Tags: Colorado Buffaloes/Pac-12/Utah Utes Football December 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local No. 21 Colorado attempts to end 3-game losing streak to Utah Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUtah is about to be unseated as Pac-12 South champions. But the Utes can have a say in the race by knocking off Colorado.The Buffaloes need to win and have UCLA beat No. 16 Southern California to claim a spot in the Pac-12 title game.Should they win, the Buffs would lose out to the Trojans on a tiebreaker scenario. Colorado’s game at USC was canceled on Nov. 28 due to virus concerns within the Trojans program.The Utes have won three straight over Colorado.
John Bodinham, an industry watcher, minior Countrywide investor and former agent, says his gut feeling is that the company is very likely to face a takeover attempt sooner or later.The 64-year-old, who is based in Wales and has a substantial track record in the residential and commercial property sectors, says his research into Countrywide points to a takeover attempt by Robin Paterson soon.As The Negotiator recently reported, Paterson has been buying up Countrywide shares in recent weeks and now owns just over 10% of its stock.Bodinham reckons Paterson is a bit too ‘long in the tooth’ to hang around and would have no difficulty getting some investors on board to join him ‘as he is a performer’.Successful career“Paterson has enjoyed a long and successful career so this could be a last roll of the dice – therefore why bother making a move unless you are going to go the whole hog,” says Bodinham.He says an offer of £2.75 a share ‘would win the races’ which would value the company at approximately £95 million.“Add on the estimated £75 million debt the company is carrying and you have £170 million for a clean slate – I think this is a really exciting opportunity.”Bodinham’s research, shown to The Negotiator, reveals that many of Countrywide’s brands and branches are in reality doing very well outside of London with some branches having 70% of their stock SSTC, and that he is baffled that the current management continue to struggle to turn the company around – as Paterson documented at length last week.john bodinham Robin Paterson Countrywide August 25, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 25th August 2020 at 8:48 amA Countrywide shake up is very imminent, I think the debt analysis is closer to 90M, off the top of my head I think 7.5M alone, a year is set aside to cover non profit making offices alone, where the strategy is to keep the lights on rather than pay huge rents on empty units. And i think they spent 2M recently looking at expert ways to save money, but none of this was implemented.Hopefully, and Patterson is correct, some asset stripping, and the application of a cohesive proptech utilisation, as set out in his brilliant open letter to the embattled chair at Countrywide, will result in a trim, profitable and formidable agency, much like the Countrywide I was proud to work for in the 1980’s.For me, in six weeks you can turn a loss making agency business around, with 690 physical branches, trimmed to 400, within 6 months, you could have a business that duplicates the profitability of the Skipton Building society model. Which is based upon strong management from the top, with a shared, driven core objective, high levels of service, equals profit.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Countrywide will soon face a takeover attempt, predicts industry watcher previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide will soon face a takeover attempt, predicts industry watcherJohn Bodinham says Robin Paterson is well placed to lead a takeover attempt, which ‘cannot come soon enough’.Nigel Lewis25th August 20201 Comment1,931 Views
218089-FA The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/.Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. 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Living Out and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics itself are both considered organisations that hold “similar values” to the True Freedom Trust, and feature on the latter’s website. In April 2019, a conference held by the Freedom Trust was protested after describing the event as promoting “a form of gay conversion therapy.” “As a Christian organisation, some people will naturally disagree with our viewpoint. When disagreements in faith or philosophy arise, no matter the audience, we urge civil dialogue. Any claim otherwise is false and unsubstantiated. The Ravi Zacharias Trust is the European branch of the US-based Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), founded and led by the evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. RZIM shares an academic director, Dr Joseph Boot, with the Wilberforce Academy. The Academy was banned from colleges including Trinity, Jesus and Lady Margaret Hall due to the views of their founders, Christian Concern. The camp included prominent evangelical activists that promote celibacy, including Sam Allberry, editor at the Gospel Coalition and David Bennett, a self-described “former gay activist.” Guinness was also a guest speaker at US evangelical pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in the April 2015. In 2008, Obama caused outrage after he selected the pastor for his inauguration due to Warren’s opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Oxford colleges have been annually hosting the summer camp of the evangelical Christian group the Ravi Zacharias Trust, despite the Oxford SU having previously called for the University to “distance itself publicly” due to concerns over the group’s “homophobic, misogynistic and Islamophobic views”. Eliel Cruz, founder of the Faithfully LGBT Project, attacked the Statement in the New York Times, writing that the Statement “represents a renewed commitment to open bigotry.” Writing in 2016 for the Gospel Coalition, Allberry said: “Sexual unfulfillment itself becomes a means of deepening our sense of the fuller, deeper satisfaction we await in Jesus. It helps us to hunger more for him. We skip the appetizer, but we await the entrée. Celibacy isn’t a waste of our sexuality; it’s a wonderful way offulfilling it. RZIM’s purpose “is to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” which they facilitate through their “global team of speakers” based at their interna- tional offices. According to the Ministries’ website, their staff members work in 43 different countries, and their videos and blogs attract 60,000 users per month. The Statement’s list of affirmations and denials includes a denial that “adopting a homosexual or transgender self-conception is consistent with God’s holy purposes in creation and redemption.” Sam Allberry was the founding editor of Living Out, a magazine that claims “to help Christian brothers and sisters who experience same-sex attraction stay faithful to Biblical teaching.” The week-long residential camp was held at Merton College this July with speakers including Prof. John Lennox, Oxford Emeritus Professor of Maths. It was convened by Sam Alberry, who promotes the principle of “agape love” or celibacy for homosexual Christians. The opening address of this year’s summer camp was given by Os Guinness, author and co-founder of the Trinity Forum, a group that aims to “cultivate, curate, and disseminate the best of Christian thought” by “seek(ing) to connect thinking leaders with leading thinkers” in global policymaking. Today, the Centre is wholly run by RZIM, although the Centre’s “Team” include Max Baker-Hytch, a professor at Wycliffe Hall and those participating in the Centre’s programmes have the opportunity to be accommodated in single rooms at the college. Despite the SU’s calls for the University to find “clear ways” to show that “the wider University is not in sympathy” with such views, Queen’s College hosted the Trust’s camp in the summer of 2015. In a statement, RZIM stated that referring Mr Zacharias as “Dr.” was “appropriate and acceptable practice with honorary doctorates” although they admitted the practice was “contentious.” Speaking to Cherwell, a spokesperson for the Trust said: “Zacharias Trust did not respond to the call by the Student Union four years ago, as the proceedings were only known to students — thus, we were not invited to respond. Our organisation believes in the sanctity and value of all human life regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender. The women we employ occupy some of the highest positions of leadership within our organization, and we also employ individuals with same-sex attractions. Guinness’ co-founder is Alonzo MacDonald who established the McDonald-Agape Foundation, which describes itself as “a support group for scholars and other dedicated leaders to serve Jesus Christ.” He also claimed to be a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, a line which has been subsequently removed. They said: “Ravi’s desire and our desire as an evangelistic ministry is to engage the honest skeptic, to take questions seriously, and to be as clear as possible in our communication. We therefore have restructured Ravi’s biography to better reflect his 45 years as an itinerant evangelist and apologist.” Zacharias’ Spotify artist account still refers to him as “Dr”. Allberry tweeted at the time: “The Nashville Statement brings much needed clarity to issues where there is often silence, pain and confusion.” According to Christianity Today, his 2015 biography, now corrected, on the RZIM website read that he held “six doctorate degrees” when he had only been awarded honorary degrees. The Association also works in the UK and was the subject of controversy in 2017. Critics of the group, including other Christian Anglicans, called for Graham’s son Franklin, CEO of the Association, to be banned from the UK after alleging his comments about LGBTQ rights and Islam were a violation of laws on hate speech. “For marriage to be a parable of Christ and the church, it must be between like and unlike, male and female. Change this arrangement, and you end up distorting the spiritual reality to which it points. Alter marriage, and you end up distorting a picture of the gospel itself.” Allberry was also among the signatories of the 2017 evangelical manifesto, the Nashville Statement, which The Guardian described as “a proclamation denouncing LGBT rights and anyone who supports them.” Allberry was one of the signatories, which also included Head of Welfare at St Edmund’s Hall Will Donaldson and former Pembroke Chaplain Greg Downes, by “concerned Anglicans” of the Oxford Diocese earlier this year that called for the bishops to define the “appropriate setting for sexual intimacy – namely in marriage between a man and a woman”. The college and the ministry jointly established the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in 2006, with Ravi Zacharias himself listed as one of the teaching fellows. The University expressed concern about the Centre because its “admissions to the centre were not clearly differentiated to the university,” raising questions about the rigour of the Hall’s assessment process. Merton College JCR President told Cherwell: “Merton JCR is proud to hold the values of inclusion and equality at its core, and that is something we strive to promote amongst students through cooperation with college.” The Foundation lists Prof. John Biggar as its collaborative scholar in Oxford, and funded Biggar’s “Ethics and Empire” project in 2017. The project attracted criticism from Common Ground and Dan Iley-Williamson, lecturer at Queen’s College and Labour Councillor, who described Biggar at the time as an “ardent apologist for colonialism.” The Statement was designed as a response to the “post Christian” age, where “common to think that human identity as male and female is not part of God’s beautiful plan, but is, rather, an expression of an individual’s autonomous preferences.” Ravi Zacharias, a self-claimed former sceptic, first launched RZIM in 1984, after securing financial backing from American evangelist Billy Graham. He first forged links with the preacher after being invited to speak at the plenary of his Amsterdam conference in 1983. Zacharias featured in one of Billy Graham’s video sermons as late as 2012. “Lastly, we are grateful for our relationships with some of the colleges and we have never had any issues using their facilities.” In 2017, Ravi Zacharias was forced to issue a statement regarding a misrepresentation of his association with Oxford and Cambridge universities. The SU first became aware of the group’s presence in 2015, after the University expressed concern over the Trust’s close association with Wycliffe Hall in their PPH report. Oxford SU told Cherwell: “The University of Oxford should be a safe and welcoming space for all people, hosting events that jeopardise this are counterintuitive. We need to take action on the intolerance and hatred in its most extreme forms, but uprooting it wherever it exists and stop events like this happening on campus. We are calling for Colleges and the University to be more responsible when taking commercial bookings and setting a precedent that makes campus inclusive.”
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Jerusalem Footballby Mark Hurt Candidate For The United States SenateWe are approaching the season of the year when many of our thoughts will turn to Jerusalem. Some will sing songs and others will review the history of the people who first declared that city to be holy. The season of Chanukah begins on December 12 and extends to the 20th, and of course we Christians celebrate the Christmas season 5 days later. To this day the typical greeting among our Jewish brothers and sisters at various times but particularly at Passover and at the end of the Seder meal is, “le-shanah ha-ba’ah bi-Yerushalayim,” “Next year in Jerusalem.” The fact is that Israel calls Jerusalem its capital, and the US Embassy is located in the nation’s capital of every country with whom we have diplomatic relations, except for Israel. That error of history should be rectified.Earlier this year I published a blog outlining my support for Israel, historically our staunchest democratic ally. In that blog I specifically mentioned my support for President Trump’s campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With so many of the President’s initiatives and campaign promises stalled because of inaction by Congress, both by the recalcitrant democrats as well as republicans who find the President’s efforts to “drain the swamp” personally threatening, this is a laurel waiting to be seized. No Congressional approval is necessary, just a campaign promise the POTUS could honor tomorrow, not by Executive Order, but merely acting to enforce an existing Congressional mandate. He promised he would; now he should.In 1995 the 104th Congress, by a unanimous voice vote, approved the Jerusalem Embassy Act. That act stated that the USA should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there. Did I say it was a unanimous vote? Despite that approval, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump have failed to act to move the embassy. It has become a political football that has been punted for 24 years. Oh, there are a variety of reasons routinely proffered: Palestine will be upset, it might be considered by some an act of war, it will stall the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (how are they going?), it will cause hard feelings among Israel’s neighbors, and the old favorite, the United Nations will be angry. Does anyone actually think that not moving the embassy will make Palestine a friend of the USA? The last 24 years suggests not.There is even the fear expressed by at least three administrations that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of a Congressional vote muddies the water between the auspices of Congress and the sole power invested by the Constitution in the Executive Branch to execute foreign policy. While some of the warnings about such a move may have credibility, I believe it is time to get over this whining excuse and act to move the embassy. Since the 1995 act, the President must stipulate in writing every six months that it is not in the best interests of the USA to make the move at that time. Despite his campaign promise to move the embassy, the last time such a declaration was made, President Trump so stipulated on June 1, 2017. He must reissue that statement on December 1, 2017. I encourage him not to do so.By beginning the process to move the embassy on December 1, 2017, the current administration will honor one more campaign promise that the electorate voted for and assure Israel, that the USA can be depended on to honor its international ethical commitments. As your senator, I will always stand with Israel on key issues, and should it not occur this December, once I oust progressive Senator Joe Donnelly and become your junior senator I will work to have the administration begin this strategic move as soon as possible.Working for you,Mark HurtCandidate For The United States Senate In The Republican Primary
By LISA SPENGLEROcean City may not have the abundance of trees with brilliant colored leaves like the trees off-shore, but that’s a good thing when people are seen spending their weekends with a rake.Ocean City may not have the crowds and the sounds that fill the summer, but that’s a good thing when you can hear the crashing of the waves in the stillness of the night.Portions of the city now have traffic lights that blink yellow. The right turns on red are back.The “guts” are out of the parking meters and, most importantly for some, dogs are allowed on the beach.There are enough beautiful, sunny days where a stroll on the beach or taking a chair and a good book to read is still possible. Your own, somewhat private, beach is back.It’s where the downtown and Boardwalk merchants can engage in personal conversation and remember your name with every visit.Each day offers the opportunity for a stroll down streets filled with boutiques and restaurants, a bike ride or walk on the Boardwalk or a walk on the beach alone, or with your dog.Meg and Ed Connelly, of Hatboro, Pa., enjoy a brisk stroll in Ocean City.Meg and Ed Connelly from Hatboro, Pa., came to their Ocean City home for a “nice little escape.”“We have some of our family, which includes eight grandchildren and a puppy, who live near us, some even with us,” said Meg. “We came here to find a little peace and quiet.”“We’re on our way to the beach now,” Ed said smiling.“And to watch the beautiful sunset,” added Meg.Ocean City is full of alluring beauty this time of year.There are numerous nights when the sunsets explode with layers of brilliant orange, reds and yellow.The colors reflecting off the wetlands make it appear as if the marshes are fields of wheat.The formation of the layers within the sunset make it appear as if there are mountains in the distance.During this time of year, the sunrises, the sunsets and everything in between offer an overwhelming sense of tranquility throughout the city, inspiring many, like the Connellys, to make Ocean City their escape from chaos.Jimmy and Sue Kooz, of Woodland Park, N.J., enjoy a walk down the beach at 34th Street.Sue and Jimmy Kooz, from Woodland Park, N.J., stopped at the 34th Street beach to take advantage of the crisp fall air and the splendor of the ocean.“We’ve been coming here during the fall for five years,” said Sue. “We come to enjoy the peace and quiet.”The Kooz family spend their summers in Ocean City and winters in Florida.Last year they spent their Christmas in Ocean City.“And this year we hope to do it again,” Jimmy said.With the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, it can only mean one thing — that the crowds and commercialization of the season will soon approach a level of pandemonium.This year will be one of the shortest spans between Thanksgiving and Christmas.So, to experience the true meaning and spirit of the season, many will choose to get away from the malls to feel the nostalgia of a small town Christmas in Ocean City.The downtown is decorated each holiday season with garland and red bows.It’s in this quaint town, where young and old alike can experience shopping in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, starting with the “Earlier than the Bird” Downtown Shopping Extravaganza on Nov. 23.The extravaganza offers early bird shopping specials the weekend before Thanksgiving. Pajamas are the preferred attire, but not required, making it an adventure for all ages.On Nov. 29, Ocean City will hold its annual Christmas in the Downtown, “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue.”What is “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue?” It is a day after Thanksgiving shopping and dining event where carolers and street entertainers join those shopping and strolling down the avenue.It is where you’ll find the ever-popular horse and carriage rides in front of City Hall. The horse and carriage rides begin the weekend of Nov. 23-24 and run every weekend through Dec. 21-22 and again on Jan. 1.During December, with the malls and retail outlets now at the peak of chaos with traffic, lines and short tempers, Asbury Avenue provides another opportunity for intimate dining and shopping in the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques.The city also provides residents and visitors with a spectacular tree lighting and an impressive arrival of Santa Claus.With a little help from the Ocean City Fire Department, Santa climbs down a fire ladder from the roof of City Hall. Each year, children anxiously watch Santa’s every step.Shoppers dress in pajamas and festive costumes to get into the holiday spirit during the “Earlier Than The Bird” event each year in November.To close out the year, there are many other events held in Ocean City during the months of November and December, including holiday events on the Music Pier. The Music Pier is located on the Boardwalk at Ninth Street.From the Musical Sounds of the Season by the Holiday Pops to numerous shows by The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, including Lights, Camera, Christmas: 2019 Holiday Spectacular and Frozen Jr., families will enjoy this seasonal celebration.But the city doesn’t stop there.The First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration and the First Day Shopping Extravaganza continue to offer the special kind of warmth and friendly atmosphere found with each entertainment experience.Winter in Ocean City maintains the same sense of tranquility. It is filled with unmatched treasures of boutiques and restaurants all surrounded with the uniqueness of the family-friendly Boardwalk, Great Egg Harbor Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.For more information on Ocean City’s Calendar of Events, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ, (609) 399-6111. Download the official OCNJ Vacation App for your smart phone. The shopping extravaganza will feature deals on Boardwalk business merchandise and Downtown shops.
Asda has relaunched its entire range of 3,500 Asda own-brand products under the new name Chosen By You (CBY).The entire range accounts for between £8bn-£9bn-worth of annual sales and is the most significant food development programme in Asda’s history, said the retailer. The new range will feature 516 bakery lines, which will be rebranded to CBY by the end of September, including 65 new CBY bakery lines and 104 redeveloped lines, said the retailer. These include a chocolate orange mega muffin, Mediterranean bread, red pepper pesto and chicken baguette, ultimate steak pie and lemon daisy cupcakes.The retailer has invested £100m in benchmarking, testing and reformulating products, over the past nine months, to improve their quality.Asda carried out taste tests on more than 40,000 people across the UK at “secret events” in 45 different locations. Each CBY product was tested by a minimum of 50 consumers in a single location.
Media enquiries Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt met his Iranian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, in London yesterday for talks on bilateral issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and cases of British dual nationals detained in Iran. During the meetings, held at the Foreign Office, the Ministers also discussed Iran’s role in the Middle East.Speaking following the meetings, Minister Burt said: Further information Follow Minister Burt on Twitter @AlistairBurtUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected] For journalists Continuing constructive engagement with Iran is vital on issues ranging from the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal to the ongoing detention of British dual nationals in Iran. The Foreign Secretary had useful meetings on these areas when he visited Tehran in December last year, and it was good to have an opportunity to build on this with some positive discussions in London today. Iran is, in addition, a pivotal actor in the wider Middle East. In my meetings I urged the Iranian government to play a more positive role in the region, particularly in the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
British Baker is carrying out its third Bakery Business Survey to reveal how the industry looks from the ground and needs YOUR help.Our survey only takes a few minutes and is aimed primarily at bakeries with physical shops, asking questions in key areas such as sales and profits and hopes for the future.There is still time to take part and the results will be published in the Bakery Market Report 2016.To complete the survey, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BMR_2016Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakery Business Survey is a valuable tool for the industry. It gives people an account of trade over the past 12 months – and it helps give us glimpse of what people think the sector will be like in the future.”The Bakery Market Report 2016 will be published in March. Keep an eye on the Bakery Info for further details.
Producers, retailers and packaging experts are to look at ways of improving the recyclability of sandwich packs.Following a meeting in London last month, a working group is to be set up for the industry to review how sandwich packaging can better be delivered to waste plants capable of recycling them.The broad working group will include manufacturers, retailers, packaging and recycling experts, who will share experiences and knowledge. One of the first tasks will be to draw up guidelines covering packaging and waste.A key consideration is the role packaging plays in helping maintain shelf-life and avoiding food waste, which creates a higher carbon footprint than the packs themselves. Many retailers and manufacturers have done a lot of work in this area, in collaboration with packaging and recycling businesses, according to trade body The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association (BSA), which added that more than 75% of authorities can now recycle lined board sandwich packaging.However, the association believes work still needs to be done, and is keen to encourage businesses to share best-practice.“Our industry has already done an enormous amount of work developing more eco-friendly packaging,” said BSA director Jim Winship.“We are totally committed to finding the best possible solutions to packaging, but are also governed by other considerations – particularly the need to ensure packs fully protect the foods they contain. The last thing we want is to create a bigger problem by shortening shelf-life and creating more food waste.”He added that sandwich packs were now recyclable if they were handled correctly and got into the correct waste streams, and that the association was keen to work with consumers to find ways to make it easier to ensure packs were recycled.