June 9, 2019 /Sports News – National UTEP quarterback Kai Locksley arrested for making terroristic threat, suspended from team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDonald Page/Getty Images(EL PASO, TX) — University of Texas, El Paso has suspended quarterback Kai Locksley after he was arrested for a number of offenses, including gun charges and making terroristic threats.Locksley was arrested Saturday after being pulled over for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana (less than 2 ounces), unlawful carrying of a weapon and making terroristic threats, according to jail records.He was released on a total of $2,900 bond for the four offenses.The senior quarterback, who started eight games for the Miners last season, was immediately suspended by the team.“We are aware of the charges against Kai Locksley,” UTEP coach Dana Dimel said in a statement. “While the severity of these charges is concerning, it would not be appropriate to determine a course of action until we have all the facts. In the meantime, he has been suspended from the UTEP football team.”It was unclear what prompted the charge for terroristic threats. ABC News has reached out to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for further details.Locksley is also the son of Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, who was just named to lead the program this offseason after serving as offensive coordinator at Alabama.The 6-foot-4, 215 pound quarterback was expected to be in the discussion at starter for UTEP in 2019. He had three passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns last season. He also missing three games due to injury.Locksley was a star recruit out of high school, eventually committing to Texas. But he admitted to the Des Moines Register in 2017 that off-the-field issues led to his departure from the program.“Life hits you fast when you’re on your own and things didn’t go my way on the field,” he told the Register. “I didn’t respond in the best manner. I kind of had to fall apart a little to make strides and to grow.”His older brother, Meiko, was killed in a shooting in 2017 in Maryland.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
Written by January 21, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/21 Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 16COALVILLE, Utah-Quinton Jones amassed 16 points and 15 rebounds and the North Summit Braves bested North Sevier 69-59 in Region 16 boys basketball action Tuesday. Burke Mickelsen’s 16 points led the Wolves in the loss.Non-RegionSALT LAKE CITY-Caleb Koski posted 26 points and Intermountain Christian edged Bryce Valley 59-58 Tuesday in non-region boys basketball action. Sergio Vasquez led the Mustangs in defeat with 19 points.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Richie Saunders netted 18 points and the Wasatch Academy Tigers pummeled Jordan 86-51 in non-region boys basketball action Tuesday. Micah Ashman’s 14 points led the Beetdiggers in the loss.Girls BasketballRegion 12CASTLE DALE, Utah-Kenzie Jones stepped up with 32 points and the South Sevier Rams dismantled Emery 66-50 in Region 12 girls basketball action Tuesday. Hailey Allred had 18 points in the loss for the Spartans.RICHFIELD, Utah-Passion Reitz netted 22 points and the Richfield Wildcats humbled Carbon 62-56 Tuesday in Region 12 girls basketball action. Abbie Saccomanno had 16 points for the Dinos in defeat.Region 14MANTI, Utah-Allie Bridges led the way with 12 points and the Manti Templars clobbered Maeser Prep 66-21 Tuesday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Becca Linford had 8 points in the loss for the Lions.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Kenadi Morrill posted 11 points and American Leadership downed North Sanpete 46-35 in Region 14 girls basketball action Tuesday. Eryn Briggs had 10 points for the Hawks in defeat.DELTA, Utah-Jadee Dutson netted 12 points and the Delta Rabbits humbled Union 41-32 in Region 14 girls basketball action Tuesday at the Palladium. Sammy Taylor had 16 points to lead the Cougars in defeat.Region 15DRAPER, Utah-Nataly Dunka stepped up with 21 points and the Wasatch Academy Tigers pounded Draper APA 70-32 Tuesday in Region 15 girls basketball action. Riley Bluth had 15 points in defeat for the Eagles.Region 16COALVILLE, Utah-Kennady McQueen netted 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as the North Summit Braves clobbered North Sevier 69-31 in Region 16 girls basketball action Tuesday. Kamree Brunson led the Wolves in the loss with 12 points.GUNNISON, Utah-Rian Christiansen led the way with 16 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs got past Monticello 47-38 Tuesday in Region 16 girls basketball action. Megan Black’s 16 points led the Buckaroos in defeat.Region 18KANAB, Utah-Rylee Miller amassed 16 points as the Millard Eagles downed Kanab 47-41 in Region 18 girls basketball action Tuesday. Brinley Cornell paced Kanab in defeat with 13 points.BEAVER, Utah-Halle Hutchings netted 19 points and 9 rebounds as the Beaver Beavers waxed Parowan 42-36 Tuesday in Region 18 girls basketball action. Danika Jones had 8 points and 8 rebounds for the Rams in the loss. Brad James
Beau Lund August 27, 2020 /Sports News – National WNBA players wear shirts with ‘bullet holes’ to protest Jacob Blake shooting, racial injustice Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Julio Aguilar/Getty ImagesBy CARSON BLACKWELDER, ABC News(PALMETTO, Fla.) — The sports world is reacting to the Sunday night shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but perhaps none more powerfully than the WNBA.The Washington Mystics wore white T-shirts to their scheduled game Wednesday night against the Atlanta Dream. On the front of each were individual letters spelling out the name of the 29-year-old Black man who, according to family, was left paralyzed from the waist down from the incident.On the back were painted bullet holes.All teams scheduled to play Wednesday night — including the Minnesota Lynx, the Connecticut Sun, the Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks — took a knee and linked arms during the national anthem before walking off the court.“This isn’t just about basketball,” Mystics player Ariel Atkins said in a statement. “When most of us go home, we still are Black.”“We’re not just basketball players and, if you think we are, then don’t watch us, you’re watching the wrong sport, because we’re so much more than that,” she continued.Her statement stressed the importance of speaking out “unified as a league” and pointed out the high percentage of Black women in the WNBA.“We matter,” Atkins concluded. “I’m tired of telling people that.”In a statement on behalf of all WNBA players, Dream player Elizabeth Williams said the night’s games would not be going ahead. This came soon after the Milwaukee Bucks staged a walkout for their game against the Orlando Magic, prompting the NBA’s postponement of all Wednesday games.“We stand in solidarity with our brothers in the NBA and will continue this conversation with our brothers and sisters across all leagues and look to take collective action,” Williams said.The WNBA issued a statement announcing that Wednesday night’s games would be postponed and information regarding rescheduling would be provided “when available.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The ethylene steam cracking process developed by Lummus Technology is widely applied for the production of polymer-grade ethylene Image: McDermott will construct two ethylene cracking facilities. Photo: Courtesy of LEEROY Agency from Pixabay. US-based engineering solutions provider McDermott has secured a technology contract from Baltic Chemical Company (BCC) and an extended basic engineering (EBE) contract from China National Chemical Engineering No. 7 Construction Company (CC7).The company has been contracted for the ethane cracking project, owned by Baltic Chemical Complex, a subsidiary of RusGazDobycha.Under the contract, McDermott’s Lummus Technology will provide both the process design package (PDP) engineering and the license for its olefin production and recovery technology.The ethylene steam cracking process developed by Lummus Technology is widely applied for the production of polymer-grade ethylene, representing approximately 40% of the world’s capacity, said the company.Lummus Technology senior vice president Leon de Bruyn said: “Lummus Technology has been present in Russia for many years where we have been—and will continue to be—a reliable partner to our many clients here.“We are excited to be selected for two world-scale ethylene plants by BCC and bring our reliable, high-yield and energy-efficient steam cracking technology to a project that has so much visibility in the petrochemicals industry.”McDermott will construct two ethylene cracking facilitiesThe company said that the project is located near Russia’s shores at the Gulf of Finland, and marks the largest ethylene integration project in the world.The natural gas processing chemical plant is planned to comprise two ethylene cracking facilities, each with 1.4 million tonnes annual capacity.McDermott intends to primarily execute the extended basic engineering work from its downstream centres of excellence in The Hague and Brno, in Czech Republic.The company said that it has previously worked together with CC7 on the Afipsky Hydrocracker project and the ongoing Lukoil Delayed Coker Unit project.Furthermore, the company is expected to start the works at the project immediately and will include the award of the contract in fourth quarter 2019 backlog.McDermott Europe, Africa, Russia and Caspian senior vice president Tareq Kawash said: “McDermott’s end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutions are an important differentiator for operators in Russia.“The potential future pull-through opportunities related to the Lummus Technology portfolio make us uniquely positioned to execute this phase and future phases of the project.”
TC Energy’s Keystone XL Project is a 1,947km long pipeline designed to transport heavy crude sourced from Canadian oil sands into the US The MOU signed enables Natural Law Energy to pursue acquiring a stake in the Keystone XL Project. (Credit: TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.) TC Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Natural Law Energy (NLE) to enable the latter to acquire a stake in its $8bn Keystone XL project and other related midstream and power projects in the future.Natural Law Energy represents five First Nations in Canada, of which four are from Alberta and the other is from Saskatchewan.According to TC Energy, the MOU represents the strong commitment of the parties in creating a meaningful and important long-term partnership.Natural Law Energy CEO Travis Meguinis said: “This very substantial and historic agreement has been reached through the practice of traditional protocols involving our grassroot Chiefs and leaders.“All the Chiefs, NLE and TC Energy worked hard to develop a path for all First Nations and industry to follow. This partnership is historic and one of the largest ever of its kind in Canada and around Turtle Island (North America).”A final agreement between the parties is anticipated to be executed in the fourth quarter of this year to formalise the participation of Natural Law Energy in the Keystone XL Project.Keystone XL Project to advance continental energy security and create thousands of jobsThe Keystone XL project is a 1,947km long pipeline designed to transport 830,000 barrels per day (Bbl/day) of crude oil sourced from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska in the US.The crude oil pipeline project is expected to generate more than 60,000 jobs in Canada and the US. Once operational, the pipeline project is estimated to generate hundreds of millions in property taxes for municipalities in over 40 counties across both the countries.Keystone XL president Richard Prior said: “We will work closely with Natural Law Energy and its members to facilitate Indigenous ownership in our future projects not only because it makes good business sense but because it’s the right thing to do for our Liquids Business Unit.“We aspire to expand this model into future opportunities for other Indigenous groups along our Keystone XL right-of-way both in Canada and the Unites States.”Earlier this month, TC Energy awarded a contract to Michels for constructing pipeline facilities on the Keystone XL Project. Under the contract, Michels will handle the construction of eight pump stations across the US states of Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.
CGG completes multi-client OBN Cornerstone 2020 survey. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.) CGG and Magseis Fairfield announced their completion of the 2020 acquisition of the largest OBN survey ever acquired in the North Sea. The OBN Cornerstone 2020 multi-client survey in the UK Central North Sea commenced in March 2020 and has already received significant industry interest and prefunding. Approximately 1,650 km² of long-offset, full-azimuth data have been acquired, with first images being made available in early 2021 and final PSDM data planned for release in Q4 2021. Further extensions of the OBN Cornerstone survey are being considered for 2021.Covering two highly prospective areas of the UK Continental Shelf, the OBN Cornerstone 2020 survey project represented a total of 813,000 man-hours with zero Lost Time Incidents (LTIs). Survey deliverables will benefit from CGG’s best-in-class OBN processing and advanced imaging technologies, providing a step-change in seismic imaging quality and reservoir characterization detail and bringing new insight to aid continued development of plays and existing fields in the Central North Sea region.This survey is specifically designed to address the challenges associated with deeper, higher-risk Jurassic and Triassic plays, typically under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions, and the presence of complex structural processes associated with Permian salt movement. The combination of full-azimuth imaging, additional fold and near-offset data will result in significant improvement of deep illumination and noise removal, while helping to illuminate and image the steep flanks and complex architecture created by salt diapirism.Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG, said: “We are pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of our OBN Cornerstone 2020 survey and would like to congratulate both the CGG and Magseis Fairfield teams for the excellent operational and HSE performance, especially within the current Covid-19 context. The new high technology data set will complement CGG’s extensive high-quality Cornerstone towed-streamer data library, providing our clients with the best available information to de-risk the awarded blocks from the UK 32nd License Round and support the UK Oil & Gas Authority’s strategy for Maximizing Economic Recovery.” Source: Company Press Release OBN Cornerstone 2020 survey project represented a total of 813,000 man-hours with zero Lost Time Incidents (LTIs)
Home » News » Housing Market » Every eviction costs landlords £7000 Every eviction costs landlords £700027th September 20160658 Views The average cost to a landlord of their tenant being advised to ignore an eviction notice stands at nearly £7,000, according to a recent survey of landlords across the UK.Private tenants who become unable to pay their rent to a private landlord are often advised by local councils and agencies including Shelter to ignore the eviction notices that are served by their landlords – and to wait until evicted by bailiffs – in order to qualify as homeless and thus become eligible for rehousing.The National Landlords Association’s (NLA) research reveals that the mean total cost of a tenant being advised to remain in a property is £6763. In addition, half (47 per cent) of tenants who have been served a section 21 eviction notice by their landlord say they have been told to ignore it by their local council or an advice agency such as Shelter or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB).Richard Lambert, Chief Executive Officer at the NLA, said, “We have consistently campaigned on this issue, but despite many warnings to councils and agencies, this damaging advice is still being given out to tenants.“Possession cases can take a very long time to resolve, and aside from putting an unnecessary strain on everyone involved, not to mention the Courts, these findings demonstrate just how costly the advice can be.“Bad, or incorrect, advice hinders rather than helps landlords and tenants who are often already in a desperate situation. It will inevitably damage landlords’ confidence in the local authority and tenants may be put at much greater risk of having nowhere to live.“We hope that the new Homelessness Reduction Bill will achieve its aims of reducing homelessness by giving tenants the support they need while incentivising the good work that landlords already do in communities across the country.” Homelessness Reduction Bill homeless eviction 2016-09-27Sheila Manchester Related articles City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021 Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown29th April 2021What’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.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report into Leasehold Reform which calls for wide ranging reforms to tackle abuse of the leasehold system.The report states that leaseholders have been treated as “a source of steady profit” by developers and freeholders, rather than as homeowners or consumers, and calls on the Government to establish commonhold as the primary model of ownership of flats in England and Wales.Leasehold reform campaigner Louie Burns, Managing Director of the enfranchisement specialists the Leasehold Group of companies, said, “This report is welcome news indeed, as it proposes numerous recommendations that will improve the circumstances of leaseholders affected by the profound failures in the leasehold market.Louie Burns“For years we have been calling for reforms that will limit ground rents, tackle unfair service charges and permission fees, outlaw the sale of leasehold houses and the mis-selling of leasehold properties, and address the systemic imbalances of power that have favoured freeholders’ interests for far too long.“Freeholders have been arguing that their human rights will be affected if their contractual income streams are reduced. It is particularly encouraging that the select committee has supported leaseholders’ human rights to pay a lower premium to enfranchise and called on Government to remove onerous terms from existing leases.”The report makes a series of recommendations to Government, which include:Establish Commonhold as the primary model of ownership of flats.Investigate mis-selling in the leasehold sector and make recommendations for compensation.Developers prohibited from offering financial incentives to customers to use a particular solicitorGround rents limited to 0.1% of a property’s value, never higher than £250 or linked to RPI.Ground rents on newly established leases to be set at a peppercorn.Legislation to restrict onerous permission fees in existing leases.Louie Burns added, “The Government has already acknowledged that the leasehold system is not working in consumers’ best interests. We urge the Government to look at the committee’s very sensible recommendations and enact legislation that will end the exploitation of leaseholders and create a system that works for consumers.”Download the full report at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcomloc/1468/full-report.htmlLeasehold Solutions housing leaseholders recommendations on leasehold reform Sheila Manchester Communities and Local Government Committee freeholders March 20, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Housing Committee calls for wide-ranging reforms to leasehold law previous nextRegulation & LawHousing Committee calls for wide-ranging reforms to leasehold lawThe Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report into Leasehold Reform which calls for wide ranging reforms to tackle abuse of the leasehold system.Sheila Manchester20th March 201901,871 Views
Home » News » Former eMoov boss admits he failed and claims online agents have limited appeal previous nextProptechFormer eMoov boss admits he failed and claims online agents have limited appealRussell Quirk says online sector will only ever reach 10% of property market and that there are too many operators in the sector, one of the key reasons he blames for eMoov’s failure.Nigel Lewis15th May 201901,513 Views Former Emoov CEO Russell Quirk has made an astonishing attack on the online agency sector criticising it for grabbing just 7% of the property market despite having spent £150 million on acquiring market share.Quirk made the comments based on Rightmove figures and his own marketing spend calculations and went on to predict that online agents would only take 10% of the market.He also pointed out that not a single founding CEO survives from among those who started up the UK’s original online estate agents following the departure of Michael Bruce from Purplebricks last week.During the short presentation at the Future Proptech show at the Business Design Centre in London yesterday, he also admitted that he had failed during his time as boss of eMoov, describing the speech as a ‘cathartic’ process following the multi-million pound collapse of his hybrid agency.Quirk said eMoov failed because too many online agents have entered the market and that the cost of acquiring instructions increased dramatically during the later years of its existence.Too cheapHe also claimed that – most seriously for the surviving online agencies – consumers just don’t trust a service that appears ‘too cheap’ compared to traditional agencies.“When eMoov started our only competitors were Hatched and HouseNetwork but there are now 55 online and hybrid agencies operating in the market,” he said.All of these companies have been fighting to dominate paid Google results from searches and have pushed up the cost of ‘clicks’ from £2 when eMoov was launched to £50 a click.“I don’t want to make light of eMoov’s failure, but we likened our weekly marketing meetings to burning bundles of £10 notes, such were the spiralling costs.”proptech Russell Quirk Future Proptech 2019 May 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Home » News » Agencies & People » Is there a future for online agents? Howsy CEO makes his case previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs there a future for online agents? Howsy CEO makes his caseCalum Brannan says there may be questions over online sales agents, but claims lettings platforms like his have a ‘bright future’.Nigel Lewis25th June 201901,699 Views Industry speculation about the future of online agents has been rife following the demise of eMoov, Tepilo and Hatched and the well-documented challenges facing HouseNetwork and Purplebricks.But although each of these have claimed different reasons behind their troubles, one online agent continues unperturbed by the challenges of its stable mates.That agency is Howsy, formerly known as NoAgent. The Negotiator asked its CEO Calum Brannan how he sees the online agency sector developing, and why he thinks his online agency is different from the others.“When it comes to the online space, I think it’s very important to differentiate between the sales and lettings market,” he says.“Lettings is much more sustainable for online businesses due to the repeat transactions that come through tenancies.“The sales market is more open to macro-economic impacts of the housing market in general.Deeper relationships“More importantly, technology allows online lettings agents to build deeper relationships with landlords and tenants.“Unlike most other online providers, Howsy is leveraging innovation to ensure that the focus is not just on the single transaction (and subsequent renewal), but on developing longer term relationships, which is a more robust business model.“Easing the friction between tenants and landlords, not just at the viewing and contract stage, but for the duration of the tenancy, helping with everything from rent collection to repairs, is something that only digitally focused companies can build at scale.“While there may be question marks around online sales agents, I believe the online lettings space is only just getting started, and so the future looks very bright indeed.”Howsy online agencies callum brannan June 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021