Has Purplebricks own ‘commisery’ report backfired?

first_imgPurplebricks has moved into attack mode once more and produced a ‘commisery’ report that it says proves traditional agents are “out of touch, out of date and leaving millions out of pocket”. But it’s hard to find much data in the report to back up this contention.The report also appears to have avoided asking respondents what they expect to get for the much reduced fee that Purplebricks charges compared to traditional agents.Nevertheless, the report contains some worrying research for agents. This includes how only 5% of those buying or selling are concerned whether an agent has a high-street office, that house sellers are becoming more aware about alternative selling models, and that 68.9% of the public now know that they don’t have to “fork out” a percentage commission on the value of their property.It also says that the average commission among agents is 1.5% excluding VAT or £3,929 per sale.But the survey results don’t conclusively back up Purplebricks’ contention that traditional agents are out of date.35% annoyed by costThe company talked to 1003 respondents three months ago, of whom 35% said they were annoyed by the cost of using an estate agent, but only 11.37% said agents were the worst thing about buying a home. It also reveals that just 16% said their final bill from their agent came as a surprise.The research is also confusing – while Purplebricks found that 42% said agents represented poor value for money, only 16% felt their agent hadn’t done enough for the money they were paid.But the research does reveal changing attitudes to customer service, prompted by ever increasing role of the internet in daily life.Some 42% of respondents like the idea of ‘moving dashboard’ to show a sale’s progress, and 29% expect a full service, 24 hours a day.“Homeowners are entitled to a fair, transparent and convenient way to sell their homes and it is no longer acceptable to charge ever-increasing fees just because that’s the way things have always been done,” says Michael Bruce, CEO, Purplebricks (pictured, left).“This report shows that commission is the charge people dislike paying the most when they sell. But it doesn’t have to be that way, there is an alternative: a fair fixed fee with the same personal service as the high street. We want to help as many customer as we can avoid commisery – that feeling of kicking yourself because you could have got the same service for less.”Purplebricks Michael Bruce commisery April 6, 2017Nigel LewisOne commentSheila Manchester, The Negotiator The Negotiator 6th April 2017 at 10:51 amInteresting stuff, but while people may ‘expect a full service 24 hours a day’ that isn’t really possible in estate agency, is it? Do all the people that say that’s what they expect, themselves offer a 24 hr complete service in their work? Being able to book holidays, food deliveries, viewings etc round the clock is great, but you don’t get the delivery at 3am and neither can you go and see a property to buy 24 hours a day, can you? So its not a ‘full service’!Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Has Purplebricks own ‘commisery’ report backfired? previous nextAgencies & PeopleHas Purplebricks own ‘commisery’ report backfired?Research out today from the company isn’t quite the bombshell it might have been hoping for.Nigel Lewis6th April 20171 Comment2,562 Viewslast_img read more

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Assistant/Associate Professor

first_imgOptional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Teaching PhilosophyStatement of Research and/or GoalsOptional DocumentsOther DocumentationOther Documentation (2)Other * Please enter the specifics of the option you selectedabove:(Open Ended Question) * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Advertisement/PublicationWebsitePublic Job Posting (auemployment.com site)Academic ConferenceAgency ReferralInternal Job PostingPersonal ReferralVeterans Assistance Services (Veteran Job Boards, Military BaseServices, State Vet Rep, etc.)Disability Assistance Services (Disability Job Boards, ABLENetwork, Voc-Rehab referral, etc.)Othercenter_img Posting DetailsJob TitleAssistant/Associate ProfessorPosting NumberP0136FJob Description SummaryResponsibilities of the individual identified will includedirecting an extramurrally funded research program, team-teachingin the first year veterinary curriculum (endocrinology/physiology),and participating in graduate instruction. The successful candidatewill be expected to develop a scholarly and externally fundedresearch program in the area of his or her expertise, and to workcollaboratively with other faculty to develop dynamic,self-sustaining programs at Auburn University.Minimum QualificationsMinimum qualifications include a PhD degree (or equivalent) in arelevant discipline at the time employment begins. The successfulapplicant must also possess excellent interpersonal communicationskills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in acollegial atmosphere. The candidate selected for this position mustbe able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the UnitedStates at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin andcontinue working legally for the proposed term of employment.Desired QualificationsTeaching and Post-doctoral experience is strongly encouraged.Expertise in endocrinology and related fields that complementcurrent research in the department is desired.Special Instructions to ApplicantsReview of applications will begin May 31, 2021 and continue until acandidate is recommended for hire.Open DateClose DateOpen Until FilledYesReferences required for this position?YesIf yes, minimum number requested3Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

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PPEist becomes PM

first_imgYesterday’s General Election saw PPEist facing PPEist in a close-run campaign.Ted Miliband is well known for his tenure as Corpus JCR President and OULC co-Chair. David Cameron is relatively unknown by comparison, notable for being captain of the Brasenose Tennis Club, and rumoured to have spent his time with members of controversial drinking society the Bullingdon Club.More recently, when one commentator compared the Old Etonian’s Bullingdon antics to the London riots of 2011, Cameron told the Today Programme that, unlike the Bullingdon Club’s debauched evenings, the riots were “very well organised…looting and stealing and thieving.”Ted Miliband has lost out to Brasenose rival David Cameron before, scoring a 2:1, while Cameron achieved a First. Cameron’s tutor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, described him as “one of the ablest” students he has taught.However, Miliband has the more impressive hack credentials, while one university friend, Steve Rathbone, suggested that Cameron was not keen on student politics because “he wanted to have a good time”.Another friend, James Delingpole, described him as a “normal 19-year old” who is “likeable and fun, with not an ounce of (apparent) political ambition in his bones”.Miliband, by contrast, has proved his insatiable passion for activism by demonstrating against Corpus Christi’s proposed 27 per cent increase in battels. As JCR President, he led around 50 JCR members, sporting t-shirts bearing the slogan “Blood from the breast, not from a stone,” chanting, “27 is a joke, not an offer!”The reputation of both candidates pales in comparison, though, when compared with the BNOC status of LMH English student Michael Gove, whose time as Union President was characterised by scandal and notoriety. Gove graced the pages of this newspaper time and again during his time as Union President, making headlines including ‘Union hacks in five in a bed romp shocker’.Both Cameron and Miliband have been quizzed about drug-taking, and Miliband appears to have kept his nose cleaner, both literally and metaphorically.When asked about how well qualified he was to dictate drugs policy, he told an audience of 16- to 24-year olds, “I haven’t taken drugs. I’m not in favour of decriminalisation, for example, of cannabis, because of my reading about it – and I have read about it.”Cameron has been less up front about his relationship with drugs. He has declined to comment on whether he was almost expelled from Eton for smoking cannabis, or whether he partook in cocaine while at Oxford.Number 10 is no stranger to PPEists: if Miliband becomes Prime Minister, he will be the fourth PPEist to do so after Cameron, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath.Despite generating so many political success stories, PPE has regularly come under fire as a degree choice.Journalist Nick Cohen expressed widely held reservations in the Spectator, saying, “PPE essay crises are the perfect preparation for politicians who will distil a complicated society down to a few slogans.“Above all, the flightiness of PPE encourages puppeteer politicians, who stand above their society pulling the strings, rather than men and women who represent solid interests within it.”Commentator John Crace, writing in the Guardian, explained why so many politicians have ascended to office after graduating from Oxford with a PPE degree, writing that the degree gives students “a talent for having a firm opinion about absolutely everything regardless.”last_img read more

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Local Man Shares His Experiences After Visiting All 193 Countries

first_imgDECEMBER 24ST, 2017Jeff Goldberg JEFF GOLDBERG EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Sal Lavallo started his international travel at a young age. The McCutchanville native wanted to go as far as possible, so he chose China and Japan. Little did Sal know, he would then visit the rest of the 190 countries on Earth.A love for travel started when Sal started at the United World College boarding school in New Mexico. There, Sal says he was apart of a class of 200 students that represented 90 different countries. Sal says that this made the world feel small and more intimate.It wasn’t until he started up NYU that his traveling started in kind. Studying comparative economics and comparative identity, his studies took him across the globe. Sal says he would go to see things like how different pacific islands differ from each other.After graduating with a burgeoning passport, Sal took his talents to a global management consulting firm. Of course, the company Sal chose to work for aided him in his travels. This is where Sal says he really started to visit many different countries on business – and then even more on the weekends.Now, many folks may think that this extreme amount of travel may be about checking off items on a bucket list, but for Sal, it goes way beyond that. He has tried to create positive change in all the places he has worked. Sal says that he worked with a handful of countries to create education reform that has helped the lives of 10 million children.It was two years ago when the 27 year old started to really look at his passports. He decided to take six months off of work, but as it often happens, the six months turned into a year which ballooned into years.During this time off, Sal decided to create a list of countries he hadn’t visited. He was able to visit them all, even the ones that many people may think as hard to access. He says he had no problem with countries like North Korea. He has called the United Arab Emirates his home for the past 6 years. He says that UAE has been the perfect launch pad to get anywhere and everywhere.His journey ended recently as he made it to Malta, country 193 of 193. He had a tearful reunion with his parents before they headed back to the US. Sal is spending the holidays back home in McCutchanville before heading off again.As for what’s next?Sal says he isn’t sure but he knows it’ll be spectacular.Jeff GoldbergJeff GoldbergMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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G. Love And Special Sauce Close Out Fox Theatre 25th Anniversary Month [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images The famed Boulder venue, The Fox Theatre, opened on March 6th, 1992. Twenty-five years later, the space is still going strong as one of the most preeminent music venues on Colorado’s Front Range. This past month, the Fox Theatre celebrated its long-standing history with a 25th anniversary month jam-packed with performances by a bunch of our favorite acts. To it all out, The Fox Theatre tapped G. Love and Special Sauce to play the final performance of their insane March musical calendar on March 31st. You can check out photos from G. Love and Special Sauce’s show marking an end to the Fox Theatre’s 25th anniversary month below, courtesy of Alan Westman.last_img

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Managerial lessons from fired football coaches

first_img Read Full Story Six National Football League head coaches were fired on Dec. 31, or “Black Monday,” as it’s known in the sport. The infamous tradition begins immediately after the conclusion of each NFL regular season and represents efforts by underperforming teams to make leadership changes.This story is not unique to sports, of course. Based on surveys with executives from a wide range of fields, the rate at which managers lose relevance has increased dramatically, even over just the last decade. The world is changing faster than ever before; technological advances are occurring at a lightning pace due to the increased rate at which we now exchange information.That’s why it is more important than ever for managers to make increased efforts to stay relevant and protect against skill obsolescence. Might they learn something about the trajectories of their own careers by exploring the details of the NFL coaching carousel over the last few decades?Boris Groysberg, Evan M.S. Hecht, and Abhijit Naik of the Harvard Business School have a new paper that explores this topic. They examined the link between tenure and job performance among business managers, finding that some are able to maintain job performance by adapting and staying relevant, while others do not; they see their job performance decline over time, ultimately leading to their dismissal. They also took an in-depth look at the most successful coaches, and the skills that helped them most.last_img read more

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Jarrod Spector on Never Losing That Lovin’ Feeling for His Time in Beautiful

first_img View Comments Jarrod Spector Star Files Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive Jarrod Spector was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Beautiful as Barry Mann, the real-life hitmaker who—with his wife, Cynthia Weil—is behind dozens of hits. Spector will play his final performance in the role on February 28. We asked the actor to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what he’ll miss, what he learned and more about his time in the show.How did you feel when you first got this job?Full disclosure: When I was offered the role of Barry in Beautiful, I was in contention for another job which I thought would be a big deal for my career. I had done a reading of Beautiful, and while I knew the music was very special, I could not have predicted that the show itself would become what it has become nor could I have known the impact Barry would have on my life. When the other job went “in another direction”—classic producer and casting director language for “you’re not getting the role”—I was grateful to have Beautiful—but, I admit, I was disappointed. In short, I am an idiot. The other project, which shall remain nameless, by all accounts came nowhere close to living up to expectations, while Beautiful, both as a show and in terms of my experience, got better and better with every day of rehearsal. My wife, Kelli [Barrett], told me when this all of this transpired back in the summer of 2013 that this was the best possible outcome. She’s always right.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I’m not sure exactly how I am meant to put into words how I feel about the last two and half years right now as they’re coming to an end. I’m extremely proud of the show that we created—and I really do mean the “we” part. Not every creative team is (forgive me) created equal and ours was truly collaborative, from our producers, our brilliant director Marc Bruni to our writer Doug McGrath on down. I’m humbled every time I see someone in the house who is weeping during the curtain call, or when someone comes to the stage door and tells us how moved they were or that they were transported back to a specific and wonderful moment in their lives, or who had no idea the scope of the impact Carole, Gerry, Barry and Cynthia had on the musical world outside of the Tapestry record but had learned so much watching the show. I’m sad to leave. The nostalgia is kicking in hardcore.
What are three words you would use to describe your experience?It’s been an astonishing, joyful blessing.What was the easiest thing about this job?Learning and loving the music. It’s impossibly good, song after song.What was the hardest thing?Without question the decision to leave was the most difficult part of my Beautiful experience. I’m in denial that I’m answering these questions right now.
What was the highlight of your time at this job?There is an embarrassment of riches from which to choose. I think the high point for me was the night Barry Mann himself came onstage with me at 54 Below. We did two duets and as a bonus I got to sit and listen to him play and sing “Somewhere Out There”—one of my very favorite Mann/Weil compositions. Cynthia and many of our cast were in the audience and I distinctly remember thinking to myself that life just doesn’t get much better than that.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?More than anything: a respect for the real-life people on the stage. Do your utmost to honor their talents and tell their story and the show will continue to touch audiences in a way that has been a continual surprise since our first preview.
What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Barry’s comedy is not slapstick. After what will have been nearly 1,000 shows, I can tell you that the moment you play for the laughs, they’re gone. Just play the scene, don’t try to get the laughs. But also…get the laughs.
How do you think you’ve grown?In all seriousness I learned on the job the bit of advice I just gave in the previous answer. Coming into Beautiful I did not have much comedic experience—after all, the stage version of Frankie Valli is not terribly funny—so while I gleaned as much as I could from my memory of growing up watching Woody Allen, Paul Reiser et al., I definitely went through stretches of not understanding why certain jokes weren’t landing. Then I realized it was because I was thinking of them as jokes—they aren’t. They’re just words spoken by my character as he tries to get what he wants.
Why are you leaving?I asked this same question of a wise co-star when she left our show at a time that seemed premature. She said that she wanted to leave before getting to a place where she felt that she wasn’t good at playing the role anymore, that she owed it to herself, to her castmates and to the show to know when to move on. Before the jokes aren’t funny anymore, while I still love the role, the show and the people in it, it’s time to go find a new adventure.
What will you miss the most?I am aware how slim the chances are of having the opportunity to play a role with which you connect in a show that not only makes you proud, but actually draws in nightly audiences that love it AND that just happens to be on Broadway…it’s a miracle. I will so deeply miss being a part of it.last_img read more

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Argentine Defense Ministry Concludes 2012-13 Antarctic Campaign

first_imgBy Dialogo March 18, 2013 BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Ministry of Defense is wrapping up its 2012-13 Summer Antarctic Campaign, a major initiative that began in late October and involves surveying and bringing supplies to Argentine soldiers working on the frozen continent. The mission’s main goal to provide logistical back-up for the 13 bases that Argentina maintains in the sector of Antarctica it claims. As of Feb. 27, more than 1,500 scientists, engineers and other military personnel had been flown to and from Antarctica. That’s according to the Argentine Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff (AAFJCS), which supervises the campaign’s logistics efforts. So far, said the agency, 321,418 kilograms of provisions and supplies have been transported by air, as well as 115,200 liters of gasoil, 25,200 liters of jet fuel and 1,000 liters of gasoline. The Argentine Antarctic Sector, which Argentina considers an integral part of its national territory, is delimitated by meridians 25º and 74º W and by parallel 60º S. It belongs to the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands. Argentina has six permanent bases there: Orcadas, Marambio, Carlini (formerly known as Jubany), Esperanza, San Martín and Belgrano II. It also has seven temporary bases: Brown, Matienzo, Primavera, Cámara, Melchior, Petrel and Decepción. Orcadas, the oldest base, was inaugurated in 1904. The first houses, sheds, shelters and other structures were built entirely of wood. In 1960, wood was replaced by double-walled plastic panels in order to facilitate the assemblage of modules, said the Argentine Antarctic Institute (AAI), which coordinates Antarctic cientific and technical activities. Air is used as insulating medium by injecting the panels with polyurethane foam. The buildings are then reinforced with steel wire tighteners. Aircraft and vessels Argentine Navy vessels involved in the Antarctic Campaign include ARA Canal Beagle (cargo ship); ARA Aviso Suboficial Castillo (patrol boat); ARA Puerto Deseado (oceanographic survey ship) and ARA San Blas (amphibious cargo ship). The Dutch polar vessel TIMCA has been contracted to carry out activities usually performed by the Argentine icebreaker Almirante Irizar, which is now undergoing repairs. “Thanks of the resistance of her hull, TIMCA can navigate between the ice and provide logistical support for Orcadas, Marambio, Esperanza and San Martín bases,” said a Defense Ministry press statement. “In turn, ARA Canal Beagle vessel will complement the tasks of TIMCA, replenishing Carlini, Decepción, Primavera, and Brown bases.” In addiction, the Argentine Navy is helping rebuild Brazil’s Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Base, where a fire broke out in February 2012, killing two people. That project involves the Argentine vessel Bahía San Blas, under a special operation called Antarctic Fraternity I. The campaign also includes the use of C-130 Hercules and Twin Otter aircraft, as well as Bell 212 helicopters operating from Maracaibo base, transporting supplies and personnel. A Russian Ilyushin cargo plane ferried supplies to Belgrano II, the southernmost Argentine base, by flying from the city of Ushuaia and releasing provisions over the base by parachute. Belgrano II is currently home to 19 scientists, the Defense Ministry said. Scientific studies AAI geophysicist Gustavo Rodríguez says the Antarctic Campaign is essential to guarantee scientific research in the frozen continent. Rodríguez, who’s been active in the campaign since 1994, last went to Antarctica in 2011 as part of a joint seismologic project between AAI and Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics. “I and my Italian partner visited the seismological stations located in the Argentine bases of Belgrano, San Martín, Esperanza, Carlini, and Orcada,” Rodríguez told Diálogo. “We had to carry out control and maintenance tasks, as well as verify the necessities of each station. It meant, for example, transporting and installing replacement equipment.” The Argentine seismological stations are key in studying the Scotia Arc, an area that connects the Antarctic Peninsula mountains to those of Tierra del Fuego province. Temperatures there range from 5 F (-15 Celsius) to 59 F (15 Celsius). Argentine Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli visited Marambio base Feb. 18 to celebrate 109 years of his country’s presence in Antarctica. “I am here as Defense Minister to pay tribute to the pioneers who arrived to Antarctic 109 years ago,” he told the base’s 143 residents. Puricelli ratified “the commitment of the Argentine government to keep allocating resources, initiative, and creativity so that our country can maintain and increase its presence in the Antarctic Sector, that legitimately belongs to Argentina, by geographical projection, by a sustained presence over more than a hundred years, and by legitimate legal titles that guarantee our sovereignty here.”last_img read more

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Honduras Establishes Elite ‘Tigers’ Police Unit to Fight Urban Violence

first_img The Honduran Congress has approved the establishment of an independent, elite police unit — with military and judicial backing — in a bid to curb rising levels of drug-fueled violence in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and other major urban centers. The unit will be known as TIGRES (Tropa de Inteligencia de Respuesta Especial de Seguridad). “This ‘Tigers’ unit will receive training from the Special Forces and will focus on providing citizen security and taking on the ‘narcos’ and organized crime,” Gen. René Osorio Canales, head of the Honduran Armed Forces, told Diálogo in a June 7 interview. “The director will be named this month and we aim to have the unit operational by November carrying out missions primarily in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula,” he added. “Later, they will also target emblematic cases on special missions in other rural areas of the country.” When undertaking specialized missions, the ‘Tigers’ will work hand-in-hand with a range of experienced judges and local prosecutors, providing an integrated approach to tackling drugs and urban crime, Osorio said. An integrated approach Adam Blackwell, secretary for multidimensional security at the Organization of American States, said Honduras needs “an integrated, strategic approach to bolster state institutions on the one hand and bring in civil society and the private sector on the other.” “[At the OAS], we’ve started work through the peace process with the gangs and we’re working with the legislatures and trying to get political pacts to at least maintain some level of continuity within the security sector,” said Blackwell, a former Canadian career diplomat with extensive experience in Honduras and El Salvador. Adam Isacson, senior associate for regional security policy at the Washington Office on Latin America, said formation of the elite Tigers group is “a good first step” but that “you also need a regular police force that has links to judges and local prosecutors. When creating elite security force units in Central America, the biggest challenge has been to prevent them from being corrupted by organized crime groups.” “Assuming that this unit works reasonably well and it’s going to have some impact in certain areas, you still have to be careful not to end up with the tip of the spear without the spear,” Isacson said. Bridging the security gap Gen. Osorio points to a few positive first signs within the security sector in fighting the country’s homicide rate, which at 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants last year was the world’s highest, according to the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). Specifically, the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula registered 173 homicides per 100,000 in 2012, making it the world’s most violent metropolis outside a war zone. “Vetted police will be heavily recruited to boost the Tigers, who will be specially trained in intelligence gathering by units such as the [U.S. SWAT-trained] Cobras, and the Armed Forces will also provide support where necessary,” he explained. Regional groups like the OAS — along with the Honduran military — remain positive about efforts to chip away at the rising culture of violence on the coasts and in cities such as San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. Military on the move Honduras participates in Operation Martillo, a multinational military effort that works to increase offshore monitoring along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and coordinates with governments to intercept drug shipments. “This year in particular, our Armed Forces have focused their efforts on identifying and destroying ‘narco’ airstrips on the Caribbean/Atlantic coast. In February alone, our naval forces bought two corvette warships and six speedboats from the Dutch government to boost our maritime surveillance and interdiction of drugs in these same coastal areas,” he said. While these military-led initiatives are key to attacking part of the problem, Isacson points out the need for quick and simple protection mechanisms in urban areas. “If you’re riding a bus, driving the roads, if you own any business you’re being robbed at gunpoint and extorted very frequently,” he said. “Somebody’s got to be able to put a stop to that, and in the short term the Armed Forces can do that. But even after a little while they too lose their effectiveness so they’ve got to be replaced by a police force that works.” Isacson suggested that the Honduran police “need to change their training, recruit like crazy, drum out those who fail the tests, boost community policing, improve response times and increase investigative capacities. This is not about the big ‘narco’ shipments but simply about protecting people.” Honduras aggressively moves on police reform On June 5, Security Minister Arturo Corrales ordered the indefinite suspension of 1,400 police officers from the Honduras Criminal Investigation Unit (DNIC), representing close to 10 percent of the country’s overall police force, on suspicion of corruption. “I know many Honduran police officers who are hardworking, doing miracles in a complicated environment,” Blackwell said. “I don’t think that we can start with the premise that 90 percent of them are bad.” Osorio said this is exactly what he’s trying to achieve through the new Tigers force. “The 300-strong unit will be highly professional, working closely with the local communities. They will come under the orders of the head of police and will have medical benefits and a 30 percent salary increase,” he said. “They will be housed under the Security Ministry as a rapid response unit to fight extortion, carry out investigations, gather intelligence and manage urban combat scenarios.” Blackwell: ‘Not just a law-enforcement problem’ Osorio told Diálogo his government will ask the United States, Spain and Colombia for technical advice and support. In mid-2012, Colombian police began helping Honduras polygraph its police force to determine if any of its members have ties to organized crime. The Honduran Armed Forces are also working closely with their counterparts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua as well as the United States to exchange intelligence information and break down weapons and drug smuggling networks across borders. At the same time, Blackwell explained that this isn’t just a law-enforcement problem. “You also need to deal with some of the underlying economic and social issues, which is why we’re in this gang truce, so if we can get some more peace in the country we can look at better education, more investment and more jobs,” the OAS official said. “These gangs didn’t grow up overnight and they’re not going to be solved overnight,” he added. “Most of the violence now is about micro-trafficking and competition between the gangs, who are not affiliated with the cartels, to carry out extortion and control territories.” By Dialogo July 08, 2013last_img read more

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Danielle Taylor: President & Owner, Bish Bash Books

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Danielle Taylor of Oyster Bay brings the best of both worlds together:Traditional paper books and quality eBooks published by her company Bish Bash Books.[dropcap]D[/dropcap]anielle Taylor, a mother of two from Oyster Bay, wanted to instill her love of reading into her sons Andrew and Christian, now ages 4 and 3. She began reading to the boys when they were very young and found that sitting quietly and enjoying a book was a wonderful way to connect with them.Danielle, who has a background in software development, had worked for a global investment bank creating software solutions but decided she wanted to use her skills in a more altruistic profession.“I wanted to do something heartfelt,” Danielle says. “Something that I believed in.”For Danielle, reading eBooks to her children became an interactive experience that was fun and exciting. She was intrigued with the confluence of technology, education, literature and art, and began to explore the business side of publishing.The world of children’s book publishing is growing larger by the minute as more small companies and entrepreneurs vie for a share of the market. For Danielle, publishing quality children’s books was a profession she believed in.She launched Bish Bash Books in January 2012, offering original reading material that is written to engage, educate and entertain children in a variety of formats including eBooks, classic paper books, storybook apps and podcasts.Millions of parents eager to introduce their children to reading at an early age are furiously gobbling up this new technology, resulting in skyrocketing sales of eBooks. According to Digital Book World, an online eBook community, an estimated 65 percent of American children will have access to an eReader by the end of 2013.Some books from our childhood still hold a special place in our hearts. Many of us can even recall the scent that wafted from the pages of a favorite book along with memories of a family member reading a story aloud or the hours spent totally immersed in a story, escaping from the cares of the world.Today, eBooks can almost make a story magically come to life. Danielle says there’s a need for both traditional and digital formats and has plans to produce paper books from her original eBooks and vice versa.Last September Bish Bash Books published its first eBook through iTunes, and next plans to distribute its titles through Amazon and Google.Even though Bish Bash Books is small, it can still compete with publishing giants like Simon and Schuster and Random House.“New technology levels the playing field,” Danielle explains. “With eBooks you develop the book once and distribute it over and over.”Because today’s global market is as accessible as the local Barnes and Noble, a best-selling eBook is a distinct possibility.Recently Bish Bash Books announced a give-back program to benefit the local community and help promote children’s literacy.“When we sell 50,000 eBooks, we will donate a set of iPads to a local school,” Danielle says.Her company’s goal is to publish 20 eBooks per quarter which will contain all original characters, stories, illustrations and music. Danielle is very cognizant of the quality of the material that is published so she can ensure that the reading experience is educational and not like a video game.“Right now we have six books published, so that’s really exciting,” she says.“I want children to get hooked on the simple pleasure of reading,” Danielle says. “We want to encourage and help children learn to read in a fun way.”In the near future Danielle has plans to begin publishing non-fiction eBooks on topics like the weather, constellations, water and dinosaurs.“I’d like to focus on young adventurous readers,” says Danielle.Reading is critical to a child’s success in school and in life, so Danielle wants to make it fun and educational.“Reading, music, and art—all of these are what keep me going,” she continues.“It’s all of our responsibility to expose children to everything we can.”[colored_box color=”blue”]For more information, visit www.bishbashbooks.com, call 1-866-944-8236 or email [email protected][/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]In every issue of the Long Island Press and our sister publication, Milieu Magazine, the Fortune 52 column brings you stories of dynamic women who have made a significant and unique contribution to Long Island. To acknowledge their success, Beverly hosts tri-annual networking events that are attended by hundreds of LI business professionals, non- profit leaders and entrepreneurs. If you are interested in knowing more about the Fortune 52, or know a super woman who deserves good Fortune – and a profile – email Beverly at [email protected][/colored_box]last_img read more

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