Home » News » COVID-19 news » Public putting pressure on agents to “game the system” during Covid, says Propertymark previous nextCOVID-19 newsPublic putting pressure on agents to “game the system” during Covid, says PropertymarkPropertymark chief says agents are having to juggle business and safety issues as public demand to see properties despite travel and other restrictions.Nigel Lewis25th January 20211 Comment2,071 Views Propertymark policy chief Mark Hayward has said that estate agents face huge challenges as they deal with demands from potential clients to view properties during the latest and more deadly phase of the pandemic.Hayward tells MoveIQ founder and TV presenter Phil Spencer during a YouTube interview that, in particular, agents are being asked to ‘be flexible’ when applying rules on viewings.Hayward says in response estate agents are having to be more rigid in some areas on buyer pre-qualification with no viewings being allowed unless a potential buyer can prove they the cash to purchase the property or have sold their original home.He tells Spencer that this is restricting activity in the market, which he admits is “infuriating some prospective buyers who just want to view and buy the property particularly when they know their home will sell quickly”, he says.Travel bansSpencer and Hayward also reveal that estate agents are having to vet potential viewers in other ways including where they are travelling from.“People can’t travel from England into Wales or Scotland to do viewings but some agents are also saying no, for example, to people from outside their country or region,” he says.“This is partly because we’re aware members of the public are trying to game the system by using requests to view properties as a valid excuse to go on holiday, even though they are not really interested in the properties.”Phil Spencer says: “It sounds like people are interpreting the rules in different way to suit their own purposes, which is to be expected, but agents are at work and a workplace shouldn’t be a dangerous place to be. It’s difficult for everybody.”Watch the video Mark Hayward Phil Spencer MoveIQ propertymark January 25, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentTracy Churchwood, Churchwood Stanley Churchwood Stanley 28th January 2021 at 11:36 amIt has and continues to be an extremely difficult time for sales and letting agents, from day one we have not arranged viewings for anyone who is not in a position to purchase. A few applicants (the stupid ones) have got very shirty but most understand the common sense approach for this – in fact I would love to keep this going as it gets rid of all the timewasters! It is a very dangerous time to be an agent even with your office kept locked. We are still fully operational and it is becoming a huge strain trying to run the business and keep the staff, our clients and ourselves protected at all times. With the backlog on sales going thru and the deadline for stamp duty fast approaching the pressure and stress levels for all concerned has increased fourfold. For once I feel sorry for conveyancers as well, vendors and buyers are even more stressed than usual and we feel that we are in a pressure pot about to implode! But us small independents just have to keep going or our business will not survive!Log in to ReplyWhat’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
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Last night, Greensky Bluegrass tore up their performance at Millennium Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, putting on a rare Grateful Dead set as part of the band’s “Casual Wednesday” series. Starting a few years ago, Greensky introduced the concept of “Casual Wednesday,” using their mid-week shows as a means to step outside the box and perform all-cover sets and invite out special guests for extended collaborations. For this past Grateful Dead-themed “Casual Wednesday,” the bluegrass juggernauts laid out ten Grateful Dead covers during the band’s second set of the evening.Greensky Bluegrass Announces 2018 Winter Tour With Billy StringsDuring the first set of the show, Greensky Bluegrass hit a number of well-loved originals, opening with “Windshield” off 2014’s If Sorrow Swims, before moving through “Into The Rafters” and landing in two tunes off their latest album, Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted, “Living Over” and “Room Without A Roof”. The first set also saw a well-built combination of “Just To Lie” into “Kerosene”, as well as a set-closing “Worried About The Weather”, which teased what was to come in the second set with teases of “Shakedown Street” built-in throughout.Watch Greensky Bluegrass And Fruition Team Up On “Wings For Wheels” And Led Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love”Coming back after set break, the band’s dobro player Anders Beck gave a speech about how underrated Wednesdays are (“We here at Greensky Bluegrass, we celebrate Wednesdays”) while the rest of the band played the set-opening tune “Casual Wednesday”. From there the band launched into their Grateful Dead cover set, hitting standalone renditions of “Eyes of the World”, “Black Muddy River”, “Mr. Charlie”, and “Friend Of The Devil” before performing the beloved and classic combo of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. To close out the special “Casual Wednesday” set, Greensky finished with a massive “Cassidy” sandwich, which housed “Cryptical Envelopment” and “The Other One” within it. Returning to the teases during the first-set closer “Worried About The Weather”, for an encore, Greensky ended the show in full with a jubilant rendition of “Shakedown Street”.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Millennium Center | Winston-Salem, NC | 10/25/2017Set One: Windshield, Into The Rafters, Living Over, Room Without A Roof, Just To Lie > Kerosene, Miss September, Tied Down, While Waiting, Worried About The Weather (1)Set Two: Casual Wednesday, Eyes of the World, Black Muddy River, Mr. Charlie, Friend Of The Devil, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Cassidy (2) > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > CassidyEncore: Shakedown StreetNotes: (1) Shakedown Teases; (2) Dark Star and various other Dead teases to startYou can listen to audio of Greensky Bluegrass’s Grateful Dead-themed second set and encore below, courtesy of Marisa Muldoon.[Photo: Sam Watson]
On Saturday night a slight woman of enormous international stature let a Harvard audience in on a perk of her position: When she is asked to give a speech, the leader of Myanmar said, her staff provides her with talking points. Even better, for her lecture as the Harvard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year, Harvard provided her with a topic.“[Foundation director S. Allen Counter] told me I should speak on intercultural, interethnic, and interreligious cooperation,” Aung San Suu Kyi said to the laughter of the overflow crowd. “So I thought this is the right moment for me to talk about intercultural, interethnic, interreligious, international peace.”The winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi became an international symbol of nonviolent protest shortly after leaving her husband, British historian Michael Aris, and young sons in England to care for her sick mother back in Myanmar. There she helped form the National League for Democracy (NLD), drawing the angry attention of the military government. She was placed under house arrest in 1989 and would remain a political prisoner for 21 years before her release late in 2010.Although she was given permission to leave Burma if she agreed never to return, Aung San Suu Kyi instead remained as a symbol for her countrymen. “Aung San Suu Kyi became the face of resolution to remind people that we are allowed to fight for more than we are given,” said Harvard Foundation intern Jasmine Chia ’18.After her return to public life, Aung San Suu Kyi became president of the NLD and was named to parliament in 2012, becoming her country’s first female minister of foreign affairs and minister to the president’s office. Her current title, state counselor of Myanmar, is equivalent to prime minister.Counter said Aung San Suu Kyi was chosen for the award because “We try to select a person whose principles are consonant with the vision and the philosophy of the Harvard Foundation. She is most decisively that. Her struggle against hatred, her idea of reconciliation, which is very much in the tradition of Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu — all of those things made her our choice this year.”In accepting the award, Aung San Suu Kyi said, “I look upon this prize not as a reward for what I have done, but as a happy omen for what we are trying to achieve in the future. We can have freedom and security in the right proportion. In my country, there is still a long way to go before I can say that our people are both free and secure.”Aung San Suu Kyi (left) poses in a Harvard sweatshirt with Devontae Freeland ’19, Harvard Foundation intern, and Dr. S Allen Counter Jr., director of the Harvard Foundation and member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Justin ZiebellHer speech circled back to the goal of reconciliation, especially with the minority Muslim Rakhine state within Myanmar, on whose behalf students quietly protested outside the Science Center. Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies Diana Eck, who worked with Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband in the years he was at Harvard (“Though there was no question that his mind was also, was mostly, in Myanmar”), pointed out that Aung San Suu Kyi had also protested when it was forbidden. “No one would be more appreciative of the students standing outside for the people of Rohingya,” Eck said.Indeed, said Aung San Suu Kyi, “What we want is not domination but reconciliation.” She has established a commission chaired by former United Nations General Secretary Kofi Annan to look at the issues in Rakhine, and she and Annan’s successor, Ban-ki Moon, agreed at a meeting in Myanmar on Aug. 30 to work toward the Rohingya’s peaceful coexistence with their neighbors.“I am proud of the diversity of my country, but we have not been able to turn it into a peaceful union” of Myanmar’s 135 ethnic groups, Aung San Suu Kyi said. “I believe fear is at the root of all divisions, because fear leads to hatred. We have to get rid of the fear if we are to get rid of the hatred. If we do not get rid of the hatred, we will not be able to have peace in any country.“But why do we fear and why do we want others to fear us? Those who want others to fear them should be ashamed of themselves,” she said. “We have to eradicate the roots of fear. How? If I had the answer, my country would have been at peace many years back. But believing that everybody has a core of goodness that can be mined is a start.She also marveled at some aspects of American society. “When I look around the United States, you are a very, very wealthy country. Why do you want to get richer? What is this drive? Why? How many meals can you eat in a day? Always the drive for more possessions — is it about security? Proving you are better than others? If you could find the answer, it would help us improve relations between human beings.“I do believe in human beings,” she concluded. “The fact that we are not in caves clubbing each other proves that we are improving. So let’s all put our heads together and find the answers because I am not capable of doing so in one short speech.”Harvard students and faculty during and after the lecture took the opportunity to honor Aung San Suu Kyi with tributes that ranged from a musical performance by Lynn Chang ’75 on violin and Reyloun Yount ’16 on the yangqin, to a delicate framed portrait presented by a Burmese artist in the audience at the end of her speech, to the Harvard sweatshirt given at the awards dinner by Harvard Foundation intern Devontae Freeland ’19.Perhaps the most moving was a personal appreciation given by Tout Tun Lin ’19 at the awards dinner following the lecture. Lin spoke about growing up in Myanmar under the close eyes of parents who feared his arrest, seeing the freedoms enjoyed by teenagers of other countries in scenes from foreign films, and watching more of his friends disappear each year as professionals fled the country.“But Aung San Suu Kyi — she stayed. She stayed despite what the party put her through. She stayed,” he said. “And she showed us, the younger generation, that Myanmar’s soul was not dead.”
Exploring the themes of manipulation and control within American family life, the Notre Dame Student Players will present “How I Learned Drive” by Paula Vogel from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4 in the Washington Hall Lab Theatre.The play follows a woman nicknamed Li’l Bit as she reflects on the sexual abuse she suffered by her Uncle Peck as a young adult.Junior and director Maria Amenabar Farias said the play offers unique insight into the often complex relationships victims have with their abusers. While Uncle Peck abuses Li’l Bit in secret, he maintains the facade of a respectable family man, she said.“[Peck] is presented as this amazing guy,” she said. “He’s charming. The author even wrote in this play that he should be thought of as an Atticus Finch.”Senior and stage manager Maria Pope said watching the events of the play through Li’l Bit’s eyes allows the audience to view her relationship with Uncle Peck with greater depth.“It lets us examine [Li’l Bit] as a character and the complexities with which she views her uncle who is abusing her,” she said. “He’s not just this evil figure in her life, she sees him in many different ways.”Amenabar Farias said delving deep into the text of the script was crucial to gain an understanding of the “psychology and the objectives” of the characters.“Everything we do, I ask myself, ‘What’s the purpose of the scene? How do we get the actors to tell the story that we want them to tell,’” she said.Senior Alexander Daugherty, assistant director, said the play refrains from showing the physical abuse in order to place greater emphasis on Li’l Bit and her growth as a character.“The focus is on her, her words, what she’s saying,” he said.Amenabar Farias said despite the fact that no assault is shown, the play communicates the gravity of the abuse just as effectively.“We don’t sugarcoat [the abuse],” she said. “We’re not pretending they’re not happening, but we present them in a very elegant and graceful manner, I would say, because we know we’re dealing with very delicate subjects.”Though the play does not ignore the hardships abuse brings into the lives of its victims is not absent of, it also does not neglect to celebrate victims overcoming their pasts.“It’s such a beautiful story about something that’s so awful,” Amenabar Farias said. “We find the beauty in the character’s life and how she’s not defined by what’s happening to her.”Amenabar Farias said she hopes the play offers a means for understanding victims of abuse as well as inspiration for all those facing adversity.“This play is sort of a way to see that you are stronger than all problems you’ve had to face in life,” she said.Tags: How I Learned to Drive, Notre Dame Student Players, sexual abuse, sexual assault, Student Players
More than 700 sixth- through eighth-grade Georgia 4-H’ers gathered for the annual State 4-H Junior Conference at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga., Nov. 23-24.The annual conference is planned by the Georgia 4-H District Junior Boards of Directors, with each district board comprised of eight grade students who are elected by their district peers. This year’s “Where Dreams Come True” theme focused on science-related topics tied to popular children’s movies.Sara Wasserman, former 4-H’er and cast member in the Disney College Program, served as the invited speaker. Highlighting the professional skills she gained through 4-H Project Achievement, Wasserman shared how her involvement in the Georgia 4-H program prepared her to achieve her professional dreams.“This is the premier event for middle school-aged 4-H’ers,” said Jeffrey Burke, State 4-H events and programs manager. “Junior Conference brings together 4-H delegations from across the state of Georgia, giving the chance for young people to meet new friends across county lines.”Junior Conference attendees may exhibit a booth at the exhibition fair to share more about their project achievement work in their communities. They also participate in service projects by creating sketchbooks and packing art supplies, writing thank you cards to veterans, preparing healthy dog treats for humane societies, making quilts for senior citizens and planting flowers for nursing home residents. Educational workshops, community service and recreation are led by high school-aged teen leaders.Each year since 2002, 4-H’ers have collected pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Georgia. This year, more than 10,000 pounds of pop tabs, equating to more than $2,500, were donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses on behalf of Georgia 4-H.Georgia 4-H’s performing arts group, Clovers & Co., provided energetic entertainment on Saturday night. The evening ended with a selection of movie viewings, board games, and a dance and pizza party. During closing assembly, two attendees received $300 summer camp scholarships in a raffle, the top counties with pop tabs collections received awards and the top winners of the talent show performed for the entire delegation.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth-leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 235,000 people annually through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Boards face the need to replace 30–35 percent of their board members over the next three to five years. Concerns about where and how to recruit committed and competent board members are complicated by the perception that millennials don’t have time to serve on a board, increased requirements for the expertise of the board and high-performing CEOs asking their boards to be strategic rather than operational. Recruiting, renewing and developing a highly competent board requires a systematic approach, an open mindset and board member advocates for positive change.Three credit unions faced challenges with replacing board members, and each board had its unique approach to managing succession planning. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions have been experiencing an auto lending joyride for the past few years.The overall number of auto loans held by credit unions grew 22% from Q4 2015 to Q4 2017, according to CUNA Mutual Group. Over that same period, credit unions’ overall outstanding auto loan balances grew 28.7%.While these results are impressive, a deeper dive into the numbers reveals some troubling trends:• Between Q4 2015 and Q4 2017, the number of auto loans among credit union primary financial institution (PFI) members grew just 7%, while non-PFI member auto loans grew 44%, CUNA Mutual reports.
Bulletproof hosting is a major problem and another indication of the growth and maturity of the criminal enterprise. Law enforcement has a challenging task in finding and arresting bad actors who are attacking organizations. So, law enforcement does the next best thing, which is taking down the websites and infrastructure of the attackers.In recent years, law enforcement has been moderately successful in this pursuit by holding the cloud infrastructure providers—such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft—accountable for allowing the bad actors to operate.However, bulletproof hosting providers are explicitly offering services to protect the bad actors from law enforcement activities, essentially condoning the malicious attacks. Bulletproof hosting providers will not work with law enforcement. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Apr 15, 2009Egyptian woman sick with H5N1 infectionA 33-year-old Egyptian woman from the northern province of Kafr el-Sheikh is sick with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the woman had fallen ill on Apr 7 after coming into contact with dead birds, said the report, which cited the Egyptian news agency MENA. The woman’s illness is Egypt’s fourth H5N1 case this month, and she is the first adult infected after a string of cases in children in recent weeks. As of last week, Egypt had had 12 H5N1 cases with no deaths so far this year, as compared with 4 deaths out of 8 cases last year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. The WHO recently sent a team of experts to Egypt to assess whether the virus is changing in some way.[Apr 15 Reuters report]Researchers identify new H5N1 inhibitor candidateAgainst a backdrop of concern about influenza resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), researchers from Canada and Hong Kong yesterday at a press conference in Hong Kong described a new compound that inhibits the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to a report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The researchers’ findings appear in today’s issue of the Journal of Medical Chemistry. Using computational molecular docking, the researchers screened 230,000 compounds and found 20 potential H5N1 inhibitors. One of the compounds, referred to as “compound 1,” showed an ability to inhibit neuraminidase at levels similar to oseltamivir. The compound was also effective in a variety of cell-line assays and with both H1N1 and H5N1 viruses, according to the journal article abstract.[Apr 15 Xinhua story][Apr 15 J Med Chem abstract]Tests reveal H7N7 at German turkey farmAnimal health officials in Germany yesterday said a low-pathogenic H7 avian flu outbreak at a commercial turkey farm near Kleve in early April involved an H7N7 virus, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreak killed 454 birds, and authorities culled the remaining 16,246 turkeys to control it. Investigators haven’t determined the source of the virus.[Apr 14 OIE report]Despite free access, most Ontario children not vaccinated against fluMost Ontario children for whom influenza vaccination is recommended are not getting vaccinated, even though flu immunization is free to all in the province, according to a report from the Toronto-based Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). In a telephone survey during the 2006-07 flu season, the researchers found that only 30.8% of children with high-risk medical conditions had received flu vaccine and that only 10% of 6- to 23-month-old children had received the recommended two doses of vaccine. The survey targeted the caregivers of 4,854 children between 6 months and 11 years old. “This study shows that just making flu shots freely and easily available to the entire population may not be enough for reaching certain high risk groups,” said Dr. Jeff Kwong, one of the authors, in an ICES news release.[Apr 14 ICES news release]London’s revised pandemic flu plan envisions up to 94,000 deathsThe latest edition of the city of London’s pandemic influenza surveillance plan, released recently, says health agencies should prepare for disease attack rates ranging anywhere from 25% to 50% and for case-fatality rates ranging from 0.4% to 2.5%. At the high end of those scales, London could have up to 94,000 deaths, the report says. Titled “The London Regional Resilience Flu Pandemic Response Plan,” the report is the fourth version of a document that was first published in May 2006. The 126-page plan is intended to provide the agencies that compose the London Resilience Partnership with a strategic framework to support their preparedness and response efforts.[London’s pandemic flu plan]Larry Brilliant heads Skoll Foundation project to battle global threatsDr. Larry Brilliant, the founder of Google Inc.’s philanthropic arm, has been named president of a new organization being set up by the Skoll Foundation to combat urgent global threats such as climate change, water scarcity, pandemic disease, and nuclear proliferation, the foundation announced yesterday. The aim of the organization, called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund, is to identify and support “innovative, high-impact initiatives” to confront these major threats, said Jeff Skoll, founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, in a news release. Brilliant played a key role in the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox in Asia, and he was the founding executive director of Google.org. The new organization will have an initial budget of $100 million, the foundation said.[Apr 14 Skoll Foundation news release]