BT Community Connections Awards open for 2009

first_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BT Community Connections Awards open for 2009 Tagged with: corporate Funding Technology 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. Applications are now open for this year’s BT Community Connections Awards from telecoms company BT. Community and charitable organisations, working in any field of community benefit, located throughout the UK or Republic of Ireland, can apply for a laptop and a year’s free broadband connection.BT Community Connections was established in 2000 by BT’s Corporate Social Responsibility Unit as a response to digital exclusion issues. The company has invested over £6 million in the scheme and has awarded more than 6,000 packages of IT equipment.Postal applications must be received by 9 June 2009, and online applications must be submitted by 11 June 2009.Previous recipients of a BT Community Connections award are invited to apply for a BTCC Cluster Award. These new awards are designed to encourage networking between community groups who have shared objectives, whilst enabling a substantial number of people to get online. Between three and five community and charitable organisations can apply together for a BTCC Cluster Award.www.btcommunityconnections.com Howard Lake | 20 March 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Locked-out Honeywell workers reject concessionary contract

first_imgHoneywell UAW Local 9 workers on the picket line in South Bend, Ind.For over six months, members of two United Auto Workers locals have been locked out by Honeywell. The lockout began May 9 when Local 9 in South Bend, Ind., and Local 1508 in Green Island, N.Y., rejected a concessionary contract proposal. Now, six months later, and with state unemployment benefits about to run out, Honeywell workers nevertheless turned down a modified version of the deal they rejected in May.The main issues of contention include health benefits and pensions. When the workers voted down the company’s proposal in May, Honeywell was demanding the right to make unilateral changes in health care coverage. The increase in the workers’ share of insurance premium costs would have, in effect, brought their pay down from $22 an hour to less than $15 an hour. The offer just rejected would still have imposed enormous increases in health care costs for Honeywell workers and their families.“We’ve been out here for too long to cave for something like this,” said worker Tom Simpson. The Nov. 11 vote was 192-110 against the offer. (South Bend Tribune, Nov. 13)Locked-out workers are aware that Honeywell, 75th in Fortune magazine’s 500 biggest world companies, made almost $5 billion in profits last year. In the past five years profits have risen 150 percent, and the Indiana plant, which makes aerospace components, is one of Honeywell’s most profitable. In the same period, Honeywell locked workers out four times prior to this, but workers’ determination defeated company efforts to starve them into submission. Last year Steelworkers Local 7-669 survived a 13-month lockout by Honeywell, pushing back concessions and winning a decent contract at an Illinois uranium plant.The Indiana plant was the site of the first UAW sit-down strike in 1936. The owner, then Bendix, was forced to recognize the union. That and subsequent victories at auto parts suppliers in Detroit gave the UAW the confidence to take on the giant — General Motors — and finally win recognition after a 44-day sit-down occupation of key plants.Now the grandchildren of Local 9’s founders are walking the picket line, and they won’t give up without contract ­justice.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Donegal farmers paying €1,000 more per year than Northern farmers for medicines

first_img Previous articleDerry postal dispute finally resolvedNext articleCope still considering ministerial pension issue News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Facebook By News Highland – April 27, 2010 Donegal farmers paying €1,000 more per year than Northern farmers for medicines 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest The Deputy President of the ICMSA has estimated that farmers in the Republic milking 70 cows are paying up to €1,000 more annually for veterinary medicines than their counterparts in Northern Ireland.The ICMSA price survey involved comparisons with veterinary practices throughout the Republic and similar outlets in Coleraine and Fermanagh.Deeputy President of the ICMSA, John Comer said, based on direct price comparisons for identical branded veterinary products, farmers in the Republic were paying, in some cases, 58 per cent more.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/johnc.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img News Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘Extensive’ probe into Philadelphia police standoff to take months

first_imgBastiaan Slabbers/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — An “extensive” investigation is underway after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers in a dramatic, hours-long standoff that left the city “reeling,” prosecutors said Monday.All officers survived the Wednesday violence and the suspected shooter, Maurice Hill, is in custody on charges including attempted murder.But Anthony Voci, the district attorney’s homicide chief, warned Monday that the “the scale of this investigation … is immeasurable” and will take months to complete.Over 100 rounds of ammunition were fired, Voci said, and investigators are now digging bullets out of cars, ceilings and walls.Investigators are also working to process footage from over 250 body-worn cameras as well as footage from home surveillance cameras, Voci said.“That is why it would be premature to talk about any and all the details as it relates to these charges because it’s our anticipation that there will be more based on what we see on the film and what we find throughout the investigation,” Voci said at a news conference on Monday.Officers were serving a narcotics warrant on Hill and had entered a North Philadelphia home when gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.Hill allegedly barricaded himself inside and fired from the first floor as he held two officers and three civilians hostage on the second floor, police said.Gunfire rained down on police for hours. Gunshots ricocheted off sidewalks and homes as officers crawled and crouched behind cars to avoid getting hit.After a tense, seven-hour standoff — during which Hill and his lawyer spoke over the phone with the district attorney and police commissioner — tear gas was deployed and Hill surrendered.Hill, who has an “extensive” criminal record, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault of a law enforcement officer, simple assault, unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, violations of the uniforms firearms act, causing or risking a catastrophe and possession of an instrument of crime, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said at Monday’s news conference.Hill’s attorney, Shaka Johnson, told ABC News last week that he believed the standoff wasn’t planned. He said Hill, who welcomed a baby two days earlier, was caught up in the moment and the situation escalated quickly.According to Johnson, Hill wasn’t making demands to police and just wanted to end the situation in a way that ensured him no harm.Hill will appear in court on Sept. 5, Krasner said. Johnson could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.Four others, whom Krasner did not name, were arrested in the case on charges including drug and paraphernalia possession and conspiracy, Krasner said Monday. They will appear in court on Sept. 3, Krasner said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Fire Service speaks out

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The Fire Service speaks outOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today As the fire dispute heads towards resolution, Paul Nelson asks CarolMcCletchie, HR director at Cleveland Fire Service, about the burning issues ofpay and modernisationQ Do current shift patterns need to be changed and part-time and flexibleworking options introduced to encourage increased diversity in the fireservice? A The Fire Service is a front-line service whose effectivefunctioning is essential to the quality of life, through preservation andsafeguarding of life, property, and our economic and social fabric. We arewell-regarded by the public and the service is effective in many aspects of itsperformance. But it is also a service in need of change and reform; a service, which hasto consider new ways of working, and which needs to attract a more diverseworkforce that better reflects the community it serves. Currently, 99 per centof firefighters are male and 98.5 per cent are white. We need to consider how to better deploy staff and other resources, andintroduce other shift patterns – including part-time working – to boostdiversity, flexibility, create a family-friendly environment, and expandcommunity safety work and other activities dependent on local need. Q Should firefighters be able to work overtime? A Firefighters should be allowed to work voluntary pre-plannedovertime, thereby increasing the available resources to meet demand but also toboost their individual earnings. Conversely, the service is creating family-friendly policies, inclusive ofan appropriate work-life balance, which adheres to the requirements of theWorking Time Directive. Hence, the choice is an individual one, but there needs to be theflexibility to enable it to happen. Q Should part-time firefighters be able to work alongside full-timefirefighters? A In respect of the role they undertake, a firefighter is afirefighter, regardless of the terms of conditions of employment. Theimplementation of the Integrated Personal Development System (IPDS) willspecify the role of a firefighter and not differentiate between employmentstatuses. This means all firefighters will undertake the same role, andtherefore working arrangements are not an issue. Q Should paramedic training be introduced? A One of the main drivers for change in the Fire Service isbroadening the range of its work. Equally, in dealing with emergencies, thepublic expects the police, fire and ambulance services to work closelytogether. Consideration of collaborative working between emergency servicesmust include the provision of first response medical care where lives could besaved. In practice, where the ambulance service is unable to respond quickly enoughto an emergency and it is practical and cost effective to do so, it makesabsolute sense for the Fire Service, with proper training and equipment, toassist and provide an improved service to the public. Q The Bain Report calls for HR to be mainstreamed in the Fire Service tomove away from a militaristic culture. Is this fair? A The Fire Service is creating a culture which enhances its new rolewithin the community it serves. Good people management should be part of everymanager’s portfolio. As an HR director, one of my roles is to ensure HR isstrategic. Q Is the Government right that a big pay claim can only be achievedalongside modernisation? A The Government has made its position clear – decisions on pay mustreflect and support the Government’s priority of reforming and improving publicservices. Pay and workforce reforms play a key role in improving the deliveryof customer-focused public services. Therefore, while Fire Service staff should be recognised for thecontribution they make to the delivery of good public services, and beappropriately rewarded, the pay must be balanced with modernisation whichincludes improved effectiveness, more flexible ways of working, performing newroles and acquiring new skills, as well as efficiency savings. Q How do you see the dispute being resolved? Is 16 per cent the right paydeal? A Through constructive negotiation. The right pay deal will be theagreement that brings an early resolution to the dispute. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020

first_img Previous Article Next Article No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Image: Shutterstock Fatigue and workplace exercise programmesWork-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. This study investigates the extent to which exposure to a workplace exercise intervention affects employees’ health and wellbeing trajectories throughout the intervention and their experiences of the exercise regime.It finds that sufficient exposure to the programme, and optimal exercise experiences, contribute to the success of the intervention for fatigued employees and that these beneficial effects are visible at an early point in the programme.De Vries J D et al. “Process evaluation of the receipt of an exercise intervention for fatigued employees: the role of exposure and exercise experiences”, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, published online 6 October 2020.“Many thousands” of work-related Covid events unreportedDoctors are required by law to notify suspected work-related Covid-19 deaths to the coroner and employers also have a legal duty to report such work-related deaths (and incidents) to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). About 9,000 cases of Covid-19 disease attributed to exposure at work – including at least 125 deaths – have been reported to the HSE so far, according to its second summary.This study aims to assess the adequacy of these statutory means of reporting and investigating suspected workplace Covid-19 transmission and finds that the coroners’ guidance allows a wider range of reports of deaths due to the virus than the HSE’s regulatory provisions.The author concludes that “current HSE guidance for reporting work-related Covid-19 may miss many thousands of cases and needs further iteration. Coroners have very limited experience of inquiry into occupational disease caused by biological agents compared with the HSE. Concerns regarding national policy such as on protective equipment warrant a full public inquiry.”Agius R M. “Covid-19: statutory means of scrutinizing workers’ deaths and disease”, Occupational Medicine, published online 21 September 2020.Working with Parkinson’s diseasePeople with Parkinson’s disease exit the workplace on average five years earlier than workers without the condition, due to motor, cognitive, communicative and affective symptoms. However, there are few employment resources available for employees and employers designed to support people with Parkinson’s in work.This study, based on focus groups involving 16 workers with the condition and 10 clinicians and a literature review, identified three key needs for a workplace approach to the condition: knowledge about the available employment support options, the need for a clinician to start discussions about working with the condition and an individualised and flexible approach to employment-related interventions.Rafferty M et al. “Employment resources for people with Parkinson’s Disease: a resource review and needs assessment”, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, published online 6 October 2020.Multi-carcinogen exposure at workWorkers can be exposed to a range of carcinogenic agents at work but most studies focus on the prevalence of a single one, resulting in knowledge gaps regarding the extent of multiple exposure, according to this Australian study. It finds that 81% of exposed workers were assessed as being exposed to more than one carcinogen and 26% reported exposure to five or more carcinogens. Multi-carcinogen exposure was more likely among men, but less likely amongst older workers.McKenzie J F et al. “Prevalence of exposure to multiple occupational carcinogens among exposed workers in Australia”, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, published online 18 September 2020.Workplace exercise programme for nursing assistantsA therapeutic exercise programme is effective in improving the muscle strength and low back symptoms of nursing assistants, according to this randomised controlled trial involving 129 hospital-based staff.The programme lasted 12 weeks and included warm-up, strengthening and stretching exercises and, on average, participants attended 17.5 sessions. Results showed increased trunk flexor muscle strength, improved pain threshold for dorsal longissimus and reduced low back symptoms.However, no differences were observed between participants and the control group for back extensor muscle strength or flexibility. The authors conclude that exercise programmes can form part of a low-cost strategy in a hospital setting to “avoid the progress of disability among active nursing personnel.”Moreira R F C et al. “Effects of a workplace exercise program on physical capacity and lower back symptoms in hospital nursing assistants: a randomised controlled trial”, International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, published online 16 September 2020.Reflective leadership and workplace mental healthLeadership interventions on workplace mental health that incorporate both reflective and interactive components in a group setting are effective in a healthcare setting, according to this systematic literature review. After an initial search revealed 11,221 hits, seven studies were deemed eligible for detailed review. All studies showed at least a moderate global validity and four showed statistical significant improvements in employee mental health as a result of leadership interventions involving seminar days on maintaining and fostering mental health.Stuber F et al. “The effectiveness of health-oriented leadership interventions for the improvement of mental health of employees in the health care sector: a systematic review”, International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, published online 4 October 2020.Stress in early-career child welfare workersNew child welfare recruits experience a significant worsening in their perceptions of physical and emotional wellbeing in the first six months of their careers, according to this study of 578 employees. Data on physical health included self-reported indicators and information on sleep disturbance, whilst measures for emotional wellbeing included psychological distress.Information was collected in four waves during the recruits’ first 18 months in the job and suggested that physical wellbeing appeared to stabilise over time after the initial six months but that emotional wellbeing continued to decline.Wilke D J. “Examining occupational stress in early-career child welfare workers”, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, published online 11 September 2020.Financial wellbeing pays offEmployee financial wellness programmes are a relatively new type of employee benefit but evidence on their effectiveness in addressing workers’ financial challenges and financial stress remains thin. This study of three caregiving organisations suggests that in-person, face-to-face promotion of a programme, together with active support from senior management, are key factors in encouraging take-up of financial wellness.Frank-Miller E G et al. “Financial wellness programs in the workplace: evidence from employers in the caregiving industry”, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, published online 5 October 2020. The role of OH in reducing the mental trauma of Covid-19Front line workers and those who have been dangerously ill, or have lost relatives or been exposed to domestic violence,… Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020By Sarah Silcox on 4 Dec 2020 in Clinical governance, Coronavirus, OH service delivery, Research, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Todaycenter_img Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemicThere were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up… Related posts: Five ways OH can make itself indispensable during Covid-19Much as it is causing intense day-to-day challenges, Covid-19 is also offering OH practitioners – nurses and physicians – a…last_img read more

Atmospheric distribution of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), and non-ortho biphyenyls (PCBs) along a north – south Atlantic transect

first_imgAir samples were taken on board the RRS Bransfield (typically for 24−72 h), during an Atlantic cruise from the U.K. to Antarctica in October−December 1998, to investigate the global scale distribution of PCDD/Fs and coplanar PCBs. Highest concentrations of Cl2-8DD/Fs all occurred between 25 and 52 °N; lowest concentrations were measured around 60 °S and further south. Cl3DFs showed highest overall concentrations (up to 9800 fg/m3), followed by Cl2DFs (up to 5300 fg/m3) and OCDD (up to 1300 fg/m3). Lowest concentrations, measured in the remote Southern hemisphere, were generally 2 orders of magnitude lower than their highest concentrations over the North Atlantic. Concentrations of PCB-77 were higher in the northern hemisphere, while PCB-126 and PCB-169 exhibited highest concentrations around the equator. Evidence was obtained for substantial emissions of PCDD/Fs off west Africa and while in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. Shifts in PCDD/F profile distribution were observed on increasing distance from source regions, such that those from the most remote locations were dominated by Cl3DF (40% of the total) and OCDD (20%). Gas-particle partition data was obtained for all samples. Cl4-6DD/Fs showed the widest range, varying between 10 and 90% of the total in the gas phase, depending on location/temperature. The study gave limited evidence for the influence of OH-radical initiated depletion reactions of gaseous PCDD/Fs. The global atmospheric burden is estimated to be on the order of 350 kg ΣCl4-8DD/Fs and 3 kg ΣTEQ.last_img read more

LNG facing summer 2020 demand squeeze amid subdued Asian markets

first_imgDisrupted Asian markets to drive LNG demand squeeze in 2020In Japan, the world’s largest LNG importer, social distancing measures and a slowdown in industrial activity served to depress demand throughout the first quarter of the year – and this has continued into the second quarter with nationwide demand expected to fall by 3% year-on-year to 15.8 million tonnes.According to Wood Mackenzie: “The slowdown in first-quarter LNG demand was further exacerbated by high storage levels. Like 2019, Japan entered 2020 with above-average inventory levels due to a mild winter, though inventories are now within seasonal norms.”While China’s roadmap for economic recovery remains unclear, particularly amid heightened tensions with the US, the research firm expects LNG consumption to grow by 12% during the second quarter to 15 million tonnes, with the country where Covid-19 first appeared one of the first to emerge from lockdown and restart its economy.Demand in India is anticipated to fall almost a quarter between April and July compared to the same period of the previous year to four million tonnes, reversing first-quarter consumption growth that was driven by low spot prices for the fuel.“Lockdowns across Europe have been every bit as severe as in Asia, but the total impact on gas demand is expected to be proportionally less due to the smaller share of gas used in the industrial sector, as well as the resilience of gas burn in the power sector and largely-unaffected demand from residential use,” noted the research firm.“The single-largest fundamental difference from 2019 is Europe’s vast gas inventories, which currently sit at record seasonal highs and will reduce the continent’s ability to absorb global surplus LNG in the third quarter of 2020.” Low market prices impacting the US supply sideWhile demand has been affected by lower levels of energy consumption across key importing markets, there has been supply disruption too, with US producers under pressure to lower expenditure in the low-price environment.Wood Mackenzie researcher Robert Sims said: “Although already anticipated by the market, news that more than 20 US LNG cargoes had been ‘cancelled’ by contract and tolling off-takers for June loadings is significant.“We expect under-utilisation of US terminals to continue for several summer months as margins remain negative for many companies. What is new is that our balances and price outlook suggest that some degree of under-utilisation will now also happen through summer 2021.“Perhaps the most surprising change is the impact that low market prices are having on LNG supply, with downward revisions seen across all basins and regions.“Should this prove to be sticky going into 2021, and if we see any kind of robust rebound in LNG demand from Japan, Korea or India, then a price correction could begin earlier than previously anticipated and reduce the risk of further US supply reductions next year.” The impact of lockdowns in key Asian import markets is weighing on global demand (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Wolfgang Meinhart) Summer demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to fall by three million tonnes in 2020 globally – a 2.7% annual decline creating the first seasonal contraction since 2012.Lockdowns and negative economic sentiment, particularly across Asia, will contribute to the slowdown, according to research firm Wood Mackenzie, which forecasts a “modest” rebound in demand during the winter months and a return to stronger growth by the middle of next year.Key import markets of China, Japan and India were affected by the onset of coronavirus during the first quarter of the year, and although many parts of the world are beginning to ease lockdowns, the disruption to global commodity trading will continue to leave its mark.center_img The effects of coronavirus on energy demand will persist throughout 2020, with LNG not expected to return to strong growth until mid-2021last_img read more

American realtors – the same as us… but different

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » American realtors – the same as us… but different previous nextAgencies & PeopleAmerican realtors – the same as us… but differentRichard Rawlings reports from the National Association of Realtors Conference in New Orleans.PROPERTYdrum24th December 20140600 Views We Brits often look cynically at the way USA estate agents work. American Realtors go to great lengths to deliver extraordinary customer service, yet some of the initiatives employed might be regarded by some as cheesy or outdated. I wanted to investigate whether the latest techniques and concepts used by agents across the pond might be usefully employed in the UK – the National Association of Realtors annual conference was the place to find out.NAR, the largest estate agency trade show in the world, is inevitably focused on the US market. Nevertheless I spotted a handful of progressive British agents there. Interestingly these tend to be agents who are successful here, in part due to their open-minded approach to embracing ideas they see working overseas (eg Newmans, Sarah Mains, Robinson Jackson, Martyn Gerrard and suppliers such as Reapit) and they continually research new approaches to differentiate themselves.The four-day event, in a 1.1m sqft venue with 400 exhibitors, attracts 20,000 delegates attending seminars presented by over 200 speakers, including astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly and former US President Bill Clinton.There is clearly an appetite for personal development and the best attended seminars were those by high profile trainers such as Ed Hatch, David Knox and Bruce Gardner. I was expecting new trainers to come through the ranks with new ideas and techniques. It appears not and I was surprised to discover that various aspects of the use of technology in agency are left to the providers of such technology rather than holistic agency trainers.OPPORTUNITIESI asked Ed Hatch about the challenges and opportunities for agents. He said that too many agents rely too heavily on technology instead of relationships. Other speakers, such as Sara Critchfield, founder of Upworthy (one of the world’s fastest-growing social media sites) take a contemporary view and suggests that whilst technology and social media should actively support the development of relationships, social media should be used with extreme care, good planning and always with attention-grabbing content. In this age of “likeability” thousands of agents are alienating their sphere of influence by thoughtlessly dumping irrelevant content (like homes for sale) on Twitter and wasting opportunities to prompt virality with useful local information. Sara suggests Clickability+Shareability+Distribution=Virality. In estate agency this usually means ensuring that you are seen to be a generous ambassador for your area and thoroughly involved and informed about local issues.Sara suggested that Twitter and Facebook should not be seen as frontrunners in your marketing toolbox, but as drivers of web traffic, it’s critical to ensure that engaging and ever-changing content, images of people and events as well as personal video should also feature strongly on an agent’s website if SEO is to be maximised.Economist Pamela Ermen of Real Estate Guidance Inc further developed the local ambassador theme suggesting that agents should be able to predict housing trends by keeping informed about local employment trends (she suggests setting up Google alerts for local employers and using the information to demonstrate authority on instructions). Pamela highlighted the opportunity to predict and demonstrate market expertise by recognising monthly movement in “absorption ratios”. This is the proportion of sales arranged in relation to stock –anything over than 50 per cent is a sellers’ market, below 50 per cent is a buyers’ market.SELF PROMOTIONAt the expo, personal promotion featured highly, with agents’ photos on everything from business cards to pens, for sale boards, calendars and chopping boards (yuk!) There were loads of “closing (completion) gifts” on display including boxed sets of agency-branded knives and full home maintenance services, the latter being a great way of retaining client loyalty and prompting remarkability.TECHNOLOGYAround 60 per cent of the exhibitors were technology-focused and included businesses supplying cloud-based CRM services, highly creative direct mail digital print services (such as an app that allows you to take a picture on your smartphone and instantly convert is to a postcard delivered within 48 hours) as well as a number of suppliers of MLS services that are not (yet) wholly relevant to the UK. There was also exceptional support from lenders such as Wells Fargo, with lollipops to iPads to cars being given away. In essence it would seem that British agents are technologically advanced, but US agents win hands down on relationships!See video interviews, some amusingly cynical, with presenters, agents and exhibitors at NAR at http://agentvox.co.uk/PROPERTYdrummarketing toolbox NAR trade show American Realtors Bill Clinton technology-focused December 24, 2014The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

BETZ, MARY E.

first_imgA mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 24 at St. Michael R. C. Church for Mary E. Betz, 97, of UNICO Towers, Jersey City. She passed away at Peace Care St. Joseph’s on May 21after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of downtown Jersey City, Mary worked as the building supervisor of Murdoch Hall of the Jersey City Medical Center, retiring in 1989 after 25 years. She was also a Democratic Committeewoman, Ward Leader for Downtown and was honored as Irishwoman of the Year in 1989.Mary was a devoted member of St. Michael Church and was a member of the Theresians. She was also a dedicated fan of the New York Mets, celebrating her 95th birthday at Citi Field. She was the mother of MaryAnn McBride and her husband William; grandmother of William and his wife Jessica; sister of the late Catherine Angerstein and Frank “Yogi” O’Donnell. Mary is also survived by several nieces and nephews and best friend, Joan Cunning and family.Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more