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Only 13% of estate agencies are owned by women, latest research shows

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first_imgResearch has been published that claims just 13% of estate agencies are owned by women, despite at least half the industry’s workforce being female.The shocking figure is from Belvoir, whose poll of female agents for International Women’s Day found that although 74% of respondents knew there were opportunities for career progression within the industry just under half said juggling family and work life was a factor in not taking the plunge.Belvoir is taking a more proactive approach and urging female agents who are currently employees to consider becoming a franchisee and owning their own business.“We have always been keen to promote equal opportunities for potential franchisees and we are keen for more women to consider running their own property management business,” says CEO Dorian Gonsalves.Representation within agencies’ senior ranks is considerably better than business ownership. Hamptons says 64% of its Heads of Department are female, as are 33% or regional directors, 48% of branch managers. Overall, 63% of its employees are female.Mary Beeton, Head of Sales at Hamptons (pictured) says: “Starting out in property some 26 years ago it’s fair to say that I had embarked on a career in an industry with little female representation.“I had very few female peers and there were far fewer females in senior roles. Thankfully this has changed dramatically over the years with women making tremendous in-roads. I am now the Head of Sales at Hamptons and proudly sit on an all-female Exec Team, with Lesley Cairns as our MD and Catherine Westerling, Head of Lettings.”Hard workNatalie Boardman (main picture), is a Director of Belvoir Tunbridge Wells. She says: “One of the main motivating factors for me in becoming a franchisee was that I was able to work for myself and not have to go back to a London commute, after I had my daughter.“Whilst it’s a lot of hard work running your own business, I also now have lots of flexibility. During the pandemic I worked at home a lot whilst home-schooling my daughter, knowing that my team were running the office.“I can organise my diary so I can attend special events like a nativity play in the afternoon – and if my daughter is ever unwell I don’t have to ask permission to take time off work.”Top jobsNatasha Firman is a chartered surveyor and has been working in the property industry for nearly 20 years and is currently the franchisee of Winkworth’s Tunbridge Wells office.“Being female is an asset,” she says.  “So many times, I have come across women with views that being female hinders you through business, I disagree.“Yes, a lot of top jobs do go to men, but now more than ever women are being given that chance, but only if you are really good at what you do. Work hard and you will make it to wherever you want to go, but embrace being female. The key is that we think and work differently to most men and that difference is now what is beginning to be recognised.”More: Read The Negotiator’s inaugural Women in Property Power List.Read more about Winkworth’s female success stories.Watch recruiter Nicola Broomham talk about women in property. sally drake International Women’s Day Benjamin Stephens NAEA propertymark Belvoir March 8, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Only 13% of estate agencies are owned by women, latest research shows previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnly 13% of estate agencies are owned by women, latest research showsIndustry is finally getting to grips with gender equality but there is still long way to go, research from Belvoir shows.Nigel Lewis8th March 20210469 Viewslast_img read more

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HMAS Canberra in the Heart of Australia Day Celebrations

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first_img View post tag: Celebrations View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMAS Canberra February 2, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Asia-Pacific Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Canberra in the Heart of Australia Day Celebrations View post tag: Heartcenter_img View post tag: Australia Day HMAS Canberra in the Heart of Australia Day Celebrations Australian Navy’s newly commissioned Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra took centre stage in Sydney Harbour for the Australia Day celebrations.The LHD was positioned in the waters between the Opera House and bridge with little room to manoeuvre. Canberra’s Navigator, Lieutenant Commander Calvin Johnson, said the team executed the plan well.We needed to ensure that our navigation organisation and all the supporting elements such as engineering teams and communicators were working together to ensure everything was conducted safely and professionally.While the ship is very large, it is extremely manoeuvrable with two Azimuth pods at the stern to propel and steer the ship and a bow thruster at the bow; Canberra can turn on itself in one spot if required.Canberra hosted the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley for the ‘Salute to Australia’ on the flight deck.On completion of the official proceedings, the ship moved and secured to a buoy at Point Piper.Once all Australia Day guests were safely ashore, Canberra departed Sydney Harbour to commence her first of class trials at sea. She will be training and conducting trials in the waters off the east coast of Australia including Jervis Bay for the next few weeks.[mappress mapid=”15011″]Image: Australian Navy Authorities View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

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Shoppers turn to brands

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first_imgShoppers are turning to brands – despite the weakened consumer confidence, according to research.The IGD ShopperTrack found that more than a third, or 35% of shoppers, said it was very important to them that the food and groceries they buy had been “made by a company that specialises in that product” – the highest level for a year.Similarly, 33% said it was very important that food and grocery products they buy were “made by a well-known company” – again the highest level for a year and 32% said that it was also very important that they have “grown up buying or using this product”.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, said: “This strong level of support for brands is the highest it has been since we started tracking shopper sentiment on a monthly basis almost a year ago. During these uncertain times, a third of shoppers are returning to the food and grocery products they know best and are seeking comfort in brands they have grown up with. They are looking for brands they trust to deliver quality, value and reliability. “Even though people are facing a squeeze on incomes, when it comes to their food and groceries they are not just focusing on price. Quality is still important to shoppers, but this might come at the expense of spending on other items, such as restaurants.”The news that consumers are turning to familiar products comes as a retail price war has been predicted with the big supermarkets. Yesterday, Tesco cut the price of 3,000 products as part of a £500m campaign – including everyday items such as bread, fruit and milk.>> Permanently lower prices at Tesco?last_img read more

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Hebridean bakery enjoys sales success

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first_imgStag Bakeries, a family-owned bakery based in Stornoway, Lewis, has doubled year-on-year sales for the third consecutive year. The bakery continues to “invest heavily” in its business with new equipment and a 350sq m extension to the existing bakery currently under way. The new building will provide additional office and warehouse space and is estimated for completion this August at an estimated cost of £250,000.It attributes its success to the relaunch of its ambient sweet and savoury biscuits, making significant investment, including the adoption of a new brand identity and new products.Last year it launched new lines with a focus on provenance. It achieved new store listings as well as entering the foodservice sector and developing a range just for serving in restaurants, hotels and pubs.It also began a major export arm, working with overseas distributors, and is now listed in 10 countries worldwide.Stag expects this to increase following the brand’s appearance at one of the largest international trade fairs in Germany in October.Healthy tradeCharlie Macdonald, owner of Stag Bakeries, said: “For many years we have had a very healthy trade in the Scottish islands, providing a range of freshly baked goods. Three years ago we took the decision to invest in the Stag brand so that it had a broader appeal both in the UK and overseas.”Since then we have enjoyed phenomenal year-on-year sales growth, which is wholly attributed to our team who have worked exceptionally hard.The future for Stag is exciting. We operate in a very competitive market, so it is vital that we remain innovative and work hard on developing the bakery to remain ahead of the game. We remain committed to developing sales with the independent retail trade – be it in the UK or further afield.”last_img read more

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Endive, Escarole

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first_imgTired of the same old lettuce in your winter salad? Try a little Cichorium endivia.Endive and escarole, the common names for Cichorium endivia, are very commonin the islands of the Mediterranean and in Greece. They are related hardy annualvegetables.Endive and escarole are delicacies when blanched and used for salads or as a garnish.The main difference between them is that endive has curled, fine-cut leaves whileescarole has broad, flat leaves. Both are cool-season plants that grow well in the springand better in the fall. Although endive is produced in Florida, it is grown as a wintervegetable.What are the best varieties to grow in Georgia? Endive and escarole don’t do well in heat. They have to be grown as an early-spring orfall crop. They grow much the way lettuce does, responding well to fertile soil, growingtemperatures between 60 and 70 and a uniform moisture supply.Start plants inside in late February and transplant them into the garden in earlyApril. Plant the seeds a quarter-inch deep in a container of sterile soil or directly intopeat pellets. When the seedlings are less than one inch high, space them 1 1/2 to 2 inchesapart in a flat.The seedlings are ready to plant in the garden when they are 2 1/2 to 3 inches high.Use a starter fertilizer solution to get a fast start.You can plant seed directly into the garden in mid-March to early April. Plant them aquarter-inch deep in rows 18 to 24 inches apart. When the seedlings are 1 inch high, thinor transplant 9 to 12 inches apart.Water often during the hot summer. Endive is very hardy and will withstand frostthrough early winter.Unless you blanch them, the spreading plants are likely to be bitter. When you keepsunlight from the center leaves, their green color is reduced, bitterness decreased andtexture and flavor are improved.Blanch heads after the leaves spread enough to touch the next plant. Tie the tops ofthe outermost leaves together as the heads develop.Make sure that the plants are dry before tying the leaves. If the plant isn’t dry, theinner leaves may rot. Blanching requires two to three weeks, and several plants may beblanched at one time.After the blanched heads have developed, cut the plants at ground level. If the weatherturns very hot in the summer or you expect a hard freeze in the winter, cut the heads.Wash them and let them drip dry. Then store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.Discard the tough outer leaves. Full Heart Batavian (escarole) has upright broad, outer leaves and smooth, closely bunched center leaves that are creamy yellow. It takes 85 days to mature. Green Curled has dark, finely cut and curled, fringed leaves and green, fleshy midribs. It takes 95 days to mature. Salad King has dark green, white-ribbed leaves. It’s tolerant to hot weather (less tip-burn and bolting) and frost. It takes 95 days to mature. Frisan is fall endive. The heads measure up to 17 inches across and have well-filled, blanched centers. It’s very hardy and takes 98 days to mature.last_img read more

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21 True-blue flowers

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first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaJust a glimpse of the bright, true-blue flowers of perennialplumbago and it will be love at first sight. It’s easy to see whythe Georgia Plant Selections Committee chose this durable,gorgeous flowering groundcover as the 2006 Georgia Gold Medalwinner for herbaceous perennials. Perennial plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) growsjust 6 to 10 inches tall and spreads 1 to 2 feet wide. It’s agreat choice for filling spaces between shrubs, creeping overrocks in a rock garden, adding a splash of blue to the perennialborder or spilling over walls.Drought and deer tolerance and a long bloom period are otheroutstanding qualities of this award-winning plant.BackgroundPerennial plumbago, also called leadwort, belongs to a group ofdeciduous perennials and shrubs from eastern Africa and Asia. It’s a semiwoody, mat-forming perennial that spreads by rhizomes,or shallow underground stems. It thrives in hardiness zones 5 to9.The plant dies back to the ground each year. Then it leafs outlate in the spring. So, plant it where it won’t get damaged byearly spring cultivation.The late spring green-up makes perennial plumbago an excellentplant for interplanting with spring-flowering bulbs. Its leaveswill be emerging just as the foliage of the bulbs is dying back.When they emerge, the shiny green leaves are up to 2 inches long.They turn bronze-red in the fall.True-bluePerennial plumbago’s medium-blue flowers resemble those ofwoodland phlox. They emerge in terminal clusters in late summerand continue to emerge until the fall frost. It’s anexceptionally long bloom period. Each flower is one-half tothree-quarters of an inch across and has five petals.The plant prefers a sunny site. But it will tolerate someafternoon shade. Once you get it established, it’s quitedrought-tolerant. Plant it in the spring so you’ll be sure to getit established before the summer bloom. The spring planting willenable it to become hardier next winter, too.Fertilize perennial plumbago lightly in the spring and again inearly summer, if you need to encourage more rapid cover. Waituntil new leaves emerge to prune out any dead wood from theprevious season.Summer cuttings, spring division, root cuttings and seeds are allcommon methods used to propagate the plant. And you’ll want moreof this Georgia Gold Medal winner.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page 21last_img read more

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Five companies mined 53% of U.S. coal production in 2018—S&P

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Five coal companies produced more than half of the coal mined in the U.S. in 2018, while struggling Powder River Basin coal producer Cloud Peak Energy Inc. was bumped from the third-largest coal producer in the country to the fourth-largest.The five largest coal companies in the U.S. produced about 403.5 million tons of coal, or 53.4%, of the 755.9 million tons produced in 2018, an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis found. The top five coal producer rankings remained largely the same from 2017 to 2018, except that Murray Energy Corp., which primarily mines coal in the Northern Appalachia and Illinois basins, overtook Cloud Peak in terms of coal production volume.Murray Energy, like many of the largest coal producers, reported relatively flat production from the mines it owned in 2018 compared to the same mines’ output in 2017. Murray Energy declined to comment about its production levels or future production plans.Coal production at Cloud Peak mines declined by 14.0% from 2017 to 2018. The company has struggled with operational issues at its Antelope mine and recently warned that it was considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.Peabody Energy Corp., the largest coal producer in the U.S., mined about one-fifth of the coal produced in 2018. The company’s U.S. production of 155.5 million tons was down about 2.1% compared to the prior year and may go even lower in 2019 under Peabody’s plan to reduce volumes from North Antelope Rochelle, its flagship Powder River Basin mine, by about 10 million tons.More ($): Top 5 miners produced over half of U.S. coal in 2018; Cloud Peak’s ranking slips Five companies mined 53% of U.S. coal production in 2018—S&Plast_img read more

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Japan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industry

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s power generator JERA Co said on Wednesday it will buy a 49% stake in the Formosa 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan from Macquarie Capital for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to expand its renewable energy portfolio.JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power Co, already holds a 32.5% stake in Taiwan’s first commercial offshore wind project Formosa 1, which has 128 megawatts (MW) capacity.The latest investment on the 376 MW project, due to start operation at the end of 2021, will boost JERA’s renewable energy capacity through its equity holdings to 1.2 gigawatts (GW), a step closer to its 2025 renewable target of 5 GW.JERA declined to disclose the size of investment, but its general manager, Ken Matsuda, said the total cost of the Formosa 2 project is expected to be a “few hundred billion yen”.The company is also considering investing in the bigger Formosa 3 project, Matsuda said. “Formosa 3 is still in the early discussion stage and has not been decided, but we are in talks with parties involved with an aim to take a 30-40% stake in the 2 GW project,” Matsuda told a news conference. If agreed and approved by authorities, the Formosa 3 project is expected to start operation over 2026-2030, he added.JERA, Japan’s biggest thermal power generator, is also eyeing investment in offshore wind projects in Japan, Matsuda said. Japanese utilities are stepping up investment in renewable energy projects as they face growing pressure by investors and environment activists to divest coal-fired power plants as well as increasing demand for greener energy from their key customers.More: Japan’s JERA to buy 49% stake in Taiwan’s offshore wind project Japan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industrylast_img read more

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Managua Mayor Arguello, Ex-Boxing Champ, Dies

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2009 Managua Mayor Alexis Arguello, a three-time world boxing champion, was found dead at his home Wednesday, his Sandinista Party’s Radio Ya said. Radio Ya said coroners were conducting an autopsy on the 57-year-old mayor to determine the cause of death, but it appeared to be a suicide. The La Prensa newspaper reported he was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. The Hall of Fame boxer was the top fighter of the 20th century in his weight class, according to a panel of experts assembled by The Associated Press in 1999. The death of Arguello prompted President Daniel Ortega to announced he was canceling a trip to Panama for the inauguration of President-elect Ricardo Martinelli. Arguello fought against the Sandinista government in the 1980s after it seized his property and bank account, according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. But he joined the party to win the mayorship of the capital in 2008, though opponents alleged the vote was fraudulent. “We are upset,” said presidential spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, who declined to give details about the death. “This is a heartbreaking announcement. He was the champion of the poor, an example of forgiveness and reconciliation.” Born in 1952, the Hall of Fame boxer fought 14 world champions and in 1981 he became the sixth man in boxing history to win a title in three weight divisions — featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight — according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Arguello returned Sunday from Puerto Rico where he honored the late baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.last_img read more

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Crawley & North Sussex Crawley takes off

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