first_imgHome » News » LATEST: Another Countrywide exec hired by Nick Dunning Associates previous nextLATEST: Another Countrywide exec hired by Nick Dunning AssociatesVince Corley joins as the company’s new Managing Director for Sales and Financial Services after many years at Countrywide.Nigel Lewis11th October 201704,024 Views Nick Dunning Associates has poached another former senior Countrywide executive, Vince Corley (pictured, below), to be its Managing Director for Sales and Financial Services.At Countrywide Vince headed up the company’s mortgage sales force and estate agency division and was also a key player in several agency acquisitions.He also drove Countrywide’s integration of group services within its agency business and increased its number of lettings branches.Nick Dunning Associates, which recently acquired Townends and Regents through the purchase of its parent company Badger Holdings as well as independent Adams Property, has also hired Stephen Wilson (pictured, below) to be its Managing Director of Professional Services.He is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 40 years’ experience both in the UK but also overseas.Stephen’s most recent role was to manage the sale of Stirling Ackroyd for the estate of its late owner, which was eventually sold to Nick Dunning Associates in July this year. Stephen has been running the business for Nick Dunning since the sale.Professional servicesHe will focus on expanding professional services for Nick Dunning Associate’s growing client base including surveying, land and new homes and commercial property, which is a key growth area for the business, while continuing to run Stirling Ackroyd.“I am delighted to welcome Vince and Stephen as managing directors,” says Chief Executive Nick Dunning (pictured, top).“Both bring a wealth of expertise to our leadership team and they will be key in strengthening our position and continuing our successful expansion.“We have an ambitious growth strategy across all our entities and are particularly excited about the opportunities that lie within our commercial property division, within which we are currently in the process of repositioning our client offering.”  Stephen Wilson nick dunning nick dunning associates Vince Corley Stirling Ackroyd October 11, 2017Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_imgOzoneAir Quality IndexNA*NA*NA*NA*NA* Air quality forecasts for Evansville and Vanderburgh County are provided as a public service.  They are best estimates of predicted pollution levels that can be used as a guide so people can modify their activities and reduce their exposure to air quality conditions that may affect their health.  The forecasts are routinely made available at least a day in advance, and are posted by 10:30 AM Evansville time on Monday (for Tuesday through Thursday) and Thursday (for Friday through Monday).  When atmospheric conditions are uncertain or favor pollution levels above the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, forecasts are made on a daily basis.Ozone forecasts are available from mid-April through September 30th.  Fine particulate (PM2.5) forecasts are available year round. Ozone(peak 8-hr avg)(expected)NA*NA*NA*NA*NA* Fine Particulate(0-23 CST avg)Air Quality IndexgoodmoderategoodgoodNA*center_img FridayJanuary 20SaturdayJanuary 21SundayJanuary 22MondayJanuary 23TuesdayJanuary 24 * Not Available and/or Conditions Uncertain.Air Quality Action DaysOzone Alerts are issued by the Evansville EPA when maximum ozone readings averaged over a period of eight hours are forecasted to reach 71 parts per billion (ppb), or unhealthy for sensitive groups on the USEPA Air Quality Index scale.Particulate Alerts are issued by the Evansville EPA when PM2.5 readings averaged over the period of midnight to midnight are forecasted to reach 35 micrograms per meter cubed (µg/m3).Current conditions of OZONE and FINE PARTICULATE MATTER are available in near real-time on the Indiana Department of Environment Management’s website.National and regional maps of current conditions are available through USEPA AIRNow.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEWhen Gov. Phil Murphy gives the go-ahead to allow libraries to reopen, the Ocean City Free Public Library will be ready.Library officials have a five-phase plan geared toward keeping the patrons and staff safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while still providing what makes the library an epicenter of activity for the community.The library’s Board of Trustees, meeting remotely, unanimously approved resolutions Monday formalizing the “Best Practices for Re-Opening the OCFPL during the COVID-19 pandemic in five phases.”“Moving through these phases, we don’t know when phase five will come — or if it will come into play,” Board of Trustees President Jennifer Shirk said. “It will all depend on if there is another outbreak, a vaccine. We have to have a plan. This is the plan and it is similar to the state and federal government plan.”The governor tweeted that libraries and museums may open as early as the first week of July, library officials noted.But whether it is then, earlier or later, Shirk and OCFPL Director Karen Mahar said they have crafted a detailed proposal to ensure the library will have all of the needed safeguards in place.Masks, shields, self-checkout, sanitizing of the facility by staff and by a cleaning company, limited hours and a host of other safety protocols will be rolled out.Even before the library reopens, patrons will be able to utilize curbside pickup and the book mobile – when Murphy allows that initial part of the reopening. The hours of operation when it does open are still under consideration, officials said.The library is often a hub of activity for patrons, but with the plan in the wake of COVID-19, hours will be limited.Shirk gave an overview of the phases as they have been unfolding since the March closure and what will potentially follow:PHASE 1 – The library was closed in March and the book drop was also closed.PHASE 2 – In May, the library staff began preparing the building for when the building could reopen.PHASE 3 – Curbside pickup, including the book mobile, would be available and library staff would assist patrons.PHASE 4 – The facility reopens. Curbside pickup and the book mobile would remain options. Limited hours and other safety procedures would be instituted. Self-checkout would be encouraged. New signage and announcements would remind people the importance of social distancing.PHASE 5 – The library would conduct business more closely to how it did prior to the pandemic, while social distancing would continue and other safety measures.While the proposed phases are in place, both Mahar and Shirk emphasized that plans could be altered, depending on a number of variables.“This could change,” Mahar said. “Some things we are proposing might not work, but you have to be flexible.”Mahar commended the board of trustees and library staff for working together on a copious plan, which involved many meetings.Shirk echoed Mahar’s sentiments.“I am very pleased with all of the work Karen and her staff put in. We spent a lot of time making sure everything was up and running,” Shirk said. “Whatever the governor throws at us — partial opening, full opening — we are prepared.”Since the library closed to the public in March, patrons have had an array of virtual programs, classes, events and activities to keep them engaged, Mahar explained.“We have extended the library cards. We have instant digital cards for people who didn’t have library cards,” Mahar said. “We continue to add to the audio and e-books and virtual programming and book clubs.”The number of patrons visiting the library website is proof, she said, that people are utilizing the services.“You could see with the closure in March to May 31, our circulation online increased,” she pointed out. “We signed up 221 people since April for our virtual programming.”To visit the library website, go to www.oceancitylibrary.org.The Ocean City Free Public Library is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave. Ocean City Free Public Library Director Karen Mahar, shown in a 2019 photo, says the staff is working hard to get ready to once again welcome patrons. last_img read more

first_imgIn an interview in Civil Service World, Susanna McGibbon talks to Beckie Smith about her love of inquiries, government legal work in the public eye and life beyond Brexit.last_img

first_img ‘in-reach’ care models where specialist substance misuse or mental health workers run sessions in hostels or day centres ‘outreach’ models where specialist workers support rough sleepers at street level targeted interventions such as peer health advocacy that supports individuals to access and attend health appointments The Health and Social Care Secretary has announced that £1.9 million will be given to councils by Public Health England to help improve the health of rough sleepers.The funding will be awarded to projects that improve access to health services and continuity of care for people with mental ill-health and substance misuse problems who are sleeping rough or at risk of returning to rough sleeping.This could include: The government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy was announced last August and aims to halve rough sleeping by 2022.The NHS Long Term Plan also committed to spending up to £30 million extra over 5 years to meet the health needs of rough sleepers to ensure better access to specialist homelessness NHS mental health support.Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: 50% had mental health needs 43% had alcohol misuse problems 40% drug misuse problems Inequalities Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, said:center_img Most of us can only imagine what it is like to sleep rough and it is devastating that so many aren’t getting the right access to healthcare. Living with a mental health condition or substance misuse while homeless can lead to a vicious cycle of crisis where people can’t get their lives back on track and their health issues remain unsupported. Today’s announcement, along with our NHS Long Term Plan, will provide a crucial lifeline to those at risk of being left with nowhere to go and is an important step towards achieving this government’s goal of ending rough sleeping for good. To apply for a share of the funding, applicants should read the guidance and application pack before submitting their completed expression of interest and budget template to [email protected] The deadline is 5pm on Friday 5 July 2019. Successful projects will be announced in the summer.Many people who are sleeping rough experience mental and physical illness and have substance misuse needs.Rough sleepers face more barriers accessing health services, particularly those living with mental illness or substance misuse.This can contribute to a ‘revolving door’, leaving individuals repeatedly in and out of stable accommodation.Of the people seen sleeping rough in London in 2017 and 2018: Everyone should have a roof over their head and access to the right health services, no matter who they are. We are determined to stamp out this injustice once and for all. Understanding the factors that can lead to homelessness and the triggers that can trap people in a pattern of addiction and sleeping rough, coupled with a lack of support for their mental health, is crucial. This funding will help better equip local authorities to protect society’s most vulnerable and ensure no one slips through the net.last_img read more

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band brought their Sunshine Music Festival to a close last night, playing a guest-filled set for the second night of the event in Boca Raton, FL. The band welcomed out a number of familiar guests for the show, including artists like Luther Dickinson and Dave Mason, but the real surprise was an appearance from Dead & Company bassist, Oteil Burbridge.Burbridge and Trucks worked together for many years as members of The Allman Brothers Band, as Burbridge joined the band in 1997 and Trucks in 1999. Trucks has remained vocal about not wanting to rejoin the Allmans should a reunion occur, a fact that was only reinforced by the decision for the two Allman Brothers musicians to not perform an Allman Brothers song together. Instead, they jammed out on “Space Captain,” the famed Joe Cocker tune that implores us all to learn to live together!Of course, Burbridge’s brother Kofi Burbridge is also a member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also adding to the family feeling of Oteil’s presence on stage. Oteil himself was even a member of the TTB in its earliest iteration, but ultimately left in 2012 to focus on raising a family of his own.Thanks to our own Kendall Deflin, we can share a video of this one-off collaboration. Watch Tedeschi Trucks’ take on “Space Captain” with Oteil Burbridge, below.Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage from the exciting Sunshine Music Festival later today. You can see TTB’s full setlist, below.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/15/17Set: Anyhow, Don’t Know What > Keep On Growing, Within You Without You > Just As Strange, Crying Over You, Let’s Go Get Stoned, Feelin’ Alright*, Leavin’ Trunk^, Volunteered Slavery^, I Wish I Knew, I Pity The Fool, I Want More > Soul SacrificeEncore: A Song For You, Delta Lady, Space Captain%, With A Little Help From My Friends* = w/ Dave Mason^ = w/ Luther Dickinson% = w/ Oteil Burbridgelast_img read more

first_img Hold the soda, hold the fat shaming In pursuit of a novel tool for the research and treatment of celiac disease, scientists at the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center (MIBRC) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have validated the use of intestinal organoids. These 3-D tissue cultures are miniature, simplified versions of the intestine produced in vitro. Taking tissue from duodenal biopsies of celiac and non-celiac patients, researchers created the “mini-guts” to explore how the gut epithelium and microbiota-derived molecules respond to gluten, a complex class of proteins found in wheat and other grains.“We currently have no animal model that can recapitulate the response to gluten that we see in humans,” said Stefania Senger, co-senior author of the study, which was published in Scientific Reports this week. “Using this human tissue model, we observed that intestinal organoids express the same molecular markers as actual epithelium in the celiac tissue, and the signature gene expression reflects the functional differences that occur when epithelia of celiac disease patients are exposed to gliadin.” Gliadin is one of the main components of gluten.Celiac disease is triggered when genetically predisposed individuals consume gluten. The condition affects approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population. Based on current data, the onset of celiac disease is thought to be preceded by the release of the protein zonulin, which is triggered by the activation of undigested gliadin to induce an autoimmune response. This leads to increased intestinal permeability and a disrupted barrier function. Novel evidence suggests that the microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract may play a role in the onset of celiac disease.Earlier studies from the MIBRC group and others have shown that human organoids “retain a gene expression that recapitulates the expression of the tissue of origin, including a diseased state,” the authors write. Through RNA sequencing, the new findings validate the organoid model as a “faithful in vitro model for celiac disease,” Senger said.Using whole-transcriptome analysis, the researchers identified 472 genes regulated differently in organoids reflecting celiac disease than in control organoids without the illness. These included novel genes associated with epithelial functions related to the pathogenesis of celiac disease — including gut-barrier maintenance, stem cell regeneration, and innate immune response. A second finding of the study shows that bioproducts derived from gut microorganisms can be employed to modify the epithelial response to gluten, a finding that could lead to future treatment strategies.“These results confirm our hypothesis that genes and exposure to gluten are necessary but not sufficient, since changes in both the composition and function of the gut microbiome are also needed to switch from genetic predisposition to clinical outcome, as shown by our data,” said Alessio Fasano, director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center and co-senior author.Fasano is a professor of pediatrics and Senger an instructor of pediatrics, both at Harvard Medical School. At science and cooking lecture, chef explains process of creating the first without the second Telling people what to eat and what not to eat often backfires, but ‘Don’t drink soda’ is a clearer message, Harvard expert says Pasta yes, gluten no Related “We believe our observations represent a major shift in the study of celiac disease,” Senger said. “We are confident that with adequate funding we could achieve major goals that include the development and implementation of high-throughput drug screenings to quickly identify new treatments for patients and expand the organoid repository to develop more complex models and pursue personalized treatment.”Support for this study came from the National Institutes of Health and the Egan Family Foundation. Additional co-authors of the paper are first author Rachel Freire, Laura Ingano, and Gloria Serena of the MGH MIBRC; Murat Cetinbas and Ruslan Sadreyev of the MGH Department of Molecular Biology; Anthony Anselmo, formerly of MGH Molecular Biology and now with PatientsLikeMe; and Anna Sapone of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International.last_img read more

first_imgHedrick Smith, former New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was the featured speaker at the 2014 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism at the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Wednesday night.Smith, a member of the team responsible for the publication of the Pentagon Papers, promoted his book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” and spoke about the problems plaguing American politics and the American news media.“I wish I could be really positive and upbeat about both the country and about journalism,” Smith said. “But the truth of the matter is that this is a troubling time for both the country and journalism.”Smith said there is extreme distrust toward both the government and news media as a result of economic strife and American unhappiness and dissatisfaction.“We know that public attitudes toward our major institutions–including the press–are poor,” Smith said. “Confidence in our political system as a whole is at one of its lowest points in the last 40 years.“One of the polls I read recently said that 63 percent of the people responding to that poll said that America was in decline. We also, unfortunately, know that the public has a low opinion of us in the media as well. There was a Gallup poll in 2012 where … 60 percent had little or no confidence in the press to report the news fully, fairly and accurately.”Smith said experts in the field of journalism attribute the negative opinion of the press to a decline in the quality of news media.“If you go inside the news media itself, the assessment is not good by the top editors,” Smith said. “Their conclusion — this is by news executives all across the country — is that news standards in the industry have declined and factual errors in reporting are on the rise.”Smith said this decline in quality, including increasing bias and increasing pressure to integrate marketability in reporting, have grim political implications.A successful democracy requires a good educational system,” Smith said. “It requires good quality journalism to keep them informed, and then it requires an effective political system so the people get the kind of policies they want. Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, most Americans said they believed that Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, was linked to Al Qaeda, so most Americans were misinformed.“When it came to the economic bailout … many Americans believed it did not help [the economy]. Very few economists, business leaders and very few governmental leaders on both sides would share that opinion, so the public’s opinion is at odds with what most experts would believe.”Smith said that, in order to the media’s image, journalism needs deeper coverage, more specialized journalists in law and the sciences and most of all a deeper drive to uncover underlying causes behind events.“Recovering history on the fly, we’re not going to get it right, you know that,” Smith said. “But that does not excuse us from trying to get the best obtainable version of the truth.“Now, [it] is not dots. We’ve got to connect the dots and say, ‘What does it mean? What is it telling us about the way America is working and how well is it working, for who?’”Tags: New York Times, Pulitzer Prize, Red Smith Lecturelast_img read more

first_imgSunday evening, Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon (SMC-DM) kick-started its fundraising year by hosting its sixth annual “For The Kids” 5K (FT5K). This run-walk circled the College’s campus, starting at the Welcome Center and ending with a mini celebration on the lake’s island. The FT5K serves as a fundraiser for Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. Dance Marathon is a student-run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges throughout the nation that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). As a fundraising co-executive, junior Alex Nemer was in charge of the organization and execution of the 5K.  “[FT5K] is a great event to get our Riley families, new committee girls and dancers all together for the first time,” Nemer said in an email. Involvement in the 5K is open to students, faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross as well as members of the greater South Bend community. Mary Selvaggi, a senior and co-executive of fundraising, emphasized the fact that it is designed to be a fun run.“The overall atmosphere of the race is very fun and cheerful, as we pump everyone up throughout the entire race with motivational posters and speakers,” she said. “There are some who run the entirety of the race and keep time, but there are plenty of others who run simply to run. We support everyone.”The goal of the event is to get the word out, get everyone together for the first time, build a sense of community and raise money for the kids, Nemer said. In addition to running, participants had the opportunity to mingle with Riley families. These are the families with kids being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital who are directly impacted by the fundraising done by SMC-DM. Grace Nolan, a junior, has been a participant of Dance Marathon throughout her three years at Saint Mary’s. For Nolan, the most rewarding part of the 5K is seeing the Riley families whom their donations help. “It was a fun and friendly reminder that we are doing this FTK [for the kids],” Nolan said. The race serves as one of Dance Marathon’s main fundraisers every year. Other fundraisers include Riley Week, a week designed to raise awareness regarding children’s healthcare and encouraging students to sign up for SMC-DM. In the past, this week has included a donut breakfast and yoga, ending with eating dinner with the Riley families. Selvaggi said SMC-DM is planning new events this year that will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a formal.Both Nemer and Selvaggi said it was important for students to get involved, whether it be through participating in the marathon itself or attending the fundraising events. The 5K culminated with the reveal of this year’s marathon theme – Back to the 80s. The 2020 Dance Marathon will take place April 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex. Tags: Dance Marathon, For the Kids, For the Kids 5k, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathonlast_img read more

first_imgSenators from two leading dairy states – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) – are heading a new effort to urge USDA actions to ease the dairy price crisis that continues to squeeze the nation’s dairy farmers.Leahy, with Kohl, is leading the bipartisan effort in which 22 senators from across the country and from every region signed a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him to use all existing programs and resources to help struggling dairy producers and to bolster support prices for cheese and nonfat dried milk products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined in signing the letter.In their letter to Vilsack, the senators said, “Spring planting season is upon us and quick action is needed to provide dairy farmers with critical assistance.  We ask that the USDA use all existing authorities to assist our struggling dairy producers.”Leahy and Kohl sent the letter to coincide with this week’s first meeting in Washington of USDA’s new Dairy Advisory Committee, which Vilsack formed to review farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability.  The national advisory committee — which includes Vermont dairy farmer Paul Bourbeau, who was nominated by Leahy — will make recommendations to Vilsack on how USDA can best address these issues to meet the dairy industry’s needs, both in the short and long term.At the end of 2009, dairy prices had begun to recover to a level close to the cost of production, but in recent months prices have dipped again, and the slide is expected to continue.  Many dairy farmers are already struggling under the last harsh price drop, and now they face tough spring planting decisions.  Many are having difficulty getting access to capital and a large number may choose to shutter their farms this year if prices do not recover soon.  In 2009, USDA – as urged by Leahy and others — raised support prices between August and October, and market prices promptly responded.Joining Leahy and Kohl on the letter are Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).  Leahy is the most senior member of either party on the Senate Agriculture Committee, which oversees USDA.  Lincoln currently chairs the panel, and Leahy and Harkin both are former chairs of the committee.Source: Leahy’s office. (WEDNESDAY, April 14, 2010) –# # # # #last_img read more