Marathon magic

first_imgThe Negotiator’s Grant Leonard ran the London Marathon on 26 April, in aid of Crisis, the charity which aims to end homelessness. He was part of a team of over 30 runners who between them raised £80,000, smashing their target for donations for Crisis.Grant’s fund has topped £3,000, but is still open for donations you would like to contribute, we’ll give you a namecheck and thank you in the next issue of The Negotiator. Grant’s effort was supported by many in the agency industry, such as Countrywide Residential Lettings, CPBigwood, Thomas Property Group, Ravensworth Print, Let Alliance, Pensord Press, Glide, The Inhouse Way, Homeflow and LWPR, Intermedia Brand Marketing, OnBoard Pro – as well as his family and friends, of course.It was Grant’s first attempt at a marathon and he finished in 3hr 49m, which was 10,638th out of 37,540 finishers! “A massive ‘thank you’ to those in the property industry who supported me in this – and of course, my friends and family,” said Grant. “It’s a crazy thing to put yourself through, and it was one of the most rewarding, exciting – and physically difficult days of my life. And for me, that’s it – a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience… maybe!”London Marathon 2015 Grant Leonard charity run Crisis May 1, 2015The 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 2021 Home » News » Marathon magic previous nextMarathon magicIt’s all over bar the stiff legs and blisters. A big thanks to those who supported The Negotiator’s London Marathon effort – over £3,000 raised for the charity Crisis.PROPERTYdrum1st May 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

No more Meat-Free Mondays at Wadham

first_imgThe Student Union at Wadham has voted to lobby college to abolish Meat-Free Mondays.Since 2010 only vegetarian dinners have been available in the Wadham dining hall on Monday evenings. This week the SU voted by a slender majority of 44 to 39 to withdraw their support.Wadhamite Tristan Dobson, who proposed the motion, explained to the SU that attempts to improve the standard of the college’s food had failed. He linked this to the high proportion of vegetarian meals in hall, emphasising that this was not just a “lad-attack” on Wadham.Dobson further argued that the supposed environmental benefit of Meat-Free Mondays was misleading. He suggested that vegetables were often sourced from providers further afield than meat suppliers.The motion also noted that other colleges, including Christ Church, New College and University College, had previously dropped similar policies.However other students described the motion as “vague” and suggested that the environmental concern was merely a “smokescreen.” Several students pointed out that Meat-Free Mondays only affected one meal each week. One student added, “Those in support of the motion did not give any evidence or statistics in their arguments, and they did not seem to have a problem with that.” They described the motion as a “farce.”Students supporting the motion asserted people’s rights to eat meat. One student objected, however, that meat was not a fundamental right as many universities do not even cater for their students.There was also anger that the Wadham football team mailing list had been used to encourage non-regular SU members to attend the meeting. This email stated, “Lads: TODAY AT 4 PM, I’m afraid to say, the vegan rainbow cake-loving wankers are gonna be out in force!! We need EVERYONE to come to the meeting today, as if it doesn’t pass now we’re gonna [be] stuck playing find-the-cashew-nut in our shit veggie meals every Monday!”One Wadham student responded, “It’s sad that Wadham’s reputation as a friendly college is being compromised. We’re known for being inclusive.” She interpreted the reference to “vegan rainbow cake-loving wankers” as a reference to one JCR member.English student Barbara Speed stated, “The whole thing seems to have been blown out of proportion – it should be about what the majority of students want to eat, not a war between two groups of students.”The Student Union Committee must now take the request to college staff, with whom the decision rests.last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: July 12

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends, Night in Venice is Saturday, and I hope you all get a chance to enjoy our 65th annual boat parade and the fireworks afterwards. I also want to urge all motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extreme caution on streets and sidewalks that are sure to be crowded. As always, the Ocean City Police Department will be highly visible along the parade route and streets surrounding the area. In addition, police will patrol the lagoons and surrounding streets during the day.In recent years, large groups have congregated in the lagoons on rafts and other floats during the hours leading up to the parade.  Residents and visitors in the area have advised police that the groups consist of many under the age of 21 drinking alcohol and trespassing on private property. Parents, guardians and homeowners will be held responsible for allowing underage drinking. Our police department shares the concerns of many that this increasingly popular activity creates an unsafe environment for all involved. Police are advising all residents and guests that there will be increased enforcement in the area during the day to curtail illegal activities, specifically underage drinking and adults with open containers of alcohol.Police have requested mutual aid from numerous law enforcement agencies in the area. That mutual aid will include numerous Police Marine Unit vessels and additional vehicle, bicycle and foot patrol officers patrolling the sidewalk and streets leading to the lagoons.  The administration will continue to compel our waste management contractor to catch up on trash and recycling pickup and to ensure that there are no further delays after the busy Night in Venice weekend. See more information in my mayor’s update from yesterday. I want to let everybody know in advance that Atlantic City Electric plans a load transfer that will lead to a service interruption up to 30 minutes long in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, July 17. The outage will occur sometime between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.If it rains the interruption would be pushed back to the same time the next day (July 18). It will affect homes and businesses in the downtown area between 8th Street and 11th Street, and at the very northern end of the island (see maps of the affected areas).  Warm regards, Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Bug Out As Mad Scientists In Video For New Single, “Cyboogie” [Watch]

first_imgAustralian psych-rock champions King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back with a new single which hears them going off in a new musical direction from the high-powered sound for which they’re typically known. The rock band, which released an impressive five full-length studio albums back in 2017, spent the last few days teasing the fact that new music would be arriving soon. They held true to their word on Thursday by sharing a strange but fun mix of high-energy new wave and 80’s electro-pop with their new single, “Cyboogie”.The single arrived first thing Thursday morning via Flightless Records, the same Melbourne, Australia-based indie label through which the band released Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of The Universe, Sketches of Brunswick East, Polygondwanaland, and Gumboot Soup in 2017.The musical makeup of “Cyboogie” pulls in a mix of different elements ranging from electro-funk to climactic prog-rock. There’s also the whole sci-fi element attached to the core theme of the song, marking a new creative direction which the band has not previously explored. To add to the weirdness already established by the song itself, the band also shared a new video directed by Jason Galea. The visual accompaniment to “Cyboogie” takes viewers into some kind of retro science lab where the members of the band, who look like they’re bugging out on a wild LSD trip, spend the 6:47-minute video losing their minds on all the equipment.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Cyboogie” – Official Video[Video: Flightless Records]“Cyboogie” is not available for streaming on Spotify or Apple Music, but fans can purchase a digital version of the new tune via their Bandcamp. The song will also be released as a physical 7″ single, which is scheduled to arrive for purchase this Friday, February 1st, at 9 a.m. The band did not state whether or not “Cyboogie” marks the start of a new album cycle, but considering their love for constantly releasing new music, fans should be optimistic that more freshly-baked tunes are on the way.King Gizzard hasn’t played a show since hosting their Gizzfest event in Melbourne back in early December of last year. The rock outfit currently doesn’t have any upcoming shows on their schedule, but if they are on the verge of launching into another album cycle, fans can likely hope to see them back on the road in America at some point this year.last_img read more

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to run for president

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a member of the Democratic party, announced in a video Wednesday morning that he is forming an exploratory committee as he considers running for president in the 2020 election. Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and won re-election in 2015. In December, he stated he would not seek a third term.“I belong to a generation that is stepping forward right now,” Buttigieg said in the video. “We’re the generation that lived through school shootings, that served in the wars after 9/11 and we’re the generation that stands to be the first to make less than our parents unless we do something different. We can’t just polish off a system so broken. It is a season for boldness and a focus on the future.”The announcement follows Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris’ decision to run for office Monday. Buttigieg, a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and former Rhodes Scholar, is the ninth Democrat to enter the race so far.During his time as South Bend’s mayor, Buttigieg has visited Notre Dame’s campus on multiple occasions, including to address the College Democrats and speak to classes about his work. Additionally, Buttigieg and the city of South Bend partnered with the University and the city of Elkhart to begin IDEA Week, an annual week-long event that, according to the event’s press release, “celebrates innovation, entrepreneurs and the incubation of new ideas.”If he wins the presidential race, Buttigieg would be the youngest elected president at the age of 38. He would also become the country’s first openly gay president.Buttigieg’s bid for the presidency follows a failed run in 2017 for Democratic National Committee chairman. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that he plans to make visits to Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks in preparation for the first primary caucuses in February of 2020.Tags: City of South Bend, Election 2020, Mayor Pete, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Politics, Presidential Election 2020last_img read more

Local officials, others, call on governor to preserve state Wildlife position

first_imgA group of municipal, regional and statewide planning and conservation organizations sent a letter to Governor Douglas this week urging him to reconsider a decision to eliminate a position with the Department of Fish & Wildlife responsible for overseeing the Department’s Community Wildlife Program.The letter (SEE BELOW), sent by 34 organizations of various sizes from across Vermont, says that that program has been “instrumental in building community-level public awareness, appreciation, and action for Vermont’s wildlife resources in recent years, and we fear this important progress will be lost if this position is eliminated.” The letter also notes that the position is funded by a combination of federal funds and hunting and fishing license sales, and therefore has no effect on the general fund budget.Dana Farley, President of the Vermont Planners Association, said the Community Wildlife Program “provides critical planning assistance to communities, and is one of the few technical assistance programs that has not been eliminated in recent years.”“In Vermont, most land use and development decisions are made at the municipal level, often by volunteer boards and commissions with limited technical resources,” Farley explained. “The state has basically given towns the responsibility to plan for and protect the state’s wildlife resources, but they are taking away the program needed for them to do that responsibly.”Wildlife biologist Jens Hilke currently staffs the position. The bulk of his work involves assisting municipal planning and conservation commissions to understand and integrate wildlife biology into local planning.The Town of Charlotte recently took advantage of assistance from the program to produce a significant wildlife habitat map and associated database. The map ranks which parts of town are most ecologically important, scoring lands based on how many of eight ecological principles a particular region represents. As part of that effort, Hilke gave presentations to the town to explain underlying scientific concepts and participated in the development of the mapping process.Robert Hyams, Chair of the Charlotte Conservation Commission, said the Hilke was “invaluable in bridging the gap between science-driven policy and implementation by municipalities. Jens has the skills to not only explain the science, but to understand and help articulate the sometimes-disparate motivations and concerns of stakeholders.  I have personally witnessed his ability to achieve consensus between parties who otherwise may not even enter the same room, much less sit down at the same table.”Caitrin Noel, Co-Chair of the Warren Conservation Commission, agreed with Hyams. “The Community Wildlife Program has helped build greater understanding and appreciation for wildlife and wildlife habitat in our community” she explained, “and is a key resource in an ongoing effort between all of the towns in the Mad River Valley to address habitat conservation on a regional basis. ““Wildlife and wildlife habitat don’t recognize town boundaries, and the Department of Fish & Wildlife plays an important role in bringing multiple towns together to coordinate planning and conservation activities,” Noel stated.The loss of this regional perspective is not only of concern to local planners and conservationists, but to state environmental advocates as well.”As Vermonters we cherish our outdoor heritage,” said George Gay of the National Wildlife Foundation’s regional office in Montpelier. He said the program “has engaged us like never before – town by town and neighbor by neighbor – in the growing movement to protect and enhance our fish and wildlife and their habitats. Continuation of this position is a responsible commitment to future generations.”Source: VNRC. 6.23.2010last_img read more

Slatyfork, Enduro, WVMBA, Poca Trails – Hard to get much better than that.

first_imgNow in our third year of hosting an enduro, we believe we are getting better – but come on over and race; don’t just take our word for it.  In true enduro fashion you get it all here where skills with fitness will rule.  New this year, we are adding Turkey Point / Turkey Point Connector as a stage. With this addition, you get a really fun transfer stage, vista point over Tea Creek / Red Run / Tea Creek Mountain, awesome downhill (rivals Tea Creek Mountain) and since we added a shuttle, about the same amount of climbing as past years.  But, we are getting ahead of ourselves. The race will start on Mine Road at the landing across from FR 844 (this is near the top, about a ¼  mile from Gauley Mountain Trailhead).  Racers Meeting at 8:30, start at 9:00.  From there a short warm up to Tea Creek Trail head and gentle climb to the start of Stage 1.  Though short, this stage is a blast, ¼ mile or so of rolling grade to the shelter and then turn it on – single track, natural berms, and root and rock stair steps to the finish.  That takes you to the Gauley Connector, a slight grade (old logging railroad) with more roots, rocks, and ancient RR ties onto Gauley Mountain Trail to the climb up Bear Pen. Stage 2 starts at the rock chair, a short climb above the shelter.  This stage is a bit longer – double track, baby rock garden to single track and then open it up on a skid grade, just over a mile of fun.  The climb up Boundary is next, pretty easy up to the final push up at the spruce thicket.  At the intersection, you jump on Turkey Point / Saddle Loop.  This is really fun, transfer rolls / flow / short downhill.Stage 3 starts with a bang – rock garden, short peddle to a left hand entry to an off camber skinny rock garden, then hang on for a mix of double track / single track rock and roll descent.  The stage stops short of Bannock Shoals which is the transfer to the Tea Creek Campground shuttle staging area. After a quick shuttle up the scenic highway to the Tea Creek Mountain Trailhead, there is a bit of a climb to the famous rock garden on Tea Creek Mountain – the start of Stage 4. This is the fitness stage – nail the rock garden, peddle some flow, and drop in.  Pick your line and it is not butter, but pretty smooth. One more climb on Tea Creek Mountain to the final stage (Stage 5) at the big boulder at the start of the final descent.  Pure single track, downhill delight.  Depending on how far back in the lineup you are, you will probably smell some hot brakes about midway down.  Just when the arm pump sets in, you get to the last 1/3, a bit more technical and just as steep, watch for the babyheads – they have teeth.  The finish is on the Williams River Trail.  Then a short peddle to the river – pick your wading line, we lost the bridge in the flood.  Shuttle back to the top (last shuttle at 4:00 pm).  Head through the field on Right Fork to the Connector (short, but a joy to ride) to Gauley to the landing. The schedule of events is here:  Poca Trails Slatyfork Enduro, registration is here: BikeReg.  Saturday should be a blast, casual shuttles, figuring out lines, kid’s race, games, food and beverage.Thanks to our sponsors, and a huge shout to the Monongahela National Forest for the special use permit and Snowshoe Mountain Resort for shuttle service. Also here are 2 statements that need to be included according to our Forest Service contact.  Approved non-discrimination statement:“Pocahontas Trails is an equal opportunity provider and employer.” Approved Forest Service affiliation statements:“Pocahontas Trails is a Permit Holder of the Monongahela National Forest.”“Operating under a Forest Service special use permit”last_img read more

Beware of these 6 data gaps in your lending

first_imgby: David GilbertManaging a loan portfolio is no easy task. To properly manage any loan portfolio in today’s economy, you need your data to be solid. Over the years, having worked with thousands of different data sets, we see the same issues occur over and over again. Here are 6 of the most common problems we see with guidance on how to avoid these headaches yourself.1. Not recording original collateral valueMany times when initiating a loan the loan officer fails to store the appraised value, or AVM, in the database. This is a common issue we see with many financial companies, which in turn affects their ability to get thorough analysis for loan portfolio analysis. Having the original value helps calculate migrations, values, probability of default and delinquency, and in calculating portfolio ratios. To fix this, make sure you have an original value field available to your loan officers in your L.O.S. and database. If you already have this field available, make sure you educate your lending staff to ensure this field does not get left blank.2. Failing to require senior lien balances for second position loansRaise your hand if it is a policy at your institution to always capture the balance, term, and rate of all senior liens at the application level of a second position loan. My guess is many of you put your hands down half way through the sentence. This is a complex problem that the industry at large is always trying to solve. Pulling this data from title liens or credit bureau are different methods to capture this value after the loan is made, however these methods are not always accurate. A better approach can easily be made by adjusting your processes on your front lines. Make sure you make senior lien information a requirement when your loan officers are taking any type of secondary loan application. Doing this will save you time, money, and make your analytics more accurate. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Just a friendly reminder that bribery is still illegal

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union bribery is illegal.Perhaps this is news to no one, but I was reminded of this recently when asked by a NAFCU-member whether a credit union employee could accept a monetary gift of thanks from a member.  While gifts of appreciation and other gratuities from members to credit union employees are, in most cases, innocent and well-intentioned, an employee’s receipt of such gifts can raise bribery concerns.Code of ConductNCUA has an old, but still effective, Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) from 1987 (See, IRPS 87-1) that provides guidance to federally insured credit unions with respect to the Bank Bribery Act. See, 18 U.S.C. §215.  Among other things, IRPS 87-1 “encourages federally-insured credit unions to adopt codes of conduct that describe the prohibitions of the bank bribery law” and recommends procedures to ensure compliance with the law.By way of brief background, the Bank Bribery Act generally prohibits a credit union “officer, director, employee, agent, or attorney ” from seeking or accepting anything of value, with the corrupt intent to be influenced or rewarded in connection with any business or transaction of the credit union. The law also prohibits anyone from offering or giving anything of value to a credit union officer, director, employee, agent, or attorney in connection with any business or transaction of the credit union, with the intent to corruptly influence or reward that person. continue reading »last_img read more

Bullying or be humble and kind

first_imgLast Tuesday I was driving to the airport to have lunch with two of my sons when this Tim McGraw song called Humble and Kind came on the radio. Normally I play music in the background, but I was compelled to listen to McGraw’s lyrics, and they were timely. Early that same morning I had an executive coaching call, and the client was in tears. She said her manager and peers were bullying her about her perspective on diversity. We worked through the challenge, and she left the call recentered with a declaration on how to move forward with dignity in interactions with her manager and coworkers.After I completed the call, my heart was troubled because there is bullying in my children’s’ schools, the workplace, in the news, and even on airplanes. It is important to me to guide and support children so they are kind; likewise it is equally important to me to help leaders create engaged, supportive, and equitable work cultures. In my deeply reflective space, I had questions: Where do we unintentionally bully? When are we so resolute in our perspective that we come across as a bully in the boardroom, team meeting, or performance review? Do we come across as a bully when we don’t get our way at work? How are we creating dignity for ourselves and others?There is a fine line between being a bully and being kind. McGraw says:“Hold the door say please say thank youDon’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lieI know you got mountains to climb butAlways stay humble and kindWhen the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to youWhen the work you put in is realizedLet yourself feel the pride butAlways stay humble and kind…Bitterness keeps you from flyingAlways stay humble and kind”The Workplace Bullying Institute reports that 72% of workplace bullies are bosses. Bullying in the workplace creates a hostile work environment, which is not helpful for a sustainable organization. I borrowed this list of workplace examples of bullying from The Balance.*● Denying an employee access to resources, assignments, projects, or opportunities● Little or no feedback on performance● Withholding information essential to performing one’s job● Failing to invite someone to an essential meeting● Threatening job loss● Excessive monitoring or micromanagement● Assigning tasks that cannot be completed by deadline and setting unrealistic and impossible goals● Interference or sabotage● Treating a worker differently than peers and coworkers are treated● Excessive, impossible, conflicting work expectations or demands● Inequitable and harsh treatment● Invalid or baseless criticism, faultfinding, and unwarranted blame● Accusatory or threatening statements● Humiliation, public reprimands, or obscene language* hope this blog helps each of us increase our sensitivity to workplace bullying, support corrective action, and be humble and kind. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Detailslast_img read more