first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/479402/frogs-hollow-williamson-chong-architects Clipboard Canada CopyHouses•Grey Highlands, Canada Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFrogs Hollow / Williamson Chong Architects Architects: Williamson Chong Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Save this picture!© Bob Gundu+ 15 Share “COPY” Year:  Area:  2000 m² Area:  2000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs:  Bob GunduPhotographs:  Bob GunduText description provided by the architects. The House in Frogs Hollow, a 2000sf country retreat, is located on a long slope of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking Georgian Bay. The property is a collection of eroded clay hills and protected watershed zones blanketed with a dense field of hawthorn and native grasses.  It is not picturesque, but tough and impenetrable. The clients, who gather at the property throughout the year, are avid cyclists who spent months on the 100 acre property prior to construction cutting in discreet mountain biking trails and learning the paths of the horses and snowmobiles as they emerge from the community over the seasons.  Because of their connection to the landscape, a primary site strategy was to resist the inclination to build on top of the hills where one could survey the property in its entirety and instead carve out a building area at the base of the hillside.  The house is not the final destination, but a stopping place within their network of activity. Save this picture!© Bob GunduRecommended ProductsCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingCarved into the landscape, the muscular tectonic of the long concrete wall figuratively clears the site for building while bridging the natural and tempered environments. The concrete has a toughness that mirrors the landscape, providing protection from the prevailing winter winds.  During the summer months the wall provides patio shade, creating pools of cooler air that are passively drawn through the house. Entry is at the west end of the concrete wall and into a service bar containing the stair, kitchen, office, bike workshop, storage room, and mechanical room.  This functional zone serves as a backdrop to the glassed in living area that opens on three sides to an extended view of the rolling landscape. Save this picture!© Bob GunduThe second level hovers above the concrete wall and living space.  It contains the bedrooms, bathrooms, and family room in a tight wrapper of customized shiplap siding.  Designed as an undulating rhythm of varying widths, thin boards are CNC milled to a shallow depth while wider boards are milled with deep striations, casting long shadows that track the sun as it moves around the house. The siding is stained with a linseed oil based iron oxide pigment that requires reapplication only once every 15 years.  The first and second floors are connected by a figured stair enclosure.  This digitally fabricated element is designed to filter light from the clerestory volume above.  At the ground floor it carves into the area below its upper run to gather more space at the entry and allow for a seating area. Save this picture!© Bob GunduThe house’s connection to the land is reinforced not only in its architectural form, but also in its environmental footprint.  The house is heated with radiant floor loops that supplement the passive winter heat gain from south facing windows.  In addition, there is no mechanical cooling.  Instead, the stair tower and operable windows facilitate passive ventilation that draws cool air through the house from shaded exterior areas.  Natural materials and pigments were used throughout and a small square footage was maintained to further reduce construction costs and keep future energy consumption to a minimum.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessLake House / Andersson Wise ArchitectsSelected ProjectsBlock 21 / Andersson Wise ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Houses Year:  2009 CopyAbout this officeWilliamson Chong ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGrey HighlandsHousesCanadaPublished on February 24, 2014Cite: “Frogs Hollow / Williamson Chong Architects” 24 Feb 2014. 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first_img Howard Lake | 25 February 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Sylvanian Families recruited to raise funds for the Stroke Association  74 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: corporate Sylvanian Families, the evergreen collectable toy brand for children, will be helping to raise funds and increase awareness of The Stroke Association’s 2010 Pin Badge Campaign, with new highly desirable & collectable Sylvanian Families Pin Badges.The Stroke Association is the only charity that supports stroke survivors of all ages and their families across the UK. In a new fundraising initiative, the charity is to launch the new Sylvanian Families Pin Badges in 1700 branches of Barclays Bank. Over 70,000 of the £1 badges will be on sale from mid April.The badges, produced by the Louis Kennedy, will have five designs of classic Sylvanian Families characters. Sylvanian Families have been a favourite with collectors of all ages for 23 years in the UK.Laura Golland from the Stroke Association commented: “Charities often work with children’s characters for pin badge campaigns and we wanted to ensure that the theme chosen was right for us. Stroke affects people of all ages. Around ten children and babies have a stroke every week and many more are affected if a close family member has a stroke. For this reason, Sylvanian Families seemed a natural choice with its wholesome brand values that centre on family life, and on caring for and looking after one another. What’s more, there is a huge Sylvanian Families collector’s fan base that will be keen to collect the badges too. They are ideal treats for parents and grand parents to give to little ones, whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. We hope that this will lead to greater awareness of stroke in children and will increase fundraising opportunities for the Association.”First to receive a pin badge was Jessica aged 11, who as a stroke survivor is keen to raise awareness of childhood strokes. Jessica is a fan of Sylvanian Families and was delighted to be presented with the first badge from the Sylvanian Families collection at The Stroke Associations’ London office.Lindsay Hardy, Marketing Director of Flair, UK distributors of Sylvanian Families, commented: “We are delighted to have been brought together with the charity by Louis Kennedy and that Sylvanian Families characters will be helping The Stroke Association with their pin badge campaign. The Stroke Association is such a worthy cause to be involved with, as this condition affects so many people in one way or another and is not just limited to the older generation. We hope that the new pin badges will appeal to many different people raising both awareness for the charity and valuable revenue to help it continue its fabulous work.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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first_img FBN Kicks Off Fifth Annual Farmer2Farmer Conference Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News FBN Kicks Off Fifth Annual Farmer2Farmer Conference By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 12, 2019 SHARE Farmers Business NetworkSM(FBN), the independent farmer-to-farmer network, announced at its fifth annual Farmer2Farmer Conference a series of investments designed to further its commitment to the expansion of rural economies.“We’re proud to bring jobs, revenue and savings to farming communities across North America.”The FBN Partner Program, comprised of local, physical distribution and sales centers, seed ambassadors and community builders, has expanded to more than 180 partners in the U.S. and Canada, with further expansions planned for 2020 and beyond.“We are thrilled to put boots on the ground and establish a physical presence that supports local economies through our rapidly expanding Partner Program,” said Amol Deshpande, CEO and Co-Founder of Farmers Business Network. “We’re proud to bring jobs, revenue and savings to farming communities across North America.”The global reach of FBN continues with its expansion into Australia. With agriculture representing a $60 billion industry in Australia and farmers there facing the same supplier consolidation and limited competition as their North American counterparts, FBN is poised to bring its trademark innovation and decision technology to benefit thousands of Australian farmers.Today the F2F Genetics Network™, the seed arm of FBN, also announced plans to release its first post-patent GT corn seed and outlined its regulatory work for Bt corn, with additional post-patent traits coming in the next few years. F2F Genetics Network also announced its first ever offering of Arcadia’s GoodWheat, a high-fiber wheat variety.“For decades, Big Ag has had a stranglehold on the seed industry,” said Deshpande. “But as Big Ag’s seed patents have started to expire in recent years, a massive opportunity opened to bring high-yielding, traited seed to our members for a fraction of the price. We’re excited to bring these savings and true ROI to farmers.”The company made a range of announcements across its suite of commercial solutions:F2F Genetics Network: The pioneering seed platform of FBN reached nearly 1,000 customers in its first year (2018), and 2020 sales have already eclipsed that mark, due to the focus of the F2F Genetics Network on maximizing seed ROI. For 2020, F2F Genetics Network is making a full line of conventional and traited seeds available at disruptively low, national flat pricing.FBN Direct™: FBN continues to expand its industry-leading FBN Direct eCommerce input platform with new products, programs, financing and distribution. FBN Direct also announced the addition of agronomy services and a rewards program.FBN Financesm: FBN today announced the launch of its newest business in 2019, FBN Finance, which provides access to competitive financing opportunities for farmers.FBN Finance provides qualified farmers a full suite of lending products for operating capital, equipment, land and inputs. The service offers attractive rates and terms as an alternative lender, without the red tape, costs, and inflexibility farmers might run into elsewhere.FBN Crop Marketing: FBN now has more than 200 million bushels of crop production enrolled through its Crop Marketing platform, which offers farmers expert advice and proprietary contracting opportunities. FBN announced the release of HedgeCommand, a grain marketing digital control panel that uses data science to generate truly personalized pricing recommendations for farmers.Throughout the three-day conference in Omaha, FBN is conducting sessions and hands-on demos for farmers about how FBN Crop Marketing, FBN Health, FBN Direct, FBN Community, FBN Finance can work to drive profits across their operations. Leading industry analysts and investors are also in attendance, maximizing networking opportunities.Source: Farmers Business Network Facebook Twitter Previous articleFDA Holding Up Indiana Hemp Plan, Possibly Delaying Commercial Production on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articlePurdue-based Solinftec to Move Global HQ to West Lafayette Hoosier Ag Today SHARElast_img read more

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first_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is appalled by raids, on Monday (May 20), by police on two Kampala-based newspapers, the forced closure of their printing presses and the closure of two radio stations.The raids were carried out in the morning on the headquarters of Pepper Publications, which publishes the newspaper Red Pepper and two other weekly magazines, and the headquarters of Monitor Publications Limited (MPL), which publishes the Daily Monitor.In the afternoon, the police continued their offensive against freedom of information by closing two radio stations – KFM Radio and Dembe FM – which are sister stations and broadcast from the MPL’s premises.Reporters Without Borders already wrote to President Yoweri Museveni on 23 April, a month before these latest incidents, voicing deep concern about an increase in threats against journalists and about the campaign to intimidate the media that the authorities have been waging for months.“This national police offensive is the latest in a series of grave violations of freedom of information in Uganda since late 2012,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These actions are symptomatic of a terrible climate for news providers and reflect the government’s desire to stifle media independence.“We offer our full support for the news media being targeted by the authorities and we join Uganda’s human rights NGOs in calling for an end to media freedom violations by the security forces. We urge the government to respect Uganda’s constitution, which protects freedom of expression.”The raid on MPL headquarters was carried out by police armed with Kalashnikovs, who were acting on orders from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) with the aim of identifying the sources for a 7 May report in the Daily Monitor.Three Daily Monitor journalists – Don Wanyama, Richard Wanambwa and Risdel Kasasira – were already questioned about the same article for nine hours on 14 May and on two consecutive days afterward.During the raid, the police shut journalists inside their offices, blocked access to the premises, and confiscated Daily Monitor journalists’ material. The police also used tear gas to disperse a crowd that began to gather and protest outside the MPL’s headquarters in support of media freedom.According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the police raid on the MPL was linked to the Daily Monitor’s publication of a confidential letter by Gen. David Sejusa about a plot to assassinate senior Ugandan officials, either members of the government or senior army officers.The aim of the plot is said to have been the elimination of senior officials opposed to President Museveni’s rumoured intention of installing his son, Brig. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, as his successor.The publication of the leaked letter about the so-called “Muhoozi Project” triggered a wave of panic within the government. The raids on the MPL and Red Pepper, which also published stories about the affair, followed a government announcement that no more stories about the “Muhoozi Project” would be tolerated.Accusing the media of not being “professional and impartial,” the Ugandan Communications Commission also announced that it would withdraw the licence of any news outlet that continued to cover the affair.The authorities have not offered any grounds for closing KFM Radio and Dembe FM, the two stations that operate out of the MPL’s premises, but the closures seem to be part of the blackout imposed on MPL news outlets.More information on media freedom in Uganda. UgandaAfrica Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uganda Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en News UgandaAfrica to go further Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election June 4, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police raids on two Kampala newspapers Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel chargeslast_img read more

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first_img Related Articles Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Prices First Credit Risk Sharing Transaction Under Actual Loss Framework October 21, 2015 4,451 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Connecticut Avenue Securities Credit Risk Transfer Fannie Mae Previous: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 10/21/2015 Next: Single-Family Rental Securitizations Surpass $13 Billion in Issuance in Just Two Years The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Connecticut Avenue Securities Credit Risk Transfer Fannie Mae 2015-10-21 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Fannie Mae announced on Wednesday the pricing of the latest risk sharing transaction under the Connecticut Avenue Securities (CAS) Series at $1.45 billion. The latest transaction is Fannie Mae’s ninth under the CAS Series and first CAS transaction structured for an actual loss framework.The standard for the CAS program going forward will be transactions structured using an actual loss framework, according to Fannie Mae. This transaction, CAS Series 2015-C04, is scheduled to settle on October 27.“The move to an actual loss structure for CAS places even greater importance on how Fannie Mae manages credit risk, as investors now directly benefit from our comprehensive credit risk management approach,” said Laurel Davis, VP for credit risk transfer at Fannie Mae. “Because we are actively involved from pre-loan delivery through property disposition, investors have greater confidence in the loans in the CAS reference pools and their opportunity to invest in them. The fact that we are setting strong standards and managing the credit risk of loans throughout the lifecycle has helped investors become comfortable and re-enter the residential credit market. We look forward to another strong year for the CAS program in 2016.”Fannie Mae has completed nine CAS transactions since the program began in October 2013. With those nine transactions, Fannie Mae has issued $12.44 billion in notes and transferred a portion of the credit risk to private investors on single-family loans with $437.55 billion in outstanding unpaid principal balance.The CAS series, the Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) reinsurance program, and other forms of risk transfer help Fannie Mae achieve its goal of increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market and reducing taxpayer risk. By the end of 2015, Fannie Mae estimates that through all of its risk transfer programs, it will have transferred a portion of credit risk on single-family mortgage loans for approximately half a trillion dollars in UPB.”The fact that we are setting strong standards and managing the credit risk of loans throughout the lifecycle has helped investors become comfortable and re-enter the residential credit market.”—Laurel DavisPrior to CAS Series 2015-C04, CAS transactions have operated on a fixed severity schedule in calculating write-downs. Credit events typically occurred when reference pool loans become 180 days delinquent. Under the actual loss framework, any losses are passed through based on the realized losses of the loans after the final disposition. With the move to the actual loss framework for the CAS series, Fannie Mae has enhanced CAS disclosure data for investors and made historical data available to support the transition. The enhanced monthly disclosures will help investors monitor the ongoing performance of their investments in CAS securities, according to Fannie Mae.A diversified group of new and existing investors participated in the CAS Series 2015-C04 transaction. The reference pool for CAS Series 2015-C04 contains more than 200,000 single-family mortgage loans with an aggregate UPB of approximately $45 million. The loans in the reference pool were acquired by Fannie Mae from September through November 2014 and it is part of the Enterprise’s new book of business using strong credit standards and enhanced risk controls.Click here for more information on the CAS Series 2015-C04 transaction. Fannie Mae Prices First Credit Risk Sharing Transaction Under Actual Loss Framework  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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first_img By News Highland – May 1, 2012 Pinterest Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ As the remaining 15 workers at the Oatfield factory in Letterkenny prepare for the shut down of the facility at the end of the month, the town’s Mayor is calling on owners Zed Candy to honour their responsibilities in relation to redundacy payments.Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle spoke to workers last evening, and says they’re anxious that they receive three weeks pay per year of service, the same package that other staff at the plant received in 2010.He says the workers are adamant that Zed Candy have the necessary assets to enable them to pay a proper redundacy package……………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/germc1pm.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp Previous articleAuctioneer says weekend sale shows strength of farmland market in DonegalNext articleGweedore pharmacist is new IPU president News Highland Mayor calls on Oatfield owners to agree a fair redundancy package PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+last_img read more

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first_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – August 5, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The funeral of John Hume will take place in Derry this morning. The Nobel Peace Prize winner died on Monday aged 83, following a long battle with dementia.His family have asked people not to line the streets to pay their respects due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown says local clergy will celebrate mass at today’s service:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/hudfgdfgdfgme9am.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The funeral mass at 11.30am be viewed via the St Eugene’s Cathedral live webcam:http://www.steugenescathedral.com/webcam.htmlcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp How to watch John Hume’s funeral this morning Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleFace masks may be mandatory in secondary schoolsNext articleTraffic mayhem at Murder Hole beach News Highland Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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first_imgJimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesBy JAMES HILL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Six months after a federal judge determined Ghislaine Maxwell to be a flight risk and ordered her detained until trial, the accused co-conspirator of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein intends to present a proposed bail package of $28.5 million in a renewed effort to be released from jail before the end of the year, ABC News has learned.More than $22 million of the assets pledged to secure the proposed bond will come from the combined resources of Maxwell and her husband, with the remainder to be posted by a handful of close family and friends, according to a person familiar with Maxwell’s intentions.The forthcoming bail application, expected to be in front of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in the coming days, will also be the first public acknowledgement from Maxwell that she is, in fact, married, the person said.At a detention hearing shortly after Maxwell’s arrest in July, a federal prosecutor told the court that Maxwell had refused to provide information about the identity or assets of her previously unknown spouse.Maxwell’s legal team first signaled their intention to take a second crack at securing pretrial release for their client in a pair of letters to the court last month that were redacted to conceal the identities of the family members and friends of Maxwell who were offering to co-sign the bond.“Ms. Maxwell and her counsel have assembled substantial information that was not available to present at the initial hearing [in July], as well as a comprehensive bail package co-signed by sureties who were unable to come forward at that time,” wrote Christian Everdell, an attorney for Maxwell, on Nov. 25.The proposed bail package, Everdell wrote, will include letters from family and friends that contain details that — if made public — would “invite identification and harassment of the sureties and other third parties, including minor children.” The co-signers are “legitimately afraid” that if their names become public, they will be subjected to the “same relentless media scrutiny and threats that Ms. Maxwell has experienced for more than a year,” Everdell wrote.Also to be included, according to Everdell’s letter, is a financial report prepared by a professional accounting firm that “provides a summary of Ms. Maxwell’s financial condition from 2015-2020 and discloses all of her assets, all assets held in trust, and assets held by other family members.”At Maxwell’s initial detention hearing in July, federal prosecutors conceded that they were not alleging that Maxwell presented a danger to society if released on bail, but argued that her finances were “opaque” and that she was the “very definition of a flight risk.”“She has three passports, large sums of money, extensive international connections, and absolutely no reason to stay in the United States to face a potential significant term of incarceration,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe.Maxwell’s renewed bail proposal will attempt to counter those concerns by emphasizing her marriage, her family connections to the U.S. and her commitment to stay and fight the charges, according to the person familiar with her plans. Her proposal will also include a waiver of her right to seek extradition from England and France, the two countries besides the U.S. where she holds citizenship.Maxwell, 58, is the Oxford-educated daughter of Robert Maxwell, the larger-than-life publishing baron whose rags-to-riches story captivated England. She lived an extravagant life among the British elite until her father’s business empire collapsed in the wake of his death in 1991. She decamped to New York looking for a fresh start and was soon seen in the company of the mysterious multimillionaire Epstein.In a letter to a Florida state prosecutor related to Epstein’s 2008 guilty plea, Epstein’s attorneys described his relationship with Maxwell as one of two “long-term intimate relationships” Epstein had in adulthood. Maxwell has asserted in court filings that she entered Epstein’s employ in 1999, where she remained, despite the eventual end of their romantic relationship, until at least 2006.Following Epstein’s death in custody in August 2019, media and law enforcement attention turned to Maxwell, who had been previously accused in civil lawsuits of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of young women and girls, allegations that she has long denied. She was arrested on July 2 in a surprise early morning raid at a secluded 156-acre property in Bradford, New Hampshire, that had been purchased by a shell company in an all-cash transaction, according to court records and public documents.To answer allegations from prosecutors that she tried to hide from law enforcement during the year-long investigation prior to her arrest, Maxwell will contend that she was never hiding from the government but had sought seclusion because of media attention and threats to the safety of her and her family after Epstein’s death, the person said.Maxwell’s bail proposal is also expected to renew her concerns that the conditions of her confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn are putting her health at risk and making it difficult for her to review documents in preparation for trial. She recently spent two weeks in quarantine protocol after a staff member assigned to her unit tested positive for COVID-19, according to court records. Her lawyers have argued that Maxwell — a pretrial detainee — is being subjected to “disparate treatment” because the federal Bureau of Prisons failed to keep Epstein alive in jail.“[T]the Department of Justice is seeking to repair the BOP’s tarnished reputation by placing Ms. Maxwell under extraordinarily harsh conditions, not in any response to Ms. Maxwell’s requirements, but rather in response to the failed handling of a completely different inmate,” wrote Bobbi Sternheim, an attorney for Maxwell, in a letter to the court earlier this week.Maxwell pleaded not guilty to a six-count federal indictment alleging that she conspired with Epstein in a multi-state sex trafficking scheme involving three unnamed minor victims between 1994 and 1997. Prosecutors contend Maxwell not only “befriended” and later “enticed and groomed multiple minor girls to engage in sex acts with Epstein, through a variety of means and methods,” but was also, at times, was “present for and involved” in the abuse herself.Maxwell’s attorneys have already questioned the prosecution’s contention that the “strength of the Government’s evidence” provided a strong incentive for Maxwell to flee, alleging in an earlier court filing that the government had yet to produce the corroborating documentation they claimed to have.“[T]he dearth of evidence reinforces why Ms. Maxwell has never intended to flee. She steadfastly maintains her innocence and vehemently denies the charges against her,” wrote Maxwell’s attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca in October.Maxwell has asked Nathan to set a hearing on her renewed bail proposal for Dec. 21. If granted release, Maxwell could be out of custody in time for Christmas, which is also her 59th birthday. Nathan has ordered the government to respond to Maxwell’s proposal by next week and then will decide if a hearing is necessary.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Online and hybrid estate agents are ‘good for the industry’, says Andrews boss previous nextOnline and hybrid estate agents are ‘good for the industry’, says Andrews bossChief Executive David Westgate also tells The Negotiator that the company will be plugging its charitable ownership and work much harder now.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201701,047 Views David Westgate gets his long-service award from Andrews’ Chairman Jim GloverThe industry should recognise that online and hybrid estate agents are a “positive threat” and the traditional agents who carry on regardless won’t survive.That’s the view of David Westgate, the Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group (pictured, standing left), who says online competition is good because it’s “shaking us all up a bit and forcing us to think dynamically about how we move our businesses forward,” he says.“It’s a threat, but it’s a positive one that enables us to get sharper and focus on what our customers’ needs are. For me, it’s about how Andrews responds to this ‘threat’.”David, who recently received a long-service award to mark his 20 years at the firm, has overseen the introduction of an app (pictured, below) for its customers to help them manage viewings and review offers which, he says, already has 2,700 ‘live’ vendors.“We recognise that a lot of customers haven’t got the time to, or just don’t want to, talk to us directly so that’s why we developed the app,” he says.“The first thing is to define what the customer wants, then launch a service to match that through the appropriate channels.“If someone wants to come into our branches, then fantastic, but if they just want to deal with us on the app or go online and transact via email, then that’s brilliant too.”David says this shift in how customers talk to staff when selling a property is also dictating how it expands the business.Andrews has 56 branches in London, the SW and SE of England including several branches opened recently in North London, but David says they are unlikely to open any more soon.He says there are some areas where people still want to meet staff face to face and that these are “bustling” but other branches are struggling in the areas where customers are increasingly transacting online.“The industry forgets that it’s all about people – buying a property is a life changing event and people want their hands holding, so their needs are important, and we’ll match our service to that,” he says.Charitable pushDuring his interview with The Negotiator, David also revealed that Andrews is about to start making more of its charitable ownership and work, including highlighting the work of its staff and the two trusts who own the business, the Andrews Charitable Trust and the Christian Book Promotion Trust.The former is the larger of the two and funds charities and other organisations working to solve social problems across the UK through three funding programmes. It receives approximately £2m a year from several sources, including Andrews, according to the Charities Commission.David, who has been in the industry for 32 years and worked for 12 years before joining Andrews in several roles including as a rent collector and later a Chartered Surveyor, says a lot of people talk about estate agents being rogues.“The way Andrews is run is all about values and integrity, and that flows through from being owned by a charity trust,” he says.“One of the objectives I’ve got is to bring the trusts and the company together so that we can start to tell our staff and customers what the good work is all about – a lot of people either don’t know or are confused about how it works.“Watch this space – we’re going to be shouting a lot louder about out our ownership and the charitable work we get involved in.”   hybrid estate agents Andrews charitable estate agent David Westgate October 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 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 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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first_imgWater, water everywhere and not a drop to drink. That was, of course, the state of Gloucester earlier this summer. While not wishing to bore you with our problems, I will briefly tell you how we dealt with it.When using the term “we” I mean it as the Royal “we”; my managing director Neville did 100% of the work and planning, while I contributed 1% of the ideas. So you see what a great team we are.to the rescueAt our very lowest point, Thomas Adam, of Northampton-based Oliver Adams, phoned and asked Neville how he could help – and supply us if necessary. This he did, plus he gave us water for each night. We bought hot water boilers for every shop and had containers of water for flushing the toilets.We put notices in every shop window, saying that one of the leading craft bakeries in the country, Oliver Adams, was producing goods for us. We only hope that our customers did not prefer these products to ours, or it might tempt Thomas to expand in our region. We are extremely grateful to you, Thomas, for your support.Our deep freezers were fully stocked with our savoury products, so bake-off still did quite well. We also went to great lengths to mitigate our losses, so we are hoping our insurers will deal fairly – and promptly – with us.But enough of our problems. Let’s chat about another subject:the continuance of family businesses. Two families that really impress me are Greenhalgh’s and Waterfields, both based in the north west. It is absolutely amazing how the two main protagonists for each company, Allan Smart and Albert Waterfield, could be so lucky as to have produced such talented hard-working sons – in David Smart and John and Richard Waterfield.Normally, when you get very talented parents, the children are either not quite so clever business-wise or they tend to be spoilt.After all, if the father happens to be a great cricketer or footballer, we do not expect the sons to play for England. Yet we often expect the sons of talented fathers to do as well in business and, usually, they cannot – and in my view should not – be expected to do so.common groundSo what have these two fine companies got in common? They produce top-quality products and appear to be run well.Also, the managers are both “honourable” men. Somehow, the attributes of their fathers have been inherited. While I know John Waterfield, I do hope to meet David Smart and rectify that gap in my education, but both are men who will always find time to help and answer any queries we lesser mortals may have. Of course, these are not the only fine people we have, but space is limited.Anyone reading this may well ask, “But why are you going on about these folks so much?” The reason is simple. Often, we are negative about so many things. Why, just once in a while, can we not celebrate the good things in our industry and be grateful for them? nlast_img read more

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