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Rightmove U-turn: all customer invoices to be cut by 75% until July

first_imgHome » News » Rightmove U-turn: all customer invoices to be cut by 75% until July previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove U-turn: all customer invoices to be cut by 75% until JulyPortal makes dramatic announcement to City after howls of protest from agents over its deferred payment scheme, which has now been scrapped.Nigel Lewis20th March 20204 Comments4,287 Views Rightmove has performed a complete U-turn on its deferred payments scheme and announce that it will be refunding all its customers invoices by 75% for the next four months, the first time it has reduced its fees since being established in 2000.The dramatic announcement was revealed to the stock market this morning, and Rightmove says it has come to the decision after listening to its customers, and witnessing a significant slowdown in the speed of the UK housing market.“Notably the number of property transactions failing to complete in recent days and likely changes in tenant behaviour following the announcement of the renters’ protections by the government may put further pressure on estate and lettings agents,” the company says.The decision also follows howls of protest from many estate agents groups, individuals and companies, and it is understood that its CEO Peter Brooks-Johnson (pictured) has been speaking on the phone to many leading estate agents over the past two days, and been given an ear bashing.The 75% reduction in fees will run from April until July will be for all its customers including agency, new homes and commercial property customers.Rightmove says this will decrease its revenues this year by up to £75 million.“At Rightmove we are doing everything in our power to rise to the challenges of COVID-19. We have chosen to utilise our position  to support our customers at this difficult time,” says Brooks-Johnson.  Rightmove Peter Brooks-Johnson March 20, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsPam Batth, nu move Online Estate Agents nu move Online Estate Agents 20th March 2020 at 1:50 pmRM 75% off for 4 months, OTM 33% off, Zoopla free if you ditch RM for 9 months, Choices, Choices, Choices Hmmm, they need to smell the coffee and take notice from Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies just released now, it can take a year before we see results. i would suggest the 3 major portals should do for free for a year. no if’s no buts.If the interest rate can be reduced from 0.5% to 0.1% with one week so can the portals reduce to ZERO.If we go to lockdown which could happen very very soon,how on earth will Vendors and Landlords exercise social distancing? and how do we know who has the virus on viewings?Time is of the essence and the whole property fraternity needs support and to take action. WAKE UP PORTALS.The Government needs the back bone SME’s otherwise its curtains for many, and they will do everything possible. so it is times for the portals to show loyalty and goodwill.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 20th March 2020 at 12:35 pmOn the 11th of February mighty Rightmove had a share price of 701p, yesterday the share price fell to 475p, a 32.6% drop, and over an 11% drop in the last week.They always say pride comes before a fall, in this case perhaps shareholders greed comes before the interests of the agents.Dissent and upset, and anger is now being focused on Rightmove, yes all shares are getting hit, but Countrywide, and now Rightmove are showing they are out of step with the very industry they are in – you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – and if there is a mass exodus from Rightmove, those in the c-suite maybe deserve to be reminded who pays their salaries and bonuses.So now Rightmove reacts, pushing their chess piece across the black and white squares in what may prove to be a very bloody endgame, but as Harry Hill the elder statesman of agency and of course on the ground at the inception of Rightmove asks on a Linkedin post, ‘will the 75% discount be enough?’Everyone knows I back agents – being one for 32 years, and in equal measure I now back proptech – setting up Proptech-PR as a body to get agents informed and modernised.I used my 2,500 database of agency decision makers yesterday speaking directly with and contacting nearly 300 decision makers who wanted to know which way to turn. I focused them all on Rightmove – telling them to be brave and take their moment – it was about paying a fair price for a service, and it was time to break the monopoly.Looking at Rightmove’s reaction I think they are now listening. But will agents ever trust Rightmove again?Log in to ReplyKen Houchin, Roland James Roland James 20th March 2020 at 12:18 pmCould the original offer from Rightmove prove to be their ‘Ratner moment’ and that by insulting their customers so badly the adverse reaction brings them down. To paraphrase “How can we charge so much? Because we think our customers are c***p.” If you don’t remember Gerald Ratner, try Google.Log in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 20th March 2020 at 8:48 amThey haven’t done this out of the kindness of their heart as they would have you believe – they have no heart! The hundreds of membership cancellations they have received over the last couple of days have backed them into a corner and forced them to change track. I just hope that those agents that have given notice aren’t fobbed off by this, and remember that this is a mere publicity stunt and that Rightmove’s plan on charging ever increasing fees has merely been put on hold.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 2021last_img read more

Grants & Contracts Specialist

first_img Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins University Grants & Contracts Specialist Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Salary Not Specified Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information Facebook Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicineFounded in 1893, the School of Medicine (SOM) is the academicmedical teaching and research arm of The Johns Hopkins University.With a budget of over $2 billion, the SOM has consistently beenamong the nation’s top medical schools in the number of researchgrants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and inhaving as its major teaching hospital, The Johns Hopkins Hospital(JHH). JHH was ranked the best hospital in the United States for 22years by U.S. News & World Report. Sixteen Nobel laureatesassociated with the SOM as alumni and faculty have won the NobelPrize in Medicine or Chemistry, two of which, are current faculty.Fifteen current faculty are members of the National Academy ofSciences. The SOM offers an M.D. an M.D./Ph.D. and 19 othergraduate programs. In the current year, there are over 1,250medical and doctoral students, and more than 2,700 full-timefaculty.GeneralSummary/Purpose:Provide entry levelprofessional sponsored funds management for more than 80% of timewith specific responsibility for pre-award and post-award functionsthat include, but may not be limited to: proposal preparation,budget development, account maintenance and oversight,billing/invoicing, reporting, and closeout. May manage less complexgrants through the submission stage, with necessary oversight anddirection. While this role may assist with some aspects ofnon-sponsored funds (general funds and gifts), the primary goal isto support the timely, effective and efficient functioning ofsponsored funding.Specific Dutiesand Responsibilities:Utilize institutionalpolicies for pre-award grant process and sponsorguidelines.Provide assistance,preparation and support related to grant applicationprocedures.Maintain ongoing updatesand communications related to current grants andcontracts.Assist the post-award teamas needed to ensure that responsibilities are completed includingbudget distribution, account reconciliation, e-form setup, effortreporting, cost transfers, paying invoices and paperworkfinalization related to subcontract setup.Provide information anddirect assistance required to complete contract and grantcloseouts, as needed.Function independentlywhen working on less complex grants and contractsresponsibilities.Under the directsupervision and oversight of a more senior member within theresearch function, the specialist will have some involvement withmore complex grant management.Perform miscellaneousrelated duties as assigned.Minimum Qualifications(Required):Bachelor’s degree and one(1) year of administrative/budgeting experience.Additional education maysubstitute for required experience and additional relatedexperience may substitute for required education, to the extentpermitted by theJHU EquivalencyFormula: 30 undergraduatedegree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits maysubstitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalencyis permitted, up to two years of non-related college course workmay be applied towards the total minimum education/experiencerequired for the respectivejob.Classified Title: Grants& Contracts SpecialistWorking Title: Grants & Contracts Specialist​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ATP/03/PBStarting Pay Rate Range:$20.93-$28.75(commensurate with experience)Employee group: Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30 a- 5:00p/ 40 hrsper weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:04-MD:School of Medicine CampusDepartment name: 10002905-SOM Neuro Sci NeurosciencePersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more: Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Johns Hopkins University Twitter Similar jobs You need to sign in or create an account to save Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Grants & Contracts Specialist LinkedIn Share Save Grants & Contracts Specialist Grants & Contracts Specialist Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Maryland, United States You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Save Grants & Contracts Specialist Save Grants & Contracts Specialist More searches like thislast_img read more

Exeter students go on indefinite hall strike

first_imgExeter College students have begun a hall boycott after an emergency JCR meeting was held on Sunday to reaffirm the decision and discuss alternative eating options.The JCR voted last week to hold a hall boycott to protest against the disproportionately high living costs faced by students compared to other colleges, particularly against the £840 annual catering charge that is paid by students living in.In a piece written for Cherwell, Richard Collett-White explained the basis of the strike. He noted that students are required to pay £280 “simply for the privilege of setting foot in the only on-site eating place.”He said, “JCR and MCR have passed motions calling for a hall boycott and regular protests, as a symbolic act of defiance.”The strike follows a motion in the JCR and MCR passed last week seconded by over 100 students, which said, “the catering charge for students living in is ludicrous.”It went on, “College did not negotiate properly on rent last year and are totally intransigent on the catering charge issue. Further discussion with College is futile until they start listening.”Since Trinity, Exeter students have tweeting using the hashtags ‘#FTCC’ (‘Fuck the Catering Charge’) and #CTCC (‘Cancel the Catering Charge).The college’s Rector, Frances Cairncross, told Cherwell, “We have already been in talks with our students and hope to continue to explore options. Meanwhile, we are sorry that they should boycott the College’s catering provision.”A Facebook group called ‘Exeter College Hallternatives’ has organised eating options for the boycott by connecting Exeter students with other colleges. JCRs including Balliol, St. Hilda’s, Linacre, and fellow Turl Street colleges Lincoln and Jesus, have offered to take people for lunch and dinner. Balliol has offered students discount ‘Balliol Blues’, while Wadham SU has palso assed a motion of solidarity with Exeter.  The catering manager for the ‘Hallternatives’ said, “Most people in college are totally behind the boycott, and we have received a lot of support from other JCRs as well. As far as negotiations with college go, we haven’t heard too much back, but it is early days.This Wednesday saw a major day of action, with students from both the JCR and MCR marching through college and Turl Street holding banners. The protest was followed by a ‘Welfare Dinner’ organised by the JCR.The initial proposal was to try and find a way to make hall more efficient, but the general consensus has changed with students now calling for the college to bare more of the loss hall makes, in keeping with other colleges.One access volunteer and finalist at Exeter told Cherwell, “With one kitchen for 144 people, nobody took the decision to boycott lightly.“Following Tom Rutland’s mention of the boycott in his e-mail, we’ve had loads of offers of help from students at other colleges, this is a fantastic display of student solidarity.“Battels at Exeter are 20% above the median. That scale of variation is not healthy in a university, especially given Oxford already has a bad reputation for being too expensive for many students.”According to information sent out by the JCR to students, Exeter has the highest catering charge in Oxford by a margin of £116 per term and according to recent OUSU statistics it is the second most expensive college for students living in. It is estimated that, with the catering charge factored in, the cost of eating in hall for someone living in is around £13 a day.The JCR information also said that Exeter is ranked bottom in Oxford for Living Cost satisfaction according to the ‘Oxford Student Barometer’, making general satisfaction over 30% lower than the average.Lucy McCann, a first year at Exeter said, “I’ve spoken to many Exeter students who’ve told me that had they known about the catering charge, they wouldn’t have applied to the college; I certainly wouldn’t have myself.“Not only is the charge unfair, it’s a massive access issue for the college.”The protests are expected to continue until the end of term.last_img read more

Million-pound bid to transform Oxford’s Covered Market

first_imgOxford City Council have submitted a £2 million funding bid as part of a larger plan that would transform the Covered Market. “Our aim with this project is to transform the market,create new jobs and increase footfall – and ensure the Covered Market remainsthe jewel in the crown of Oxford’s retail offer.” While a precise cost has not yet been announced, investment is expected to enter the millions. Proposals will consider improving the entrances and facade to the Covered Market, among other developments. A Grade II-listed building, Oxford City Council alreadyinvests £3.1 million into the Covered Market to secure its long-term future. A successful bid, submitted to Historic England’s HighStreet Heritage Action, would unlock a multi-million-pound investment in Oxford’streasured market. Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture andCity Centre, said: “Oxford Covered Market has been in continuous use since thelate 18th century. Oxford City Council is its custodian, and it’sour duty to secure the market for future generations.” First opened in 1774, the market features more than 50traders. The transformation aims to increase footfall and improve the tradingenvironment for local independent businesses, as well as to encourage morelocal shoppers.center_img Later this year, the council will work with traders, shoppers and stakeholders to develop potential proposals. The first proposals, known as a “masterplan”, will becomplete by the end of 2020. The Council has been supported in the big by avariety of businesses, including the Covered Market Tenants’ Association and anumber of University of Oxford colleges. The wider vision is to create an Oxford Market Quarter ofsmall, independent traders. If successful, it is hoped that the investment willsupport the development of a wider Market Quarter, working with other landlordsin the area. Debbie Dance, Director of Oxford Preservation Trust, said:“Securing this funding will act as leverage for other support, acting as acatalyst to allow a new vibrant centre for the city, allowing partnershipopportunities to develop spreading much needed investment into the surroundingstreets.” “Together this will allow the creation of an exciting and revitalised place for all the residents of the city, and across all walks of its life, creating a sense of place and belonging for more diverse, different and exciting new audiences, improving the health and well being for all.”last_img read more

Register now for Bakers’ Fair Autumn

first_imgDon’t forget to register to attend Bakers’ Fair Autumn on Sunday 2 October.Taking place at the Bolton Arena, the free-to-attend event will include a masterclass on cake pop-making from John Robertshaw of Bako North Western; a talk from the Soil Association on ’Demystifying organic’; and demonstrations from the Richemont Club of Great Britain. The Richemont Club will also hold its eighth annual competition, which is open to non-members for the first time. Please call 01270 624572 or email [email protected] for competition details.For more information, to register for free, or to download a competition entry form, visit read more

Break Science Live Band Shares New Funk Banger Featuring Members Of Lettuce

first_imgOf course, you can head down to Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL for the inaugural festivities, hosted by Lettuce, and featuring performances by GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Nth Power, Break Science, Goldfish and more! Tickets are moving quickly, and can be found here.While you’re dancing in your seat to this new groove, make sure to set your calendars for the premiere of our Break Science Band SiriusXM in-studio session on Monday 3/14 at Noon ET! BREAK SCIENCE BAND ON THE JAM FILES:Monday @ Noon ETWeds @ 7am ETThurs @ 11pm ETSun @ 4pm ET NEW MUSIC BLAST! Break Science ( Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee) came thru SiriusXM recently and tracked a brand new heater with help from some friends in Lettuce, Eric “Jesus” Coomes on bass, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar, and the Shady Horns. Take a listen to “Android Love” right here and catch it in rotation on SiriusXM Jam_ON. While you’re dancing in your seat, make sure to set your calendars for the premiere of our Break Science Band SiriusXM in-studio session on Monday 3/14 at Noon ET!Posted by SiriusXM Jam_ON on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Break Science, comprised of drummer Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee, came through the SiriusXM studios recently for a session on Jam ON. The group laid down a brand new heater called “Android Love,” played with some help from a few friends in Lettuce, including Jesus Coomes on bass, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar, and the Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny”Bloom). Fortunately, Jam ON was nice enough to share the new tune. Take a listen to “Android Love” below.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Twiddle Welcomes Preschoolers For Heartwarming Pre-NYE Soundcheck Visit

first_imgL4LM: Do you play music for the kids in your class often? If so, what do you listen to?MD: I play music every day in my classroom. I have SiriusXM radio in my classroom, so we get to listen to lots of genres of music. We especially love Jam_On and the Grateful Dead channels.L4LM: How did you get in contact with Twiddle?MD: I have become friends with Ryan Dempsey, the keyboardist, over the past few years. We just connected personally, and I asked him if he thought the band would let me do it.L4LM: What was the band’s initial response to your idea?MD: Ryan loved the idea, and he brought it to the band. Initially, I first asked last year, and they couldn’t make it happen. This year, when they announced the two-night run, I figured I would hit them up again. And they said yes!L4LM: Was it difficult getting permission from the school to do this?MD: It wasn’t a school-sanctioned field trip. This was on the weekend on my own time. I did tell them about it, and they thought it was great!L4LM: You did this on your own time? That shows a level of love and commitment that is insanely impressive. What drives you to go the extra mile like this?MD: I just feel so connected to the music when I go to live shows. Especially with bands like moe. who I have been friends with since the 90’s. I guess that personal connection to the music has always been super special for me, and I wanted to share a little bit of that with my students. Not only are we seeing the behind-the-scenes workings of a concert, I taught the children about each of the band members before the soundcheck. They then got to see them play, meet them, and get high fives, hugs, guitar picks, and pictures.What a connection to make with the band and for the parents and the children. I hope they now might experience live music together again in case they haven’t before—planting a seed in the children, the seed of loving live music. We changed those children’s lives during that soundcheck, and I am very thankful to bands like Twiddle and moe. for allowing me to do such an amazing event.L4LM: How hard was it on your end, with things like getting permission from the parents for this educational excursion?MD: My student’s parents were thrilled about this opportunity. They were pretty blown away by the idea of it all and quite impressed.L4LM: Were any of the parents also Twiddle fans?MD: Yes, absolutely. Some are fans now that they have been exposed to Twiddle! I love sharing music that I enjoy with the families I work with.L4LM: Do you think this is an experience you would repeat?MD: This is the third time I have done this. moe. invited me to do this with my class. I decided to ask Twiddle to do this after talking with Ryan about how he worked in early childhood development in his beginning years of being a working musician.My students are really drawn to their music, as they are to moe.’s music. Partially because their teacher loves it, but it’s also because their minds are open and pure. Exposure to the arts at a young age can make a lasting impression. My parents brought me to see my first Grateful Dead show in 1973—I was four years old. It made a lasting impact and I am very thankful. I hope the experience for my students will make a lasting impact as well.L4LM: How long have you been seeing moe.?MD: I go way back with those fellas—my first was 1994. Been friends with them since the old days. I even won “.mayor of moe.ville” with a very silly, adults-only inanimate object.L4LM: Former .mayor huh? I have heard that can be a weird gig. Well, thanks for all you have done to help bring the next generation to the shows, and most especially, thanks for being part of the far more important job of helping shape the next generation. Twiddle learned an important lesson recently: If you want fans for life, you need to start them off early! When it comes to keeping traditions alive, the most important thing to do is making sure a new generation is coming in to replenish the ranks. After a video of a pre-school class singing one of Twiddle’s songs went viral, a teacher involved reached out to the band to see if they’d share some time with her class. Luckily for everyone, the timing worked out, and last Saturday, the young music fans met their first big rock band and Twiddle got to see the future of their audiences dance in the aisles of The Palace Theatre a few years earlier than expected.Twiddle keyboardist Ryan Dempsey and teacher (and former mayor of moe.down!) Marcy Dunigan shared the tale of how they made this magic moment come together below. Thanks to Paul Citone for popping by and getting some shots of the heartwarming event for us to share. Enjoy!Live for Live Music: We’re having this chat around 6 p.m. on January 2nd, the day after New Years. Are your ears still ringing from the big NYE party?Ryan Dempsey: Oh yeah, man, that was intense! I actually had to drain my ears from wax. I shoved my earpieces from our closed-circuit monitors in so far because it was so cold. The first show was a little hard to hear, but by the second show, I had cleared them. They’re still ringing a bit though!Twiddle Welcomes Giant Country Horns For New Year’s Celebration [Full Audio/Video]L4LM: You guys brought out the Giant Country Horns to help make New Year’s Eve a bit more over the top than usual, right?RD: They came out the second night and gave us a new dimension. They played with us, they helped lift us up—great musicians, great people!Watch Twiddle ring in 2018 in the clip below!L4LM: Obviously, when you call that particular group up, there are some connotations of past. Did you enjoy that added dimension?RD: The version of “Divided Sky” they played with Phish back in 1991 at Battery Park—I was just like, “Wow, these guys are so good.” I just never thought Twiddle would end up playing with them, but we thought “Why not?”We reached out and they not only said yes, they transcribed all our music for us and looked for places for themselves. It’s funny—we, as a band, aren’t really big music readers. I can read a little, but the GCH are on a whole different level. They took our music and found a way to add to it that was all them but still us. Very impressive. L4LM: I understand you have a background in teaching?RD: I taught piano lessons in college. My degree is in mass media and film, but I ended up teaching the first four or five years out of college. I was doing summer camps, then moved into daycare and working with one- and two-year-olds in Rutland, Vermont. Eventually, the rock-and-roll lifestyle got to me and my late nights had me falling asleep in the nap room more than the kids. I miss it a bit—I loved helping share music and love. It was a rewarding thing.L4LM: Over the weekend, Twiddle got to fuse your passions, education, and jamming, as you guys got a visit from a gaggle of school kids. How did that come about?RD: Well, Marcy Dunigan, a friend of ours from the scene—big moe.ron and lover of Twiddle—she hit me up about something she has done in the past and wanted to try again. First, she sent me a video of a bunch of kids singing one of Twiddle’s songs. It blew up on my social media, I think twenty-thousand people ended up checking it out, and I thought it was really cool.She approached me about her idea of bringing them in for soundcheck. We couldn’t quite work it out at first, but I really worked hard with the band to fit it in. I think the rest of the band didn’t want to disappoint them by just doing the practice we needed for the big shows, but I knew the kids would be amazed just having the experience.Marcy was a big part of it too. She made sure that the parents would be there to supervise, as she was too, of course. They made sure all the kids had protective earphones. They got to come in and rock out in a big two-thousand-seat theater and have a good time watching a band. We brought some of them onstage and showed them the lights, and we got some pictures with them. Lots of fun.L4LM: What was the high point of their visit for you?RD: I love children, and so it was cool to watch them react to a big musical production. Hopefully, for them, it was like a really fun ride at an amusement park. I felt like their excitement, their dancing, maybe just their love in general. When we brought them onstage together at the end for photos, that was a very rewarding feeling. My wife, Alexandra, works with kids after school in Burlington, and she loves working with kids as much or more than I do, so it’s something we can share hopefully.L4LM: Time permitting, is this something Twiddle would consider doing in other cities?RD: Well, I understand Marcy heard that all of the parents were happy but it was a lil stressful with the timing. I know if we can find a moment when the band is all up for it, we will do it again. Personally, I have been talking to Taraleigh Weathers, who puts on festivals and amazing musical events and retreats. She just bought some land and has a new center, This Wonderful Place, and I ‘m hoping to do something with her out there soon. That would be amazing.L4LM: Twiddle has their first headlining Red Rocks show coming up. You’ve played that hallowed stage a couple times already, though you had the unfortunate cancellation necessitated by Rob Derhak from moe.’s illness. How perfect is it to make up that show with a headlining performance?RD: It’s great, honestly. I feel blessed man. Of course, last year was a bummer for us, but health is always more important than any show. I feel very honored to be invited back. It’s gonna be more time for us too, so we can really showcase what we can do. An hour is nice, but this we way we can stay and jam. It’s a dream come true! Can’t wait!L4LM: Well, thanks for taking a few minutes from your “New Year’s Recovery” time, and thanks especially for helping form the next wave of jam fans with your little field trip hosting!RD: Thanks, it was cool to be part of. Hopefully it is the kind of thing they end up telling their grandkids about! “Yeah, I been seeing shows since I was in pre-school!”For more information and tickets to the Red Rocks Twiddle show, click HERE. We thought we should get the other side of this heart warming tale and spoke to Marcy Dunigan, so read on for a behind the scenes look at the teacher who just wanted her kids to jam!L4LM: What Grade/area of interest do you teach?Marcy Dunigan: I teach preschool. Three and four year olds at the Albany Jewish Community CenterL4LM: How long have you been teaching?MD: I have been teaching just over twenty years. I have taught preschool for about sixteen.L4LM: What do you enjoy most about teaching?MD: I love helping children learn to be independent and to experience the world through music and the arts. I really love sharing music with my students and sharing my love of the live music experience.last_img read more

Team Zeroes In New Sniper System

first_img The Fort Sill Special Reaction Team is setting their sights further downrange, with new M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems. They received the new weapon recently, and they were definitely excited. Like getting fitted with a new pair of glasses, the new sniper equipment allows shooters to see up to 1,000 yards away, giving each sniper a new look at the enemy. As for why the Army is issuing this new weapon, Brett Little, Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, New Equipment Training team member, said it was just a matter of time. “The Army is coming out with a lot of new weapons,” said Little. “The weapon this one is replacing was getting old. Snipers still love it but this one is semi-automatic so they don’t have to cycle the bolt every time.” Soldiers are already using the lightweight M110 in combat where they engage in much closer and faster paced environments. It became apparent to Army leaders that a new rifle was necessary to better suit the needs of the modern urban combat zone as well as the traditional sniper role. The M110 is also the first U.S. Army weapon system that integrates a quick attachable and detachable suppressor to reduce the weapon’s firing signature. While the enthusiasm for the new weapons was fresh, the training was also very serious. Over a three-day period, the team learned the ins and outs of the weapon system as taught by the TACOM NET team. Little said he and his team train on every weapon either at the weapon’s manufacturer or they stick their noses into instruction manuals until they know everything about it. Then they spread their information with Soldiers overseas or with special maneuver teams like Fort Sill’s SRT back home. There is one thing the instructors leave to the snipers, and that’s technique. “Snipers Army-wide have been receiving this new weapon since 2008, so most of the units already have it. This is going to be one of our last ones,” said Little. By Dialogo July 14, 2011 Developments and improvements to the Marines’ rifles are excellent. 30 years ago they fought with repeating rifles, with a bolt, and it was impossible to hit the target from 200 meters, because the enemy was not visible. Nowadays, with modern assault rifles, one Marine is as effective as whole squadron using Mausers (with bolt), but they also have to camouflage their positions, in order to escape enemy detection. Success is not only in the guns; training is irreplaceable!last_img read more

H5 avian flu in Russian swans, another infected farm in British Columbia

first_imgNov 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 250 wild swans died of an H5 avian flu virus infection on the Volga River delta in southern Russia, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report yesterday that cited Russian news agencies. Tests to determine if the strain was H5N1 had not been completed.As a result of the swan die-off, a quarantine was being enforced in an area near the city of Astrakhan, AFP reported.H5N1 viruses have been found in birds in eight Russian provinces, and hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled to stop the outbreaks, AFP said.Avian flu has been found on a second farm in southern British Columbia, near the farm where a low-pathogenic virus was found last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yesterday. Three other farms nearby were free of the virus, the agency said.Authorities found the second positive sample on a farm within 5 kilometers of the one near Chilliwack where a low-pathogenic H5 virus was found in a duck last week. The CFIA did not identify the virus at the second site, but an AFP report said it is suspected to be the same strain as at the first one. Con Kiley of the CFIA said there were no signs of disease on the farm, according to Bloomberg News.The second farm is under the same ownership as the first and may have been infected by equipment moving between the two sites, the Bloomberg story said.Officials said all 2,800 ducks and 500 geese on the second farm would be destroyed, according to AFP. Kiley told AFP that all 55,000 ducks and 800 geese on the first farm had already been culled.The US Department of Agriculture on Nov 21 banned imports of live birds and raw poultry products from mainland British Columbia, according to Bloomberg News. The ban doesn’t include Vancouver Island.last_img read more

Indonesia’s budget deficit swells to over 3 percent of GDP in August

first_img“The countercyclical policies pursued by the government through fiscal stimulus has widened the budget deficit,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a virtual presser on Tuesday. “We will continue to use the budget to minimize the [economic] fallout of the pandemic but it must be coupled with recovery in consumption and business investment for the economy to fully recover.”The government expects the budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year, up from the initial deficit cap of 3 percent, as it allocated Rp 695.2 trillion worth of stimulus to rescue the economy.It now expects the economy to shrink by 0.6 to 1.7 percent this year, which will be the first annual economic contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, as the outbreak hits consumption and business activity.Finance Ministry data show that the country had collected Rp 1.03 quadrillion in state revenue as of August, marking a decrease of 13.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) following a drop in both tax revenue and non-tax income. The collected figure is about 60.8 percent of this year’s revenue target.Tax revenue, the main source of income for the government, fell 15.6 percent yoy to 676.9 trillion due to a sharp fall in corporate taxes and import taxes amid slowing economic activity.Meanwhile, state expenditure rose 10.6 percent yoy to Rp 1.53 quadrillion during the same period, or 56 percent of this year’s target. Central government expenditure rose 14 percent to Rp 977.3 trillion driven by higher social and stimulus spending.It had spent around 36 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus budget as of Sept. 19, Sri Mulyani went on to say, adding that the government would continue to “closely monitor” its spending to help households and businesses recover from the misery brought by the pandemic.Topics : Indonesia’s state budget deficit swelled in August on the back of falling state revenue collection and increased government spending aimed at stimulating an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s fiscal deficit reached Rp 500.5 trillion (US$33.96 billion) as of August, or 3.05 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), driven by higher government and stimulus spending, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.This is the first time the state budget deficit has reached beyond 3 percent since the government relaxed the legal limit through the Law No. 2/2020 to help fund the fight against the pandemic.last_img read more