It was billed as the property website that would finally break the so-called duopoly between Rightmove and Zoopla, but OnTheMarket (OTM) is turning out to be a bit a damp squib, according to Alex Chesterman, Head of Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).Zoopla said that the number of agents on its books has increased in recent months as it posted better than expected full-year earnings.ZPG has announced a £25.4 million profit in the 12 months to September despite greater market competition from OTM which has increased its market share since launching in January, primarily at the expense of Zoopla.Zoopla had 12,702 agency partners at the end of September, compared to 16,373 a year earlier, largely as a consequence of OTM’s ‘one other portal’ rule requiring their member agents to stop advertising on either Rightmove or Zoopla with a view to winning greater market share.The rule hit Zoopla significantly harder than Rightmove, with client numbers falling sharply. But Zoopla report that they are now winning some of those customers back, with Chesterman insisting that OTM’s “threat is diminishing”.ZPG’s growth in revenue for the year ending 30th September has been supported by the group’s acquisition of home services comparison platform uSwitch in April.Chesterman (left) said, “We have made great progress towards our vision of becoming the consumer champion at the heart of the home with the acquisition of uSwitch, the leading home services comparison platform in the UK.”“Traffic to our property platform remained strong with high levels of user engagement, and we recently passed the significant milestone of over seven million downloads of our property apps.”Despite Chesterman’s stance, Ian Springett (right), Chief Executive of OTM, insisted last week that OTM will be entering 2016 “in a strong position”, supported by heavyweight national marketing campaign.“We believe that agent momentum will snowball and we will focus all our energy on continuing to build a sustainably low-cost alternative to Rightmove to serve both agents and consumers better,” he said.Springett pointed out that at the start of the year, Chesterman called OnTheMarket.com a “short-term event” but he now believes that the latest figures provided by OTM, which show that the website’s traffic reached a record high of 5.7 million visits in October, show that his firm is growing.OTM is now targeting 7,500 members as part of its efforts to replace Zoopla as the number two property portal after gaining the support of 6,000 UK estate and letting agent offices across the country.The level of support consists of contracted members and agents who have signed a Letter of Intent to join OTM when total support reaches 7,500 offices.home services comparison platform OnTheMarket OTM portals uSwitch USwitch.com Zoopla December 11, 2015The 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 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 » OnTheMarket “diminished as a threat” says Zoopla boss previous nextProducts & ServicesOnTheMarket “diminished as a threat” says Zoopla bossZoopla Property Group has revealed strong full year results and is confident about outlook for 2016.The Negotiator11th December 20150578 Views
Tags: League of Women Voters, NDVotes, Pizza Pop and Politics, registration training To counter the national, steady decrease in voter turnout throughout the United States, NDVotes — a campaign led by the Center for Social Concerns — and the South Bend chapter of the League of Women Voters tried to help students learn how to register to vote Tuesday afternoon in Geddes Hall as part of the Pizza, Pop and Politics lecture series. A study done by PBS showed that in the 2014 midterm elections, Indiana had the worst voter turnout of any state, with only twenty-eight percent of the eligible voting population casting ballots. Junior Prathm Juneja, who led part of the discussion and works with NDVotes to participate in door-to-door canvassing throughout South Bend to encourage voter registration, said he is passionate about raising South Bend’s voter turnout numbers.“Voting rights and voter turnout are the closest things we have to fundamental democracy rights,” Juneja said. “They govern all aspects of politics, and that’s what’s going to govern the rest of people’s lives. I think the passion comes from this being the best way to give power to the people on issues that affect everyone.”Juneja, along with sophomore Steven Higgins, spoke to a room of around 30 students about the recent purge of Indiana voters from the Secretary of State’s office. “Eleven thousand voters were purged in South Bend last year, and the population is only about 101,000,” Higgins said. Purged voters are given minimal notice through mail, and the purge disproportionately affected communities of color in South Bend, Higgins said.Two members of the League of Women Voters, Dianna Schmitz and co-director of the League’s voter registration program Nancy Johnson, encouraged students to get involved in registering voters in the community. According to the League of Women Voters website, the non-partisan organization was founded in the 1920s and has led campaigns for equal access to education and employment, as well as leading efforts toward voters’ education programs. The South Bend chapter hosts events throughout the year to push for voter registration and spread accurate information to the local community about their voting rights, Johnson said. She said their voter registration program began in 2011 with a mission of expanding voter equality and as of this week they have registered over five thousand voters. According to the state of Indiana’s website, the deadline for Indiana midterm elections voter registration is April 9, and students who live in other states can file for absentee ballots. “We encounter a lot of urban myths and incorrect information that people pass to each other,” Johnson said. “For example, in Indiana, if you are currently not incarcerated and living in your new address for at least a month, you can register to vote and vote for the rest of your life. People are listening to these wrong urban legends. That is one of our barriers to voting. We also find that people wondering about their citizenship status, that is another barrier.”
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Mathieu Valbuena 1 QPR have entered the race to land France star Mathieu Valbuena after he rejected the chance to join Dynamo Moscow.According to L’Equipe, the Russian club gave the midfielder until Thursday night to give them an answer and he officially turned them down.Moscow had agreed a £5.5m fee with Marseille and were prepared to hand him a three-year deal worth £8m.But he has decided against moving to Russia – and he could now get a concrete offer from the Premier League, according to reports.It has been revealed that Valbuena, a previous target for Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham, could be handed a shot at English football by newly-promoted QPR.Manager Harry Redknapp has already been busy this summer, signing the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker, and he could be about to land another star.The pint-sized playmaker impressed during the World Cup but wants out of Marseille – and Redknapp is now in the hunt.
Prof Gebisa Ejeta’s lifelong research into sorghum has changed the fortunes of many African farmers. (Image: World Food Prize) Ejeta and some of his Purdue students. (Image: World Food Prize) Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize laureate. (Image: World Food Prize) Janine ErasmusEthiopia’s Gebisa Ejeta is the 2009 World Food Prize laureate. The plant scientist was acknowledged, among other achievements, for his development of a drought-resistant and high-yield sorghum variety. Sorghum is one of the world’s five most important grains and feeds 500-million people in Africa alone.He follows in the footsteps of the renowned Monty Jones of Sierra Leone, the only other African laureate, who took the award in 2004 for his work in hybrid rice varieties that can grow in harsh African conditions. Among other projects, Jones worked on the development of the “miracle” hybrid rice, Nerica.Ejeta’s research into sorghum has changed the fortunes of thousands of small scale sub-Saharan farmers by increasing their crop yield. It has also helped drive the development of the commercial sorghum seed industry in Sudan.“I focused my research on sorghum because I’m originally from Africa,” he commented, “and I’ve known about the importance of the crop to the people there. So I wanted to work on improving sorghum.”Over the years Ejeta has inspired and trained a new generation of young African plant scientists. His efforts to improve the lot of subsistence farmers in Africa have resulted in a number of agricultural and educational programmes, such as access to credit and seed markets, which have enhanced many lives.His selection as 2009 World Food Prize laureate was announced in June 2009 by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Food Prize Foundation president Kenneth Quinn.“Dr Ejeta’s whole life reminds us of the international approach we need to this problem [of hunger],” said Clinton at the announcement. Ejeta will receive the award, viewed as the Nobel Prize of agriculture and worth US$250 000 (R2-million), at a ceremony on October 15 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.Currently professor of agronomy at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, Ejeta had made the university very proud of its son, said Purdue president France Córdova.“We’re thrilled that he is receiving the 2009 World Food Prize,” she said. “This is a sterling example of Purdue’s commitment to helping resolve the global challenges of world hunger.”Humble beginningsEjeta grew up in a small hut in a village central Ethiopia and overcame poverty and hardship to become one of the world’s most respected food scientists.His mother went to great lengths to secure an education for her son, making arrangements for him to attend school in a nearby town. This meant that he had to walk 20km twice a week, to school on Sunday evening and back home for the next weekend, but he proved to be a model student and also passed the high school qualification exam with ease.With financial sponsorship the young Ejeta enrolled in the Jimma Agricultural and Technical School, a project of Oklahoma State University under the US government’s Point Four Program. Here, too, Ejeta made his mark, graduating with distinction and then moving on to obtain a BSc in plant science from Alemaya College in 1973.Such was his prowess that his tutor at college introduced him to Purdue University’s John Axtell, a sorghum researcher of note. Axtell saw the potential that waited to be tapped, and invited Ejeta to become his graduate student at Purdue.Ejeta accepted, but had no idea at the time that he would be unable to return to his homeland for 25 years because of the political turmoil that was about to unfold. In 1974, the same year that he entered Purdue, the peace-loving emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the brutal Derg, a communist military junta that wasted no time in establishing a one-party communist state.This was just the beginning. Under the rule of communism the country’s fortunes slid into misery until 1991, when the genocide Mengistu Haile Mariam was chased from Ethiopia, paving the way for a transitional government.Sorghum researchMeanwhile, Ejeta had no trouble in obtaining his doctorate in 1978 in plant breeding and genetics at Purdue, and later joined the staff. Today he holds a distinguished professorship.After his PhD, Ejeta took up research at the Sudanese branch of the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. This was where his first hybrid sorghum variety took root, and today many millions of poor sorghum farmers and their families have benefited from its drought-resistant and high-yield qualities.Released in 1983, the Hageen Dura-1 outperformed itself in the field, surpassing the 50% to 100% gains recorded in the trials and producing yields of up to 150%. By the turn of the century the crop was growing across more than a million acres in Sudan alone. Ejeta was so inspired by the positive reaction of impoverished farmers that he set up educational programmes to train them in the efficient use of fertilisers, soil and water, as well as structures to monitor production, processing and marketing of the super-sorghum.Ejeta and his students at Purdue later developed another hybrid for Niger, a country with more than 80% of its surface under the unforgiving sands of the Sahara desert. The drought-resistant AD-1 hybrid has helped farmers to reap yields of up to five times the national sorghum average.Striking against StrigaMore research in the 1990s brought a breakthrough in Ejeta’s mission to boost African food production. He developed a sorghum variety that does not succumb to the devastating parasitic Striga weed, or witchweed – viewed as the greatest obstacle to sustainable food production in Africa.Striga attacks grains and essential crops such as sugarcane, maize, rice, millet, barley and sorghum. Its pretty flowers belie the fact that it is capable of laying waste to entire smallholding crops, bringing ruin to subsistence farmers. The parasite has no substantial root system of its own and invades the root systems of other plants, stealing essential nutrients and stunting growth.The United Nations, in a 2009 report released under its Environmental Programme division, estimates that Striga infests 40% of Africa’s precious fertile land, and affects over 100-million people on the continent.The significance of Ejeta’s Striga-resistant sorghum was therefore immense, especially since all previous scientific attempts to defeat the weed had failed.Ejeta and Purdue colleague Larry Butler identified the sorghum chemical that attracts the Striga. From there, the two developed a process to stop the release of this chemical in a range of sorghum varieties, at the same time conferring on the grain the ability to adapt more readily to various ecological conditions in Africa.In 1994, with the help of Christian poverty alleviation organisation World Vision International, Japanese philanthropical organisation Sasakawa, and USAID, Ejeta managed to distribute eight tons of the wonder sorghum in 12 countries, including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Eritrea, Kenya and Mali. Since then farmers have enjoyed up to four times the yield they reaped previously.He plans to continue his work into sorghum genetics and food developmental work. “The need out there is great, so there is more to do. We need to encourage the development of similar advances in maize, millets and other crops of Africa.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSuper sorghum for AfricaAfrican farmers’ sorghum success“Miracle” rice fights African hungerUganda leads rice researchUseful linksWorld Food PrizePurdue University agronomy departmentUnited Nations Environmental ProgrammeWorld Vision InternationalSasakawaInternational Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Among the frustrations right now in selling commodities such as soybeans to China is that officials in the country are only allowing government-owned businesses to buy commodities, which is one of the main ways Chinese officials keep close restrictions on the market.Lindsay Greiner, president of the Iowa Soybean Association, spoke to DTN on Thursday from Guangzhou, China, about some of the details about soybean buys that he and a team from the group have learned this week touring the country.Chinese officials have agreed to buy close to 20 million metric tons (mmt) of U.S. soybeans this year, but Greiner said there’s a catch, because private buyers in China are still not allowed to buy U.S. soybeans. Only government-owned entities in China are allowed to make buys.“It’s frustrating to some of the privately held companies, because they are being left out of the market,” Greiner said. “So there is a little bit of controversy going on over here because of interest in buying our beans.”Private Chinese companies are still buying from Brazil, but the Chinese government has made it clear those buyers can’t turn to U.S. beans even if they were willing to pay the 25% import tariff, Greiner said.According to USDA export sales data, China has imported nearly 4.7 mmt of U.S. soybeans and has another 6.5 mmt in outstanding sales for the marketing year. At this time last year, China had imported 25.8 mmt. In the 2017 marketing year, the U.S. shipped more than 31 mmt of soybeans to China.The Iowa soybean delegation is touring parts of China as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin start talks Thursday in Beijing with top Chinese officials looking to reach a trade deal that would end tariffs from both countries that began just under a year ago.A visit with U.S. officials last week in D.C. gave Greiner some optimism that a deal would get done. He said he hasn’t sensed that same optimism, though, in visits with Chinese businesspeople.“Chinese buyers aren’t quite as optimistic as we are when it comes to thinking about a resolution to this trade dispute,” Greiner said. “Some of them don’t know if a deal will get done anytime soon. So there you go — it’s about 50-50.”Greiner said he’s optimistic, but acknowledged some of the major topics outside of agriculture are complicated and could end the talks without a quick resolution.“But you know they (the U.S. and China) are both pretty astute negotiators, so nobody is laying their cards out on the table to see what’s going on,” he said. “And my personal opinion is there are some demands being made that could be lowered a little bit to get a deal made so everybody can walk away as a winner.”Private Chinese soybean users, however, are looking for a resolution, because they are anxious to get back into buying U.S. beans, Greiner said. “To me, that’s the most optimistic thing I’ve heard.”Greiner visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou with fellow ISA board member and president-elect Tim Bardole; Grant Kimberley, ISA’s market development director; and Aaron Putze, director of communications for the group.China has been trying to curb overall soybean demand in the country and use other oilseed options. Greiner also noted the severity of African swine fever in China is expected to reduce soybean imports as well.“We’re hearing varying reports that 20% to 30% reduction in the number of hogs, so that is going to have an impact on soybeans too,” Greiner said.Greiner added that Chinese officials and the pork industry don’t quite know how to deal with the African swine fever problem, but it will likely reduce the number of smaller hog farmers.“What we’re hearing is a lot of smaller producers are being hit with this disease, and they are probably going to liquidate and go out of business and never get back in,” Greiner said. “So it’s going to take a toll on a lot of smaller producers over here, and in my opinion, it’s going to take time to build their hog herd back up, and when they do, it’s going to be in larger farms and fewer hands.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
SharePrint RelatedFinding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Allegany State Park Geobash IX Mega-EventJune 30, 2014In “Community” Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching! Emily (MychaelAnne) is an Accountant at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to France to attend the Le Sacre des couleurs Mega-Event (GC7Q03H). Here’s her trip recap.When we arrived in Reims, where one of the event organizers would pick up my fiancé and me, we had just enough time to walk around the city and see the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Reims where French kings had been crowned for over 800 years. This was the perfect beginning to the Mega-Event weekend, “Le Sacre des couleurs”, which translates to “the coronation of colors”.One of the event organizers, Michèle, picked us up Friday morning and took us on a slight detour around the champagne region. She showed us different villages where her family had lived and we saw many vineyards and enjoyed the beautiful countryside before heading to Saint-Menehould, where the Mega was being held. After arriving at the event space we met more of the orga team and drank some champagne together, which capped off our tour quite nicely.That evening we attended the meet and greet. One of the French geocachers I met that night remarked that the meet and greet for a French Mega is the most important event of the weekend. It’s the time for community, for gathering around a table to eat together, and for the sharing of stories before the geocaching begins. For my part, I agree with him. I had many more conversations and connections on Friday.The day of the Mega-Event was packed! It was held on the campus of a school for children with disabilities. The kids at the school were very involved in the entire event! They made baked goods and pastries and even served us breakfast they had made, walking around with trays of goodies. The orga team set up lots of colorful activities around the space for the kids such as a station where they were selling the furniture they created out of wood pallets and beautiful art projects they had done.At noon the whole group of geocachers gathered together for a flash mob photo taken by a drone. The team did a great job of structuring the lines so that people quickly filled in the shape and did not require too much directing. After the photo people scattered to go geocaching, of course!One of the activities at the event was canoeing and caching along a river! Luckily the day was warm because as soon as we got in the canoe we got splashed and were soaked! During the trip, we met a couple of geocachers in the canoe behind us at one of the first geocaches along the river (There were about 15 caches along our route). I ended up climbing out of the canoe to grab the cache for us all to sign, getting a bit muddy in the process. From then on we teamed up to find the rest of them. We had a good mix of helping each other reach a cache, trading off who found it, keeping each other from drifting down the river. There were many laughs and clumsy moments on our journey but luckily we didn’t lose any caches (or logbooks) to the river!We wrapped up the weekend the next day with a CITO (Cache In Trash Out®). There were so many geocachers already in the woods and on the trails picking up trash that there wasn’t much to collect by the time my group got on the trails. But we picked up all that we saw and managed to find a tire! The whole group did a fantastic job making the trails pristine and clean. My group found ourselves on a rather abandoned trail but we used our geo-senses to find our way back to the beginning and not get too lost. It was a lovely walk and we were even able to find a couple geocaches along the way!Share with your Friends:More
Vine/Chris VanniniOakland’s Max Hooper is one of the most unique players in all of college basketball. The Golden Grizzlies’ gunner has hit 102-of-229 shots this season, and every single attempt has come from beyond the three point arc. On senior night against Detroit, after scoring 12 points in a 108-97 win, Hooper ran into the stands after the game to see his father Chip, who suffered a stroke in October and has been battling cancer for years.This is one of the most touching college basketball videos you’ll see this year.Video of Max Hooper going into the crowd to see his dad. https://t.co/xuSEQ0H2bN— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 27, 2016ESPN has longer video of the emotional moment here.Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free-Press wrote a great story about Max and his father after the game.“It’s something we both embody, that will, that we won’t be denied,” Max said. “Him being here tonight is such a moment. You can’t replicate this moment. It comes around once in a lifetime. He didn’t promise me but said I’m going to be at a game. I believed he would.”Oakland finishes the year 21-10, and second in the Horizon league heading into the conference tournament.
Kolkata: A girl student of a college in south Kolkata has been allegedly heckled by some students’ union members on International Women’s Day for wearing a “revealing dress”. The student, who did not wish to be named, alleged that she was first threatened by two members of the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) for wearing the “revealing dress which is against the discipline of the college”, when she entered the college Friday noon. When she protested, she was pushed by the two union members, the student alleged. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Her classmate Barun Majhi alleged that he was beaten up by the TMCP members when he protested against the incident. The TMCP said nothing of that sort had taken place. A college spokesman said no formal complaint had been lodged by the girl and there was no such dress code in the college. He said if the student lodges a complaint with the college authorities, necessary action will be taken after an inquiry.