Previous articleShannon announces twice-weekly Ryanair flights to Ibiza and East MidlandsNext articleListen: WeAreLimerick – Limerick Fringe bringing the non-traditional Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email This initiative is being encouraged by The Tree Council of Ireland and Forest Industries Ireland in order to help combat climate change, and also ties in with Shannon Heritages’ environmental strategy and continued engagement with local schools.Students from St. Finnachta’s National School, Sixmilebridge donned their gardening boots and gloves as they visited the 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to plant a Horsechestnut tree, while students from Kilmurry National School planted an Oak tree at Craggaunowen.The children also got to learn about how trees help reduce climate change effects and support the natural world from the Shannon Heritage gardening team.Elaine Hineywall, Gardens Manager, Shannon Heritage said “We are delighted to be taking part in the ‘Plant for our Planet’ initiative. It is crucial to raise awareness of the importance of trees and all their uses which ranges from cleaning the air we breathe to providing a habitat for many species of animals and plants.“There is a wonderful Spanish Chestnut tree located in front of Bunratty House which is registered on the Tree Register of Ireland due to its status as an ‘Exceptional Specimen Tree’. Maybe the trees that the children have planted today will one day be just as historic as that one”. NewsEnvironmentBunratty Castle and Craggaunowen to ‘Plant for our Planet’By Staff Reporter – April 2, 2019 971 Advertisement Pictured are 2nd Class pupils from Sixmilebridge Primary School, Morgan Barrett, Rebecca Loughrane, Orla O’Neill and Nathan O’Brien with Shannon Heritage Gardening Team memebers Elaine Hiney Wall, Andrew McNamara, Neilus Geaney and Sinead Moloney planting a Tree in the grounds of Bunratty Castle Co Clare to celebrate National Tree Week 2019.Pic Arthur Ellis. WhatsApp Facebook BUNRATTY Castle & Folk Park and Craggaunowen Bronze Age Park in Co. Clare took part in the ‘Plant for our Planet’ initiative this week with tree planting ceremonies to celebrate National Tree Week. Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Heritage, said “We have committed to reduce our carbon footprint as a company, and this initiative is just another step in delivering on our environmental strategy. We are working with the Southern Region Waste Management Office and Fáilte Ireland to achieve environmental accreditation in 2019. It’s great to have both Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Craggaunowen taking part in ‘Plant for our Planet’ and I’d like to thank the students and teachers from St. Finnachta’s National School and Kilmurry National School for making the day such a great success. Other initiatives being rolled out across Shannon Heritage attractions include waterless urinals, energy saving lighting and removing single use plastics.” Twitter Print Linkedin
Home » News » Hybrid rollout is delivering results, claims Countrywide CEO previous nextHybrid rollout is delivering results, claims Countrywide CEOAlison Platt says Every Customer Counts digital strategy is delivering increased traffic, more valuations, better conversion, improved sales progression and increased revenue.Nigel Lewis1st November 201701,594 Views Countrywide CEO Alison Platt yesterday made a robust defence of the company’s recently-launched digital hybrid offering, saying it has improved the performance of the businesses within which it’s been rolled out.In June last year Countrywide introduced what is essentially a parallel hybrid offering at the branches of several brands including Austin & Wyatt, Frank Innes and Spencers, where customers are offered a low-cost digital-only services both in-branch and on each agency’s websites, as well as their more expensive high street offering.Alison says the roll-out, which so far covers 25% or more of all its branches and is part of a strategy called Every Customer Counts, enables vendors to upgrade from Countrywide’s fixed-price online offering at any point to its full high street service, if they “feel they need the extra help and support”.“For the business, the brands where we’ve rolled out Every Customer Counts have seen better performance at every step of the journey, increased traffic, more valuations, better conversion, improved sales progression and increased revenue,” Alison said.Online mortgagesThe Countrywide CEO also revealed that the company will be launching its much-discussed online mortgage offering for both consumers and brokers and that leading tech firm Blenheim Chalcot is to build it.“Their record in the digital area is as extensive as ours in the mortgage market,” she said.“We know many customers want some of their mortgage journey to be online, and we want to enable that.“We will also be developing digital tools for our mortgage consultants. It will allow us to do more for our customers and our people as we continue to invest in our brokers providing advice face to face and over the telephone.”Alison also positioned Countrywide as the future innovator in the industry, suggesting that it’s hybrid and online mortgage offerings were the start of a wider range of innovation within the company.“Our success will be built on how we use technology to empower those people to make a difference in our customer’s lives,” she says.“We have begun a profound transformation at Countrywide; to become an estate agent who’s ready for the future.“We want to lead the transformation in the industry; I invite you all to join us on the journey.” hybrid agency Alison Platt Countrywide digital rollout November 1, 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 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
Making Sense by Michael ReaganDonald Trump is still no conservative and never will be.He still hasn’t figured out that the mix of insults, bluster and off-the-cuff political statements that won him the Republican Party primary won’t work in the general election.But a lot of us conservatives enjoyed watching him attack the news media for the way they’ve questioned his handling of the $6 million donation he raised for veterans organizations.For decades we’ve watched the unfair and unbalanced mainstream news media spew its liberal bias and wanted to throw a brick through the TV screen.Trump symbolically did just that when he called that press conference on Tuesday.He went overboard in his attack, of course, because he’s Donald Trump. But his media rage was justified.The news media questioned him like a war criminal about the details of the $6 million he raised for the vets, acting as if he had never really raised the money or never intended to disburse it.Trump is hopelessly naive if he really thought he was going to be given a standing ovation by the news media for raising money for the vets or anyone else.But the liberal media wolf pack nitpicked at every part of Trump’s charitable effort.Some of the checks had not been sent out yet!It was only $5.6 million that was raised, not $6 million!And look! Trump hadn’t yet paid the million bucks he promised to chip in!Everyone knows it was a PR stunt for Trump to skip Republican Debate No. 37 and go on TV and pander to military veterans.And it’s true that it was way back in January when he was bragging he raised the $6 million.But come on. Did anyone — other than the biased reporters in the news media — really think the checks were going to be mailed out the next day or next week?To any vets group that sent in an email asking for money?The organizations clamoring for a share of the money had to be carefully vetted by someone on Trump’s staff.Imagine what the news media would have done to Trump if some wacko paramilitary group ended up spending $100,000 on hate billboards or worse.And really, did anyone — other than the media dumbos — think Trump was planning to never pay his million or pocket all the money himself?Trump’s message was valid. He just didn’t deliver it well.He shouldn’t have singled out individual reporters, and he should have taken a more lighthearted, sarcastic, mocking approach, not an angry one.He should have said he was sorry the liberal news media thought the process was taking too long, but that raising and responsibly handing out $6 million takes time.He should have explained that he had his small staff working on it, but that they were also busy trying to help him become president of the U.S.At his press conference Trump also should have asked something like, “I was wondering. When will the Washington Post’s crack investigative team and the rest of you so-called journalists show the same level of interest in exposing the shady fund-raising techniques of the Clinton Foundation?”It’d be a major accomplishment if the Washington press corps merely asked Hillary a few tough questions about the lucrative international influence-peddling racket she and Bill are running.But of course Hillary doesn’t do press conferences. She hides from the press — and the press is so biased it barely complains.I’m not a big fan of Trump, but he was right to attack the Washington media. The trouble is, the way he did it was not even close to being presidential. And in November that could prove to be his Achilles Heel.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will be the second racing vacation this season for Wade and Lisa Taylor and their children Easton and Blakely. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)SPRING CREEK, Nev. – Their second racing vacation of the season will take the Taylor family of Spring Creek, Nev., to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA Modified driver Wade Taylor will race at Boone Speedway for the first time. His wife Lisa is a licensed competitor in the same division but makes the upcoming trip in the dual role of crew member and mom to son Easton, not quite three, and daughter Blakely, eight months old.“We went to Oregon for the Wild West Shootout and the first couple nights it seemed like it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time but we finally got the win at Willamette,” said Taylor, a chiropractor by profession. “We had hired a new associate so it was the first time in 14 years that my office stayed open while I was racing.”“We like the idea of a racing vacation and Lisa brought up the idea of going to Super Nationals,” he continued. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”Taylor enjoyed some success on a racing vacation last year, winning two of his eight Ironman Challenge Series starts before getting caught up in a multi-car accident and breaking his foot.“That was actually a blessing in disguise because it got me into a Harris,” he explained. “My dad, who lives in Raleigh, N.C., visited over the holidays and encouraged me to think bigger. I contacted 18 builders and liked what I heard from Kyle Brown of Harris Auto Racing when I heard back from him.”The first Nevada driver to win a Wild West Shootout feature, Taylor has 20-plus starts so far this season, most of them at special or special series events.“This car drives 100 percent differently than my old one. It took me half a season to get my muscle memory changed. My reflexes were telling me to hit the gas when the car really didn’t want it,” he said. “I have such a new respect for any driver who can get in a different chassis and win because there is such a difference in handling. I did not appreciate that until I got a new car. My lap times are faster at every track I’ve been to and it showed me there is more than one way to go fast.”After a single outing and win in an asphalt sprint car, Taylor has spent his entire career in an IMCA Modified.His dad Terry ‘The Wild Man’ Taylor also raced Modifieds, while grandfather Joe Taylor and great uncle L.B. Taylor, raced in the 1950s in the IMCA Sprint Car class.“I won my first Modified start at Elko and was hooked,” Taylor said. “And now 12 years later we are really looking forward to being part of Super Nationals.”Along with his wife, Taylor gets crew help from father-in-law Mark Coker and Dylan Newman.His sponsors are Taylor Chiropractic, AP Crane, Elko Tool & Fastener, NAPA Auto Parts, Nevada I.T. and Jody Hensley, Coldwell Banker Realty, all of Elko; Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography of Spring Creek; Condon Motorsports and AC Designs, both of Santa Maria, Calif.; and Harris Auto Racing of Boone, Iowa.
9 June 2014 South Africa is busy setting up 11 new visa facilitation centres, managed by international outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global, in order to streamline services for foreign nationals applying for visa extensions or changes in South Africa while tightening the country’s security. Speaking to journalists in Pretoria last week, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the centres would efficiently implement the country’s new immigration rules, which came into effect last month, while making life easier for foreign tourists, business people, workers or students who need extended or altered visas within a short space of time. “This is a radical departure from the existing mode of manual application processes that are responsible for inefficiencies within the permitting environment,” Gigaba said. VFS Global, a specialist service provider for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has been contracted to automate and run the application process, including managing the call centre and the 11 facilitation centres spread across South Africa’s nine provinces. Foreigners in South Africa who, for example, need to extend their temporary residence visas for study or work, will be able to apply online and set up an appointment before visiting the nearest facilitation centre to submit their personal biometrics (fingerprints and photographs). Handling and visa fees will all be paid electronically. Although VFS Global will be responsible for processing visa applications, the decision to approve or reject applications still lies with the Department of Home Affairs. “We will be able to exercise full control over the decision-making processes to ensure that our national interests and security imperatives are served at all times,” Gigaba said. The decision to set up the new facilitation centres and contract their running out to a private company had been informed “by none other than our commitment to improve efficiencies and turnaround times,” he added. The department has already introduced such centres in a number of its high-volume missions abroad – including its missions in China, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – where it had previously struggled to cut down on long queues and long turn-around times, Gigaba said. “We have visa facilitation centres at quite a few of our high-volume missions abroad and they have been working fairly successfully … contributing, I might add, to the success of our tourism stats over the last few years. It is this good practice that we hope to roll out in South Africa.” According to the Department of Home Affairs, the 11 visa facilitation centres will all be open and fully functional by the end of June. They include two centres in Gauteng province and the Western Cape, and one in each of the other seven provinces, as follows: Eastern Cape – Port ElizabethFree State – BloemfonteinGauteng – Johannesburg and PretoriaKwaZulu-Natal -DurbanLimpopo – PolokwaneMpumalanga – NelspruitNorthern Cape – KimberleyNorth West – RustenburgWestern Cape – Cape Town and George SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mike Ryan, OCJ field reporterWhat began as a successful, influential Ohio politician and businessman’s 140-acre rural retreat has grown over the past century to become a nearly 2,000 acre preserve highlighting a unique array of plant life at The Dawes Arboretum in Licking County.Beman Dawes and his wife, Bertie, first purchased the original tract in 1917. By 1929, when Dawes Arboretum was established, the grounds had doubled in size and over 50,000 trees had been planted. In present times, the immense arboretum, home to an enormous index of different plant species, is one of only 20 fully accredited arboretums in North America.The Dawes family obtained trees from across the globe that could thrive in central Ohio and planted them around the property. They established the arboretum to both educate and inspire.When Beman and Bertie created the private foundation, they wanted “to encourage the planting of forest and ornamental trees…to give pleasure to the public and education to the youth.”Luke Messinger, executive director of The Dawes Arboretum, said that the location was well-chosen for this purpose and that this collection of trees continues to grow and prosper over 100 years after the Dawes family’s initial purchase of their central Ohio grounds.“With its diversity of forests, Ohio is a great place to preserve the trees of the Ohio River Valley. Beman Dawes always had a love of forestry and did a lot of research about how to reforest Ohio, and what trees would be best for that purpose,” Messinger said. “Today, we keep records on 17,000 plant species here at the Arboretum and we are actively involved with plant conservation and research. We usually collect these plants from the wild and most of our collection consists of plants from the Ohio River Valley. We also partner with other groups and gardens around the world for more exotic plants, trying to find species that will grow well in Ohio. Many of the plants that you see growing here at the Arboretum are the plants you will see at local garden centers and nurseries in the future.”The Arboretum’s aim is to preserve native landscapes and the destination features a variety of forest, grassland, and wetland ecosystems. Many trees and shrubs are planted in groves of like species, which, depending on the seasonal cycles can make for incredibly photogenic sightseeing for visitors. Gracing the grounds are group plantings of crabapples, magnolias, Gingkos, Buckeyes, flowering shrubs, rhododendrons, beech trees, redwoods, conifers, and other interesting tree plots.Other notable features include a Japanese garden, a picturesque lake, a cypress swamp, and tours of the founding family’s home, the Daweswood House. A pioneer cemetery, a Visitor Center, picnic areas, and monuments and memorials dot the landscape of this property as well.This tree haven draws visitors for a variety of reasons.“Whenever you put landscape plants together, you create beauty and people interact with the natural beauty of plants in a variety of ways. People enjoy this park in different ways, but they are all mostly drawn to the Arboretum for the beauty and diversity of the plants and for an interaction with nature,” Messinger said. “We are presently conducting research on apple trees and, in partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation, we are studying to find out if we can bring the American chestnut back. It is a long row to hoe for the trees, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that they can once again be a viable part of the Ohio landscape in the future.”Not only a sanctuary of trees providing humans a place of respite, the Arboretum is also a sanctuary for wildlife and it is an important center for research. Much of the fauna native to Ohio inhabit this property and the Arboretum partners with several federal agencies and state universities in the tracking and study of some of its more unique wildlife. For instance, according to the organization, there are 89 bluebird nest structures on the property and they have 40 years of extensive bluebird observation records. Dawes Arboretum has an expansive ongoing inventory of dragon and damselflies. They study the six bat species that hunt the preserve and there are nine species of salamanders that call the Arboretum home.Dawes Arboretum is also an important educational resource for the community.“In keeping with our mission to collect, evaluate, and research trees, we are a source of environmental education and natural history education,” Messinger said. “We often entertain school field trips and offer a variety of programs and workshops throughout the year on trees, history, and nature — on everything from landscape development to bird and tree identification, to youth programs and guided seasonal walking tours. Many of these programs aim to educate participants about what trees look and thrive best in certain seasons and in different situations in this geographical area.”Agriculture figures big in The Dawes Arboretum’s future plans.“Agriculture was a key component of Beman Dawes’ mission. He first purchased the property as a farm. He had a dairy, feed crop operation, apple production, and maple-syruping on-site. We are continuing that legacy today and into the future. We are interested in using agriculture as a land management strategy and currently lease out approximately 250 acres of land for agricultural production, Messinger said. “As part of our future educational program, we plan to create a demonstration conservation farm and use it as an educational tool for everyone from school children, to college students, to lifelong learners: people interested in modern conservation farming practices. The farm will focus on the farming heritage of Licking County and the state of Ohio while illustrating the diversity of agricultural crops grown in the region.”Visitors to this woody refuge can enjoy it afoot or by car. A paved driving tour takes motorists around the sprawling acres of unique tree plantings. Over 11 miles of walking paths and hiking trails weave their way through the groves, offering opportunities for fresh air, exercise, and a slow-paced chance for reflection.Just this year, The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission to the preserve at a cost comparable to other arboretums of its size across the nation.“The decision to charge admission was made to provide the stability necessary to manage our plant collections, gardens, and natural areas at an appropriate level for current visitors and future generations. We want to continue to be able to offer the educational programs that we do and want to make sure that we can remain focused on our education and research components. We do not want to be complacent as merely a pretty place, but to maintain our role in plant conservation, research, and education,” Messinger said.Admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 and over. Annual membership costs for individuals are $40 and a family membership costs $60. Members of the Arboretum enjoy free admission and reciprocal benefits at other participating arboretums across the country, among other advantages.The Dawes Arboretum is located at 7770 Jacksontown Road outside of Newark. Their hours change seasonally and are different for members and non-members. More information can be found at dawesarb.org and they can be reached by telephone at 1-800-44-DAWES.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – You will need a government issued ID in order to travel domestically now; a new policy and more recently a demand from the Border Control Minister as the country continues to grapple with illegal migration and the possibility that migrants are moving between islands unchecked. Magnetic Media has learned that for years now, it had not been a standard practice for travellers to present identification to local airlines or ferry services to prove who they are; this is a common practice in other countries, especially reinforced in a post 911 world. Well the enforcement is on and valid forms of identification are a requirement for all travel within the Turks and Caicos Islands. Related Items:domestic travel, id
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Michael Misick is again calling for the removal of Police Commissioner, James Smith. The former premier said, “Smith lacks the ability to bring an abatement in crime, adding that the Brit-knows-best mentality towards policing in this Island nation is failing and we as locals are left to pay the price..” Another former country leader, Oswald Skippings also chimed in and said the British, who are responsible for National Security, must step up to the plate and expressed outrage that a woman was kicked and shot. Skippings said the Police lack the manpower, modern technology, equipment and effective leadership needed to curb crime.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, December 25, 2016 – On realizing that physically disabled student at Ardenne High School in Kingston, Faith Grant, would be unable to attend a class held only on one of the institution’s upper floors, the school’s administration promptly moved to solve the challenge.Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subject designed to equip students with clerical and administrative skills, was one of the eight subjects Faith selected when she started fourth form. But being the school’s sole wheelchair mobile student placed her at a disadvantage as she was unable to attend classes in the designated rooms.However, innovative thinking by the staff, headed by Principal, Nadine Molloy, has resulted in Faith now being able to participate with the other students via the video-conferencing technology platform, Skype, which she accesses from the school’s library. “A member of the team suggested that we do it by Skype; and we explored it and now we are happy that we did,” Ms. Molloy said.Recounting her decision to accept Faith as a student at Ardenne, Ms. Molloy says while acknowledging the anticipated challenges in doing so, the school was, nonetheless, willing to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate her. “Some persons wondered if we were doing the right thing. But I am always up for a challenge and I indicated to the staff that I was going to try, which meant we were all going to try,” she states.The Principal indicates that she researched cerebral palsy and had the staff consult with trained personnel on how best to relate to and teach students with the condition. Consequent on this, Ms. Molloy says Faith’s presence at the school has helped students and staff to be more embracing of and sensitive to persons with disabilities. “It teaches acceptance and it shows that some things that we are afraid of, we don’t need to be. It also shows that it is important for us to make the sacrifice and go the extra mile to ensure that each person, no matter their capacity, can self-actualize,” she adds.The Principal is confident that Faith will evolve into a productive member of society because she has been given the opportunity to pursue her education. When Faith was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young child, her mother, Susan Henry, purposed to provide her with as fulfilling a life as is possible.Ms. Henry says she acknowledged that this would mean doing everything possible to provide her with the best educational opportunities. She says it was on the advice of a therapist that she decided to have Faith enrolled in the mainstream school system, instead of a special needs institution.Ms. Henry said that she is happy with the decision taken and is very grateful for and appreciative of Ardenne’s kind gesture in going the extra mile over the years to accommodate Faith. She says the teachers and students have been particularly helpful, adding that the administration has endeavored to accommodate classes on the ground floor and install ramps for Faith’s benefit.“Schools should really give physically disabled children a chance, as long as they are able to function…on par with other children. We need to accept that persons with disabilities are humans (too) and they should not be discriminated against,” Ms. Henry contends. She adds that, in so doing, “it also teaches the younger generation values of kindness and of being helpful, and sensitises them to the needs of the disabled community.”Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. As the condition affects coordination, functions such as standing, breathing, bladder control, eating and talking can be affected. Photo credit: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp