Rejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic”

first_imgOne of the agents nominated for the role of Propertymark Vice President says he is disappointed with the way the election is being conducted.Penzance agent and long-time outspoken critic of the industry’s status-quo Chris Wood (pictured, left), managing director of PDQ Properties, says in the past there were half a dozen people who eventually stood for the post after being nominated, and who were then voted on.He says that this time around he was told nominations for the post would have to be approved by a panel and then interviewed before standing for election.“I was happy to play along with at first because I assumed there had been a change in the rules – but I can’t see that there have been any,” says Chris.“I attended the interview and then received a letter that I had been unsuccessful from Christopher Hamer [the current executive chairman] on the day the candidates were announced.”Not democraticChris says he disagrees with this way of filtering candidates and that it was “not democratic”.“I’ll happily stand and face my peers in a vote, and if I get voted off for being a gobby so-and-so and occasional loose cannon then that’s fine, but this way of doing things only allows ‘yes’ men to go through.”The reasons given by NAEA Propertymark for Mark’s rejection following his interview are that Chris has only recently re-joined the organisation and therefore “those voting would perhaps question the credibility of Propertymark in putting forward someone with a possible lack of knowledge of the organisational strategy”.NAEA Propertymark were also worried that if Chris Wood were elected there would not be a “consistent line” between himself and the current President.“The position of vice-president is an important one for which we need to make sure every candidate is fully aware of the time commitment and responsibilities involved and can fully discharge their duties.  It would be inappropriate to comment on individual candidates,” Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive, told The Negotiator.Following the interviews and selection of candidates, voting is now open after the short-list of candidates was emailed to members. Members have until 14th June to respond.The current Presidents Elect of NAEA and ARLA; Katie Griffin (NAEA) and Sally Lawson (ARLA) will take office as respective Presidents, replacing David Mackie (NAEA) and Nik Madan (ARLA). The current Vice Presidents, Mark Bentley (NAEA) and Claire Lloyd (ARLA), will take office as the Presidents Elect.NAEA Propertymark PDQ Properties chris Wood May 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Rejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic” previous nextAssociations & BodiesRejected Propertymark Vice President candidate says process is “undemocratic”Chris Wood tells The Negotiator that the old system of transparent nominations was better.Nigel Lewis23rd May 20170959 Viewslast_img read more

Press release: UK issues call for proposals for Business Innovation Challenge

first_img More than 70 per cent of Kenyans are under the age of 30, and we know that job opportunities are a priority for them. This fund will harness the innovation and energy of Kenya’s entrepreneurs to spur job creation and support our mutual prosperity – and I am delighted that it will provide opportunities for marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities. The UK government has issued a call for proposals for a Business Innovation Challenge, under its new 4-year Kenya catalytic jobs fund.The Business Innovation Challenge seeks proposals from enterprises who are developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth. Up to 5 successful enterprises will receive grant funding and technical assistance worth up to KSH 13 million (£100,000) each. The call for proposals targets initiatives that are innovative, scalable, sustainable and which can demonstrate substantial impact. The Challenge is focused on three broad areas: agriculture and manufacturing, the informal sector, and people in marginalised groups and areas. Shortlisted applicants will present their innovations at a pitch event in front of a panel of expert judges.The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is a KSH 650 million (£5 million) 4-year programme, which will test and support innovations with the potential to stimulate large-scale job creation. The new Fund was announced by British Prime Minister, Theresa May, during her visit to Kenya in August 2018 as part of a package of announcements aimed at supporting Kenya’s young people to achieve their goals.Speaking about the Kenya Catalytic Job Fund, the British High Commissioner, His Excellency Nic Hailey said: The call for proposals for the Business Innovation Challenge will close on Monday 8 April 2019 at 11:59 pm EAT. To enter the Business Innovation Challenge, applicants must submit the online application form found at the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund website. The Business Innovation Challenge will be implemented by Mercy Corps as part of the fund’s pilot phase.Further information The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a package of new initiatives to support African youth during her visit to the continent last year. This included a number of new initiatives in Kenya. For more information, see press release. In 2018, the UK Department for International Development and the British Council co-funded the Next Generation Kenya research which aimed to understand youth attitudes and aspirations, amplify youth voices and, in turn, make a contribution towards improved youth policy. The report found that Kenyan youth are passionate about their country and are eager to contribute to its future, but highlighted job creation as an area of concern. See the 2018 Next Generation Report. The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund will focus on creating jobs for young people, including marginalised groups. Disability inclusion is a priority for the UK Government. Following the UK and Kenya government co-hosted Global Disability Summit in 2018, governments, including Kenya, made commitments to fully value the contribution people with disabilities can make to the success of their nations. You can see a full list of the commitments including Kenya, made at the Summit.last_img read more

Harvard Grads Choose Public Service Over Big Bucks

first_imgIt’s college graduation season in the United States.Even in today’s weak economy, students from prestigious Ivy League universities like Harvard have an extra advantage on the road to financial success. However, not everyone in Harvard College’s Class of 2010 is striving for a lucrative career.Career choicesGraduation is just days away, and Robin Mount is even busier than usual.The director of Harvard’s Office of Career Services is matching her students with the right employers and career opportunities, often in the fields of education, international development and public service.Read more here.last_img

Protect the Power of the Cloud: Data Protection for VMware Cloud

first_imgAs predictions roll in for trends in technology this year, it is no surprise that data protection, security and automation are rising in importance for organizations worldwide. As more organizations move applications and data to the cloud, solid and reliable recovery is becoming a differentiator. For our customers, Dell EMC is a trusted data protection partner, providing comprehensive coverage, rapid recovery and powerful architecture, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs and simply powerful data protection for VMware environments.Dell EMC and VMware – Modernizing One Infrastructure at a TimeDell EMC and VMware co-engineered the VMware Cloud on Dell EMC cloud infrastructure delivered as a service on-premises, fully managed by VMware. VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is built on Dell EMC VxRail infrastructure and runs on the VMware SDDC to handle compute, storage and network processing. This all-inclusive service also offers a hybrid control plane to provision and monitor resources as well as a monthly subscription-based pricing model.VMware Cloud on Dell EMC offers customers support for multiple use cases, such as data center modernization, switch from CapEx to OpEx financial models, and hardware refresh. Another use case is data latency and sovereignty, where the infrastructure stays on-site and can be employed by companies with low data latency requirements, data sovereignty requirements, and data governance and security. Application modernization, including development agility, Kubernetes and traditional application deployments are all instances where customers can utilize VMware Cloud on Dell EMC.With DRaaS, ensure your data is safe and accessible if your infrastructure becomes unavailable.Data Protection for VMware Cloud on AWSDell EMC also offers Data Protection for VMware Cloud on AWS users. Dell EMC Data Protection Software is cloud-enabled and offers comprehensive data protection and superior performance for backup and recovery across your entire VMware Cloud on AWS environment. It provides the same world-class data protection whether your applications run on-premises or in the public cloud.Just as VMware Cloud on AWS enables vAdmins to manage cloud resources with familiar VMware tools, Dell EMC seamlessly integrates cloud and on-premises data protection. This allows users to utilize the same data protection tools in the cloud that they already use on-premises, without needing to upskill.Dell EMC data protection for VMware Cloud allows for extremely simple disaster recovery for VMware Cloud users. Organizations can fail over on demand to VMware Cloud on AWS in the case of a disaster event and spin off and run VMs in their own VMware Cloud on AWS environment. When the disaster event is resolved, they simply use vMotion to move the VMs back to on-premises for recovery.Top Solution Benefits of Running Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware CloudTop Solution Benefits of Running Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware CloudProven enterprise data protection for the enterprise public cloudSeamless integration with on-premises data protectionIndustry’s best-in-class deduplication, which can lead to lower consumption costsProtection of VMware workloads on AWS storage for increased resiliencyNative integration into VMware management tools for the ultimate automation experienceDell EMC data protection supports four use cases today with our cloud data protection strategy: long-term retention, disaster recovery, backup to the cloud and hybrid/cloud backup.Automate Everywhere for Simplified ManagementPowerProtect Data Manager can automate protection policies that provides companies with an easy and seamless way to ensure their data is always protected. Specifically, infrastructure automation has attribute-based inclusion and exclusion, where IT admins can set rules to be used for VM discovery and inclusion, as well as flexible and powerful REGEX matching. It can be auto deployed by either SDDC deployer (auto deploy backup, target and join vSphere), auto deploy proxy data movers, and auto deploy in AWS or other marketplaces.Data protection policies allow data protection administrators to control backup schedules and retention periods. Policies map to the underlying data protection provider from which the policy originated and adhere to the service level agreement (SLA) that the data protection provider supports.Additionally, Dell EMC offers orchestration automation to move data directly from the VMs to the intended storage target, both on-premises and in the cloud. The Dell EMC data protection solution is software-based, comprising workflows that enhance the existing catalog with provisioning and job status checking tasks. Using vRealize Orchestrator, Dell EMC data protection solutions are easily integrated into the VM environment, ensuring simplicity and ease-of-use in a familiar UI environment.To learn more, join us at #DellTechWorld this year for session 7000, Data Protection Automation Made Simple with REST APIs and vRealize Automation.Success StoriesWatermark – Watermark Solutions (Apptrix), an ERP firm for manufacturing companies, offers multiple levels of disaster recovery to the companies it hosts. Impeded by an eight-hour backup window and frequent failed backups, they switched to Dell EMC Data Protection. Their new IDPA DP4400 appliance was up and running in two days and reliably completes backups in under two hours. The DP4400 works seamlessly with VMware, with over 1,000 VMs, automatically adding new VMs to the backup.Xavier University – Storing and protecting data for extended periods of time is a necessity for Xavier University. With a 95%  virtual environment, Xavier turned to Dell EMC Data Protection to protect vital student and administrative records. Backups of 20TB that ran 2-3 days with their former solution now complete in a single evening. Best of all, Xavier finds they’re saving space as well as time, thanks to the superior deduplication capabilities of Dell EMC Data Protection Software.Westgate Resorts – Westgate Resorts, a hospitality timeshare company with 27 properties and over 10,000 employees, is growing – but their data protection solution wasn’t cost effective as they expanded. By switching to Dell EMC Data Protection, they’re able to grow while easily protecting, managing and monitoring their data. By using Data Domain Cloud Tier to Microsoft Azure, they’ve been able to utilize cloud services for a fraction of the cost of keeping old backups on their primary storage.Dell EMC data protection provides customers with powerful, automated data protection for VMware and multi-cloud environments with deep integration points. Dell EMC and VMware are committed to delivering jointly engineered products, making it easier for our customers to protect and recover their IT investment now and into the future. Our solutions are simple to deploy and manage – on-premises and in the cloud.Ways to Learn More Data Protection Extension: VMware Marketplacelast_img read more

The Intersection of Health and Security: SOUTHCOM Perspectives on the Value of Global Health Engagement

first_imgBy U.S. Air Force Colonel Rudolph Cachuela, Command Surgeon, U.S. Southern Command December 05, 2016 Every year, infectious disease outbreaks continue to threaten health and security globally, emerging and spreading at unprecedented and continuously increasing rates. Infectious disease outbreaks impact the livelihoods of individuals, cause major disruptions to travel and productivity, and pose serious risks to citizens around the world and our U.S. Armed Forces, both at home and forward deployed. These global health threats also impact economic growth, stability, and ultimately the development potential of nations – all of whose complex interplay influences the overall security of countries and regions in which the United States has significant interests. At the highest levels, the U.S. government has reaffirmed that global health is a critical priority in achieving a peaceful, prosperous, and secure society – not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s a smart and strategic investment. Our National Security Strategy underscores the importance of global health security, recognizing that the spread of infectious diseases, and other global health threats, constitutes a growing risk and transcends political boundaries. The Global Health Security Agenda further demonstrates the United States’ commitment, representing a growing partnership devoted to increasing countries’ capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to endemic and emerging infectious disease threats. In close collaboration with the U.S. interagency, the Department of Defense plays an important role in combating global health threats as a matter of national security by building capacity in Partner Nation military health service support, force health protection, disaster preparedness and response, health surveillance, and medical research and development. At U.S. Southern Command, we recognize that direct support to the training and readiness of our partner nations yields dividends in fostering robust multinational support to coalition operations and reduces the risks to our own force. Through medical training and logistics support, sharing expertise and information, and advancing humanitarian and disaster relief capacity, we are strengthening partner nation military health systems, building capacity to help prevent, detect, and respond to disease threats, and enhancing regional capabilities in medical disaster preparedness and response. We do so recognizing that public health, force health protection, and full spectrum care are integral to maintaining the health and mission-capable status of partner nations’ forces – the same forces that uphold internal regional security, engage in international peacekeeping missions, and partner with us in the fight against transregional and transnational threat networks. The U.S. Southern Command’s health engagements are force multipliers in strengthening security capacity, resulting in great successes to date. For example, at the early stages of the Zika outbreak, the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6 established research sites in partnership with partners in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru to actively engage in subject matter expert exchanges, enhancing the region’s capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to the virus. As another example, in Colombia, we’ve worked to build medical expertise in areas like patient movement, resulting in increased confidence in expeditious access to the necessary level of military medical care, and we continue to support Colombia as they share their military medical expertise and capabilities with partner nations to advance regional security in Central and South America. While we have seen great value in utilizing Global Health Engagement as a strategic tool to achieve security objectives, much work remains. The complex health challenges we face go beyond geographical and political boundaries, and require a transregional synchronization of effort. We must continue to increase collaboration with other Combatant Commands to identify common goals, best practices, and shared approaches to improve the Department of Defense’s united response to combat transregional health issues. We must also revamp strong monitoring and evaluation systems in coordination with the interagency, partner nations, and other key stakeholders to ensure we continue to build on progress, and target and tailor our activities based on data-driven decision making. The U.S. Southern Command is committed to advancing national interests both at home and abroad. We strive to be the preferred security partner for the region; we continuously plan and prepare for crisis and contingency response; and we help keep the region stable and our nation secure by addressing transregional threat networks. Our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks and other global health threats plays a critical role in defending our shared home of the Americas.last_img read more

Long Island Chick-fil-A to Open October 7

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the controversial Atlanta-based chain of fast-food chicken restaurants, plans to open its first Long Island location in Port Jefferson Station on Oct. 7, the company said in a statement Tuesday.The first 100 local customers over 18 years old  will win a “year’s supply of Chick-fil-A” in the form of 52 certificates for free meals, plus other giveaways. The fast-food line officially forms at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6—24 hours before the grand opening.“Personalized customer service and freshly prepared food have been the hallmarks of Chick-fil-A since the day founder Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant,” said Stan Abrahamsen, local franchise owner of the location at 5184 Nesconset Highway. “My team members and I are committed to those same ideals.”The store, which features a double drive-thru, is scheduled to be open 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Its dining room has seating for 126 customers and its parking lot can hold about 130 vehicles. It will create about 80 new full-and part-time jobs, with hiring underway.Brookhaven town officials had approved the location on the site of a former auto dealership. Local gay rights activists have protested the move on the grounds that Chick-fil-A’s founder has publicly opposed marriage equality. Company officials have said it’s expected to be the first of many Long Island Chick-fil-As.The restaurant will be one of more than 1,900 in 42 states, with the closest current location at New York University in Manhattan. Three years ago, Cathy said in an interview that he opposes gay marriage—a statement that sparked protests nationwide and highlighted his donations to groups sympathetic to that position.“Chick-fil-A has a long history of being taken to task for its donations,” David Kilmnick, CEO of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, had told Brookhaven officials during a 2013 public hearing on the planned LI location, which Kilmnick opposes.Cathy, who has made no secret of incorporating Christian values into his eatery—it’s closed on Sunday, so workers can attend church, for example—later expressed regret that his sandwiches had become a symbol of the gay marriage debate.At the public hearing for the LI location, a company representative tried to appease the critics who spoke out against Chick-fil-A, known for their cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikn”“We’re not anti-anyone,” said Scott Thigpen, Chick-fil-A’s director of restaurant development, at the hearing in Brookhaven. “We’re literally here to serve everyone with honor, dignity and respect. It doesn’t matter about their race, creed, sexual orientation.”last_img read more

How to make your marketing agency work for you

first_imgSo you’ve hired a creative marketing agency for your credit union or bank. Congratulations!But now what?It’s not uncommon for financial institutions to see pretty marketing from their competitors, get a little green with envy and think, “We need that too!” So they hire a creative marketing agency to add a little spice to their collateral.The marketing vendor comes on board and…nothing productive happens.Wheels spin. Emails fly. Headaches ensue.It doesn’t have to be this way.Here are six easy ways to make sure your creative agency works for you, and not the other way around. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

Fellow band member, friend remembers Tim Ward

first_img(WBNG) — The community is mourning the loss of Tim Ward, member of the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums band, and owner of McGirk’s Irish Pub. Ward’s death comes after a lengthy battle with cancer after being first diagnosed in April of 2019. The diagnosis was followed by numerous community fundraisers in Tim’s name. Arnodt said he was missing his friend and band mate already. 12 News spoke with fellow band member Douglas Arnodt who said people were naturally drawn to Ward. “He was really quite an individual. He really did live his life to the fullest he had a high energy level,” Arnodt said. “I always admired how he could do the number of things he did and he loved music, all kinds of music.” 12 News sends our thoughts and prayers to all that knew Tim, especially his family. It was an absolute pleasure for many of us to have had the opportunity to interview him over the years.last_img read more

QLD Reds star James O’Connor on his new Brisbane home

first_imgUnique is best. Where do you live and why? James O’Connor attempts to break away from the defence during the round 1 Super Rugby AU match between the Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on July 03. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.QUEENSLAND Reds flyhalf James O’Connor recently moved to Brisbane from the Gold Coast, where he has put his family home on the market.The 30-year-old rugby union star has made a stellar comeback to the game, helping Queensland break an 11-match, seven-year drought at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night when they beat NSW 32-26 in the opening match of Super Rugby AU. Auchenflower, because it’s close to the city and so easy to jump on the Pacific Highway and get down to the Gold Coast. Plus, it still has that small suburb feel. It’s a renovated old Queenslander, with high ceilings and a very open floor plan.It also has great city views and gets a nice afternoon breeze. Queensland Reds rugby star James O’Connor at his family home which he is selling at Paradise Point. Picture: Nigel Hallett. What would you change about your home? What is the best thing about your suburb? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIt’s walking distance to anything you need. I have cafes, shops, parks, a dog park, the stadium and public transport all on my door step. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What do you love about your home? What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned/best advice you’ve been given when it comes to property? I’m in the process of making it more private.I really want to create an almost forest feel, with a lot of big trees and plants, and bamboo to give it a really protected vibe. I’d love to get some property in the hinterland, where I could have running water, grow my own food and have access to a national park off it, possibly. last_img read more

Nepal:Death toll climbs as search continues

first_imgRescuers in Nepal battled on Tuesday to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country’s leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas.Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told an emergency all-party meeting that the government was sending desperately needed tents, water and food supplies to those in need.But he said getting help to remote Himalayan villages left devastated by Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was a “major challenge” in the desperately poor country, where many communities are inaccessible by road.Sources say an estimated eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal, and 1.4 million are in need of food aid, the United Nations says.International aid has started arriving but there is still a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags.The 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal on Saturday destroying buildings in Kathmandu and severely affecting rural areas across the region.A government official said on Tuesday the death toll had risen to 4,310.Almost 8,000 people have been injured, home ministry spokesperson Laxmi Prasad Dhakal is quoted as saying.China’s Air Force planes are already in Nepal to give relief to the victims of the quake and also help in rescue operations  following Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.Two IL-76 planes were dispatched to an airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, and one IL-76 plane was placed at an airport in Kunming, capital of nearby Yunnan Province, to transport PLA rescuers and logistics to Nepal. International aid has started arriving but there is still a shortage of medical equipment, food and body bags.last_img read more