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first_img Tags: NULL Monday 24 January 2011 8:19 pm Russia’s Koks prices its IPO RUSSIAN coking coal and pig iron producer Koks will seek to raise around $520m (£325m) in its IPO, landing a windfall for its owners and kick-starting a stampede by Russian firms to the stock market.The Siberia-based company, which is planning to list existing shares in both London and Moscow, said the offering could make up at least 20 per cent of its stock and would be priced at $6.25-$8.00 a share, valuing the company at $2.6bn.Koks is one of four Russian firms expected to begin bookbuilding in London this week in a bumper start to the year for Russian company IPOs that could raise a combined $3bn — over half the total raised in the whole of 2010.Russia’s biggest sugar producer Rusagro is also reviving plans for an IPO after market volatility caused it to postpone its last attempt in May 2010.Rusagro’s IPO could also take place in London — further evidence the British capital has emerged as the favourite destination for Russian private companies.Analysts have said Russian companies could raise around $30bn in 2011 given the right market conditions, up from $5.5bn in 2010.Koks is owned by resources tycoon Boris Zubitskiy and his two sons, who the company said would keep all the proceeds from the sale of their shares in the IPO.The group said around 12.1 per cent of the overall shares would be sold by the Zubitskiys — netting the family a windfall of over $300m based on the expected income.Koks will also sell treasury shares — the cash raised from which will be invested in the company. KCS-content whatsappcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNews SharperGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72News SharperDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMoneyPailBurning Money: Common Cars Rapidly DepreciatingMoneyPail Share More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Show Comments ▼last_img read more


first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/198793/wolzak-search Clipboard Photographs:  Christian Richters Wolzak / SeARCH BAM Utiliteitsbouw Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: SeARCH Area Area of this architecture project Wolzak / SeARCHSave this projectSaveWolzak / SeARCH “COPY” Assistants:Elke Demyttenaere, Remco Wieringa w/ Nienke Bouwhuis, Gert Jan Machiels, Dagmar Niecke, Geert VennixClient:AnonymousProject Team:Bjarne Mastenbroek, Ad BogermanCity:ZutphenCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Christian RichtersText description provided by the architects. How can the historical and spatial qualities of an old farmyard, with all its various outbuildings, be retained when the new function is that of a family residence? Save this picture!© Christian RichtersThe livestock barn which formed the stem of the traditional T-form farmhouse is demolished and replaced by a new building. This new extension attaches itself precisely to the opening left by the removal of the original barn, thus retaining the T-form. The new volume is skewed in plan giving it a distorting ‘pulled and dragged’ perspective. Save this picture!© Christian RichtersSave this picture!first floor planSave this picture!© Christian RichtersThe existing farmhouse and outbuildings are divided programmatically from the new extension. Living accommodation is situated in the existing building with the adjoining part of the extension housing a large open kitchen space and the entrance, situated between the new and existing. The workroom, guest accommodation and garden store are all located in the remainder of the new volume separated from the living spaces by a large conservatory. The freestanding barn is retained with an option for a future swimming pool conversion. Save this picture!© Christian RichtersThe load bearing construction of the extension consists of a series of solid prefabricated wooden plates. They define the building’s internal finishes and influence the quality of the interior space. By cladding the roof and elevations with a continuous skin of horizontal timber laths, the façades simultaneously have the appearance of being open, semi-transparent and closed.Save this picture!© Christian RichtersProject gallerySee allShow lessGreen Solution House / 3XNArticlesArchitectural Dialogues / Sasha WaltzArticles Share “COPY” Contractor: Year: center_img Kluster V.O.F. Photographs The Netherlands Save this picture!© Christian Richters+ 17 Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/198793/wolzak-search Clipboard Interior Design: CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•Zutphen, The Netherlands Houses 2004 CopyAbout this officeSeARCHOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseZutphenHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on January 19, 2012Cite: “Wolzak / SeARCH” 19 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more


first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis DTV adds media buying and call centre consultancy tostrategic offeringDTV Group,the DRTV specialists with a stronghold in the not-for-profit sector, has developed a new division to optimise call centre and media services for clients. The work is headed up by Lex Cook, one of the agency’s directors.The new division assists charities with three crucial stages of working with suppliers from the call centre and media buying sectors: tendering and appointment, management during campaigns, and post-campaign data analysis and campaign evaluation.Cook says:“It goes without saying that if a DRTV campaign, no matter how compelling the creative, is not seen by the right people or the responses are not handled appropriately, it will not realise its full potential. And, through working with our many charity clients, we have found an increasing need for a more streamlined blend of creative proposition, media selection and call centre follow up.”“We feel we’re best positioned to offer this service as it is the creative elements of each campaign that dictate the kind of person it most appeals to and the appropriate tone of subsequent interactions,” he continues.The new division has been set up following a series of highly successful fundraising campaigns which have included these services that DTV has run both in the UK and internationally.PeterMuffett, Managing Director of DTV Group explains, “We have achieved record ROIs for several clients who have asked us to include these services, so we have not simply identified the urgent need for better strategic integration of these campaign elements, we have also proved that we are able to improve campaign performance when we deliver them. This new division formalises that offering. With Lex at the helm I am confident its success will be shared with our existing and all new charity clients.”Sarah Fitzgerald O’Connor, Support Acquisition Manager at Save the Children UK, commented:“DTV and Lex recently managed the tendering process for us to appoint a new call centre and media agency. It was great to have someone as experienced as Lex at all stages of the process. DTV’s input ranged from providing an informed market overview to drawing up the briefs, from facilitating chemistry meetings, to poring over the detail of agency submissions and contracts. Lex is now working closely with our in-house team to make sure we get the best out of our call centre and media relationships to optimise DRTV.“DTV added huge value, especially to the DRTV element of the integrated media brief. And with the call centres they developed detailed technical specifications and service frameworks that have given a really solid foundation to how we move forward.”Lex’s new appointment begins with immediate effect. /endsNotes to EditorsFor moreinformation contact Ruth Stone,Orchid PR on 01483 538710 / 07788 417 109 or email [email protected] DTV Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Telephone fundraising DTV usethe power of sound and vision to move people to action: to give money,campaign, buy products, become brand advocates. They combine the hard-nosed metrics of direct marketing with the fluid possibilities of so many new routes to market. DRTV is a speciality;delivered worldwide, with heavyweight solutions and lightweight cost, andwithout the usual agency hierarchies and ego. To find out more visit www.dtvgroup.co.uk Howard Lake | 1 March 2010 | Newscenter_img DTV Group develops new call centre and media service division  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


first_img Melanie May | 29 May 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Advertisement  965 total views,  5 views today More Ramadan fundraising: Tagged with: Ramadan [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=PyydnTIIPVo&feature=emb_logo[/youtube]muzmatchMuslim dating app muzmatch has raised over $166,000 with its campaign to raise money to build a school in Pakistan that launched at the start of Ramadan.The app’s developers introduced a donation screen that popped up while members swiped through profiles, with muzmatch also matching in full all donations made during the last 10 days of Ramadan.The campaign beat its target of $100,000 to raise $166,871.The muzmatch school will be built in partnership with the READ foundation, a non-profit organisation that has been building schools for underprivileged and orphaned children in Pakistan since 1994. It will be painted pink to represent muzmatch’s brand colours. MyTenNights raises £10.9m for charity during Ramadan Your donations this month have truly reminded us the love that exists within the Ummah ?We have been busy delivering your food parcels so as you break your fast tonight, know that someone else will be doing the same thanks to your mercy!https://t.co/D6K3l57dfZ pic.twitter.com/FypHQyg1Zz— Muslim Hands (@muslimhandsuk) May 22, 2020Muslim HandsMuslim Hands raised £2 million from three live appeals on Islam Channel in the month of Ramadan. A record breaking £1.5 million was raised during the Yemen live appeal, which took place on the 27th night of Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr.Funds raised from the appeals will go towards projects in various locations including the Masjid Al-Aqsa lighting appeal in Jerusalem, the running of a bread factory in Northern Syria and to provide safe drinking water to the people of Yemen.The charity also asked people to donate online during Ramadan to pay for food parcels and other urgent needs. More than 100,000 Muslim donors gave £10.9 million to charities this year through MyTenNights, a tech platform that automates donations across the final ten nights of Ramadan.This is more than double last year’s £4.3 million final fundraising figure.This year, Ramadan under lockdown saw traditional fundraising methods, such as gala dinners and collection boxes at mosques, largely affected, leading more people to use technology to facilitate their charitable donations across the last 10 nights in the run-up to Laylatul Qadr, the most important night in the Islamic calendar.MyTenNights helps a network of charity partners, including Oxfam, Penny Appeal, Barnardo’s, and Islamic Relief, engage with a younger Muslim demographic. It saw increased demand this year for automated services in the charity sector across the wider Muslim community as a result of coronavirus preventing traditional religious practices.Ismael Abdela, Co-Founder of MyTenNights said:“MyTenNights was created to bring a solution for Muslims worldwide to make charitable giving relevant to their personal charity goals during Ramadan. Coronavirus disrupted religious practice during Ramadan and amplified the need for an automated donations service more than we could have ever imagined, making our platform an avenue for Muslims to dismantle the barriers created by the virus and practice a cherished aspect of their faith.“While the general charity sector has been hit hard by Covid-19, the Muslim charity space has demonstrated a heightened sense of connectedness to faith at this time. With some of our main charity partners up 50% on year-on-year donations, our platform has proved a powerful tool for Muslims worldwide to challenge the current circumstances and we are truly proud to have played a role in this achievement.”  966 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 That’s a wrap!! What a blast…Alhamdulillah!! Thank you to my friends & family who came out to support me on today’s run That’s 260km complete for #Ramadan. #RunMotaRun https://t.co/9hS8kWsRpw pic.twitter.com/am6D8WZ5Eb— Haroon Mota (@Haroon_Mota_) May 23, 2020Penny AppealPenny Appeal’s Head of Challenge Events Haroon Mota has so far raised over £54,000 by running 260k during Ramadan, while fasting.Mota ran the 260k as part of his 2.6 Challenge, and did 10k each evening, completing each run just before sunset, having fasted since 3am. The money will help people facing crisis, war and displacement in places such as Syria, Gaza and Yemen.He has also challenged himself to run four marathons this year, with the aim of raising £25,000 for Penny Appeal’s Emergency Response programmes to help people who are facing crisis, war and displacement.last_img read more


first_imgNon-Profits News Hathaway-Sycamores and PUSD: “Partnering to Help Our Children’s Mental Health During the Pandemic” Hathaway-Sycamores’ longstanding relationship with PUSD has been helping students in the community for over two decades. Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 3:47 pm HerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa and School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro. (Click on image to enlarge)After a year of social distancing and remote learning, the mental health issues that children and teenagers are experiencing are soaring. Not only do students miss their friends and struggle with virtual learning, but many also have experienced deaths and job losses in their families, loss of housing (or fear of eviction) and food insecurity. The stress, depression, and anxiety our youth are suffering is unprecedented and can lead to serious consequences.In fact, according to the CDC, attempted suicide and suicide are on the rise and are currently the second leading cause of death for teens.During this challenging time Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with Hathaway-Sycamores is crucial. Hathaway-Sycamores School-Based Services provides behavioral health services on four of the school campuses in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), including Pasadena High School and three of the elementary schools in the district.From helping students who are experiencing anxiety and depression to those who have suffered a crisis in their lives – like the death of a parent – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinical staff expertly provide individual, group and family therapy. They also perform behavioral rehabilitation and assessment services to help students manage stress in the effort to achieve greater academic success. During the pandemic, the connection that students experience with their therapist, and the opportunity to talk to someone outside the family, is critical.The partnership with PUSD began in 1997 with the goal of providing greater access to behavioral health care to students in need. Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners firmly believes in the equity the program provides. “Having this program in the schools is so important because it makes the services easily accessible to students who might not otherwise get the support they need. Often, we can provide early intervention before a more serious problem develops,” shares Ms. Manners.At the core of this long-term relationship between Hathaway-Sycamores and the Pasadena Unified School District is trust. The trust has developed over time and is facilitated by the fact that in normal circumstances – pre-COVID – Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and other staff work 40 hours a week on the campus. School administrators, teachers, and other school personnel know the agency’s team members in the school – they are familiar faces and have personal relationships with the school community. According to School-Based Services Director Shannon San Pedro, “We go to Back-to-School Nights, PTA meetings and the Holiday Programs – we show up. And that makes the community trust us more. When the school recommends treatment and the providers are on campus it feels more collaborative, and we have more buy in from everyone involved.”During this difficult time of remote learning Hathaway-Sycamores’ clinicians and community wellness specialists are providing services via telehealth. However, COVID has increased the intensity and frequency of issues that our students are facing, and the Hathaway-Sycamores team has also been providing in person support when critical. The team has supported students and families in other ways too – including getting tablets and hotspots to students in need and finding the funds to pay the electric bill for a family whose power was turned off.The agency is also expanding work with the greater PUSD community to meet new needs that have arisen during this past year. Last summer after a child from Madison Elementary School was tragically killed in a shooting, Hathaway-Sycamores staff were there to provide support and help the healing process begin for the school’s staff and families. The school-based team met with school personnel to help them understand the various stages and feelings of collective grief that school staff members, students, and families all might experience. The team also assisted school staff in determining the best way to discuss this heartbreaking event with other families in the school.While the district works with other providers, the relationship with Hathaway-Sycamores remains unique. Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services Dr. Eric Sahakian credits Hathaway-Sycamores’ flexibility as a key factor in the success of the relationship, “We know if we put Hathaway-Sycamores in one of our schools, they are going to make it work. They have the flexibility, creativity and expertise to adjust to the specific needs of the students on that school campus.” Dr. Sahakian added, “This ultimately results in healthier students and families.”The district’s belief in Hathaway-Sycamores’ ability to get the job done has recently led to a new collaboration involving two grants. The first grant is the Proposition 47 Grant, aimed at intervening with juvenile offenders early to break the cycle and change the script from “school to prison” to “school to college.” The second grant is Project Prevent, a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to provide school-based social and emotional supports for 12-18-year-old students who have experienced trauma regardless of income level and insurance.The relationship has been beneficial both to district and to agency. Hathaway-Sycamores Assistant Vice President of School-Based Services Shefali D’Sa sums it up, “Our longstanding partnership with PUSD has branched out in so many directions and has led to the development of an amazing program in our agency that has expanded to assist students not only in Pasadena, but all over Los Angeles County. We are thankful for PUSD’s partnership, trust and vision.”About Hathaway-SycamoresHathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is a highly respected mental health and welfare agency with 10 locations throughout Southern California. For over 118 years, Hathaway-Sycamores has been investing in people. We provide innovative and effective programs and services through a network of locations stretching across Los Angeles and the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys for children, youth, young adults, and families facing serious life challenges. Our highly effective behavioral health services impact more than 16,000 lives annually. Services include residential treatment; transitional shelter care; foster care and adoption; transitional living assistance for young adults currently or at risk of experiencing homelessness; outpatient and school-based mental health services; wraparound/in-home services; psychiatric services; psychological testing; and educational support services. Hathaway-Sycamores is licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, LAHSA funded and accredited through The Joint Commission. To learn more, visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org. Make a commentlast_img read more


first_img Share Save Homebuilders Housing Starts Leading Market Index National Association of Homebuilders 2014-11-07 Scott Morgan Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Report: Housing Market Not Completely Back, But Getting Closer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Homebuilders Housing Starts Leading Market Index National Association of Homebuilders Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img November 7, 2014 1,135 Views Home / Daily Dose / Report: Housing Market Not Completely Back, But Getting Closer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released its Q3 Leading Markets Index (LMI) report Thursday, and the verdict is: National housing recovery is getting there, slowly but surely.For months, NAHB has been reporting that recovery in the national and in most metro markets is inching its way back to normal levels. The latest report virtually mirrors the LMI report released in August, which stated that 56 of 350 metros were at or better than normal, and the national housing market overall was 89 percent of where it should be.Now, those numbers are 59 out of 350 and 90 percent nationwide. Year over year, this is an additional seven metros at or better than normal and an improvement in 66 percent of all markets compared to Q3 of 2013.The LMI looks at average permit, price, and employment data over a 12-month period, then divides each by their annual averages over the last period of normal growth. For single-family permits and home prices, 2003 is considered the last normal year; for employment, 2007.As it has this whole year, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, tops the list of major metros on the LMI. Baton Rouge, according to NAHB, is 39 percent better than its last normal market level a decade ago. Other major metros doing far better than what would be considered normal include Austin, Honolulu, Oklahoma City, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, and Charleston.Some smaller metros are doing even better. Midland and Odessa, Texas, for example, are twice as strong as they were before the recession. Grand Forks and Bismarck, North Dakota; and Casper, Wyoming, are also doing far better now than they were 10 years ago.For markets not all the way back, things are nevertheless up.”Nearly half of all the markets on the Leading Markets Index are up since August, which is a good sign that the ongoing housing recovery will keep moving forward in 2015,” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of First American Title Insurance Company, which co-sponsors the LMI report.According to NAHB chairman Kevin Kelly, markets are recovering at a slow, gradual pace, and continued job creation, economic growth and increasing consumer confidence “should help spur pent-up demand for housing.”Where there is room for improvement is in the area of permits for new construction.”An uptick in the number of single-family permits, which is currently only 44 percent of normal activity, is the key to a full-fledged housing recovery,” said David Crowe, NAHB’s chief economist. “In the 17 metros where permits are at or above normal, the overall index shows that these markets have fully recovered.” The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Republicans Expected to Use New Majority Power to Push for CFPB Reform Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 11/9/2014 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Subscribelast_img read more


first_imgThe charity Campaign for Learning isorganising a national Learning at Work Day on 17 May to encourage employers andemployees alike to learn to love learning. Follow our guide to making the mostof the opportunity. By Stephanie SparrowTuesday 8 May Make that callIf you haven’t already done so, youshould be calling the Learning at Work Day information line on 0117 966 7755 toregister and to request free planning and publicity materials. Campaign for Learning suggests thatthe free posters are placed in staff restaurants, smoking rooms and other areaswhere employees congregate, such as the washrooms.Involve senior managementA key factor is to get the seniormanagement on board. Real inspiration for learning starts at the top, says thecharity. On previous Learning at Work Days, business leaders have job-swappedwith their staff or customers to learn more about working life in the otherperson’s shoes. Job-swappers have includedemployment minister Baroness Blackstone, B&Q managing director Martin Toogoodand Warrington Borough Council chief executive Steve Broomhead. This year the Campaign for Learningis inviting leaders to complete a week’s learning diary to illustrate how weall learn every day.Keep staff in the pictureMake sure that all employees knowabout Individual Learning Accounts. The incentive behind them is to overcomefinancial barriers to learning.If an individual invests £25 oftheir own money the Government will make up the account to £150 that can bespent on learning. Call the Individual Learning Account Centre on 0800 072 5678for more information.Wednesday 9 May Plan a job-swapJob-swapping and job-shadowing aregood, informal ways of learning. Benefits include improved communicationsskills, support for career planning and experience in coaching and mentoring. Examine information flows in yourorganisation and suggest that departments who rely on each other forinformation organise job-swaps on Learning at Work Day.Thursday 10 May Promote language learningThis year has been designatedEuropean Year of Languages. Why not introduce the concept of language learningin a non-threatening way? Ideas from the Campaign for Learninginclude contacting the catering manager to offer a themed menu on othernational cuisines on 17 May and backing up this initiative with a display inthe staff restaurant on course information from local providers on where staffcan learn the related languages locally.Friday 11 MayPublicise your eventsMake sure that you have told theCampaign for Learning that you are getting involved in Learning at Work Day.The planning guide has a faxback form you can use. If you do not have a copysimply fax your organisation’s details to Learning at Work Day on 020-79301552, saying what you are doing to support the day. The campaign is targeting both localand national media to generate publicity for Learning at Work Day and will behighlighting the organisations that are taking part.Monday 14 May  Run a culture checkFind out if your organisation reallysupports learning as part of everyday working life. Check out the LearningClimate quiz on the campaign’s website. Invite colleagues to do that quiz andfind out the reasons behind any scores vastly different from your own.Tuesday 15 MayLook out for special offersMany providers are joining in, suchas e-learning provider iLearn.To, which has offered a free corporatee-university to every organisation getting involved. See our guide opposite. Wednesday 16 MayDiagnose your learning style and improve itVisit Peter Honey’s website atwww.peterhoney.com to discover what sort of learner you are. Understanding yourlearning style can make you become a more effective learner.Thursday 17 MayStudy what works Find out what suits the people inyour organisation and apply it throughout the year. At least one of thefollowing themes should be in evidence at your organisation today:– Creating a learning climate in theworkplace to enable informal learning that is integrated to people’s real work– Encourage leaders to be learnersby including job shadowing– Look at low-cost learning,including e-learning – Learning how to learnWhichlearning areas can you promote?Kick-starting an enthusiasm forlearning depends on how you present the concept to staff. Here are somesuggestions that should encourage their buy-inImprove communication Skills such asgiving clear explanations and listening are still overlooked in organisations,but are essential to making working life run more smoothly.  Try running a training session where anexpert explains a task to a non-expert who then has to pass on the instructionto another non-expert.  If communicationbreaks down, try to analyse the language that may be causing the problem.  Free access to online communication courseswill be available on the day from Skillsoft. For more information visitwww.skillsoft.comTackle stress managementA recent survey commissioned by theInternational Stress Management Association and Royal Sun Alliance suggeststhat 70 per cent of adults experience stress at work (compared with 60 per centin 1999).  Imaginativeideas from the Campaign for Learning include inviting a feng shui consultant into advise on creating a stress-free work environment and on how to conduct theart at home, and running a lunchtime workshop on dealing with stress.Encourage learning skillsUse Learning at Work Day to helpemployees recognise how they learn best. The Campaign for Learning recommendsusing its Learning Climate quiz to assess the learning culture within anorganisation. More information is available from the Campaign’s Call Centres.  It also wants to see a greater emphasis onindividual learning plans and learning diaries.  Boost computer abilitiesThe day brings a useful opportunityto encourage competence and confidence in computer skills.  If you have a systems department, hold atraining event on how your organisation’s systems work or you could try alunchtime skill-swap session at which people share useful  techniques. Organisations that benefited from this approach in the past includeCoventry City Council, whose staff were offered free taster sessions by ICTCentre at Coventry Central Library, and the Benefits Agency, which organisedsessions including learning about the internet.Coach financial awarenessMany people lack confidence aboutfinancial matters, whether its calculating VAT or balancing budgets.  The Campaign for Learning suggests offeringguidance to savings, investments, insurance and tax or even facilitatingnumeracy with taster sessions such as Working With Numbers and BudgetingBasics, which can be found on the learndirect website, www.learndirect.co.uk  Last year some companies held lunchbreaksessions for their staff such as “Payslips Explained”.Easyaccess to learning resourcesLanguagesFree online French, German andItalian language courses will be available from iLearn.To on Learning at WorkDay.  Online French andSpanish courses are also available from Encarta Language Learning.  www.iLearn.Tohttp://languagemsn.com/learn_main.aspCommunication coursesFree access to online communicationand interpersonal courses is being offered by Skillsoft on Learning at WorkDay. The e-learning provider is offering free access to courses such as TheMany Faces of Communication and The Customer-Driven Organisation.Free guides oncommunicating in plain English are also available from the Plain English Campaign.  www.plainenglish.co.uk   www.skillsoft.comFinancial awarenesslearndirect and the Plain EnglishCampaign offer activities in this area, including budgeting and pensions.  www.learndirect.co.uk  www.plainenglish.co.ukComputer skillsBBC WebWise is an online,step-by-step guide to the basics of the Internet. It is a comprehensive 10-hourcourse with in-built, online assessment .  www.bbc.co.uk/becomingwebwise  www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/campaign/learningLearning abilityThe Campaign for Learning offersmaterial such as The Smarter Learning Guide and A Learning Diary Template,based on Peter Honey’s Learning Log. These are available from the Campaign’scall centre on 0117 966 7755. The charity is also making its Learning for Workseries of work books available at 40 per cent off the normal prices and thisspecial offer is accessible through the website.  www.campaign-for-learning.org.ukVirtual universitiesEmployers who are interested inexploring the potential of e-learning can take advantage of Learning at WorkDay sponsors iLearn.To’s special offer to create their own virtual university.Once organisations have set up their own online corporate university, employeeswill have unlimited access to all iLearn.To courses for a fee of just £25 each.Trying for a job-swapFor tips on getting involved in ajob-shadow or swap contact Webswappers.  www.webswappers.comStress managementOpportunities for stress managementsessions throughout 17 May are being offered by friendly-ear.com. 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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. UK tackles skills shortages with refugee programmeOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Managed migration is the key to meeting skills shortages and developing aneffective asylum system in the UK, Home Secretary David Blunkett has announced.The UK government launched its Highly Skilled Migrant programme on 28January, which will increase the number of well-qualified staff permitted towork in the UK. Blunkett said: “We must have managed migration and inward migrationpolicies to make sure those seeking work here or escaping persecution elsewhereare manageable within the social cohesion of the UK.” He added: “Offering alternative routes [to claiming political asylum]seems to me a prerequisite to getting the rest of the programme right.” Other economic migration initiatives include changing work permit proceduresto make extension easier, and increasing the period of validity of the permitsfrom four to five years. A new scheme will allow seasonal and less skilled workers to secure permits,and overseas graduates will now be able to apply for a work permit directlyfollowing their studies. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


first_imgIn January and February 2000, a collaborative survey designed to assess the biomass of Antarctic krill across the Scotia Sea was conducted aboard research vessels from Japan, Russia, the UK and the USA using active acoustic and net sampling. Survey design, sampling protocols, and data analysis procedures are described. Mean krill density across the survey area was estimated to be 21.4 gm(-2), and total biomass was estimated to be 44.3 million tonnes (CV 11.4%). This biomass estimate leads to a revised estimate of precautionary yield for krill in the Scotia Sea of 4 million tonnes. However, before the fishery can be permitted to expand to this level, it will be necessary to establish mechanisms to avoid concentration of fishing effort, particularly near colonies of land-breeding krill predators, and to consider the effects of krill immigrating into the region from multiple sources.last_img read more


first_imgOutsourced viewings service Viewber has won a second raft or ‘Series B’ round of funding for the fledgling business launched last September by industry veteran Ed Mead and technology entrepreneur Marcus de Ferranti (pictured, right).The two founders of the company won’t say how much extra cash they’ve raised but Mead told The Negotiator that he wants to capitalise on the company’s “first mover” advantage and continue growing the company.This hints at a rival outsourced viewings operation waiting in the wings. But Ed also says he and Marcus want to carry on investing in the automated operation system that the Viewber model relies on, and hire more key staff.Enthusiastically investedHe also confirmed that former Marsh & Parsons MD Peter Rollings, who came in early as a ‘Series A’ investor as we reported in January, remains “enthusiastically invested” in the company.But while Viewber is sometimes seen as part of the UK’s proptech sector expansion, its technology at launch was surprisingly old-school – for example there was no mobile app for clients or agents to use. Has this changed?“Have we gone digital? Yes, big time as always planned,” says Ed. “We have a complex and fully functional automated platform which is and will continue to be constantly developed and further integrated to our customers’ platforms.”The founding pair also say the company is on course to complete 3,000 viewings this month using its national network of freelance part-time viewing agents, which it calls ‘viewbers’, hence the company name.“They’re all ex-professional, high-achieving facilitators” says de Ferranti, “[and] their joining requirements are super efficiency and super-fast broadband.”The viewing agents are vetted before joining the company, and paid between £10 and £20 per viewing and, the company claims, there are currently 1,200 registered and 30 signing up every week.Mead, who used to head up London agency Douglas & Gordon, says they come from a variety of backgrounds and are often retired professional, ex-forces, former estate agents, teachers and stay-at-home parents.marcus de Ferranti Ed Mead Viewber May 16, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Outsourced viewings firm Viewber wins second round of funding previous nextProducts & ServicesOutsourced viewings firm Viewber wins second round of fundingFounding pair also say they are on course to complete 3,000 viewings this month.Nigel Lewis16th May 201701,111 Viewslast_img read more

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