Judges reject Gascoigne Halman appeal in OnTheMarket competition case

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Judges reject Gascoigne Halman appeal in OnTheMarket competition case previous nextAgencies & PeopleJudges reject Gascoigne Halman appeal in OnTheMarket competition caseConnells-owned estate agency has ultimately failed in its expensive attempt to overthrow the July 2017 Competition Appeal Tribunal judgement.Nigel Lewis24th January 201904,522 Views The Court of Appeal has today dismissed Connell-owned estate agency Gascoigne Halman’s challenge to the original Competition Appeal Tribunal adjudication in July last year.That found that Agents’ Mutual, which since the court case has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of OnTheMarket plc, was entirely legal in its pursuit of a then strictly enforced ‘one other portal rule’ which has since been dropped, and also its exclusion of online-only and hybrid agents and its listings’ ‘exclusivity’.Following a hearing in November, the Court of Appeal has today issued a judgement in favour of Agents’ Mutual with regard to all the competition issues in its proceedings against Gascoigne Halman.Breach of contract“As the major part of its defence against our claim of breach of contract, Gascoigne Halman, led by its parent Connells Group and with funding from Zoopla, had alleged that Agents’ Mutual’s contract with them was void for illegality on competition law grounds,” a statement from OTM says.“Following a 10-day hearing, the Competition Appeal Tribunal issued a unanimous judgment in July 2017 which rejected those arguments and supported the view consistently held by the Board of Agents’ Mutual and OnTheMarket that the Company’s strategy for entry to the portals market has been pro-competitive and that the Company has operated within the law.“The Court of Appeal has today unanimously and comprehensively dismissed the appeal by Gascoigne Halman of the Tribunal’s findings.”The legal wrangling isn’t quite over, though. There are several residual non-competition issues relating to OTM’s claim that ‘remain to be resolved’ and that are due to go through the court process later this year.Connells commentDavid Livesey, Connells Group CEO, says:  “Firstly, it is important to recognise that this litigation is being brought against Gascoigne Halman/Connells Group by OnTheMarket. We are merely defending our business from the action, which is costing both sides time and money which could be put to much better use.“I am surprised and disappointed that the Appeal Court has upheld the view of the Competition Appeals Tribunal that the “One Other Portal” rule is not anti-competitive when, in my view, it is.“Having dealt with the competition issues in the Gold Member contract, we now move to the next stage of robustly defending ourselves against this pointless litigation from OTM and, as such, there will be no further comment.”  Gascoigne Halman OnTheMarket Agents’ Mutual Zoopla January 24, 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 2021last_img read more

Three promotions at Savills, Salisbury

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Three promotions at Savills, Salisbury previous nextAgencies & PeopleThree promotions at Savills, SalisburyThe Negotiator18th May 20200254 Views L to R: Zoe Johnson, David Cross, Alice Rawdon-Mogg and Sophie Mills Savills has made three senior promotions at its Salisbury office. Zoe Johnson and Alice Rawdon-Mogg have moved up to director level and Sophie Mills has been promoted to associate.Johnson has worked in residential estate agency since 1999 and joined the asset management department at Savills in 2009. She now heads up the part exchange team and chairs Savills’ southern region business development board.Zoe Rawdon-Mogg and Sophie Mills both work in rural estate management.“I want to extend my congratulations to Zoe, Alice and Sophie on their very well deserved promotions,” said David Cross from Head Office at Savills Salisbury.“They have all consistently delivered an excellent performance and contributed to both the success of their teams as well as the wider Salisbury office.”Zoe Johnson Alice Rawdon-Mogg Sophie Mills May 18, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Flanders Hotel Gargoyles: Scary and Fishy

first_imgOne of the gargoyles decorating the Flanders Hotel displays its menacing teeth. By Tim KellyYou’ve undoubtedly passed them, probably without much notice, if you’re an Ocean City resident or visitor.They’ve been around for almost a century, standing sentry over one of the city’s best-known landmarks.They are the gargoyles of the Flanders Hotel, some of the most unique architectural elements of the 96-year-old building.Gargoyles are small statues of mythical monsters that adorn many historic buildings throughout the world. There were popular for centuries. Until the 1960s, gargoyles were said to ward off evil spirits.“Because they were supposed to stand up to these spirits, they made them look mean,” said Peter Voudouris, director of operations of the Flanders Hotel at 11th Street and the Boardwalk.Some of the seashore-themed gargoyles are “fish monsters.”At the Flanders, the gargoyles have an Ocean City flair: many are depicted as grotesque “fish monsters.”The statues can be found decorating the walls of the nine-story, 117-unit hotel, and also inside at Emily’s Ocean Room restaurant. There, two of the fish statues flank the sides of the restaurant’s new fireplace. Their faces are contorted into an evil smile, showing menacing teeth.Alex Bethke is a local historian who helped Voudouris research the building and its many quirky features and who spearheaded the effort resulting in the building being placed on the National Register of Historic places.“Alex told me our building’s architect was very enamored by the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel in Atlantic City. That building had many gargoyles,” Voudouris said of the Atlantic City landmark built in 1906 and demolished in 1978.The architect, Vivian Smith, of Philadelphia, who also designed Ocean City’s Music Pier and the Chatterbox restaurant, placed numerous gargoyles and other ornamental cement elements onto the hotel’s walls. The historic Flanders Hotel is one of Ocean City’s treasured landmarks.The exact number of gargoyles at the Flanders is unknown, according to Voudouris. “That’s a good question,” he said. “Many of them are not obvious. You have to look for them. Once you start finding them, you realize there are a lot.”Voudouris said many sculptors and architects of the era created gargoyles and other ornamental elements to reflect the building’s surroundings. Hence, the Flanders’ depictions of fish, lobsters, crabs, ships and sea shells. Though pleasing or interesting to the eye, the gargoyles have a functional purpose as well.“They are placed on the sides of buildings to protrude out and divert rainwater away from the walls,” Voudouris said. “The rainwater hits the statue and rolls off its front, and not straight down the walls.”The gargoyles and other ornamental cement work are just as clearly defined as they were upon their installation in 1923.Many of the gargoyles are strategically placed around the building’s windows. From ground level they appear to be fancy trim. Upon closer inspection, the mythical creatures emerge. Those particular gargoyles are painted a dark green color, as they were originally, Voudouris said.Others are the natural gray color of the cement. It may be debatable as to their effectiveness against evil spirits, but not their ability to withstand wind-blown sand, hurricanes, a fire and Superstorm Sandy.“I had a cement guy here doing some repair work and he was marveling at the durability of the figures,” Voudouris noted. “He said they mixed cement a lot differently (when the Flanders was built). They mixed it to last. Those figures have stood the test of time.”A visual tour of the Flanders reveals the aforementioned gargoyles, and also many examples of the Flanders crest. Voudouris said he expects a large crowd of celebrants for the annual Mother’s Day brunch at the property. Those planning to attend might want to look skyward at the building and check out one of Ocean City’s less appreciated visual treats.  Lobsters, crabs and sea shells abound on many of the Flanders’ ornamental concrete elements.last_img read more

News story: DBS email addresses are changing

first_imgTechnology has advanced a lot since ‘GSi’ was launched in 1996. Today there are far better ways of achieving the security levels that the government needs. Updates are being made to GOV.UK to reflect changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) email addresses. The website updates have already started and will continue until the end of October.Alongside the Home Office, DBS have dropped ‘GSi’ from their email addresses.This means that when contacting us, ‘@dbs.gsi.gov.uk’ will change to ‘@dbs.gov.uk’. The email addresses have already changed so people can update their contact lists now, however emails to our old addresses will be automatically delivered to our new, until March 2019.Barry Topham the DBS’ Chief Information Officer said: Although we will have an email divert in place until next March, we are encouraging people to update their contact lists now with our new addresses.last_img read more

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Announce Two Shows

first_imgNeil Young has announced a pair of upcoming dates with Crazy Horse, set for May 1 & 2 at Warnors Theatre in Fresno, California. Marking their first time playing live together since July 7, 2014 at Laugardalshöllin in Reykjavík, Iceland, the reunion shows will feature a lineup of Neil Young (guitar, vocals), Billy Talbot (bass), Ralph Molina (drummer), Frank “Poncho” Sampedro (multi-instrumentalist), and vocals from Dorene Carter and YaDonna West, who all toured together from 2012-2013, with the late Rick Rosas standing in for Talbot in 2014.Neil Young’s website bills the show as: “Fresno. May 1 and 2. First time in a long time, Live on stage. No rehearsal.”As JamBase notes, Neil Young only performed twice in 2017 (solo concert in Ontario on 12/1 and a set with Lukas Nelson’s Promise of the Real at Farm Aid in September), but has a handful of festival appearances set for this year with the Promise Of The Real. There is no supporting information that indicates more shows for Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed!While pre-sale tickets are over, a general public sale will open today, April 24, at 12pm PST via Neil Young’s Archive.last_img read more

ROTC program commanders evaluate success of senior cadets

first_imgThe seniors commissioning from the Army ROTC are:Joseph Berry (ND) – Army Reserve OfficerElise Brady (ND) – Army Reserve OfficerPatrick Crane (ND) – Army Reserve OfficerEmilie Vanneste (SMC) — Active Duty Officer The seniors commissioning from the Naval ROTC are:Kehinde Asojo (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerTyler Dale (ND) – SubmarinesJohn Dunigan (ND) – PilotWalker Embrey (ND) – SubmarinesPayton Erlemeier (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerBrendan Galloway (ND) – SubmarinesEllen Halverson  (ND) – SubmarinesBenjamin Hoffner  (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerMeadow Jackson (ND) – Surface Warfare Officer/Intelligence OfficerYongjin Jeon (ND) – Naval Flight OfficerMichael Kappaz (ND) – SubmarinesJared Lee (ND) – Naval Flight OfficerBrian McGee (ND) – PilotKristen Ringwall (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerPeter Rodgers (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerRebecca Ryan (ND) – PilotKatherine Smart (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerDylan Staats (ND) – PilotEileen Sullivan (ND) – Surface Warfare OfficerIan Tembe (ND) – PilotJohn Walker IV (ND) – SubmarinesAbigail Waller (SMC) – NurseNicholas Yusko (ND) – PilotZachary Zubic (ND)– MarineTags: Air Force, Army, Commencement 2017, Navy, ROTC The seniors commissioning from the Air Force ROTC are:Henry Walker Carlson (ND) – Aircraft Maintenance OfficerJohn Dean (ND) – Pilot trainingMichael Hillmer (ND) – Cyber Operations trainingKathryn Koch (ND) – Operations Research AnalystMegan O’Bryan (SMC) – Personnel OfficerBenjamin Richmond (ND) – Electrical EngineerJames Ryan (ND) – Combat Systems Operator trainingcenter_img After four years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication, this year’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) seniors will receive their commissions at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 20, marking their transition into active or reserve duty. The commanders of all three units of Notre Dame’s ROTC praised their seniors for their abilities to implement and manage programs within their units.“The beauty of watching them [execute programs] is watching them develop as leaders on their own … they self-organize, they figure out how to do this and through that struggle, that process of learning from failure is super important for their development,” Capt. John Carter, commanding officer of Naval ROTC, said.Lauren Weldon | The Observer Working with high caliber students, each commander said, is a privilege. ROTC students — who come from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend and Valparaiso University — do community service, engage in intense physical training and complete technical education with military equipment on top of rigorous course loads. Lt. Col. Christopher Pratt from Army ROTC said the students’ dedication astounds him.“It just speaks volumes of the quality and the intellect and the flexibility and the type of individuals they are,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them and what they’ve accomplished.”ROTC seniors take on major responsibilities throughout the year by leading their battalions and heading the disparate organizations that fall under each branch of ROTC, from service projects to physical fitness competitions, according to Col. James Bowen of Air Force ROTC.“They offered our freshmen and sophomores, for the first time, the opportunity to be an invested part of the wing and have a job and be directly responsible for whether we succeed or fail,” he said. “It gave those young people a sense of ownership that I don’t think they had before.”Carter said students remind him of the necessity of ROTC to the survival and progress of the armed forces.“When you interact with students, they tend to question things that you just assume is that way and no other way and can’t change, but they question things, and that questioning is a very good thing because it forces us to challenge things that we don’t think we can change but maybe we can,” he said. “That has been a very rewarding piece of working here.”Despite the small size of the Army senior class — just six are commissioning this year — Pratt said he continually emphasized the importance of quality over quantity, not just for this class but in the military in general. The seniors’ chief accomplishment, he said, was winning the President’s Cup, a year-long competition comprised of football, basketball and soccer.“It was truly a team event,” Pratt said. “Even if you weren’t an active participant in one of the events, everybody was there supporting it, everybody was there as part of it. It really brought the whole group together.“It’s about coming together as an organization and accomplishing something bigger that you couldn’t do as an individual … I think that was a great moment for them.”All three commanders said they appreciate and value the sacrifices their students make and the virtues they display on a daily basis.“The air force runs three core values we teach our kids every day,” Bowen said. “The first one is integrity, the second one is service before self and the third is excellence in everything we do. If you think about what those words really mean, it talks about holding yourself to a higher standard, it’s sacrificing to be that servant leader we want these young men and women to grow up to be.”The Army ROTC will commission six officers, the Navy will commission 25 and the Air Force will commission eight in a ticketed ceremony Saturday morning.last_img read more

Borrello Calls On Governor To Exempt “Essential” Workers From Pay Raise Freeze

first_imgImage by New York State Senator George Borrello / Facebook.ALBANY – New York State Senator George Borrello is urging Governor Cuomo to exempt state workers who have been deemed “essential” and unable to work from home, from the freeze of their scheduled two-percent salary increase.Borrello joined several others in the Senate Republican Conference calling on the Governor.Previously, the governor froze a scheduled two-percent salary increase for a large segment of the state workforce including many workers on the front lines that the state has designated “essential,” including state corrections officers and other law enforcement officers, nurses and other staff at public hospitals, and direct caregivers in nursing homes and mental health care facilities, among others.“Thousands of New York State’s essential public employees have shown dedication and fortitude throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by reporting for duty for jobs where working from the safety of home isn’t an option,” said Senator Borrello. “These heroic public servants are helping us navigate a crisis that has no precedent and that will surely go down as one of the most difficult in our history.” “In recognition of the unique difficulties of their jobs and the exceptional health and safety risks they’ve endured and continue to endure, I believe they not only deserve our appreciation, they deserve this state support,” furthered Borrello.A letter was sent to the Governor this week. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bike Virginia State Parks in a New Way During the Winter

first_imgFewer people on trailsCooler weatherNot as many bugsEasier parking Follow this link, https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/biking to learn more about biking in Virginia State Parks. If you haven’t visited your favorite Virginia State Park in the winter, then it’s like you haven’t visited at all. Winter riding has the benefit of: Winter weather in much of Virginia can range from inches of snow, to spring-like conditions, sometimes in the same week. When the weather is mild, load up the bike and head out to a nearby Virginia State Park and see the trails in a whole new way. The single track Clyburn Ridge Loop trail at Hungry Mother State Park offers natural berms, high speed rollers, and plenty of speed. The 3.8 mile trail reaches a height of: 2,626′ and a breath-taking view of Hungry Mother Lake. Douthat State Park offers around 40 miles of trails, including the 4.6 mile-long Middle Mountain Trail. This point to point, singletrack intermediate trail offers a different experience when there aren’t leaves on the hardwood trees. Bikers have to share the trail with hikers, but in the winter, this is seldom a problem. Look for long forgotten gravestones when you’re biking the 12 miles of multi-use trails at Powhatan State Park. The mix of evergreens and deciduous trees keeps the ride interesting, and keep your eye out for wildlife – you’ll probably see more animals than people during your winter ride. High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The magestic bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org No one at the park contact station? No problem. Just use a self-service envelope to pay for parking and you can stay all day. When deciduous trees lose their leaves, the views from the trails take on a different perspective. High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Its centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 160 feet above the Appomattox River. The magestic bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org In Virginia State Parks, you’ll find: For more on everything else Virginia State Parks has to offer, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov. “You can see things in winter that you don’t usually see in other seasons,” says a Roanoke-based mountain biker. “It’s a lot of fun to see birds and squirrels searching for food in the woods. People may not realize that wildlife is active in the winter, too, and they are easier to spot from the trails.” More than 55 miles of biking and mountain biking trails.About 138 miles of hiking and biking trails.Around 256 miles of multiuse trails for bikers, hikers and horseback riders. last_img read more

Al-Qaeda, Colombian Drug Ring Accused By U.S.

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2009 Three alleged al-Qaeda members arrived in New York to face charges of trying to set up a drug trafficking ring in Africa on behalf of Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrilla group, officials said. “Today’s allegations reflect the emergence of a worrisome alliance between al-Qaeda and transnational narcotics traffickers,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “As terrorists diversify into drugs, however, they provide us with more opportunities to incapacitate them and cut off the funding for future acts of terror.” The men are accused of contacting undercover informants in Ghana who were posing as members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Latin America’s longest-standing guerilla outfit. The men said al-Qaeda could provide protection for the transportation of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from West Africa through North Africa and ultimately into Spain. They also allegedly discussed the possibility of kidnapping foreign nationals to “raise money for the cause,” the Justice Department said in a press release. “These narco-terrorists do not respect borders and do not care who they harm with their drug trafficking conspiracies,” said Drug Enforcement Agency Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart. “Working with our narcotics law enforcement partners in Ghana and across the globe, DEA is making unprecedented progress in dismantling illicit drug networks in western Africa and around the world, and putting the criminals who operate them behind bars, where they belong.” Ourmar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman were charged with one count of narco-terrorism conspiracy, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, and one count of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.last_img read more

Long Island Weather: 5 Inches of Snow Fell Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five inches of snow fell in Selden when surprise winter weather hit Long Island, making a slushy mess of the Monday morning rush-hour commute, forecasters said.The heaviest bands of snow was shifting east by late morning and was expected to end by the early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.Eastern LI saw the highest snowfall in the tri-state area, with 5 inches also falling in Coram and Lake Grove versus 3 inches in parts of Connecticut and a little more than an inch in Nassau County neighborhoods.Whatever white stuff stuck is likely to quickly melt, as temperatures are forecast to hit a high of 48 Monday and 51 Tuesday under sunny skies.Temps are expected to hold in the 50s Wednesday when there is a slight chance of rain, mostly cloudy skies are on tap for Thursday and Friday has another chance of rain into Saturday before sunny skies return Sunday.last_img read more