biggest year yet!”The last few years have witnessed the music scene in the Buckeye state becoming one of the more solid markets in the country. “The Ohio music scene is one of the strongest in the country,” says Chafin. “You just can’t say enough about how amazing the music community is here, the word ‘family’ definitely comes to mind. From bands in our scene, like ekoostik hookah and Papadosio, to acts like John Legend and The Black Keys, Ohio definitely has a rich music history. Venues likes Legend Valley and Nelson Ledges Quarry Park are magical places that in truly put Ohio on the map for being one of the best festival hubs of the US.”With essentially all the bands on the lineup coming off rocking New Year’s runs, and a brief holiday respite in the month of January, expect each groups’ batteries to be fully charged and raring to go kick off another year of relentless touring and music-making in 2018, with it all starting at WWO. In case that’s not all enough, both The Werks and Papadosio will also collaborate for a Winter Werk Out Pre-Party on Thursday, February 1st at Woodlands Tavern to get things started properly.Tickets for The Winter Werk Out are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For additional info and event updates, join the Facebook Event page. For tickets to the Official Pre-Party with Members of both The Werks and Papadosio at Woodlands Tavern, go to Ticketweb.***In addition to the musical festivities that will be taken place, Advocates of Change is teaming up with The Werks and The Open Shelter of Columbus to help those in need of warm clothing over the course of the year, especially during these frigid winter months. Please, please, and please bring donations of coats, sweaters, jackets, gloves, warm hats, scarves, and/or blankets to either night of the concerts on February 2nd or 3rd, and you will be entered into the WWO art giveaway drawing featuring art by PigeonHouse Studio, Light In Progress Studios, Spectrum Geometry, The Artwork of Danielle Sperandeo, Professor Rainbow, John Ckirk Art, and more! The Open Shelter is an incredible Columbus non-profit organization that was founded in 1983. They provide emergency shelter and assistance for homeless and marginally housed persons in Central Ohio.***The Winter Werk Out also has an allotment of hotel packages for those traveling to Columbus from out of town at the Holiday Inn Downtown Columbus. Travel packages are available at the event website.Take a look at some highlights and collaborations from past Werk Out’s:The Werks “Black Betty” ft. Mihali of Twiddle[The Werks Official]The Werks “Fall” – Winter Werk Out 2017[The Werks Official]The Werks / Papadosio / Dopapod w/ Zach Deputy “Dark Side Of The Moon”[The Werks Official]Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out a full schedule for Winter Werkout below:[cover image via Live And Listen]last_img read more

Alyssa Milano Hangs Out Backstage at Finding Neverland

first_imgMistresses star Alyssa Milano may look all grown up (especially since she starred in Who’s the Boss? in 1984), but she rediscovered her childlike sense of wonder when she saw the hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland. The screen star stopped by on July 8 to catch the show and go backstage to greet headliner Matthew Morrison at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Hey Alyssa—we’d love to see you make your Broadway debut! Check out this Hot Shot of Milano and Morrison, then see the magical musical Finding Neverland on the Great White Way. Related Shows Finding Neverland View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016last_img read more

Vermont Technical College names Philip Conroy new president

first_imgVermont Technical College,Philip Conroy, Jr., Ed.D. has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College by the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees following a six-month nationwide presidential search. Dr. Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he serves as vice president of enrollment management and marketing, responsible for admissions, financial aid, marketing, publications, the web site, public relations, and retention related activities.Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida since 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement.‘I am excited for Vermont Technical College and the Vermont State Colleges,’ said Gary Moore, Chair of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Board of Trustees. ‘I believe Phil Conroy is the right person to take the college to new levels. He is an inspiring educator and leader who will be an asset to the college and to the state.’VSC Chancellor Tim Donovan echoed Moore’s comments, adding, ‘When you look for a next president of a college, you seek the right person for the time and circumstance of the institution. The college community, the Board of Trustees, and I all agree that Dr. Conroy has the skills and character to lead Vermont Tech to an expanded role in Vermont’s economic and educational future. I anticipate that we will see Vermont Tech’s value to Vermont reach even greater heights under Dr. Conroy’s leadership.’Prior to his service at Mount Ida, Dr. Conroy served as the director of development for the College of Food and Natural Resources at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Director of Development and founding Executive Director of the Bridgewater State University Foundation, where he also served as a faculty member, financial aid counselor, and alumni relations director.He has more than thirty years of teaching and management experience in higher education, including resource development, endowment management, volunteer and constituent management, strategic enrollment management, financial aid, integrated marketing, international and multi-cultural education, transition to college and the first year of college. In addition, he has earned a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Conroy is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops in Europe and North America on enrollment management, academic affairs, and institutional advancement issues, and he’s served in a number of volunteer positions, both in higher education and in his local community.‘I am extremely excited about joining the Vermont Tech community,’ Conroy said following his appointment Thursday night. ‘During my visit to campus in November I was very impressed by the ambition of the Vermont Tech community to plan and adapt to the changing educational needs of the state of Vermont, and its desire to expand the college’s influence both within the state and beyond where appropriate. We all understand the realities and challenges posed by the declining numbers of high school students graduating from northern New England high schools, as well as the financial realities of operating a public college in a state with limited financial resources. As I look ahead, I see Vermont Tech becoming an example of how strong an institution can be with a profound commitment to its public mission despite limited public funding.’‘I am also intrigued by the potential for Vermont Tech evolving into an ‘applied university’ serving the state of Vermont and greater New England region. Through partnerships statewide with business leaders and other institutions, the college could potentially evolve from its roots as an associate degree institution to a recognized and well-respected bachelor’s degree institution. This, in fact, is what I have been involved with at Mount Ida for the past thirteen years. There are some very exciting and intriguing possibilities ahead for Vermont Tech, and I am looking forward to joining the faculty and staff and bringing those possibilities to reality.’Conroy earned his Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his Master of Education in educational administration from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island; and his Bachelor of Science in education from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He has also completed graduate studies at the University of Tampere, Finland; University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Boston College.He will assume Vermont Tech’s presidency on April 1, replacing interim president Patricia Menchini, who was named to the position when former president Ty Handy resigned in June, 2010.Founded in 1866, Vermont Technical College is a public, coeducational, undergraduate institution offering more than 25 bachelor’s and associate degree programs. Vermont Tech currently enrolls approximately 1,650 students. For more information, visit us on the Web at www.vtc.edu(link is external).RANDOLPH CENTER, VT ‘ December 10, 2010 ‘last_img read more