McFly’s Dougie Poynter takes on Saracens’ Schalk Brits in eating challenge

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MR299 / HGR Arquitectos

first_img “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/544265/mr299-hgr-arquitectos Clipboard Photographs:  Diana ArnauLattice Design:Ariel RojoGraphic Design:LEOLABDeveloper:Ciudad VerticalStructural Design:Mata y Triana Ingenieros ConsultoresBuilding Services:zMP InstalacionesLattice Production:VYPSAArchitect:Marcos HagermanCity:Mexico CityCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Diana ArnauRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemFrom the archtiects. The project is located in a square site of 364.00 m², at the corner of Matías Romero and Dr. José Maria Vertiz streets. The project consists of a building of 6 levels, the first level is for parking and lobby, while the other 5 levels are for apartments, with a total of 15 dwellings.Save this picture!© Diana ArnauAs it is located in a very important corner of the area, we designed a striking facade that would not break with the style of the neighborhood. To achieve this, we designed a grid that gives movement to the facade, with a play of openings that generate balconies and terraces that vary by level.Save this picture!© Diana ArnauSimilarly, we worked with the designer Ariel Rojo to create a concrete lattice that serves as a facade for the services (parking and circulation core). In order to give a greater contrast to the facade, the entire building is made of white concrete, easily differentiating the dwellings from the services.Save this picture!First LevelThe operation of the building is divided into a tower and a shared courtyard. The vertical circulation and emergency stairs are located in the same core at one end of the building, this core is confined to the concrete lattice, allowing constant ventilation for this space.Save this picture!© Diana ArnauThere is a lobby on the ground floor, communicating the parking area with the vertical circulation. All residential premises have natural lighting and ventilation, as well as the bathrooms and kitchens.Save this picture!© Diana ArnauThe roof of the building is intended for the exclusive use of residents from the upper level, leaving a space for common use for residents from all apartments.Save this picture!© Diana ArnauEach level accommodates 3 apartments ranging from 65 to 95 m², which open onto the exterior facade. To this we add the interior side yard which provides excellent lighting for all apartments. To reduce the circulation, hallways are divided by vertical tensors with vegetation, leaving the back area as a private balcony.Save this picture!SectionAll apartments have balconies and terraces in all areas, thus providing greater spaciousness in small apartments.Project gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Fukuchiyama / arakawa Architects & AssociatesSelected ProjectsMoleskine Livescribe Notebooks: Analog and Digital Together at LastArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Calle Matías Romero, Vertiz Narvarte, Mexico City, Federal District, MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/544265/mr299-hgr-arquitectos Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily CopyHousing, Apartments•Mexico City, Mexico Projects MR299 / HGR Arquitectoscenter_img 2014 CopyAbout this officeHGR ArquitectosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMexico CityCiudad de MéxicoMexicoPublished on September 08, 2014Cite: “MR299 / HGR Arquitectos” [MR299 / HGR Arquitectos] 08 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Housing Save this picture!© Diana Arnau+ 34 Share Mexico Architects: HGR Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project MR299 / HGR ArquitectosSave this projectSaveMR299 / HGR Arquitectos “COPY”last_img read more

SGA establishes Random Acts of Kindness Day to remind students of their impact on each other

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Horoscope: November 14, 2019 Horoscope: November 13, 2019 printThe Student Government Association (SGA) passed a bill enacting that today, Nov. 13, be Random Acts of Kindness Day at TCU this semester.Set around the same time as the SGA mental health awareness campaign, the Founder’s Statue tabling event is intended to promote kindness and positivity across campus.“From opening a few more doors for others to buying the people behind you in the Chick-fil-a line lunch, little actions of random and unsolicited kindness will go a long way,” said co-writer of the bill and Honors College representative Katie Kovarik.The event included passing out flowers and donuts to students and a space to write messages of encouragement to each other.“I think little kindness actions like these will really pull the community together,” sophomore Brooke Wertzberger said. “It’s already somewhat of a small school, but it’ll really make us all kind of have more love for each other. And even if you don’t know each other, it’ll grow the community in ways that we can reach out to others just for help or a smile or kindness, random little things like that that can make someone’s day slightly better.”Although the bill writers believe kindness should be promoted every day, they said they want Nov. 13 to start a chain-like reaction of kindness.“The purpose of Random Acts of Kindness Day isn’t to discourage kindness on other days, but to make students more aware of how their actions impact others,” said Kovarik.Kovarik and Neeley representative and co-writer of the bill Ryan Chandler were both inspired by past high school experiences to bring more kindness to TCU.While serving as Student Body President of his high school, three of Chandler’s friends committed suicide in the span of three weeks. He decided to start a Random Acts of Kindness campaign.“These small acts dramatically shifted the atmosphere at my school, and spreading love totally conquered everything that was going on,” said Chandler. “My current philosophy is to find love and spread it, and that brings happiness to everyone.”Kovarik also started a similar campaign at her school where students put clothing pins on each other’s backpacks to spread kindness to a fellow classmate.SGA representatives voiced their support for the bill being one of the few to pass with 100 percent approval.College of Fine Arts representative Patton Maynard agreed that this could have a huge benefit for the student body.“Regardless of the cost that’s on that board, if it saves one life, if it keeps one person from thinking about depression from just sinking into that rut, then it’s worth it.”Chandler and Kovarik worked together to combine random acts of kindness and Community that Cares-SGA’s mental health initiative.“We talked about things that were really impactful to us in high school and thought what TCU would benefit from,” Kovarik said. “We thought that spreading kindness and emphasizing student kindness towards one another would be an awesome day.”SGA’s Community that Cares mental health awareness lasts for three days, and each day has a different initiative.“What we wanted to focus on the first day was students caring about one another and everybody else’s mental health,” Kovarik said. “We were lucky enough to take our random acts of kindness day and pair it with this program [Community that Cares].Chandler hopes that the spreading of kindness can make a difference across campus.“I know people are passing it on and hopefully we can create a very positive atmosphere today,” he said. “Just spread love, not just today, every day. Just be kind.” Mariana Rivas + posts Mariana Rivas is a junior journalism major at TCU. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she grew up in Houston, Texas. You can usually find her drinking coffee, hanging out with friends or writing about anything she is passionate about! Facebook Venezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in Colombia World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Linkedin Previous articleWATCH: Visiting scholar talks faith, global humanitarian aid workNext articleHoroscope: November 13, 2017 Mariana Rivas RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ ReddIt TAGSmental healthSGAsuicide prevention Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Horoscope: November 15, 2019 Twitter Twitter Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history last_img read more

Digitally Driven

first_img Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Bank of America blockchain Borrowers Citizens Bank Lenders mortgage Servicing Technology 2018-11-08 Radhika Ojha November 8, 2018 1,785 Views Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America blockchain Borrowers Citizens Bank Lenders mortgage Servicing Technology Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Digitally Driven Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Digitally Driven  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Cryptocurrencies recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their invention. Cryptocurrencies ushered in a new way of doing business and made the world sit up and take notice of the technology it was built on—blockchain. For those who haven’t already heard about it, a blockchain uses a growing list of records called blocks which are linked using cryptography, making this technology a secure and safe way of transferring and saving data.While the technology has been around for some time, it has only been a few years since the housing and mortgage industries began to take notice of this technology as a way of streamlining and securing its operations and making it a part of the overall digital initiatives of lenders to reach and service their customers.Streamlining Processes”There are three key areas that digital should solve: efficiency of document gathering, more choice around the channel, and improved communication. We view digital as an opportunity to remove some of the friction in the mortgage process that customers have consistently voiced as areas where the customer experience could be better across the industry,” said Kathy Cummings, SVP Bank of America.”When we think about the efficiency of time, it’s not just the documentation process that digital simplifies. Digital allows us to create omnichannel experiences that allow customers to choose when, where, and how they engage with their lender so that they can select what channel is most efficient for them,” said Sonu Mittal, SVP and Head of Retail Lending at Citizens Bank.Blockchain, therefore, does play an important role in smoothening out the digital process for lenders. “One such use is for land titles,” said Shidan Gouran, CEO and President of Global Blockchain Technologies. “This does not only simplify property ownership, but it also minimizes the risks of fraud, especially in property transactions.””Digital has enabled more efficient document gathering where lenders can securely gather much of the information and documentation on a customer’s behalf. Customers no longer have to spend valuable time gathering and submitting the documents, which allows them to focus more time on other parts of the home buying process, like inspections and preparing for closing with their attorney and realtor,” Cummings said.Tech vs. TouchAccording to Gouda, while blockchain may have been around for a decade, it is only natural for the technology to take its time. “Remember how long the Internet took to evolve, and how rapidly it evolved once governments and major companies started using it? That is the phase blockchain is in now, and we are likely to see more mortgage and housing developments using it at an even more rapid pace in the next few years,” Gouran said.While blockchain may be evolving as a technology, there are many more digital options that lenders are combining with the human touch to reach out to their borrower base.”A customer who initiates an application via digital channel should be able to move seamlessly between them,” Mittal said. “The mortgage loan process takes place over a longer period of time from start to close because there are other variables with a range of timing, like closing date agreements with sellers. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a person makes, so we believe most customers prefer a human-digital experience that allows them to engage in a variety of ways based on their needs at the different points in the process.”Enhancing Borrower ExperienceCummings said that lenders could enhance a homebuyer’s experience when buying a home through digital channels by offering solutions that allowed consumers to simplify the mortgage process and make time for other life commitments. “Homebuyers who feel in control and empowered to take the first steps in achieving their goal of homeownership will have a better experience,” she said.Mittal agreed since digital has improved access to information to enable customers to stay informed about the progress of their loan without having to pick up the phone or email the loan officer.”Those forms of communication are still important, which is why we believe omnichannel is the right approach for the best client experience, but digital has enabled more proactive information sharing than the industry previously had. Not only can customers check on the status of the loan, but they can also track tasks to be completed and collaborate with their loan officers through these digital portals.”Want to learn more about how technology such as blockchain impacts the housing and mortgage industry? Take part in the 2019 Five Star Fintech Summit, March 13-14 in Memphis Tennessee. Click here to learn more. Previous: Mr. Cooper’s Eventful Quarter Next: Back in the Saddle About Author: Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Govt. Freezes All Bank Accounts, Amnesty International Halts India Operations

first_imgNews UpdatesGovt. Freezes All Bank Accounts, Amnesty International Halts India Operations LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 Sep 2020 11:35 PMShare This – xThe Government of India has freezed all the bank accounts of Amnesty International India on the allegations of money laundering and suspected violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. Consequently, the human rights organization has been forced to suspend its operations and let go of its staff in India. However, the organization has completely denied all the allegations and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Government of India has freezed all the bank accounts of Amnesty International India on the allegations of money laundering and suspected violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. Consequently, the human rights organization has been forced to suspend its operations and let go of its staff in India. However, the organization has completely denied all the allegations and has termed the move as a tactic to silent dissent. “The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental. The constant harassment by government agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government, more recently for accountability of the Delhi police and the Government of India regarding the grave human rights violations in Delhi riots and Jammu & Kashmir. For a movement that has done nothing but raise its voices against injustice, this latest attack is akin to freezing dissent,” said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India. The organization claims that its premises have been raided by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI respectively, twice in two years, based on “unsubstantiated” allegations. “On 25 October 2018, Amnesty International India endured a 10-hour-long raid as a group of officers from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a financial investigation agency under the Ministry of Finance, entered its premises and locked the gates behind them. Most of the information and documents that were demanded during the search were already available in the public domain or filed with the relevant government authorities. The residence of a Director was also raided. xxx On 22 October 2019, Amnesty International testified at the US Congressional hearing on the situation of human rights in South Asia with specific focus on Jammu and Kashmir since the unilateral abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. On 15 November 2019, two weeks after the testimony and amid rumours of impending arrests of the organizations top officials, the offices of Amnesty International India and the residence of one of its directors were raided again by the CBI. The raids were conducted on the basis of a First Information Report filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs over unsubstantiated allegations of suspected violations of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act,” the organization claims. Amnesty International India claims that it stands in full compliance with all applicable Indian and international laws. It has claimed that all its funds are raised domestically and there is no scope for application of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. “More than four million Indians have supported Amnesty International India’s work in the last eight years and around 100,000 Indians have made financial contributions. These contributions evidently cannot have any relation with the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. The fact that the Government is now portraying this lawful fundraising model as money-laundering is evidence that the overbroad legal framework is maliciously activated when human rights activists and groups challenge the government’s grave inactions and excesses,” it said. It added, “The attacks on Amnesty International India and other outspoken human rights organizations, activists and human rights defenders is only an extension of the various repressive policies and sustained assault by the government on those who speak truth to power.”Read Full Statement HereNext Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Arrests after party boat with 170 guests cruises around NYC

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 687,000 people worldwide.Over 18 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 154,841 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:5:01 a.m.: Thousands take part in Moscow half-marathon amid ban for mass events in the cityMoscow hosted a half-marathon with over 16,000 participants on Sunday.“Many marathons have been canceled abroad, and we are showing to the whole world how to continue living as normal in very tough conditions,” Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matitsyn said at the event’s opening.He said the event was to celebrate the victory over the coronavirus.On Sunday morning city authorities said 664 novel coronavirus infections were diagnosed in the city. The number of daily cases have been declining but still consistently remains over 600 per day.On Wednesday, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said that all mass events were banned in the city until Aug. 16, even though that announcement did not affect the half-marathon event on Sunday.4:49 a.m.: Kosovo PM tests positive for COVID-19Kosovo’s prime minister, Avdullah Hoti, said late Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19, though he does not have serious symptoms.Hoti, who has only been in office since June, wrote in a post on his official Facebook page that he does not have symptoms “except a very mild cough,” and will self-isolate for two weeks while working from home.3:15 a.m.: Arrests after illicit party boat with 170 guests cruises around New York CityThe owners and captain of The Liberty Belle, a large riverboat that can fit up to 600 guests with four bars and three outdoor decks, have been arrested after flouting the rules and hosting a party on Saturday with more than 170 guests on board.Ronny Vargas and Alex Suazo, the boat’s owners, were arrested on Saturday night and accused of violating a number of state law provisions.“Deputy Sheriffs intercept the Liberty Belle at Pier 36 & arrest owners and captain for illegal party: violation of social distancing provisions of the Mayor’s and Governor’s Emergency Orders, Alcohol Beverage Control Law: unlicensed bar & bottle club & Navigation Law,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.The sheriff’s office also said that the captain of the boat, who was not identified, was issued a summons for not displaying its identification number.This comes just a week after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed an event where The Chainsmokers were performing at a packed concert in the Hamptons, which saw audience members clustering together and outright defying social distancing guidelines.Cuomo blasted The Chainsmokers last Tuesday saying the performance was “grossly disrespectful to fellow New Yorkers” considering how hard the state fought to control the spread of COVID-19.“The concert that happened in the town of Southampton was just a gross violation of not only the public health rules, it was a gross violation of common sense,” the governor fumed during his daily press conference regarding the novel coronavirus.The Chainsmokers and those involved in the show now face potential civil or criminal repercussions, with the governor saying that violations of “public health law has civil fines and a potential for criminal liability, so we’re taking that very seriously.” 1:38 a.m.: Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy as retail collapses pile upLord & Taylor has become the latest retailer to file for bankruptcy as the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on retail chains and sales around the country.The company filed for bankruptcy protection in the Eastern Court of Virginia on Sunday.“Today, we announced or search for a new owner who believes in our legacy and values,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Part of our announcement also includes filing for Chapter 11 protection to overcome the unprecedented strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on our business.”Just last year Lord & Taylor sold its flagship building on New York City’s Fifth Avenue after more than a century in the 11-story building.“Thank you for your support, now more than ever,” the statement continued. “Our mission is to continue to serve you, your family and your community for generations to come.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man found dead in beer cooler at Atlanta Braves’ stadium

first_imgJune 27, 2018 /Sports News – National Man found dead in beer cooler at Atlanta Braves’ stadium Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailogan Riely/Beam Imagination/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Tuesday.Cobb County Police told ABC affiliate WSB-TV that a third-party contractor was found dead by another worker in a walk-in beer cooler at the stadium, home of the Atlanta Braves.Police told WSB-TV they believed the man had arrived earlier for an overnight shift.The man was found hours before the Braves were scheduled to host the Cincinnati Reds.Police told WSB-TV it was too early to indicate if foul play was involved, and that they were working with the Braves in the investigation.“There’s many avenues that it could go, but at this time, we’re just gathering information,” Sarah O’Hara of the Cobb County Police Department told WSB-TV.The game between the Braves and the Reds was played as scheduled.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Weber State Football Ranked No. 3 In Nation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-In the midst of a five-game winning streak, Weber State football (6-2, 4-0 in Big Sky Conference play) is now the No. 3 team in the nation in both the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches’ polls as confirmed Monday.The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally for a school-record 17 straight weeks and 20 of the past 21 weeks.Weber State has been nationally ranked in at lease one poll every week since November 2016, a streak of 39 straight weeks.The Wildcats will visit No. 6 Sacramento State Saturday as they vie with the Hornets for the top spot in the Big Sky Conference. October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football Ranked No. 3 In Nation Brad James Written by Tags: AFCA Coaches Poll/Big Sky/Sacramento State Hornets/STATS FCS/Weber State Footballlast_img read more

Suzy Lamplugh: 30 years on… live life safe

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Suzy Lamplugh: 30 years on… live life safe previous nextAgencies & PeopleSuzy Lamplugh: 30 years on… live life safeSafety may be common sense but it is not always common practiceSheila Manchester5th October 201601,367 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Do we do enough to protect our staff?Have your say Viewings are part of the estate agent’s job – but are they safe? Suzy Lamplugh: 30 years on there are still serious concerns about personal safety in the property sector, says Trust.30 years ago a young estate agent called Suzy Lamplugh disappeared while showing a client around a house in Fulham. No trace of her has ever been found.The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was subsequently founded by her parents Diana and Paul following and since then it has pioneered personal safety as a life skill and a public policy priority.National Personal Safety Day, run by the charity, is an annual event aimed at highlighting some of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help minimise personal safety risks. It’s about helping people live safer, more confident lives.New researchTo mark the 30th anniversary of Suzy’s disappearance the trust has carried out research into personal safety issues within the housing sector and is proposing that estate agencies sign up to ‘Suzy’s Code for Personal Safety’ to ensure that their employees are as ‘Safe As Houses’ while at work.According to the English Housing Survey 2014-15, there are 22.5million households in England. Almost everyone will visit a prospective property at some point in their lifetime. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is concerned that everyone who is planning to rent or buy a property, or is working in the housing sector, should feel as ‘Safe as Houses’ when they have to visit a property.Worryingly, the trust found that both employers and consumers remain at risk when buying, selling and managing houses. Research carried out by ComRes in September 2016 on behalf of the charity surveyed 250 estate agents to assess the extent to which employees in this sector feel at risk while at work. One in five said they had conducted a property viewing where they felt unsafe and for female estate agents this was nearly a third.A further seven per cent stated that they had been threatened. Issues of safety concerns included verbal abuse by a client and properties being located in a remote location. Almost half of all estate agents have been made to feel uncomfortable or uneasy by a client whilst on a viewing.One estate agent explains how she felt unsafe when conducting a property viewing on her own, “I was at a viewing and the client locked the door when I had asked him not to. He then continued to ask if I was feeling nervous which unnerved me. He then proceeded to take off his tie. I felt threatened by his behaviour and unsure as to what would happen next”.One in ten estate agents think viewings should be made safer and the same number stated that estate agents themselves should be responsible for ensuring this. Suzy Lamplugh Trust is therefore calling for all estate agencies to sign up to Suzy’s Code for Personal Safety to take steps to minimise personal safety risks for all their employees:Suzy’s Code for Personal SafetyEmployers should implement a buddy system so that colleagues always know each other’s whereabouts and contact details. These should include checking in and out when meeting arriving at and leaving the property, including out of normal office hoursHave a system in place for colleagues to raise the alarm back at the office in case of an emergency while working aloneHave a clear procedure to follow if someone does not return or check in when they were expectedWhere possible arrange for viewers to visit the office before meeting them at the property so that colleagues have also seen themOffer all staff a personal safety alarm and have discreet lone worker devices available.Before conducting a viewing, find out who else will be present in the property (current tenant, contractors etc.) when you visitFinally, make sure all staff are aware of and have access to the personal safety measures available.And when you are going on a viewing alone:Take a charged phoneLet someone know where you are going and who you are meetingPlan your journey by viewing Google maps/streetviewTry to arrange to visit in daytime hoursCarry a personal alarm or discreet lone worker device.Further information and resources: https://www.suzylamplugh.org/npsd-2016 HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Do we do enough to protect our staff?Have your say Viewings are part of the estate agent’s job – but are they safe?Live Life Safe Suzy Lamplugh estate agents safety October 5, 2016Sheila ManchesterRelated 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

Platform claims to save letting agents up to £3.5m

first_imgHome » News » Platform claims to save letting agents up to £3.5m previous nextProptechPlatform claims to save letting agents up to £3.5mThe Negotiator25th March 20180452 Views A Scottish proptech firm, Lettingweb, has launched its Letting Professionals Model Tenancy (LPMT) with legally binding digital signatures so that agents and tenants can complete tenancy agreements online, quickly and efficiently.By speeding up the workflow, including dispensing with the signing appointment, along with savings on materials, post and couriers associated with paper-based leases, Lettingweb says that agents can save up to £28 per contract.Lettingweb currently markets 70 per cent of all rental properties managed by agents. The LPMT was launched after extensive collaboration with member firms and legal advisors Lindsay, to coincide with new legislation guaranteeing all private residential tenancies core rights and obligations.Ross MacDonald of Lettingweb, said, “We have a mission for making letting better and we hope to make LPMT the industry standard of best practice. In this digital age, it is vitally important to conduct business in a trusted and secure online environment and that is what we have built for the LPMT Optimised to make management effective, it is capable of making significant savings in both time and money.”Steven Currie, Director of Murray & Currie, says, “With the lettings industry subject to so much new and exciting change we have been delighted to be working closely with Lettingweb. We have shared our views and experience to embrace change knowing we are fully compliant and at the sharp edge of our fantastic industry.”www.lettingweb.com Lettingweb proptech LPMT Letting Professionals Model Tenancy tenancy agreements March 25, 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 2021last_img read more