Rightmove has appointed a new financial chief on a salary of £390,000 and a generous bonus scheme that could see her earn another £1,365,000 in cash and shares if the portal performs to expectations this year.Alison Dolan has been appointed as its Chief Financial Officer and is to join the portal on the 7th September.She joins following a four-year stint at News UK, the newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch’s UK media empire and publisher of The Times, Sunday Times and Sun, where she was its Chief Strategy Officer until May and helped lead its digital transformation as paper news sales have reduced dramatically in recent years.Before that role, Dolan held a number of senior positions within the wider Murdoch empire including at Sky plc where she was Group Treasurer, Director of Finance and Deputy Managing Director Sky Business.Commenting on the appointment, Peter Brooks-Johnson, CEO, (left) says: “We are delighted to welcome Alison to Rightmove, with her extensive commercial and strategic expertise and a strong background in digital media services.“She will be a valuable addition to Rightmove’s leadership team. I would also like to thank Georgina Hudson, Head of Finance, for stepping up as interim Finance Director and her invaluable support through our half year results.”Commenting on her appointment, Alison said “I am very excited to be joining Rightmove and am looking forward to working with the team in our quest to make home moving easier in the UK.”Dolan’s 2020 bonus scheme is a pro-rata bonus opportunity of up to 175% of salary, 60% of which will be in deferred shares, and a pro-rata performance share award of up to 175% of salary.Rupert Murdoch alison dolan Peter Brookes-Johnson Rightmove Sky August 4, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentDarren Lowery, Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings Lowery’s Property Sales & Lettings 4th August 2020 at 8:41 amUnbelievable!! Makes my blood boil!! Fair play to Alison for getting the role – now we know where all those expensive monthly fees go!!If you haven’t done so already – DROP Rightmove now!!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 » Marketing » Rightmove hires new financial chief on £1.75 million package previous nextMarketingRightmove hires new financial chief on £1.75 million packageAlison Dolan is to join the portal after many years spent working for Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper and TV empire in the UK.Nigel Lewis4th August 20201 Comment4,188 Views
Univ’s Senior Tutor has apologised after college officials emailed the 50 lowest collections results of students to the entire JCR.Dr Anne Knowland, Senior Tutor of the college, said, “We would like to apologise to all students affected by this inadvertent disclosure for any distress this has caused and reassure them that we are investigating exactly how this happened and are determined to make sure this does not happen again. University College takes the treatment of sensitive data very seriously.”The individuals concerned are said to be “mortified” over the incident, according to JCR President Abigail Reeves, who also commented that the college had handles the incident “incredibly well”.The spreadsheet including the week’s collection timetable unintentionally included another tab disclosing the results of students who achieved a 2.2 or below last Michaelmas, along with their name, subject and percentage score. This included the marks of nine engineers and six law students.Another email was later sent out by the same member of staff trying to recall the previous message. It asked Univ students to “[please] delete the one previously sent out” as “it contained inaccuracies.”Dr Knowland also wanted to remind students that collections do not count towards a student’s final degree but that they play a key role in “identifying problems and give students an opportunity to practise sitting examinations, improve exam techniques, and understand methods of assessment and marking criteria.”Otamere Guobadia, a second-year law student, and whose results were disclosed on the list, said, “I don’t feel as though there’s any pervasive feeling or undercurrent of betrayal. Someone made a mistake, shit happens. I’ve gotten over it. When the story went national, the press seemed to lose the context and value of collections.”Some of the brightest people I know are on that list, and conversely you have people like me. Failing a collection doesn’t make you stupid, and the staff member in question is absolutely lovely and ruthlessly efficient – frankly I feel sorry for her. Lord knows I’ve done far more stupid things.”
Bucshon Statement On Holcomb“Our party had a strong group of Hoosier leaders ready to take over for Governor Mike Pence and I thank them all for their willingness to serve Indiana. Congratulations to my friend Eric Holcomb on becoming our Republican nominee for governor,” said Bucshon. “Voters have a clear choice in November. As Speaker, John Gregg turned a budget surplus into a budget deficit and increased taxes on families. Eric Holcomb answered the call to serve Indiana by helping Governors Daniels and Pence turn the state around.I’m ready to get to work to help Eric win so we can build on the conservative leadership of the past 12 years to cut taxes, grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every Hoosier!”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Donald WittkowskiPrime property that is supposed to be the construction site for a controversial condo-hotel project is now up for sale for $30 million, according to a listing on a real estate website.The proposed Soleil Resort project has languished for more than 10 years, but gained momentum in 2017 when a Superior Court judge ordered the Ocean City Planning Board to approve the development.The developers indicated last year that they hoped to begin construction in 2018. However, no work has started on the property at 11th Street and Ocean Avenue overlooking the beach and Boardwalk.LoopNet, a commercial real estate website, says the nearly two-acre site is on the market for $30 million. The sale listing notes that the property has been approved for 111 condos and has direct access to the Boardwalk.“We would be looking to sell to a condo or hotel developer interested in the plan,” according to the LoopNet listing.Select Properties Inc., of Colmar, Pa., and Ernst Brothers Designers and Builders, of Spring House, Pa., are the development partners. Select Properties is the owner of the land, which currently functions as a parking lot.Stephen Nehmad, an attorney representing Select Properties, declined to comment Friday on the property sale. However, he did say that as far he knows, Select Properties still wants to build the condo-hotel. Nehmad added that he is in the process of securing regulatory and construction approvals for the project.Soleil Resort received approval from the city’s Planning Board last October, a key step in the lengthy battle to finally build the complex. The board had originally rejected the project in 2016, prompting the developers to file a lawsuit seeking a court order to reverse the denial.Superior Court Judge Julio L. Mendez ruled last August that the Planning Board exceeded its authority and acted in an “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” manner when it denied site plan approval in April 2016 by a 7-1 vote.Mendez ordered the board to approve the site plan application. He found that the project fully complied with the city zoning requirements for a hotel redevelopment zone where Soleil would be built.“The project is fully approved by the Ocean City Planning Board and is consistent with the city’s redevelopment plan,” Nehmad said.An architectural rendering depicts the proposed Soleil Resort, a 111-unit complex that would function as a condo-hotel.The developers have proposed a 111-unit complex that would function as a hotel. While the six-story building would remain a hotel resort, the individual units would be sold as condominiums.During three stormy public hearings in 2016 that led up to the Planning Board’s rejection of the project, opponents claimed that the Soleil was too big for the surrounding neighborhood and would create gridlock on local streets already congested during the peak summer tourism season.“I know there are many, many people who are opposed to the development of this project because it would take away the parking,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman said in an interview Friday. “It’s too big of a project. The traffic would be awful.”The project has also drawn intense objections from some local business owners. They contended during the Planning Board hearings that Soleil was a poorly disguised condominium complex, not the condo-hotel that the developers insist they plan to build.In particular, the project aroused fierce public opposition from residents in the adjacent Flanders Hotel, which operates as a condo-hotel. Soleil is regarded as a potential competitor for the Flanders, one of the city’s most historic and iconic businesses.Select Properties has sued the Flanders Condominium Association, alleging that the hotel improperly interfered with plans to develop the Soleil Resort. The litigation is pending.Bergman, who works as director of catering at the Flanders, said any doubts she has about the Soleil project are based on concerns from her constituents.“If this project goes up, there would be too many units, and we couldn’t handle the traffic flow,” Bergman said.The Soleil is proposed for a city redevelopment zone that envisions a first-class, resort-style hotel operating year-round.“It has to be a hotel,” Bergman said.The developers have repeatedly said the project would comply with those requirements. Nehmad offered similar assurances on Friday.“This is a 111-unit hotel that has been approved by the Ocean City Planning Board – without one variance – and is consistent with the Ocean City redevelopment plan,” he said.Select Properties and Ernst Brothers indicated in 2017 that Soleil would be built in three stages, starting with a condo tower on Ocean Avenue, followed by a parking garage and ending with another condo tower on 11th Street.Over the years, the project has gone through a number of changes to reflect the wishes of the Planning Board as well as the swings in the Ocean City real estate market.An aerial photo included with the LoopNet sales listing shows the location of the proposed development site. According to plans, Soleil Resort would be built on what is now a parking lot adjacent to the Flanders Hotel, in the background.
Electro-funk upstarts Exmag have announced their winter 2018 Glimpses of a Vision Tour, which will take them to several East Coast markets (and a few in Colorado). Of note, the band will hit Brooklyn’s famous Knitting Factory on December 7th alongside special guests, fellow live beat wizards Jaw Gems.Exmag has been making a name for themselves on the live circuit the past several years, emerging as one of the pioneers of a new wave of sophisticated electronic music. The group fuses elements of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, and R&B into a fresh and unique sound, helping them resonate with fans of many genres. Their take on electronic music is exciting and refreshing, as they push the limits of what the audience can expect at the crossroads of programmed beats, samples, and live instrumentation.Jaw Gems is the perfect match for Exmag. Exuding a similar ethos of combining thick, synthetic beats with funky musicianship, the Portland, Maine collective creates music with a hypnotic effect. They summon a sound that’s one part J-Dilla-esque hip-hop and one part Flying Lotus-esque experimental electronic music, with a dash of atmospheric vibe similar to the sounds of Radiohead. The band creates layers of audio using samples and loops before taking them to another level with synths and live instruments–providing a unique experience that is not to be pissed.Tickets for Exmag & Jaw Gems at Knitting Factory go on sale on this Thursday, October 11th at 3:00 PM EST at this link.See below for full info, as well as a full list dates on Exmag’s Glimpses of a Vision Tour.Date: Friday, December 7th, 2018Artist: Exmag w/ Special Guests Jaw GemsVenue: Knitting Factory Brooklyn – 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211Price: $15adv / $18dos — BUY TICKETSTime: Doors 11:30 PM / Show 12:00 AM
POMFRET – A 22-year-old autistic man who left his residence and was unable to be located by family was found safe Sunday morning.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says after a short investigation and search of the area, deputies found the man walk on Route 20 in the Town of Pomfret around 8 a.m.Deputies say the man was not injured and reunited with his family. 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)
You just found some odd worms eating holes in your maple tree leaves. How do you knowwhat they are?Until now, you could only search for an expert, visit the library or take a guess.Now, though, you have the knowledge and photographs of the South’s best experts at yourfingertips — if your fingertips rest on a computer keyboard. The Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, a group of forest entomologists, has put200 full-color images of forest insects and damage on two CD-ROM disks.They added a full-color booklet that includes:* Thumbnail photos of the images.* Scientific and common names.* Descriptions of the images.* The photographers’ names and affiliations.The two-volume set is entitled ‘Forest Insects and Their Damage.'”This CD-ROM set is … unique in the world as far as we know,” said Keith Douce, a Universityof Georgia Extension Service entomologist.Douce coordinated the 18-month project. He worked with Extension computer specialistB.T. Watson and forester David Moorhead. The project was supported by the conference andthe U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Forest Health Unit, in Atlanta.G.J. Lenhard, a Louisiana State University research entomologist and curator of theconference slide series, provided many slides.Entomologists now have a quick, accurate resource to help identify insects. In fact,orders have already been shipped to New York, Canada, Vermont, Oregon and throughout theSouth. But it isn’t just for professional entomologists and foresters. Teachers, landowners,commercial pesticide applicators, journalists and others can use it, too.The CD-ROM set can be used with any software that supports the Kodak Photo CD (.PCD)format. The Kodak Access software included with the CDs works with PC and Mac.To order a set for $25, contact Douce at P.O. Box 1209, Tifton, GA 31793. Or phone(912) 386-3424. Or fax (912) 386-7133.Georgia county Extension agents will also use the CD-ROM set as a quick teaching andidentification aid for the public.As for those odd worms on your maple tree? Check out slide number 15, showing thegreen-striped mapleworm larva.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA soybean disease that has caused major problems for farmers worldwide is now in Georgia. And it’s probably here to stay. Georgia farmers will have to learn to deal with it, says a University of Georgia expert.Asiatic soybean rust was positively identified in Georgia today, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service. The first case of the disease in the continental United States was in Louisiana and announced on Nov. 10. It has since been identified in Mississippi and Florida, too.The disease attacks a plant and defoliates it, killing the plant or severely reducing yields.It’s an aggressive disease that infects and produces spores quickly. “If it spreads, it could affect a large portion of the soybean crop in the United States,” he said.Georgia’s 2004 soybean crop is too far along in growth for the disease to cause much damage this year, Kemerait said. Georgia farmers planted about 250,000 acres of soybeans this year, about 60,000 acres more than last year.The confirmation came from a sample in Seminole County taken by UGA Extension Service agent Rome Ethredge, Kemerait said. But it is believed to be widespread across the state.Tropical deliveryIt’s likely that Hurricane Ivan, which skimmed the coasts of South America around Sept. 13, picked up the disease and delivered it to the Gulf Coast states. The resulting wet, windy weather from other tropical storms allowed the rust to spread.The leaves of a plant infected with the disease will appear dried and dead. But soybean plants across the state have looked this way for sometime now because of natural defoliation this time of year.That’s why the disease wasn’t identified earlier, he said. After the confirmation in Louisiana, UGA Extension Service agents and other agricultural officials began surveying Georgia soybean fields for the disease.Costly diseaseAsiatic soybean rust has hurt soybean production in Asia, Australia and Africa. By 2000, it was in South America. It cost Brazilian farmers an estimated $1 billion in damage and control measures in 2003.Asiatic soybean rust doesn’t hurt humans or affect other major Georgia row crops, such as peanuts and cotton. But it does affect Southern peas, pole, lima and snap beans, which are grown in Georgia. It also attacks and defoliates kudzu, one of Georgia’s most infamous invasive plants.No soybean varieties are resistant to this rust, Kemerait said. But fungicides can control it. Soybeans are a higher-value crop in the Midwest, so farmers there protect them with fungicides.Georgia growers usually don’t spray fungicides on soybeans. But this will likely have to change, he said.”There’s no doubt we can handle Asiatic soybean rust in America,” Kemerait said. “The concern is how much additional production cost will it take.”Asiatic soybean rust is a tropical disease. Freezing temperatures kill it. It could spread in the United States during the summer, but it will have to fall back during winter to places that don’t freeze, such as south Florida and Texas.Now that it’s in the United States, though, it will stay. “We won’t eradicate this disease,” Kemerait said. “We’ll just have to contain and control it.”Response planKemerait, UGA plant pathology department head John Sherwood and Extension Service soybean agronomist Phil Jost are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to form a first-response plan for Georgia agricultural crops.UGA Extension Service county agents are training to identify and respond to this and other diseases.Soybeans are sometimes boiled with salt like Deep-South peanuts in Japan and other places. But in most of the United States, the high-proteins are used mostly in highly processed forms.Textured vegetable protein, soy lecithin and vegetable oil from soybeans are key ingredients in meatless burgers, milk and cheeses, infant formulas, chocolate candies and countless other foods.Soybeans are used to make nonfood products, too, such as soap, cosmetics, resins, plastics, inks, crayons, solvents and biodiesel fuel.
Specialists from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will lead a blueberry-centric integrated pest management (IPM) field day on Wednesday, Feb. 21 in Alma, Georgia.The event, which is open to the public, will feature a blueberry pest management discussion by Assistant Professor Ash Sial, UGA IPM coordinator, as well as a sprayer calibration demonstration by Professor Glen Rains, both of the college’s Department of Entomology.“The field day is a great opportunity to put growers in touch with specialists to learn hands-on identification and sprayer calibration,” said Renee Allen, commercial blueberry area agent for UGA Cooperative Extension in Bacon County. “This collaboration benefits everyone. The growers can get the answers they need and the specialists can hear what information is highest in demand.”Sial and his team will be on site to answer all blueberry IPM-related questions for personnel and growers. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the public.“Some of the topics to be discussed include gall midge, thrips and spotted wing drosophila in blueberry crops,” Sial said. “These are the most common blueberry IPM issues, and we would like growers to have as much information as possible. It is also the perfect opportunity for growers to get information specific to their farms.”The field day will begin at 9:45 a.m. at UGA’s Blueberry Research and Demonstration Farm. The half-day event will end at noon and will be followed by lunch. Those planning to attend must reserve their space with the Bacon County Extension office by emailing [email protected] or by calling (912) 632-5601.This field day is sponsored by DowDuPont Inc., AirScout and Bennett’s Tractor Service LLC.For more information about the field day, please visit the UGA Blueberry Blog at blog.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/.
Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown II has worked in and studied Latin America for the last couple of decades. He learned Spanish in the 80s, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies, and was subsequently assigned to the U.S. Military Advisory in El Salvador. Later, he commanded Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Unit Four in Puerto Rico, which serves as the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) NSW Component Command. In his own words, “Latin America is a fascinating place,” and now, as the commander of SOCSOUTH in Homestead, Florida, he has the opportunity to work with the U.S. hemispheric partners to tackle problems like illicit trafficking, violent extremists, and other such irregular challenges. In the following interview with Diálogo, RDML Brown talks about the mission of SOCSOUTH, and the importance of understanding the language and the culture of the region. DIÁLOGO: What is the mission of SOCSOUTH and how does it relate to SOUTHCOM? Rear Admiral Thomas L. Brown II: SOCSOUTH is a special operations headquarters assigned to General Fraser [US Southern Command Commander]. Gen. Fraser has a service component commander for each service, i.e. Commander U.S. Navy South (COMMUNAVSO), Commander Marine Forces South (COMMARFORSO), and SOCSOUTH is his Special Operations Forces (SOF) component command for planning and conducting special operations. One difference between SOCSOUTH and the service component commands is that we are a sub-unified joint command, with members in all services. DIÁLOGO: What are the core tasks of SOCSOUTH? RDML Brown: The mission of Theater Special Operations Command is to plan and execute special operations, in our case in Latin America and the Caribbean. So that means everything from conducting Civil Affairs (CA) operations to the possibility of special operations in direct support of, or in partnership with our friends in the region, like we did with Operation Willing Spirit, the operation to rescue the U.S. hostages being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Colombia [2003-2008]. What falls under the rubric of special operations is often a surprise to people, the ‘soft power’ tools we possess, from Information Operations to Civil Affairs. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has a CA brigade that provides civil-military support elements that SOCSOUTH employs in support of our partner nations and country teams’ efforts in the region. We routinely employ our Special Forces from 7th and 20th Special Forces Group, special warfare combat craft crewmen, and SEALs, principally from Special Boat Team 22 and SEAL Team 18, Air Force commandos and SOF aircrew instructors. All these capabilities help us build the capacity of our partners for combating dangerous non-state actors, or using the term coined from John Arquilla [a PhD in International Relations from Stanford who has written many articles and books on the future of warfare], ‘Dark Networks’. DIÁLOGO: What do U.S. troops take away from participating in multinational exercises? RDML Brown: A fundamental value of special operation forces is that they’re culturally attuned, work in small numbers, and deploy for extended periods of time outside fixed or traditional bases, which allows us to get to know and understand the environment and the people we work with. We bring back from our exercises an improved cultural knowledge, a better understanding of the capabilities of our partner nations, and solidify relationships that allow us to better synchronize the capabilities and effects of our partners against illicit trafficking, terrorists and other such threats. Relationships are vital in this business. Knowing people and their views, while understanding our partners’ strengths, weaknesses and needs assist us to reinforce their strengths and help out on their weaknesses. DIÁLOGO: What is the importance of understanding the culture and language of the region? RDML Brown: From my experience working in different parts of the world, SOUTHCOM is unique in that in working with Latin America, it’s kind of expected that one speak the language. In order to achieve desired effects, it’s important to have a degree of language capability and understanding of cultural nuances. Some people may have more skills in communicating than others, and may be able to communicate or learn without knowing the language, but it’s a lot more challenging. So I’d say that language skills and cultural awareness are mission essential here. U.S. Special Operations Command’s leadership has been consistent in emphasizing the importance of language competency as well as regional expertise and culture in its investment strategy, and SOUTHCOM benefits from that in terms of the skills our Special Operations Forces bring to the theater. DIÁLOGO: How does new technology used by narcotraffickers, such as the semi-submersibles, affect your mission? RDML Brown: We work hard to stay abreast of new technologies or techniques the traffickers and Transnational Criminal Organizations, and narcoterrorists like the FARC use to move drugs and other illicit goods. We take this into account in the way we are training and building partnership capacity. We keep our eyes on it as we work with the U.S. country teams, and in close collaboration with the countries, to tailor our training and other capacity building efforts against the threat as these ‘dark networks’ adopt new communications, transportation, and other technology. DIÁLOGO: Can you talk about Special Forces in SOCSOUTH? RDML Brown: The generic term for what you are referring to is special operations forces or SOF, which includes the Army Special Forces, Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC), U.S. Marine Special Operations Teams and SEAL platoons, as well as the Air Force special operations with its 6th SOS for building partnership aviation capacity, Combat Control Team and Pararescue personnel. However, we have a much broader range of capabilities, different from those I just mentioned above and beyond the traditional understanding people have of SOF from the movies. Just as important, if not more so, is that SOCSOUTH is on the leading edge of employing Civil Affairs, Information Operations, and intellectual capital from academia to solve complex irregular warfare problems. Our core culture is built around the commando and the bias for action that comes with that territory. But, it is important to mention that we count on Civil Affairs and Information Operations to compliment the hard power of direct action, or traditional commando raids, and the warriors and the officers, and the enlisted men and women at SOCOM have got to be those people that understand how to employ all those tools to solve complex problems. This is job number one in irregular warfare, with which we have a competitive advantage over traditional military forces and capabilities. DIÁLOGO: What kind of participation does SOCSOUTH have in Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR)? RDML Brown: After the earthquake in Haiti, special ops forces were among the first on the ground. Even though it’s not a primary special ops mission, and it’s not the thing that I have my forces looking at everyday, we can move very quickly to operate in small numbers in austere environments, particularly with our Information Operations and Civil Affairs forces to contribute significantly to HA/DR in the event of a crisis. DIÁLOGO: Is it a good solution to establish a transnational organization to deploy troops for Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief? RDML Brown: That is a good idea, and from how I’ve seen Gen. Fraser approach this problem, I think it’s consistent with his collaborative and team building approach to the region. It’s best to have a regional solution, a space where we can gather to figure out the best way to help out in a situation. By Dialogo October 26, 2011 Good Article