Variety the key as Emson grows

first_imgClive Emson Auctioneers is cataloguing 150 lots for its Spring sale. This follows a successful landmark 200th auction in March at which the firm sold land and property worth £22 million, achieving a 75 per cent sale rate after cataloguing 150 lots.Managing Director James Emson said, “We continue to grow as we progress through 2018 with many additional people turning to property and land auctions.“Our packed salerooms and the strong results we achieve for clients are testament to the excellent value found at our sales for both vendors and purchasers.“Among our 150 lots are a hotel with panoramic sea views, a former Ministry of Defence munitions store, a metal water tower, a toll house dating from 1758, an old Baptist chapel, an historic former mint house, cottages with river fishing rights, former pubs, woodland, development sites with planning permission and a host of lock-up garages.”Some of the spring auction highlights include: Three cottages (pictured) in a very pretty setting on the River Exe at Bickleigh, Devon with 110m of river frontage and fishing rights are freehold, guide priced £300,000 to £400,000.auction auction lot Clive Emson Auctioneers Emson May 14, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Variety the key as Emson grows previous nextAgencies & PeopleVariety the key as Emson growsThe Negotiator14th May 20180357 Viewslast_img read more

Lecturer – Undergraduate Student Success Program – (FAC000942)

first_imgThank you for yourinterest in a faculty position at the University of Houston. Pleaseknow that the University has implemented a temporary pause on allfaculty recruitment activity.The College of Engineering at the University of Houston invitesapplications for Lecturer positions to join the UndergraduateStudent Success Program (USSP) faculty team, whose main role isteaching first and second year engineering students at the UH mainCampus and our new campus in Katy, Texas. This faculty team worksclosely with the college’s academic advisors, with faculty in manydepartments; filling a crucial role in equipping first-yearstudents for success. The main organizations within UndergraduateStudent Success are The Program for Mastery of Engineering Studies(PROMES) and the Honors Engineering Program (HEP). These programsseek to provide a positive and supportive environment wherestudents are enabled to succeed academically while gaining anunderstanding of the engineering profession and itsdisciplines.The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer. M inorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability tofunction in a collaborative atmosphere with multiple stakeholders.Candidates must possess a solid commitment to engineering educationand excellent communication skills. Applicants must possess a PhDor equivalent in an engineering discipline including engineeringeducation, a related education field, or a related STEMfield. PREFERED QUALIFICATIONS Exceptional candidates will haveexperience working with first-year engineering programs and/or havea record of scholarly activities in the area of engineeringeducation.last_img read more

Monika Zak

first_imgThe Puma’s Daughter was finally published in 1986. The book was well-received in Sweden and abroad, wining several prizes for its commitment to a humanitarian cause. In 1991, Zak returned to Central America to help have her book made into a film. As the war in Guatemala was ongoing, filming had to be done in Mexico. Even so, Monica tells me it was a highly dangerous project. “We expected sabotage from the military in Guatemala because they didn’t want the story to be told. The military had come into Mexico from Guatemala to murder Guatemalan refugees before, so that was a danger. The project was kept very secret and every time a scene was completed, the roll of film was immediately sent away to Denmark.” Since then, the incredible risks taken by Monica and many others in completing the novel and film seem to have paid off. In response to the novel, an organisation called Colchaj Nac Luum (A rough translation from the Mayan language would be ‘Saved by land and freedom’) was set up in Sweden to raise money for the Mayan community Zak had written about. Almost all the money collected by the charity has been raised by Swedish school children, and has been spent on new homes, a secondary school and land for the Mayan community. The profits of every copy of The Puma’s Daughter sold in Guatemala also go towards the organisation. The novel has now become part of the Swedish syllabus and secondary school students across the country study both the novel and the film adaptation. In fact, though her works are read by children and adults alike, the majority of Zak’s novels are aimed more specifically at children and young adults. She explains that she likes to write for younger age groups because they have been so passionate in getting involved in the causes her work deals with. “If you write for grown-ups, it just doesn’t have the same impact,” she argues.Zak is also convinced of the enduring power of novels to effect change. And as far as her own work is concerned, she seems to have a strong case for her argument. In response to her novels, a student organisation called Elevorganisationen (Organisation of the Pupils) was established, which on the 6th of May each year organises Operation Dagsverke (Operation Day-Work). Pupils take the day off school to work, and the money raised is donated to a charity in a different country each year. Zak tells me that with the money they raised for El Salvador, three dozen new schools were built.Zak is keen to emphasise that despite the often very bleak issues she tackles in her writing, she and her works ultimately remain positive. She recalls in particular the hope she found in the children and young adults she met during her visit to El Salvador, some of whom were child soldiers, others political prisoners at just 11 years old, others orphaned by the war. “I was struck by their tragic and unbelievable lives, but also by their spark, their strength, their humour, their intelligence and their desire to live. They will never leave my memory,” she tells me. “I met a boy of fourteen who’d just been let out of prison. He told me about the terrible torture he’d suffered there, and then of his dreams of a future of peace, without torture, or children in prison. “I’ve written about war and torture, but it will always have some positive twist – it’s not completely black. I’ve found a lot of fantastic people and hope in the world, and I remain an optimistic person.” With authors like Monica Zak working to make a difference it seems that this hope is gradually being made reality. The Swedish journalist who exposed human rights atrocities to the world talks to Iona Bergius about torture, terrorism and life undercover Monica Zak first travelled to Latin America in 1965 on an old fishing boat. Since then she has travelled extensively across the continent, reporting, writing novels, and producing films about the child soldiers, genocide, drugs cartels, and racism which have blighted much of Latin America’s history. She has risked her life on more than one occasion while researching for her work, convinced of the power the pen can have in making a positive difference in the world. Of the fifty novels Zak has written to date, one of the best-known deals with the 36-year Guatemalan civil war. The novel centres around the true story of a young girl’s search to find her brother, who was kidnapped by government soldiers for supporting the guerrilla movement. Zak tells me about the long and dangerous journey which led her to write The Puma’s Daughter. In the early 1980s she met Marianela García Villas, a lawyer from El Salvador forced into exile after her defence for human rights had led to her attempted murder. Zak befriended Villas and the two decided to travel to El Salvador – then in the midst of a bitter twelve year civil war – to write a book about the government’s abuse of human rights. Zak is reluctant to talk about exactly what happened when she first arrived in El Salvador, and skims over the details. “I arrived in the capital and then Marianela and I met up in the countryside. But there was an army invasion and we lost contact. She was captured and tortured to death. I was never able to write the book because all the material was stolen – I returned only with my life.” She was forced to flee the country because when the military had captured Villas, she had had a photo and a taped interview with Zak on her person. “I was accused of being an international terrorist with plans to destroy the country. It took me several months to get out of El Salvador under false papers.” Eventually Zak succeeded in escaping from El Salvador and crossed the border into Guatemala. Fearing for her life, she was forced to hide out in the Swedish Embassy. It was there that she learnt about the repression of the indigenous population taking place in the countryside. She tells me her greatest motivation for writing about Guatemala was the dearth of coverage of the people’s plight. “The world had no interest in Guatemala. No one wanted to go there. So I felt I had to write about it. I wanted to write this book because no one cared about the horrible things that were happening there. I wanted to tell people what it was like. The purpose of my writing is to try and make a difference,” she explains. Zak returned to Guatemala on two more occasions to research her novel, spending much of her time interviewing survivors of the government-led repression. She explains that some of the things they described were so terrible that she felt they could not be included in the novel, because no one would want to read about such atrocities. “The violence described in my book is all true. For example, the massacre of the villagers of San Francisco took place on 17 July 1982 and is told just as I heard it from the mouths of the survivors, except that I had to leave out some things, because if I had explicitly described the way in which many children were murdered, I think most people would have stopped reading the book.”Her research was fraught with difficulties and dangers. “I wanted to get to the Mayan village of Yalam, but the military forbade anyone from going in. Two American journalists had tried and then they had disappeared. A few years later their bodies were found – they’d been beheaded. I could get in thanks to a letter from my editor in Sweden which claimed I was writing a book on Mayan culture and wanted to look at the Mayan ruins of Yalam. At that time, there were no roads to the village so I had to walk for three days to get there, and to the neighbouring village of San Francisco, where the massacre had taken place.” On another occasion, she befriended some Guatemalan nuns who lent her a habit so that she could enter a Mayan village occupied by the military, in order to gather testimonies from the indigenous people. Zak denies that she acted bravely, simply stating, “There’s a magic to not being afraid. I never imagine the bad things that could happen to me.”last_img read more

New And Improved Format For The City County Observer

first_img We’ve already mentioned to our readers that we will be taking a break the week of Thanksgiving. When we return, you will see some big changes to our site. We expect our new format will encourage more reader participation and also attract a broader range of support from advertisers.  After 15 years in the publishing business the City County Observer shall be taking a leap forward  to become a more informative publication.“Is It True” will no longer be a daily feature. It will be posted a couple of times (Tuesday and Thursday) a week. To access “Is It True” readers will have to follow a link that will be provided in the main section of our paper.. The same will be true for our “Readers Forum.”  In essence, we will segregate “Is It True” and the “Readers Forum” from the general readership.  Interested readers will have to put in an extra effort to access these posts.  Both sections shall be advertising free so the reading public understand that our advertisers have nothing to do with these sometimes controversial and politically charged sections.We will be featuring more national, state and local news and weekly positive profiles of community leaders, elected and appointed officials and promising future leaders of our area.  As advertising income permits we shall be attending City Council, County Commission, County Council and ERC meetings to do complete coverage of the decisions made by those public bodies. We also will be providing current “Video Streaming” of these meetings to keep you current on the political happenings at the Civic Center.In addition, we will be encouraging everyone to write their “Letters to the Editor,” giving us their ideas and opinions on issues that matter to them. Our new Society Editor will let you know about loved ones and friends’ birthdays and other celebratory events. We also shall be expanding our sports section.We have been hearing from a number of potential sponsors for a long time that they do not feel comfortable advertising in such a politically charged publication, but would like to reach our readers with news about the services and products they have to offer. That has motivated us to make the changes to the “IS IT TRUE” By becoming an off-shoot of the main part of the City-County Observer and none of our sponsors will be associated with the controversy sometimes caused by the question “IS IT TRUE”.  The “Good News” is that no one will be charged for accessing “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” or any other part of CCO,  and by having more advertisers for our site will help us to continue that practice.As we look to Thanksgiving, we want each and every reader to know that we are thankful to them for their continued support and for our chance to serving the Evansville area with positive and current news.We are looking forward to hearing what you think of the new and improved format of the City County Observer.  Also we encourage you to tell us how we can improve the CCO so it will have a more positive impact on our community.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Perfect Red Raiders Get a Kick Out of Win Over Absegami

first_imgHenry Souto, in action last week against Bridgeton, kicked what proved to be the game-winning field goal in Ocean City’s 9-0 victory over Absegami on Friday. (Courtesy OCHSfootball.com) Ocean City High School’s football team is 3-0 for the first time since 2000, even if the offense needed a kick-start in Friday night’s game at Absegami.Kicker Henry Souto nailed a third quarter 24-yard field goal, the only points Ocean City would ultimately need in a 9-0 West Jersey Football League Independence Division victory over the Braves.It had been a tense defensive struggle until Souto’s kick seemed to inject new life in the O.C. offense, as well as the Red Raider supporters who made the trek to the Braves’ Galloway Township campus.Ocean City’s running game, missing in action at home last week against Bridgeton, came to life on an 82-yard drive capped by senior quarterback Ian Aungst’s  2-yard run with just over nine minutes left in the game.Brandon Lashley had another outstanding game for the Raiders, making a clutch 38-yard reception, which helped put Souto in position to make his big kick. Lashley also had an acrobatic interception to snuff out an Absegami drive late in the second quarter.Defensive line standout Austin Green recorded four sacks for the Raiders, including the biggest of the game. He dropped the Braves’ QB Will Harned for a loss on fourth down with 1:44 left in regulation to seal the deal for the Raiders and hand ’Gami its third straight loss.The win sets up next week’s battle at Carey Stadium against St. Augustine Prep, a 27-3 winner Friday over perennial South Jersey Group IV power Shawnee.last_img read more

Preview of Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNews Facebook Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleNiles man injured in motorcycle crash Tuesday nightNext articleVicki Becker promoted to state prosecutorial Board of Directors Network Indiana Twitter Google+ (Ryan Dorgan/The Elkhart Truth) Vice President Mike Pence will face off with Senator Kamala Harris in the first vice presidential debate on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah at 9 p.m.Andy Downs, a political science professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, says this debate should go smoother than last week’s presidential debate.“I’m fairly confident that people will be able to keep track of this one quite a bit easier than the one last week,” Downs said with a laugh.He says there is one topic that will be on everybody’s mind during the debate — the coronavirus.“There is no way they can avoid talking about COVID and the response to COVID,” Downs said. “Quite frankly, that’s going to get discussed no matter what question comes out of (moderator) Susan Page’s mouth. Susan Page could ask where someone went to school, and Kamala Harris is probably going to bring up COVID.”Downs adds that Harris is under more pressure for this debate, saying Pence is “very steady” and “will be able to do what he does.” He says if Harris doesn’t “land a few significant blows,” people will be able to say Pence won the debate. As for Pence, Downs says the vice president must use this debate to bring back some of the voters President Trump might have lost during last week’s debate.You can listen to the Vice Presidential Debate, right here on 95,3 MNC with coverage starting at 8 p.m. Preview of Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate By Network Indiana – October 7, 2020 0 297 last_img read more

Shorenstein Center welcomes 2013 spring fellows

first_imgThe Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, is pleased to announce its 2013 spring fellows.“We have an all-star group of fellows from the heights of journalism and politics and the pinnacle of digital technology, and it promises to be a semester that is super-rich for students interested in these things,” said Alex Jones, the center’s director.Peter Hamby is a national political reporter for CNN, based in the Washington bureau.Melinda Henneberger is a political writer for The Washington Post, where she writes a twice-weekly column and anchors the She the People blog.John Huey was the editor-in-chief of Time Inc.Martin Nisenholtz is a senior adviser for The New York Times Company and an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Journalism School.Paul Sagan is executive vice chairman of Akamai Technologies and was the company’s chief executive officer from 2005 until January 2013.Michael Slaby was chief integration and innovation officer for the Obama campaign in 2012 and chief  technology officer for the campaign in 2008.last_img read more

Women Empowerment in Saudi Arabia

first_imgAfter celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th, just a short time ago, this blog post feels extremely relevant. Before I start telling this story, let me set the scene for you: 3 women from 3 very different locations, thousands of miles apart, somehow find themselves all on the same page. And what is that page you might ask? Equality for women, a topic that we all hold extremely close to our hearts.Marta and I are very lucky to work within the Newport and Warsaw offices, where equality amongst genders comes naturally. However, this isn’t always the case for Maryam Aljishi. As a proud feminist and member of the Women Empowerment graduate project, she is fiercely fighting for equality within her office in Saudi Arabia. Marta and I both know that the position of women in Saudi Arabia is different than in our own countries, but it took us barely two sips of coffee that morning to find out why.Who is Maryam Aljishi?Maryam was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. She went on to study a degree in Management Information Systems and graduated from university in 2017. She started her career working within the oil and gas industry for General Electric. 8 months into the job, Maryam felt unfulfilled and knew that this was not the path she wanted to continue down. Maryam’s passion and drive to pursue a career within the digital industry resulted in an internship at Microsoft, where she found the company to be very ‘pro-women’. While she had a fantastic time at General Electric and Microsoft, she explained, “they just were not the jobs I was looking for”.Joining DellMaryam later applied for an account manager position at Dell. Just before her interview, a Starbucks employee shared with Maryam that “no women work in that office”. She didn’t let this scare her off. 6 months down the line, Maryam feels she has found her forever home at Dell Technologies.I asked Maryam if she had any reservations about joining a male dominated industry. “I definitely had, and still do have some worries” she explained, “I do question am I ever going to be good enough in their eyes, to climb the ladder and get myself a managerial role”. I truly believe this is something felt by many women, from many companies, across the globe. I know these worries have certainly crossed my mind, but I find comfort in seeing influential and powerful women in top decision-making roles at Dell, and might I add, doing a fantastic job of it.Empowering WomenWhen Maryam first joined Dell, there were only 3 women in the office, and there weren’t activities or groups for them to socialize. One of the women had been working in the Saudi Arabia office for almost 9 years, but hardly ever spoke to anyone. “I just thought to myself, this is not healthy” Maryam openly shared. It was concerning to her that none of the women communicated—she wanted to help change this. Maryam initiated change by simply creating a WhatsApp group. The chat gave her female colleagues a platform where they could communicate and connect with one another. It was a great way for them to meet and have lunch, allowing them to form friendships and stand as one united front.But Maryam did not want to stop there. In her short time in Dell, she has worked alongside HR to create opportunities for female students through an internship program. There are currently 6 students who come into the office 4 times per week. Maryam told us that ‘they absolutely love it’. When asked if it is difficult to encourage young female students to be interested in IT, Maryam replied “most people have a very male dominated perception of IT, but moving forward, I would like to make sure that it’s something that appeals to both men and women”. This is something that resonated strongly with Marta and me. Growing up, I was always under the impression that IT was a man’s industry, but oh how my opinion has changed, and I’m very glad it has!Maryam is also working to get a ‘Women in Action’ organization set up in her office. She talked us through the process and how it has not been easy nor straight forward.However, it’s not just offices such as the Saudi Arabia one that doesn’t have such organizations in place. In fact, my own office doesn’t have a WIA organization set up due to our small size, but after speaking with Maryam, I definitely feel inspired to start one.The Office Environment“Men are not used to having women around them in the office. They don’t know how they should treat me and approach me and this can sometimes make things awkward” Maryam stated when asked about what it is like to be 1 out of the 7 women in the office. “You need to understand that we have different rules here. Women and men are not to allowed to share the same work environment. We aren’t supposed to work or sit together. I was one of the first ones to stop being so strict about it. It’s crazy when I think about it”. I remember feeling quite taken aback when Maryam told me of this law, as it’s something that I’ve never had to abide by. However, things are changing for the better. There is a feeling of freedom in the newly built city of Neom in Saudi Arabia. Men and women will be able to freely work amongst each other. This has given Maryam hope, as well as Marta and myself. Equality and change are happening.The FutureAs we neared the end of our discussion I asked Maryam where she wants to go with the WIA organization. Maryam began “If I have the budget, I’d love to rent a place that holds around 30 to 40 people. I want to invite girls of all ages and help them understand what is possible for them to do. I want to show them the career opportunities and encourage them to network with each other. I mostly want to help people”. Maryam also hopes to invite more woman to the office, including students, leaders and managers of the organization. Creating an environment where females feel comfortable is her ultimate goal, and I truly believe she will achieve it.Just a mere week after speaking with Maryam, both Marta and I had the pleasure of meeting her face to face at the first graduate event in Lodz, Poland. She was exactly how I thought she would be, and her enthusiasm is inspiring. Maryam has this wonderful energy and friendliness that, pardon the cliché, makes you feel like you’ve known her for years. She is someone I would like to keep as a colleague, but most importantly, a friend for many years to come.When reflecting upon our discussion, I felt a number of emotions. As someone who was brought up in a society that encourages women to follow their dreams and pursue any career they wish for, I felt shocked and slightly saddened that this is not always the case for my female counterparts in different countries. I’ve come to realize and understand the importance of initiatives like Women in Action within our organization. It’s the people who make Dell Technologies thrive and develop. The future of IT is being driven by young and passionate graduates like Maryam, who are pushing for more inclusivity and equality.I feel very lucky to be a part of the graduate program where I have the opportunity to meet fellow graduates from across the globe who are so willing to share their stories and struggles. But most importantly, I feel inspired to fight for what I believe in and be more fearless, like Maryam. We all agreed that things will change with the spread of knowledge, but also with the surge of millennials entering the workplace. It may take months, maybe even years to see the first effects of our actions, but for the first time we can see it clearly on the horizon.I will leave you with a quote which I believe will stay with me for a long time to come;“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise themSharelast_img read more

Route 14 in East Montpelier closed into November due to bank slide

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) at 10 am on Thursday, October 6, 2011, will close a small section of Route 14 in East Montpelier that was damaged by spring flooding and exacerbated by Tropical Storm Irene. The road is expected to remain closed into November. Route 14 between its intersection with Route 2 and Northstar Fireworks was restricted to one lane on September 26 due to the roadway beginning to slide into the Winooski River. Engineers originally believed the road could be repaired while maintaining one lane of traffic, but the roadway continues to undermine. Electronic message boards beginning Wednesday will warn motorists of the coming closure. ‘All the rain we had over the past week exacerbated the situation, and earth is now disappearing from underneath the road at an accelerated rate,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We have already lost about three feet of asphalt, and there is no longer room to safely have both traffic and construction vehicles in the same area.’ All commercial vehicles will be rerouted to Route 302 regardless of their destination, while pleasure vehicles can use Route 302 to reach Montpelier or Country Club Road to reach Plainfield. VTrans plans to keep Route 14 passable for emergency vehicles. While the agency hopes to keep one-way traffic flowing until 10 a.m. Thursday, roadway workers will continually monitor the situation and reevaluate plans. The agency will close the road without warning anytime if it believes public safety could be compromised. For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Durbin Amendment fight: Who’s ready, who’s not?

first_imgA fight to repeal the so-called Durbin Amendment could put any effort to overhaul Dodd-Frank at risk, Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and counsel at the National Retail Federation warned Tuesday.“There’s not an appetite to have this fight again,” Duncan said, in an interview.However, credit union officials, who favor repeal, are gearing up for that fight.The Financial CHOICE Act being pushed by House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) would repeal the amendment.The Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank placed a cap on credit card interchange fees. The common name of the cap comes from its principal sponsor, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more