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first_imgAn estate agent has been fined a total of £40,034 after admitting a string of offences during the first day of a trial that followed an investigation by local Trading Standards.Bournemouth Illsley & Son Ltd trading as Meridian Estate Agents was charged in March with 11 offences under Unfair Trading Regulations but, when the case came to court, the company admitted to nine of the offences.These included five counts of engaging in a commercial practice which was misleading and contained false information, three counts of omitting information and one count of knowingly or recklessly engaging in a commercial practice.The offences including trying to extract fees and commission payments from buyers when no fees or commissions were due, failing to inform a buyer that VAT would be due on a fee and charging a ‘buying fee’ when operating a ‘zero fee’ scheme for vendors.Conflict of interestBut one of the most serious offences involved the company allowing a house to be valued by a member of staff who hoped to buy it themselves.Eleven similar offences brought against the company’s director Matthew Illsey were dropped before the case came to court.After admitting the offences, Poole Magistrates Court fined Meridian Estate Agents £5,500, ordered it to pay compensation of £24,364, costs of £10,000 as well as a £170 victim surcharge.“Buying and selling a house is one of the largest financial decisions made by consumers and estate agents have a duty in law to provide full and accurate information,” says Councillor Lewis Alison of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council told local media.Christchurch and Poole Council Illsley & Son Ltd Meridian Estate Agents Bournemouth Trading Standards October 29, 2019Nigel 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 Home » News » Estate agency fined £40k after admitting nine counts under unfair practices law previous nextRegulation & LawEstate agency fined £40k after admitting nine counts under unfair practices lawMeridian Estate Agents in Bournemouth was charged in March with 11 counts but has now been fined after admitting nine of them on the first day of its trial.Nigel Lewis29th October 201903,336 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgRyan Saul made local headlines recently when he signed his letter of intent to play Division 1 college soccer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A standout defender on two South Jersey Group III championship teams and another team that made it to the South Jersey final, Ryan achieved one of his main goals in the sport when he signed with the Minutemen.“When I started out playing in high school I wanted to earn a spot on the Ocean City varsity and to work hard enough that I would someday play Division 1 soccer. I worked and kept working and worked some more.  It’s a cliché but it’s true.  Hard work does pay off.”To attract the attention of a major college program (Umass plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference) and to sign with the Minutemen, it’s obvious that Ryan Saul is a very good soccer player. But that is just one aspect.  While some assume he receive an athletic scholarship, Saul actually receive merit-based academic financial aid.Ryan ranks in the top 10 percent of his class academically and is a consistent name on the school’s distinguished honor roll. He is also active as a volunteer puppy raiser for the Seeing Eye organization, and he helps teach baseball and soccer in the Upper Township Challenger Sports program, which provides sports outlets for youngsters with disabilities.Ryan’s parents Steve and Katie Saul are justifiably proud of their eldest son (they have two other boys, Michael, a 16-year-old junior; and Kyle a 15-year-old freshman) and they feel he has earned all of his accolades.“Everything he has achieved, he has worked hard to attain,” said Katie, a Umass grad herself. “Some of the other parents have said he is a positive role model for their kids, and they ask me what my secret is.  Honestly, I don’t have one. It’s all on Ryan.  I think the key has been that Ryan always chose to make good decisions.”As a volunteer puppy raiser, Ryan and his brothers provide a loving environment for dogs provided by the Seeing Eye organization. They raise the dogs as they would any other puppy, with a concentration on socialization and being around other animals and people. But after a year to 18 months, the dogs are taken out of their homes and for advanced training. If they make the cut, they are then assigned to assist a blind person.The Sauls are currently raising their fourth dog, Oscar. The first two, Carmen and Ozzie, were assigned to clients in Texas and Massachusetts, respectively.  Their third dog, Aztec, is currently in the training phase.  “I have no doubt in my mind he is going to make it,” Ryan said.“When I first became involved in the program I didn’t know how I was going to handle giving up the dog. But the more I learned what the organization is all about, I realized that yes, there is going to be pain when you have to say goodbye, but there is a higher purpose and you are helping to be a part of that.”Ryan also has enjoyed his work with the Challengers program. “It makes you see how fortunate you are, and it really makes you feel great to give some coaching advice to a kid and help put a smile on their face.”Not that life has always been perfect for the 6-foot-3 senior. As a freshman, Ryan sat on the jayvee team bench for long stretches and admitted that “I had a pity party for a while.  But then I decided it was up to me if I wanted things to change.  I decided I was going to practice so hard that the coaches wouldn’t have any choice but to notice me.”That’s exactly what happened as Saul played a key role a sophomore and junior as the Raiders captured South Jersey crowns. This year the expectations were high, but things didn’t work out exactly as planned.“We had some injuries and really got off to a slow start. But when the playoffs rolled around we kicked it up another notch, came together as a team and it might have been the most fun I’ve ever had playing soccer.”He was named boys’ soccer player of the year in 2015 by The Press of Atlantic City.The Raiders, who finished the year 8-8-2 in the regular season, earned their third straight trip to the title game with overtime wins over Cherry Hill West and Delsea before finally bowing 2-1 to Toms River South. “We had a never-say-die attitude, especially in the overtimes and that is something that will always stay with me,” he said.Moving forward, he hopes to use the same attitude as he tackles soccer and academics at the next level. He plans on taking a political science major and will take the soccer part as it comes. “I will just pretty much give it my all and see where it takes me,” he said.People talk about work ethic but until you really put the work in and see the results you don’t really get it. Now I know that if you keep focused and working toward your goal you can accomplish almost anything you set out to do.”last_img read more

first_imgNIV Boat RegistrationNIV House Registration NIV Condo Registration Entries for boats and homes continue to be taken online at or by calling 609-399-6111. Liuken was a five-time Olympic gymnastics medalist and the all-around champion at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. She will work as an NBC Sports commentator for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Liuken is known to many from her appearances in “Dancing With the Stars” and numerous other television shows. For complete information on how to watch, visit our FAQ at Night in Venice is the pinnacle of the summer season in Ocean City – with thousands of spectators lining the bayfront and thousands more attending private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. Liuken will highlight a parade lineup that includes “The Voice” contestant Gina Castanzo, members of the Philadelphia Eagles, the cast of Ocean City Theatre Company’s “The Little Mermaid,” a St. Augustine Prep a cappella choir, an Elton John tribute boat and a wide array of entries decorated to fit the 2016 theme “Destination America.” For the first time in more than four decades, a spectacular fireworks display will cap off the bayfront celebration at the conclusion of the parade. Nastia Liuken will serve as grand marshal for the 62nd annual Night in Venice boat parade on Saturday, July 16.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual del-elebration known as DelFest has been rocking it all weekend long, bringing a soulful mix of Americana jams to Cumberland, MD. Last Friday night brought a number of great performers, including a headlining set from the beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group has been on fire throughout 2016, touring on the heels of their recently-released Let Me Get By album.The show at DelFest featured some very special guests; Del and Ronnie McCoury. The festival hosts joined in on the classic song “Color Of The Blues” by George Jones, and Ronnie McCoury stayed on to lend a hand for “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan. Interestingly, the Dylan song from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was performed on the 53rd anniversary of its release.Thanks to taper Alex Leary, we can listen to the whole set, streaming below.last_img read more

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi has sentenced 34 people to life in prison after accusing them of a coup attempt against the former president, but all are living in exile. Many of those sentenced were informed only this week of the Supreme Court’s ruling made last year and seen by The Associated Press. The accused include a former army chief, journalists and human rights activists. A lawyer for one of them dismissed the ruling as “a political decision” and accused Burundi’s judiciary of being under the ruling party’s sway. Burundi saw a violent crackdown on protests in 2015 when then-President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to pursue a third term.last_img

first_imgDuring its first year on campus, the College’s chapter She’s the First, which supports women’s education in low-income countries, has 80 members and is still attracting interest, senior club member Christine Germann said.“College chapters of She’s the First are vocal advocates for girls’ education who educate their peers through documentary screenings, panel discussions and innovative campus events that raise awareness about the cause,” Germann said. “They raise funds through creative and unique events to support girls in developing nations and make sure they receive opportunities for empowerment.”The club’s first meeting was with a Peace Corps representative about joining together with “Let Girls Learn,” an initiative that combines efforts by the White House, USAID and Peace Corps to promote female education across the globe, she said.Germann said the club plays an important role on Saint Mary’s campus because it reminds people that education for girls is important, no matter the circumstances or location in the world.“One factor that inhibits girls from completing a secondary education is plain and simple, funding,” she said. “She’s the First attempts to alleviate this financial barrier and provides a way for us, here in the United States, to play a part in the solution.”The club gives students an opportunity to address the issue, club vice president junior Elizabeth Murray said.“The club is important at Saint Mary’s to help us to understand how fortunate we are to receive an amazing education, but also to put our leadership skills to practice and empower girls internationally through education as well,” Murray said.Members of the Saint Mary’s chapter inform the community and collaborate with other organizations and departments on campus to spread the message about the importance of education for girls, Germann said.“The very opportunities that education provides lead to global socioeconomic benefits,” Germann said. “In this club, work is done to be a part of the solution to a problem girls face all over the world, the lack of access to quality education.”On Thursday, “She’s the First” is collaborating with the College’s department of justice education to show the documentary “To Educate a Girl” and raise money for the She’s the First organization through cupcake sales. “To Educate a Girl” was produced by the United Nations, and is a credible, accessible resource to share the message, Germann said.She said money raised during the event will be sent to “She’s the First” and then redirected to the chapter’s sponsored scholar.“Supported by the UNGEI [United Nations Girls Education Initiative] this film promotes equity in education and global gender justice,” she said. “It provides three narratives that bring the issue home in a personal way. Sometimes it is very hard to imagine, living here, in the United States, that we have so many privileges that others do not, such as basic education rights.”Murray said she hopes attendees leave the event with a greater understanding of the value of women’s education.“We would like them to recognize their own education as a blessing, but also help us in the attempt to bring this same education to others,” she said.Along with a sense of purpose, the film will help people understand why it is important to care about girl’s education and the barriers they face, Germann said.“Ultimately, I hope attendees are reminded of what a blessing it is to be educated and, in turn, will help to impart that blessing on others who only want the same opportunity,” she said.The documentary showing is free, and will take place on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Vander Vennett Theatre.Tags: girls’ education, she’s the firstlast_img read more

first_imgBrazil solar auction yields new record-low power price of $17.50/MWh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PVTech:Record-low solar prices at Brazil’s latest auction have cast fresh a spotlight on the industry’s global journey to cost-competitiveness, with experts arguing it further weakens the case of fossil fuels.The average solar prices of BRL67.48/MWh (around US$17.5/MWh) at last Friday’s A-4 auction would make PV the “cheapest power from any technology ever…in the history of the planet assuming it is confirmed subsidy-free,” Michael Liebreich, founder of BloombergNEF, remarked after the results were published.The auction – where PV secured over half of all 401.6MW awarded to renewables – marks the first time solar achieves lower prices than wind at a tender in Brazil, noted Maurício Tolmasquim, professor at Rio de Janeiro’s COPPE and former head of the country’s energy regulator EPE.Assaad Razzouk, CEO of clean energy developer Sindicatum, pointed at the “incredible” drop of solar prices between auctions in 2017 ($35.2/MWh) and this week (US$17.5/MWh). Fossil fuels “can’t compete” despite the “trillions” in support they receive every year, Razzouk argued.As several onlookers pointed out, the solar price breakthroughs mask the circumstance that PV winners will remain largely exposed to free-market dynamics, once auction contracts expire.“We noticed a tendency of solar and wind projects to allocate about 70% of their physical guarantee to the free market,” said Rui Altieri, who chairs the board of directors at distribution regulator CCEE. He urged developers to consider “commercial strategies” beyond the support of auction prices.More: Brazil’s solar price record seen as global renewable milestonelast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 26, 2010 In my opinion, I think this new technology The U.S. space agency NASA has displayed the first images from a new satellite that studies the sun. Researchers released the images and short video clips Wednesday in Washington. Scientists say they have already learned new things from the Solar Dynamics Observatory but they have yet to release any findings. The satellite was launched February 11. NASA says the new images show never-before-seen details of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. The new satellite is sending back images that have 10 times better resolution than high-definition television. The satellite will also examine the sun’s magnetic field and study the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmosphere and climate.last_img read more

first_imgDid you blink?  If you’re like most of us, it may feel that way.  How it got to be the fourth quarter with the bulk of the year behind us already (again) is mind boggling – right?  And your planning for next year’s events is in full swing! Remember all those promises and resolutions made WAY back in the beginning of the year?  Yeah. About those.  It’s time to check in. Where are you?  On track? Off track? Trying to find your running shoes?  I get you.Finishing STRONG is a passion of mine. It’s my personal mantra. It’s even the name of one of my Pinterest boards! (Go figure!) It’s about digging in and making the most of every minute now isn’t it?  Not boo-hoo-ing over what’s NOT done or NOT in your control but celebrating where you are and what you can seriously get done with the time left in the year when you’re FOCUSED on what’s in front of you.There it is.  As a leadership expert and keynote speaker, this is the time of year when corporate event clients and Credit Unions are asking me to include some real-world, really actionable ways to help their team members to FINISH STRONG. Sure, they usually mean to help folks re-focus on financial targets and activities that will help people achieve their goals, which is great, and I certainly do.  But for today’s exercise? Let’s do this. Let’s talk about FINISHING STRONG personally as well.  What does THAT look like to you?To me? That’s celebrating physical and mental strength. The kind that excites you to hop out of bed every morning and stay at it. (Even when holiday party invites are flooding in or you’re questioning the decision to try the egg nog.)If you are like me and want to absolutely grab the most from this quarter then tap into these three power strategies to help you feel ah-mazing and focus your attention on what really matters to you:Invest 15 minutes:  I know; I ALWAYS say that.  Why?  Because it WORKS. Each day, invest 15 minutes in YOURSELF.  What that looks like is up to you. Meditation for mental strength. Or a walk after dinner with a loved one for a great exercise/connection combo. 10-minute quick calls with a mentor or team member with a 5 minute “download” to stay close to the goals.  The practice is personal to you, just make sure you are putting YOU on the to-do list every day for 15 minutes. It’s a smart investment for a healthier, happier, more successful you, I promise.Love the way you MOVE:  Exercise.  Ugh-right? I admit, it used to be at the BOTTOM of my list too (and I know some of you out there are thinking – hey – SWEATER weather!) Here’s the trick though: find something you LOVE. Don’t roll your eyes. There is always SOMETHING. For me? I discovered running a few years ago and I’m HOOKED. Then? I caught wind of Barre3 and became addicted. I don’t mind insanely early morning classes or long weekend runs because it’s something I love to do. Find what you love to do that will get your body moving.Make it happen.  Right there. In the calendar. You know the one, with the doctor’s appointments and member meetings and super-important can’t miss stuff?  Put your time down as a solid must-do because the truth is? If you don’t make an appointment with yourself, you are likely to cancel. Need accountability? Hire a coach. I have a running coach and I meet him twice a week. It gets me out of bed in the dark and when I completed in my workout I have no regrets. Look at it this way… YOU are the only YOU that you’ve got. That your family has. Your partner has. Your Credit Union has.  Want to lead a long, full, happy and successful life? Don’t neglect the one person you’re going to spend every moment with:  YOU. Prioritize yourself.That’s it. Three little things.  They might not seem so little initially. They might feel a little out of your comfort level. And honestly? They might feel a little selfish. Let’s clear that up. Self-care? Self-focus?  Self-prioritizing?  Is smart business. It’s the key to being a better parent, team member, partner and person.  When we take care of ourselves we’re better equipped to take care of the rest of our worlds. So what do you say? Ready to FINISH STRONG?Want more ideas on how to finish the last quarter strong, you might like this video and blog. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgJan 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pandemic planning strategies have been brought to a personal level with the release yesterday of a guide from the federal government outlining actions that individuals and families can take to protect themselves.The handbook, titled “Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families,” was announced by Secretary Mike Leavitt of the Department of Health and Human Services at a forum in Arizona. “Pandemics are global in nature, but their impact is local. When the next pandemic strikes, it is likely to touch the lives of every individual, family, and community.” Leavitt writes at the beginning of the document.Included in the guide are background information covering topics ranging from the history of pandemics to the differences between seasonal and pandemic flu to what to expect in a pandemic; an emergency health sheet for recording important health information on each family member; and links to other resources. Also included is a checklist that divides appropriate actions into three categories: planning for a pandemic, limiting the spread of germs and preventing infection, and items to gather for an extended stay at home.Among specific activities listed in the plan are having stocks of nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, discussing within a family how care will be given if a member becomes ill, teaching proper handwashing and cough etiquette to children, and having supplies of food and water on hand.The government’s overall pandemic planning initiative includes meetings with health and other officials in each of the 50 states; the Arizona meeting yesterday was the second, following the initial meeting in Minnesota on Dec 14. Forums in Vermont, West Virginia, Rhode Island, and Georgia are next on the schedule.Guides for business planning and for state and local public health planning were released last fall. Similar resources for schools, healthcare providers, and community organizations are in development.Pandemic Influenza Planning: A Guide for Individuals and Families (pdf document)…See also:Web page on site with numerous resources for individual and family pandemic planning pandemic planning checklist and local pandemic planning checklist 5, 2005, CIDRAP News story about state planning forumsDec 14, 2005, CIDRAP News story about summit in Minnesotalast_img read more