May 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Savarino’s stoppage goal lifts Real Salt Lake past Atlanta FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSANDY, Utah (AP) — Jefferson Savarino’s long-range blast late in stoppage time gave Real Salt Lake a 2-1 victory over Atlanta United on Friday night.Savarino shook free and sent a high, hard shot from outside the box to the far side for his second goal of the season.Sebastian Saucedo opened the scoring for Salt Lake (6-6-1) in the 36th minute. Outside the box, Saucedo put the ball between diving goalkeeper Brian Guzan and the post.Josef Martínez tied it for defending MSL champion Atlanta (6-5-2) in the 78th minute. Martínez finished a run down the middle by slipping around a defender in the box just in time to slot Franco Escobar’s centering pass past Nick Rimando. Associated Press Written by Tags: Jefferson Savarino/MLS/Real Salt Lake
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is speaking out for the first time since announcing his retirement from football at 29 years old. He said his decision came after he injured his quad during the Super Bowl in February. Gronkowski played football for 14 years and officially announced his retirement in March. “The icing on the cake was definitely the hit in the Super Bowl,” Gronkowski told ABC News’ Michael Strahan Wednesday. “I had to stay in the game for sure, it’s the last game of the year, but that hit was brutal. I’ve had a couple quad contusions before and I’d miss a game or two and I was back within two weeks. So when that hit happened, you just shrug it off in your mind…but literally this one was for real.”Gronkowski, a three-time Super Bowl champ, admits constant injuries took the joy out of his career. Still, he’ll always have respect for the game, he said. “I understand what I signed up for…football, to me, has made me a stronger person 100 percent and I’m so thankful for it,” Gronkowski added. “I played in one of the greatest organizations in all of sports, and I’m so thankful for that opportunity and I’ve played with the greatest players of all time, the greatest coach of all time, one of the greatest owners of all time… it can help me go to the next chapter of my life — taking things from there, seeing what I learned from guys like that.”Gronkowski went on, “It’s made me so much more stronger. It’s brought me to this point now and I found ways to recover from everything too — finding the right treatments, techniques on how to heal, finding different workouts and it’s going to lead me to my next path in life.” Gronkowski said he didn’t tell his teammates at first about his decision to retire. “I didn’t even have that passion that energy to call up everyone because I just needed to get it out of the way, so I just did it,” he said. “I was over it. I didn’t even want to negotiate at all with anyone.”“[N]ow that I have talked to teammates since, they’re all 100 percent supportive,” Gronkowski added. “They all know what the game is like and to walk away on my own terms is just a great way to leave.” Gronkowski isn’t the only player leaving the NFL. Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made headlines this week when he announced that he too was retiring at the age of 29, saying years of battling injuries had taken a physical and mental toll.“I felt stuck in it and the only way I see out is to no longer play football,” Luck said in a recent press conference. “It’s taken my joy of this game away.” As for his advice to Luck, Gronkowski said to focus on your physical and emotional health. “There’s ways out there to recover, there’s ways out there to get better and then when you get better, you can get stronger,” he said. “So that’s what I knew, and I knew I had to step away from the game of football in order to accomplish that — in order to accomplish to let my body heal, let my mind heal, just settle. Get that calmness again in life and get that joy again.”Gronkowski said he’s been laying low over the last five months, resting and recovering from past injuries. He also discussed his partnership with CBDMEDIC, a company which offers pain-relieving ointments. “It has helped me through my experiences,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 28, 2019 /Sports News – National Rob Gronkowski on retiring from NFL at age 29: ‘I didn’t even want to negotiate’ Beau Lund
Tags: Andre Grayson/Utah State Football July 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Suspends Student-Athlete For ‘Inappropriate Racial Comments’ Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Per a Monday report, Utah State football has suspended a student-athlete for “inappropriate racial comments,” he allegedly made, the program announced Sunday evening.The university did not identify the player in question.The Utah State athletics department has made an official statement on the matter via their Twitter account:pic.twitter.com/0kvwWbEFVq— Utah State Athletics (@USUAthletics) July 6, 2020In a statement made by the athletic department at the Logan-based university June 3, officials said they strive for a locker room “diverse in background, race and beliefs” for values they extol such as “equal opportunity, togetherness and respect.”The university has also conducted several video interviews during the COVID-19 era, such as one featuring junior cornerback Andre Grayson which touched upon systemic issues swirling about racial equality. Written by
The South Pars gas field is being developed in 24 phases with a target to produce a total of 790 million cubic meters of gas a day The South Pars gas field comprises 28 production blocks. (Credit: National Iranian Oil Company) National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) subsidiary Pars Oil and Gas Company has commenced drilling operations of phase 11 of the South Pars gas field located in the Iranian waters of the Persian Gulf.The South Pars gas field forms the northern half of a supergiant offshore gas field called the North Dome field or the North field in Qatar.Comprising 28 production blocks, the giant offshore gas field is being developed in 24 phases with a target to produce a total of 790 million cubic meters of gas a day.Drilling rig installed at SPD11B border locationDrilling operations of phase 11 of the South Pars gas field follows the installation of the drilling rig at the SPD11B border location.Pars Oil and Gas Company South Pars Phase 11 development project head Mohsen Rezaei said: “According to the plans, the Iranian MD-1 rig, owned by MAPNA Drilling Company, is currently stationed in this position and drilling 12 appraisal/development wells has started to achieve a daily production capacity of one billion cubic feet (equivalent to 28 million cubic meters) of sour gas from the phase.”SPD11B wells are planned to be drilled in two stages to speed up the increase of production capacity of South Pars gas field.Under the first stage, the firm plans to drill and complete five appraisal/development wells, with an output of 500 million cubic feet per day.The second stage involves drilling and completion of seven development wells, increasing the total gas recovery from the platform to one billion cubic feet gas per day.Iran’s Petropars Company is serving as the main contractor of the project, implementing the development plan in both surface and subsurface sections.The South Pars phase 11 is aimed at producing two billion cubic feet of rich gas per day. The produced gas will be transferred to the South Pars onshore refineries.
Countrywide, has appointed Peter Long, the former Chief Executive of travel agent giant TUI, as its Non-Executive Chairman.Mr Long (left), who is also Chairman of Royal Mail, will start his new role following Countrywide’s annual general meeting in April, replacing the retiring Grenville Turner. He will work alongside Alison Platt, Chief Executive at Countrywide. He commented, “I am delighted to be joining the Countrywide plc board as Chairman and am looking forward to working with Alison and her team. The group has a clear focus on its customers as it executes its strategy and generates long-term sustainable shareholder value.”Alison Platt, said, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Grenville (right) for his dedication and significant commitment to the development of Countrywide during his tenure. As Chairman and previously as CEO, Grenville has been unwavering in his stewardship of Countrywide. Personally, he has been unstinting in his support and guidance for me and his counsel has been invaluable.“I am pleased that Peter has accepted the role of Chairman and would like to welcome him to Countrywide. I and the entire Board look forward to working with him as Countrywide pursue its strategic objectives.”Related newsCountrywide has released its latest monthly Lettings Index for January which reveals that average rents in the UK rose by 1.2 per cent to £906 a month year-on-year. While this represents the slowest increase in three years, average rents are 12 per cent above their pre-recession peak, reaching the highest level on record, led by growth in London.Johnny Morris, Research Director at Countrywide said, “Nationally rents in January rose at the slowest rate since 2012, as some of the upward pressure on prices subsided and affordability limited further rises. Across most of London and the South East the slowdown in rental growth is the first since 2010, where rents have been growing for the past six years.”Peter Long Countrywide Countrywide new Chairman February 17, 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 » Countrywide appoints new Chairman previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide appoints new ChairmanPeter Long, formerly of TUI, will replace Grenville Turner as Non-Executive Chairman at Countrywide.The Negotiator17th February 20161 Comment617 Views
Home » News » Land & New Homes » Plans to fast-track planning for housebuilders Plans to fast-track planning for housebuilders24th February 20160597 Views Planning applications for new residential property developments in this country could soon be fast-tracked for a premium fee as part of new radical Government proposals.Under the new plans designed to help housebuilders push schemes through more quickly, developers would have a choice of submitting a planning application to the local council, a competing council or a Government approved organisation that would process applications up until the decision point.Councils would also be able to offer the fast track planning application service – possibly through competition pilots or potentially through devolution deals.Communities Secretary Greg Clark (left) said, “Council planning departments play a vital role in getting local housebuilding off the ground, but for too long they have had no incentive to get things done quickly or better, resulting in drawn out applications and local frustration.“These proposals will be a boost for house builders looking to build much needed new homes for hard working families and first time buyers, and for local people looking to get a planning permission for home improvements through their local council quicker.”Given that planning is consistently listed as a major barrier to building more homes, the Government’s ambitious reform proposals have been warmly welcomed by Laura Smith, CBI Head of Construction and Manufacturing.But she also pointed out that there is a mismatch between ambition and delivery, with local planning departments lacking the resources they sorely need.Smith commented, “For these proposals on competition, planning in principle and enhanced fees to have a real impact, they must go hand-in-hand with addressing levels of resourcing.”Brian Berry (right), Chief Executive of the FMB, also welcomed the news that the Government has listened to the concerns of industry over the sclerotic planning system.He said, “Across the country, SME housebuilders continue to be frustrated by a painfully slow planning process that is holding back the delivery of new homes. The numerous sources of delays and inefficiencies in the system impact upon house building rates, and act as a major deterrent to small developers who need to see speedy returns on their investments. Anything which encourages innovation and incentivises councils to deal with applications with greater urgency must be welcome.”planning applications planning planning for housebuilders fast-track planning 2016-02-24The Negotiator Related articles Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public29th April 2021 Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal15th April 2021 Retail and pub re-openings sparked newbuild sales homes surge yesterday13th April 2021What’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.
Home » News » Housing Market » Minister’s controversial ideas to beat housing crisis previous nextHousing MarketMinister’s controversial ideas to beat housing crisisThe Negotiator23rd November 20160557 Views Gavin BarwellGavin Barwell, the Housing Minister has been airing some interesting views about the UK’s housing crisis and how it can be resolved.His first suggestion is that parents should disinherit their children, passing their estate straight through to grandchildren. This would, in some way, ease the housing crisis and combat what he calls ‘inter-generational unfairness’ by letting those grandchildren lucky enough to benefit from granny’s wealth, and leap onto the housing ladder.It’s a strange idea. Mr Barwell’s mother has done that very thing apparently, leaving her £750,000 home and her other wealth to his children and those of his brother. He said, “We all like to think our children are going to be better off than us. In terms of life expectancy and new technology, they are going to be. But as things stand they are less likely to own their own home and we need to do something about that. There is a profound inter-generational unfairness that has been created over a number of years.”Housing Minister’s mother is leaving her estate to her grandchildren… which may help the housing crisis…The Prime Minister’s office was quick to distance itself from the idea, saying that not was not acceptable for the government to intervene in the way people distribute their wealth, “These were personal comments made by Gavin Barwell, they are certainly not policy.”And Paul Green, from Saga, said “Elderly people don’t want to be lectured , it must be for those who have worked hard to own their own home to decide to whom they leave it when they die.”In another suggestion, Mr Barwell suggested that we should build homes that don’t meet current minimum space standards so that young people can afford to buy them. The odd thing about this suggestion is that he cited the flats being built by Pocket, which are just 400 sq ft, and sell for just under £250,000. Not quite so affordable then.Gavin Barwell housing crisis Housing Minister politics November 23, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
The Conveyancing Association (CA) has released its latest protocol list of 14 scams that the property industry regularly face as well as new advice on how to prevent them.Phishing, smishing, vishing, CEO whaling and spear phishing are all warned about in the document.These are different ways that fraudsters trick conveyancers and estate agents into revealing personal or corporate data such as passwords and account user names.One tip the CA gives is that to prevent these scams, conveyancers should ask estate agents and lenders to validate documents by posing with them in a ‘selfie’ if they cannot meet them face-to-face.Another scam the document warns about is when criminals clone the identity of someone receiving funds from a conveyancer, which the CA says can include estate agents but also clients, law firms and lenders.It suggests conveyancers ‘hard wire’ the recipients’ bank account details into their system to prevent funds being diverted to a ‘cloned’ account.Significant targetThe protocol list is part of the CA’s ongoing campaign to stamp out cyber fraud within the property industry which it says is “a significant target for criminals” and that “our own and our client’s money is under threat”.“This protocol is intended to deliver robust and efficient fraud prevention balanced between risk, profitability and the customer journey,” it says.The campaign by the CA has been given momentum by several high-profile mortgage fraud cases including one that involved a gang stealing £1.2 million from a bridging loan firm.And the recent Mishcon de Reya and Owen White & Catlin cases that involved fake vendors selling homes they did not own, and whose owners subsequently sued the conveyancing firms involved, have highlighted how vulnerable the industry can be to sophisticated criminals. Following an appeal, a judgement is still being awaited in these two cases.Read the full protocol list here. online fraud mortgage fraud property scams scams conveyancing Conveyancing Association April 19, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Conveyancers advise agents about most recent scams facing industry previous nextRegulation & LawConveyancers advise agents about most recent scams facing industryConveyancing Association says fraud is a significant threat to the industry and has issued revised guidance on how to tackle it including using ‘selfies’ to validate documents.Nigel Lewis19th April 201801,065 Views
The decision by OnTheMarket to become a PLC is having the transformative effect its member agents were hoping for when they voted to demutualise, latest figures reveal.OnTheMarket has added 2,000 branches to its service since the portal floated on AIM two-and-a-half months ago, giving it a total listing size of 7,500 branches or approximately 38% of all agent branches.This compares with Zoopla’s 14,775 and Rightmove’s nearly total market reach of 20,121.In a statement made to via the stock exchange, OnTheMarket says it has achieve its recent increase in branches by offering agents either free or discounted introductory rates to sign up.Dramatic growthSuch dramatic growth has also come at a cost; OnTheMarket says it has more than doubled its sales team from 15 to 32 people.The increase in inventory delivered by the new signings has also helped ramp up traffic, which recently reached 12 million individual ‘sessions’ a month following the AIM launch.This compares with both Zoopla’s 48 million and Rightmove’s 130 million a month ‘visit’ metrics which, although not explained by either portal, are likely to mean ‘individual sessions’ too.“We are extremely pleased to be continuing to exceed our own expectations and to have reached this latest milestone,” says Ian Springett, CEO of OnTheMarket.“As we sustain this pace, we are strongly encouraged by the growing agent support and feedback to our proposition to create an agent-backed, full scale challenger portal that disrupts the existing duopoly.”Ian Springett Rightmove OnTheMarket property portals Zoopla May 2, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket has now signed just under 40% of all estate agent branches previous nextProducts & ServicesOnTheMarket has now signed just under 40% of all estate agent branchesBig push by expanded sales team to sign up agents with free or introductory offers is doing the trick, portal reveals.Nigel Lewis2nd May 201801,091 Views
Landlords play a much less significant role in competing with first time buyers than politicians and consumers think, it has been claimed.The National Landlords Association says access to affordable finance and the huge deposits many first time buyers must now scrape together are far more important than competition for properties from landlords.“Everyone seems to have a gut instinct about the extent to which they feel landlords and first time buyers compete for homes in the UK, but homeownership is a highly emotive issue so the facts are often overlooked,” says the NLA’s CEO Richard Lambert (pictured).The comments were made yesterday as the NLA revealed that letting agents could soon see 380,000 properties removed from the private rental market as the government’s buy-to-let tax crackdown continues.It reckons a tsunami of landlords offloading buy-to-let properties is about to hit the sector as 19% of all the landlords it canvassed said they were intending to sell up this year.First time buyersBut the research has a silver lining. The NLA reckons nearly half of the properties being sold by landlords will be ideal for first-time buyers because 45% of landlords planning to sell up own apartments.This will be welcome news within government circles – several housing ministers have said the recent tax relief reductions were designed to help increase property supply for first time buyers and help reduce prices.“These findings sound like positive news for potential new home-owners, but the reality is not everyone wants, or is in a position financially, to buy,” says Lambert.“In fact, if all these homes are sold as planned then it will lead to a significant fall in the supply of property available to those who choose to rent, or have no other option but to rent”.Read more about buy to let. NLA Richard Lambert National Landlords Association private rental sectors buy-to-let first-time buyers May 17, 2018Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » ‘Don’t blame buy-to-let landlords for first time buyer problems’ previous nextHousing Market‘Don’t blame buy-to-let landlords for first time buyer problems’NLA fights back against politicians who blame property investors for lack of supply and high prices for FTBs.Nigel Lewis17th May 20180792 Views