Calls for all pubs to reopen next week

first_img Calls for all pubs to reopen next week Previous articleTánaiste under fire for being ‘out of touch’ with border communitiesNext articleFunding ring-fenced to progress new Buncrana leisure centre News Highland There are calls for all pubs to reopen when Covid 19 restrictions begin to ease next week. The Vintners Federation of Ireland feels it’s safer for people to socialise in controlled settings as opposed to their homes.It’s believed pubs that serve food will be allowed reopen in a few weeks but wet pubs may not open for the rest of the year.Padraig Cribben from the VFI says it makes no sense.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cribben9am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – November 26, 2020 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

The Closing: Glenn Sanford

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Glenn Sanford (Photo courtesy of eXp Realty)Glenn Sanford built a multibillion-dollar residential brokerage in his own, untethered image. Sanford, a former top producer at Keller Williams, founded eXp Realty in 2009 with the ambition to build the first fully virtual brokerage of scale. A few years later, he crisscrossed the U.S. in a 43-foot Winnebago to build his agent army, selling them on the promise of technology and incentivizing them to bring others to his ranks. eXp exists only in the cloud, and agents use avatars to interact in a Sims-like world. While other firms are still developing end-to-end platforms, eXp already offers a full set of digital tools to list, market and sell homes. The pandemic supercharged one of the most explosive growth stories in residential brokerage. In 2020, eXp swelled to 50,000 agents and generated a record $31 million in profits. eXp World Holdings — which owns the brokerage and VR platform Virbela — saw its stock shoot up 9x over the past year, giving it a market cap of $5.4 billion and landing Sanford, a three-time college dropout, on Forbes’ billionaires list. Critics say eXp attracts agents with high commission splits and a revenue-sharing program that prioritizes recruiting new agents over selling real estate. But Sanford argues that his model is the fairest way to scale a business. One of “the most democratic ways of distributing income and equity,” he said, is “by sharing it with the people who are actually on the ground doing the work.”Born: October 15, 1966Lives: Pacific NorthwestHometown: Alberta, Canada; Oklahoma CityFamily: In a relationship with Debbie Biery; Divorced with two daughters (ages 25 and 27)Where did you grow up? I was born in Alberta and moved to British Columbia when I was three. We lived there until I was 13. My dad and uncle sold a cereal manufacturing business to Kellogg’s in 1978. My dad had been investing in the oil and gas business, so he decided moving to Oklahoma was a good idea. We moved initially to Oklahoma City, then about 45 minutes outside the city, to a dirt road community where we were at least 2 miles in any direction from paved roads. What were you like as a kid? We moved quite a bit, so I wouldn’t say that I had a lot of really deep friendships. But I really enjoyed things like computers, chess and long-distance running. On some level, I think, it allowed me to be a better entrepreneur over time because I was less concerned about what people thought … I was able to approach entrepreneurship with more of a creative bent to satisfy my needs and try things out. I’ve seen a newspaper clip from when you were 15 and developed accounting software for local businesses. What seeded that interest in technology? I recognized that anything repetitive could be done with a computer rather than by a person. It was something that stuck with me — recognizing that the personal computer was something that could be leveraged. I did a little bit of keyboarding while I was at university. It was back in the days when you could go to an Apple user group meeting and meet all these eclectic computer enthusiasts from different walks of life and trade software.  You didn’t finish school. I was in and out of university, and it never quite stuck. But I went three times. I didn’t think much of geography, American history and all those other courses like psychology … I almost walked out the first time. The second time, I got distracted because I kept starting new businesses, including becoming a stockbroker. I think I ran out of money and moved back in with my parents. The third time, I just didn’t want to do the hours left in my degree.What was your first job? I had the obligatory paper route back when I was 11 or 12. When I was 15, I was doing software development work. The summer I graduated high school, I did landscaping. I worked at a number of Taco Bells. When I was in the first year of university, I sold cars. When I dropped out the first time, I was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners door to door. I cut my teeth on sales there. Eventually I [was] the top salesperson, until I found I was selling them for about $1,000 and my boss was buying them for $200. I couldn’t sell another Kirby vacuum cleaner because all of a sudden the value wasn’t there any more.How did you get into real estate? When I got into the business in 2002, I was $40,000 more in debt than I’d been before I started my previous startups. I ended up working for a local Realtor on his website. He thought I should become a real estate agent. I said, “OK, but I’m not going to approach my friends and family to buy real estate. I’m going to build this online and work the leads.” I ended up doing phenomenally well. In 2004, I went to Keller Williams and was there for three years. Lead generation, and helping agents convert those leads into closed transactions, was a sweet spot for me. What happened when the financial crisis hit? In 2007, we decided to break out of Keller Williams to start our own brokerage. By the second half of 2008, we had to get rid of some offices in a hurry just to be able to stay afloat. We raised a little bit of money and went back to the drawing board. We got to the point where we recognized that high-speed internet was pretty ubiquitous, so [we said], “Why don’t we start the real estate brokerage that so many of the industry pundits and futurists have been talking about?” In 2015, you drove a Winnebago across 26 states in 10 months to pitch eXp to agents. I’m all about science experiments. In 2009, one was, “How do we build a real estate brokerage without physical bricks and mortar?” But it was really a timing thing. Our lease was coming up on the house we were in. We had flown 56 times in 2014. So the idea was, “Why don’t we just take our house with us, and let’s start to see a bit of the country. Let’s meet some of our agents.” We also thought it would make a good story — offering a company that runs 100 percent virtually and doing it without actually going to a physical office. Where do you live now? We have a condo [in Blaine, Washington] and a boat that I’m sitting on. Though at the end of the year, we were actually in an RV, so we’ve got a pretty mobile lifestyle. I’ve been in meetings all day in our virtual office, and I’ve been doing it from the boat.You took eXp public in 2013 via reverse merger with a Canadian penny stock company, way before the current SPAC craze. In 1988 or 1989, my dad helped about 10 or 12 companies become public through reverse mergers. I would sometimes help in terms of investor relations, or do some other work behind the scenes. I always wanted agents to be shareholders of eXp. At the time, there were significant limitations in the ability to actually have nonaccredited shareholders as part of your company. I had somebody I had known for quite a number of years who wanted to do a “shell deal.” He and I got together and said, “Hey, this makes a lot of sense. Let’s see if we can do this, because this would solve for helping our agents be shareholders.” eXp has a revenue-sharing program for agents based on their ability to recruit others. Critics have called it a pyramid scheme. There are a lot of people who don’t like alternative ways to handle compensation, because it competes with the more traditional business approach. Historically, the wealth of companies has been limited to a handful of large, elite shareholders. When you look at some of the fastest-growing companies, they broke into those industries with a network marketing compensation plan.What do you think of the current SPAC frenzy? It’s a really interesting approach to becoming public, because [with] the IPO process, you have to really be on the inside track with the right investment bank and everything’s got to be positioned really well. The amount of brain damage that it takes to go through that whole cycle doesn’t make as much sense as if there’s a company that comes with $200 million or $500 million of capital that’s looking for a project. I don’t think [though] that SPACs can be a long-term viable vehicle, because the quality of investments will go down and then the returns will start to really hurt shareholders. You debuted on the Forbes billionaires list this month. What does success mean to you? It’s never really been about wealth. I’ve got a couple toys that I probably would have no matter what. I always want to work on things that are interesting to me. I never expected to even be remotely close to being a billionaire. It was never on my bucket list. It’s more about having the freedom to be able to do things that I like to do when I’d like to do that. I think eXp created more millionaires in the residential real estate industry — at least on paper — than any other real estate brokerage. I consider that to be more of a measure of success.You’ve described eXp as a “bread-and-butter” brokerage, with average price points of $350,000. But that’s the part of the market most threatened by technology and iBuyers. Are you concerned your agents may go the way of travel agents? Not yet. iBuyers have not seen a down market yet. We saw a little bit of this last year [at the height of the pandemic] when the iBuyers basically quit buying homes. And yet agents continued to list and sell homes and continued to do the work that was necessary to keep the housing market running.Many brokerages claim to be tech-enabled. Is their tech really all that? Where does eXp fall? I would say that eXp is a hybrid. It’s a real estate brokerage that has certain tech enablement features. Where we really use technology is the disintermediation of bricks and mortar, rather than trying to go to a bunch of agents and saying, “Here’s a bunch of really cool technology tools that will help you do more business.” At the end of the day, an agent will have a hard time measuring whether they’ve gotten one additional transaction from that technology stack. And so that’s the part where I sort of scratch my head and go, “That sounds like smoke and mirrors, rather than true technology.”Has eXp finally won over skeptics of a cloud-based, avatar-using brokerage? I don’t think the avatar portion of the skepticism has entirely gone away. But the idea of a cloud-based brokerage is now recognized as a truly legitimate business whose time has come. We were simply the pioneers of that model. If you go out another 10 years, some 20 or 25 percent of agents will be connected to a brand or brokerage where the physical office isn’t even really in its current state. Who would you consider your biggest mentor? My dad was certainly my biggest mentor early on. I recognized that this thing called “business” provided a lifestyle that was a little bit different from those who had a traditional job. When I was young, we lived in a single-wide manufactured home and parked it in a trailer park in Abbotsford, British Columbia. So I always thought that it was riskier to take a job than it was to start a business. What are your hobbies? I get 15 to 30 miles of running in every week. And I’ve been enjoying boat ownership since 2017. I did judo from the time I was 17 — I like to do a little coaching when I can. I’m an introvert by nature, so I love going on long walks in the forest. Is there a single piece of advice you live by? The purpose of the business is to serve the needs of the owner. If more broker-owners truly designed their business to serve their needs as human beings, they can get some more of those benefits so that they can have the freedom and flexibility to actually live a life. And then another is my favorite Zig Ziglar quote: “You can get anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Tags eXp realtyglenn sanfordResidential Real EstateSPACThe Closinglast_img read more

Dixie State Roundup: 1/31

first_img Tags: Dixie State Athletics February 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Roundup: 1/31 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballDURANGO, Colo.-Frank Staine posted 15 points on 5-7 from the field and 4-5 from range and Hunter Schofield added 15 points and 11 rebounds on 7-13 shooting as No. 19 Dixie State overpowered Fort Lewis 90-72 Friday at Whalen Gymnasium in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.The Trailblazers shot 58.5 percent for the game and broke away from the Skyhawks with a 52-34 run in the second half to break a 38-38 tie at the half.Dixie State improved to 17-3 and 12-2 in RMAC play headed into Saturday evening tilt at Alamosa, Colo. against the Adams State Grizzlies.Will Wittman had 16 points on 6-9 shooting in the loss for the Skyhawks, who fell to 13-7 and 7-7 in RMAC play.BaseballSAN MARCOS, Calif.-Benton Hart took the win on the mound, improving to 1-0 on the season as the Dixie State Trailblazers doubled up Cal State-San Marcos 14-7 Friday at CSUSM Baseball Field in non-region baseball action.Dixie State out-hit the Cougars 13-3 all-time while Tyson Fisher and Jake Brown had 3 RBI apiece for the Trailblazers who won the first all-time game in the series between these two schools.The series resumes Saturday. Written bylast_img read more

Did you know?

first_img? During the 18th century, sugar was sold in solid cones. It had to be broken and pounded up before using it. Sugar cones were replaced by granulated sugar in bags during the 19th century? Orange flower water was used in early recipes as a safe source of extra moisture. You can buy it from major supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s, but you can just use water if it is not readily availablelast_img

Press release: Appointment of new Commissioners to the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

first_img Adrian Greer is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the British Council and will step down from that role on 10th May this year. He has 12 years Board level experience in the British Council, at the University of St Andrews and as a Director of BC Holdings. Judith Buchanan is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Film and Literature at the University of York. She has worked at the University in various capacities, including as Director of the Humanities Research Centre, since 2000. She was a Fulbright scholar from 1992-1993. Leslie Vinjamuri is the Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy and also Head of the US and Americas programme at Chatham House, having previously worked as Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS University, where she remains a member of academic staff. The Marshall Scholarship Scheme is an exceptional programme and demonstrates the ongoing, close relationship between the UK and the US. Our Marshall scholars will have an opportunity not only to study in the UK’s world leading higher education system but to develop a lasting understanding of British society, building life-long connections. I am grateful to the Marshall Commissioners for volunteering their time to ensure the continued success of the programme. I know we will see more alumni use this opportunity the UK has given to them to go on to become prominent leaders, joining prestigious company like the Chairman and co-founder of LinkedIn, a NASA Astronaut currently at the International Space Station and two current Supreme Court Justices. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn MACC Chairman Christopher Fisher added: I am delighted that we have been able to attract such high calibre individuals to become new Marshall Commissioners, and would like to record the Commission’s appreciation of the service of the four Commissioners who are completing their terms with us: Professor Brian Cantor, Janet Legrand, Professor Simon Newman and Barbara Ridpath. The Marshall Scholarship Programme has a fantastic track record in contributing to the enduring strength of UK-US ties. The Commission is fully committed to sustaining the scale, quality and vitality of this successful programme. The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission administers the British Marshall Scholarship scheme, which finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the UK.Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.Commissioners serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term. The appointment is unpaid.Further information Media enquiriescenter_img Adam Smith is Professor of United States History at UCL, but from 1 August 2019 will be the Edward Orsborn Professor of US Politics and Political History and Director of the Rothermere American Institute (RAI) at the University of Oxford. Commenting on the appointment Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minster of State, Rt. Hon Mark Field MP said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Following a competitive application process the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (MACC) with effect from 1 August 2019. For journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Email [email protected]last_img read more

Press release: Mass testing for secondary pupils as all schools and colleges fully reopen from 8 March

first_img DfE enquiries Central newsdesk – for journalists 020 7783 8300 We have always advised that schools should be the last to close and first to open. It is vital for children’s wellbeing that we get schools open again. Staff, parents and pupils can feel reassured by scientific evidence that shows transmission in schools is low and that children are not drivers of infection in schools or the wider community. The system of controls and the introduction of rapid testing programmes in place in schools offer further reassurance in the measures taken to maximise the safety of the school environment. Most importantly, we know that infection rates in schools are driven by transmission in the wider community. It remains essential that we all continue to keep or contacts to a minimum and follow restrictions outside the school gates so that schools can re-open and stay open. secondary school and college staff will also be provided with 2 tests to use each week at home The government has today (Monday 22 February) set out its plan for the return of all pupils to schools and colleges as part of the roadmap for leaving lockdown, published this afternoon on gov.uk.The government has been clear that the return to face-to-face education is the national priority and that 2 weeks’ notice would be given ahead of any change. The return to school for all pupils is being prioritised due to the significant and proven impact caused by being out of school to the health and wellbeing of children and young people.All students will begin to return to face-to-face education on 8 March with the following testing measures in place: university students on practical courses who need to access specialist facilities and equipment can return to in-person teaching and learning from Monday 8 March. Twice weekly testing will continue to be available for all on campus Wraparound childcare for primary and secondary pupils will resume from Monday 8 March where necessary to enable parents to access work, education or medical care.Staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained and as a temporary extra measure.For the remaining university students, the government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of their return. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any return.All staff at private, voluntary and independent nurseries will have access to tests to use twice weekly at home, building on the testing already available to maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. Childminders can continue to access community testing, and the Department continues to work with colleagues across government to review the testing approach available for childminders.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: all secondary school and college students will take three COVID-19 tests as they return to the classroom from the 8 March at existing school testing facilities. Schools and colleges will have discretion on how to test students over that week to enable their return to the classroom. After the initial programme of three tests in school or college, students will be provided with 2 rapid tests to use each week at home I know this is a moment that students and parents up and down the country have been waiting for, and I would like to take this opportunity to give my thanks to all education and childcare staff and parents who have worked so hard to make sure students have continued to receive a high-quality education throughout this lockdown. The testing of staff and students ahead of their return to secondary schools and colleges, alongside strengthened safety measures, should reassure families and education staff that extra measures are in place alongside the existing bubble system, enhanced hygiene and COVID secure precautions. We are all well aware that being back in school or college brings huge benefits to young people’s education, development and wellbeing. The classroom is the very best place for education and the return of face-to-face teaching for all pupils will be a welcome move for pupils and parents across the country. We have rolled out rapid testing to schools and universities at great pace to help drive down transmission rates among school age children, college and university students. I am very pleased that regular testing is now supporting the reopening of schools and face-to-face education. Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it, so rapid regular testing offers a reliable and effective additional tool to help keep schools safe. Testing in education settings is already well-established, as recent figures showed four million tests had been conducted across schools, colleges and universities.Public Health England continues to advise that the existing range of safety measures in place in education settings remains appropriate – including bubble groups, staggering start and finish times, increasing ventilation and hygiene, regular testing and maintaining distance between adults where possible.Extending the use of face coverings to classrooms is a temporary measure until Easter, and as with all measures the government will keep it under review.Teachers should continue to be sensitive to the additional needs of their students, such as deafness, in deciding whether it is appropriate to wear a face covering.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: all primary school children will return on Monday 8 March. Primary school staff will continue to take 2 rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home The consensus view from SAGE continues to be that missing out on classroom-based education has severe impacts for children and young people, with clear evidence that further time out of schools and colleges is detrimental for cognitive and academic development, learning, health and wellbeing.Evidence from the Public Health England-led Schools Infection Study continues to show that infection rates in schools mirror infection rates in the wider community, suggesting schools are not the main driver of infections.Testing sites already set up in secondary schools and colleges should remain operational for students who find it difficult to test themselves at home. General enquiries – for members of the public 0370 000 2288 Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years, at Public Health England said:last_img read more

New Mexico senators, advocates back Biden oil and gas plans

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials and residents in New Mexico’s oil patches are anxious as the Biden administration takes aim at the oil and natural gas industry with a series of new executive orders. But the state’s two U.S. senators support the actions, saying it’s time to rethink the nation’s energy policies and move toward what Democrat Martin Heinrich described as a zero-pollution economy. Freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell says the president’s actions are hasty and could have dire consequences given the industry’s effect on New Mexico’s bottom line. National industry officials echoed those concerns Wednesday, noting that America’s appetite for energy is only going to increase as the economy recovers.last_img

Tech Time: Malware. Hackers. Viruses.

first_imgHow much will it take to defend against them all?by: Edwin MachAs a C-suite executive for your credit union, you have just spent a great deal of money on the latest security boxes and antivirus software to keep the hackers out of your financial institution. (JP Morgan spent $250 million, according to Bloomberg.) You go to bed every night assured that no hacker will have access to your members’ data. Then, one day, you wake up and discover that your members’ records were compromised.This real scenario could happen to any credit union; it happened to JP Morgan. With such a large annual IT budget, one wonders how much money one has to spend to create an impenetrable wall around members’ data. This begs the question: Is it how much money one spends or is it how one spends it? Or perhaps it’s not how one spends it, but how the company governs its data through security policies and practices?Your security policies determine your spending. What you choose to spend on and how much, should depend on your credit union’s security policies. For example, if your security policies dictate that all customer information must be encrypted, it would be a good idea to research the key management and encryption hardware and software out there that meets your minimum security level and access policies. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chenango and Delaware counties coronavirus update (May 17)

first_imgChenango County: 115 total confirmed cases33 individuals in mandatory quarantineThree individuals in precautionary quarantineFive active hospitalizations82 recoveriesFour total deaths Delaware County For more coronavirus coverage, click here.center_img (WBNG) — Here are the latest coronavirus numbers in Chenango and Delaware counties.  65 total confirmed casesNine active casesSix individual in mandatory quarantineThree active hospitalizations52 recoveriesFour total deathslast_img

Booking.com has introduced a fee for the use of billing through its service

first_imgThe landlord’s e-mail address received an “unpleasant” notification from Booking.com that from June 01, 2019, they will introduce a fee for payment through its service in the amount of 1.1%. RELATED NEWS: Booking.com charges guests for your stay according to your conditions and ensures that guests pay the full amount before arrival, pointing out that one of the advantages is the same, adding that using this service helps reduce cancellations and guarantees payment in case of no-show, as well as various payment options. offer, which provides a better accommodation booking experience. As they point out from Booking.com, the purpose of this fee is to cover the processing costs of the various payment methods they offer. Thus, from June 01, 2019, in addition to the previous 15% Booking.com commission, 1,1% commission will now be added for payment through their service, which is a total Booking.com commission of 16,1% .center_img The bank’s commission and fee can be seen in the booking overview, and the bank’s fee will only be charged if you receive payment for that reservation. On the other hand, as explained by Booking.com, the bank fee will not be charged if the guest cancels the reservation within the period in which the free cancellation is possible or if he does not show up without having paid. Of course, the use of billing through Booking.com is not mandatory, and if you want to manage guest payments yourself, you can deactivate the Billing Service through Booking.com. Also, 25% VAT is charged on the total amount of Booking.com’s commission, which in the end is 20% (Booking.com commission + VAT). BOOKING.COM LAUNCHES INDEPENDENT RESERVATION AND ATTRACTIONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PREVIOUS HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONlast_img read more