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PICTURES: ‘I know what it’s like to be stared at now just because you LOOK homeless’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » PICTURES: ‘I know what it’s like to be stared at now just because you LOOK homeless’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePICTURES: ‘I know what it’s like to be stared at now just because you LOOK homeless’Estate agents and suppliers at last night’s charity event in Stratford’s Olympic Park raised £58,000 for Centrepoint but also found out what it’s like to be homeless when travelling there with their overnight gear.Nigel Lewis22nd November 201901,404 Views LtoR: Presidential line-up: Phil Keddie, Christopher Hamer, Lauren Scott, Mark Bentley To the late-night dog walkers in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London the spectacle of 900 people sloshing around in the mud watching a stand-up comedian in the rain must have looked like a strange spectacle.Despite the challenging conditions, the festive atmosphere among the throng heightened as the event, organised by homeless charity Centrepoint, inched towards a total raise of £500,000.Estate agents played a significant role in the evening including a good show from nearly 100 Propertymark representatives.This included many of its senior figures, management team and local representatives.The Propertymark grouping of agents and suppliers raised some £57,000 from friends, family and customers, making it the second highest raised this year at a single event by estate agents.Donate via Just Giving here.LtoR: Valerie Bannister, Kate Eales  Some £380,000 was drummed up prior to the event and another £100,000 rolled in during the evening before ‘lights out’ was called at 11pm. The total is expected to exceed £500,000 in the coming days.The cavernous tent filled with sleepers ready to hit, quite literally, the white sleeping ‘sacks’ given to each attendee.All of the agents at the Centrpoint event agreed on one thing other than the good cause it supported. Most had travelled to it via public transport and, dressed in thermal jackets and trousers and clutching pillows and sleeping bags, had briefly experienced the suspicious stares of commuters who thought they might be homeless.“It was strange because normally no one pays much attention to you as you travel to work, but suddenly today I felt unwelcome on the train so I now realise how people who are homeless may feel like,” says Marcus Feinhols of Fine Homes (picture below, right).LtoR: Ian Westerling, Mark Bentley, Marcus Feinhols Ian Westerling (above, left), the former MD of Humberts, former NAEA Vice President and now industry consultant, said: “As agents we are very commercially focussed but what a lot of people forget is that most agents have a lot of compassion about the wider communities that they serve.“Agents give back in many different ways and by doing something like this through Propertymark it helps spread the word with consumers that we’re not all there just to make a quick buck.”LtoR: Maxine Fothergill, Sarah Davies and David Cox The idea of having a Propertymark charity was the brainchild of Katie Griffin and most recent NAEA president Mark Bentley then chose Centrepoint which Lauren Scott, the current president, then decided to broaden out and use the ‘Big Sleep’ to help raise money.The Rentify team. “I talked to Centre Point about what they did and it really pulls on your heart strings and I realised that we’re in a position where we have so many agents who just want to give something back so we thought we’d raise £10,000 tonight.“And now we’re at over £50,000; which has been agents, suppliers and clients giving small amounts and that’s amazing.”More pictures from the Centrepoint  nightLtoR: Robert Ulph, Nicky Heathcote, Suzanne Roberts-Smith, Duncan ChambersLtoR: Greg Barnes, Dexter Franklin-Beck, Spencer Lawrence.The Base Property team (LtoR) – Steve Akl, , Hannah Easter, Tristan Guage, Carla Bennett.The 900-berth marqueeLtoR: Abbey James, Patria James,  Trading Places Ian Westerling NAEA Propertymark Mark Bentley Lauren Scott propertymark ARLA Propertymark Centrepoint November 22, 2019Nigel LewisAny comments? 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

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Quietly great: Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds put up strong numbers in rookie season

first_imgThis offseason, we’ll look at players around the majors whose 2019 seasons were overlooked for various reasons. This week’s edition focuses on Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds.The Pirates went 20 seasons without a winning record, a streak that started with the 1993 season and lasted until the 2013 team won 94 games and went to the NLDS. That season was followed by consecutive wild card appearances in 2014 and 2015. Since then, though, the Pirates have looked at risk of reverting back to their 1993-2012 form. But despite losing 93 games in 2019, the Pirates have a core of talented young players good enough to inspire the belief that they can avoid the sustained losing of the recent past. First baseman Josh Bell headlines that group, but Bryan Reynolds deserves to be at the top with him. ALSO QUIETLY GREATMax Kepler | Chris Paddack | Lance Lynn | Yoan MoncadaBell hit 37 home runs and went to the All-Star Game, but where Bell was worth 2.5 fWAR, Reynolds put together a 3.2 fWAR season after being called up on April 20. In about 70 fewer plate appearances, Reynolds was worth almost a full win more than Bell. Not to take anything away from the incredible season that Bell had, but Reynolds was in many ways just as good.The Giants took Reynolds in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft and then included him in the January 2018 trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco. If you’re the Pirates, you don’t trade the face of the franchise unless you think you’re getting someone very worth it in return. It’s looking like Reynolds was just that.It’s easy to see why Pittsburgh coveted him so much. After batting .329 across three seasons at Vanderbilt, Reynolds hit at every level of the minor leagues, and that only continued when he got to the major leagues last spring. While Reynolds’ performance in 2019 — an .880 OPS, 16 home runs, 37 doubles, 4 triples — got him enough attention for a fourth-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year voting, most fans outside Pennsylvania probably didn’t notice. That won’t last for long.Why did we sleep on this guy?In a different year, Reynolds has an easy case for being the National League’s best rookie, but it’s hard to stand out against the Mets’ Pete Alonso and his 53 home runs. He won the home run derby at the All-Star break and broke Aaron Judge’s record for home runs by a rookie. While Reynolds had a monster year, Alonso’s was otherworldly.And though he was the more valuable player to the Pirates by wins above replacement, Reynolds had tough competition from Bell. The first baseman missed the last week of the season when the team shut him down because of a groin injury, but he still managed to get career highs in home runs, doubles, and RBI. Bell is also young and very talented, and so far he’s garnered more attention.There’s also the fact that the Pirates were just bad in 2019. On the field, their 69-93 record was the team’s worst finish since 2010. And off the field, the Pirates were a team in turmoil with players fighting each other in the clubhouse, a pitcher arrested on sex charges, an embattled manager who was eventually fired, and lots of changeover in the front office.What’s ahead in 2020?As a team, the worst days might be behind the Pirates. At 24, Reynolds is a part of a group of young players that has a chance to get them back to the postseason quickly. The exciting thing about Reynolds, in particular, is not just that he hits the ball, it’s also the way he hits it. In 2019, Reynolds’ hard-hit rate (42.6 percent) was in the top 50 in all of baseball and on par with Nicholas Castellanos and Max Kepler. To go with that, Reynolds’ soft-hit rate (16.4) was the same as Francisco Lindor and better than Kris Bryant, Anthony Rendon, and Nolan Arenado.  Both Reynolds’ barrel rate (6.7 percent) and average exit velocity (89.6) are above league average. His overall contact rate (75.9) is just below league average, but Reynolds did well at making that count. He rarely swung at pitches out the zone, and his contact rate on pitches in the strike zone was 87.1 percent. Reynolds has impressive discipline; he averaged almost four pitches per plate appearance, slightly above the MLB average, and drew walks at an 8.4 percent clip. At his last two minor league stops, Reynolds walked more than 11 and 12 percent of the time, respectively, so there’s room for him to improve even more. That’s the kind of hitter Reynolds has always been. He works quality at-bats and makes good contact consistently. He may never hit for much power, but he’s still an extra-base machine. As Reynolds gains experience in the majors, he’s a safe bet to stay productive.In the outfield, Reynolds was used most in left, but he can play all three spots and play them well. He has a good first step and takes good routes to the ball. At worst, Reynolds becomes a fourth outfielder, but combined with his potential on offense he’s likely to be a regular somewhere in the Pittsburgh outfield in 2020.last_img read more

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Keeping Pets Safe During our Hot Weather

first_imgFacebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Joint Animal Services of OlympiaThe Puget Sound region, including Thurston County, is experiencing unusually hot temperatures and our animals are at risk.  Animal Services is experiencing an increased number of calls for distressed dogs in hot cars.  It’s important for all of us to remember that a parked car can be a dangerous place for your pet. Pets can die of heatstroke or suffer brain damage within minutes as temperatures rise well above the 120 – 150 degree mark.While your pets are at home, make sure they have access to shade and cool water.  Learn the signs of heatstroke and talk to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.During hot, summer days, it’s best to keep your pet at home in their own environment either inside or outside with access to water and shade. Don’t take a chance with your pet’s life.  We want all our family members, four-legged ones included, to be comfortable in the hot days ahead.This message is brought to you by Animal Services of Olympia. For more information, contact Animal Services at 360-515-5251 or visit www.JointAnimalServices.org.last_img read more

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Intercity Transit Seeks Public Comment on Transportation Improvement Projects

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit invites public comment on potential federally funded transit projects proposed in its draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period will be from May 7 – June 3, 2020. Intercity Transit will follow the public meetings guidance of “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” If allowable, the comment period will culminate with a public hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s business office located at 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia. If an in-person public meeting is not permitted, opportunities to give public comment by telephone or remote means will be made available. Further details concerning how to provide comment at the public hearing will be posted at the Intercity Transit website.The draft TIP details Intercity Transit’s complete program of potentially federally funded projects for 2021-2024. It includes projects also programmed through the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).Once the Intercity Transit Authority approves the projects outlined in the TIP, TRPC and PSRC will review them. Regional planning organizations must integrate projects specific to their respective areas into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is subject to federal and state transportation agency review.The draft TIP projects could total more than $65 million in combined federal and local funds for projects planned in 2021-2024. The draft TIP and a complete list of programmed projects for potential funding are available online at the Intercity Transit website or by contacting Intercity Transit’s grants program administrator at 360-705-5808 or [email protected] public may comment by emailing [email protected] or by mailing comments to Intercity Transit, Attn: Grants Program Administrator, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659. Written comments must be received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to be considered. Email questions or comments to [email protected] or call 360-705-5808.last_img read more

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Sea Bright Borough Tackles Affordable Housing

first_imgAt the Feb. 5 meeting of the Borough Council, the governing body established a mandatory set-aside for future residential development projects in Sea Bright.Photo by Chris Rotolo The governing body mandated that all new multi-family residential developments of five or more units will be required to provide an affordable housing set-aside as follows: Establishing an affordable housing plan will also protect the borough from builder’s remedy lawsuits. Towns that do not have court-approved affordable housing plans are susceptible to lawsuits from developers who can propose affordable housing developments in any section of a municipality. Establishing an affordable housing plan can allow the borough to dictate affordable housing zoning overlays in the town. The proposed project on the Gaiters site was delayed by Super Storm Sandy, which made landfall in October 2012. Work has yet to begin on the proposed project. Councilman Charles H. Rooney said developers have obtained all necessary approvals. The development fees can be attached to non-residential development projects and used to complement federal, state and local monies to increase and maintain the borough’s supply of safe and sanitary affordable housing units. A second ordinance was also passed to establish affordable housing development fees in the borough. The ordinance allows municipalities under the jurisdiction of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), with a court-approved affordable housing spending plan, to organize an affordable housing trust fund. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Sea Bright Borough Council passed an ordinance to amend and supplement Sea Bright’s land use code to establish regulations and a mandatory affordable housing set-aside in connection with future residential development projects in the borough. The totals put the borough’s unmet need at 60 affordable units. According to data published in 2015 by the Fair Share Housing Center, in the previous round (1987 to 1999) Sea Bright’s initial obligation was set at 37 affordable units. The borough’s capped present need is 11 units, and its capped prospective need is 12 units. • A minimum of 15 percent of the number of for-rent units proposed in a development application must be affordable units.center_img • A minimum of 20 percent of the number of for-sale housing units proposed in a development application must be designated as affordable units. Mark A. Leckstein, borough council president, and Mayor Dina Long said establishing these ordinances will allow Sea Bright to start formulating a suitable affordable housing plan. A previous builder’s remedy lawsuit levied against the borough was settled in March 2011, when municipal officials reached an agreement with the owner of Gaiters, a former restaurant at the foot of the Route 36 Highlands Bridge. The borough council memorialized an ordinance to create a new affordable housing zone on the site. These proposed affordable units can be offered on-site or off-site as long as they are provided within the borough. These newly established guidelines will impact all future developments in Sea Bright, including a proposed multimillion dollar riverfront housing project that was introduced this past December at a special meeting. That project proposes 44 new housing units, including a 20 percent affordable housing set-aside, and could bring with it more than 40,000 square feet of public green space on the bank of the Shrewsbury River. “It’s mandated by the state. We have to do this,” Leckstein said. “We don’t have a plan at this time, but now we can move forward with planning to fulfill our obligation.” SEA BRIGHT – The governing body is planning to meet the state-mandated affordable housing obligation within the borough. New Jersey is currently in its third round of Fair Share Housing Obligation, a cycle that began in 1999 and is due to end in 2025, when fourth round guidelines and obligations will be established.last_img read more

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JOE BAY & SOLID WAGER GIVE MILLER DEAD HEAT WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES; RIDDEN BY DESORMEAUX & ESPINOZA, THEY PROVIDE TRAINER WITH FOURTH STAKES WIN IN TWO DAYS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–St. Joe Bay, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, put away longshot Tough Sunday inside the sixteenth pole and managed a dead heat with his fast finishing stablemate, Solid Wager, who was handled by Victor Espinoza, to provide trainer Peter Miller with two official wins in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita. With the main track listed as sloppy, the pair got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.03.Head and head with eventual fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer around the far turn, St. Joe Bay repelled a stubborn challenge to his inside from Tough Sunday, but had no time for a breather, as his stablemate came at him with a furious late charge which resulted in the dead heat.“This is unbelievable,” said Miller, who won Santa Anita’s Kalookan Queen and Eddie Logan Stakes on Friday. “Both horses ran super. Both riders rode super. I couldn’t call it and obviously, the stewards couldn’t either, so I’m just elated for everyone involved. Watching it live, I thought the two (Solid Wager) won, then when I watched the replay, I thought the three (St. Joe’s Bay) won, and when they put up the ‘DH,’ I didn’t know what to do!”The even money favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, St. Joe Bay, who is owned by Altamira Racing Stable and David Bernsen, paid $2.40, $3.00 and $2.10. A 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Saint Anddan, he notched his second win in a row in what was his first stakes victory. He now has four wins from 20 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $40,000, he increased his earnings to $257,175.“There were no losers, we had two horses on the team in that race and we tied,” said Desormeaux. ”Solid Wager, who lagged far behind the compact field headed into the turn, swung four-wide turning for home and just missed in a thrilling finish. Off at 5-1, he paid $4.60, $4.60 and $2.60.Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wager, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Birdonthewire, followed up on a half-length win versus state-breds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes Nov. 20 at Del Mar with his first graded stakes tally.“The way the track is and the weather…I thought ‘Okay, I’ll get dirty and it could be an experience,’ but it’s my last race of the year so I’ll just go for it,” said Espinoza. “…It was awesome. When I crossed the wire I couldn’t tell but I was in front of him just a jump after. Kent thought he won right away, but I said ‘Hey, don’t be so sure.’ It’s not often this happens and to do it in a graded stakes for the same trainer?!”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Tough Sunday finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the top pair and 6 ¼ lengths clear of fourth place finisher Jimmy Bouncer. The longest shot at 8-1, Tough Sunday paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.47, 43.57 and 1:08.48.last_img read more

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Next up for 49ers: Unstoppable Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Hall of Famer Steve Young believes the 49ers will more or less be facing Brett Favre when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs next Sunday.However you want to identify Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers certainly will be encountering a red-hot, record-setting quarterback.Mahomes was magnificent again Sunday, throwing a franchise-tying record six touchdown passes in a 42-37 victory in Pittsburgh. In doing so, …last_img read more

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Africa’s social change champions

first_imgThe North Star Alliance is a cross-borderHIV prevention initiative that has setup a network of roadside wellnessclinics along key transport routesin Africa.(Image: border-lines.com) A game ranger student with Andrew Muir,executive director of the WildernessFoundation.(Image: www.flickr.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Abigail NobleSchwab FoundationWilma den HartighAfrica’s five leading social entrepreneurs for 2012 have been announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, underway in Ethiopia.Two South Africans, Paul Matthew and Andrew Muir, are among the winners who have applied their entrepreneurial savvy to promote transformation and find creative solutions to challenges facing the country.Social entrepreneurs helping AfricaSocial entrepreneurs in Africa aren’t afraid to drive change and find innovative solutions to challenges in various fields such as education, health, environmental sustainability and enterprise development – just some of the major continental issues identified by the WEF on Africa.Some 700 leaders from government, business, civil society and academia from Africa and the rest of the world are currently in Addis Ababa debating these issues.Africa’s leading social entrepreneurs and 19 other winners from around the world will be adding their voices to the discussions, offering their perspectives on sustainability and social innovation on the continent.According to Hilde Schwab, chairperson and co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, these creatives have a valuable role to play when it comes to finding new solutions to challenges such as access to healthcare, education, energy and housing to marginalised communities.“They ensure that growth, such as that experienced in Africa, is and will be inclusive,” Schwab says.New solutions to old problemsSub-Saharan Africa is now home to seven of the fastest growing economies in the world – and South Africa is one of them. The continent has been identified as the next major area of growth for the global economy, but at the same time it also has to attend to its challenges.This is where the creative problem-solving techniques of social entrepreneurs are making a major contribution.Healthcare for mobile workers in AfricaPaul Matthew, director at North Star Alliance, received the award for his foresight in establishing an organisation that addresses the impact of HIV/Aids on mobile workers such as truck drivers in Africa.The North Star Alliance is a cross-border HIV prevention initiative that has set up a network of roadside wellness clinics along key transport routes in Africa. The programme is ensuring that much needed quality health care is available to truckers who use these routes, and also to the communities surrounding them.The project is a valuable addition to the world health care system, and it is in line with the WEF’s objective to find innovative healthcare delivery models in Africa.The centres take care of truck drivers by providing prevention and treatment services such as HIV counselling and testing, as well as treatment for sexually transmitted infections.Truck drivers are considered the backbone of economic growth on the continent and many businesses in Africa rely on them as a resource. North Star’s observation at its inception was that with the incidence of disease being so prevalent, the numbers of drivers available to transport freight has, over time, decreased dramatically.Since opening its first centre in 2005 in Malawi, North Star has set up 22 additional centres in 10 countries across the continent.Conservation and social developmentEnvironmental activist Andrew Muir, executive director of the Wilderness Foundation, has dedicated his life to conservation and social development.Muir describes the foundation as a conservation organisation with a very strong people focus.“We try to find the link between nature and people,” he says.The foundation is set apart by its focus on motivating people to take care of the environment as a means to bring about social change.More than 100 000 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people from all over South Africa have benefitted from the project through its social intervention and environmental education programmes.Thousands have been trained as community leaders and national park rangers while, under the stewardship of the foundation, more than 200 000 hectares of African wilderness have been rehabilitated.Muir spent many years working closely with Dr Ian Player, one of the world’s most respected conservationists and founder of the world-famous Wilderness Leadership School and Wilderness Foundation UK. When he took the baton from Player, Muir assumed the responsibility of managing the various organisations founded by the renowned conservationist.South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and there are many benefits to using the country’s natural capital to create green jobs.Employment in areas such as restoring degraded land or wetlands; combating soil erosion; removing alien plants; collecting and sorting recycled waste; building fire breaks or conserving woodland areas can support socio-economic development, while protecting the environment.last_img read more

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Open Streets brings people together

first_imgCapetonians make the streets of Observatory their own for a day. (Image: Rory Williams)In 2012 Cape Town joined Open Streets, a global movement whereby streets are shut off to traffic to make way for a range of fun activities like football, karting, cycling and yoga amongst many others. The movement aims to create a sense of unity amongst people in the neighbourhood and broader community.This wide range of activities ensured that everybody taking part could join in on the fun.participants take part in a range of fun activities like football, karting, cycling and yoga amongst many others. (Image: Open Streets Cape Town, via Facebook)The Open Streets concept is by no means a new one, having started in Bogota Colombia in the mid-1970s. In 2007, Marcela Guerrero Casas brought the concept to South Africa after moving from Bogota. “I saw the potential of Open Streets in Cape Town, and wanted to bring something good from my hometown to my new home,” said Guerrero Casas.Its main aim is to create platforms for people in the area to get to know each other, forging strong bonds within the community and help develop social cohesion. “The philosophy is to transform the way we experience streets,” she said. “It allows us to see streets as more than just transport thoroughfares.”The Open Streets concept is by no means a new one, having started in Bogota Colombia in the mid-1970s.Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s head of tourism, events and marketing, said that as part of an innovative city “the hope is that this will grow into an iconic event”.The initiative’s main aim is to create platforms for people in the area to get to know each other, forging strong bonds within the community and help develop social cohesion.GET INVOLVEDFor those who want to join in on the fun or play a part to help Open Streets make a positive impact on communities around Cape Town, you can have a look at the get involved page on their website.The initiative offers you numerous ways to get in on the action. You can volunteer to plan and execute the next Open Streets Day. You can also donate funds or register as a task team member to help run the movement.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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