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The do-gooder gets the Ladybird Book treatment for Comic Relief

By on June 16, 2021

first_img  181 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 1 March 2017 | News Tagged with: Comic Relief Fundraising ideas The fundraising public are getting the Ladybird Books for Grown-ups treatment this Comic Relief, with the publication of The Ladybird Book of the Do-Gooder.The Ladybird Book of the Do-Gooder is ‘an affectionate poke at the lengths the fundraising public will go to for charity’, and has been created exclusively for Comic Relief, with at least £2 from every sale of the £6.99 book going to the charity.In it, authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris look at the public’s never ending will to raise money for charity, featuring everything from sponsored breakfasts, sponsored school runs, sponsored commutes, sponsored dinners and sponsored sleeping, to an underwater swim from Land’s End to John O’Groats, and half sky-dives.[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”6″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails” override_thumbnail_settings=”1″ thumbnail_width=”200″ thumbnail_height=”150″ thumbnail_crop=”1″ images_per_page=”20″ number_of_columns=”0″ ajax_pagination=”0″ show_all_in_lightbox=”0″ use_imagebrowser_effect=”0″ show_slideshow_link=”0″ slideshow_link_text=”[Show as slideshow]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]They said:“Richard Curtis asked us if we’d do a book for Red Nose Day, and he didn’t even get to the end of his question before we were yelling yes. In the long tradition of Comic Relief, the book contains celebrity cameos and plenty of arsing about. The cover is the only Ladybird Book For Grown-Ups we’ve done that features altered artwork: but we’ve kept it close to home – so the Red Noses on the runners on the cover are in fact Peter’s football, from the Peter & Jane books, shrunk down very small.”The book was published by Penguin on 23rd February.Miranda has also written a book for Comic Relief. Miranda’s Daily Dose of Such Fun! (Hodder & Stoughton) will be published on 9th March and is described as ‘a collection of 365 achievable “joy-filled tasks” to make life more engaging, caring and fun’.A percentage of sales from the new edition of J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury), as well as Hogwarts Library Books: Quidditch through the Ages, will also be donated to Comic Relief as part of Red Nose Day. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26center_img The do-gooder gets the Ladybird Book treatment for Comic Relief  182 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis26 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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October Crop Production Drops Corn Forecast, Raises Yield

By on June 14, 2021

first_img October Crop Production Drops Corn Forecast, Raises Yield Home Indiana Agriculture News October Crop Production Drops Corn Forecast, Raises Yield SHARE SHARE Previous articleA Preview of Indiana Farm Bureau Convention in its 100th Year and Corn and Soybean Moisture too High on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleOctober 2019 Supply and Demand Report Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 10, 2019 Corn Production Down Less Than 1 Percent from September ForecastSoybean Production Down 2 PercentCotton Production Down 1 PercentOrange Production Virtually Unchanged from Last SeasonCorn production for grain is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from the previous forecast and down 4 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 168.4 bushels per harvested acre, up 0.2 bushel from the previous forecast but down 8.0 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 millionacres, down less than 1 percent from the previous forecast but up slightly from 2018. Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data.Soybean production for beans is forecast at 3.55 billion bushels, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down 20 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 46.9 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel from the previous forecast and down 3.7 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for beans in the United States is forecast at 75.6 million acres, down less than 1 percent from the previous forecast and down 14 percent from 2018. Acreage updates were made in several states based on a thorough review of all available data.This report was approved on October 10, 2019.Secretary of AgricultureDesignateRobert JohanssonSource: USDA NASSlast_img read more

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ERCOT commits to better planning

By on June 2, 2021

first_imgLocal News Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest State Rep. Brooks Landgraf reported Tuesday that he and other legislators had just talked with officials of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas who discussed “best case, worst case” scenarios postulating either that the state’s power might be restored immediately, that outages would persist for several more days or that rotating outages would begin leaving customers without power for only an hour at a time. “According to ERCOT, the best case is that most off-line power plants can begin generating in the next few hours and power can be restored to most Texans by this afternoon,” Landgraf said. “The worse case is that most plants will remain off-line and the current situation will persist for several more days. “The likely case is that many plants can begin generating in the next few hours and that ERCOT and transmission owners like Oncor can get on a true cycle, starting this afternoon, of rotating outages that leave customers without power for only an hour at a time. The outages would then be reduced in frequency as more power plants begin generating power again.” During an afternoon news conference, ERCOT officials said the top priority is providing power to customers reliably and said they will beef up plans and make sure widespread outages don’t happen again. CEO Bill Magness went over outages and said losses came from many different types of energy and that prep work started as early as Feb. 8. He said that by Sunday night it was clear that the weather event was much worse than anticipated and that the supply could not keep up with demand. Having criticized ERCOT for its inaccessibility Monday night, Landgraf said, “ERCOT acknowledged that they have failed to communicate with the people of Texas during the last several days and they said they are committed to improving communication as they work with power generators and transmission owners to restore power. I appreciate that acknowledgement and will hold them to their promise.” The Odessa Republican said ERCOT officials told lawmakers that the primary reason for the outages was that generators had been unable to produce electricity onto the grid because of freezing conditions everywhere from turbines and wellheads to power plant facilities and along service lines. “To me, this means that there were also not sufficient plans to ‘winterize’ in critical places that needed to be prepared for these prolonged sub-zero temperatures,” Landgraf said. “Additionally, there is some talk about ‘gouging’ or electricity prices being hiked. I don’t believe this is the time for that and I will be working to make sure that freezing Texans aren’t asked to bear the burden and cost of someone else’s mistakes. “Lastly, Gov. Greg Abbott has just declared ERCOT reform as an emergency item that my colleagues and I in the Texas Legislature can begin working on immediately. I’m ready to do that, including making sure that only Texas residents can serve on the ERCOT board of directors, which is not currently the case. Obviously, other big reforms need to be made as well.” Landgraf had said Monday night that the Austin-based ERCOT, which manages most of the state’s power grid, had failed to plan adequately for the gigantic snow and ice storm that darkened and immobilized the state and that he would help lead a review of its failures after the storm’s severity had been forecast all last week. “Not enough was done by ERCOT to prepare,” said Landgraf, who is participating in the current legislative session in Austin. “This entire situation needs to be reviewed and corrective action is absolutely necessary.” Asked what benefit Gov. Abbott’s deployment of personnel and equipment around the state would be to Odessa and Ector County, Landgraf said, “I’m working to get more information on welfare checks and warming stations.” In a statement to the Odessa American and his constituents, the Odessa Republican said, “You’re cold and frustrated. “My family and I are, too. I’m sorry that our state’s grid has let so many Texans down. You deserve better. If you need to vent, please feel free to vent here. I don’t mind being the piñata without any candy. I’ve been trying to get answers from ERCOT about a timeline for power restoration, but it is difficult getting them. “I believe it’s important to communicate with the public,” Landgraf said. “We would rather get bad news with transparency than no news at all in a situation like this. Based on the answers I have received, this appears to be a perfect storm, literally. The cause was record-breaking demand that coincided with hard freezes at both sources and electricity generating stations.” ERCOT’s members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities, according to its website. “We can all agree that this is a very rare occurrence, but our grid and our state’s policies needed to account for it,” Landgraf said. “I will do my part to exercise that type of oversight. Amid all this frustration, remember that many hard-working grid workers, first responders, healthcare providers and non-profit volunteers are taking care of Texans in need. Please take a moment to appreciate their selfless work and keep them in your prayers.” Abbott on Monday announced his deployment of National Guardsmen across the state to conduct welfare checks and help authorities move people to 135 warming stations. On Sunday, he had gotten a waiver from the U.S. Department of Energy for power generators to increase production, although some were unable to because they were frozen, he said. The governor dispatched 3,300 state troopers to stricken areas along with 90 personnel, 28 high mobility multi-wheeled vehicles, a field light ambulance and four wreckers from the Texas Military Department, 585 personnel, 531 four-wheel drive vehicles, an airplane and nine K-9 teams from the parks and wildlife department, 83 personnel, six roadgraders and 58 four-wheel drive vehicles from the forest service, 2,314 personnel, 695 snowplows, 188 loaders, 55 roadgraders and 757 four-wheel drive vehicles from TxDOT and an ambus, an ambulance strike team and four severe weather groups from the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force. He had previously issued a disaster declaration for all of the state’s 254 counties and had obtained a federal emergency declaration from the Biden Administration. 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Update – One person seriously ill following Carndonagh collision

By on May 27, 2021

first_img Google+ 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Previous articleCouncil inviting submissions and opinions on local area plansNext articleDessie Shiels tops Highland Radio GE16 web poll admin LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Facebook Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also center_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota By admin – February 8, 2016 Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Update – One person seriously ill following Carndonagh collision One person has been seriously injured in a two car collision outside Carndonagh.The crash happened close to the football pitches on the Moville Road before 10 o’cloc this morning.The road remains closed and local diversions are in place. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebooklast_img read more

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Budget meeting adjourned following death of former councillor

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first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Todays reconvened Donegal County Council Budget meeting for 2014 has been adjourned as a mark of respect to former Cllr John Kelly who passed away this morning.John Kelly, was elected as Fianna Fail’s first councillor from Falcarragh in 1953, serving twice as chairperson.The meeting today will now begin at 2pm.Cllrs today also expressed their sympathies to the Brogan sisters who tragically died in a house fire over Christmas, and to Maura Porter who was killed in a car accident in Carndonagh over the Christmas.period.Cllr Seamus O’Domnhaill paid tribute to John Kelly, saying he did a lot for the Cloughaneely area. Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News By News Highland – January 6, 2014 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Previous articleTyrone beat Donegal in McKenna openerNext articleCope says government should seek EU funding to tackle storm damage News Highland WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Budget meeting adjourned following death of former councillor 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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Tablighi Jamaat: SC Allows Foreigners To Submit Representations Seeking Permission To Go Back; Asks Centre To Decide Within 4-7 Days

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesTablighi Jamaat: SC Allows Foreigners To Submit Representations Seeking Permission To Go Back; Asks Centre To Decide Within 4-7 Days Mehal Jain15 Oct 2020 2:36 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed foreign citizens, who are facing criminal proceedings in Delhi for participating in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz during March allegedly in violation of visa conditions, to submit representations before the nodal officer proposed by the Central Government seeking permission to go back to their country of origin.A bench headed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed foreign citizens, who are facing criminal proceedings in Delhi for participating in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz during March allegedly in violation of visa conditions, to submit representations before the nodal officer proposed by the Central Government seeking permission to go back to their country of origin.A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar ordered that such representations should be decided, preferably within a period of four days, but not later than a week from their receipt.Additional Solicitor General of India, K M Natraj, proposed the name of Joy Tirkey, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi as the nodal officer to process the representations of foreign nationals facing cases in Delhi.The ASG told the bench that 8 of such foreigners were discharged by the trial court, and revision petitions have been filed against the order of discharge.The Court said that the discharged persons are at liberty to file applications seeking a return to the country of origin subject to giving undertaking and security before the trial court.Court room exchange :”At the last hearing, 8 names were mentioned. They are ones who didn’t opt for plea bargaining and wanted a trial instead. For those who went for plea-bargaining, the matter is over. They can go. Ultimately, the others were also discharged. They can go back to their countries of origin subject to giving an undertaking and security or other assurance”, informed ASG K. M. Natarajan when the case was taken up.”So let that be done before the relevant courts. Take the undertaking and let them go. There should be no difficulty in that”, said Justice A. M. Khanwilkar.”Out of the 44 foreign nationals tried, 8 have been fully discharged. Others have been discharged under section 14 of the Foreigners’ Act while the lesser charges continue”, submitted Senior Counsel C. U. Singh for the petitioner.”The ASG says revision petitions for these 8 have been filed…You may also move an application before the revision court and subject to an undertaking to abide by any directions, you may be permitted to go”, said Justice Khanwilkar.”Also, where no charges are remaining, some facilitation will be needed. On August 6, the SG had assured that the look-out notices will be withdrawn and their return to the countries of origin will be facilitated…if Your Lordships could record this?”, asked Mr. Singh.”A general observation would not be helpful. Give us a list of persons who have been fully discharged or acquitted and against whom nothing is pending and we will ask the Solicitor to have their names cleared from the relevant department”, said Justice Khanwilkar.”Also, could Your Lordships direct courts to dispose off the revisions? This lingering thing is affecting the rights of these people. Some finality is needed”, pressed Mr. Singh.Turning to the ASG, Justice Khanwilkar asked, “Could you identify a nodal authority? We can give a general direction that individual representations could be made to the officer/office concerned, to be processed within a definite timeline and the decision to be communicated after obtaining directions from the appropriate quarters within 3-4 working days. If multiple departments are involved, then no later than 1 week”Even as Mr. Singh suggested that the Immigration Bureau could be so designated, the ASG sought a pass-over to be able to get back to the court on this account.Then, Senior Advocate Maneka Guruswamy made submissions in connection with the state of Bihar and UP- “On September1 , vis-a-vis Bihar , Your Lordships had said that the HC would designate a Fast Track Court and had required the state of Bihar to file an application. Could you please expedite that process? The state didn’t file the application, we did. The matter is still to be heard. Your Lordships had on September 1 said that these trials be completed in 8 weeks. However, nothing has even commenced…those individuals are still waiting…it’s been a month and half””This is not a normal situation. There may be logistical problems before the HC also. Sitting here, we can’t visualise the reason why the HC is not listing it. We can’t go till that extent. We are told the HC is to hear it today or tomorrow. We’ll wait. If nothing is done even upon the re-opening of the court after the Dussehra break, we’ll see. Unless Bihar state has a proposal?”, observed Justice Khanwilkar, asking the counsel for the state if the government has a proposal for settlement.The counsel for the state of Bihar informed the bench that the matter was listed before the HC yesterday and the trial has been consolidated and transferred to Patna. As Ms. Guruswamy conceded that she was not aware of this development, Justice Khanwilkar noted that the top court will now wait.The bench also noted that a similar consolidation order has also been passed by the Allahabad HC for the state of UP.”We hope and trust that the concerned authorities will ensure the transmission of records to the designated courts and the trials will be completed expeditiously”, expressed the bench.At this point, the ASG also informed the bench that Mr. Joy Thirkey, Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi could be the nodal officer. The bench required him to convey his correct name, designation and address in writing to the court.The bench directed that all revision petitions be disposed off expeditiously, subject to undertaking and other conditions, and that the concerned departments of the UOI to have no other objections to their travelling back to their countries of origin.Further, it required that all other foreign nationals may make representations to the aforesaid officer, who will have the responsibility of processing the same in 4 days, and not later than 1 week, in any case, subject to the fulfillment of such necessary conditions as may be applicable. Next Storylast_img read more

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Too late for Casey to pull out of Presidential election

By on May 25, 2021

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Too late for Casey to pull out of Presidential election Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Peter Casey can’t pull out of the Presidential election even if he wants to. The candidate is considering his future in the race for the Áras over the weekend, after comments he made about travellers.His remarks about the travelling community this week have drawn heavy criticism with some branding them borderline racist.Peter Casey denies that – but says he’s now taking the weekend to consider his future in the race.But Mr Casey can’t actually withdraw from the race.It’s too late now for a candidate to back out and the government has confirmed his name will appear on the ballot paper next Friday regardless of what he does.He can tell people don’t vote for me, but they’ll still have the option.center_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – October 19, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Facebook Previous articleFurther traffic chaos predicted at Kilmacrennan during rush hourNext articleMatch tickets on sale at Finn Park this evening News Highland last_img read more

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The accuracy of simple methods for determining the height of the maximum electron concentration of the F2-layer from scaled ionospheric characteristics

By on May 9, 2021

first_imgThe techniques for estimating hmF2 from M(3000)F2 are reviewed with particular stress put upon those in which the effects of underlying ionization are accounted for by a correction (ΔM) to M(3000)F2, formulated in terms of the ratio foF2/foE(=xE). The simplifying assumptions involved in the three practical implementations (Bradley and Dudeney, 1973; Dudeney, 1974; Bilitza et al., 1979) are emphasised and their consequences investigated quantitatively using a numerical simulation. The factors considered are the dependence upon ymF2, the importance of the underlying layer shape (in particular the significance of the F1-ledge), and the influence of the geomagnetic field. It is demonstrated that the correction technique relies upon ymF2 being a direct polynomial function of hmF2. Analysis of observational data suggests that this relationship holds in practice. Fluctuations in ymF2 about this mean variation are shown to produce only small effects which decrease in magnitude as the amount of underlying ionization increases. The results indicate that underlying layer shape becomes very important when a large amount of underlying ionization is present (xE<2.5). However, the global morphology of the occurrence of the F1-ledge is such that it is invariably present in such circumstances (ignoring the polar regions). Hence, the ionosphere tends to assume a specific profile form for low xE cases. The three implementations are shown all to fortuitously incorporate this behaviour. It is demonstrated that exclusion of the geomagnetic field introduces a very small extra uncertainty dependent upon gyrofrequency and geomagnetic latitude, which decreases as the amount of underlying ionization increases. The three implementations are compared and it is concluded that the Dudeney (1974) scheme gives the best overall performance. The more modern and complex Bilitza et al. (1979) scheme appears to have no performance advantages, whilst containing a sunspot number dependent geomagnetic term whose behaviour is irreconcilible with the numerical simulation. The Dudeney (1974) equation is shown to be accurate to between 4 and 5% at magnetic mid-latitudes. The scope for further refinement is considered but rejected as being unlikely to produce an increase in accuracy commensurate with the effort required.last_img read more

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Variability in atmospheric O2 and CO2 concentrations in the southern Pacific Ocean and their comparison with model estimates

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first_imgWe examine ship-based observations of atmospheric O-2 and CO2 in the southern Pacific Ocean made during two voyages: in February 2003 and in April 2004. We found, for the Austral late summer to autumn, evidence of a maximum in Atmospheric Potential Oxygen (APO) (an atmospheric tracer that is conservative with respect to terrestrial biological activity, APO approximate to O-2 + CO2) centered around 50 degrees S owing to biologically driven O-2 outgassing (associated with strong productivity in the Sub-Tropical Convergence Zone) and evidence in the February voyage of a decreasing APO trend from 57 degrees S south toward the Antarctic coast. The observed APO variability appears to be primarily determined by the interplay between atmospheric transport and the spatial distribution of O-2 air-sea flux resulting from regional differences in biological production. Comparisons of these observations with APO derived from coupling the TM3 atmospheric transport model with flux estimates from (1) the PISCES-T ocean biogeochemistry model, and (2) O-2 and CO2 climatologies, show that both PISCES-T and the climatology reproduce the observed gradient and curvature of APO but underestimate the magnitude of the observed APO maximum in the mid southern latitudes. Although the temporal limitation of our data does not permit us to calculate the annual mean APO gradient, the results support previous model predictions of a decreasing APO trend from the mid to high southern latitudes.last_img read more

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Revealed: What really went wrong at Countrywide during the Platt years

By on May 7, 2021

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Revealed: What really went wrong at Countrywide during the Platt years previous nextAgencies & PeopleRevealed: What really went wrong at Countrywide during the Platt yearsFormer Countrywide lettings chief John Hards reveals what he believes were the key strategies that landed the company in trouble.Nigel Lewis18th March 20202 Comments4,659 Views Former Countrywide lettings boss John Hards has for the first time revealed his thoughts on why the Alison Platt years were so damaging for his former employer.In a recorded video interview, Hards traces the key decisions that are causing so many problems for its current management team today.These include the decision to merge its sales and lettings operations, bringing in a new team of directors with mostly retail but not property industry experience, clearing out knowledgeable senior and middle management and losing focus on what really made money.“A lot of what Platt did was a good idea, but mixing up the sales and lettings teams wasn’t one of them,” he says.“The lettings division turned over £150 million but Platt thought you could just bring in a new team and it would be ok.“Sales people don’t understand that lettings is a more detailed kind of operation – it looks easy but it’s not, and putting them in charge wasn’t a good idea.“That was allowed to happen and it was very disappointing – but there was a PLC board that backed all of this all of the time.”Hards also says that many people who came into the business questioned why it had so many brands and why in many towns they competed and each had separate lettings and sales directors.“To them it didn’t seem logical and then Alison arrived and she too didn’t see why it had to be that way,” he says.“It does make sense financially to merge the operations but not on the ground – you need people concentrating on driving those revenues and being experts at what they do.”Hards also says Platt didn’t understand why there were so many regional, divisional and managing directors and wanted to get rid of them, even if they had enormous experience.“But the company was director heavy because it gave people skin in the game without having to give them big salaries. Regional directors were all about driving performance, whereas divisional ones had a lot more administrative work so, although they had similar titles, they had different jobs,” he says.“Countrywide was always good in a tough market but once the experience was got rid of, we lost that edge.”Read more about Countrywide.Watch the videoJohn Hards Alison Platt Countrywide March 18, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsJohn Durrant, Mr Mr 21st March 2020 at 10:52 amPrudential’s Joe Bradley calculated only 10% of sales came as a direct result of local advertising, so he dropped property advertising altogether. Result, we went from 5% market share nationally down to less than 2% in 6 months. Unsurprisingly, our competitors simply told owners we wouldn’t advertise their property if they instructed us. Clive Thornton of the Abbey National promised to “show agents how to do it”. What happened to him? Where’s Joe Bradley these days? Hopefully, there will be learnings taken from those experience. There’s nothing quite as good as a really knowledgeable estate agent to run an agency network.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 18th March 2020 at 7:23 am‘A lot of what Platt did was a good idea’, this sums up the isolated bunker mentality of the top tier of Countrywide. During her reign of terror when many great agents were given their P45’s lots of whom I know, the share price dropped by 82%. At present Mr Creffield is overseeing a similar run of good ideas, fines for AML, fines for 10 million pounds being in the incorrect Lettings holding account, and now the prospective COO Mr Marsh deciding not to join. With a similar affect on the share price.Time for someone to end this sad saga of mismanagement, lost opportunities, and remove the stale pale brigade, with entrepreneurial, fleet footed and agile minded personnel, who realise real estate globally is entering a new phase, old models are crumbling, as are new pretender online models, it is time to start with the consumer journey, using data, AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Big Data, etc, and solid top down people management, which is the core responsibility of the c- suite, and has been so terribly muddled.Log in to ReplyWhat’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. 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