Agents unhappy over RICS cost-cutting and 140 redundancies

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Agents unhappy over RICS cost-cutting and 140 redundancies previous nextAssociations & BodiesAgents unhappy over RICS cost-cutting and 140 redundanciesMembers have told The Negotiator that job losses weren’t mentioned at AGM, and that senior team should take larger pay cut.Nigel Lewis30th November 202002,731 Views RICS member agents have been sent an email by chief executive Sean Tomkins confirming that 140 staff have been made redundant as the 152-year-old institution moves to “substantially reduce its operating costs”.Signed by Global CEO Sean Tomkins (left), the email says the redundancies, consultations about which began two months ago, anticipate “a significant reduction in commercial revenue, the action we are taking puts us in a better position to maintain our financial resilience, without the need for raising professional fees, whilst protecting our reserves given the ongoing economic uncertainty”.But agents have been in contact with The Negotiator to register their unhappiness that the confirmed job-cuts weren’t  mentioned at RIC’s annual AGM ten days ago, which was attended by 636 members during an online event.As one RICs agent put it: “This announcement is fortuitously timed the week after the RICS online AGM, thus avoiding the opportunity for questions”.They are also annoyed that while so many employees have been made redundant, board members have so far only taken voluntary pay-cuts of 15% and senior managers 12.5%, which were revealed in July when six regional offices were closed.Base salaryLast year Tomkins earned £510,000 including a base salary of £253,753.A 15% cut is below both Rightmove and OTM, whose senior teams took a 20% salary cut during the worst months of the lockdown.In the email, Tomkins thanks the departing staff for their professionalism and contribution, but also reveals that RICS is moving to a ‘digital first’ delivery of its services.“We will be digital first, but not digital only; investing to bring you an engaging experience that places knowledge and competency at its heart, supported by face-to-face activities where appropriate and feasible,” he says.The Negotiator has contacted RICS for comment.Read more about RICS.RICS redundancies Sean Tomkins RICS November 30, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Demand for hard drugs behind record border seizures

first_imgNZ Herald 6 March 2019Family First Comment: “The UN agency tasked with upholding international anti-drug treaties (International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)) offers a hardline stance on cannabis, saying the drug represents a “significant challenge to health and wellbeing, particularly among young people” and legalising it “contravenes the international drug control treaties”.Are you listening, Labour, Greens and Drug Foundation?New Zealand’s “resilient” demand for hard drugs is laid bare in a new report from the United Nations.The UN agency tasked with upholding international anti-drug treaties outlines big increases in seizures of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy while noting high availability of methamphetamine.And with a binding referendum due next year, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) offers a hardline stance on cannabis, saying the drug represents a “significant challenge to health and wellbeing, particularly among young people” and legalising it “contravenes the international drug control treaties”.Released late last night , the INCB’s annual report details its efforts to “identify and predict dangerous trends” and suggest “necessary measures”.The section on Oceania includes data about drug seizures and use in New Zealand. Although it only notes changes between 2016 and 2017, researchers here suggested those figures chimed with longer-term trends.Over that period, the amount of cocaine seized tripled. While the number of busts rose less sharply, that indicated traffickers were trying to move bigger amounts at a time.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12209805last_img read more

Bombers open season with lopsided win over Rossland; Royals dump LVR in girl’s game

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLike a well-oiled machine, the L.V. Rogers Bombers picked apart the Rossland Royals in every facet of the opening West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball game Tuesday at the Hangar.The Bombers shook off any pre-season rust, outscoring the Royals 22-3 in the second period to dump Rossland 87-18.The game was the first of the hoop season for both teams, but the Bombers definitely looked like the a squad in mid-season form.“I thought we were okay, but I find myself hyper-critical of the way we play,” Bomber head coach Ross Naka told The Nelson Daily following the game.“Rossland had only six guys so I cycled everyone in to the game. But (overall) I was pretty happy with what went on out on the court.”Rossland kept pace for the remainder of the first period — trailing 22-12 — but after the teams returned to the court for the second period it was all LVR.“I thought we started a bit slow on defence but in the second half there was a lot more talking on defence and we looked much, much better,” explained Naka, pleased with his young squad consisting of nine Grade 11s, two seniors and a Grade 10 player.McLain Sandeveland led the Bomber attack with 16 points while Matt Zukowski added 14.Connor Banks scored 12 and Jack Sturrup and Isaiah Kingdon each had 10.For Rossland Diego Mrlenaro had 12 points.The Bombers set out on the road Friday to play in the 51st annual Ok-kan-aqen Invitational Boy’s Basketball Tournament hosted by defending AA champion South Okanagan Hornets.The Bombers get fed to the wolves right off as LVR meets South Okanagan at noon Friday.The tournament is being played in Osoyoos as the gymnasium is not ready for play after a fire gutted the school earlier this year.Royals explode past LVR with big fourth quarter The news was not as good for the LVR Senior Girls as Rossland out scored the home side 29-10 in the fourth quarter en route to a 49-30 win in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action.Carrie Smith led the Royals with 15 points as the Royals converted three baskets from behind the three-point arc.Devyn Parker, Kiandra McLaren, and Samantha Einarson each had four points to lead the Bombers.LVR travels to Vernon Friday to play in the Vernon Panthers Invitational Tournament.First up for LVR is South Okanagan [email protected]last_img read more

Former Leaf Gus Correale selected AJHL player of the week

first_imgCorreale then went to Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League where he was traded after on October, 26th 2010 to the Storm for defenceman, Austin Baecker & future considerations. Correale went pointless in nine regular season games with the Vipers. In 19 games with the Storm this season Correale has recorded (9-12-21).In 118 games with the Storm, Correale has 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points.Grande Prairie, winners of six straight games, is third in the Northern Diviison of the AJHL two points behind division-leading Whitecourt.The Nelson Leafs return to the ice Friday travelling to Grand Forks to face the lowly Bruins.Nelson, winners of seven consecutive games, leads the Murdoch Division by two points ahead of Castlegar Rebels.The Leafs host Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena at 7 p.m.The Rebels have won four straight games. Castlegar hosts Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday before playing Spokane Braves in a home-and-home series, Saturday in the Sunflower City and Sunday back south of the 49th parallel. Former Nelson Leaf Gus Correale scored three times and had a total of six points to earn player-of-the-week honours in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Correale, now playing for the Grande Prairie Storm, accumulated the points during a two-game weekend series sweep of the Whitecourt Wolverines.The 19-year-old forward scored the winning goal in overtime in a 5-4 win Friday.Saturday, Correale scored twice and added two assists in an 8-4 drubbing for the Storm. He also earned Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game Award in the contest.Correale is currently enjoying a six-game point streak totaling 10 points.  The Prince George native leads Grande Prairie in scoring with 21 points, an average of 1.2 points per game.Correale played for the Leafs during the 2009-10 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season scoring 14 goals while adding 29 assists as a 16-year-old rookie.Nelson lost out to Revelstoke that season in the KIJHL Final.last_img read more

WATCH: Surgeons stop operation to celebrate Chile’s Confederations Cup win

first_imgSome people think football is a matter of life and death.And surgeons in Chile did little to dampen that theory after halting an operation to celebrate their nation’s Confederations Cup semi-final win over Portugal on penalties.Watching on a big screen, the surgical team found themselves with their eyes fixed on the action rather than their patient on a hospital bed.The team of medics can be seen dancing with glee as their patient appears to be unconscious.Chilean medical services have reacted furiously to the footage and branded the situation as ‘very serious.’last_img read more

Itchy, Scratchy, & Rashy – Bad Things Come in Threes…

first_imgThey say bad things come in threes. Poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak are three of the evilest plants out there. At least 50 percent of people who come into contact with these plants are allergic to them and will develop an itchy rash which can last as long as three weeks.The best way to prevent a rash is to avoid poisonous plants all together. But if you are determined to get that D5/T5, then you need to know how to protect yourself. Avid geocacher (and dedicated nurse) Kelley Piekarek* put together these safety tips so all outdoor enthusiasts can keep themselves safe during geocaching’s busy season.Prevention:The best way to avoid the rash is to avoid the plant. The best way to avoid the plant is to know what they look like and where they grow.Poison ivy is reddish in spring, green in summer, and yellow/orange/red in autumnPoison ivy:Found throughout Canada and the United States except for parts of the West Coast. Can grow as a hairy vine or small shrub trailing along the ground or climbing on low plants, trees, and poles. Each leaf has three glossy leaflets with smooth or toothed edges. Leaves are reddish in spring, green in summer, and yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Found in woody areas, thickets, and moist places.Poison sumac is orange in spring, green in summer, and yellow/orange/red in autumn. Often, the leaves have spots that look like blotches of black paint.Poison sumac:Grows as a tall shrub or small tree in bogs or swamps in Northeast, Midwest, and parts of Southeastern North America. Each leaf has clusters of seven to 13 smooth-edged leaflets. Leaves are orange in spring, green in summer, and yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Often, the leaves have spots that look like blotches of black paint. May have yellow-greenish flowers and whitish-green fruits that hang in loose clusters. Poison oak leaves tend to be glossy, and the plant grows upright. May have yellow-white berries.Poison oak:Grows as a low shrub in the eastern and southern North America, and in tall clumps or long vines on the Pacific Coast. Poison oak usually has a cluster of three broad leaves, though it can have up to seven. The leaves tend to be glossy, and the plant grows upright. Western poison oak has lobed leaflets like an oak tree, while eastern poison oak is more like a glossy version of poison ivy. May have yellow-white berries.Protection:Keep your skin covered to avoid contact with these plantsWear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, and closed shoes if you’re in an area where these plants may be lurkingTie the bottoms of your pants legs or tuck them into your bootsWear gloves when bushwhackingIt’s a good idea to keep a pair of shoes dedicated for geocaching that can be kept outdoorsOOPS!  I’ve touched it, now what?The chemical that causes the rash is called urushiol and it will stick to your skin when you touch or brush against any part of the plant. It will also contaminate your clothes, ‘caching gear and your geo-dog, too! Remember, you can’t spread the rash to other people, but you can get the rash all over again if you touch contaminated items you haven’t washed.If you know your skin has come in contact with the plants, wash with soap and water immediatelyIf water is not available, wipe down the area with rubbing alcoholWash your clothes with hot soapy waterHose down your boots, geocache bag, leash, and anything else you took on your hikeWash your geo-dog well with soapy water and wear gloves while you do this (she can’t get the rash, but you can get it from her)Some dogs like baths as much as they like geocaching! Help! I have the rash!The rash often looks like a straight line because of the way the plant brushes against the skin. But if you come into contact with a piece of clothing or pet fur that has urushiol on it, the rash may spread out. The rash usually develops 12 to 48 hours after exposure and typically lasts two or three weeks. To treat the rash at home:Do not scratch, as scratching can cause an infectionLeave blisters alone—if blisters open, do not remove the overlying skin since the skin can protect the raw wound underneath and prevent infectionConsider applying calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creamConsider taking antihistamine pills (with your doctor’s approval)Rash caused by poison ivy – and this is one of the “nicer’ imagesIf you have any of the following symptoms, you need to go to the Emergency Room. Like, right now:You have trouble breathing or swallowingThe rash covers most of your bodyYou experience swelling, especially if an eyelid swells shutMuch of your skin itches, or nothing seems to ease the itchYou develop a fever greater than 100 F (37.8 C)The rash doesn’t get better within a few weeksStay safe out there my friends, and cache on! How do you stay safe while enjoying your favorite hobby?*If the name Kelley Piekarek sounds familiar, it may be from this story that made national geocaching news in February of this year. Woof! Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedBeware the Tall Grasses! Or, Death of a BatteryMay 20, 2014In “Maker Madness”10 mistakes to avoid while geocachingFebruary 26, 2019In “News”Geocaching.com Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

25 days agoSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawal

first_imgSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawalby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits that he is not sure why Cedric Soares pulled out of their game against Tottenham at the last minute.The right back is a key member of the Saints lineup.Jannik Vestergaard came into the team near kick off, with Cedric reportedly suffering an injury.However, Hasenhuttl has called into question that version of events with his post-match comments.He said to reporters: “It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. “You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. “I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec biofuel company partners with Qantas in first longterm airline deal

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec biofuels company has signed its first deal to power an airline’s jets with energy grown from Canadian oilseeds.Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. of Gatineau will supply biofuel to Australia’s Qantas Airways made from Carinata seed, a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that produces oil suitable for aviation and diesel fuel.The partnership is the first of its kind in Australia and will see Agrisoma work with Australian farmers to grow Carinata. That will be complemented by seeds grown elsewhere to feed its global travel network.The long-term goal is to grow the crop on 400,000 hectares to produce more than 200 million litres of bio jet fuel and replace 30 to 50 per cent of the airline’s annual fuel needs, said Agrisoma CEO Steven Fabijanski.He expects Qantas will begin to use the biofuel in 18 to 24 months. International fuel standards limit biofuels to replace up to half of fossil fuels, however traditional blends range between five and 30 per cent green fuel, he said.Fabijanski said the Agrisoma’s partnership with the Australian carrier was a natural fit.“The ability to be able to look at accessing this type of fuel on a global basis was certainly attractive to them,” he said.Qantas plans to conduct the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia in January to show the benefits of the renewable fuel, Fabijanski added.Australia’s national carrier conducted its first biofuel trial flights in 2012 using Airbus planes on two domestic routes. The fuel used was derived from cooking oil that was mixed evenly with conventional jet fuel.Qantas said it chose Agrisoma because the Carinata seed can be grown in Australia and the Canadian company has a proven track record and is committed to establishing a supply chain.“Carinata is a seed crop that can be developed at a scale,” Alison Webster, Qantas International’s chief executive, wrote in an email. “Tests have shown it to grow efficiently in our Australian climate and it provides biofuel that has as good an emissions reduction as any biofuel, if not better.”Webster added the airline is always looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint, something that is appreciated by customers.“We know that consumers expect businesses to take action to help reduce carbon emissions and using sustainable aviation biofuel is a key way for airlines to do this.”Agrisoma said its oil produces 77 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.Fabijanski said sales of Carinata will be helped by a global airline carbon reduction scheme and challenges other biofuel suppliers will face in obtaining enough animal fat and waste oil.“There’s a huge potential because all airlines have signed on to a scheme where they’re going to be carbon neutral by 2020 and then cut their carbon footprint by half by 2050,” he said.The airline industry produced 781 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015 or 12 per cent of emissions from transportation sources, according to the Air Transport Action Group.Less than five per cent of flights are currently flown using biofuel blended with traditional jet fuel, but Fabijanski hopes that half of the 300 billion litres of fuel used by the airline industry will eventually be replaced by biofuel.Biofuel blends currently cost five to 10 per cent more than traditional jet fuels depending on location. But Fabijanski said biofuel prices are more stable than fossil fuels and the cost differential should eventually disappear as supply expands with distribution hubs beyond Los Angeles and Oslo.last_img read more

ADF Group reports 72million loss in latest financial year revenue up

first_imgTERREBONE, Que. – ADF Group Inc. lost $7.2 million in its latest financial year compared with a profit in its previous year as it was hit by one-time tax charges at its U.S. operations.The company, which manufactures large complex steel structures, says the loss amounted to 22 cents per diluted share for the financial year ended Jan. 31 compared with a profit of $1.5 million or a nickel per share in the previous year.ADF noted that if it not been for the change to the U.S. federal tax rates and the write-off of deferred income tax assets, it would have earned $2.0 million or six cents per diluted share for the year.Revenue increased to $180.5 million compared with $102.8 million.At Jan. 31, the company’s order backlog totalled $85.5 million, compared with $194.5 million a year earlier.Last month, ADF temporarily laid off 50 employees after three unsuccessful bids for major projects in the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:DRX)last_img read more

Nations independence is at stake under Modis rule says Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday that the country’s independence is at stake under the rule of Narendra Modi and in the same breath, urged the people of the nation to shun their narrow self-interests and vote to oust the saffron party in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.”I am very optimistic about the people’s front. The country is in a volatile situation under the rule of BJP. I will urge all the people of the country not to be carried away by self-interest and vote for toppling the Narendra Modi government at the Centre,” Banerjee said at Kolkata Airport, while leaving for Visakhapatnam to attend a United India rally. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has invited Banerjee to address the rally. “They are trying to create fear psychosis among the people who have lost the right to express their independent opinion. An autocratic government is running at the Centre. The country’s democracy is at stake,” Banerjee asserted. She further slammed the Centre for taking over control of the investigating agencies, disinvestment in the public sector and pushing the farmers of the country into a disastrous situation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The Opposition should unite to oust the saffron party for saving the democracy of the country,” she reiterated. Banerjee will return to the city on Monday morning and will address an election meeting at Cooch Behar on April 4. She will campaign at Dhubri in Assam on April 5 and then will be speaking at 100 odd meetings in Bengal, in connection with the Lok Sabha polls. The state, which will be going to polls in seven phases, has 42 Lok Sabha seats. TMC has fielded candidates in nine out of 14 LS seats in Assam. It may be mentioned that it was Banerjee who had initiated the move to set up the United India front to oust Narendra Modi. On January 19, the historic United India rally was held in Kolkata, where leaders of 21 political parties took part. The rally was addressed by political veterans like Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and Mallikarjun Kharge. There were youngsters like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and Hardik Patel in the rally as well. M K Stalin had also addressed the rally. She was the first political leader to criticise the note ban announced by the Prime Minister on November 8, 2016. Over the years, economists of both national and international acclaim have pointed out the disaster which had hit the Indian economy due to the decision of the Narendra Modi government. In the 2014 election BJP had bagged three seats in Andhra Pradesh, but experts feel that the party has a slim chance of retaining them in 2019.last_img read more