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OnTheMarket staff face headcount reduction as ‘uncertainty continues’

OnTheMarket staff face headcount reduction as ‘uncertainty continues’

first_imgProperty portal OnTheMarket.com is considering a ‘small number’ of redundancies, it has been announced.Its Acting Chief Executive, Clive Beattie, says the decision has been made as uncertainty remains within the wider economy alongside a ‘change in business practices’.This is a likely reference to agents implementing the government’s social distancing rules and restricting face-to-face appointments with sales people. The Negotiator put this suggestion to OnTheMarket but was told that it would not comment further ‘due to the sensitivities of the announcement’.A report by Kinsey recently revealed that almost 90 percent of sales have moved to a Zoom model during Covid, and that ‘while some scepticism remains, more than half believe this is equally or more effective than [traditional] sales models’ used before COVID-19.“The emergence of COVID-19 has affected all of us and through these challenging times my colleagues have shown exceptional resilience,” says Beattie.“We responded quickly through a number of considered measures including the selective use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the curtailment of discretionary marketing spend.“Despite that, uncertainty remains and business practices have changed for the foreseeable future.“Regrettably, we are therefore considering a small number of redundancies to ensure that we are best placed to support our agents for the long-term.”OTM is not the first of the portals to consider a headcount reduction. Staff at Zoopla’s software division are currently going through a consultation as it restructures two of its operations at Brackley and Pocklington – where their software brands such as Alto, Vebra and Jupix are based.OTM redundancies OnTheMarket OTM August 3, 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 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 » Marketing » OnTheMarket staff face headcount reduction as ‘uncertainty continues’ previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket staff face headcount reduction as ‘uncertainty continues’Portal’s acting CEO says he faces ‘regrettable’ decision to consider redundancies as realities of COVID aftermath affect the business.Nigel Lewis3rd August 202001,129 Viewslast_img read more

Local Judge Stops Sale of Bleach Marketed as COVID-19 Treatment

Local Judge Stops Sale of Bleach Marketed as COVID-19 Treatment

first_imgA federal judge in South Florida last week ordered a Colombia-based church to stop selling an industrial bleach that it was marketing as a treatment for the novel coronavirus and other illnesses.Judge Kathleen Williams entered a temporary injunction on Friday which stops Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’s continued sale of Miracle Mineral Solution in the United States.Genesis sells MMS through its websites, according to a U.S. Justice Department civil complaint that was filed last Thursday in the Southern District of Florida.According to prosecutors, Genesis markets the solution as a treatment for COVID-19 in addition to Alzheimer’s disease, autism, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis.The Food and Drug Administration has previously issued public warnings that MMS can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe dehydration.The chemical product, chlorine dioxide, becomes a powerful bleach when it is combined with the included activator, officials explain.“We will zealously pursue perpetrators of fraud schemes seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan said in a statement.The complaint adds that disease-related treatment claims for MMS are unsupported by any well-controlled clinical studies or other credible scientific substantiation.last_img read more

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Springer PlumbingWe have all heard of hybrid cars, but did you know there are hybrid water heaters? We have seen increased interest in these and wanted to share the benefits of installing a hybrid tank in your home. Last April, major changes in water heater efficiency came into effect, resulting in older style water heaters being phased out. This has pushed our company to explore more of the many options that are on the heating market.How Do They Work?A standard type water heater relies on electricity alone to heat water in the tank. Hybrid units take it a step further and draw heat from the surrounding air, transferring that heat into the enclosed tank. Think of it as how a refrigerator works in reverse. In case you have houseguests or are using a large amount of hot water, they also come equipped with traditional heating elements that can kick in when needed.Hybrid heat pump water heaters are one of America’s most efficient water heaters; over 65% more efficient than a standard tank. Many of the models have different modes they can be ran on depending on your water needs, which are easily changed on a convenient control panel. These modes include hybrid, heat pump only, boost and vacation mode.Why Should I Care About Efficiency?Water heaters are the 2nd highest energy user in the home. Standard tanks use more than the refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher combined. Switching to a more efficient tank may cost more upfront, but the energy savings will put that money back in your wallet in less than two years for a household of four.Huge Rebates are AvailableIf the energy savings are not a big enough incentive for you, Puget Sound Energy is offering a hefty rebate for the installation of these efficient tanks. If you have a hybrid water heater installed and take advantage of the rebate it will result in being about the same cost of a traditional water heater. Ron, owner of Springer Plumbing, is even taking advantage of this deal and installing a hybrid heat pump water heater in his own home. We would be happy to answer any questions for you! The conditions of the rebate can be found here.last_img read more

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

Theater Among Properties Released For Sale On Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – The former cinema/live performance theater along the high-profile Avenue of Memories (Route 537) in Eatontown is part of the latest group of properties on the former U.S. Army base about to be offered for sale.Other parcels include the Commissary, Post Exchange, warehouse district, post office and parking areas.The parcels were approved for sale at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). Due dates for bids will be announced soon.The entertainment facility, built in 1968, consists of 18,883 square feet with a 995-seat auditorium, slated for “adaptive reuse as well as alternate uses consistent with or complementing planned uses in the area” according to FMERA documents. The authority reports “specific interest from prospective purchasers in acquiring and renovating the property for arts, entertainment and related uses.” The parcel includes the adjacent Dean Field, a 24-acre green space intended for recreation, outdoor seating, passive open space or parking. The entire site totals approximately 31 acres.A revitalized theater would become part of what is evolving into a cultural and entertainment hub located adjacent to the proposed futuristic Freedom Pointe, a 500,000-square-foot retail/residential/business/entertainment/restaurant/hotel complex announced earlier this year. The fort’s former bowling center was recently purchased by a North Jersey bowling facility firm that will renovate and reopen it as such. A microbrewery and event space is currently being created nearby. On the other side of the Avenue of Memories – the main thoroughfare through the fort – Red Bank’s Kenneth Schwartz, owner of the borough’s Detour Gallery, has purchased and is renovating six former barracks into an artists’ and performance community. Just yards away, rows of former officers’ housing along the parade grounds are being refurbished for sale and rental, some of the first on-fort residences to be offered to the public.When Fort Monmouth closed, some lamented the loss of the Commissary site, available to military personnel and veterans, built in the Oceanport section in 1998. Early interest failed to result in purchase or lease. Located at Murphy Drive and Razor Avenue, the site lacks frontage on a major thoroughfare. Now the site is envisioned as a future retail building that could serve the thousands of new residents and workers who are expected to soon populate the revitalized fort.The Post Exchange (PX) complex includes four circa-1970 wood frame buildings totaling about 45,626 square feet, along with a 5,563-square-foot 1941 building formerly used by the Army Service Corps. The reuse plan slated the site for demolition and future use as low and medium-density housing with open space. However, there has been recent interest in the Commissary and PX for office/research and development space, active recreation and/or other commercial uses. While not consistent with the original reuse plan, FMERA officials said redevelopment nearby, including reuse of the Paterson Clinic by AcuteCare, and the relocation of Oceanport municipal operations, has reshaped the configuration of the district, “opening the door to more appropriate and potentially higher uses.” Officials said that site has also received “specific interest from prospective purchasers.”The Warehouse District consists of three general-purpose administrative buildings constructed in 1943 and two circa-1954 warehouse buildings totaling 77,589 square feet. The over 7-acre district is bound by Razor Avenue, Murphy Drive and the future Monmouth County Emergency Adult Homeless Shelter (as reported in The Two River Times last week.) FMERA staff recommends offering the site for commercial, active recreation or office/R&D space rather than residential use.The four-building post office area, bounded by Alexander, Todd, and Razor avenues is an approximately 6-acre parcel zoned for institutional use. Buildings there include the 7,641-square-foot former fort post office built in 1971, a 1970 Ticket & Tour building, a 1942 administration and classroom building and the 9,267-square-foot recreation equipment facility built in 1941. The reuse plan envisions demolition of all four structures. At one point, the site was eyed by the Oceanport School District for a new elementary school, officials said, but as the district is no longer considering that location, the property can be offered for alternate uses.A site on 6 acres that previously provided off-street parking for the buildings adjoining it is being recommended to continue to be used as such, depending on the proposals received for the adjacent parcels. Scoring of those bids by FMERA staff will give additional consideration to parties proposing to purchase multiple parcels.It is FMERA policy not to disclose parties interested in or bidding on fort parcels during the negotiation process. Past disclosures have negatively affected the negotiations and/or caused interested parties to revoke their offers. Among reasons cited are informing competition of what a commercial enterprise may be planning, as well as initiating escalation of bid prices.Factors considered by FMERA staff evaluation committees include prices offered, potential job creation numbers, timelines and enhancement of the economic value and “highest use” of Fort Monmouth. When the properties become officially available, details will be listed on fortmonmouthnj.com.This article was first published in the Dec. 14-21, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

first_imgThe tournament is divided into two pools of three teams playing a round robin draw to determine playoff seedings. The top four teams advance into the playoff round.Games begin Friday with the final set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the LVR Hangar. The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the floor this weekend for the annual Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The Bombers welcome teams from Grand Forks, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail, Mount Sentinel, Nakusp and Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Selects U12 Boys

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Selects U12 Boys

first_img The Selects won all four games during the weekend, defeating Kootenay South, Kootenay East, Columbia Valley and Lethbridge. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Selects squad with Team of the Week. The team includes, Coaches Mandy Greenaway and Mark Packham and players Kaleb Hunter, Hunter Hedges, Keegan Sully, Luca Murdock, Fraser Packham, Arlo Veerman,Niko Chanton-Davies, Michael Anderson, Szymon Poitras, Fisher Greenaway, Jamie Wood, Malachy Poitras, Jack Benson, Lucas McDonnell-Hoffert, Noah Syllebranque and Gabriel Bint-Dufresne. The Nelson Selects U12 Boys made it a clean sweep of the competition to capture the gold medal at the Sam Steele’s Days tournament Sunday in Cranbrook.last_img read more

Obesity surgery poses more risks than most realize

Obesity surgery poses more risks than most realize

first_imgCHICAGO – Obesity surgery, which is fast becoming a popular way to battle the nation’s weight crisis, may be a lot riskier than most patients realize. New research found a higher-than-expected risk of death in the year after surgery, even among young patients. “It’s a reality check for those patients who are considering these operations,” said University of Washington surgeon Dr. David Flum, lead author of a Medicare study that analyzed the risks. The findings appear in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some previous studies of people in their 30s to their 50s – the most common ages for obesity surgery – found death rates well under 1 percent. But in a study of 16,155 Medicare patients who underwent obesity surgery, more than 5 percent of men and nearly 3 percent of women aged 35 to 44 were dead within a year. And slightly higher rates were found in patients 45 to 54. Among patients 65 to 74, nearly 13 percent of men and about 6 percent of women died. In patients 75 and older, half of the men and 40 percent of the women died. There are several types of operations to lose weight, most generally involving surgically shrinking the stomach and usually restricted to “morbidly” obese people more than 100 pounds overweight. Those patients often have medical problems brought on by their girth, including heart trouble, diabetes and breathing difficulties – problems which obesity surgery can sometimes resolve but which can also contribute to making the surgery risky. Patients studied underwent surgery between 1997 and 2002. “This is a major operation in a high-risk population. “When you do a complicated operation in a complicated population, we should expect to see adverse outcomes” occasionally, Flume said. Dr. Neil Hutcher, president of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, said that Medicare patients are probably sicker than the general U.S. population and that complication rates have declined as surgeons’ expertise has increased. But Flum argued that some previous research showing lower risks came from “reports from the best surgeons reporting their best results,” while the new study is more of a real-world look. A JAMA editorial said even if Medicare patients do face higher risks, they should not be denied obesity surgery. “These patients may also represent the potential greatest benefit associated with major lasting weight loss given their associated disease burden,” the editorial said. The surgery may be lifesaving when done on the right patients, by experienced surgeons, the editorial said. The study offered no breakdown on causes of death, but obesity surgery’s potentially deadly complications can include malnutrition, infection and bowel and gallbladder problems. Also, surgery in general can be a deadly shock to the system, especially in older patients. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A Foot-Controlled Faucet For Convenience and Savings

A Foot-Controlled Faucet For Convenience and Savings

first_imgFor the past eight years we’ve been able to turn our kitchen faucet on and off using a knee- and foot-controlled valve from the Canadian company Tapmaster. This may seem like a convenience-only product designed for lazy people. I can’t argue with all of that — and admit that I probably wouldn’t have installed one if I hadn’t received it for testing from the manufacturer after we had reviewed a competing product in Environmental Building News. But I gotta say, I love it, and I’m convinced that it does result in significant water and energy savings.Foot and knee controls for faucets have been used for decades in hospitals, where doctors and nurses don’t want to risk re-contaminating their hands by touching the faucet handle after washing. Now these controls are making their way into high-end homes as a convenience feature (as are sensor-activated controls), and our company has recommended this type of product since our first review of a foot-controlled faucet in 1999 (log-in required to read full article).With foot- and knee-controls for faucets, you set the desired temperature and flow rate using the standard hot and cold levers. Then you turn the tap on and off by pushing an under-sink cabinet door with your knee, by stepping on a foot valve, or by depressing a “kick-plate” beneath the cabinet. Our particular model allows us to use either a knee against the cabinet door or the tip of a foot pushing against a kick-plate. To adjust the rate of flow or the temperature, one simply adjusts the levers like normal — but you turn the flow off by releasing pressure on the cabinet door or foot pad.We usually have only the cold water lever turned on (to quickly fill a water glass or rinse a spoon off during the day). When we’re going to wash dishes, we simply turn off the cold lever and turn on the hot (because we keep our water heater set to about 120°F, we usually don’t have to mix cold with hot for washing dishes).It’s certainly a convenience to turn the water on and off without using your hands. But it also saves water. This morning, when I was filling the water bowl for our golden retriever, for example, I was able to hold the bowl with both hands and not waste water by turning on the faucet and then lifting the bowl under the tap. When washing pots and pans, with the hot-water tap turned on, I control the flow very simply using my knee, while many people leave the water running.While you save water whether it’s hot or cold water that’s being controlled, there’s a whole lot more money to be saved by reducing use of hot water, because it’s water that doesn’t have to be heated.The biggest problem we have is when guests are over and can’t figure out how to turn on the water. For this reason, we often lock the control in the “on” position (a simple process using the kick-plate) so that the flow is controlled with the faucet levers — like normal. Our younger daughter used to enjoy tricking her friends, though, by snapping her fingers as she surreptitiously pushed in the cabinet door or foot pad. Her friends would try to turn on the tap by snapping their fingers….Tapmaster’s foot- and knee-control systems start at about $300 (not including installation), with some systems costing over $500. Would I recommend this as starting-point investment in water and energy savings? Certainly not. But, I have to say that after using one of these for eight years (with absolutely no problem), if I were building a new house today I would figure out a way to work this feature into the budget.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UFC President Dana White said Wednesday that the promotion likely won’t know for several weeks whether the test results will be confirmed after an examination of Jones’ backup sample. Any potential discipline must wait until after the adjudication process afforded to every fighter.But unless some extraordinary reason surfaces for Jones’ latest failed test, the man widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter is facing another lengthy absence during his prime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“At this point, who (cares) what I think? He’s done enough damage to himself,” White said while promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather this weekend.“His dad said it: Jon is his own worst enemy,” White added. “Boy, is that true. But sitting here today, it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy that happened for this stuff to get into his system, so I don’t know.” Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA, which administers the UFC’s anti-drug policy. The California State Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over Jones, who regained his light heavyweight title July 29 with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim. He failed a test conducted on a sample collected one day before the bout.“If this holds up, and he ends up getting (a suspension of) two, three (years), it’s probably the end of his career,” White said.Under its privacy rules, USADA won’t announce the substance for which Jones tested positive unless the fighter divulges it.Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour” podcast later Wednesday and said the fighter was told he had tested positive for turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Kawa said Jones passed two tests earlier in July, and the fighter is wondering whether he took a tainted nutritional supplement in the weeks before the bout.Kawa posted a strident defense of his client on Facebook on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday July, 29, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career.Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We’ve got a lot of problems if this turns out to be true, but they aren’t problems compared to what Jon has,” White said. “The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “I know how hard he worked to get back to where he’s at,” Kawa wrote. “This is definitely heartbreaking. He (definitely) didn’t cheat or use steroids. But I’m with him more now than the night he won the belt.”Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the third failed test of his career.He tested positive for cocaine in 2015, later publicly acknowledging he had used the drug. He then received a yearlong suspension in 2016 for what he claimed was a sexual enhancement pill. His fight against Cormier was his first since that suspension ended.Penalties are compounded for multiple failed tests, and a multiyear suspension would leave the UFC without one of its rising pay-per-view draws. Jones’ bad-boy image actually appears to have made him more marketable for the UFC, which has a current dearth of pay-per-view stars.Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, McGregor and Georges St. Pierre are all in various stages of retirement, comebacks or more lucrative side jobs, with only St. Pierre currently scheduled for an MMA fight.Jones’ mistake also throws two weight classes into upheaval.White said Cormier is likely to regain the UFC light heavyweight title, which he held twice after Jones was stripped of the belt for his first two failed tests. Cormier also reigned atop the division while Jones was sidelined following his arrest over a hit-and-run accident.Cormier has never lost to anyone but Jones, but the good-natured star will be in the same awkward position in which he found himself during Jones’ previous forced absence.And Jones appeared to be ready to make an impact on the UFC heavyweight division. White had been talking to Jones’ camp about matching him with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in Detroit later this year in what would have been a blockbuster pay-per-view matchup.Instead, Miocic must find a new opponent for his belt — and any matchup that the UFC can make will be less intriguing than a showdown with Jones.last_img read more