OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader

first_imgGareth Samples, the CEO of Martin & Co parent group TPFG, has said OnTheMarket (OTM) faces a crunch point next year if Boomin takes off and agents are forced to choose which portals to pay for.During an interview with The Negotiator, he commented that he is doubtful many estate agents will, however small or large, be keen to pay four portals.This means thousands of agencies, including many of his own franchisees who list with three portals will have to decide whether to choose OTM or Boomin if the Bruce brothers’ platform delivers on its promises.OTM has a breathing space – Boomin is not due to charge for its service until at least April 2022 when founder agents come to the end of their year-long free periods.After that, agents will pay between £150 and £400 a month per branch depending on their size and turnover.Hard choicesSamples says he talked with OTM CEO Jason Tebb recently and put the question to him and remarked that, given Rightmove dominates and Zoopla is a very strong No.2, that leaves agents to decide between OTM and Boomin.“I like what Boomin have done but also like what Jason has done since he arrived at OTM and ultimately we want to wish each business as much success as possible,” says Samples.“Nevertheless, if you think about whether most agents will want to pay for four portals, then my personal opinion is that I don’t think so.“We do a centralised deal for our franchisees with the portals and we sort of insist they go on Rightmove as a minimum while most others are on Zoopla too, but it’s entirely up to them whether they are on a third portal.”jason tebb Gareth Samples Martin & Co OnTheMarket OTM TPFG April 28, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsGraham Davidson, Sequre Sequre 28th April 2021 at 7:50 amThe difference between being on 3 portals or all 4 will be between £150 and £400 per month! (£275 per month ave!!) any agent having to consider for too long whether he can afford to be on all 4 has probably got bigger things to worry about in my opinion.Log in to ReplyRussell Quirk, Properganda Properganda 28th April 2021 at 7:02 amThe portal sector is evolving and I don’t think that it’s going to be as simple as just choosing which portals to ‘pay’ in the future.The competitive tension that will now prevail (at long last) will force Rightmove and Zoopla to innovate and to court better relationships with agents. That can only be a good thing for agents and as price pressure prevents the old attitudes of the past piling on increases at unjustifiable levels.But the choice of ‘which portal’ begs the question, ‘Which one provides me as the agent with VALUE’? – either in good leads, seller opportunities or ancillary revenue.It may be that the answer is ‘all of them’ and if the ROI on each one is genuinely positive, why wouldn’t you be on all of them?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. 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 Home » News » Marketing » OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader previous nextMarketingOTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leaderGareth Samples says Boomin is unlikely to dislodge Rightmove or Zoopla, but could force agents to choose between it and OnTheMarket.com.Nigel Lewis28th April 20212 Comments1,447 Viewslast_img read more

“Mills Jones’ Candidacy Not Affected By Supreme Court Ruling”

first_imgThe Supreme of Court of Liberia’s recent decision to uphold the legality and legitimacy of the Code of Conduct enacted by the Legislature in 2014 has no bearing on the candidacy of presidential hopeful, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, the Citizens Solidarity Council (CSC) has said.The CSC, which is backing the former Central Bank Executive Governor’s quest for the presidency, said “The ruling of the Supreme Court has nothing to do with Dr. Jones’ candidacy for President of Liberia. He was not a party to the suit and in our opinion has no reason to challenge the Code.”The group, through its chairman, James Brooks, however said Dr. Jones will remain a formidable candidate in the forthcoming Presidential and Legislative elections.A fortnight ago, a legal argument and voting process ensued at the Supreme Court among five justices, with three favoring the 2014 National Code of Conduct, with the remaining two going against it.Justices Philip Banks and Jamesetta Wolokollie were those who opposed their colleagues’ decision to accept the Code of Conduct, while Chief Justice Francis Korkpor along with Associate Justices Kabineh Ja’neh and Sie-A- Nyene Youh favored the Act.According to the CSC, Dr. Jones brings a lot to the presidency if elected, saying that as a result, Liberians cannot be denied such a brilliant chance.However, the area of contention with the Code of Conduct is Section 5.1, which requires that “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) Engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) Use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of parties or political activities; and (c) Serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaigns of any independent candidate. Section 5.2 says, “Wherein any person in the category stated in section 5.1 desires to canvass or contest for an elective public position, the following shall apply:“(a ) Any Minister, Deputy Minister, Director-General, Managing Director and Superintendent appointed by the President pursuant to article 56 (a ) of the Constitution and a Managing Director appointed by a Board of Director, who desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post at least two (2) years prior to the date of such public election.“(b) Any other official appointed by the President who holds a tenured position and desires to contest for public elective office shall resign said post three (3) years prior to the date of such public election.The contention over the Code of Conduct started on August 5, 2014, when CSC filed at the Civil Law Court a “Declaratory Judgment” seeking a declaration from the court on the unconstitutionality of sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code.They argued that the clauses did not only contravene the Constitution, but also infringed on certain fundamental rights of citizens, especially those seeking elective political office.“Nowhere in the law did it say that citizens making up their own mind cannot ask a former official to run in an election. Therefore, whether or not the Code of Conduct is constitutional or unconstitutional has no bearing on Dr. Jones’ decision to be persuaded by the people who petitioned him to continue to proclaim his candidacy to be President of Liberia,” Brooks said.“He (Dr. Jones) is a man with a record of performance. This is the verdict of the Liberian people; the ordinary, poor people who his policies have affected directly. We know the schemers who want to feed the public with false information,” he said, describing them as enemies of progress.“No one should be fooled sixteen years into the 21st Century that they can trample on the rights of the Liberian people,” he stated.He indicated that perhaps, many people don’t fully comprehend the key provisions of the Code of Conduct. “People think, perhaps, that it is only about government officials resigning to participate in elections. There are many provisions that are not being enforced,” he said, making reference to the part that deals with nepotism. The Code defines Nepotism in count 1.3.16 as “when a public official appoints, employs, promotes, or recommends for advancement family members in any agency of Government or branch of Government in which he/she works.”Brooks said by this definition, the sons of the President within the government should have left their positions. “Are they still in their positions because the law does not apply ex post? If that is the case, doesn’t the ex post situation cover the application of the code in all other instances?” he asked.He added that laws are passed to single out individuals. “We say that such individuals must be mindful of the law of unintended consequences. In Liberia, we say, ‘you pull rope, rope pull bush and the entire forest could be cleared.’”Brooks said the Code of Conduct did not say, as it is being reported by some media, that officials of government should resign at a particular time to participate 2 or 3 years before an election. “The specific wordings of the Code in part states that any public official who desires to canvass or contest for an elective public office should resign within 2 or three years. The word “desire” means to want, to wish for, to long for or hope for or to express a wish for.“Those who want to challenge Dr. Jones’ participation in the upcoming elections should go to the Supreme Court; and given the Court’s definition of “standing”, those who object will have to show individually or severally how the participation of a citizen who meets all the criteria required of other citizens would injure those who are bringing the suit,” Brooks said.He said there should be no doubt as to the validity of the candidacy of Dr. Jones for President of Liberia in 2017. “This disinformation campaign is yet another reason by the unscrupulous politicians who love themselves more than they love Liberia,” Brooks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Garda appeal after three arrested for suspected drink-driving

first_imgGardai in the Milford District have appealed to people not to drink and drive for the sake of their community.It follows the arrest of 3 people in the area last weekend on suspicion of drink-driving.A spokesman for the Milford Garda District said they would ask people not to drink and drive and to take other steps to prevent this happening. These include:• that a designated driver is always nominated.• People do not travel with a driver that has consumed alcohol or drugs.• Report persons driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.The spokesperson added “Together we can make the roads of Donegal safe for all.”Garda appeal after three arrested for suspected drink-driving was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Green rivers headed our way

first_imgOur coastal rivers finally received the flushing and scouring they desperately needed. Last week’s storms brought the rivers to their highest levels of the season, providing ample water for steelhead to make it back to the streams and creeks where they originated. The extra flows will also trigger the fish that are still swimming in the salt to begin their migration upriver. With dry weather forecasted for at least the next week to 10 days, all of the rivers are now dropping towards fishable …last_img

2020 Flood Risks on Big Muddy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorNEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (DTN) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning residents throughout the Missouri River watershed that the risks for spring flooding in 2020 remain high.This week, the Corps has been holding fall meetings throughout the Missouri River Basin as a normal course of business to detail projected water storage, anticipated precipitation and flood expectations for next spring.For roughly 100 residents who showed up Thursday night in Nebraska City, the event was an emotional release and a chance to demand change in the Corps’ management and vent over the more than eight months of floodwaters with some farms and homes still under water.Alice Hodde, who farms with her husband in Fremont County, Iowa, has seen her home lost and farm income wiped away twice in eight years. Hodde said she and her husband, Lyle, both in their late 60s and early 70s, are too old to start over.Alice Hodde said farmers are stressed emotionally, and she is concerned about suicide risks.“Do you know the human toll this takes on a farmer?” she asked the top Corps official at the meeting. “We can’t start over. We’re too old … I think something needs to change.”Lyle Hodde later told DTN, “Right now, this flooding is ripping families apart.”Alice Hodde said a small group of people affected in Fremont County had written more than 800 letters to federal officials, seeking to change how the Corps manages the river.Looking at conditions in the basin right now, the major water-holding dams at Fort Peck, Montana, Garrison Dam in North Dakota and Oahe Dam in South Dakota all are storing roughly 6 feet to 7.5 feet above normal reservoir levels.On the ground, soils are considered “extremely wet” throughout the upper basin in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, down into a large section of Nebraska as well. Those wet soil conditions are likely going to carry into spring and translate into higher runoff.Rainfall levels in both the last six months and the last 12 months have been above normal across the Missouri River Basin. South Dakota has hit record levels of rainfall over the past year.“Throughout the entire basin, it has been an extremely wet year,” said Kevin Grode, who leads the Corp’s reservoir regulation team for the Missouri River Basin.And precipitation forecasts remain high. At a regional NOAA call earlier this month, Doug Kluck, regional climate service director for the Midwest, stressed that not only is the basin saturated with high soil moisture, but the region also has an increased chance for higher-than-average precipitation through January.“Anything that falls will have complications to it,” Kluck said on a webinar. “What we need is an extended period of dryness in a warmer time of the year to dry the soils out.”Corps officials and National Weather Service staff in Omaha also pointed to higher-than-average precipitation through January.The Corps currently is releasing 80,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota, the final dam in the Missouri River system. The Corps has maintained high flow volumes since the “bomb cyclone” in mid-March that hit South Dakota and Nebraska. The Corps anticipates the 80,000 cfs releases will remain that high through the end of November, then the flow volume will be brought down. Still, winter releases will remain high to drain about 1 million acre feet of water out of the dam system before spring runoff begins to hit.“We’re going to evacuate the flood-control storage, and we’re going to be as aggressive as we can,” said John Remus, chief of the Missouri River Basin for the Corps.Remus said it’s critical for the six dams on the river north of Iowa to have as much storage capacity as possible going into next spring, noting there is still a great deal of work needed to restore the levee system. At least some federal levees right now aren’t expected to be fully repaired until next summer.Residents frustrated with the flooding recommended the Corps either hold more water in the dam system to reduce river flows or keep higher flows going longer into the winter as a way to open up the dams to store higher volumes of spring runoff.Remus stressed the dams are based on a “what goes in has to go out” focus annually.Throughout the year, the Corps has released more than 61 million acre feet of water, more than twice the average volume of 25.4 million acre feet. By the end of 2019, volume releases for the year could top 2011, which was a record volume.From Sioux City to St. Louis, more than 300 miles of levees were damaged in this year’s flooding, which included 40 levee breaks just in the Corps’ Omaha District. While some levees in Iowa have been plugged, others levees, such as levee “536” in Atchison County, Missouri, likely won’t be completely repaired until next summer, Corps officials said.The Corps has been operating on a three-prong approach for recovery from current flooding on the river. The first focus is to close the breaches, then work to build the levees back to authorized height. The Corps received $1.1 billion in supplemental funding from Congress last month to help with flood recovery.After that is done, the Corps intends to take a long-term holistic study of the Missouri River system that could take from three to five years to complete. That study would look at long-term adjustments to levees, possibly bringing non-conforming agricultural levees into the federal system and tackling choke points in the river system.There were a lot of concerns about whether the basin can wait as many as five years for a study, which then might lead to congressional funding and action to better protect the basin even further into the future after the study is completed.Speakers in Nebraska City pushed hard on the Corps to change its 2004 master manual for the Missouri River. Farmers and others believe one of the reasons flooding happened in 2011 and 2019 was because the Corps gives too much deference to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for endangered species habitat restoration in the 2004 manual.“Let’s go back to the 1979 manual,” said Leo Ettleman, a farmer in Fremont County, Iowa. He added, “We have got to get Fish and Wildlife out of the management of the Missouri River or we will continue to flood, and that’s all there is to it.”Remus was reluctant to consider changes to the master manual. He said such changes would have to come from Congress or a federal judge ordering the Corps to change the manual.Speaking to DTN after Thursday’s meeting, Remus said the Corps looked at changing the manual after 2011 to factor in climate changes that have intensified rainfall in the northern part of the watershed. That didn’t happen, though, and the Corps right now does not factor in a changing climate to consider how to manage the river.“As long as what comes in must go out, the longer you hold it, the higher the flows are in the fall,” Remus said. “You may be causing flooding as many years as you are preventing it.”Other residents questioned whether the flooding was happening as a way for the Corps and U.S. Fish and Wildlife to take away farmland. The Hoddes, for instance, lost 600 acres in the 2011 flood that had to go permanently into a wetlands program. Remus said he could not talk about issues such as taking of land because of ongoing litigation.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gmail 2.0 For iOS: It Doesn’t Suck Anymore

first_imgTags:#Google#iPad#iPhone jon mitchell Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Gmail for iPhone and iPad reached version 2.0 Tuesday, and it’s finally good enough for prime time. Gmail on iOS was a very bad app at the beginning, missing features that even the mobile Web version had. But now, in addition to a light and clean redesign, it has multiple-account support, auto-complete in search, RSVP to Google Calendar invites and more.I would describe the Gmail experience through Apple’s built-in Mail appsas basically OK-ish – most of the time. Gmail users on hte Web have gotten used to some important features, though, like labels and filters, that Apple’s Mail app doesn’t have. For a while, the official Gmail app was awful, so a third-party app called Sparrow was the best native Gmail experience. Then Google bought Sparrow in July. The major Gmail update today is the first since that deal. Version 2.0 adds profile pictures to messages, which is a nice touch reminiscent of Sparrow. That app used Facebook accounts to pull in profile pics, which Gmail doesn’t do, obviously. But the new Gmail update does add more social features from Google+. In addition to the profile pictures, you can also +1 and comment on Google+ posts.Back when Google bought Sparrow that seemed like it would be the plan. The Sparrow team built interactions that added personality from social networks to the email experience. Google now has the means to build that in-house. The dedicated Google+ app for iOS is not much of a draw, but Gmail is the ideal place for Google to start drawing iOS users into its social layer.Good Enough To Switch?I really want to. I want to use this app all the time. But email is a service that’s integrated through the system. Other apps interact with it, and search on the device looks through it. I want to have the most recent version of my email on my devices all the time, accessible by any app. For that reason, I’m afraid I have to keep using Apple Mail. But it’s good to have the Gmail app on board in case I need to do any labels or mark things as spam on the server side.Gmail for iOS is available now from the App Store.Google also updated Gmail for Android on Monday, improving the visual presentation for messages and photos. That’s available for devices with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up on Google Play.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Report: Tennessee’s Marquez North Not Enrolled In Classes For Spring Semester

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorMarquez North did not live up to expectations as a junior, catching only six passes in seven games this season, but he still may have played his last game in Knoxville. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed that North is not enrolled at UT this semester. While it has not been confirmed that he will test the NFL Draft waters, one would assume that is the move for North now. Beat writer Dustin Dopirak shared more on Friday.… Obviously, others have reported that North has hired an agent and entered the draft. We have not been able to confirm that.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016Tennessee athletics has said repeatedly all this week that it does not know North’s plans.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016His high school coach, Mike Palmieri, told me last night he hadn’t heard anything about North leaving.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016But right now, the one thing we can say definitively is that North is not enrolled for the spring semester.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016One more note on North, just so you guys know I’m trying. The NFL doesn’t release the names of underclass draft entrants for another week…— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016… and it won’t confirm or deny any players who have declared before that time.— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) January 15, 2016North’s apparent decision to leave college is a strange one. He does have the size to be a big target at that level—he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 229 pounds—but the production wasn’t anywhere near what was expected out of him. We should know more about this situation in the coming days.[KnoxNews.com]last_img read more

Prince Charles Launches Princes Youth Service Awards In Canada

first_imgPrince Charles, Prince’s Charities Canada and WE Day announced a brand new annual awards program to honour exceptional young Canadians who are taking positive actions both here at home and in the global community.Video: The Prince of Wales launches The Prince’s Youth Service AwardsTogether, The Prince’s Youth Service Awards and WE Day will recognize the commitment of a new generation of young leaders passionate about changing the world, and hope to inspire young people across Canada to build a brighter future.The awards will be for those those who have distinguished themselves through community service and social action. Youth between the ages of five and 18 years old can apply. The Prince’s Youth Service Awards also encourages educators, family and friends to support the applications of young people from their schools or communities who are dedicated to making positive change in the world around them. More information and Award applications are available at: weday.com/theprincesyouthserviceawards.In spring 2016, Award winners for each category will be selected by a panel of judges made up of notable Canadians including Spencer West, Me to We Motivational Speaker and Free The Children ambassador, Amanda Sherrington, President and CEO of Prince’s Charities Canada; Barry Avrich, Partner, BT/A Advertising, Matthew Corrin, Founder and CEO of Freshii; Mike “Pinball” Clemons; and Maureen Dockendorf, BC Ministry of Education Superintendent of Early Years.The winner in each category will receive a hand-carved award statue designed personally by His Royal Highness. They will also receive an invitation to participate in a transformative leadership development program and a bursary towards bringing their ideas to life. Winners will be selected in the Spring of 2016 and the categories include:• WE Are Community Leaders Award: Change can start at home. The recipient of this award is taking positive action in their community. • WE Are Global Leaders Award: Changing the world is possible: The recipient of this award is taking action on important global issues. • WE are Social Innovators Award: Changing the world starts when you think outside the box. The recipient of this award uses innovative solutions to tackle social problems. • WE are Agents of Sustainability Award: Taking charge of our planet’s future is possible. The recipient of this award is dedicated to environmental stewardship and creative solutions to issues facing our environment.last_img read more

Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency after fire guts store band

first_img(The grocery store and band office in Shamattawa First Nation was gutted by fire Thursday. Photo courtesy Roy Miles)Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation has declared a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the only grocery store, the band office, 911 call centre ‎and radio station.The fire has also resulted in the loss of Internet service in the remote northern community, something Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik says the community relies on heavily.Reports of the fire first came in Thursday afternoon when many in the community were attending a funeral.When reached by phone Thursday night, the chief said the fire continues to burn.He said the immediate concern is getting an emergency supply store set up as soon as possible on Friday.Photo Courtesy Roy Miles.Napaokesik said most members of the community are on social assistance and live day to day. There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.There will be an immediate need for things like water and baby formula.Shamattawa First Nation is a fly-in community with about 1,000 members 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Officials from the Northwest Company are due in Shamattawa in the morning with supplies for an emergency store that will be established.The chief said things are calm right now but expects people to wake up in a panic in the morning.Officials will be going door to door in the morning to explain how things will be handled.The chief said at the moment nobody appears to be missing or have been caught in the fire.He says it’s too early to know how the fire [email protected]last_img read more