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Rightmove sends out portal juggling reminder

first_imgHome » News » Rightmove sends out portal juggling reminder previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove sends out portal juggling reminderEmail out this morning is sign portal is starting to take listing abuse seriouslyNigel Lewis17th February 201701,257 Views Rightmove has sent out a reminder to agents reiterating the 14-week rule it introduced in December last year to combat portal juggling by sales agents.The email (see right) reveals a little more about how Rightmove’s policing system works.It highlights how properties that are re-listed during the 14-week period will not change their date or be sent out in property alerts.Rightmove now has what it calls a ‘growing team’ of tech experts and new software trawling its listing for errant listings, and also recently held a meeting with leading anti-portal juggling campaigner and former Jupix boss Robert May, who has built a software suite that can spot errant agents when they ‘play’ the listings game.“When you’ve got 25,000 [listings] movements a day on a portal like Rightmove then it’s always going to be a challenge for them to see what’s going on and police it,” says Robert.He says the techniques that some surprisingly well-known names in the industry use to juggle their listings is getting ever more sophisticated, including ‘zombie listings’ when previously sold properties are re-listed as ‘SSTC’ and ‘bat out of hell’ listings where properties are listed overnight and then withdrawn in the morning.Last year Rightmove said it removed half a million ‘out of date’ properties and fielded 2,500 calls from agents and consumers about suspect listings.Rightmove has a strict policing system in force for other types of listings abuse. Agents are let off the first time they are caught misrepresenting their listings on the site, but if caught a second time their properties are hidden from public view until the problem is rectified.If discovered a third time their properties are removed from Rightmove’s listings for at least 24 hours.The site says it polices four behaviours: listing a single property several times (a form of portal juggling); not changing a property’s status in time; not removing sold or let properties; and using the ‘images’ section as a marketing platform.Rightmove ‘portal juggling’ February 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

The Cold War observed

first_imgThe life of Mark Field ’48, Ph.D. ’55, may not be the stuff of thrillers, but it opens a window onto the tragedy of 20th century wars and the U.S.-Soviet Cold War that persisted for nearly half a century.When World War I broke out, Field’s Russian-born parents were trapped in Switzerland. The family was prosperous but remained stateless, and slipped out of Europe for America in 1940.Today Field is a renowned authority on medical sociology and Soviet-era health systems who has nearly seven decades of affiliation with Harvard. He shared a few stories on Dec. 14 during his last seminar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, with which he has been associated for 61 years. He moves to Washington, D.C., in January.His family stories reach back to czarist Russia, swirl through both world wars, touch on the ruins of 1945 Germany, glimpse the early days of the Cold War, and recall a vanished, patrician Harvard. (He arrived at Harvard College in 1942.)But Field’s final seminar also included an announcement: A small group of anonymous donors has made a gift to Harvard that will support the Mark G. Field Discretionary Fund for Research in the Social Sciences at the Davis Center. The coming donation is “very generous,” according to officials at Harvard University Alumni Affairs and Development.The Davis Center’s acting director, Terry D. Martin, introducing the seminar in a concourse-level room at 1730 Cambridge St., called Field “very much the heart and soul” of the center.Field, now 86, stood at the head of a round table, where about 20 friends and colleagues had gathered. Calm and matter-of-fact, he began simply: “This is supposed to be the story of my life.”Field related the story of his family’s start in the port city of Odessa, his mother’s eyewitness account of a pogrom (she saw children thrown out windows), their exile in Switzerland (where Field was born in 1923), and their existence there as stateless Russian immigrants. “We had no country,” said Field, and only Nansen passports issued by the League of Nations.In January 1940, the family boarded a ship in Milan for a life-saving journey to the United States. “Fortunately, and I will bless him forever, Mr. [Italian leader Benito] Mussolini was still neutral,” said Field.In high school in Jackson Heights, Queens, “there were many children of Europe,” he said. The young immigrant was impressed by the quality of the teaching — “much, much better” than in Switzerland, said Field, where rote learning was still the order of the day.After a year at remote Hamilton College, “in 1942, I came to this great place,” Field said of Harvard. Still more comfortable in French than any other language, he studied Russian with Professor Samuel Cross, who had been an interpreter at the Versailles peace talks in 1919 and reportedly knew 12 languages.Drafted in 1944, Field was assigned to a special unit schooled in Soviet military lore and designed to communicate with Soviet troops. His stateside teachers included former czarist officers who still wore Russian military decorations from World War I.Field arrived in Germany the next year, just before World War II ended in Europe. On May 8, 1945, the day of the German surrender, he was at Gen. George Patton’s Third Army headquarters in Regensburg on the Danube River. Rumors were still rife that the Nazis would fight on, which was on Field’s mind while swimming one day. A German man approached in a rowboat and displayed a Panzerfaust, a bazookalike anti-tank weapon. Fortunately, the man just wanted to surrender it.By 1946, Field was a corporal stationed in a military occupation zone in Hof, Germany. It was the eve of the Cold War, and the Americans shared an uneasy border with Soviet troops, their earlier allies.The duty brought him into contact with trainloads of so-called Vlasovites, Russians who donned German uniforms to fight Soviet troops. They were being shipped East for execution or imprisonment. Field also encountered then what he called a Soviet “obsession” with repatriation of its citizens, Russians and others who were seldom willing to go back to the Rodina, the motherland.“They did not want to leave anybody back there in Europe,” he said of the Soviets, who firmly believed the West was a source of political contamination, an attitude that prefigured the deep chill of the Cold War.Repatriation was not just for the living. One winter day early in 1946, Field was called to a farmhouse to help repatriate the body of a Soviet soldier. The man had been about his age, 21. He had committed suicide by placing a submachine gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger.Outside the farmhouse, the soldier lay sprawled in blood-red snow. A Soviet officer stood over him and exclaimed, “Durak,” “idiot” in Russian. The body was wrapped in a gray tarpaulin, bundled onto a handcart, and wheeled away by a German policeman.At the scene, Field helped to interview a German farm girl. The Soviet soldier had visited the farmhouse to buy butter, milk, and eggs, she said. When he realized his errand into American territory would send him to Siberia for 25 years, the soldier despaired. He took off his wide leather army belt and carved his name and birth date on it, along with the name of a sister in Poltava, Ukraine. Then he stepped outside to end his life.A few months later, Field’s Jeep skidded off a German road and hit a tree. “The Jeep stopped,” he said, “and I didn’t.” In a body cast, Field was shipped back to the United States, where after eight months in a hospital he resumed his undergraduate studies.By Feb. 1, 1948, just after getting his bachelor’s degree, Field took a job for $175 a month as a research assistant at what then was the Russian Research Center. It had just opened its doors in a sprawling frame house on the site of what is now Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum.The center’s small staff had a mission: to unlock the puzzle of the Russian people. In those days, the emerging Cold War was accompanied by a “general bafflement” over Soviet and Russian culture, said Field in an earlier speech, and the subject was “poorly served by clichés from the extreme right and the extreme left.”Over the years, Field told the recent gathering, the center has taken criticism from both sides of the political aisle. In the early years, with a sign that included the inflammatory word “Russian,” the center’s windows were regularly broken. In the late 1960s, the center came under fire from leftists, who condemned it as an instrument of U.S. imperialism. “We should have stuck to Victorian poetry,” said Field.He took the two-sided criticism in the same way he took criticism of his first book, “Doctor and Patient in Soviet Russia” (1957), which drew fire from both American physicians and Soviet health authorities. “So I feel good,” Field said earlier, “about having antagonized both sides.”One of the earliest projects at the new Russian Research Center was a massive effort to interview displaced Soviet citizens who took refuge in Europe, which became the Project on the Soviet Social System that provided the grist for Field’s doctoral work.He was interested in the evolution of the Soviet medical system in part because of its links to a tightening of labor discipline during Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s rule, a code of work conduct so strict that being more than 20 minutes late could result in a court trial and a loss of 25 percent of pay for six months.“Doctors,” he told the seminar audience, “became instruments of the state” who embraced their jobs like bureaucrats with strict hours, regardless of patient needs, and who later cooperated in the medicalization of political dissent.In 1956, Field made his first trip to the land of his parents’ birth, which had loosened restrictions on visitors in the years following Stalin’s death in 1953. With him was a young Harvard professor named Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was later the chief foreign policy adviser to the Carter White House.They supplemented the earlier citizen interviews, spurring conversations by pretending not to have matches to light their cigarettes. Questions poured out of the Soviets, said Field, along with wonderment that American workers could afford to buy cars and houses.Over the years, Field collected Soviet-era jokes, the self-deprecating, ironic, and slightly subversive stories told by everyday citizens. He prefers the term “anecdote,” said Field, who once wrote an essay called “The Anecdote as Antidote.”Field was offered a book contract on the subject, he said, but “I did not want to go down in history as the guy who wrote the joke book.”Nevertheless, Field told a few “anecdotes,” proof that humor survives the grimmest circumstances.One was about the Soviet man who came back week after week to apply for a visa to go to Paris. Finally the clerk said, “Come back in five years.”“In the morning or afternoon?” the man asked.“What does it matter?” the clerk replied.“Because,” answered the man, “the plumber comes in the morning.”last_img read more

Smacking high on parents’ discipline hit list (Aust)

first_imgThe Courier Mail 12 February 2017Family First Comment: Contrary to what these so-called ‘experts’ say, parents use smacking sparingly because … it works! And it always has. These experts will never succeed with their ideology because we have all experienced smacking ourselves and in most cases, it was warranted and it worked. EVERY parenting technique has some negatives and can be abused. These ‘experts’ should be focusing on the TYPE of parent, rather than this ideological focus on ‘positive’ parenting, which nobody can define.A MAJORITY of Queensland parents are resorting to smacking to discipline their children, according to a new parenting survey to be released today.While only 5 per cent of mums and dads say they hit their kids often, 54 per cent admit they sometimes smack their children to control their behaviour.The findings are contained in the Triple P Queensland parenting survey, which provides a broad snapshot of the issues faced by parents across the state.The Triple P survey found 94 per cent of parents confiscate toys or a device when they are disciplining a child, while 85 per cent admit they yell at their children.Triple P founder Matt Sanders said when parents participated in parenting programs they learnt there were much more effective disciplinary alternatives to smacking.“If parents get angry and frustrated and find themselves lashing out and hitting kids, generally that backfires,” Professor Sanders said. “Positive parenting solutions try to calm down a situation,” he said.“You don’t want to be adding fuel to the fire when kids are already upset and not getting their way.”READ MORE: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/smacking-high-on-parents-discipline-hit-list/news-story/e5b8450596a120a94182cc89e62a42aclast_img read more

Man convicted of aggravated burglary has his sentence reduced by one year

first_img Share 32 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Man convicted of aggravated burglary has his sentence reduced by one year by: – November 9, 2011center_img Share Share Court gavel. Image via: kirtok.comRichardson Seaman who pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary had his sentence reduced by one year when he appeared before the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s sitting in Dominica on Tuesday. On the 7th of January, 2007 Richardson Seaman who was thirty-six years old at the time of the incident along with Larry Henderson Harney thirty-one (31) years old and Shane Graham eighteen (18) years old, entered the home of Mr and Mrs Laurier; owners of a supermarket in Portsmouth, and robbed them of $21, 000.00 with a 12 gauge shot gun.According to the facts; Seaman was the mastermind in the perpetration of the offense as in his statement to the police he said that; “I was the one with the gun, I told them [Mr & Mrs Laurier] to lie down and I asked them [the other accuseds] to cover them”. The accused all pleaded guilty to the offence however Richardson Seaman received a seven year sentence on the 12th of November, 2008 an offence which carries the maximum penalty of fourteen (14) years imprisonment, while his companions received five year sentences each.Seaman, through his attorney David Bruney appealed against the sentence claiming that the punishment is excessive.Mr Bruney in making a plea for his client told the appeals justices that his client is a rehabilitated person and he does not think that this incident will repeat itself as it was like a lightning bolt in Seaman’s life. He further pleaded by stating that “everybody deserves a second chance”, that his client received a stiffer punishment than his companions who received five year prison terms, that he has a wife and is the father of two children who are presently in school.Richardson Seaman also apologized to the Complainants, his “loving family” and the Court for his actions and stated that he is one of the cooks for the entire population at the State Prison – a role which he says is a trusted one.He further stated; “I believe that I am fully rehabilitated, I am respectfully asking for some mercy”.However, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina, “the Appellant could fairly have received a sentence of ten (10) years imprisonment” as it does not appear that the trial judge considered all the aggravating circumstances. The aggravating circumstances Mr Pestaina explained are that Richardson “had owned and had driven a vehicle to effect the crime; that he influenced an eighteen (18) year old, namely Shane Graham, to commit a crime of this nature; that he was masked; that the offence was committed during the night, after a hard day’s work by the Complainants; that he had ordered the co-accuseds to tie up the Complainants, which they actually did; that the Appellant had assaulted Mrs Laurier by knocking her head to the floor; that the Police had recovered one 12 gauge shot gun at the home of the Appellant; that the Appellant had caused malicious damage to the door of the Complainants’ home; and that the Complainants were traumatized by the Appellant”.Mr Pestaina further noted that Seaman was not charged for the possession of the 12 gauge shot gun; an offence which carries a fine of $6000.00 and a two (2) year prison term.Justice Hugh Rawlins before rendering the decision noted the Court’s concern with the nature of the crime committed, the use of a gun, use of masks and concerned that there was a younger person under Seaman’s direction.Justice Rawlins further explained to Seaman that he was obviously the ring leader hence the reason why the other two accuseds received five (5) years imprisonment while he received seven (7) years and that the Court is interested in persons involvement in creating enterprises and not those which violate the rule of law.Justice Rawlins noted, “there is some hope and promise for you and to offer some encouragement” therefore his sentence was reduced by one year, as he said “we can only offer you one year, your sentence must be more than the others”.Richardson Seaman has already served three years and four months out of his prison sentence, and will now leave one year earlier in 2013 instead of 2014.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Quilters display their work in Greensburg

first_imgExample of a “Fractured Quilt”Greensburg, In. — The Art on the Square Gallery and the Decatur County Arts Connection presents the display, “Quilted” through the end of February. All the works have been produced by the Tree City Quilt Club.The public is invited to a free “Second Friday” Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Gallery, February 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.The show includes exceptional and imaginative examples of Fine Arts Quilting using original patterns of hand and machine quilting, appliqué, hand dyed fabrics, embroidery, and other intricate techniques. The show has been organized by Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, and Margaret Parker.  “Of special new interest this year are fractured quilts made by the Club members dividing themselves into groups of 4 or 5 with each group taking one original drawing and crafting it using their own fabric choices.  The quilters then met again, cut up the quilts into pieces, mixed up the pieces and sewed them back together!  The result is what is called a “fractured quilt”, said Nancy Derheimer, quilter.Featured Artists include, JoAnn Baldwin, Dottie Bilbrey, Rose M. Colllins, Kathy Denny, Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, Rita Hellmich, Donna Hermesch, Nancy King, Sue Koors, Janet Meyer, Alice Rust, Jean Schoettmer, Jean Shultz, Jan Wantz, Susan Wilson, and Alice Woodhull.  Most of whom created the iconic and exquisite “Decatur County Barn Quilt”, a special Indiana Bicentennial offering that is on permanent display at the Decatur County courthouse.The ongoing “Gallery Night Out” painting opportunities are held each month.  The public is invited to bring family and friends of all ages and abilities to a fun evening at the Gallery on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are encourage to bring their favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during the evening. “We will be creating in easy acrylic painting and techniques either “Happy Snowman” or “Cardinal on a “Winter Branch”, said Judy Glore, instructor and President of the Decatur County Arts Connection.  “No prior painting experience is needed and all supplies and professional instruction will be provided for a $25 fee and you leave the evening with a finished painting.”, said Margaret Parker, instructor and officer of the Decatur County Arts Connection. Register by calling 812-663-8430 and indicate the Snowman or Cardinal.  Sample paintings are on display in the Gallery window or on the Facebook page ‘Art on the Square Gallery” or the website.   Other times, dates, and subjects can be arranged for small groups for the Gallery Night Out classes.Art On The Square Gallery is located at 114 E. Washington Street in Greensburg on the North Side of the Town Square with regular gallery hours, Wednesday to Friday from 11 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M., to 2:00 P.M., closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Exhibits will be on display throughout the year with monthly special shows. For more information call 812-663-8600.Art on the Square Gallery is a subsidiary of Decatur County Arts Connection, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting arts events and activities through creation, exhibits, and education for the community’s enjoyment and growth. Become a financial supporter or the arts events sponsored by the Gallery by joining us as a Patron. Forms will be available and donations are tax deductible. “Supporting the Decatur County Arts Connection and the Art on the Square Fine Arts Gallery and their programs financially will ensure that the arts stay strong in our community.  The Gallery has been serving the community for almost 10 years and looks to expand its programming opportunities in the future with your support”, expressed Fred Craig, local fine arts photographer and VP of the DCAC..Our catch phrase is: Express yourself through Art.last_img read more

Spanish freetoair broadcaster TV3 – Televisió de

first_imgSpanish free-to-air broadcaster TV3 – Televisió de Catalunya has launched a service on Google TV, making it available to users of Google’s smart TV application. 
Viewers can download an app and access a range of TV3 content on-demand as well as a live feed of the channel via Google TV. 
The broadcaster said that the launch on Google’s interactive TV service coincides with its channel no longer being distributed by satellite.last_img

Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike Update

In this Sept. 12, 2017, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, shows new Apple Watch Series 3 product at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. Cook is leaving shareholders in suspense about whether the iPhone maker will use its windfall from a tax cut on overseas profits for a big boost to its quarterly dividend. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Apple’s next big thing will likely be a large dividend increase financed by a tax cut on its overseas profits, but the famously secretive company isn’t giving any clues about how big it might be. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike (Update) (2018, February 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-apple-ceo-investors-dangling-future.html Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. CEO Tim Cook had an opportunity to address the issue Tuesday at Apple’s annual meeting, when a shareholder asked if the iPhone maker might double its current quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share.Not surprisingly, Cook dodged the question, rising from his seat because he said it suddenly felt “a little hot.” He all but guaranteed that Apple’s board will raise the dividend in April, as it has done each year since the company reinstated the shareholder payments in 2012. But didn’t giving any other specifics.Apple’s annual dividend increases have ranged from 8 to 15 percent since the payment was reinstated at a split-adjusted 38 cents per share nearly six years ago.Cook dismissed the possibility of a one-time payment known as a special dividend, saying he didn’t think that form of distribution “really helps the company or shareholders.”Before fielding eight shareholder questions during the 75-minute meeting, Cook also disclosed that Apple’s music streaming service now has 36 million subscribers as it nears the third anniversary of its debut. Spotify, the music streaming pioneer that Apple is trying to upstage, has more than 70 million subscribers.Apple is hoping to gain more ground on Spotify with an internet-connected speaker called the HomePod. The device is being touted as a high-fidelity speaker that can also serve as a digital disc jockey that learns listeners’ tastes so it can automatically play songs that they will like from Apple’s vast music-streaming library.Investors have been anticipating a substantial increase in Apple’s dividend since the company announced plans to take advantage of a temporary tax break championed by President Donald Trump to bring an estimated $245 billion in overseas cash back to the U.S. That represents most of the $285 billion in cash that Apple held at the end of last year.The hopes for a large dividend increase and a coinciding commitment to buy back large amounts of Apple stock has helped buoy the company’s shares. That despite a disappointing revenue forecast for the current quarter ending in March that stoked concerns about waning demand for the company’s marquee product, the iPhone X.None of the shareholders at the meeting pressed Cook about how the iPhone X is faring or about Apple’s handling of software updates that secretly slowed down older iPhones, triggering customer complaints and government inquiries inside and outside the U.S.The sweeping tax reforms passed by Congress in late December included a provision lowering the rate on companies’ overseas cash to 15.5 percent, below the 21 percent paid on profits made in the U.S. Before those changes, corporate profits held outside the U.S. were taxed at a 35 percent rate when brought back into the country—a levy that prompted Apple and other major tech companies such as Microsoft and Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., to amass huge sums of money in overseas accounts.Cook defended Apple when queried by a shareholder who wondered why a company that generated a $48 billion profit in its last fiscal year should benefit from reforms that some have derided as corporate welfare.He said the previous system was unfair because it imposed unreasonably high tax rates on overseas profits after Apple had already paid taxes on the money to foreign governments. If the rate on overseas profits had remained unchanged, Cook said Apple and other U.S. companies would have left the money sitting in foreign accounts.”This was so bad for America,” he said.Prodded by the lower rate on foreign profits, Apple will pay a $38 billion on its repatriated cash and use some of the money to hire 20,000 more U.S. workers and build a second corporate campus in the country to supplement its sprawling headquarters in Cupertino, California.”We are saying we would like to pay (the tax) and for paying we would like to use the residual profits to invest in this country,” Cook said. IBM boosting quarterly dividend by 16 percent read more