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Winkworth about to pass 100-branch milestone


first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Winkworth about to pass 100-branch milestone previous nextAgencies & PeopleWinkworth about to pass 100-branch milestoneHelped by several key senior appointments this year including leading industry figure Michael Stoop, the agency added seven branches to its total during 2017.Nigel Lewis5th January 201801,222 Views Winkworth says its branch network is about to go past the 100-mark when it opens three new offices during the opening months of this year.This is on top of seven new branches opened last year including colds starts in Cheltenham (pictured, right), Sunningdale and Surbiton in London, three existing agencies converting to the Winkworth brand in Kingsbury (in London) and Dartmouth and Torbay in Devon plus an extra branch for an existing franchisee in Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire.The company also says it has seen an unusually busy period of new enquiries coming in about franchising opportunities – up by 26% year-on-year during 2017.Winkworth’s current expansive activity is down to, in part, the re-hiring of former franchisee Michael Stoop in July who, after 25 years spent away from the firm working for several franchising giants including Martin & Co, is now working for Winkworth as a consultant.“Following the success of last year, we’re putting more emphasis on our expansion over the course of 2018 to ensure we have a strong network of offices supported by some of the most skilled people in the industry,” says Winkworth CEO Dominic Agace (pictured, left).“We’re always on the lookout for experienced property professionals who want to take the next step in their career and open their own estate agency office, or those with an already successful estate agency looking to futureproof their business.“As a franchise we offer the best of both worlds, giving the independence you need to run your own estate agency, while providing the support and guidance for your office to be the best it can.”Anyone interested in a Winkworth franchise should email: [email protected] also won Gold in the Website of the Year category during last year’s Negotiator Awards for its recently-revamped company site.sunningdale Michael Stoop surbiton kinsbury Cheltenham dartmouth Dominic Agace torbay winkworth January 5, 2018Nigel 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 2021last_img read more


Books in 50 Words: Homer Iliad


first_imgHomer’s Iliad remains an excellent introductionto poetry for the under-fives; itslanguage proves accessible, and the availableGreek translations help you encouragechildren to foreign languages at an earlyage. Split into bite-size 1000 line chunks(easily readable, say, at bed time) this classicnonsense anthology has lasting appeal.by Chris McCartneylast_img


Roseland Is Closing But Everyone’s Still Getting Naked! Broadway Bares Finds a New Home


first_img The 24th annual Broadway Bares will settle in at Hammerstein Ballroom located in the Manhattan Center on West 34th Street at 9:30PM and midnight on June 22. The sexy, near-naked fundraiser (created by Kinky Boots director Jerry Mitchell) that mixes burlesque and Broadway will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year’s event will be directed by frequent Bares stripper dancer Nick Kenkel, who clearly knows his stuff (see photo above or click here). But you don’t have to wait until June to see your favorite Broadway performers with their clothes off! On Sunday, January 26, you can enjoy the previously announced Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque at XL Nightclub. Directed by Michael Lee Scott, this year’s Winter Burlesque show is entitled Calendar Girl.  Need more encouragement to support this sexy cause? Check out the opening number of last year’s Bares, featuring Wicked’s Kyle Dean Massey and original Hedwig star Miriam Shor!  View Comments When last year’s news that Roseland Ballroom was getting razed made headlines, all the Broadway.com office could think and worry about was, “Where will all those Broadway chorus kids get naked?!” Worry no more… Broadway Bares has found a new home!last_img read more


Daily Lessons


first_imgPublic schools across Georgia are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and many parents are scrambling to help with schoolwork. To help parents and to continue providing youth development resources to children across the state, the Georgia 4-H program is delivering daily online 4-H activities.Beginning Wednesday, March 18, lessons on a host of topics are being emailed daily, including agriculture, health and wellness, snack ideas and community service projects. Wednesdays will be dedicated to healthy living topics prepared by Burke County UGA Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent Terri Black.The daily activities can be completed at home with common household items. The free lessons are geared for youth ages five to 18 and 4-H membership is not required.The UGA Extension agents plan to send out the lessons at least through April 30.The lessons are hosted by Georgia 4-H professionals from Banks, Burke, Greene and Morgan counties. Families are encouraged to share photos of their work using the hashtag #GAPluggedinto4H.To register to receive the lessons, go to http://bit.ly/PluggedIn4H or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plugged-into-4-h-registration-100147094656.If you have questions, contact Meridith Franks (Burke County 4-H) at [email protected] or Kelcie Gilman (Greene County 4-H) at [email protected] more information on Georgia 4-H, the youth development organization of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, go to www.Georgia4-H.org.last_img read more


Colombia Turning to Rodents in Battle Against Land Mines


first_img Why rats? Turning to rats The National Police plan to eradicate illicit crops and land mines has for more than four years experimented with using rodents ─ in addition to their use of trained dogs ─ to detect anti-personnel mines in various parts of the country. The idea was borne from the APOPO organization’s experience in Tanzania. APOPO researches, develops, and deploys detection rat technology for humanitarian purposes. It is a registered charity in Belgium and is headquartered in Tanzania. APOPO has led demining programs in that African country with enviable results. In fact, Tanzania no longer is listed as having a high number of land mine victims. Top levels of the Colombian police forces and the Ministry of Defense gave free rein to those conducting the experiments using rodents to detect buried mines, mindful of the fact that mine-detecting dogs often activate the mines because of their weight. The rats used are from the species Rattus norvegicus, better known as albino rats, and they are trained in four critical phases. In the first, they try to socialize the rats to humans and other animals, such as dogs and cats. At the same time, the rats are trained to tolerate unusual sounds without scurrying away and hiding. “In the first phase, they primarily try to reduce the animals’ stress levels so that they can interact more calmly with their environment and not be startled by humans or animal species from which they would normally flee,” stated the project’s scientist, Luisa Fernanda Méndez, DVM, in reports provided to Diálogo by the Communications Office for the Colombian National Police. After the animals achieve a high level of sociability in their environment, the training efforts next focus on the rodents’ ability to recognize orders so they can respond to stimuli from the technicians who are in charge of training the animals. This recognition ability is necessary so they can be used without leashes or harnesses. The third phase in training the rodents to detect landmines is exposing them to explosive substances, first in the lab and later in the field. They are trained in 10 meter by 10 meter quadrants in order to prevent the rodents from being easily distracted while they are tracking odors. At first, the trainers build mazes in the lab with corridors and pathways that have different types of smells, but especially the scent of explosive substances. This way, the animal can learn to identify the scents and relate them to an incentive. When they are able to track and identify them with over 90 percent accuracy, the trainers begin the rodents’ field training. In the field, the albino rats, or the rodent demining squad, are trained in areas at measuring at most 10m x 10m, with barriers between the quadrants. This allows the animal to devote its full attention on searching for its object, “the treat”. In the fourth phase, trainers focus on the animals’ diets, ensuring that they are always sated and can concentrate their efforts on searching for the “treat” they receive for detecting the explosives. During this phase, trainers condition the rodents to not be distracted by edible plants or insects so their senses are focused on finding explosive substances. Their reward for finding explosives is a simple sugar pill, which the rats find irresistible. “The key is to develop a strict diet for the animal, so it is always satisfied and is only waiting for the treat. It can then focus on obtaining the treat and will not be distracted by other things that, in the field, it might consider as food, such as worms, flowers and grain,” stated Dr. Méndez’s report. By Dialogo January 11, 2011 Dear Sirs I believe that rats are the most suitable to find the location of landmines, however we count on the U.S. to locate the mines despite the fact it would be one by one and time consuming and we need to develop a method to provide us with a general map of the locations of the mines. This way we can detonate them in sequence as we will gain time and agility in the action. There is in Bogota and Switzerland studies with electromagnetic waves for detonations in series; however I request contact with CCCM AND THE SWEDISH EMBASSY TO EXCHANGE IDEAS. I WILL KEEP SEARCHING AND IF I FIND OUT ANYTHING I WILL WARN THEM; MEANWHILE I CAN ONLY WISH LUCK AND SUCCESS TO YOU. IN CASE OF FURTHER HELP, PLEASE NOTIFY MR. CARLOS DE MORAES Interesting information. Brilliant!!! An animal that can to learn this work. Congratulations to the those who put this into practice!!! They should be praised! center_img Bogotá, D.C., Colombia, – Colombia is second only to Afghanistan in its annual number of land mine victims, according to a recent report by the Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor. But Colombian officials are hopeful that a new program that uses rats to detect the deadly hidden weapons will improve those statistics. Colombia recorded 764 land mine victims in 2009, according to the study released on Dec. 10 and sponsored by USAID, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Embassy of Sweden. Although that number dropped by almost 15 percent from 2008, the countryside in many parts of the nation still is dangerous, especially because armed insurgent groups continue to plant mines. “The situation in Colombia remains dire. We still have the second highest number of victims of land mines in the world, only surpassed by Afghanistan. But worst of all are the armed conflict and the use of land mines as weapons of war by insurgent groups,” explained Álvaro Jiménez, director of the Colombian Campaign against Landmines (Campaña Colombiana Contra las Minas – CCCM). International Landmines Monitor and CCCM are especially concerned about mine injuries to civilians employed in the eradication of illicit crops. About 180 of the 2009 victims were working on drug eradication efforts when injured, including 52 who lost their lives. Colombia has taken important steps to eliminate the land mines, according to International Monitor. Authorities have swept and cleared mines from 326,223 square meters out of the nearly 50 square kilometers where mines are believed to have been planted. “Direct research and corroborating information have revealed that land mines are present in 650 municipalities. However, we must point out that the records are not precise with regard to the number of victims. In many parts of Colombia, especially where insurgent groups are active, such cases are not reported because people are afraid of the insurgent groups,” said the director of CCCM. Colombia has also asked to delay the deadline for complete removal of mines by 10 years, and their request to keep 586 mines for military training, pursuant to the provisions of the Ottawa Convention. According to statistics gathered by CCCM, out of the 32 departments in Colombia, only the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina are free of land mines, while the most affected departments are Antioquia, Meta and Caquetá. These figures also indicate that at least 650 of the almost 1,200 municipalities have landmines buried in them. The decisión to employ rodents to detect landmines is largely due to the animals’ low weight, which makes it all but impossible for them to detonate the mines, Colombian police informed Diálogo. The researchers’ experience indicates that the lightest weight that will activate an explosive device is 420 grams (14.8 pounds). Albino rats never reach this weight, and therefore they run the least possible risk in searching, detecting and clearing fields of mines. At least this is what was demonstrated during clearing efforts conducted by Apopo in Tanzania. This allowed them to achieve a significant reduction in the number of victims among the persons involved in deactivating these lethal devices. Colombia’s new demining rodent squad is scheduled to begin operations in the first few months of 2011.last_img read more


Merrill move sparks DGI plans for new City tower


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Indonesia starts rapid tests, imports medicines to ‘cure’ COVID-19, Jokowi says


first_imgHowever, the President said the rapid test should be treated as a preliminary detection of whether a person has been infected with the coronavirus.Read also: Jokowi nixes lockdown, opts for mass testingThe rapid tests are deemed more convenient and can promptly detect whether a specimen has been infected with COVID-19, much more quickly than the PCR test.The rapid test only requires blood serum as a sample, meaning the tests can be performed at all health laboratories across the country. Everyone, whether they have shown COVID-19 symptoms or not, can undergo the test. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government had officially kicked off rapid tests to detect COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.He went on to say the first tests had been conducted in South Jakarta, considering that the area was very prone to the disease according to contact tracing carried out by the authorities.“We conducted tests this afternoon, with medical officials visiting residents there [in South Jakarta] door-to-door, from one house to another,” Jokowi said during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace on Friday. In contrast, the regular tests had to be performed in level two biosafety laboratories, since nasal fluid or larynx substances — in which the virus is contained — were used as the main specimens.“The government has also allowed medical laboratories authorized by the Health Ministry to conduct their independent tests in areas deemed prone to the disease,” said Jokowi.Read also: Indonesian government initiates research to produce COVID-19 vaccine, VP saysThe President said the government also planned to import two kinds of medicines proven effective in “curing” the disease, namely Avigan – commonly used to treat COVID-19 patients in Japan – and chloroquine.As of today, no medicine mentioned by President Jokowi has been clinically proven to cure COVID-19. However, medical personnel in several countries have been using Avigan and chloroquine to treat the disease’s symptoms in patients.“We have imported 5,000 packs of Avigan and are ordering 2 million more. We also have 3 million packs of chloroquine available,” Jokowi said. “Those medicines have been proven to cure COVID-19 in other countries, although no one has discovered the COVID-19 antivirus.” (glh)Editor’s note: The article has been updated to clarify that no medicine mentioned by President Jokowi has been clinically proven to cure COVID-19 as of today.Topics :last_img read more


Australia to manufacture ‘promising’ virus vaccine and give free to citizens


first_img Topics : Australia has secured access to a “promising” potential coronavirus vaccine, the prime minister announced Tuesday, saying the country would manufacture it and offer free doses to the entire population.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia had reached a deal with Swedish-British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to receive the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with Oxford University.”The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this deal we have secured early access for every Australian,” he said. “If this vaccine proves successful we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.”The Oxford vaccine is one of five globally in Phase 3 efficacy trials, and researchers hope to have results by the end of the year.It is the first such deal for Australia, and Morrison said his government was also in talks with “many parties around the world” over other potential vaccines as well as supporting local scientists in their efforts.The country is yet to reach a final agreement with AstraZeneca on the cost, and a local manufacturer has not been locked in.center_img However, Australia has signed an Aus$25 million ($18 million) agreement with American medical technology company Becton Dickinson to buy 100 million needles and syringes to administer the doses. Although none of the coronavirus vaccines under development has proved its efficacy yet in clinical trials, at least 5.7 billion doses have been pre-ordered around the world.Five vaccines — three Western and two Chinese — are in Phase 3 efficacy trials involving thousands of people, including the Oxford vaccine.AstraZeneca has also signed agreements to provide doses to the US, Europe and Brazil. Another deal struck by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, would see India manufacture the Oxford vaccine for distribution in 57 low- and middle-income countries.First shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine created by Western laboratories have often been snapped up by the United States.Morrison said Australia remained “committed” to ensuring early access to the potential vaccine for Pacific countries and regional partners in Southeast Asia. Earlier this month he called on nations to share potential vaccines, saying any country that discovered one and did not make it available globally “would be judged terribly by history”.Australia has recorded almost 24,000 cases of COVID-19 and 438 fatalities to date.Early in the pandemic it was considered among the most successful at curbing the virus’s spread until an outbreak in Melbourne, the country’s second-biggest city, that authorities struggled to contain. The outbreak — which was traced back to two hotels being used to quarantine travellers returning from overseas — has ravaged aged-care homes in the city, causing dozens of deaths.An overnight curfew, mandatory mask-wearing and the shutdown of non-essential businesses now appear to be bringing the virus under control, with the number of new daily cases falling below 300 in recent days.last_img read more


Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’


first_imgXhaka stormed off the pitch (Picture: Visionhaus)‘These whistles against me, this hatred, that was brand new for me,’ Xhaka told Sport 1.‘What happened happened. You cannot undo it. Maybe it was a misunderstanding and both sides overreacted to some extent.‘But that’s done for me, you have to look ahead now, motivate yourself positively in the current situation and don’t get caught up in the negative.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘As I wrote in my statement back then: As a team, the club and the fans, we should work together hand in hand towards the next game and the challenges ahead with mutual respect and in memory of what makes us love this game.’Hertha Berlin had put an offer on the table for Xhaka to move to the Bundesliga in January but he had already decided to stay in north London, despite the incident. Granit Xhaka speaks out on ‘hatred’ from Arsenal fans after telling them to ‘f*** off’ Comment Xhaka lost his cool (Picture: Visionhaus)Granit Xhaka admitted he’d never felt such ‘hatred’ directed towards him as he lost his cool and told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ earlier this season. Xhaka was taunted by supporters as he was substituted during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Emirates last October and lost his temper.Reacting angrily, the Swiss international swore at the fans, removed his shirt and stormed off down the tunnel. Former Gunners boss Unai Emery stripped him of the captaincy after the incident and dropped him from the side. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAbuse followed online for the midfielder, who released a statement attempting to explain his actions, and a January exit appeared inevitable. AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the 27-year-old has turned his Arsenal career around and has become a key figure under Mikel Arteta, who replaced Emery in December. And Xhaka is keen to move on from the early season incident and not ‘get caught up in the negative’. Advertisementcenter_img Xhaka has come back into the fold under Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘It was really no longer an issue for me,’ he added. ‘Yes, there was contact and also an offer, but in the end I decided to stay here in London.‘After three and a half years I did not cancel everything that I had built up.‘I am now concentrating on this with all my strength and motivation and hope that we can get back on the pitch soon.’Should Arsenal keep Granit Xhaka?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Apr 2020 11:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link433Shares Advertisementlast_img read more