Fancy that! Sarah Beeny now urging home owners to stay put

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Fancy that! Sarah Beeny now urging home owners to stay put previous nextMarketingFancy that! Sarah Beeny now urging home owners to stay putNew TV show starting this week hosted by the former Tepilo spokesperson will help families plan their home space better rather than move home.Nigel Lewis26th March 201901,853 Views TV presenter Sarah Beeny has launched a new show that urges home owners to stay put rather than endure the ‘hassle and expense’ of moving home.Called Renovate Don’t Relocate and being aired on TV channel Really from this week onwards, the show helps people utilise their home’s space better rather than spending their cash on buying a larger house.The programme’s format is a televisual U-turn for the 47-year-old presenter who from 2009 until late last year was a director of the company behind online estate agency Tepilo, and is herself a property developer.Tepilo Ltd went into administration in December last year after joining forces with eMoov in May that year to create a hoped-for £100 million online/hybrid estate agency competitor to Purplebricks.TV programmeBeeny says she has always wanted to make her new TV programme but that during the height of the property boom ‘no one would do it’.During an interview published yesterday Beeny freely admits that her new TV show will try to lead and ‘change things’ unlike her previous efforts, which she reckons have ‘followed’ how people interact with property, rather than introducing fresh ideas.Renovate Don’t Relocate will use smart cameras to track how the families featured in the TV series use their space, and then employ lit floor plans to help them arrange their internal spaces better.“We’re all obsessed with improving our homes, and the new technology we’re introducing to this show will support and help inform Sarah’s unique brand of ultra-relatable, no-nonsense advice and expert insight,” says executive producer Laura Mansfield.The show is to feature on Really every day until April 2nd.Really sarah beeny March 26, 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 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

News story: UK Hydrographic Office wins National Apprenticeship Award

first_imgThe UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has won the Royal Navy Award for ‘Large Employer of the Year’ within the South West, as announced during the regional National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony.The National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate outstanding apprentices, employers and individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships across England. Having been announced as a regional finalist earlier in the year, the UKHO received the award for demonstrating best practice in recruitment, training, diversity and career progression.The UKHO’s apprenticeship scheme gives applicants an opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification whilst getting hands on experience in the workplace as a paid employee. Its current intake includes over 50 apprentices across a wide range of roles that include software testing, data analysis, business administration, HR and many more.Amy Carrillo, Head of People at the UKHO, commented:“Since our first apprentice joined in 2016, we have now grown our programme both in numbers and variety. Today, we have 58 apprentices across digital, data and technology roles, as well as in management, finance, HR, marketing, customer services and more.“Our success has depended on collaboration across the organisation and ensuring a close network between apprentices, line managers and training providers. We hope to expand and improve our offering in the future.”As part of the ceremony the UKHO also received a high commendation for the PeoplePlus Recruitment Excellence Award, which recognises employers who have attracted a diverse and high-quality apprenticeship workforce through new approaches to recruitment.last_img read more

Phish Shares Artwork For Three Limited Edition Wrigley Field Posters Available This Weekend

first_imgThe three posters are available exclusively at the three main “gift store” merch areas at the stadium, so if you’re heading to Wrigley today, make sure you go to the right shops. And with only 1000 copies of each print available, make sure you get there early before all of these beauties get snatched up! The third and final print (also 18×24) by design team Landland, made up of Jessica Seamans & Dan Black, is a surrealist depiction of an old-timey baseball team, complete with birds and bears.  Phish has revealed three different poster prints for the weekend’s festivities ahead of their first-ever run at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field tonight and tomorrow, and as usual, they look incredible.The first, by well-known Phish poster artist David Welker, is 16×16 and appropriately depicts a Lizards baseball game, in the artist’s signature style. center_img The second (an 18×24 print) is credited to Status Stereograph, the design studio of frequent Phish designer Justin Helton, and features a whale swimming up to a bouquet of flowers.last_img read more

Central Park SummerStage Shares Concept Video For New 2019 Renovations [Watch]

first_imgCentral Park SummerStage is getting an extensive makeover for next summer’s concert season. The flagship venue of the City Park Foundation‘s long-running SummerStage series. The venue, located in the heart of New York City’s iconic Central Park at the Rumsey Playfield, will be revamped with a new stage, cover, and sound system in addition to new lighting and video infrastructure. The upgraded venue will have improved sightlines for fans in general admission and will include a VIP section with seating and covering.Central Park SummerStage has shared a concept video for the upcoming renovations, which you can watch below:Central Park SummerStage Concept Video[Video: SummerStage]As the City Parks Foundation’s executive director, Heather Lubov, explained to Billboard, “We are thrilled to unveil our new venue for our 2019 season and are excited to be ushering in a new era of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage with a venue that has been planned holistically, one that enhances both the audience’s and the artists’ experience.”As Billboard recently noted,The Central Park venue will see a 20 percent increase in diameter for its stage canopy and foundational support will be reinforced to accommodate the weight load of larger productions. The new stage will include a front thrust, added side wings and LED screens on either side.Bleacher seating will be raised for better sightlines and ground seating with chairs will be added for up to 1,900 guests. The venue’s full capacity can hold up to 5,500. VIP areas will have increased capacity along with designated bleacher space, backstage bar and air-conditioned bathrooms. The updated venue will now feature improved backstage accommodations with new greenrooms, private viewing area for artists and guests, upgraded dressing rooms and a backstage patio area. The renovations will also include improved ADA access and various hydration stations throughout the footprint. Central Park SummerStage was originally founded in 1986 at the Naumberg Bandshell, which sits adjacent to the current SummerStage venue inside the park. While the bandshell remains in use for a variety of smaller-scale community events and exhibitions, SummerStage shifted their base of operations to the Rumsey Playfield in 1990. SummerStage presents 30 free events each year in Central Park in addition to other free events in parks throughout the city’s five boroughs. The City Park Foundation funds these free events with the profits from their roughly twenty annual ticketed shows at the main Central Park venue.This year’s lineup of Central Park SummerStage ticketed offerings included performances by Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio, Dispatch, Trombone Shorty, Pete Rock, Old Crow Medicine Show, OAR, Mac DeMarco, Blood Orange, and many more.For more information about Central Park SummerStage, head here.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Sound that travels

first_imgThe final “s” sounded the loudest at the “Africa Remix: Producing and Presenting African Musics Abroad” conference on Friday, jammed into a busy, blustery morning ahead of two feet of snow.“In France many people speak about la musique Africaine. This singular is shocking to me. I see it as a denial of an incredible variety of music,” said Francis Falceto, originator and editor of the 29-volume “Ethiopiques” CD series, giving the keynote address of what had been intended as a daylong symposium at the Barker Center.Noting that appreciation of African music has flourished since the earliest recordings in the years after World War II, Falceto said the plurality of African sounds during the “golden years” of the 1950s and ’60s eventually and inevitably became influenced by Africa’s technological dependence on the West and its efforts to bring its music outside the continent’s borders.“We are no longer in the presence of African music made in Africa” but in the presence of a new offspring of world music, he said. In its new form, “It is the music of Africa that has found the most resonance worldwide.”The effect that musical emigration has had, on both the countries to which it has traveled and the music itself, was the subject for three graduate students who took the podium to discuss issues of appropriation and collaboration in modern African music. Sarah Hankins in “Iron Lion in Zion” discussed the shifting identity of the “other,” and the Afrodiasporic influence in Israel, as demonstrated by musicians such as the Groove Ambassadors and the Idan Raichel Project. As Israelis adopt material previously perceived as foreign, a new, “glocal” sound has emerged, “presented in ways that speak specifically to the Israeli-African experience,” she said.  “As [African music] increasingly carves a place … a greater space may emerge for the African self within Tel Aviv.”“We are no longer in the presence of African music made in Africa” but in the presence of a new offspring of world music, said Francis Falceto, originator and editor of the 29-volume “Ethiopiques” CD series. In its new form, “It is the music of Africa that has found the most resonance worldwide.”In “Remix and Relevance,” Sharon Kivenko focused on the political role Malian artists have assumed since a military coup last year unseated the elected government and the country devolved into a battleground for Tuareg rebels and Islamist extremists. Artists such as Amkoullel and Oumou Sangare blend traditional and new styles to keep their sound relevant while making the point that national unity can coexist with ethnic and cultural diversity.“It has become clear to me that in a time of crisis and shifts in national identity, Malian artists turn to remix as a way to make an impassioned plea to help restore the unity of their nation,” Kivenko said.While Hankins and Kivenko looked at collaboration, Warrick Moses explored appropriation, focusing on the hip-hop band Die Antwoord as an example of white South Africans assuming elements of black culture to “confound centrist notions of black and white.” In his James T. Koetting Prize-winning paper, “White Skin, Black Masks,” he proposed that the band’s “careful selection and performance of familiar South African cultural tropes and possessions ultimately reflects an all-inclusive and nationalist aesthetic.”The question of appropriation fixated other speakers at the conference. Ingrid T. Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music, pointed out that although music can easily cross borders, “what’s stickier and less fluid are the social positions and economic and structural relationships.”“It’s not that you can’t cross those boundaries, but you’d better think about the politics and economics and the history of color,” she said.Russ Gershon, the founder, leader, and principal composer for the Either/Orchestra, countered that musical ideas cannot be appropriated like property: “You can borrow ideas, play with them, transform them, but you can’t possess them.”Jacob Edgar, the founder and president of the record label Cumbancha, put in the final word. Pointing out that Elvis Presley and the Beatles borrowed freely from musical traditions that were not their own, he said, “Music is as much about individuality as it is about the music itself.“There’s just something that clicks with people in a different way, and that’s a big part of what makes music work, is the individual personality behind it.”last_img read more

Students discuss involvement with South Bend Catholic Worker House

first_imgJunior Lucie Ly first volunteered at the South Bend Catholic Worker as a Notre Dame Vision mentor the summer after her freshman year. She enjoyed the service so much she made it a part of her routine the following year, and decided to stay at the women’s house over her sophomore year spring break.“Basically, I cooked meals with them, I ate with them, whenever they went to the store I went to the store with them — I just did chores, just normal, everyday things but with this community of people,” Ly said.Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 on the conviction that every person has the same human dignity, giving them the right to respect and love. This belief drove Ly’s desire to live in community for a week.“I didn’t do that so much to volunteer as to really live with the women and experience what they experience on a daily basis because I saw a lot of ‘us versus them.’ Like they came in and saw these volunteers trying to be good people doing service and they kind of felt isolated from the Notre Dame students,” Ly said. “I didn’t want them to feel like I was trying to pity them or do charity work for them. I wanted them to see me as trying to be equals with them.”According to an article in “Today‘s Catholic,” the South Bend Catholic Worker encompasses a men’s house and a women’s house, each of which houses 10 residents, and Our Lady of the Road, a drop-in center that includes laundry and shower facilities, a chapel and a dining area serving well over 100 people breakfast every weekend. Junior Sam Ufuah spends every Saturday morning at the drop-in center cooking and serving breakfast alongside the homeless, some of whom are volunteers themselves.“A lot of them actually come from Hope Ministries, which is another community focused on helping people who are disadvantaged get opportunities for jobs and homes,” Ufuah said. “Some of them are volunteers themselves. They go to different shelters and help out despite not having homes, which is just incredible.”The men’s and women’s houses eat dinner together every night of the week, sharing duties and spending time in community. Notre Dame professor Margaret Pfeil, who co-founded the South Bend Catholic Worker in 2003 with former professor Michael Baxter, is an integral member of that community, Ly said.“She lives in the house next to the men’s house, and sometimes she has guests stay at her house as well, she lives with her husband,” Ly said. “Whenever she doesn’t have conferences or meetings, she tries her best to be eating with the guests. She knows all her guests very intimately, she goes to the drop often and works there, she’s just a very active member. She’s not just up there on the administrative level taking care of everything — she’s actually involved in the work.”That work includes helping the residents find jobs, but never with the impression that this is their last chance, Ly said.“[Pfeil] is a great resource,” Ly said. “She’ll be a good recommender for them for certain jobs and she really encourages them to find work and get them on their feet, but the Catholic Worker is there as a support for as long as they need it.” Both Ly and Ufuah said the South Bend Catholic Worker truly embodies the vision of the larger organization.“It’s really neat because not just volunteers come — people just come to have dinner, it’s a community and these people are friends,“ Ly said. “When I first started working there it was hard for me to distinguish who was a staff member and who was a guest because they all lived very similarly.” Ufuah said he was inspired by a quote from Dorothy Day in the backroom at Our Lady of the Road while volunteering his sophomore year.“She said something like, sharing yourself with the poor is love because there comes a point where you and that category is blurred and there’s no longer a category, it’s just you and your brother, you and your sister,” Ufuah said. “I really took that to heart because we tend to categorize people based on whatever attributes, but underneath all that is just humanity, it’s just man and I think being there has helped me develop that in my heart.”Tags: Catholic Worker House, Dorothy Day, Margaret Pfeil, Our Lady of the Road, Peter Maurinlast_img read more

Notre Dame applies to host 2020 presidential election debates

first_imgNotre Dame is one of six locations that applied to host the 2020 presidential election debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday.Three cities will be selected as hosts by the nonpartisan organization, POLITICO reported.Other locations vying for the spots include Belmont University in Nashville, Creighton University in Omaha, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and the city of Hartford, Conn.University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame has no additional information at this time.This report was updated at 8:39 p.m.Tags: 2020 general election, 2020 presidential election, Commission on Presidential Debates, Debatelast_img read more

Colombian Navy Destroys 3 Narco-labs on the Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 04, 2020 In mid-September, the Colombian Navy dealt a new blow to narcotrafficking during an operation conducted in Cauca department, on the Pacific coast of Colombia. Three labs used to process coca base paste, which belonged to dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, were found and destroyed, the Navy said in a press release.Guided by naval intelligence, troops of the 42nd Marine Riverine Battalion, the 2nd Counternarcotics Battalion, and the 7th Air Command deployed in a hard-to-reach jungle area, where they found three illegal facilities capable of accommodating about 20 people, the Navy said.Guided by naval intelligence, Navy troops found three illegal structures that produced coca base paste in a jungle area of the Cauca department. (Photo: Colombian Navy’s Pacific Naval Force)On site, units found two seedbeds with 60,000 coca plants, 5,640 liters of coca base paste in process, 1,125 kilograms of macerated coca leaves, 9,728.5 liters of gasoline, 200 kg of solid chemical precursors, and several weapons. Service members also found three industrial leaf choppers, three presses, four motor pumps, and an industrial stove, among other tools used to produce the drug, and a fiberglass boat, the Navy reported in the statement.Colombian Marine Corps Colonel Wisner Paz Palomeque, 2nd Marine Brigade commander, told Diálogo that the three labs were capable of producing 2,000 to 3,000 kg of coca base paste monthly.“The [criminal] groups Structure 6 and Structure 30 are the owners of that drug; they own those manufacturing sites and labs that we’re destroying,” Col. Paz said.At the same time, near the mouth of the Bubey River, in Cauca department, the Navy made another seizure. “In one of the controls carried out by Battalion 42, upon inspecting one of the vessels that was crossing the river, that substance [cocaine hydrochloride] was seized,” Col. Paz said. “The drug was bound for one of their clandestine manufacturing sites; we are using intelligence to look for the exact place to be able to destroy that lab.”The vessel, with two crew members on board, carried 20 packages of cocaine, the Navy said. “On several occasions, we’ve seized boats carrying several kilograms, 300, 150 of coca base paste,” Col. Paz said.According to the Pacific Naval Force,  in operations carried out along the Pacific coast of Colombia from January 1 to September 29, the Navy destroyed 67 labs; seized 114,759 kg of cocaine, 33,020 kg of marijuana, and 269 long-barreled guns and handguns; and captured 138 people for narcotrafficking.last_img read more

This year’s Idul Fitri traffic accidents fall by 31 percent

first_imgRead also: 710 vehicles seized for violating ‘mudik’ banNational Police traffic corps chief Insp. Gen. Istiono said 156,774 vehicles were prevented from going on mudik.“This is the longest operation we have ever done, as the usual traffic operation during the Idul Fitri holiday is normally held for 14 to 15 days. In addition to managing traffic, we urged people not to go on mudik to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Istiono said on Monday, as quoted by Jakarta Police reported that 70,719 vehicles had been asked to turn around while trying to enter the capital during the traffic operation, about 29,000 of which were not allowed to enter the city between May 27 and June 7 because of the absence of an entry and exit permit (SIKM).“I appreciate all personnel from the police, military and related agencies who have worked together during this year’s Operation Ketupat,” said Istiono. (aly)Topics : The National Police have reported that the number of road accidents during this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) season was 31 percent lower than last year’s, a decline from 2,851 accidents to 1,980.The death toll decreased by 63 percent – from 1,116 in 2019 to 418 this year.Security personnel intercepted motorists intending to return to their hometowns despite the mudik ban during this year’s Operation Ketupat, a security operation during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, between April 24 and June 7.last_img read more

Flood defences save Venice from second high tide

first_imgVenice’s floods, “acqua alta” (high water) in Italian, are caused by a combination of factors exacerbated by climate change – from rising sea levels and unusually high tides to land subsidence that has pushed down the city ground level.Of the 23 tides ever recorded above the 140-cm level, 14 have occurred in the last two decades, including five last November when the city’s St Mark’s Square was submerged under a meter of water.Mose was originally due to go into service in 2011 but got swamped by corruption, cost overruns and construction delays.It is designed to protect Venice from tides of up to 3 metres, well beyond current records, but critics have questioned whether it would ever prove effective and said upkeep could be prohibitive, pointing to the fact that some barriers are already badly rusted.Topics : Defying the naysayers, a flood barrier has protected Venice from a high tide for a second time, rising up from the lagoon floor on Thursday as strong winds started to push water into the city.The system of 78 floodgates, known as Mose, had a successful first outing in early October and showed its mettle again, saving Venice from a tide that officials had predicted would reach 135 cm (4.43 ft). At that level, roughly half the city would normally be left underwater.The local tidal authority said on Twitter the tide rose as high as 141 cm in areas not protected by Mose, while in Venice it was just 52 cm, leaving the squares and alleyways clear.last_img read more