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June 16, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Eighteen top Tesco executives, led by Director Tim Mason, together with a group of leading businessmen and women are taking part in a sponsored bike ride across part of the route of the Giro d’Italia to raise funds for Action Medical Research.The team, known as The Barking Badgers, will cycle along one of the toughest stages of the Giro d’Italia, from Milan to Venice. Taking on the route designed for pro-cyclists, these amateur enthusiasts will be cycling between 60 to 100 miles a day, tackling tough climbs from 100m above sea level to 1434m in just over 15kms.Action Medical Research is promoting the event to companies in terms of its team building and networking opportunity. Advertisement Tagged with: Events Recruitment / people Tesco executives cycle for Action Medical Researchcenter_img Howard Lake | 19 May 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tesco director Tim Mason described the challenge as “a fantastic cycling adventure… testing your stamina, resolve and ability to work as a team.” Tesco executives were joined by staff from their suppliers including BT, De Lisle Communications, Dunnhumby Ltd, IBM, JP Morgan Cazenove, Telstar Computers, Unilever and Vodaphone.last_img read more

June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img‘Union busting is disgusting’Rally outside disciplinary hearing at Veolia Corp’s HQ in Boston, Oct. 28.WW photo: Joseph PietteBoston, Oct. 28 — It was a true indication of what workers’ power means. A mass outpouring of workers at an hours-long rally tonight served notice to the notorious, union-busting transnational corporation, Veolia, that rank-and-file members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, stand prepared to defend their leaders and union by any means necessary.Today Veolia held a second disciplinary hearing to try to illegally terminate five elected officers of Local 8751 — Grievance Chair Stevan Kirschbaum, Recording Secretary Andre ­Francois, Vice President Steve Gillis and Stewards Garry Murchison and Richard Lynch.As the speeches, chants and drumming penetrated the hearing, the Veolia bosses were forced to initiate a stay on imposing any discipline against the Five — until a third hearing, scheduled to take place on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m.No one had to be convinced that the bosses are dragging out the hearings in hopes that the union will tire of mobilizing in support of the Five.The first hearing, on Oct. 23, had ignited the bus drivers and their supporters to rally against the fabricated charges brought against their leaders.Team Solidarity — the voice of a rank-and-file coalition of school bus drivers from the Steelworkers, Teamsters and Amalgamated Transport unions — said in a public statement on Oct. 28: “Since taking over the Boston school bus management contract on July 1, 2013, Veolia has committed numerous unfair labor practices, violated nearly every term and condition of the drivers’ employment contract, and engaged in actions designed to steal literally millions of dollars from drivers’ paychecks — all with the goal of attempting to decimate this union of mainly Haitian and Cape Verdean drivers.“In the process, Veolia has sacrificed student safety on the altar of profit, among other things creating routes designed by GPS-based software that result in massive lateness to school and to home, and refusing to pay drivers for all their time worked.“On Oct. 8, when drivers engaged in a legally protected protest of Veolia’s unfair labor practices, including refusing to meet at the drivers’ repeated requests, Veolia wrongly called the police and forcibly removed the drivers, illegally locking the gates and refusing to let the drivers back in to work. Boston Mayor Menino and Veolia then targeted the five union leaders for termination. Boston School Bus Drivers Union Local 8751 exemplifies what a labor union should be.”As the five sat in the disciplinary hearing, held at Veolia’s corporate headquarters in the Freeport yard, bus drivers and their supporters started to gather in the early afternoon. They kept coming until the evening, when bus runs taking children home from school ended.A truck was transformed into a makeshift stage. When there were breaks in the hearing, the Five came out and stood together in solidarity, giving words of encouragement and brief updates on what had happened.One of the speakers early in the day was Myles Calvey, a leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 2222, representing Verizon workers. Calvey spoke of the long-time relationship between his union and USW Local 8751 and the need for all workers to stick together.Other speakers included out-of-town supporters Sharon Black from the Baltimore Workers Assembly and Eva Panjwani and Scott Williams, representing the youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) from Durham, N.C., and Philadelphia, respectively. Black and Panjwani spoke on recent solidarity actions for the Boston drivers held at Veolia offices in their cities. Similar demonstrations took place in New York, Buffalo and Oakland. An action is scheduled for San Francisco on Oct. 30.Miya Campbell from the Women’s Fightback Network compared the bus drivers’ struggle to the heroic anti-apartheid fight led by women.Ed Childs, a member of UNITE HERE Local 26, spoke on the history of racist segregation in Boston and the struggle to organize against Veolia and reactionary political forces that want to turn back the clock to resegregate the schools.‘Solidarity is not a crime’While there was a virtual occupation of the Veolia headquarters during the first disciplinary hearing on Oct. 23, today’s rally was also an occupation but even more spirited and militant. The Five marched out of the hearings, united as one, to powerful cheers and fist pumps of hundreds of rank-and-file members and their supporters. They took the stage to make short statements, urging the membership to stay strong and united. Three women union leaders — Kiett Woody Baptiste, Chantell Casimir and Lela Roseboro — spoke in passionate defense of the Five and their union. Pat Scanlan spoke on behalf of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace.Sandra McIntosh, coordinator of the Coalition for Equal Quality Education, speaking on behalf of the parents and students, extended solidarity to the union from the Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts. She told the crowd: “You are the most important people in my world because you carry the most important cargo in the world — our children. We give you our children and you bring them back to us each and every day. You deserve the respect, the pay and the solidarity you have coming to you. We are here from the community to support you.”Larry Holmes, from the New York People’s Power Assembly and Workers World Party, told the drivers that they were an inspiration to all workers. He also sent a message to Veolia that “You will not bust us.” He ended his talk with a chant picked up by the entire rally: “What’s disgusting? Union busting!”Stevan Kirschbaum, who co-chaired the rally, along with Team Solidarity leader and USW Local 8751 member Frantz Mendes, announced that two solidarity messages had come from Latin America — one from Edgar L. Sarango Correa, president of the Workers Confederation of Ecuador and current president of the Workers Unitary Front; the other from Edgar Páez, part of the national leadership of the National Union of Food Workers (SINALTRAINAL) of Colombia.From the stage Kirschbaum recognized a delegation of Team Solidarity bus workers from Brockton Teamsters 653, as well as the entire negotiating committee representing school bus workers employed by the Eastern Bus Company.He also brought to everyone’s attention solidarity from New York’s Amalgamated Transport Union Local 1181. In a vicious anti-union attack, Veolia has included in its “evidence” being used to “prove” the case for the termination of leaders, a video of USW 8751’s solidarity tour to support the 8,800 striking NY school bus workers last February. The act exposes the true political character of Veolia’s campaign to punish this militant union for daring to provide real solidarity in action.In a statement release by Michael Cordiello, ATU 1181 President and Business Agent, the union states: “This union-busting action by Veolia Transportation is outrageous. Solidarity is not a crime. Standing up with the members’ for their rights is not a crime. We will join ranks to ensure that Veolia’s crime will not succeed, in Boston or any of its world-wide operations. Veolia: Hands off the Boston School Bus Union 5.”Linda Jenkins from the Community Church of Boston was also greeted from the stage.As outreach continues to grow in the community and the political movement for round three of the hearings set for Oct. 31, the bus drivers are fully aware of and prepared for the ongoing struggle to defend their union and the rights of all workers.Earlier in the day, Ross Kochman, a sixth-grade teacher in the Boston Public School system, told WW: “The bus drivers have always supported the youth in BPS. I work with the youth and families of this city, and I think the bus drivers have been there for them, and I wanted to be here for the bus drivers.”Charles Yancey, an African-American Boston City Councilor, informed USW 8751 Oct. 29 that he is preparing a City Council order demanding a hearing to investigate the actions of Veolia, BPS and Mayor Menino in the illegal lockout of the school bus drivers as well as allegations included in the unfair labor practices charges now being heard before the National Labor Relations Board to determine if Veolia is in breach of their vendor contract with the city.On Oct. 8, Yancey went to Veolia’s corporate headquarters to demand that the company meet with the drivers so that they may return to pick up the students. He was rudely ordered from Veolia’s corporate office and physically escorted from the property by Boston police.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgActivists held signs and chanted: “We march! Y’all mad! We sit! Y’all mad! We speak up! Y’all mad! We die! Y’all silent!” as they marched at a Stand for Kaepernick and Kneel for Justice rally outside the Philadelphia Eagles stadium at their first home game of the National Football League season on Sept. 24. More sports fans showed support with fist bumps and raised fists for Black Lives Matter than those who raised opposition to the demonstrators.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img November 12, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Help by sharing this information RSF_en ZimbabweAfrica April 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance cameraman found dead two days after being kidnapped outside home News to go further Follow the news on Zimbabwe Reporters Without Borders called today for an independent investigation into the death of freelance cameraman Edward Chikomba, a former employee of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH), who was found dead on 31 March, two days after being kidnapped in Harare by men suspected of being members of the intelligence services.“We are utterly dismayed by this murder, which comes at a critical time for independent journalists because, after years of harassment, they are now being subjected to extreme violence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This appalling crime must not go unpunished,” the press freedom organisation continued. “As the police do not have the required credibility to conduct a serious investigation, we call on those presidents who still maintain a dialogue with President Robert Mugabe to make him realise that it would be inexplicable and dangerous if those who are responsible for Chikomba’s death are not clearly identified and punished. Only an independent third party is capable of establishing the facts in Zimbabwe today.”Chikomba, who also ran a stall outside his home in the working-class suburb of Glen View, was kidnapped by four men, who stopped and initially asked if they could buy some beverages. Forced at gunpoint to get into their white 4WD vehicle, he was found dead at Darwendale (60 km west of Harare) on 31 March. Since then, his body has been at the morgue in Chinhoyi, 115 km west of the capital.The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (the leading organisation of its kind in Zimbabwe) quoted one of his relatives as saying he tried to pull Chikomba back as he was being bundled into the vehicle, but the abductors hit him with the butts of their guns. The relative said the vehicle was found at Mapinga, near Banket (80 km west of Harare).One of Chikomba’s former colleagues said Chikomba was accused of providing the international media with video footage showing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai with his face badly swollen after being beaten while in custody. The same source said Chikomba was a supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).A Harare-based journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “He was undoubtedly targeted because he was known as a cameraman.” After leaving the production team of “Vision 30,” a programme broadcast by ZBH until 2001, Chikomba continued to work as a freelance cameraman for individuals or news organisations.Footage of Tsvangirai with his battered face as he left a courthouse to go to hospital was shot by several news media including Mighty Movies Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, a leading Zimbabwean production company that provided its footage to foreign TV stations and news agencies.Many opposition members, human rights activists and journalists have been arrested by the intelligence services in similar circumstances in recent weeks. Gift Phiri, a contributor to the London-based weekly The Zimbabwean, has been held since 1 April on a charge of practising journalism illegally.Luke Tamborinyoka, the former editor of the now-defunct Daily News, was hospitalised on the orders of a Harare court on 30 March after losing consciousness during his trial. He had been badly injured as a result of mistreatment while in police custody following his arrest along with 34 activists during a police raid on MDC headquarters on 28 March. Receive email alerts News Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica Reporters Without Borders called today for an independent investigation into the death of freelance cameraman Edward Chikomba, a former employee of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH), who was found dead on 31 March, two days after being kidnapped in Harare by men suspected of being members of the intelligence services. Organisation News Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Organisation RSF_en News April 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Related documents Vietnamese versionPDF – 17.43 KB Receive email alerts RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific center_img The former journalist was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on 31 December at the end of a trial lasting less than three hours. The people‚s court of Hanoi also sentenced him to three years house arrest once he reaches the end of his sentence. News Follow the news on Vietnam April 27, 2021 Find out more The former journalist was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on 31 December at the end of a trial lasting less than three hours. The people‚s court of Hanoi also sentenced him to three years house arrest once he reaches the end of his sentence.Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by the severity of this sentence. The organisation condemns the abusive use of a spying charge against the cyberdissident and the mockery of justice in Vietnamese courts._____________Vietnamese version bellow (.pdf)Reporters Without Borders calls for release of cyberdissident NguyenVu BinhReporters Without Borders called for the release of cyberdissident Nguyen Vu Binh, whose trial for “espionage” was opening before the people’s court in Hanoi on 31 December. He risks the death penalty. The international press freedom organisation called on justice minister Uong Chu Luu to intervene to secure the release of the journalist, who previously worked for a Communist Party publication.”We already wrote to the justice minister on 25 September seeking news about the prison conditions of Vu Binh, who has been held in solitary confinement since September 2002, but he did not see fit to reply,” said Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary general. “We again call on this minister to put an end to the injustice suffered by the cyberdissident, a former Communist party member. Vietnam should be made to understand that its Internet users have the right to express their opinions,” he added.Sources close to the Vietnamese authorities said that the main charge reportedly relates to a letter sent by Nguyen on 19 July 2002 to the Human Rights Commission of the US Congress, in which he criticised the human rights situation in his country. He is apparently also charged with being in contact with “subversive dissidents” such as Le Chi Quang and Pham Hong Son, both of whom are also behind bars. He is further accused of having received 4.5 million dongs (about 230 euros) “from a reactionary organisation based abroad”, taken part in an anti-corruption organisation and having called on the Vietnamese authorities in 2000 to set up a liberal democratic party. Vu Binh is also charged with posting messages of a “reactionary nature” on the Internet, in particular an essay headlined, “reflections on the Sino-Vietnamese borders agreements” in which he criticised the 1999 treaty between the two countries.Two lawyers will represent Vu Binh at his trial, Me Dam Van Hiêu and Me Nguyen Thang Cang, who have been given access to the charge sheet.Nguyen was formerly a journalist for the official organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Tap Chi Cong San (The Communist Review). He resigned from this job in 2001. VietnamAsia – Pacific April 7, 2021 Find out more News News December 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyberdissident Nguyen Vu Binh jailed for seven yearslast_img read more

June 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img TAGSBallyneetyfatal crashGearoid Sheehy Ahernlimerick Advertisement Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick teen road victim named as tributes flow onlineBy Staff Reporter – March 21, 2018 3290 Twitter Previous articleAppeal to get Limerick stroke victim home from TurkeyNext articleTroy studios first clip takes flight Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Tubberquinn, Ballyneety with Limerick teen Gearoid Sheehy Aherne inste THE death of a 17-year-old Limerick teenager in a road traffic collision in Ballyneety has been referred to the Garda Siocahana Ombudsman for investigation after the vehicle in which the teenager was traveling in was involved in an earlier interaction with gardai.Gardai and GSOC are now investigating the full circumstances surrounding the fatal crash at Tubberyquinn, Ballyneety, just after midnight on Tuesday morning March 20 where Gearoid Sheehy Ahern lost his life. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The black car in which the Ballinacurra Weston teen was traveling in hit a ditch on the road it was traveling on and was catapulted almost 30 feet into an adjacent field.Tragically, the Greenmount Avenue teenager was fatally injured and three other males were injured, one seriously, when the black, 2005 Dublin registered Mazda 6, they were travelling in, struck a ditch.Three other injured teens all understood to be aged 17, were being treated at University Hospital Limerick with one believed to be in a serious condition. The incident has been referred to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission as a result of earlier interaction between the crashed car and Gardaí.Gardaí at Roxboro Road Garda Station are asking witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information, to contact them on 061 214340.Former Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh schoolmates of Gearoid have been paying tributes online to the young teen who lost his life in the crash.Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.See more Limerick news here Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

May 25, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews WhatsAppcenter_img Highland Radio inviting applications for weekend journalist position Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – September 15, 2017 Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleKey measures for North West discussed ahead of budgetNext articleUU assesses dementia treatment research project following Donegal experiment News Highland Pinterest Highland Radio is seeking applications for a journalist to join our busy newsroom team.Broadcast experience would be an advantage.The position is primarily for weekends and presents an excellent opportunity for training and growth within the organisation.Those wishing to apply should forward a CV to Greg Hughes, Highland Radio, Mountain Top Letterkenny or via email to [email protected] closing date for applications is the 22nd of September. Facebooklast_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGrand Junction Police Department (GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.) — An Uber passenger was arrested after pulling a gun on a driver in an attempt to kidnap her, police said. The suspect, 23-year-old Adam Salaz, was picked up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Sunday on charges related to the incident that occurred in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Uber driver had picked up a male passenger on Friday, Jan. 10, police said. As she was driving, the passenger pulled a gun on her, demanding she drive him to the desert, according to a statement posted on the Grand Junction Police Department’s website.The driver jumped from the vehicle while it was still in motion and escaped. The suspect drove off in the vehicle — a white 2019 Toyota C-HR. The victim suffered minor injuries, according to the police’s statement. The vehicle has yet to be recovered.Through an investigation, police identified the suspect as Salaz. He is currently being held in the Eddy County Detention Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico.Salaz’s current charges in New Mexico include resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest) and concealing identity. He will be extradited to Colorado at an unknown date, according to Grand Junction police. This is the latest in a troubling number of crimes and assaults involving Uber drivers and passengers. Concerns have been raised over the ride-sharing service’s safety after an 84-page report released last December revealed there were nearly 6,000 reports of sexual assault from both riders and drivers across the United States in 2017 and 2018. Overall, riders accounted for 45% of the accused parties. The report noted that some assaults occurred between riders. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMay 29, 2018 /Sports News – National Steph Curry and 5-year-old daughter celebrate big win in the cutest way Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRonald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — NBA star Stephen Curry and his 5-year-old daughter, Riley, celebrated the Golden State Warriors’ Game 7 win in the cutest way.News cameras captured the daddy-daughter duo celebrating with a special handshake on Monday, just moments after the Warriors beat the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, securing a spot in this year’s NBA Finals.ABC San Francisco station KGO shared a clip of the precious exchange on Twitter late Monday, calling it the “cutest celebration ever.”The Warriors came back from a first-half deficit during the third quarter, when Curry scored more than half of his 27 points.Curry — with his wife, Riley and her 3-year-old sister, Ryan, by his side — said he was just happy to put the “stressful but fun” night behind him.“For us to have the firepower to kind of turn the momentum to our side pretty quickly, you know, get some stops, make some shots, and start to feel a little bit better about ourselves, it was a fun night all the way around,” Curry told ESPN after the game. “You have to have endurance, you’ve got to have resiliency, you’ve got to have confidence in yourself, no matter how the game’s going up until that point, that you can turn it around.”The Warriors are scheduled to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday, the fourth straight Finals matchup between the two teams.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

May 7, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMike Day is celebrating 45 years working in the property industry and as one of the sector’s best-known figures. The Negotiator sat down with him (virtually, of course) to get the inside track on how he thinks the industry will weather the pandemic.He talks about his experiences as a senior director at Connells, working as a consultant since then with many of the industry’s leading property and tech firms including Teclet, and his views on Countrywide, the high street and much more.Will Covid kill the high street?The move away from the high street was happening anyway but the pandemic is accelerating that process and I think it’s a real paradigm shift moment.The big corporate CEOs swear the high street is still alive and kicking, though?If you’ve got 500 branches on the high street with long leases to go then of course, yes, you’re going to say the high street is the best place to be. It’s not dead, but it will need to change and I think many were already largely night time economies anyway.I remember at Connells when we acquired a regional agency business off the Prudential during the early 1990s and it took two years to sort out the branches and offload the ‘spare inventory’ so to speak. But by the time it was done, we were saving £500,000 a year. Now, Countrywide and companies like it have the same challenge.I think we’re going to see a lot more rationalisation because the days of a big agency having a branch in every high street are gone.Will Covid weaken the housing market?No, I don’t think so – the current low interest rate economy will mean there won’t be the build up of negative equity or 100,000s repossessions hitting the market in the same way it did during the financial crisis. Covid hasn’t hit home-owners yet, and I think once Covid is all over we’ll see a big economic pick-up. The only unknown is Brexit, of course.What’s changed the industry the most since you joined it?The two big things are the internet, which has changed the world as well as the industry. But the other was the arrival of Assured Shorthold Tenancy in 1988. Overnight it created a private rental sector after years of regulated rents, ushering in the flexibility that enables people to invest in property and created a new market for agents. I think a lot of younger agents aren’t aware of that.Will RoPA change the industry?Yes, if RoPA does happen, but it will take years for the government to get it up and running, at which point I think many of the more marginal, one or two-person local agents will be persuaded to retire early and sell up. An awful lot of them are in their 50s.Was the negative impact of the Tenant Fees ban exaggerated?It’s accelerated a process which should have happened earlier – i.e. agents have started charging landlords a realistic price for their service. And the good agents have moved more to letting and managing properties, leaving the ‘tenant find’ only market to the more marginal or online volume competitors. I think it made everyone wake up and smell the coffee.Will Rightmove keep its top spot in the portal world?Rightmove’s success and PLC status means its top chiefs are incentivised to play it safe and have carried on with what is essentially fairly old technology. If they’re not careful then their position could be eroded quickly if another platform with better technology becomes popular with house hunters. And yes, a platform like Boomin could do that.What will happen to Countrywide?I know some of the people involved but I’m not privy to what’s going on. But something has needed to happen at Countrywide for some time. And my opinion is that if Connells were to buy it, that would be best outcome.Neither Alchemy nor Robin Paterson’s outfit [Catalist] have the resources or management expertise to turn it around. One interesting development might be that Connells and LSL could get together to make it work. But that remains to be seen.What does the future hold for the industry?I think there’s going to be a huge growth in the self-employed model. We’re still in the early days of that in the same way that we were with franchising 20 years ago, but that is now an established part of the industry.Overall, I believe we’ll see a reduction in the number of branches and people working in the industry, but those who are left will be better qualified and make better use of technology.On a lighter note – anyone wishing to witness some of Mike’s guitar skills should visit his festivae message on the Agents Together Linked page. Boomin covid Mike Day connells Countrywide teclet December 23, 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 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 » Mike Day: How Covid WILL accelerate huge change within the industry previous nextMike Day: How Covid WILL accelerate huge change within the industrySenior industry figure Mike Day marks 45 years in the industry with a wide-ranging and frank interview with The Negotiator.Nigel Lewis23rd December 20200896 Viewslast_img read more