Lettings and strong country sales save the day at Winkworth Franchising during “difficult” 2016

first_imgWinkworth Franchising has reported a “difficult” year after publishing its 2016 annual results.This includes franchisee turnover down 6% to £46.1 million and franchisor profits before taxation down 25.6% at £1.42 million.But lettings saved the company from worse results. The annual report says its franchisee network, which is concentrated in prime markets within London, the South East, East of England and Midlands, experienced a significant increase in rental income from 38% of total revenues in 2015 to 44% last year.“Our rentals business continued to grow on the back of new initiatives such as the corporate relocation department,” says Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth Franchising (pictured).“With an improved proposition for landlords, property management commissions grew by 16% to represent 15% of rental revenue compared to 12% in 2015.“Rental income growth in the country was stronger still, rising by 21%, so that the total contribution to group turnover from offices outside of London increased from 19% in 2015 to 21%. This vindicates our strategy of expansion outside of London since 2008.”But Winkworth Franchising experienced a quiet year for sales, created it says mainly by worries over Brexitg, although like many other agents it experienced a rush of landlords buying properties last year to beat the Stamp Duty deadline.Country salesIn contrast to this, its country sales franchisees performed strongly, recording an increase of 3%, and now represent 27% of Winkworth Franchising’s total sales revenues.Agace also reveals that business was most brisk in suburban areas and provincial towns, where the recently-introduced higher Stamp Duty for property over £1m “was less of an impediment”, he says.The company opened two new branches, in Colindale and Malborough increasing its total to 94 across the UK. Four existing offices were sold by franchisees to new management. Agace says he expects up to eight new offices to open this year.Dominic Agace winkworth franchising March 31, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Lettings and strong country sales save the day at Winkworth Franchising during “difficult” 2016 previous nextAgencies & PeopleLettings and strong country sales save the day at Winkworth Franchising during “difficult” 2016Lettings now provide 44% of its turnover, says CEO Dominic Agace.Nigel Lewis31st March 201701,412 Viewslast_img read more

Accused Carjacker Dodges Train During High-speed Police Chase Through PBC

first_imgShe told police that she picked up Johns, who she knew simply as “JJ,” from a Super 8 motel in West Palm Beach. Johns allegedly became aggressive at some point during the drive. That is when he made the woman switch seats with him, took her car keys and also tried to smash her phone, the police report explains.The woman also said that Johns pushed her from the car near a business park and sped off again before she was completely out of the vehicle, which resulted in bruises to her hands and knees.Johns took off again when a Boynton Beach police officer noticed the vehicle and tried to pull it over.“The suspect vehicle led several police officers on a high speed pursuit accelerating to speed over 90 mph through several different cities including Lantana” and crossed in front of an oncoming train in an attempt to evade officers, the report states.Police deployed spike strips, which deflated the car’s tires near Abbey Road in West Palm Beach.Johns was arrested without incident and was identified by the alleged victim. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday after posting a $53,000 bond, and is due back in court on June 11. A local man is facing felony charges, after an apparent carjacking in Boynton Beach ended with a bizarre car chase.Authorities say 32-year-old Jaron Johns, of Wellington, led officers on a ride Tuesday, after he allegedly forced a woman out of her car and stole it.The probable cause affidavit states that Johns reached speeds exceeding 90 mph through residential neighborhoods from Boynton Beach to West Palm Beach.He crossed railroad tracks ahead of an oncoming train to lose police officers who were chasing him.Johns was arrested when the chase came to an end on Tuesday evening. He has been charged with carjacking, fleeing and eluding and driving on a suspended license.The incident started when the unidentified woman gave Johns a ride.Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

Hashim Amla talks up Yuvraj Singh influence in Abu Dhabi T10 league

first_imgAdvertisement a6y8siNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecrh0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bkmWould you ever consider trying this?😱93uCan your students do this? 🌚6kmy7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Yuvraj Singh is set to return to cricket with Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and former South African batsman Hashim Amla reckons that his involvement will influence the youngsters by all means. There are inadequate number of Indian players in various T20 leagues round the globe, but with Yuvraj’s inclusion in the Abu Dhabi league, the Protea batter is confident that the young players will take notes from the former world cup winning all-rounder.Advertisement “I suppose you want cricketers from all over the world and Yuvraj now is involved and that is fantastic. It is difficult to comment because Indian cricket have their own set of regulations. But to have Yuvraj involved in T10 and to have youngsters being able to play with him, he has been a fantastic cricketer for 20-odd years and he has got so much to add value to. It is just great having him around and there is no doubt that youngsters will look to feed off him,” said Amla, who has been picked up by the Karnataka Tuskers as their icon player.Advertisement Amla himself is also excited about cricket’s newest format, saying, “I am very excited. T10 is a new format in the sense that it has been around for only three or four years. But it has been around for many years in our backyards and when we were growing up playing with our friends. But to have it on a professional level is fantastic. The first few editions have been spoken of very highly and I am excited to be a part of it and see how it progresses and different skills it allows you to bring to the table.”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Gus Adams

first_imgAdams, whose son Greg was a household name during his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, started his career as a rookie in the 1956-57 Western International Hockey League season after playing junior with the Lethbridge Native Sons.Adams played in 49 games that season for the Maple Leafs and helped the Green and White to the Savage Cup title in 1961.The Leafs honoured Adams by dressing goalies for the opening ceremonies from every age group in Nelson hockey.Staff and management at Mallards Source for sports would also like to pay tribute to one of the real characters in Nelson hockey with Team of the Week honours.The Adams’ goalies includes, in no specific order, Adam Maida, Brayden Pompu, Derrick Te Boekhorst, Curt Doyle, Jarred Martin, Ben Kelsch, Tenzin Mint and Brady Stocks.Gus Adams is survived by his lovely wife Darlene children Greg, Tracey, Jamie, Jeffery, Gus Jr. and many grandchildren. During the Leafs’ home opener the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise reached back in the hockey archives to honour one of the great netminders in Nelson history, Gus Adams.The former Nelson Senior Maple Leaf backstop recently passed away at his home on the North Shore.last_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt earns WHL Player-of-the-month honours

first_imgDuring the summer, Nelson’s Dryden Hunt wasn’t really sure where he’d be playing hockey this season.In September, the Moose Jaw Warriors decided to take a chance on the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.The deal, Hunt to Moose Jaw in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018 back to Medicine Hat Tigers, has paid off in spades for the Warriors.Hunt currently leads the Warriors and the entire Western Hockey League in scoring as Eastern Division club clings to a playoff spot. Hunt has been on a tear through January, amassing 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists), earning WHL Player of the Month honours for January 2016.The 20-year-old Hunt has a plus-6 rating in 14 games during January, recording multiple-point outings on seven occasions, including three instances in which he collected at least four points to help the Warriors stay in the thick of the playoff race with a 6-6-3-0 record. Hunt’s performance in January saw him earn two first star honours, two second star mentions and one third star nod.Hunt, the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt of Nelson, is in his first season with Moose Jaw and his efforts have helped the Warriors remain in third place in the East Division standings to go along with an offence that has produced the fourth-most goals amongst Eastern Conference Clubs. The 6-foot, 201-pound forward is first in Warriors scoring with 76 points (32 goals, 44 assists) in 52 games played.Hunt is in his fifth WHL campaign and has amassed 207 points (91 goals, 118 assists) along with a plus-13 rating in 248 career regular season contests. During the summer, the undrafted Hunt attended the Prospects Camp of the Montreal Canadiens. In 2014, Hunt played for the Carolina Hurricanes at their Prospects Tournament.The Warriors travel to Lethbridge Friday to play the Central Division leading Hurricanes.—With files from WHLlast_img read more

iThemba Tower combines art, recycling and community

first_imgOfficially opened in July 2016, the iThemba Tower is a community art project made with over 7 000 recycled plastic drinks bottles decorating a decommissioned 20m high cellular tower.iThemba Tower: A Recycled Tower of Art in Troyeville https://t.co/GTSME8vRf4 pic.twitter.com/4s6Eut5Tt4— Heather Mason (@2summers) July 26, 2016The tower is situated in the garden of the Spaza Art Gallery in Troyeville, Johannesburg. The repurposed tower has become a point of pride for people living and working in the area.The project is the brainchild of renowned local street artist r1, conceived as a way to collaborate with the community in creating distinctive urban art. The artist specialises in taking lifeless urban landscapes and adding colourful, eye-catching African flourishes using various mediums including recycled wood and plastic.Hidden Trophy from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.Speaking to Graffiti South Africa, r1 says Johannesburg is his canvas, and its people his collaborators. “Every city has its beauty but Johannesburg has a special kind. There is a sense of freedom in the inner city that I don’t experience anywhere else. It is quite unique. People are open for engagement and I get fascinating opinions from very diverse backgrounds. It’s so rich culturally but still somehow a hidden treasure.”Take a look at r1’s latest public art intervention, ‘Hidden Trophy’ – https://t.co/xKkmn7WlLy pic.twitter.com/m0PFesNp6j— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) November 10, 2015The iThemba Tower’s plastic bottles – bought from the city’s informal waste collectors – each contain a light and a written message by members of the community, including learners from local schools. At night the tower lights up with a multitude of colours.Taking the isiZulu word for hope, ‘ithemba’, the messages inside each bottle represent the dreams of each contributor. Speaking to blogger Heather Mason of 2Summers.net, r1 describes the artwork as a “symbolic communication tower around which a diversity of people can share their collective hopes”.More important, the installation is also an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of recycling and the informal collectors who recycle the city’s waste as a means to survive.While the tower itself is the main attraction, it forms part of an online multimedia project incorporating video, crowdsourcing and blog posts, which all highlight the installation’s journey from idea to reality. It also tells the stories of the community contributors to the project, including the waste collectors.Ride with Moses from iThemba Tower on Vimeo.“Even though my work is to be seen out in the street, it is also important to cater for those that spend most of their time in front of a screen,” r1 says, adding that “good documentation helps re-adapting the work to the viewer’s means and expectations. The final work is not only the end product, but also the entire narrative towards its completion.”iThemba Tower in Troyeville by artist r1; 7 000 recycled bottles with messages from the community and lights inside https://t.co/uwJjzVC8Vy pic.twitter.com/jjn8BMD1SC— Charl Blignaut (@sa_poptart) October 19, 2016Through online crowdsourcing and visitor contributions, the project has raised over R40 000 for improving the livelihood of informal waste collectors and strengthening the community of Troyeville.Read more about iThemba Tower, the Spaza Art Gallery and how city residents can contribute to this ongoing project.Source: iThemba Tower Tumblr blog and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Evolution of a Revolution: Visualizing Millions of Iran Tweets

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Algorithms and Social ChangeWill future Presidents express strategic goals in terms of Twitter graph theory? That is almost a certainty.The purpose of these computations is two-fold: first, to contextualize information from across time and space in terms that are accessible to humans; and secondly, to distill abstract ideas into actionable form.Twitter is a platform for achieving both of these purposes in human affairs: detecting networks of information propagation and erecting new networks to reshape emerging social computations. This is the core of Twitter’s social and business value. If we were to play that age-old game of “Guess the business model,” we’d look here first.How to algorithmically discover and deploy novel social structures is perhaps the billion, or trillion, dollar question. With Twitter, the data and API are in place. And if the history of computation is any guide, once programming a system becomes possible, progressing from a hack to an application to a platform is only a matter of time.Guest author: Kovas Boguta is a co-founder of Infoharmoni, a stealth startup building computable knowledge interfaces for real-time data sets. He just returned from last week’s Personal Democracy Forum, where discussion about the Iranian uprising took center-stage. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Remember this as you look at the next plot below. Here, we see the re-tweet network that formed around the top five Iranian tweets. Its structure shows a very different phenomenon, capturing the emergence not of a community but of an elite. Despite massive interest, or perhaps because of it, most people did not discover more than one of the top Iranians. The network simply grew faster than the information could naturally propagate. But a small inner circle did succeed in identifying core sources of information. The first pair of terms compares the bandwidth of “Ahmadinejad” and “Khamenei” mentions, respectively. The evolution of the uprising at the very highest level of social abstraction is shown with remarkable clarity: moving from a dispute over the election process involving Ahmadinejad (shown in pink) to a dispute over authority involving the supreme leader Khamenei (shown in red).Not only do we get the gist of the evolution, we also see its details and relationships to other social sub-structures. For example, looking at the second plot, we see a co-relation between mentions of the Basij militia and the reports of deaths; and that initial uptick in Khamenei mentions corresponds to the uptick in Basij mentions, foreshadowing the later crackdown.This idea of computational history applies to events that Twitter not only reported but shaped and hosted as well. A plot further down below compares the Twitter-centric discussion of #cnnfail to the distribution of Twitter proxy IPs that allowed information to continue to flow out of Iran. Is it a coincidence that these two terms merge smoothly together? And what about the big spike in mentions of proxy distribution coinciding with the first reports of violence?Computing with Social StructuresSimply tracking the volume of various phrases gives us a sense of what is happening on the street, literally and figuratively. But that signal is but a shadow of a far more complex and intricate reality, an interwoven web of individuals and actions.Twitter allows these social structures to become data structures by means of the “RT” convention. And this in turn allows us to perform extremely powerful computations on the social structures that underlie the flow of information.Network layout algorithms are a familiar, powerful, and fascinating example. They self-organize in your computer to reveal self-organization in the real world. And that is exactly the kind of tool we need to test our hypothesis about #cnnfail.The plot below shows the network of people who re-tweeted mentions of IP proxies, with those who had tweeted earlier about #cnnfail highlighted. We see not only significant overlap among the people involved but also a considerable structure in the relationships between them. We have captured a real community at the moment of its birth. At its peak, a search for “Iran” on Twitter generated over 100,000 tweets per day and over 8,000 tweets per hour. The plot just below shows the growth in volume of information in the number of tweets per hour.How does an Internet junkie, news organization, or political operative monitor rapidly evolving real-time events, from the crucial details to the bigger picture? More importantly, how can a data stream be turned into real-time action, reaching the people who need it, when they need it, and in a form they can easily digest? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos OverviewThe proliferation of real-time search engines and trend monitors (sometimes referred to as “listening platforms”) has thus far done little to address problems of this scale and importance. This is because they fail to provide context — i.e. show how a new piece of information is relevant to what we’ve seen before and where it fits in the space of possibilities and relationships.For instance, if you are a programming director at CNN trying to discriminate between significant news and Internet memes, simply knowing that #iranelection is a trending topic doesn’t tell you its relation to other topics or which communities are driving it — both critical factors.One promising area is data-oriented user interfaces: data and algorithmic analysis in the back-end and direct visualization and navigation in the front-end. This the next stage of social information, slicing and dicing, mixing and matching, interpreting and analyzing, completely on demand. In this new landscape, the data is the interface.It’s not just about sitting back and looking at pretty pictures. It is about setting aside stale UI metaphors and getting as bare-to-the-bone a human interface as possible for computation. The recently launched Wolfram-Alpha applies this principle to structured data. (Disclosure: I was a member of the core Wolfram-Alpha team and may continue to consult with Wolfram Research.)Real-time data streaming offers similar possibilities and opportunities. In this vein, let’s outline some basic ideas and methods for giving context to the streams.The Computational History of #iranelectionAt the most abstract level, history and computation are the same thing: the evolution of systems over time. Twitter has several remarkable properties that allow us to finally leverage this correspondence in tangible ways. The simplicity of its data, the openness of its system, and its extreme time resolution make it possible for us to detect atoms of history, those moments when something is triggered and society is reconfigured ever so slightly.Look at the bandwidth plots below. They represent the relative volume of different Iran-related phrases on Twitter over time. Their most striking characteristic is how discrete and spikey they are: a tell-tale sign of an organic computational system. Tags:#twitter#web guest author 1 Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The final plot below shows yet another community structure, as well as a new algorithmic technique. This plot does not show the emergence of a new community but rather shows the appropriation of a new topic by mature political factions. This re-tweet network has formed around Iranian tweets that mention Obama. Using graph theory, we can computationally extract the sub-communities and then use that information to color the network. The large blue mass on the right is the conservative Twittersphere, while the other structures are a less-organized collection of mainstream or progressive news outlets.last_img read more

5 days agoInter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plans

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan directer Marotta details Alexis plansby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan directer Beppe Marotta says they won’t seek to buy a replacement for the injured Alexis Sanchez.The Nerazzurri have lost Sanchez for two to three months following ankle surgery, as he damaged tendons while on international duty for Chile.“We designed the squad in a specific way and we would’ve been happier without Alexis Sanchez’s injury, of course, but we are also optimistic and trust he’ll be back within two months,” Marotta told DAZN.“After that, our forward line will remain unchanged. We have a competitive side in attack with different options.“The January transfer window is open to clubs, even if the top players are rarely available to move during that period. It’s our duty to be vigilant and see what opportunities the market offers.” last_img read more

“Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh” Is Apparently A Popular Halloween Costume

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has done a nice job turning around the Wolverines in his first year on campus, and as such, UM fans are looking to celebrate him for Halloween. A quick look on social media reveals that dozens of Michigan supporters are going as Jim Harbaugh – khakis and all – for the holiday. Check it out:@CoachJim4UM @umichfootball @UMichAthletics I present the greatest Halloween costume ever JIM HARBAUGH!! pic.twitter.com/WetOpqNW5J— Jacob Anderson (@Go_Blue1415) October 29, 2015What’s better than Jim Harbaugh? TWO Jim Harbaughs! #GoBlue #Halloween pic.twitter.com/yvy2RLltxx— Susie Pearson (@SusiePearson02) October 28, [email protected] Happy Halloween Coach Harbaugh! Like my costume? Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/GaCUCqr6uO— Ty Seighman (@sig_ty) October 24, 2015In reality, it’s an easy costume to pull off. Still, we’ll give anyone props who promotes college football on Halloween.last_img read more