August 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Previous articleApopka Teachers Shop with a CopNext articleBelieving in your God given potential Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jennifer, it would be great if you would bring to the attention of the state legislation the over-burning of our wildlife areas. I don’t want explanations in their defense, I want action to stop the frequency of the burns, over and over, in the same areas where the wildlife is concentrated. On Wednesday evening State Representative Jennifer Sullivan meet with about 40 supporters in the Seacoast Bank lobby in Apopka. Sullivan is the incumbent in the race to represent District 31, which includes most of Apopka north of 441 and 436.Sullivan was introduced by Apopka insurance agent, Shren Yeager. She provided the group with a brief overview of her work in Tallahassee during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.She told the group that one of the things she has taken away personally from the past two years. “It is not enough to be a conservative and principled person,” said Sullivan. “It’s also really important to be effective. That does not mean you compromise your principles to be effective. When we look at our state and our nation we cannot afford to not be effective. If we are not effective we will lose ground; taxes will go up and we will lose jobs.”Many of those listed on the announcement of the “Meet-And-Greet Fundraiser” as the Host Committee were in attendance. Many took advantage of the “meet-and-greet” aspect of the event to spend a few minutes speaking one-on-one with Representative Sullivan.Sullivan faces Eustis resident Theo Bob in the Republican Primary. Voting in the August 30th Primary has already begun via vote-by-mail. Early Voting begins on Monday, August 15th. The last day to vote is Tuesday, August 30th.The winner of the Republican Primary Election will face Apopka attorney, Robert Rightmyer, an independent candidate, in the November 8th General Election. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Rep. Jennifer Sullivan: “It comes down to philosophy: Do parents know best or does government know best?” chair Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Eustis, summarized. “The bill does not go to extremes – it protects rights of parents, involves them in education to see what their children are learning, but does not supersede what school boards are doing.” Mama Mia Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
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FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Workers World Party StatementDespite the brutal attempt of the White House to crush the heroic Black Lives Matter movement by sending camouflaged federal agents — secret police — to Portland, Ore., Chicago and other U.S. cities, the movement and all who support it have been fighting back.The initial response to the threat of a police state — when mothers and working and oppressed people in general put their bodies on the line in Portland — is the best news possible. Millions of people understand that the young people of color, LGBTQ2S+ people and the most militant forces in the streets with the Black Lives Matter movement have accomplished more in two months than decades of electoral campaigns in dismantling institutional racism.We in Workers World Party call for taking the example of all those resisting in Portland. Now is the time to continue and expand your support across the country for street actions against the brutal attacks by the federal agents and local police.The movement can dare to use every instrument at its disposal — protests, strikes, blocking highways as well as every legal challenge. And we can ally with everyone who fights these police-state measures. We know, however, that we must depend on ourselves and not on politicians and courts to win this battle.When Trump attempted in early June to declare martial law to smash the movement, this boomeranged against him and the movement came out stronger. Now Trump is sending in the most reactionary Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement terrorists to attack our movement.The movement’s strongest weapon is its readiness to adopt whatever tactics are necessary to battle the repressive force of the state and to continue to flood the streets.We must show our solidarity with the many communities for which anonymous officers abducting people into unmarked vans is nothing new. The migrant community has struggled against the racist deportation machine for decades.Black, Brown and Indigenous people inside the U.S. have borne the brunt of racist violence and repression by the police, slave patrols, vigilantes, COINTELPRO, and U.S. troops.We must also show our solidarity with the many oppressed nations around the world fighting for liberation that have endured the most vicious invasions, deaths squads, proxy wars, economic sanctions and drone strikes by U.S. imperialism.A broad movement of organized working and oppressed people, with the leadership of the most oppressed and resisting militantly in the streets, is necessary to push forward and block this police state terrorism.
News “I was terrified when I saw Kiliçlar on the ground. That is when I cried… They searched absolutely everything. From the boat, they took us to a large shed in the port of Ashdod, where we were interrogated. I was humiliated by a policeman, although there was a woman officer there who was very polite. While interrogating me, he spat on me and called me an idiot. He even pulled my tongue. I could not believe my eyes, it was so inhuman!“They accused us of being within 10 miles of Israeli territory. I replied that we were 70 miles away and in international waters. ‘You knew that Gaza was forbidden.’ I replied: ‘Yes, but I did not come here because I wanted to. I am a journalist and it is my job.’ ‘It is of little importance that you are a journalist. You have broken a rule.’ They asked me to sign a statement but I refused, asking for a translator from the Turkish embassy. ‘Whether you sign or not, you will be deported.’ We were searched meticulously, between our toes, in our hair, under our gums, under the tongue and so on. They took us to Beer Sheva prison. I was questioned again. They asked me if I was a member of Hamas or Al Qaeda. They also asked me if there were Palestinians in my family.“I was able to call and talk to my family for just one minute and in English. On the afternoon of the next day, I was put in contact with Turkish embassy officials. We spent a second night in a prison cell. The next morning, they woke us at 6 a.m., gave us our passports and took us by bus to Ben Gurion airport.” Yücel Velioglu (Turkish journalist with the AA news agency):“There were three doors to the journalists’ office, two of which were locked. The soldiers knew how to enter the office because we had given them a clear explanation. But they deliberately broke down one of the locked doors. We had a cameras round our necks and our press cards in our hands, but the soldiers kept aiming the lasers of their guns at our eyes in order to intimidate us… That lasted about 45 minutes.”Marcello Faraggi, an Italian journalist who heads a media production company in Brussels, was aboard the Eleftheri Mesogeios (“Free Mediterranean Sea), one of cargo boats in the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla, reporting for the TV station Euronews. He described what he experienced to Reporters Without Borders: News Journalists who were aboard the humanitarian flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandoes on 31 May have been recounting their experiences. At the same time, Turkish journalist Cevdet Kiliçlar, who was fatally shot at the start of the assault of the Mavi Marmara, one of vessels in the flotilla, was buried in Istanbul on 4 June.A news photographer who graduated from Marmara University’s Faculty of Communication, Kiliçlar had worked in the past for such Islamist newspapers as Selam (Salute), Vakit (Time) and Milli Gazete (National Newspaper) and had applied for an official press card while working for Milli Gazete.For the past year he had worked for the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a Turkish NGO, as press officer and website editor. He was killed by a single shot to the head fired at close range by an Israeli soldier.The Turkish Union of Journalists (TGS) has protested against Kiliçlar’s death, which it says should be treated as a murder, and has called for an investigation to establish the exact circumstances in which he was killed.All the journalists who were detained by the Israeli authorities have now been deported from Israel and many of them have been talking about what they went through. June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Organisation IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders has learned that Surya Fachrizal, an Indonesian journalist working for the magazine Hidayatullah, was shot and wounded in the chest by an Israeli soldier during the storming of the humanitarian flotilla on 31 May. He is currently hospitalised in Jordan. May 16, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Mediha Olgun (Turkish woman journalist with the daily Sabah):“I was released 72 hours after the start of the military operation. I was forced to go back into my cabin where they gave me a full search. They cut into the heels of my shoes to see if I had hidden anything there. That is how they found the copies of the photos we had kept. They seized my laptop, my camera and mobile phone. They only thing I was able to hold on to was my passport. They also took our photos.”Ayse Sarioglu (Turkish woman journalist with the daily Taraf): Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Erhan Sevenler (Turkish journalist with the semi-official news agency Anatolia-AA):“When we learned of the presence of military boats and a submarine nearby, we began to take measures. All the journalists gathered at the stern of the boat to be able to film what was going to happen. At around 4 a.m., 15 to 20 zodiacs surrounded the ship. Very quickly, a helicopter lowered commandoes to the bridge. As I rushed towards the bridge, people aboard our ship grabbed a soldier. Until that moment, I thought they were firing rubber bullets. That is when I realised they were firing live rounds. The windows of the bridge exploded under the impact of the bullets. The journalists then sought refuge in the office reserved for the press.” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Israel “When we left Athens, I was on the passenger ship, the Sfendoni. Once we reached Rhodes, I switched to the freighter carrying humanitarian aid, the Eleftheri Mesogeios, which was flying the Greek and Swedish flags. There were 29 of us aboard it, including two other journalists, Mario Damolin, who was working for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Maria Psara, a Greek journalist working for a newspaper that supports the Greek socialist party. There were also some well-known people from Greece and Sweden, including the novelist Henning Mankel.“The Israeli army intervened at 4:30 a.m. on 31 May, when we were still in international waters. Two helicopters dropped smoke bombs. Several zodiac boats without lights began to circulate among the boats in the flotilla. It seemed like something in a movie but it was real. Real as in war. I heard someone shout: ‘They are firing real bullets. Not just smoke bombs! Real bullets!’ Meanwhile the Marmara just continued on the same course.“At 6:30 a.m., as the sun was rising, an Israeli army boat circled us. Loudspeakers screamed that we should surrender, that we were putting the boat’s safety in danger. The zodiacs did not stop circling around us. Soldiers climbed on to the cargo. We had gathered in the captain’s cabin. They asked us to surrender. Most of us complied. Those who refused were hit by the soldiers, targeted by the rifle lasers and handcuffed with plastic straps.“I kept filming all this while. When the soldiers saw me, they grabbed the camera out of my hands, they confiscated it along with the cassettes I had on me. ‘We will give them back to you at the port,’ they said. I told them I was a journalist and showed my international press card but to no avail. It made no difference. After being briefly interrogated in the captain’s office, we three journalists joined the other passengers, who were assembled on the deck. The boat set course for Ashdod. But in we took nearly 10 hours to arrive and in the meantime we were all on the deck like animals.“When we arrived at the port of Ashdod at around 3:30 p.m. there were masses of people there. Lots of soldiers filmed us as we got off the boat. We felt like animals in a zoo. When I showed my press card, a cassette was returned to me. We were put in a bus and driven to a space where they were lots of tents. Soldiers asked me to undress. They confiscated other material from me. There were five or six or us who had to undress at the same time. It was humiliating. I refused to submit to a medical inspection. I was then asked to sign a document in English. As an Italian, I asked if I could have an Italian translation. They laughed in my face.“Then they put us in a truck used for transferring prisoners. We waited for more than an hour squeezed against each other inside the truck, under the sun, without air conditioning. Only when night fell did the army transfer us to Beer Sheva, where we were again searched on our arrival. They gave us a few raw vegetables, some water to drink, pieces of soap and shampoo in sachets. We were given no chance to call a lawyer or contact our embassies.“Embassy representative came on Tuesday afternoon. But that was when we were about to be taken before a judge. Everyone was in the same room, a sort of big hanger. It was really noisy! We were transferred to Ben Gurion airport on Wednesday morning. In the bus, a Czech journalist wanted to go to the toilet. A soldier laughed at him. I tried to intervene because I had my international press card on me, but in vain.“On the plane, they made us sign a statement in English recognising that we had entered Israeli territory illegally. Then my passport was returned to me. I saw that some people were given only a photocopy of their passport. Although we had boarded the plane at 1:30 p.m., we did not take off until about midnight. Rumours circulated all this while, including one about an Italian journalist being beaten by soldiers. We were finally flown to Istanbul.“On our arrival at about 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, they told us our bags had arrived. I found that my camera bag was sealed, so I asked airport officials to open it so that they could witness what I found inside. The bag was full of old clothes and rubbish. My camera was not there.“Yesterday, 8 June, I went to the Brussels police to report that I had been the victim of armed robbery. I lost more than 20,000 euros of equipment on this job. I was aboard that boat as a journalist, not an activist. The Israeli soldiers are guilty of an act of piracy.”“Today the chief of police called to say that it was wrong on the part of the police officer to have registered my complaint yesterday inasmuch as the Belgian authorities could not do anything. He nonetheless added that, since I had been given a copy of my statement, with a registration number, the police would transfer their report to the prosecutor’s office ‘for information’.” Photos by Marcello Faraggi: Receive email alerts June 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 As Turkish photographer is buried, other journalists aboard flotilla speak out
Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal County Council’s finances are secure for the next year.The County Manager Seamus Neely told members that the next council budget will have no effect on frontline services.There has been a number if cuts to staff and services over the past 5 years.Although the council was told today that there will be no cuts in the next budget, Cllr Patrick McGowan says more money needs to be invested in services:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Patrick-McGowan-Budget.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDessie Shiels to contest the local election in LetterkennyNext articleDonegal County Council has had it’s last meeting before next months local elections News Highland Facebook Donegal County Council told finances are secure for the next year By News Highland – April 28, 2014 Twitter WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal
Top StoriesBreaking- Victims Of Human Rights Violations By Police/NIA/CBI/ED Have The Right For CCTV Footage Of Interrogation:Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Dec 2020 9:15 AMShare This – x”A person has a right to complain about human rights violations to the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of an offence. It shall further mention that CCTV footage is preserved for a certain minimum time period, which shall not be less than six months, and the victim has a right to have the same secured in the event of violation of his human rights.”In a path-breaking Judgment, the Supreme Court has in case of any human right violation by investigating agencies like police, CBI, NIA, ED Etc, the victims have the right to get the copy of CCTV footage of interrogation and also to approach the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of…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?LoginIn a path-breaking Judgment, the Supreme Court has in case of any human right violation by investigating agencies like police, CBI, NIA, ED Etc, the victims have the right to get the copy of CCTV footage of interrogation and also to approach the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of an offence.The Supreme Court has directed the Central Government to install CCTV cameras and recording equipment in the offices of Central Agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO)The court observed that it should also be installed in the offices of any other agency which carries out interrogations and has the power of arrest. “As most of these agencies carry out interrogation in their office(s), CCTVs shall be compulsorily installed in all offices where such interrogation and holding of accused takes place in the same manner as it would in a police station.”, the bench comprising Justices RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose observed.The Central Government was also asked to file an affidavit on the constitution and workings of the Central Oversight Body. The court added that the COB has to perform the same function as the SLOC for the offices of investigative/enforcement agencies both in Delhi and outside Delhi wherever they be located.”The SLOC and the COB shall give directions to all Police Stations, investigative/enforcement agencies to prominently display at the entrance and inside the police stations/offices of investigative/enforcement agencies about the coverage of the concerned premises by CCTV. This shall be done by large posters in English, Hindi and vernacular language. In addition to the above, it shall be clearly mentioned therein that a person has a right to complain about human rights violations to the National/State Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Court or the Superintendent of Police or any other authority empowered to take cognizance of an offence. It shall further mention that CCTV footage is preserved for a certain minimum time period, which shall not be less than six months, and the victim has a right to have the same secured in the event of violation of his human rights.”, the bench added.The court issued these directives while disposing SLP filed by one Paramvir Singh Saini, which raised issues regarding audio-video recordings of statements and the installation of CCTV cameras in police stations generally. The court, while impleading the states and Union Territories, had noted that in Shafhi Mohammad v. State of Himachal Pradesh (2018) 5 SCC 311, it was directed that the first phase of implementation of crime scene videography must be introduced by 15th July, 2018, at least at some places as per viability and priority determined by the COB. It was also directed therein that with a view to check human rights abuse, CCTV cameras be installed in all police stations as well as in prisons.”Since these directions are in furtherance of the fundamental rights of each citizen of India guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, and since nothing substantial has been done in this regard for a period of over 2½ years since our first Order dated 03.04.2018, the Executive/Administrative/police authorities are to implement this Order both in letter and in spirit as soon as possible. Affidavits will be filed by the Principal Secretary/Cabinet Secretary/Home Secretary of each State/ Union Territory giving this Court a firm action plan with exact timelines for compliance with today’s Order. This is to be done within a period of six weeks from today.” the bench said in the judgment.The court has also observed that the State and Union Territory Governments should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in each and every Police Station functioning under them.Senior Advocate Siddhartha Dave was the amicus curiae in the case.PARAMVIR SINGH SAINI vs. BALJIT SINGH [SLP (CRIMINAL) NO.3543 of 2020]CORAM: Justice RF Nariman, KM Joseph and Aniruddha Bose Click here to Read/Download Judgment Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – August 29, 2019 Facebook Donegal County Council has confirmed to Highland Radio News that it is liaising with the Department of Arts, Culture, and the Gaeltacht with a view towards securing funding for a number of projects on Donegal’s islands. This includes proposed works to improve and maintain island roads.Last week, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig claimed the department had not announced any allocations for island roads this year, despite a comprehensive applucation having been submitted by Donegal County Council.The council has confirmed it submitted a funding application in April, and has been engaging with the department over the summer months.Officials are currently awaiting a decision on the application. Council awaiting decision on island funding application Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleDramatic increase in ED patients at Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleRally Legends for Déjâ Vu Donegal this weekend News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter
mthipsorn/iStock(NEW YORK) — Americans are receiving via direct deposit their first stimulus checks from the Treasury Department sent to help alleviate the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“We can confirm that payments are beginning to arrive in some Americans’ accounts,” a senior Treasury official told ABC News. “Treasury and the IRS have worked around the clock to get fast and direct economic assistance to hardworking Americans.“During the 2008-2009 financial crisis, it took the government several months before the first stimulus payments were issued to the American people. This administration has done it in just two weeks.”Treasury is working to automatically process payments for Social Security and help retirement recipients who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, according to a statement from the department.“Millions more Economic Impact Payments will be issued via direct deposit in the weeks ahead as we issue payments to social security recipients and as other taxpayers provide banking information on the tools provided,” the statement continued. “We are working to secure the fast, secure and efficient delivery of payments to veterans, disabled, and other vulnerable populations.”The Treasury Department said the first payments, to Americans who received their 2018 and 2019 tax returns via direct deposit, will be going out no later than April 15.Those who have not filed taxes are being directed to go to IRS.gov to enter their information so they can get their economic impact payments faster by direct deposit.There is no commitment from the Treasury at this time regarding people who are waiting on paper checks, which may take a little longer to disburse.Treasury also said it will launch a new app next week called “Get My Payment” to expedite the delivery of funds for tax filers who did not receive their refund electronically.The stimulus checks are part of a massive $2 trillion stimulus package to provide essential relief to American workers and an economy reeling from the coronavirus crisis.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. European labour law has far-reaching effectOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today European labour law still has the capacity to change all our lives. While italways takes ages, seems to need the input of thousands, is overly long andwritten in a style all its own, it still has an impact everywhere. The new information and consultation directive is the usual dull, worthy andsomewhat tedious stuff. But, I encountered it working in two very differentenvironments last week. The first was a small engineering works, whose equipment is ancient butwhose economic challenge from Chinese competition is bang up-to-date. Thecompany has just over 100 employees – half in the union, and half not. The lack of financial resources was obvious, but so was the need to improveproductivity without the necessary equipment to compete on a world stage.Inevitably, all eyes turn to the workforce to see if there is more they cancontribute. The company has voluntarily proposed to introduce a works councilin line with the European directive, way ahead of the Government’s over-extendeddeadline. A meeting of the unionised workforce was held, and addressed by two unionofficers. They explained the differences between works councils and traditionalcollective bargaining. It provoked a wide-ranging debate. Some thought the company had never toldpeople enough, and that a works council would dilute union influence. Othersthought that works councils obliged the company to disclose more than everbefore, and would give the members a better understanding of the commercialrealities affecting their company. But, above all, the members felt it would stimulate the union intosupporting the works councillors to understand the issues affecting the globaleconomy – increasing local effectiveness. The managers in the plant could see this too. Consulting with non-unionpeople is fair and reasonable, but the progress of the company will only beassured by the workforce and company developing together – and that process istoo difficult to do with dozens of individuals. Only a representative body canhave the independent support from outside to improve the skills of the reps onthe works council. At my next meeting, senior representatives and managers from the steelindustry were gathered for a weekend conference. One of the speakers was the chairman of Corus’ European Works Council. Thebig issue he outlined was the impact of Brazilian steel on Corus’ Europeanendeavours. The message was the same despite the difference in scale – once weunderstand what’s going on and are given a chance to make social partnershipwork, we can help companies achieve everyone’s needs. A bedrock of effectiveconsultation is the first step to mutual understanding. Without it, everyoneloses. By John Lloyd, National Officer, Amicus Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Home » News » Leading solicitor savages online agencies for their sales progression shortcomings previous nextProducts & ServicesLeading solicitor savages online agencies for their sales progression shortcomingsReport by Rix & Kay based on interviews with agents operating 127 branches across SE finds traditional agents are “filling in” to stop chains collapsing.Nigel Lewis26th February 201804,695 Views A leading conveyancing solicitor has jumped head first into the online agency debate with a report that heavily criticises them for not providing enough sales progression support for their clients.South East solicitors Rix & Kay, which has offices in Sussex and Kent, has published the report today after six months spent interviewing 16 of its high street agency clients face-to-face, who between them have 127 branches.One of the key findings of the report is that many traditional agents are having to “fill in the gaps” left by online agents to stop chains collapsing.This is driving up costs for traditional agents who are then – in effect – paying to provide the service online agents cannot afford to, the report suggests.It also highlights how the public have little awareness of what sales progression is, how skilled agents need to do it well, and how critical it is to keeping chains in one piece.“During the last six months I’ve witnessed unrivalled passion for an industry which has suffered for decades from a tarnished reputation,” says the report’s author Scott Garner from Rix &Kay (pictured, left).“The traditional agents I spoke to have been central to their communities for a long time and their primary concern is helping local people move home.“The challenge for them is to be seen as a key advisor to the home buying and selling process and not an unnecessary expense.“That challenge is now even harder as new entrants continue to de-value the profession and increase pressure on margins.”James Baring of estate agent Ibbett Mosely (pictured, right), which has offices in Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, and which contributed to the report, says that although there is a market for low-fee online agents, they come “at a price for the client [who are] left to fend for themselves”, he says.“Ultimately, this only serves to slow the whole process down, making it more expensive and more stressful, not just for them, but for everyone else who happens to be in the chain.”James Baring Ibbett Moseley property chains Rix & Kay Sales progression Scott Garner conveyancing February 26, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021