The Negotiator Awards 2018 – a truly spectacular event

first_imgOur fabulous new venue, the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in Mayfair, London, gave a very warm welcome to 900 guests on Friday 30th November – and what a night they had!This was the 11th Negotiator Awards and expectations were running high, so after a champagne reception our sparkling guests arrived in the aptly named ‘Great Room’ with glittering chandeliers and a stunning black and gold art deco theme.Once settled, the evening really took off – with our dancing girls and Sinatra-style crooner, the fabulous Cabaret Femme Fatale, led by the talented Jade Phipps, creating a wonderful ‘Gatsby’ atmosphere.With dinner underway, the temperature was rising quickly, as were the expectations of the guests, most of whom hoped to win one of the 34 Awards.The arrival of our gorgeous host, Julian Clary, stunning in a bright pink suit, arrived ready to ‘mince’, and mince he did, off the stage into the guests with sparkling repartee and cutting comments that only he could get away with, causing hilarity all around.After a splendid dinner, it was time for the Award presentations before the dancing began. It was truly the Property Party of the Year, ending the year on a high note of drama, excitement and celebration. Congratulations to all those who made the Shortlist, the finalists and of course, the winners!The Negotiator Awards 2018 presentationsRising Star of the Year       Sponsored by LCA Jobs and presented by Lynn Cannell, DirectorThe judges said: “What a star. If she could ‘bottle’ her ideas and enthusiasm, she could sell it for a fortune! Dedicated and successful, she has made a huge impact on this business in a short space of time and shown great business acumen as well as a finger on the pulse of the local property market, as well as the wider industry. Taking on an MD role of an agency that size is a significant step, but its clearly working!”GOLD: Angharad Trueman, CGT Lettings SILVER: Paul Cooney from Horton & Garten BRONZE: Chloe Rhodes at Haus Sales & Lettings Community Champion of the Year          Sponsored by Oracle Group, Presented by Tara Dulake, Digital Marketing Director,The judges said: “A strong submission with a wide range of community related projects with an obvious buy-in from the leaders and an impressive amount of time invested across the team. We particularly liked the day’s paid leave to work in the community.”GOLD: Linley & SimpsonSILVER: Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings BRONZE: SDL GroupMarketing Campaign of the Year  The judges said: “Great to see a measured and planned approach and a campaign that goes beyond just sponsorship – the competition and engagement campaigns as a result of the football sponsorship deal are inspired. Great results, and clear objectives.”GOLD: McEwan Fraser LegalSILVER: Housesimple BRONZE: James DeanWebsite of the YearThe judges said: “Great use of high quality, aspirational lifestyle imagery, very brochure-esque and doesn’t feel salesy. The pictures tell and sell the story! It feels more like reading the pages of a glossy magazine. It is clear that they are catering to a very discerning customer base.”GOLD: ChartersSILVER: Simon Brien BRONZE: Cooper AdamsEmployer of the Year         The judges said: “A comprehensive entry that clearly shows why employees like to work there. Concerns raised in staff survey were considered and actioned and the main reason for working there are ‘the people’ “it is sometimes the small things that make a difference when it comes to happy employees.”GOLD: Encore Estate ManagementSILVER: FirstPort BRONZE: Lovelle Estate AgentsNew Agency of the YearThe judges said: “This young start-up is making really good progress and has produced some outstanding results, coming across as focused and service driven business.”GOLD: Waterhouse Estate AgentsSILVER: Kingswood Residential Investment Management BRONZE: Benjamins Estate AgentResidential Auction Service of the Year The judges said: “An excellent submission, very well put together. They demonstrate a collaborative approach with their agent clients and their system is incredibly user-friendly, generating a good income for their Agents.”GOLD: IAM SoldSILVER: Auction House UK BRONZE: SDL AuctionsProperty Management Company of the YearThe judges said: “A beautifully presented entry with plenty of substance. This firm has worked hard to rebuild their business and now works for major clients who give very good feedback. Their Silver Investor in People award and the only 5* British Safety award given to a management firm, indicates that they are definitely moving in the right direction.”GOLD: FirstPortSILVER: Encore Estate Management BRONZE: Trust Property ManagementProperty Management Department of the Year            The judges said: “A very slick presentation. It is great to see that such a successful company clearly retains the passion to put such effort and detail into their entry. We’re pleased to see their internal staff growth ethos and apprenticeships, other than simply graduate level. Others companies should do the same!”GOLD: DextersSILVER: Maxine Lester Lettings and Property Management BRONZE: Kay & Co.Land & New Homes Specialist of the YearThe judges said: “A fantastic application demonstrating that this agency is truly going somewhere! Their quirky and unique customer differentiation, combined with good branding and social values made this entry unbeatable!”GOLD: PropologySILVER: Linley & Simpson BRONZE: BradleysSupplier of the Year (Technology) – Apps         The judges said: “An excellent entry from a proptech company that modernises their clients’ businesses by simplifying and speeding up the processes to get the clients into their new homes with the least possible fuss.”GOLD: GoodlordSILVER: Agent Software BRONZE: TouchRight SoftwareSupplier of the Year (Technology) – Agency software            The judges said: A good presentation demonstrating the benefits of this well established software. It is intuitive for agents and now offers a ‘lite’ version for smaller agency businesses.GOLD: ReapitSILVER: Teclet BRONZE: Arthur OnlineSupplier of the Year – Products and Services (Business)      The judges said: “A simple idea, beautifully executed by a hugely experienced team. Led by property industry professionals, this company continues to show considerable growth and is used by well known firms – which would indicate that a good service is being provided.”GOLD: ViewberSILVER: No Letting Go BRONZE: Tenant ShopSupplier of the Year – Products and Services (Marketing)The judges said: “A very interesting entry from a specialist supplying a service with data and market analysis that appeals to small and large companies alike, creating an impressive customer base.”GOLD: DataloftSILVER: IAM Sold BRONZE: Kremer SignsSupplier of the Year – Professional Support     The judges said: “Providing a sophisticated but user friendly product, this long established business continues to improve their services to smooth the path to completion of the property sale.”GOLD: My Home MoveSILVER: The Lettings Hub BRONZE: Lonsdale Insurance BrokersRegional – North East & North West Agency of the YearThe judges said: “A well crafted entry which demonstrated growth through their clear focus on the student build to rent market.”GOLD: X1 LettingsSILVER: Bee My Home BRONZE: Mint HomesRegional – Yorkshire and The Humber Agency of the YearThe judges said: “A very strong entry showing fantastic growth over the last three years, great innovation such as the shared bill option and great service to tenants as well as landlords. An excellent win in a closely contested category.”GOLD: Haus Sales & LettingsSILVER: Lovelle Estate Agencies BRONZE: Galley PropertiesRegional – East Midlands & West Midlands Agency of the YearThe judges said: “A beautifully presented entry, full of real substance and innovation. A great example of what can be achieved in a tough market if you get the formula right. This agency shows a dedicated approach to helping their clients and feedback shows that it works!”GOLD: Buckley BrownSILVER: Pygott & Crone BRONZE: McCartneys LLPRegional – East of England Agency of the YearThe judges said: “This is a company with outstanding social values, it clearly knows its statistics and certainly values its people!”GOLD: Maxine LesterSILVER: Thomas Morris BRONZE: Airport LettingsRegional – London  The judges said: “The culture and underlying principles radiate from every Manager – visible throughout the entire business. At its core is the founding principle to change the public’s perception of Estate Agents. It is a simple formula; total commitment to the highest standards of customer service coupled with a hardworking and enthusiastic sales team.”GOLD: DextersSILVER: Adam Hayes BRONZE: PorticoRegional – South East  Agency of the Year      The judges said: “In a relatively short time, this agency has grown to have seven branches offering service in Land & New Homes, Commercial, Lettings Administration and Property Management, Marketing, Administration and Head Office teams – yet they remain a local business, founded and run by local property experts, who understand the area and the market like no other.”GOLD: ChartersSILVER: Brock Taylor BRONZE: Inspire EstatesRegional – South West  Agency of the Year    The judges said: They know their strategy is working when the portals confirm that they sell a greater percentage of their instructions than their competitors. It provides reassurance to those on the front line, the marketeers, the administrators and of course the Directors setting the strategy in the first place. It shows that by working in unison and providing the best possible service to their clients, that results will follow!”GOLD: BradleysSILVER: Absolute Sales & Lettings BRONZE: Property CentreRegional – Scotland Agency of the YearThe judges said: “A very slick corporate entry from this company of lawyers and estate agents operating with smart IT and giving special care for its clients, including facilities for visually and hearing impaired people.”GOLD: McEwan Fraser LegalSILVER: The Property Store BRONZE: Next HomeRegional – Wales  Agency of the Year  The judges said: We were impressed with the quality of the operation and the realisation that you have to move forward. They have presented many examples of technological innovation, combining old school estate agency with modern technology such as drone videos and 3D virtual tours.GOLD: McCartneys LLP!SILVER: Belvoir Swansea BRONZE: James DeanRegional – Northern Ireland Agency of the Year        The judges said: “A very strong entry – great diversity of income and evolutionary approach. A particularly well written entry, especially with the presentation of their testimonials, and the emphasis in looking after their team.”GOLD: CPS PropertySILVER: Rodgers & Finney BRONZE: Simon Brien Residential Hybrid Agency of the YearThe judges said: “Built to be bold to transform the agency world, they focus on supporting their many branches with ongoing support from their HQ team. They search for ‘ideal outcomes’ for vendors by supplying ‘factual advice’ and using digital communications and technology. This is a quality business pushing the boundaries of the new world of hybrid agency.GOLD: EweMove Sales & LettingsSILVER: Doorsteps BRONZE: NestedSingle Branch Lettings Agency of the Year        The judges said: “This is a very good entry from a solid business that reports year-on-year improvement in turnover and also manages to really look after their staff. We liked the holistic approach to their team members, providing and encouraging professional training through Arla Propertymark – and they look after their landlords very well too.GOLD: Belvoir Leamington SpaSILVER: Maxine Lester BRONZE: Your NestLettings Agency of the Year (2-5 branches)The judges said: A well-run business with excellent growth in the number of properties managed and resulting revenue. They also demonstrated good planning for the Tenancy Fee Ban and very good staff management and development.GOLD: Frost’s Estate AgentsSILVER: X1 Lettings BRONZE: Adam HayesLettings Agency of the Year (6-9 branches)The judges said: Despite a fiercely competitive rentals market with numerous new ‘online’ and ‘traditional’ entrants across their region, this agency has succeeded in growing market share; the number of properties under management and profits! Well done!GOLD: Thomas MorrisSILVER: Charters BRONZE: Gibbs GillespieLettings Agency of the Year (10+ branches)The judges said: An excellent submission packed with tangible information from this successful multi-office group which, in spite of it’s size, focuses on delivering personal service to some 25,000 landlords and their tenants.GOLD: DextersSILVER: Portico BRONZE: BradleysSingle Branch Estate Agency of the YearThe judges said: An outstanding agency in every way, from their wide range of services, clever advertising in the local press, magazines and billboards to their customer reviews, which are five star all the way!GOLD: Brock TaylorSILVER: Inspire Estates BRONZE: Belvoir Leamington SpaEstate Agency of the Year (2-5 branches)The judges said: This is a young, vibrant company that clearly cares about its customers and its reputation! They look after students exceptionally well including the use of new money saving systems for utilities.GOLD: HausSILVER: Sawyer & Co BRONZE: Adam HayesEstate Agency of the Year (6-9 branches)          The judges said: Led by an excellent senior management team, this entrant demonstrates all the qualities of a leading high street estate agency, keeping a delicate balance between hard nosed business and motivating and rewarding their staff!GOLD: Thomas MorrisSILVER: The Pedder GroupBRONZE: Gibbs GillespieEstate Agency of the Year (10+ branches)         The judges said: With more entrants than ever before, this category was extremely difficult to judge, showing that ‘Large’ doesn’t have to mean ‘Impersonal’. This large agency demonstrates an excellent modern approach, particularly with technology and social media. They live and breathe a culture built around key principles of ‘Customers for Life’, backed up by slick marketing reinforcing their brand.GOLD: BradleysSILVER: McEwan Fraser Legal BRONZE: DextersThe Negotiator Awards Lifetime Achievement AwardPeter Bolton King, Global Standards Director at The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. peter bolton king Julian Clary The Neg awards The Negotiator Awards The Negotiator Awards 2018 The Negotiator Awards 2018 winners The Negotiator Awards winners December 3, 2018Grant LeonardWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » The Negotiator Awards 2018 – a truly spectacular event previous nextAgencies & PeopleThe Negotiator Awards 2018 – a truly spectacular eventThe UK’s premier awards for the residential property industry on Friday night saw 34 awards bestowed on the best agents and suppliers in the UK property industry.The Negotiator3rd December 201802,680 Viewslast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JUNE 21, 2017

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville should do a bit more than shrug their shoulders and accept the price increases associated with the elementary but expensive error that was made in designing the width of the North Main Street improvement project?…there are ways to leverage the insurance and bonding that the construction company(s) must have been required to have to get this job?..if relief for this idiotic oversight is not sought we can assume that the stupid mistake was an inside job?…in that case maybe the city should sue its own insurance company for the failures of staff?IS IT TRUE that the State of Illinois’ financial problems keep mounting up in a way that could challenge every public employee in the state when it comes to benefits?…the number of dollars that Illinois is behind when it comes to funding pensions is so large that the zeros may not fit on the page?…another problem Illinois is facing is whether or not they are going to be able to keep the Illinois State Lottery open if they can’t pay the past winners or be trusted to hold the money for the current lotteries without having creditors pounce on it before any winnings can be paid out?…it takes a very special kind of stupid to lose money on a legalized monopoly that is no different than a numbers racket?…it looks like the State of Illinois is that special kind of stupid in a collective action sort of way?IS IT TRUE that the way a lottery works is so unbelievably one sided that most any halfwit who could get permission to run one just once the way the state does could retire to paradise?…for every billion dollars that is spent on lottery tickets the distribution goes something like this?…$100 Million goes to the state to pay for running the lottery?…half of the sales or $500 Million goes into the prize money pool and the other $400 Million goes to the state too?…right off the top the State of Illinois collects 50% of all of the proceeds of the lottery?…the winnings are of course taxable so in most cases about 35% of the winnings go to the federal government with the states taxing winnings at their own rate?…in the case of Illinois that amounts to 3.75%?…when it all shakes out for every Billion dollars wagered, the State of Illinois collects $518,750,000, the federal government collects $175,000,000 and the lucky winner takes home $306 Million (30.6%) of what was wagered?…we are totally mystified how a state could possibly be managed so poorly to put their cash cow lottery into danger?…lotteries are not called a suckers game for nothing?…this may be the face of things to come with states failing to meet their obligations the old fashioned way?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville also have major deficit problems with city employees Healthcare benefits?  …could the deficit for this year be $7 million to $8 million dollars?IS IT TRUE the City of Evansville lost $3 million dollars on the ZOO last year?  …we expect the Zoo to do similar this year? …in order to attempt to generate more revenue for the Zoo our City officials are now planning to build a $6 to $8 million “Penguin” exhibit?  …all we can say about this proposed revenue generating move by the City is “WOW”?IS IT TRUE we feel that Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear is doing an outstanding job?  …Mr. Lockyear has taken the Vanderburgh County Coroner job to the next level?  ,,,the bottom line is that Mr. Lockyear is a “Good Steward Of The Public Trust”?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that someone should be held accountable for the major mistake made in redesigning the $18 million dollar North Main project?EDITORS FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column doesn’t represents the views or opinions of our advertisers.last_img read more

Roanoke’s GO Fest is an Adventurer’s Paradise

first_imgIf you’re a hiker, biker, paddler, angler, climber, yogi, runner, slacker, craft beer drinker . . . there’s only one place to be October 13-15 – GO Fest.The twice voted “Best Festival” by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers is technically called the Anthem Go Outside Festival, but everyone just calls it GO Fest. Last year the festival attracted 30K adventurers from across the East Coast making it the primo festival for outdoor enthusiasts.This bad ass festival is 100% free, so that’s a huge bonus right out of the gate. Roanoke Outside and the Roanoke Parks and Recreation collaborate on the festival and have stayed true to their goal of keeping the event free so that everyone can live a healthy active lifestyle.For simplicity sake the hundreds of activities found at GO Fest can be broken into three categories: Watch It, Race It, and Try It.Watch It: Any person who wanders into the festival not sure what’s going on can at least catch an awesome show. Pro slackliners, pro BMX stunt shows, dogs jumping 20+ feet into a tank of water, bike trial pros, a lumberjack show, bands, and a heck of a lot of other people doing cool things around the clock.Race It: GO Fest hosts multiple competitive events – the Super Hero 5K, the Wild Gear Chase urban scavenger hunt, a Beer Mile Relay, Cyclocross Exhibitions, and a Strava-based King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge just to name a few.Try It (Our Favorite Part): Demo bikes, shoes, kayaks, sups, fly rods, and more. Sit in on one of over 100 different hands-on classes ranging from wilderness first aid and Leave No Trace to bike maintenance and backpack 101 clinics. Try slacklining, yoga, ride adult big wheels, jump 30’ onto a big air bag, learn to fly cast, hop on the pumptrack, take a shuttle to the top of Mill Mountain for a downhill ride, go for a group trail run, go for a night run, take a hike, chillax in an ENO hammock . . . and that’s just off the top of our head. There truly is something for everyone.Daytime at GO Fest is filled with checking out gear, testing your skills, goofing off, catching up with friends, noshing on grub, and sipping a beverage (or two).But as the sun sets and the moon comes out the day ain’t over. It’s time to head back to your campsite (free camping) and swap your active wear for your dance wear. GO Fest has partnered with the music-minded geniuses behind FloydFest to provide nightly concerts – and a Silent Disco DJ Tent – to boogie the night away.And the best part (other than being 100% free) . . . you get to go to sleep, wake up the next day, and do it again. Learn more at read more

Panamanian Police Destroy Coca Crops near Colombian Border

first_imgBy Dialogo June 20, 2013 Panama’s police destroyed a coca plantation and a cocaine lab in the Colombian border jungle area of Darién, on June 18, Panamá’s Minister of Security José Raúl Mulino said. An anonymous SENAFRONT source told AFP, “4,495 coca plants were destroyed in almost two hectares located in the community of Chucurtí.” It is also estimated that 80% of the cocaine that enters the North American country comes through Central and South America. In the past 13 years, the Panamanian government has confiscated a total of 319 tons of drugs. The highest quantities of drugs were confiscated in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year. “Back from the Colombian border. Great bi-national day against drug trafficking. A hectare of coca crops and a lab destroyed by SENAFRONT (National Border Service),” Mulino posted on his Twitter account. The UN estimates the amount of cocaine sales worldwide at $85 billion, of which $35 billion correspond to the United States. center_img Panamá believes that drug trafficking through their national waters has decreased due to heavier law enforcement presence and as an effect of ‘Operation Martillo,’ a multinational counter drug effort launched in January 2012 by the United States, Central America, and some European countries. According to the Organization of American States (OAS), 45% of cocaine users, 50% of heroine and opiate users and 25% of marihuana users in the world live in the United States. The agents also destroyed a lab “with all the necessary equipment to process coca paste and transform it into cocaine in an operation where no one was arrested,” the source added. In 2012, Panamá’s authorities seized about 35 tons of drugs, while in 2011 they seized 39 tons, according to official records. Tens of thousands of people die in Latin America yearly due to drug-related violence.last_img read more

Western Hemisphere Nations Stand Stronger

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo October 30, 2017 Managing security, defense, and policy matters in the Western Hemisphere is a key element of the U.S. relations with its regional partners. For retired U.S. Army Colonel Sergio de la Peña, a native of Mexico, the commitment is personal. In his role as the U.S. Department of Defense’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, he is responsible for security, defense, and policy issues in the region, and he oversees the funding of defense cooperation programs for U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), among other responsibilities.De la Peña spoke with Diálogo at the closing ceremony of the South American Regional Seminar on Countering Transregional-Transnational Threat Networks (T3N), organized by the William J. Perry Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies from September 26th to 28th in Lima, Peru. As part of the topics discussed, De la Peña explained the mission of his role, the challenges he faces, and the common regional threats that are making him more passionate about his job.Diálogo: What is the mission of the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs?U.S. Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs de la Peña: Our mission is to provide defense policy for the Western Hemisphere, the area that’s encompassed from the North Pole to the South Pole and the western half of the globe.Diálogo: What is the importance or your presence here at the South American seminar on countering T3N?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: The way that we go about doing our work in this hemisphere is by engaging with our partner nations, our allies, and our friends. Without their support, we are much weaker. We need to have the collaboration of every member of the hemisphere. That’s something that is more aspirational at this time because not everybody is a current friend, but the vast majority of the countries in this hemisphere think in line with what we want to achieve, so we want to make sure we strengthen those partnerships, those friendships, and those alliances.Diálogo: How do you accomplish that engagement?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: It begins with contact on a personal level. It’s making sure that as leaders, we engage person to person; that we are able to establish dialogue at the highest levels because the leaders are what set the tone for the relationship. If you can get the leaders to agree, if you can get the leaders to talk to each other and engage in a positive way, then subordinates follow. We’re about creating an environment where we have a much more secure hemisphere.Diálogo: What do you think is your biggest challenge?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: I think the biggest challenge is getting everybody on the same sheet of music, understanding each other. A lot of times there is goodwill. You want to do the right thing, but we have different languages, we have different terminology, we have different systems, and then we have different agencies that don’t always match up one-on-one. In some countries you have laws that allow the police to do certain things; in other countries, those are military functions. So it’s just getting to understand each other and use goodwill to be able to overcome some of those differences in structures and differences in systems.Diálogo: What do you expect to achieve with all the countries you engaged with at this event?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: We’ve talked about a Western Hemisphere that is collaborative, prosperous and secure. The key thing about these types of events is collaboration. If you have collaboration, if you have goodwill, then you have a partner in security. If you have a secure hemisphere, you have a prosperous hemisphere.Diálogo: What is your assessment of the participants at this conference, South American countries, talking about transnational threats?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: I think there’s a lot of goodwill, and we’ve established a good foundation for future collaboration, which is what we want to achieve.Diálogo: What is your biggest concern?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: The biggest concern is maintaining the dialogue, ensuring that we understand each other, and ensuring that we’re constantly working toward solving any of the conflicts that could produce a difference of opinion where we have a lack of collaboration. I think if we can get past those types of challenges, I think we have a stronger and more collaborative hemisphere.Diálogo: There is a lot of concern about regional security issues, such as narcotrafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking, and other criminal activities. What is your assessment about the security threats in the region?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: We have a lot of different challenges. We need to take them one at a time. We need to figure out what is the priority for us and what’s the priority for the partner nations. I think that we have a fairly good level of understanding of what threats are common to both sides. What we need to do is figure out a way to coordinate on what is the key thing that concerns both parties. Once we’re able to identify what those are, I think we can come to a point where we can prioritize in a more efficient way, so that everybody is looking at the same problem and at least putting the same value or at least the same priority on that problem.Diálogo: How do you work together with countries in our region to counter T3N?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: The key thing about networks of this nature is making sure that we’re sharing information and intelligence, and that’s not always easy to do. It’s something that we have to work on, by establishing what are the mechanisms that allow us to share information, how do we safeguard that information? And how can we use that information to go against a common threat? It’s about making each other situationally aware of the environment that each of us is living and making sure that we’re able to figure out a way to share information, so that we can go against a common threat.Diálogo: What is the importance of SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM working together for the security of the Western Hemisphere?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM do work together but whenever you have a seam, whenever you have a border, you’re going to have challenges. You’re going to have limitations on what you do on one side of that area of operations versus the other. What we need to do is make sure that we maintain the dialogue and be able to close that seam as much as possible because the bad guys don’t have borders; they don’t care about seams and they don’t care about boundaries. We need to make sure that at those boundaries, we have the mechanisms in place where we can track people that are on one side or the other.Diálogo: How does the Office of the Secretary of Defense help countries in need, like Mexico and the Caribbean islands, dealing with natural disasters? Is that a problem that can also affect security?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: Absolutely. Any time you have a natural disaster, especially a severe one, it challenges a state’s ability to respond. If the state does not respond in an efficient manner, then people get angry. When they get angry, that impacts security. What we do, as much as we can, is help. For the recent earthquake, we’ve already sent several large aircrafts, C-17s, into Mexico. Right now we’re confronting the results of the hurricanes that have gone through the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. We have to shift our attention now from some of the earthquake issues to hurricane-related concerns that affect U.S. citizens. That doesn’t mean that we forget about our partner nations. We help them as much as we can with those things that we have expertise in sharing with them, but we also have to take a look at what’s happening in U.S. territories and be sure that we respond accordingly with those people as well because in the case of Puerto Rico, it’s been pretty devastating.Diálogo: Would you like to add anything else for Diálogo readers?Deputy Assistant Secretary De la Peña: We’re a partner, we want to collaborate, and we want to strengthen those ties. We want to re-engage with those that may have had a different point of view for some time and are now returning back to a similar way of thinking as us.last_img read more

How should your website do its job?

first_img continue reading » We’ve defined the job of your credit union website (see this post for a refresher), and that’s a great first step to creating a stellar site. But you won’t get very far if you stop there. Next we need to dig into how your website should successfully do its job. To make it simple, we’ve broken it down into six simple things your website should be doing in order to convince people to choose your credit union.1. Make a good impressionYour website is often a person’s first impression of your credit union. First impressions make a big impact, and people don’t trust credit unions with ugly websites. It’s as simple as that. In fact, Vistaprint conducted a surveyand found that 42% of consumers are very unlikely to buy from a poorly designed website.Here at BloomCU, we focus on helping credit unions wireframe, style tile, and design simple, modern websites. Here are some of our favorite examples: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Republicans fear Trump’s deluded efforts are eclipsing critical Georgia Senate races. Suckers

first_imgOn top of that, the high-profile recount Trump forced in Georgia may not even be legal, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The rules governing a Georgia election audit call for reviewing only a random sample of ballots rather than every single one. “The audit would have concluded when all ballots were counted and the odds that the full tabulation was incorrect was less than 10%, according to State Election Board rules. But instead of pulling a smaller sample of ballots, Raffensperger plans to audit every ballot,” writes AJC.Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has been under fire from his GOP colleagues for Trump’s failures in the state, has justified the full hand recount by insisting “the margin is just so close right now.”- Advertisement – Now, as the fate of the Senate rests on two Georgia runoffs, some GOP donors and lawmakers are realizing that loser Trump’s selfishly futile fundraising efforts are siphoning precious resources away from the battles that actually matter in Georgia, according to Politico. Senate Republicans have also made a joint fundraising page to collect money for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — but it didn’t attract the widespread social media attention of Trump’s efforts.Sorry, suckers. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img For the record, 14,000 votes may be close, but it’s not recount close. No way. Recounts almost never change election results, particularly when the margin is anywhere over several hundred votes. The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.last_img read more

High pressure

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Indonesia to issue bonds to rescue businesses affected by COVID-19

first_img“The government will handle the proceeds of the funds to finance all businesses. This is to awaken business activities,” Susiwijono said during a media briefing.Companies looking to receive funds from bond sales were barred from employee layoffs, he said. “If they need to lay off employees, then they must keep at least 90 percent of their employees with the same salary amounts [as before the crisis].”Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinchThe government’s plan comes as European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde asks euro zone finance ministers to seriously consider a one-off joint debt issue of “coronabonds” to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, Reuters reported.The COVID-19-driven slowdown was likely to slash Indonesia’s growth to just above 4 percent this year, the lowest in 15 years, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said as the government prepares for the worst-case scenario of zero growth. From empty malls to factory disruptions, micro and small businesses have suffered the most.The government would reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$3.9 billion) of state spending from the 2020 budget to tackle COVID-19 in Indonesia, on top of the Rp 120 trillion allocated to stimulate the economy.BI has also spent Rp 168.2 trillion so far this year, buying government bonds in the secondary market to stabilize the rupiah as foreign investors dump Rp 125.2 trillion worth of government bonds. The rupiah, now at around Rp 16,277 per US dollar, is the worst-performing currency in Asia.“The central bank will continue to intervene through the spot market, domestic non-deliverable forwards and bonds if needed,” Perry pledged as the rupiah weakened almost 20 percent since January.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had 790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 58 deaths. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 471,000 people and has claimed at least 21,000 lives.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revealed that government officials and legislators are in talks to raise Indonesia’s budget deficit cap, which would allow the state to borrow more money to fund emergency response measures to the pandemic. The budget deficit cap could be raised to 5 percent from the current 3 percent ceiling.Topics : Indonesia is planning to offer government debt papers to the market, the proceeds of which would be used to fund programs that rescue businesses suffering from COVID-19 and prevent layoffs.Secretary to the coordinating economic affairs minister, Susiwijono Moegiarso, said Thursday the government would issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on Friday to facilitate the plan.The so-called “recovery bond” can be bought by Bank Indonesia (BI), as well as exporters and importers, Susiwijoyo said, adding the Perppu would enable the central bank to buy government bonds not only in the secondary market. The existing law on BI prohibits the central bank from buying government bonds except in the secondary market.last_img read more

511PA Website Feature to Assist Travelers to Little League World Series

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched a web page,, to provide real-time travel and alternate-route information to assist motorists traveling to the Little League World Series in Williamsport.The new page, hosted through the department’s traveler information website, is dedicated to monitoring traffic conditions on the primary travel routes to the event. Travel times and alerts are provided for: Route 15 south to Route 220 to Market Street; Route 15 north; Interstate 80 east to Route 220 north to Market Street; and I-80 west to Route 15 north.“We’re always looking for opportunities to put our traffic information tools into action for the public,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “Providing this real-time information empowers travelers to attend this exciting event using the route that best works for them.”The page includes the average travel time for the primary route as well as one or two alternate routes. Users can see incidents, construction, weather forecasts and alerts, traffic cameras, and traffic speeds on the map. Maps showing traffic trends on each day of the event in the previous three years are also available.In addition to Little League World Series information, motorists can use to check conditions on nearly 40,000 roadway miles in Pennsylvania. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. 511PA Website Feature to Assist Travelers to Little League World Series August 14, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more