OTM ejects ‘baffled’ estate agency just two months after joining

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » OTM ejects ‘baffled’ estate agency just two months after joining previous nextAgencies & PeopleOTM ejects ‘baffled’ estate agency just two months after joiningThe portal has told the agency it can no longer list on its platform because Eazy Agent ‘doesn’t do its own on-site valuations’, an accusation it denies.The Negotiator20th August 202001,807 Views New online firm Eazy Agent claims it’s been unfairly kicked off OnTheMarket (OTM) despite not flouting any of the platform’s rules.The Leeds-based agent – profiled earlier this week on The Negotiator – has been given a month’s notice in an email sent to co-founder Lee Farrell (pictured, above), which says, ‘Clients should do their own on-site valuations. It is of our understanding that Eazy Agent doesn’t offer this as part of their service.’However, Farrell insists it does do its own valuations but claims that, like most agents, it has been doing virtual valuations during Covid. He now plans to get legal advice. “I’ve looked through the Ts and Cs and can’t find a reason why we’d be removed,” says Farrell.A spokesperson for OnTheMarket says: “All estate and letting agent customers must meet the full-service eligibility criteria if they are to advertise and remain doing so with OnTheMarket.”Pay now serviceEazy Agent claims to have launched a UK-first: a ‘pay now’ service, covering everything from legal fees to a removal van and even a dog sitter on moving day for £1,749.It also has a £249 basic service which it promotes as a great budget alternative to traditional high street agents. The new firm covers all of the UK and often works with third parties for services such as photography and viewings.Says Farrell: “I got a message through our live chat from someone telling me that pressure was being put on the platform by a company threatening that they would leave if we didn’t. I took it with a pinch of salt but then got the email giving us notice.” OTM declined to comment when this was put to them.Three completionsSince launching eight weeks ago, the company has had three completions and, after this week’s publicity, had its highest daily number of site visits and 14 leads. He’s now decided to capitalise on the story and has updated the logo with ‘BANNED’ and the caption, ‘The brand they want to ban. Join the revolution.’Adds Farrell: “It won’t stop us doing what we’re doing as we’ve shown it can be done. It just makes me more determined.”Farrell is also a director of another property website, SellMyHomein28Days.co.uk which is a portal which offers vendors the ability to sell their home via a Pattison auction. August 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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

Advertising watchdog warns ‘Marie Celeste’ portals over old property listings

first_imgTwo property portals in Manchester have been censured by the Advertising Standards for advertising properties that, a member of the public complained, did not exist.The property, a four-bedroom detached in the Devon town of Rackenford, was listed in 2017 by the vendor on both ManchesterSaleRent.co.uk and OverStreet.co.uk with its full address and details of how to arrange either a virtual or face-to-face viewing.A house hunter complained to the ASA in July last year that after making enquiries, it turned out the property was not for sale – unsurprisingly.The ASA tried to contact both property portals which did not respond, and the ASA now says it is worried by both website’s disregard for the advertising code and that the adverts were ‘misleading’.“We understood that the property had not been on the market since 2017 and remained on the website despite several requests to remove it. We therefore concluded that the ad was misleading,” its adjudication says.Track downThe ASA said it could not track down the people behind both sites, but The Negotiator has established that both were sister sites to Houser, whose general manager until 2017 – when the house ad was first listed – was Adnan Arif.He is a tech entrepreneur of Pakistani origin who launched Houser in the UK during 2014/5 and persuaded several thousand agents to list on the site and launched regional sister sites.Since 2017 the sites including Houser and Manchestersalerent.co.uk. have become digital ‘Marie Celestes’ – digitally afloat but with no one in charge or returning emails. The ASA says it has told the portals not to advertise properties in this way again and subsequently both have been taken down, displaying ‘temporarily unavailable’ messages.marie celeste listings Houser advertising standards authority ASA January 20, 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 » Advertising watchdog warns ‘Marie Celeste’ portals over old property listings previous nextRegulation & LawAdvertising watchdog warns ‘Marie Celeste’ portals over old property listingsThe ASA has told two online portals to stop advertising homes for sale listed years ago, often by FSBO vendors.Nigel Lewis20th January 20210692 Viewslast_img read more

Crantock Bakery

first_img(near Newquay, Cornwall) has rolled out seasonal items, including: a turkey and cranberry pasty, complete with sage and onion stuffing; a hand-raised pork and cranberry pie, made with hot water pastry; and an apple and mincemeat pasty. All three joined Crantock’s existing range of 26 pasties, from traditional Cornish to beef madras.Managing director Nick Ringer said: “Our seasonal specials offer variety to customers and they appreciate the effort we make to change the menu.”last_img read more

New strain of COVID-19 has arrived in Indiana

first_img Previous articleShooting suspect turns himself inNext articleEric Holcomb sworn in for a second term as Indiana governor Tommie Lee New strain of COVID-19 has arrived in Indiana Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest By Tommie Lee – January 11, 2021 3 349 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) Indiana’s Department of Health says a new strain of the coronavirus has come to The Hoosier State.The new strain is a mutation of COVID-19 that is easier to transmit from person to person. It was first identified in Great Britain.So far the new strain is not proving to be more deadly or causing more severe infections, but it is far easier to spread and has now been found in Indiana. For that reason, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says it’s more important than ever for Hoosiers to continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing, maintain good hygiene and get vaccinated when they are eligible. Google+last_img read more

Between Cuba and Harvard, an uncommon garden

first_imgIn the summer of 1899, Boston sugar magnate Edwin F. Atkins and Harvard professors George L. Goodale and Oakes Ames gathered in a busy sugar mill in Cienfuegos, Cuba, for a meeting that led to the establishment of one of the world’s richest tropical gardens.The meeting took place at Atkins’ sugar estate, where the Harvard Botanic Station for Tropical Research and Sugarcane Investigation/Atkins Institution in Cuba would be created a few years later. It unfolded against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War and emerging U.S. imperialism.It’s a story that has fascinated science historian Leida Fernandez-Prieto, who was born in Cuba and works as a researcher at the Madrid-based Spanish National Research Council’s Institute of History. She came to Harvard in the spring to research the history of the garden as the Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Affairs.Harvard Professor George Lincoln Goodale sits in a classroom at the Botanical Gardens. © President and Fellows of Harvard College/Arnold Arboretum Archives“The three men behind the garden were visionaries,” she said. “One was a businessman and the other two were driven by scientific ambition, but their collaboration enabled the garden to flourish.”Atkins provided resources and land and funded labor costs for Harvard scientists to develop sugar cane resistant to plagues and diseases, but before long researchers had turned the garden into a lab, planting trees from all over the world. By the early 20th century, the Harvard Botanic Garden was considered the center of tropical research in the Western Hemisphere.Now called the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden and managed by the Cuban government, the site is home to more than 2,000 species of tropical plants, including different breeds of palm trees, bamboos, figs, and orchids. Its 280 species of palms make up one of the world’s largest collections. Harvard University Laboratory palm trunk, taken in 2000. © President and Fellows of Harvard College/Arnold Arboretum ArchivesThe history of the garden has political dimensions, and includes slavery, conspiracies, and revolution, said Fernandez-Prieto, who has been working on the subject for the past three years. Atkins bought sugar plantations in Cuba in the early 1880s and was likely involved in slave labor until the practice was abolished on the island in 1886.After the Cuban war for independence, the garden continued to grow, and in 1920, it officially became part of the University. But in 1961, in the wake of the Castro revolution, Harvard’s operation of the garden was suspended.“What I’d like people to see is that this is a fascinating story of scientific discoveries, political tensions, and a world of intrigues,” said Fernandez-Prieto.Cuban researcher and Harvard fellow Leida Fernandez Prieto is researching the history of Harvard Botanical Station for Tropical Research and Sugarcane Investigations/Atkins Institution. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe work of a science historian is similar to that of a detective, she said. Fernandez-Prieto met with former Massachusetts Rep. Chester Atkins, the magnate’s great-grandson, and spent many days digging in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Arnold Arboretum, which house letters and documents linked to the garden’s administration.Over the past decade, Harvard has been making efforts to renew ties with the Cienfuegos Botanical Garden. In 1999, a delegation of academics traveled to Cienfuegos to celebrate its 100th anniversary. And in recent years, students have spent the summer doing research in the garden.The 222-acre garden attracts thousands of tourists every year, as well as botanists, zoologists, and biologists from all over the world. Fernandez-Prieto hopes renewed U.S.-Cuba relations help bolster scientific exchange between the nations.“The garden was very important for the relationship between Cuba and the United States,” she said. “After so many years of not working together, I think the botanic garden could be a bridge between the two because it’s a common heritage. It’s part of the history of both countries.”SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Destroy Weeds

first_imgGrowing a vegetable garden consists of more than just keeping the plants healthy. It’s also about making sure the weeds don’t take over.This spring’s frequent rains created ideal conditions for weeds to grow, says University of Georgia Extension agent Frank Watson. “Considering the droughts we’ve had this time of year, the rain was good to see in a lot of ways,” he said. “But many gardeners were afraid to cultivate for fear of losing that moisture. Now, the weeds are taking over.”Unfortunately, there are no postemergence herbicides that are safe to use in vegetable gardens, he said. Cultivation, removing weeds by hand or with help from tools, is usually the only option.Small weeds 1 to 2 inches tall can be quickly and easily removed with a hoe, garden rake or by hand. Large weeds take a lot more time and effort.“As weeds exceed 6 inches in height, they tend to become more troublesome. Extensive root systems — often along with deep taproots — make it difficult to get the weeds out of the soil,” Watson said.Small handheld hook-type weeding tools can help pull out weeds by the roots and prevent them from coming back. These range in price from $4 to $30, for more complicated models. Some gardeners choose to ignore weeds and hope they will go away, Watson said. “Weeds that are allowed to make seed will significantly increase weed problems in future years. It takes only a few scattered weeds to produce enough seed to cover the entire garden next year,” he said.With weeds, the best defense is early offenseUGA Extension consumer horticulturist Bob Westerfield says the best way to maintain a weed-free garden is to prevent it from establishing in the first place. The sun can be used to kill weeds in a garden plot, but you have to start before you plant. Till the area, moisten it and cover it with layers of plastic held in place by rocks. After about four weeks, the sun will have baked the area underneath to temperatures of 140, 150 or 160 degrees and killed any weeds.If weeds have already emerged in the garden plot and you are ready to plant seeds or seedlings, Westerfield says remove the weeds as soon as possible.“It’s a whole lot easier to prevent weeds than to get them out of the garden once they have a foothold,” he said.Westerfield likes to control weeds without pesticides and uses garden mats and the sun instead. Planting directly into precut holes in garden mats allows the vegetable plants to grow, but not the weeds. UGA Extension weed scientist Mark Czarnota spends his workdays searching for ways to control weeds. He also recommends using physical barriers — like plastic or weed barrier fabric — to prevent weeds from emerging in the first place. “Usually three mil plastic will hold up for a season, but newspapers are an inexpensive alternative,” he said.Czarnota also recommends using a two- to four-inch layer of mulch to control weeds. “Don’t use grass clippings because they may contain herbicides,” he said.Westerfield places newspapers covered with straw around plants in his own garden, and then runs a tiller between rows to destroy weeds. “The bad side of using the tiller method is that every time you till the soil, you dry it out and run the risk of bringing weed seeds to the surface,” he said. As vegetable plants grow, they will begin to shade out weeds, which reduces their numbers, Westerfield said. Gardeners have additional options outside the vegetable gardenOutside the vegetable garden, gardeners have more options to control weed problems. Chemical control methods are not harmful when used correctly, Czarnota said. Most problems come from the drift of post-emergence herbicides and carryover of pre-emergence herbicides in soil or mulches. The drift of Roundup (glyphosate) near vegetables like tomatoes is a big problem among homeowners, he said.“Some people use table salt, oils and fatty acids as organic herbicides. They also use corn gluten; acetic, capric and malic acid; cinnamon; clove; and lemon oil. But synthetically-manufactured herbicides still contain the largest, most effective arsenal available to both commercial and home growers,” Czarnota said.Fire is another control method. It is used to remove brush from conifers. Flame throwers are used to remove weeds growing through cracks in sidewalks, Czarnota said.For larger areas, pastures or areas that are already overgrown with weeds, Czarnota says gardeners can use biological control methods, like goats and other grazing animals. Grass carp are used to control weeds in ponds and lakes. For more on controlling specific weeds in home landscapes, see the UGA publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims plunge after three weeks of increases

first_imgThere were 889 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 764 from the week before. Altogether 11,520 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 733 from a week ago and 1,931 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,990 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 18 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 834 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 27 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See story HERE.last_img read more

Legal Roundup

first_img L egal Roundup Harris to lead FACDL: Jeffrey M. Harris of Ft. Lauderdale will serve as president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for 2006-2007. Other officers include President-elect A. Russell Smith of Jacksonville; Vice President Richard Hersch of Miami; Treasurer Paula Saunders of Tallahassee; and Secretary Brian Tannebaum of Miami. The Immediate Past President is Michael J. Snure of Orlando. Judicial Candidates Breakfast Rescheduled: The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association has rescheduled its Judicial Candidates Breakfast Forum for August 19 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Lyric Theatre on NW 2nd Ave., in Miami. According to the association, the purpose of the breakfast forum is to invite the community to become educated about the candidates who are seeking to be elected as judges in Miami-Dade County. It will also enable judicial candidates to meet with members of the community, encourage people to vote during the judicial elections, and provide an avenue for business leaders and community persons to network in a diverse setting. For more information call (305) 376-4154. Stetson wins Gambrell Award: Stetson University College of Law has won the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for its Leadership Development Program, which offers regular workshops taught by judges, professors, attorneys, and leadership training specialists that help students hone the skills that they will need to become successful community leaders. “Stetson strives to train not only outstanding lawyers, but leaders in the Bar and greater community,” said Vice President and Dean Darby Dickerson. “Our leadership program allows students to gain valuable information and skills that enhance their classroom experience and that give them a head start in the profession.” This year’s programs have featured chair of the ABA American Jury Project Patricia Lee Refo, Florida Second District Court of Appeal Judge E.J. Salcines, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore, former State Senator John Grant, and Stetson professors Lee Coppock, Roberta Flowers, and Charles Rose. LSGMI Celebrate 40 Years: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. recently celebrated 40 years of dedication to equal justice at its 40th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, which honored LSGMI’s first executive director, Howard W. Dixon, acclaimed as a pioneer of equal justice under law and noted for his contributions to the delivery and enhancement of free legal services to the poor. The celebration also included a reunion for LSGMI staff and board alumni, many of whom are now in prominent positions including Congress and the judiciary. The program included Bob Josefsberg, 40th anniversary chair; Darrell Payne, LSGMI board president; Jack McLuskey, LSGMI board secretary; Judge A. Leo Adderly, LSGMI alumnus; Garrett Biondo, LSGMI board treasurer; Elizabeth Du Fresne, LSGMI alumnus; Tracy Nichols; and H.T. Smith, LSGMI alumnus. In 2005, LSGMI served over 18,000 clients, recovering over $1.85 million in disability, unemployment, government benefits, child support, and other benefits. More than half of LSGMI client households are headed by women, while 42 percent of the household members are children. Fifty percent are the working poor. Legal Roundup July 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Unidentified database exposed information of 80 million U.S. households

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » An unidentified database laid bare the information of 80 million U.S. households, including full addresses complete with longitude and latitude, according to a vpnMentor research team that discovered the exposure.Per the vpnMentor report, known hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered an unprotected database affecting up to 65% of U.S. households. Hosted by a Microsoft cloud server, the 24 GB database included the number of people living in each household with their full names, marital status, income bracket, age, and more. The team was unable to identify the owner of the database at the time.Subsequently, vpnMentor, released an update: “Following the publication of our report, Microsoft took its server offline. In a statement, they said, ‘We have notified the owner of the database and are taking appropriate steps to help the customer remove the data until it can be properly secured.’ Microsoft has not revealed who owns the database.”last_img read more

Which English clubs will be in the Champions League and Europa League next season?

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is looking to win his first Champions League trophy this weekend (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Which English clubs will be in the Europa League?Manchester United are  set to compete in next season’s Europa League, and they will be joined by Arsenal after they failed to defeat Chelsea in the Europa League final.Wolves also have a chance of entering the Europa League, but they will first have to go through several qualifying matches, starting with the second qualifying stage. Comment English teams have dominated Europe this season (Picture: Getty)Premier League clubs have dominated Europe this season with the finals of both the Champions League and Europa League being made up of English teams.Chelsea secured a 4-1 victory against Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday evening, while Liverpool and Tottenham will face off in the Champions League final this Saturday.It is the first time that this has been achieved by English clubs, and many Premier League fans will be hoping that they can do it again next season.There are seven teams scheduled to compete in Europe next season, but who are they and how does the path to next season’s finals look?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhich English clubs will be in the Champions League?Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have all secured their places in next season’s Champions League.This is because they all managed to finish in the top four at the end of the current Premier League season.Four spots are automatically allocated to the teams that finish in the first four positions in the Premiership.Arsenal could have joined them in the competition if they had won the Europa League on Wednesday night. Which English clubs will be in the Champions League and Europa League next season? Jurgen Klopp questioned ahead of Champions League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 30:39FullscreenJurgen Klopp questioned ahead of Champions League finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/jurgen-klopp-questioned-ahead-champions-league-final-1933994/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.How are the Champions League pots decided?Pot 1 is for the top seeded clubs and it consists of the champions of each country, which means that Manchester City will be in that pot.They are set to be joined by two other English clubs, including Chelsea, as the Champions League and Europa League winners also secure a spot in Pot 1, if they’re not already included.The two losing teams from the two European finals will be placed in Pot 2, which means they will have to face a European league winner during the group stages of the competition.The other teams in Pot 1 are Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain. Daniel MackrellThursday 30 May 2019 7:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link123Shares Advertisement Zinedine Zidane led Real Madrid to the Champions League final last season (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)When do the European competitions begin?The qualifying rounds for the tournament are set to begin on Tuesday 25 June with the preliminary round, which is then followed by first, second and third qualifying rounds.In the final stage teams will need to win a play-off round in August to secure their place in this season’s Champions League.The draw for the group-stage of the tournament is set to take place on Thursday 29 August 2019, once all of the participating teams have been confirmed.The group stage of the competition will then get underway with the first fixtures on 17 & 18 September.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhere will the Champions League and Europa League finals take place?Next season the final for the Champions League will take place at Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on 30 May 2020.The final of the Europa League will be held on 27 May 2020 at Stadion Energa Gdansk, in Poland.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Liverpool ace Sadio Mane responds to Real Madrid transfer links ahead of Champions League finalMORE: Three ways Mauricio Pochettino can solve Harry Kane Champions League final dilemma Advertisementlast_img read more