Growing Somerset estate agent opens second branch without shop front

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Growing Somerset estate agent opens second branch without shop front previous nextAgencies & PeopleGrowing Somerset estate agent opens second branch without shop frontFounders of Lodestone Properties say high street branches are a ‘thing of the past’ and that they made a substantial profit in their second year of trading.Nigel Lewis4th September 20180891 Views A recently-established estate agency in Somerset without high street branches says it made a substantial profit last year and has now opened its second office.Lodestone Properties was started up two years ago by Cath Morris-Adams and Sue Macy (pictured above) in the town of Bruton using an office within a commercial building at the rear of the town for its six staff.The estate agent firm has now opened a similar operation in nearby Wells, the UK’s smallest city, where two new staff are now based at an office off its high street.“We wanted to do something different and be ground-breaking in the industry,” says Sue.“Lodestone Property doesn’t have a high street presence as shop fronts are a thing of the past in our opinion, despite most of our competitors having them, and [we] would prefer to invest in a high ratio of staff to ensure our sales complete.“We still love to welcome clients to our offices, but very few visitors turn into buyers so why would we waste money when it doesn’t guarantee us any revenue?”.Modern estate agentThe company offers both a sales and lettings service as well as an Airbnb management capability via a third-party supplier it recently struck a deal with. Lodestone says this means it can now offer a traditional lettings, holiday rental and Airbnb management service across Somerset.Sue and Cath have experience of careers in several industries including  property and describe themselves as ‘oldpreneurs’.“Most people of our age are thinking about winding down, but we want to go out with a bang,” the pair said.Read more about agents who quit the high street.Lodestone Properties Cath Morris-Adams Somerset Sue Macy September 4, 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 2021last_img read more

Postdoctoral Associate

first_imgPosition SummaryA research group with a long-standing interest in mechanismsunderlying DNA replication, DNA repair and DNA mutagenesis seeks aPostdoctoral Researcher.• It is expected that the candidate will work collaboratively withgraduate student and undergraduate student researchers andtechnicians.• Will independently execute varied experimental procedures.• Will have strong verbal and written communication skills,• Will process research results and write summary reports, and willtrain and instruct support staff on methods and procedures.• The successful candidate will preferably have experience inbacteriology, protein purification, methods to study the kineticsof protein-protein interactions, and experience with nucleic acidbiochemistry.Outstanding Benefits PackageWorking at UB comes with benefits that exceed salary alone. Thereare personal rewards including comprehensive health and retirementplan options. We also focus on creating and sustaining a healthymix of work, personal and academic pursuit – all in an effort tosupport your work-life effectiveness. Visit our benefits website tolearn about our benefit packages .About UBThe University at Buffalo is SUNY’s most comprehensive publicresearch university, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifiesambition for faculty and staff by offering endless possibilities toachieve more. Here, people from all backgrounds and cultureschallenge and inspire each other to discover, learn and succeed.Dedicated staff and engaged faculty collaborate to furtherknowledge and understanding, and develop tenacious graduates whoare valued for their talents and their impact on global society.Visit our website to learn more about the University at Buffalo .As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, the ResearchFoundation will not discriminate in its employment practices due toan applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, national origin and veteran or disabilitystatus.Minimum QualificationsPh.D. in Biochemistry or related discipline with experience innucleic acid biochemistry, protein-protein interactions, andbacterial genetics.Preferred QualificationsPreferred experience with the following techniques: Generalbacterial growth and manipulation; purification of DNA and RNA ;plasmid cloning; agarose gel electrophoresis; PCR ; DNA sequenceanalysis; site directed mutagenesis; SDS – PAGE ; Western blotanalysis; protein overexpression; FPLC .For more information, click the “How to Apply” button.last_img read more

Coastal Flood Advisory in Effect Wednesday Evening

first_imgHaven Avenue floods at 17th Street on Wednesday morning at high tide in Ocean City, NJ.The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday (April 30) through 4 a.m. Thursday (May 1).High tide at the Ninth Street Bridge in Ocean City occurs at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and residents may want to consider moving vehicles from flood-prone streets.A flood advisory was also in effect for Tuesday — when a new moon tide coincided with the arrival of a slow-moving storm.Heavy rain is expected to continue Wednesday night, and gusty east winds have been blowing for two days.The rain is expected to clear by Friday, and the Saturday forecast for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party calls for sunny skies and a high temperature of 60 degrees.Martin Z. Mollusk, Ocean City’s prognosticating hermit crab, however, may have his work cut out for him on Thursday (May 1), when he’s expected to see his shadow and predict an early summer. The annual event will move inside the Ocean City Music Pier in the event of rain.last_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report August 20-26

first_imgOcean City Public Safety Building Vehicle Calls for Service: 1288           Daily Average: 184August 20, 2017: SundayCalls for service: 193Vehicle Stops:29 Accidents:4 Property Checks:30 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 16 Fire and 18 EMS callsCDS, 900 block West Ave., at 7:21amTheft, 2100 block Central Ave., at 8:06amVehicle accident, 14th St. & Asbury Ave., at 9:53amVehicle accident, 40th St. & West Ave., at 11:25amVehicle accident, 14th St. & Ocean Ave., at 3:21pmTheft, 3400 block West Ave., at 4:26pmVehicle accident, 12th St. & Haven Ave., at 9:15pmAugust 21, 2017: MondayCalls for service: 152 Vehicle Stops:27 Accidents:3 Property Checks:23 Alarms:1The Police Department assisted with 24 Fire and 27 EMS callsTheft, 1300 block Central Ave., at 12:19amWarrant, 900 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 3:01amVehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 8:16amVehicle accident, 56th St. & Central Ave., at 11:43amVehicle accident, Battersea Rd. & Sindia Rd., at 11:56amTheft, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 1:56pmTheft, Bay Ave., at 2:50pmTheft, 1300 block Ocean Ave., at 8:43pmAugust 22, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 170 Vehicle Stops:43 Accidents:1 Property Checks:34 Alarms:4The Police Department assisted with 18 fire and 14 EMS callsCDS, 3500 block Bay Ave., at 9:26amTheft, 1100 block Wesley Ave., at 10:14amVehicle accident, 600 block 9th St., at 10:22amTheft, 3100 block West Ave., at 4:00pmDomestic violence, 900 block Pleasure Ave., at 5:06pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 8:35pmAugust 23, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 177 Vehicle Stops:45 Accidents:1 Property Checks:43 Alarms:3The Police Department assisted with 16 fire and 22 EMS callsDomestic violence, 3400 block Haven Ave., at 12:02amTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 10:21amTheft, 100 block Central Ave., at 10:34amAssault, 5500 block Bay Ave., at 11:17amTheft, 500 block Wesley Ave., at 1:23pmVehicle accident, 800 block West Ave., at 5:33pmWarrant, E. Station Rd., one in custody, at 8:14pmAssault, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 8:58pmAssault, 900 block Boardwalk, at 10:25pmAugust 24, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 157 Vehicle Stops:47 Accidents:1 Property Checks:24 Alarms:4The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 9 EMS callsFight, 1400 block Boardwalk, at 12:00amTheft, 900 block Park Pl., at 7:26pmFraud, 4200 block West Ave., at 8:17pmVehicle accident, 15th St & Bay Ave., at 10:06pmAugust 25, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 213Vehicle Stops:54 Accidents:1 Property Checks:51 Alarms:4The Police Department assisted with 13 fire and 13 EMS callsWarrant, 34th St., one in custody, at 3:01amBurglary, 100 block West Ave., at 6:20amFraud, 3200 block Central Ave., at 11:34amVehicle accident, 1300 block West Ave., at 8:27pmAugust 26, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 225 Vehicle Stops:40 Accidents:4 Property Checks:45 Alarms:5The Police Department assisted with 20 fire and 17 EMS callsTheft, 1600 block Central Ave., at 1:49amVehicle accident, 2nd St. & Atlantic Ave., at 8:50amFraud, 4400 block Central Ave., at 2:00pmVehicle accident, 3100 block Asbury Ave., at 3:36pmVehicle accident, Conch Dr., at 4:50pmVehicle accident, 34th St., at 7:07pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 8:33pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all Motor Vehicle laws similar to that of a Motor Vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires Vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.By City Ordinance alcohol is not allowed on the beach and boardwalk or other public locations. Fines for this offense are $250.00last_img read more

UPDATE: Silver Alert cancelled for Elkhart woman

first_img By 95.3 MNC – April 6, 2021 0 400 Pinterest WhatsApp (ABC57) UPDATE: The Silver Alert has been cancelled for a missing Elkhart woman.Previous story below.The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of 70-year-old Shirley Robinson.Robinson was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue jeans and driving a blue 2008 Chevrolet Malibu with Indiana license plate 760R.Robinson is a black female, 5’5”, 215 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.She was last seen on Monday, April 5 at 3:30 p.m.Robinson is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.If you have any information on Robinson, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office 574-533-4151 or call 911. Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Facebook UPDATE: Silver Alert cancelled for Elkhart woman Google+ Previous articleElkhart Police Department impersonated in new scamNext articleUpdate: UP Mall evacuated for a possible bomb threat 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

first_img Read Full Story Open enrollment for people buying insurance through the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1, 2016 and runs through Jan. 31, 2017. A major change this year will be increased rates; premiums for the most common “Silver” plans will jump an average of 22 percent. Katherine Swartz, professor of health policy and economics, talked about the premium hikes and her advice for those shopping for insurance.We’ve heard a great deal about rising insurance premiums this year. How is that likely to affect people purchasing health coverage?There are going to be some people who have had health insurance this past year who are suddenly going to say, wait a minute, I can’t afford to have my premium go up by 15 percent. But, if they have incomes below 400 percent of the poverty level and their incomes are above the Medicaid eligibility ceiling, they will be getting premium tax credit subsidies. So even though people talk about premiums going up by 10 percent or 20 percent, or in a few cases, closer to 50 percent, people need to remember that if they are eligible for these premium tax credit subsidies that they will not be paying all of that additional cost.Since the marketplaces opened, a lot of people have remained uninsured. A disproportionate share of them are younger adults. The Obama administration is making a push this year to enroll more of these younger people in plans. And by having more young, healthy people in these plans, that will prevent the premiums from going up quite as rapidly as they have these last two years.last_img read more

Future of Holocaust research in Poland hinges on libel case

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Polish scholars are facing a libel trial for a scholarly examination of Polish behavior during World War II. The judge’s ruling in the case is expected to determine the fate of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government. A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on Feb. 9. It is the first closely watched Holocaust speech case since Poland sought to pass a law in 2018 that would have criminalized falsely blaming Poland for Germany’s Holocaust crimes. Those criminal penalties were dropped after the legislation sparked a major diplomatic row with Israel.last_img read more

LaFortune custodian dies in house fire

first_imgTags: Death, LaFortune, LaFortune Student Center, obituary, Student Affairs Connie Morris, a member of the Student Activities Facilities custodial staff, died Nov. 28 in a house fire at the age of 58. An email sent Monday to Student Affairs staff notified them of the incident.The fire started in the garage of Morris’ Elkhart home early Friday, according to the South Bend Tribune. Investigation into the cause is ongoing, but “early findings point to the fire being accidental in nature,” the Tribune report stated.Morris had worked for Notre Dame since 2008, the email said.“Her dedicated and cheerful presence will be missed by students, staff, faculty and guests of LaFortune,” Erin Hoffmann-Harding, vice president for student affairs, said in the email to her staff.A celebration of life service will take place Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home.last_img read more

Music instructor discusses rehabilitation of prison inmates

first_imgOn Monday, Jody Kerchner of Oberlin College presented about the role music plays in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of prison inmates through her correctional choir program. Originally a music instructor at the Oberlin College, Kerchner said she decided to contribute to the much-overlooked sphere of criminality in the U.S. and sought to challenge current procedures of rehabilitation in these areas. “At the Grafton Reintegration Center, I have created a choir for those in federal prison,” Kerchner said. She began her lecture by addressing the many problems the United States faces in incarceration rates and tendencies. Kerchner said that while incarceration rates continue to rise in the U.S., funding for education and services for mental illness have decreased. “Many of [the] funds being lowered, including services providing aide for drug addiction and mental illness, are inhibiting the prevention that actually causes many crimes,” Kerchner said.She said the U.S. accounts for 25 percent of all incarcerated people in the world — the largest proportion of incarcerated people in the world.“This finding embarrasses the U.S. as a world leader,” Kerchner said. “We incarcerate the most people in the world, despite the fact that we don’t have the highest population of people.”In addition, U.S. prisons contain an inordinate amount of black incarcerated people, Kerchner said. “The number of those placed in prisons will continue to rise with tightening immigration policies and the revocation of DACA as well,” she said. Kerchner said incarceration is often used in problematic ways in the U.S.“Imprisonment has become the first response and first resort to any issue in this country, and that needs to change,” she said.Instead, she said, services that center on community reintegration into society should become the focal point of punishment and criminal justice in America.“There has been an enormous shift in awareness about protecting children and adolescents from entering prison walls,” Kerchner said. She said the “school to prison pipeline” movement rightly focuses on creating positive citizens who stay away from incarceration. Her mission, alternately, has been to discover how to keep released criminals from entering prison a second time. “Sixty-six percent of released inmates actually re-offend within two years of liberation, and 75 percent re-offend within five years,” Kerchner said. “These individuals are then reincarcerated into prison. This only perpetuates the unresolved issue of U.S. imprisonment.”In response to this problem, Kerchner said she decided to initiate a choir at the Grafton Correctional Institution, which she titled the “Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir.” This choir consists of 20-25 inmates, whom she only refers to as “residents.” “We meet for an hour and a half every Friday, and perform twice a year for friends and family,” Kerchner said. The residents come together during this time to perfect their singing and performance skills, collaborating together in order to achieve an end goal, she said. In the program, Kerchner asks the residents to “learn how to do things they don’t know how to do, both systematically and personally.” Residents are tasked with learning how to read music and sing at specific pitches and rhythms, all the while expressing their inner voices. “The Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir provides [an] opportunity for residents to engage in community-building, cooperative group learning, discipline, enhanced self-esteem building and self-expression through music,” she said. Kerchner said the residents have two personas. “They have their first outer shell, which they have developed throughout time and experience, and which they must use in front of the prison guards,” she said. “Their second layer reveals itself when we sing.” Tags: incarceration, Music, Oberlin College, rehabilitationlast_img read more

State Attorney General Sues Egg Producer For Price Gouging

first_imgBrando / Flickr / CC BY 2.0ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against Hillandale Farms, one of the country’s largest producers and wholesale distributors of eggs, for allegedly illegally gouging the prices of eggs during the coronavirus pandemic.In March and April, Hillandale allegedly gouged the prices of more than four million cartons of eggs sold to major grocery store chains, U.S. military facilities, and wholesale food distributors throughout the state, charging New York customers up to four times the pre-pandemic price for one carton of eggs.During those two months — the height of the pandemic in New York — Hillandale made an estimated $4 million from unlawfully increasing the price of these eggs, which were often sold in grocery stores located in low-income communities, according to James. The lawsuit seeks restitution from Hillandale for those consumers who were forced to pay unlawfully high prices for this essential food item. The Attorney General’s Office learned of Hillandale’s price gouging after receiving complaints from consumers about the high prices of eggs at grocery stores.“As this pandemic ravaged our country, Hillandale exploited hardworking New Yorkers to line its own pockets,” said James. “In less than two months, Hillandale made millions by cheating our most vulnerable communities and our service members, actions that are both unlawful and truly rotten.” The lawsuit alleges that Hillandale, a company based in Ohio and Pennsylvania, began raising prices during March as the pandemic grew to emergency levels. In January, Hillandale charged Western Beef supermarkets prices ranging from $0.59 to $1.10 for a dozen large white eggs. On March 15, Hillandale raised that price to $1.49. As the pandemic progressed, Hillandale raised the prices it charged Western Beef repeatedly, eventually reaching $2.93 per dozen — a price almost five times the price Hillandale charged in January.Hillandale allegedly gouged prices similarly on eggs sold to the commissary store at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In April, Hillandale charged West Point $3.15 per carton of large eggs, almost quadruple the $0.84 price it charged West Point in January. The suit alleges that Hillandale raised its prices similarly on eggs sold to Stop & Shop, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Associated Supermarkets, and the commissary stores at the U.S. military bases at Fort Hamilton and Fort Drum.As Hillandale raised prices on the eggs it sold to grocery stores, consumers complained that the grocery stores raised the prices they charged to consumers. One elderly consumer complained to the Attorney General’s Office in April that he attempted to buy Hillandale eggs at a Fine Fare store located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, only to find that “All prices are $2.30 and double the price.” He stated, “I’ve been living in the community for 65 years. The prices are ridiculous…Sad and disrespectful to people who are buying from them all our lives.” Another consumer shopping at a Western Beef store complained that the retail price for a dozen Hillandale eggs had increased to $5.49, stating, “This location serves low income families who, due to the current pandemic emergency, have most likely lost what little income they have. Disgraceful!”The lawsuit alleges that Hillandale has raised its prices not because of increased costs, but simply to take advantage of higher consumer demand during the pandemic. Hillandale — like numerous egg producers nationwide — has done so by following “indexed” prices published by a market research company called Urner Barry. According to the suit, Urner Barry’s “indexed” prices work like a feedback loop: Egg producers such as Hillandale tell Urner Barry their “assessments” of prices in the egg marketplace; Urner Barry then repeats back to egg producers their collective assessments, distilled into “indexed” prices; and egg producers such as Hillandale then use Urner Barry’s indexed prices as justification to set their own prices for the sale of eggs.The suit alleges that an Urner Barry director has defended the price increases, stating, “egg prices are up because demand is up sharply.” The director stated, “It’s like ahead of a major snowstorm, when people are not sure if they’ll be able to go out again, other than this is happening on a national scale.” Yet, as the suit points out, protecting consumers against excessive price increases during such times is the purpose of the state’s price gouging statute.The lawsuit brings claims against six Hillandale Farms companies, including Hillandale Farms Corp., Hillandale Farms East, Inc., Hillandale Farms of PA, Inc., Hillandale Farms Conn, LLC, Hillandale Farms of Delaware, Inc., and Hillandale-Gettysburg, L.P.The lawsuit against Hillandale is the second suit brought by Attorney General James in the past three months to stop price gouging by wholesale suppliers during the coronavirus pandemic and protect consumers. In May 2020, Attorney General James sued Quality King Distributors, a Long Island-based wholesale company, for illegally raising prices on Lysol disinfectant products it sold to retail stores in New York.The lawsuit was filed in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court for New York County. Attorney General James is suing for a permanent injunction barring Hillandale from continuing its illegal conduct, restitution for injured consumers, damages, civil penalties, and disgorgement of Hillandale’s profits from its illegal practices.“It’s beyond reprehensible that a big company like Hillandale would seek to capitalize on a global health crisis to make a profit,” said David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society. “Even more appalling is that countless low-income families in New York, already struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus, were forced to pay in some cases five times the price for an essential food item — eggs. We applaud State Attorney General James for seeking injunctive relief barring Hillandale Farms from further price-gouging, civil penalties, disgorgement of its illegal profits, and restitution for consumers who were harmed.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more