Alex Chesterman? He’s so Moneysupermarket

first_imgHome » News » Alex Chesterman? He’s so Moneysupermarket previous nextProducts & ServicesAlex Chesterman? He’s so MoneysupermarketZPG’s CEO reveals some suprirsing views during interview with City AM newspaper.Nigel Lewis27th March 201701,180 Views Alex Chesterman has revealed his disappointment with the way Brexit has been handled by the government but, despite the challenges of leaving Europe, says he wants ZPG to become one of the world’s most influential tech companies.These and other views were revealed today during an interview with London’s City AM newspaper. In it Chesterman says he hopes ZPG would become the ‘Amazon of the home’ and that his nearest competitors were Rightmove – as you might expect – but also comparison website Moneysupermarket.com.But Chesterman also says Brexit has put the property market – and his £2 billion baby – on shakier ground.“We saw property sales volumes fall quite significantly in the second half of last year, compared to the period before the vote,” he told the paper.“Buying a home is one of the biggest and longest term decisions that people make so they tend to hold off making such important decisions in times of heightened uncertainty.”He also said that public sentiment and uncertainty would not improve until there was “clarity and what Brexit actually mean” although the ZPG CEO is not entirely a Remainer, his comments reveal.Good BrexitThe 47-year-old says a good Brexit could offer a bright future for the UK, but that a bad one would have “long-lasting consequences”.His interview also reveals Chesterman’s other investments outside property. He’s put money into snack firm Graze, travel firm Secret Escapes and fresh fruit delivery outfit Farmdrop.“I’m attracted to large markets, ripe for disruption and where technology can make the market more efficient,” he told the paper.Alex Chesterman Zoopla ZPG March 27, 2017Nigel 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

Letting agent jailed after failing to fit smoke alarms at house where boys died

first_imgHome » News » Letting agent jailed after failing to fit smoke alarms at house where boys died previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agent jailed after failing to fit smoke alarms at house where boys diedTragedy during fire in 2016 at a rented property in Huddersfield could have been prevented if smoke alarms had been fitted.Nigel Lewis19th July 201801,566 Views The parents of two children killed in a house fire have called for more letting agents and landlords to know their legal responsibilities and ensure the safety of tenants.Parents Emma Taylor and Jamie Casey who in 2016 lost two of their children in a house fire, made the statement following the end of a three-week trial of their letting agent at Leeds Crown Court.During the proceedings it was revealed that he had failed to fit smoke alarms to their rented house in Huddersfield despite repeated requests to do so.The case is believed to be the first of its kind following the introduction of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regulations 2015, which require smoke alarms to be fitted by landlords to properties in the private rented sector.Yesterday the agent involved, 51-year old Kamal Bains, was sentenced to a year in jail. After initially denying two charges of manslaughter he later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failing to discharge his duties under Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.Parents’ statementBaines, whose agency at one point managed hundreds of properties across Huddersfield, was brought to trial following a fire at the home of Taylor and Casey (pictured, above) during which their two young sons Logan and Jake died of smoke inhalation.In a joint statement released by their parents, the couple said: “We do hope that this case highlights this important issue and for people to know their responsibilities as landlords or letting agents and to take appropriate action to ensure that any property they are responsible for has working smoke alarms.“Such a simple check could have saved the lives of our boys and we want to ensure that this does not happen to anyone else.” Kamal Bains moke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Regulations 2015 carbon monoxide detectors smoke detectors July 19, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

VIDEO: Hydroid, Kongsberg Produce HD Images of Two WWII U.S. LSTs

first_img View post tag: produce A successful partnership between Hydroid Inc. and Kongsberg GeoAcoustics has produced the first high-definition images of two WWII U.S. Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) that lie off the coast of South Devon, UK. View post tag: UK Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Hydroid, Kongsberg Produce HD Images of Two WWII U.S. LSTs View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval The vessels were sunk on April 28, 1944 by German torpedo boats that interrupted the Exercise Tiger training mission, which took place in southern England. The training was the secret rehearsal for the Utah Beach portion of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France.Well kept secretThe tragedy left nearly 1,000 U.S. servicemen dead, making it one of the deadliest training-related events of the war. The carnage was far greater than the actual invasion on Utah Beach, yet full details about the attack weren’t made public immediately. To keep the Allies’ invasion plans secret, those who survived the attack were ordered not to say a word. The death toll wasn’t announced until nearly two months after D-Day, according to The Associated Press. Full details were not disclosed until 1974, when records of the torpedo strike were declassified. The historical account of the D-Day invasion in France has overshadowed the UK training tragedy for decades. As a result, it’s one of the best-kept secrets of World War II.70th anniversaryWith April 28th, 2014 marking the 70th anniversary of this event, Graham Lester, Hydroid’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, wanted to help pay tribute to the lives lost during the Exercise Tiger tragedy. After visiting the beachside memorial in Torcross, UK last summer, Lester started planning the Hydroid Exercise Tiger AUV Mission to commemorate the event. The idea was to use an AUV to capture high-resolution images of the wreckage and help shed additional light on this historic tragedy. Graham wanted to help complete the story of what happened for the servicemen and families involved, and provide future generations with a better account of the events that took place in the area. “These images are adding to the historic photo album that honors the lives lost during the Exercise Tiger tragedy in 1944,” said Lester.Between March 10th and 21st, 2014, two AUV operating teams, one from Hydroid Europe and the other from the Royal Navy’s Maritime Autonomous System Trials Team (MASTT), undertook missions to collect data from the area. Hydroid’s team focused on the last known location of the two torpedoed LSTs – 531 and 507 – approximately 40 miles off the coast, in the English Channel. MASTT focused on the area just off Slapton Sands, where they located an object of interest. They are still analyzing the data to understand if the object is related to the 1944 tragedy.Using the REMUS 100 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with both Edgetech side-scan sonar and Kongsberg GeoAcoustics’ GeoSwath multibeam sonar, the Hydroid team produced the first high-definition sonar images ever collected of the two wrecks. This was the first time in history that an AUV had surveyed the area.[mappress]Press Release, June 26, 2014; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: two View post tag: Hydroid View post tag: europe View post tag: HD View post tag: Kongsberg View post tag: Navy View post tag: Images View post tag: WWII U.S. LSTs June 26, 2014 Share this article VIDEO: Hydroid, Kongsberg Produce HD Images of Two WWII U.S. LSTs Authoritieslast_img read more

Press release: Pubs Code Adjudicator email addresses are changing

first_imgThe Government is phasing out ‘.gsi’ from official email addresses. As part of this change, the PCA has removed ‘.gsi’ from its email addresses.From Tuesday 15 May 2018, PCA email addresses changed to:[email protected]@[email protected] PCA website and Enquiry Line telephone number remain the same – www.gov.uk/pca and 0800 528 8080.Parties in arbitrations have been notified of this change and reminded to direct future correspondence to the new email addresses from 15 May 2018.Any queries should now be referred to [email protected] from 15 May 2018.last_img

Owner of Mets and hedge fund leaves Twitter, citing threats

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The owner of the New York Mets is dropping off Twitter after his family got threats apparently related to his hedge fund’s activity. Steve Cohen is a billionaire who also owns the Point72 hedge fund. He said Saturday that he enjoys chatting with Mets fans on Twitter. But he says that because of “misinformation unrelated to the Mets,” his family got personal threats. So he has deactivated his Twitter account. Hedge funds like Cohen’s have become wrapped up in recent stock market turmoil. They made bets against stocks such as GameStop. A band of small investors have inflicted heavy losses on the hedge funds by bidding up the shares of GameStop and other companies.last_img

Ana Gasteyer to Play the Principal in Grease: Live

first_imgWell, this is Wicked news! Former Elphie Ana Gasteyer will take on the role of the Principal in Grease: Live. Starring the previously announced Great White Way alums Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo and more, the musical is scheduled to hit the small screen on January 31, 2016.Along with Wicked, Gasteyer has also been seen on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera and The Royal Family. An SNL alum, her additional screen credits include Lady Dynamite, The Group, Rapture-Palooza, Mean Girls, The Goldbergs, The Good Wife, Suburgatory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, The Mindy Project and Law & Order.The popular tuner, which features a score and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, follows teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. The show premiered on Broadway in 1972 and has been revived on the Great White Way twice since. The 1978 film adaptation starred John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing.Hamilton’s Thomas Kail will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction, with DWTS’ Alex Rudzinski as the live television director. The cast is set to also include Julianne Hough as Sandy, Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine, along with Cindrella alums Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen as Marty and Frenchy, respectively.Robert Cary and Buyer & Cellar scribe Jonathan Tolins will pen a new script for television. The pair contributed additional book material to the recent revival of On the Town. View Commentslast_img read more

Javier Munoz & Lexi Lawson Step Center Stage in Hamilton

first_img Related Shows Javier Muñoz Lexi Lawson View Comments Hamilton Tomorrow there’ll be more of us…Javier Muñoz will officially take over for Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton on July 11. Miranda’s former alternate in the title role will be joined by Lexi Lawson, who steps in for Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton in the Tony-winning tuner.Muñoz is scheduled to lead seven shows a week; Michael Luwoye will now appear in the titular role once weekly. Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. exited the production along with Miranda and Soo on July 9; he is set to be officially replaced by two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr in mid-August. In the meantime, the role will be covered by understudies Andrew Chappelle, Sydney James Harcourt and Austin Smith.Muñoz, who recently fought a battle with cancer, also covered for Miranda in In the Heights, before officially taking over the lead role of Usnavi on Broadway and later on the national tour. Lawson performed in the first national tour of In the Heights in the leading role of Vanessa. Luwoye makes his Broadway debut in Hamilton; he was recently seen off-Broadway in Invisible Thread.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The current cast also includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Rory O’Malley as King George, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Tony winner Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Javier Muñoz & Lexi Lawson(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Sam Rudy Media Relations) Star Files from $149.00last_img read more

Odds & Ends: La La Land Wins Big in Toronto & More

first_img View Comments Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling in ‘La La Land'(Photo: Summit Entertainment) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. La La Land Wins Big in TorontoBuzz is building for new musical La La Land, which features lyrics by Broadway favorites Pasek and Paul. Damien Chazelle’s movie, which stars Main Stem alum Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and features music by Justin Hurwitz, has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The winner has historically mirrored Oscar voting so the film is in prime position moving into “awards season.”From Fox to Broadway for Ben Vereen?Ben Vereen, who will soon be seen in Fox’s Rocky Horror remake, has additionally been tapped by the network for a recurring role in the comedy series Making History, Deadline reports. The Tony winner is also attached to new musical From Brooklyn to Broadway; Broadway.com has confirmed that the show is aiming to land on the Main Stem next fall and that there will be a workshop this December. We will keep you posted!Charmian Carr Dead at 73Charmian Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, died in Los Angeles on September 17 at the age of 73. According to the New York Times, her spokesman said the cause was complications from a rare form of dementia. Carr subsequently appeared in the Stephen Sondheim TV musical Evening Primrose; she later ran her own design business. Watch her iconic performance of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” below.last_img read more

Albertson Man Shot by Police Was Armed With BB Gun, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The suspected gunman that Nassau County police officers shot and wounded in Albertson on Wednesday morning was later found to have pointed a BB gun at the officers, authorities said.A 22-year-old man called 911 after one of his neighbors on Netz Place, Brian Reilly, 56, allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the victim before walking away without saying a word, police said.When responding officers arrived, they quickly spotted Reilly walking nearby and ordered him to show his hands, but the suspect pulled out what officers believed was a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers, police said.The officers fired three shots, hitting Reilly once in each leg and once in his right hand, police said. He was taken to Winthrop University Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening gunshot wounds.Investigators later learned that the weapon Reilly threatened the officers with was a black BB handgun.Reilly is charged with menacing, menacing a police officer and possession of a dangerous weapon. He will be arraigned as soon as practical, police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. The case is the second police-involved shooting in five weeks.Officers shot and killed 30-year-old Dalton Smith, who police have said was committing a home invasion near Hofstra University on May 17.Andrea Rebello, a 21-year-old Westchester woman and Hofstra student that police said Smith had in a headlock and was threatening to kill at the time, was also accidentally shot by the same police officer.last_img read more

Financial wellness, for employees, and their employers too

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In an age where instant payments — and if not instant, then faster payments — are becoming the norm for consumers and commerce, wither the faster access to paychecks?Though direct deposit is a standard antidote to paper checks, some firms have been angling to give employees faster access — and on-demand access — to their pay, a move that some firms say cements worker loyalty and can improve employers’ bottom lines.To that end, FinTech DailyPay said Wednesday that it had entered into a national partnership with The Maids, a franchise residential cleaning firm operating in the United States and Canada.The partnership allows Maids’ employees to get their wages instantly through DailyPay, limited to earned but as-yet unpaid wages. (DailyPay already works with companies in high-tech industries, for Uber and other firms.)In an interview with PYMNTS, Jason Lee, DailyPay’s CEO, stated that hourly employees are the bulk of the workforce in the United States, at up to 59 percent of all workers. And through the use of technology, he said, money delivered instantly, regardless of day or time or holidays — when banks are closed — can help smooth the process of obtaining financial security. continue reading »last_img read more