Leaders continues on expansion trail

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leaders continues on expansion trail Leaders continues on expansion trail16th March 20160731 Views Leaders further increased its regional footprint by completing the acquisition of Southend-based Tudor Estates last week – keeping the firm’s expansion plans on course.The deal to acquire Tudor Estates, which was founded in 1959, comes just weeks after Leaders absorbed another Essex company into its national network. More Estate Agents, with branches in Clacton, Colchester, Chelmsford and Braintree, joined the organisation in January.This is Leaders’ third acquisition this year following a busy 2015 in which it spent over £25 million on 11 acquisitions and 32 new branches. Leaders now have 118 branches in total, including five in Essex.“Adding a fifth branch to our growing presence in Essex is fantastic news. We believe the county is home to an important property market with plenty of potential, Kevin Shaw (left), National Sales Director at Leaders, said.He added, “The Tudor team has gained a tremendous reputation in Southend over many years and we look forward to building on this. This acquisition gives us a chance to extend our coverage in Essex and roll out our range of services to more sellers and landlords.”The entire Tudor team has opted to remain with Leaders, and Luke Chiddicks, Sales Manager at the new Leaders branch in Southend, insists that his firm are excited to now be a part of a much larger group.He said, “Being part of national company with specialist marketing, IT, compliance and accounts departments to support us will allow me and my team to focus on providing an even better service and grow our market share locally. It also means a wide range of opportunities for our staff to progress their careers on a larger playing field.”Leaders is expected to complete further acquisitions in the coming weeks, as part of its expansion plans, designed to reach more parts of the UK and increase overall market share.Leaders Leaders acquires Tudor Estates acquisitions 2016-03-16The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th 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.last_img read more

Police warn residents of IRS phone scam

first_imgHOBOKEN — According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, residents may receive calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service during this tax season.“They will explain that the reason for the call is to advise you of a past due IRS debt,” said the release. “They will then provide you with instructions on how to make the payment such as purchasing gift cards or any other type of card such as itunes. They will also explain that if payment is not received a warrant will be issued for their arrest. The victim, now in fear will provide the caller with all the information needed for the payment.”The IRS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers through email, text, or social media to request any personal or financial information and they do “not call taxpayers with threats of lawsuits or arrests.”Anyone who receives a call from supposed representatives of the IRS is warned not to provide them with any personal information such as a date of birth or social security number.They should also not follow any directions regarding direct payment of fines or back taxes.The press release advises residents to end the call and not engage in conversation.The Internal Revenue Service can be reached at (800) 829-1040.last_img read more

Rokita threatens to sue if HR1 voting reform bill becomes law

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – March 8, 2021 5 336 Facebook Google+ By US House of Reps ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has informed ranking members of Congress that he intends to take the federal government to court if the For The People Act, more commonly known as “HR1”, gets through Congress and is signed into law by the president.He sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell informing them of his intentions.Rokita said the bill, which would reform certain aspects of the election process, is unconstitutional.“It doesn’t protect Americans’ votes,” he said. “It’s designed to put a thumb on the scale of every election in America. We have got to stop this. They’re (congressional Democrats) trying to codify, basically, all the processes and things that we saw last fall.”Rokita is among the camp of Republicans that believe there was widespread election fraud during the 2020 election. He along with 18 other attorneys general from around the US who have signed on to his letter to Congress, accuse Democrats of trying to consolidate too much power in the federal government.“The constitution is very clear that the states are in charge of the election processes, and that’s why it’s unconstitutional,” Rokita said.Among the other stipulations that Rokita has a problem with in the bill, is that it would essentially render any voter ID laws in each state null and void.“When I was Indiana Secretary of State, we implemented the nation’s first photo ID law,” he said. “It was so well done, that the Supreme Court said ‘yes, that’s fine’ and now 31 states have modeled themselves after that law. This proposal, this HR1, eviscerates photo ID.”He added that the bill also stiffens penalties for cleaning out voter rolls in each state, which is already against the rules, but Rokita said states should be allowed to do that in the event people move away from said state or die.Rokita said that under HR1 it would require everyone on a state’s voter roll would receive a ballot, meaning that a person no longer living in that state or even a dead person would be getting a ballot. He says that opens the door wide open for election fraud. WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleSen. Todd Young working to be bipartisan during campaign kickoffNext articleIllinois man arrested after pursuit in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Rokita threatens to sue if HR1 voting reform bill becomes law Facebooklast_img read more

Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Acoustic Set) To Headline 2019 Old Settler’s Music Festival

first_imgThe 32nd Old Settler’s Music Festival has announced its return, going down April 11th through 14th, 2019. For the second year in a row, the spring event will take place in its new home of Tilmon, Southeast of Lockhart, TX—conveniently located less than an hour from Austin and San Antonio and approximately two hours from Houston. Additionally, the festival has teamed up with independent Texas concert promoter Kessler Presents for the first time.The upcoming Old Settler’s Music Festival will be headlined by Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, who will perform an intimate acoustic set. The lineup is rounded out by Del McCoury Band, Galatic, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Penny And Sparrow, ShinyRibs, Texas supergroup Los Legends (feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Rick Trevino, Y Amigos), Amanda Shires, Mandolin Orange, and more.With a diverse group of activities for all festival-goers, Old Settler’s Music Festival will again offer camping (which often includes impromptu jam sessions); Camp ShhhTimes, a completely unplugged late-night listening area; a youth talent competition; a juried arts and crafts fair; and many kid-friendly activities.Additional artists will be announced soon. Early Bird tickets to the festival have already sold out, and advance tickets are available now on the event website.last_img read more

New President & CEO Appointed to Run BMH

first_imgNew President & CEO Appointed to Run BMHBarry G. Beeman has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation. He will be coming to Brattleboro this summer. Beeman has roots in New England, and he and his wife, a nurse, are very happy to be coming to Vermont, where they have family.Beeman comes to BMH with a total of twenty-three years of healthcare administrative experience including as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Human Resources at three previous hospitals.Beeman most recently held the position of President/CEO of Atlantic General Hospital/Health System in Berlin, Maryland, a community hospital and health system with similarities to BMH, also located in a rural area. While there he coordinated major expansion projects to include new emergency and outpatient centers and expanded surgical and diagnostic services. He also provided leadership direction successfully positioning the hospital organizationally and financially. As CEO of Atlantic General, Beeman was an active leader in representing the hospital/health system in the community, resulting in successful appeals and development campaigns.Before going to Atlantic General in 1998, Beeman was President and CEO of Eastern Connecticut Health Network in Manchester, Connecticut. There he managed the performance of a network of two acute care hospitals, long-term care facility, home care agency, and two wellness centers. Before that he served at Rockville General Hospital for thirteen years in various capacities, the last four years of which as President and CEO.Beeman received a masters degree in healthcare management from Rensselaer at Hartford Graduate Center (CT), and obtained his bachelor of science in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.His professional affiliations include memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and in the American College of Healthcare Administrators. He is a member of the CEO Circle, and is currently a member of the Maryland Hospital Association in addition to various other entities in Maryland such as Chambers of Commerce in several areas of the state. He is past president of his residential community in Maryland.Beeman is married to Kathy Banning, a registered nurse who trained at the Thompson School for Nurses here in Brattleboro. They have one grown daughter, Alicyn. Beeman lists as his interests, in addition to people in general, golf and other outdoor activities and going to the movies.Catherine Coonan, chairperson of the SVHSC board of trustees, says she is very pleased that Barry Beeman has accepted the position of leading our wonderful hospital. I feel confident that his background, leadership skills, and relationships with people both in the hospital and out in the community will benefit Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.last_img read more

Investors plan to use Repsol’s net zero carbon commitment to pressure rest of oil and gas sector

first_imgInvestors plan to use Repsol’s net zero carbon commitment to pressure rest of oil and gas sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Investors cheered Spanish group Repsol’s pledge to slash net carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, saying they hope it will pile pressure on rival oil and gas companies to follow suit in the fight against climate change.The world’s top oil and gas companies are under heavy pressure, not only from environmental groups but also from institutional investors, to fall in line with targets set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming.Repsol on Monday became the first leading energy firm to commit to a net-zero emission target, outdoing Royal Dutch Shell that had set out an ambition to halve emissions by 2050.“It is clear that this is a very significant commitment from Repsol that raises the bar across the oil and gas sector,” said Adam Matthews, Director for Ethics and Engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board, who co-led discussion between a major group of investors with Shell on a climate resolution last year.“We have been pressing fossil fuel companies to commit to align with a net zero emissions pathway by 2050 for some time. It is good to see Repsol showing this leadership, including clear milestones along the way,” said Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship, Sarasin & Partners. “In the end, shareholders need to know their companies are looking forward, not back, when it comes to the energy transition.” Sarasin & Partners manages 14.3 billion pounds ($18.35 billion) in assets.Repsol’s targets encompass 95% of all its emissions, including from fuels sold to clients. It also wrote down 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in the value of its oil and gas assets to reflect its lower oil and gas price outlook. Repsol said it would sharply increase its low-carbon power generation capacity by 2030, partly by expanding its renewables business. [Ron Bousso, Simon Jessop]More: Investors urge Big Oil to follow ‘poster child’ Repsol’s climate pledgelast_img read more

Running Season

first_imgMyself and a few Charlottesville Area Trail Runners members at the top of Turks MountainIt is upon us. No man, woman, child, or beast can escape its clutches. To try to resist is futile. Just accept your fate. That’s right, its winter.As a cyclist, this time of the year is what I am supposed to look forward to the least. Who cares that this dreadful season includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, if I can’t ride my bike what is the point.Lucky for me, this is hardly my take on winter, as I revert back to my high school roots and get my run on. That’s right, the bikes are put up in storage and I lace up my kicks and hit the trail. Trail running to me is like a day on the bike, one big adventure. My backyard has miles and miles of trail that are closed to bikes, so long distance trail running allows me to explore these sweet stretches of singletrack.I know what you’re thinking, running is boring, I don’t have anyone to run with, and there is no way that running a downhill can be as fun as biking one. You’re wrong about running being boring. Hit up some technical trails, and you will be picking lines just like on a bike. You’re wrong when you say you have no one to run with. I looked up local running groups in Charlottesville, where I live, and now have an amazing network of people to run with. Lastly, I agree that running a downhill is not as fun as hitting it on two wheels but hey you can’t win it all.The beauty of running is how simple it is. You need some active clothing, a pair of shoes, and you’re good to go. Also, during the winter you can keep warmer and don’t have to struggle taking 15 different layers like on bike rides. The best thing about trail running is if you feel tired, then just hike. After all you’re in the woods and you’re allowed to slow down and enjoy it.While I do enjoy longer mileage, any distance can be fun. It will help you keep off the winter weight, make these cold days pass quicker, and get you out in nature.Lace those shoes up, and hope to see you on the trail!last_img read more

Spring Storm Drops 7 Inches of Snow on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York That was no way to celebrate the first day of spring. Long Island saw as much as 7 inches of snow in some areas as a winter storm moved into the area Friday and lingered through the night and into the early morning hours, with some flurries still visible after sunrise. Seven inches was recorded in Rocky Point and almost a dozen other communities in Suffolk County measured more than 6 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals published by the National Weather Service in Upton. There appeared to be less accumulation in Nassau County. Merrick recorded 5.9 inches, and a number of other neighborhoods from the South Shore to the North Shore counted more than 5 inches. Snowfall totals mostly ranged from 4 to 7 inches; forecasters had predicted 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. Here’s how the rest of the weekend is expected to shape out: There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the thermometer reaching a high of 41—potentially helping melt most, if not all, of the white stuff that fell. The wind chill will make it feel more like 30 degrees, forecasters said. Strong gusts predicted for the evening will drop the temperature into the low 30s. Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 36—not warm enough for Long Islanders still reeling from the record-breaking winter that just came to an end. Now, let’s all hope that this latest storm was winter’s final hurrah.last_img read more

Member rewards and the modern consumer

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In today’s ultra-competitive credit/debit landscape, the benefits offered can make a substantial difference in a consumer’s mind. Like many other aspects involved in the buying experience, rewards programs are quickly evolving to meet escalating consumer expectations.This past week, we had the opportunity to talk with Andrew Gates, Loyalty Consultant with CO-OP, about how CO-OP Member Rewards is staying a step ahead of the competition to offer members a uniquely gratifying experience. Here are his valuable insights from our discussion.Q. How does Member Rewards differ from a typical credit/debit loyalty program?A. We are making it easier than ever for members to earn points, without adding cost for the credit union. Where CO-OP makes a big effort is primarily in the merchant-funded space. It is safe to say that we have the most robust merchant-funded rewards program in the industry. In terms of national online products, CO-OP is leading the way with the soon to be released browser plugin, which allows a member to get their rewards from the merchant they are buying from without going through a third party or a rewards website. It makes things more convenient for the member because the logo of the program shows up everywhere they can earn bonus points, including search results in Google, Bing and Yahoo searches. continue reading »last_img read more

FCC call-blocking rule includes relief for legitimate callers

first_imgThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Thursday voted to approve its default call-blocking order, which includes a CUNA-supported mechanism for challenging erroneous call blocking. CUNA is concerned the order will lead to credit unions being unable to reach members with important information with members unaware the calls have been blocked.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday that the proposal had been modified in response to feedback to include a “safety valve” to allow legitimate callers to file complaints with voice carriers over erroneously blocked calls, which CUNA called for in its comment letter.“Today’s ruling would not have been possible without the 360-degree advocacy of the CUNA/League system,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA chief advocacy officer. “Over the last few months, CUNA, Leagues and credit unions worked directly with the FCC, Congress, the CFPB and NCUA to ensure that any approach to stem robocalls protects credit unions’ ability to contact members and protect their financial health and security. This is how we approach every issue, and it has proven successful time and time again.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more