BREAKING: Lettings sector supplier Barbon is snapped up by insurance giant PIB

first_imgLettings industry services and insurance provider Barbon has been bought by intermediary giant PIB, triggering the appointment of Andy Halstead as its new CEO.Barbon operates several of the industry’s leading referencing and insurance brands including HomeLet, Let Alliance and Rentshield Direct.A year ago Barbon merged with Let Alliance, whose CEO had been Andy Halstead, but who now takes over the wider business after Martin Totty announced he is to step down after seven years at Barbon’s helm.“This is an exciting step in Barbon’s journey, and I feel this is the right time to hand over the baton to Andy and enable the business to benefit from new leadership,” says Totty (above, right).“I’m delighted that Barbon’s merger with Let Alliance a year ago created an opportunity to plan leadership succession from within and ensure a seamless handover.New role“Andy brings enormous experience and expertise from his career in the lettings industry and a business-building track record evidenced by what he and his team have created at Let Alliance over the past ten years. I wish Andy all the best in his new role.”PIB launched in 2015 and has grown into an insurance intermediary giant largely through acquisition.A key benefit for lettings agency customers will include having access to many more products and services such as commercial, PI and fleet insurance as well as Barbon’s market-leading products.At the same time, PIB’s underwriting capability will enable Barbon to develop new products for their business and their customers.“I would like to thank Martin for all his support while we have been working hard together behind the scenes to prepare for this transition,” says Halstead (above, left).Rentshield Direct Martin Totty HomeLet Let Alliance Andy Halstead December 2, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » BREAKING: Lettings sector supplier Barbon is snapped up by insurance giant PIB previous nextProducts & ServicesBREAKING: Lettings sector supplier Barbon is snapped up by insurance giant PIBBarbon, which last year merged with Let Alliance, has appointed Andy Halstead as its new CEO following its acquisition by PIB.Nigel Lewis2nd December 202001,238 Viewslast_img read more

Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Calendar of Events

first_imgTuesday,February 28thFundraiserTBDJonathan Weaver for City Council Annual Mardi-Gras FundraiserLocation: TBD Saturday,March 4thElectionTBDVanderburgh County Democratic Party Central Committee ElectionsLocation: TBD Tuesday,Ferbruary 7thForum6:00 PM – 8:00 PMChair Chat Forum with State Chairman John ZodyLocation: Central Labor Council – 310 SE 8th. Street – Evansville, INCome to talk about the future of the Indiana Democratic Party! Thankful to our friends in organized labor for opening up their place for this forum. Indiana Democrats and their ideas are welcome! Below is the latest edition of upcoming events. We are adding new events weekly, so please make sure to take a moment to mark your calendars! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

IS IT TRUE MAY 30, 2017

first_img IS IT TRUE that the Lincoln Estates complex had 112 residential living units when the new owners picked it up from a bank that had repossessed it?…the reported sale price of around $2.6 million works out to $23,000 per unit which is a heck of a lot cheaper than the $240,000 per unit that the government paid to turn the old safe house into apartments?…there must be a reason that the Lincoln Estates complex was recorded as a “zero dollar” transfer back in 1999?… If government protocol was used in the construction the taxpayers may well have paid today’s equivalent of over $200,000 per unit or more than $20 million to build the place?…there would have plenty of pork to feed plenty of cronies well on such a job?…the reality of what Lincoln Estates is worth in the real world is the $23,000 per unit that the new owners just paid?…at a comparable cap rate of 8 percent and a scheduled rent of $900 per month per apartment, the new value of Lincoln Estates will likely exceed $10 Million, proving that private money is smart money and government money is just plain dumb?IS IT TRUE that the saga of the Lincoln Estates affordable housing project is unfolding daily and the rats are scattering from the ship as reality is being exposed?…one reality that has come forward is that the complex was built using tax credits that were available back in 1999 when it was built?…we will assume that the construction company made a hefty return at the expense of the taxpayers and that the workers were paid according to the inflated government scale commonly known as “prevailing wages”?…it is likely that both the workers and the company were winners in this well subsidized project and the taxpayers lost?IS IT TRUE that the daily management of the Lincoln Estates project was carried out by the Evansville Housing Authority  after opening with smiling politicians mugging for the camera?…there were many tenants admitted to the apartments and the lion’s share of them were subsidized by the taxpayers?…even with guaranteed rent payments courtesy of the taxpayers, the complex always came up short financially?…eventually the complex failed and was repossessed by the bank that held the note?…we find it extremely interesting that the Evansville Housing Authority wanted to buy it from the bank after managing it into the ground years before but the bank was not interested in their low ball offer?IS IT TRUE that today a new owner that is very hard to pin down has the deed may be converting this property into market rate properties?…after 18 years, many taxpayer dollars down the drain, countless tenant inflicted damages, and egg on many faces, Lincoln Estates is now in private a developers hands?…that so far the only winners are the people who got subsidized rent for all of these years and the original construction group?IS IT TRUE that the question arises as to what the prospects for success for the new owners will be?…Lincoln Estates sits on the edge of downtown Evansville which is well poised to absorb this number of residential units due to the handful of medical students who will soon be studying in downtown Evansville?…one of the demographic statistics that has limited the ability of downtown Evansville to attract basic things like a grocery store, a pharmacy, or even a gas station has been the fact that there are not enough people with disposable income living there?  …if the new owners adopt a new business plan to keep subsidized tenants out and charge market rates like the McCurdy is to the new tenants, they are very likely to have a profitable future?IS IT TRUE that many people are blaming the new owners for the misfortune of relocation that is being suffered by the former tenants?…in reality, the blame for the failure of Lincoln Estates lies squarely on the backs of the Evansville Housing Authority and the other un-named stakeholder who failed to manage a Section 8 housing project in at least a break even way?IS IT TRUE we wonder why Mayor Winnecke decided to sell the once not-for-profit Evansville Housing Authority to a group of for profit business people?  …we wonder how money did the business investors pay the city to acquire the assets of the not-for-profit Evansville Housing Authority?  …we wonder what city account was this money deposited in?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you would like to know who were the owners of Lincoln Estates before Bayview Loaning Service LLC took over the ownership of this property in 2016?IS IT TRUE the real question is now, “which public housing complex located in Evansville will be the next to fail?”Todays “Readers Poll” questions is: Would you like to know who were the owners of Lincoln Estates before Bayview Loaning Service LLC took over the ownership of this property in 2016?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Don’t just stand there

first_imgFacilitate conversation, but don’t dictate. If your colleagues are at an impasse over a touchy issue, ask clarifying questions, paraphrase them respectfully, and ask for help from a third party if necessary. Don’t gang up.While the workshop’s core examples addressed gender and race, attendee Joseph Powers, director of group therapy at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, said bystander mediation skills have much broader applications.“I listen to patients all the time who are concerned about bias and prejudice toward people with psychiatric illnesses,” Powers said. “I wanted to learn some strategies to counter the bystander effect, skills that I could teach them. I think I got some good ideas.” Include someone who is being ignored. Introduce the person by name, and use welcoming body language and conversational segues to bring the person into the dialogue. Like most city dwellers, Robin Parker is used to uncomfortable public moments. “Riding back and forth on the T, I see a lot of things,” she said.But one recent evening, her attention was drawn to a group of teenage boys in prep-school khakis and their loud, crude insults about women and African Americans. Unsure whether to speak up, she finally targeted the most vulnerable-looking boy. “You’re too handsome to be talking like this on the train,” she told him.“They dropped their heads, stopped the conversation, and apologized,” said Parker, manager of Harvard’s Events and Information Center. Before she got off the train, a white man approached and thanked her, a black woman, for saying what he couldn’t.As Parker relayed her story in the Barker Center, a hush fell over the crowd. It was the end of a Dec. 7 workshop on bystander awareness, and many participants had confessed how helpless they often feel in such situations.“It’s about being able to bring the unspoken into a moment comfortably,” Parker said. But not everyone manages to be so gracious — or effective — when countering behaviors or remarks that touch on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality in the workplace. Everyone has a story of, say, a female team member being ignored at a big presentation, a co-worker unknowingly using a racially charged figure of speech, or a minority colleague being mistaken for waitstaff at a networking reception.But in the moment, employees often clam up out of embarrassment, confusion, self-doubt, or other reasons. In the process, they miss opportunities to show solidarity and reinforce diversity as one of Harvard’s key values, said workshop co-leader Maureen Scully, assistant professor of management at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.That hesitancy can be overcome with the proper awareness and practice, said her fellow presenter Stacy Blake-Beard, associate professor of management at Simmons College.“It’s like CPR training,” Blake-Beard said. “By practicing it, it becomes instinct.”The session was part of the Diversity Dialogue series hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Human Resources Diversity Initiative. The workshop drew participants from Schools and departments ranging from the Harvard University Police Department to Hospitality and Dining Services.As small groups acted out bystander responses to various scenarios, Blake-Beard and Scully emphasized how critical bystander support has become in increasingly diverse universities and businesses.“Now more than ever, as we are collaborating and competing with people who are so different from us … we need to know how to leverage differences,” Blake-Beard said.Some simple bystander strategies they suggested include:Reset the situation. Draw attention to a slight or inappropriate remark by using humor, calling for an end to the conversation, or merely saying, “Ouch.”last_img read more

Brenner awarded Ledlie Prize

first_imgMichael Brenner, Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded the George Ledlie Prize by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.Brenner, who received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1994 and came to Harvard in 2001 after six years as a faculty member in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was praised for his creative research and his dedication to teaching and learning.“He is richly deserving of this award, not only for his stellar research on the application of mathematics to a wide range of problems in science and engineering, but also for the equally compelling way he infuses his love for the subject to his work as a remarkable teacher and mentor,” said Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy at SEAS and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.Over the past 10 years, Brenner’s research has focused primarily on theoretical modeling in physical sciences and engineering. Problems he has tackled include the breaking of fluid droplets, sonoluminescence (the production of light from very high-pressure gas bubbles in liquid), the sedimentation of small particles, and electrospinning (a materials technique for producing small fibers).Recently, Brenner has branched into an even broader spectrum of fields, from atmospheric chemistry (developing algorithms to accelerate simulations of global pollution) to materials science (understanding the limitations of self-assembly and pattern formation) and physiology (exploring voltage-gated ion channels and hemoglobin). With support from the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard, he has also explored how to limit the growth of biofilms and even used “simple math” to explain dramatic beak shape variation in Darwin’s finches.Brenner has been lauded for his teaching and mentorship several times before. He was named a Harvard College Professor in 2010, and in 2009 was given the inaugural Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising at SEAS. He has been particularly instrumental in exposing undergraduates to the joys of applied mathematics through the course Applied Mathematics 50, in which he invites students to use unorthodox problems — such as the reproductive dilemma of humble fungi — as material for quantitative investigation.Grace Tiao ’08, in a profile of Brenner, wrote: “His lectures, in fact, resemble in pace and execution the projectile motion of flying spores. When he speaks about his favorite subject — interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving — his sentences pop and plunge. Brenner has a habit of stopping mid-predicate to allow the next thought to hurtle into the air.”He was also a driving force behind the wildly popular “Science and Cooking” General Education course at Harvard College, which he co-taught this year with SEAS colleague David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, and a team of world-renowned chefs, instructors, and teaching fellows.“Michael has been a constant positive force for quantitative thinking — not simply limited to particular classes, but infused throughout the College curriculum,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of physics. “His ultimate goal is nothing less than repositioning applied mathematics as a way of thinking and transforming the concentration into a quantitative liberal arts degree. He makes applied mathematics inviting, engaging, and, for lack of a better word, hip.”As area dean for applied mathematics at SEAS, Brenner is working with Murray to radically overhaul and enhance the undergraduate and graduate curricula and to improve advising. Moreover, he is engaged with many of the key aspects of running the school, from student and faculty recruitment to student affairs to communications.In the words of Margaret Meaney, a graduate academic programs administrator at SEAS, “He is sympathetic to the work that staff do to support teaching efforts. He always gives praise for work that often goes unnoticed and always treats everyone as his equal.”The Ledlie Prize is awarded no more than once every two years to someone affiliated with the University who “since the last awarding of said prize has by research, discovery, or otherwise made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind.” Robert B. Woodward, the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry, was the first recipient in 1955. Other winners have included Judah Folkman, the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery; Douglas Melton, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences; Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics; and most recently, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Lene Hau, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics.last_img read more

Celia Keenan-Bolger & John Ellison Conlee Welcome Baby Boy!

first_imgCelia Keenan-Bolger and her hubby John Ellison Conlee have welcomed their little bundle of joy to the world! The three-time Tony nominee wrote on her Instagram: “William Emmet Conlee was born 4/29 at 10:21am. 8lbs 2oz and 20 3/4in. We are IN LOVE.”The Mommy-to-be had previously revealed to Broadway.com that the baby was due on April 28, they didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl and that he or she would take the surname Conlee.Keenan-Bolger received Tony nods for The Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has also been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables. Conlee was nominated for a Tony for The Full Monty; additional Broadway credits include The Constant Gardner and 1776. View Commentslast_img read more

Broome County Sheriff releases photos of Speedway robbery suspect

first_img4:10 P.M. UPDATE: The sheriff’s office says no injuries were reported in the incident. 9:44 A.M. UPDATE: PHOTO CREDIT: Broome County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers say New York State Police and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, and that the Sheriff’s office is leading the case. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect involved in an attempted robbery at Speedway in the town of Union fled the scene. No other arrests have been made, they say. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office has released the following photos of the suspect from a robbery that occurred at Speedway Friday morning. —– Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact detectives at 607-778-2334. The sheriff’s office describes the suspect to be a white male and five feet eight inches or five feet nine inches tall. They say he is wearing black pants, black shoes and a black hoodie with white stripes on each sleeves. —– This is a developing story, stay with 12 News for updates. They say deputies were dispatched to the scene at 2:18 a.m. Dispatch says the person who attempted the robbery threatened another person with a knife. PHOTO CREDIT: Broome County Sheriff’s Office TOWN OF UNION (WBNG)- According to Broome County Dispatch, a person attempted to rob the Speedway in West Corners early Friday morning.last_img read more

Manuel Lanzini claims West Ham star can become even better than Javier Mascherano

first_imgManuel Lanzini claims West Ham star can become even better than Javier Mascherano Comment Advertisement Advertisement Javier Mascherano had a short-lived stint with West Ham earlier in his career (Getty Images)Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Lanzini said: ‘Declan, for me, is the hero of the team. He is a very young player, but it is as if he has played 200 games. He is amazing.‘I like to play with him because he has good touch, he has good recovery, I think he is one of the best players in the Premier League.‘He is [like Mascherano]. I played with Mascherano and he is a very good player. He is 20 and I think Declan needs to continue like this if he stays focused and I think he can be better than Mascherano.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySuch has been his rise to prominence over the past 18-months, Rice found himself in the middle of an international tug-of-war for his services between the Republic of Ireland and England with the youngster eventually opting to represent the latter last month.Given the maturity of his displays, Rice, who was capped three times by Ireland in friendly matches last year, has been tipped to a maiden England call-up this month with Gareth Southgate’s side scheduled to face the Czech Republic and Montenegro.Rice has been praised for his effective screening of West Ham’s defence with his 75 successful tackles the joint-sixth highest total in the Premier League this season. He’s also begun adding goals to his game too, netting in wins over Arsenal and Newcastle this calendar year.Mascherano, meanwhile, made just seven appearances for West Ham following his shock double move with Carlos Tevez to Upton Park in 2006, but he went on to enjoy great success with Liverpool and Barcelona prior to joining Hebei China Fortune last year.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Mar 2019 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link49Shares Declan Rice was on the scoresheet during West Ham’s 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday (Getty Images)West Ham’s fit-again playmaker Manuel Lanzini has hailed his teammate Declan Rice as one of the best players in the Premier League and believes he has the potential to be better than Javier Mascherano.The 20-year-old established himself as a regular in West Ham’s side last season and has continued to develop this term into an integral member of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, starting 26 of the club’s 29 Premier League games.Although Lanzini has been sidelined for the vast majority of the campaign with a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained on the eve of last summer’s World Cup, he has clearly been impressed by what he has seen of his young teammate during his time out.AdvertisementAdvertisementLanzini even likened West Ham’s current holding midfielder to their one-time former enforcer Mascherano which is some praise considering he is his Argentina’s all-time record cap holder with 147 and a two-time Champions League winner with Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Construction of a new Dominica State College underway

first_img 34 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Dr. Donald Peters. Photo credit: heedc.comPresident of the Dominica State College Dr. Donald Peters has given the assurance that construction of a new DSC will become a reality.The project, which he says will be funded by the Government of China is expected to be handed over in August 2012.“We intend to have three new buildings including a major auditorium and library, agricultural classrooms, hospitality…work is going on as planned,” he said.Peters said the new building will not cause any problems with existing classes. Dominica Vibes News EducationLocalNewsTertiary Construction of a new Dominica State College underway by: – July 13, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

100 mangroves for 100 years of Zonta Zonta Club of Iloilo City II celebrates…

first_imgSTRONG andempowered women of Zonta Club of Iloilo City II planted one hundred mangrovesto mark Zonta International’s 100th anniversary. Zonta CentennialWalk, the six-kilometer walk and mangrove planting activity on Nov. 9, wascomprised by members of Z and Golden Z Clubs of Zonta Club of Iloilo City II aswell as the students and teachers of St. Therese MTC College. The walk startedfrom Barangay Nabitasan, Leganes to Katunggan Eco Park where each of the 100mangroves was carefully placed in its own spot among the mangroves in thesanctuary. Membersof Zonta Club of Iloilo City II are not only advocates of women’s welfare, butthey also actively support the protection of the environment as thus embodiedthrough the Zonta Centennial Walk. As aclub founded to empower women, its main thrust is to lower the incidence ofteen pregnancy and violence against women & children in Iloilo City. It hadlowered the incidence of teen pregnancies in some public schools through theirannual seminars and radio drama programs from four to six per year in 2014 tozero to one since 2017. The club also conducts livelihood workshops andtrainings to marginalized women in barangaysfor them to increase their capacity to purchase their household needs. “Wewomen have the power to change the world and the society, be it in a big way orin our own small way,” Dr. Nuñez said. “InZonta, we envision a world where every woman can achieve her full potential andwhere women will have access to all resources and are represented….Our desireis for all of us women to achieve what we have hoped to achieve and be what wehave always hoped to be,” she added./PN “Mangrovesprotect our shorelines from damaging storm, winds, waves, floods, and weZontians are advocates of clean, green and safe environment,” Zonta Club ofIloilo City II president Dr. Cheryl Lynn Nuñez told Panay News. last_img read more