Mario Ledesma spearheaded a golden generation that catapulted Argentinian rugby into the global consciousness. Once the beating heart of the Puma pack, Ledesma is one of the greatest hookers of all time Four years later, another knockout defeat to eventual champions – New Zealand triumphing 33-10 in the quarter-final – signalled Ledesma’s last appearance. His 84 Tests make him Argentina’s most capped hooker and fourth most capped Puma overall.Making way for Agustin Creevy at Eden Park, Ledesma began to cry. There was almost certainly a streak of sadness, but phenomenal pride too. Major teams: Curupatyi, Narbonne, Castres, Clermont Country: Argentina Test span: 1996-2011 Argentina caps: 84 (67 starts) Test points: 15 (3 tries)Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu might seem an odd choice to present a shrewd depiction of Mario Ledesma’s character, not least because he was only ten when the Argentinian made his Test debut against Uruguay in 1996.However, in describing the nature of Ledesma’s set-piece sessions with the Waratahs – where the former Puma acted as a consultant coach under Michael Cheika – Kepu encapsulates the passion and enthusiasm that filled his mentor’s blue and white jersey.“At training we have one-minute scrums. He’s crawling in and out underneath us. We’re thinking, ‘Geez, if this comes down, you’re crushed.’ But that’s the trust he’s instilled in us.”You could argue that Ledesma’s faith in the stability of an Australia scrum may be misplaced. However, what was undeniable during the hooker’s playing days was similarly unreserved commitment. ‘Super Mario’ earned his charming nickname with a remarkable World Cup record, playing in 18 matches at four tournaments between 1999 and his retirement in 2011. His career also took him to the Top 14 and he started for Clermont in the successful final of 2010, still les Jaunards’ sole league title.One of many natural leaders in his generation – he captained the side against Japan on just his 15th cap – Ledesma was often seen with tears pouring down his cheeks during the national anthem.In fact, such emotion became a hallmark of the 2007 World Cup, where Argentina beat hosts France, Ireland and Scotland before succumbing in the semi-final to South Africa. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players Argentina’s Mario Ledesma
By Gary Truitt – Mar 27, 2016 White House Egg Roll Highlights Egg IndustryToday, the American Egg Board will continue its nearly four decades of support of the White House Easter Egg Roll with the 39th Commemorative Egg presentation to First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of America’s egg farmers. Honoring the final Easter Egg Roll of the Obama Administration, this year’s theme is “Let’s Celebrate.” The event will feature live music, sport courts, cooking stations, storytelling, Easter egg rolling, and the first-ever White House Fun Run. Chris Pierce, member of the American Egg Board, says the event is a unique promotional and educational opportunity for the egg industry, “American egg producers donated 15,000 hardboiled eggs for the egg roll plus an additional 15,000 eggs for egg pops, an egg treat that will be available for all participants.”American presidents and their families have celebrated Easter Monday by hosting an “egg roll” party for over a century. Some historians note that First Lady Dolley Madison originally suggested the idea of a public egg roll. Others tell stories of informal egg-rolling parties at the While House dating back to President Lincoln’s administration. Today, more than 35,000 attendees participate in a number of fun activities.Eggs are more popular than ever among Americans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are on trend with Americans’ appetite for more protein. In fact, egg sales are the highest they’ve ever been, according to Nielsen, growing by $1.4 billion to $7.3 billion in 2015. Easter is an especially important time of year for the egg industry, as the average U.S. household consumed 4 dozen eggs at Easter in 2015, a 5 percent increase over 2014. Price said, among the displays at the White House today, will be a hands-on activity that will trace the production and processing of eggs from farm to plate. Facebook Twitter SHARE White House Egg Roll Highlights Egg Industry Home Indiana Agriculture News White House Egg Roll Highlights Egg Industry Facebook Twitter Previous articleThis Year a System for Weed Control is what is NeededNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt SHARE
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The Long Road to Recovery for Ohio and Foreclosures Next: Collingwood’s Tim Rood: Moving Mortgage Forward The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago As home prices in the western U.S. continue to climb, candidates for the California governorship are offering up solutions to tackle the crisis. At a recent conference in Sacramento hosted by the advocacy group Housing California, six leading gubernatorial candidates spoke on the costs of new homes and rising rates of homelessness in their state.Data from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows that the western U.S. is home to some of the hottest markets in the country, and the candidates for governor will undoubtedly be expected to address these housing concerns.Former San Francisco Mayor and frontrunner Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom has pushed for 3.5 million homes to be built within seven years, which his rivals have called “unrealistic.””The problem with being audacious is no one thinks it can be done,” Newsom said.Other Democratic candidates, including Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang, have called for similar drastic programs. Villaraigosa suggested increasing the current housing subsidy from $4 billion to $6 billion, while Chiang set a building goal similar to Allen’s, which he capped at a more “realistic” 1.6 million units within a decade.Republican candidates John Cox and Travis Allen, however, view government housing subsidies as more detrimental than helpful, noting the high taxpayer cost such programs would bring.”The California Democrats do not need to saddle Californians with even more debt,” said Allen. “This is the entirely wrong approach.”Cox proposed that the first step toward more housing was to eliminate some of the environmental and other regulations in order to reduce costs and time involved in construction.”They can subsidize a few thousand homes somewhere and that might help a few thousand people,” Cox said, “but it’s not going to help the hundreds of thousands who are living day-to-day spending 40 to 50 percent of their income on housing.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / California Gubernatorial Candidates on the State’s Housing Crunch Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 13, 2018 1,669 Views Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily California Gubernatorial Candidates on the State’s Housing Crunch Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Crisis California Governor HOUSING housing shortage inventory shortage Subsidies in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Headlines, Journal, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Crisis California Governor HOUSING housing shortage inventory shortage Subsidies 2018-03-13 Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribe
Previous: Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing Next: Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Florida takes the top spot for what the authors of a new report call “profitable investing,” followed by Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Houston.A Q1 report from MyHouseDeals.com, an online community for residential real estate investors, provides data about which market areas and deal types are available.”2020 was a historic year as the U.S. navigated the coronavirus pandemic. The residential real estate industry thrived as historically low mortgage interest rates led to unprecedented demand. Strong market conditions have extended into 2021. While mortgage rates have crept up a bit, the market is still red-hot and pricing wars are commonplace,” according to the MyHouseDeals report.During the first quarter of 2021, MHD says it added thousands of deals in the following categories:Wholesale real estate deals (76.9%)Investor-ready foreclosures (18.1%)Motivated MLS deals (4.4%)Motivated seller deals (0.5%)Realtor.com recently named another metro area, Canton, Ohio, one of the best places for real estate investors.”Pre-pandemic, Canton made the list of our 20 hottest housing markets thanks to its affordability,” noted Realtor.com’s Elena Cox. “With a median listing price about half the national median of $375,000, Canton is the most budget-friendly metro on our list—it’s also a good place for investors who want to turn single-family homes into rentals.”Joey Marino with Whipple Auction and Realty has worked with buyers from all over the country, including Las Vegas, the Carolinas, and New York, who are looking to purchase investment properties in Canton.“The rents are not near as high as what you would get in New York City, but the return on investment can still get you 1% or more monthly,” Marino told Realtor.com.Single-family home rentals remained a strong market for investors during the last year with good prospects ahead, despite the challenges for owners of other rental properties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic moratoria, DS News reported in its May 2021 print edition.“The single-family home rental market is absolutely on fire,” Jeff Pintar, CEO, Pintar Investment Company told DS News, echoing the sentiments of other market experts. “In all aspects of it, it’s continued to get stronger and stronger and has continued to evolve. The operational efficiencies of this business are actually far better than multifamily or other asset classes.”“Most of our customers are adding to their portfolios right now,” added Bill Tessar, President, Civic Financial Services.With home prices rising to incredible heights, all-cash offers on houses are winning bidding wars, says Realtor.com, and cash buyers are typically real estate investors or people looking for second homes.Thus, the ability to pay cash for a property investment gives one an edge, and the folks at MHD suggest studying the data maps in this Q1 2020 report, which includes an ARV per market area graph, at MyHouseDeals.com. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2021-05-28 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2 days ago 235 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 1 day ago
Comments are closed. College move for call centre staffOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article BT is linking up with a further education college to launch a call centretraining facility.Two per cent of the UK population is now said to work in call centres withcompanies offering customers an ever-expanding array of services over thephone.The new training facility at Sheffield College will cater for up to 20trainees at a time. The first intake is due to start the course in mid April.Jim Moore, general manager of BT Education, said, “This facilityprovides individuals with the core skills that a growing number of companies,including BT, are seeking. It will mean a ready pool of potential staff trainedin the skills appropriate to call centre work.”Alan Biggin, senior manager at Sheffield College, said the software andscripts used in the training will simulate the booking of air flights. But headded, “The skills the trainees will learn will be readily transferable toother business situations because the technology and principles involved willbe exactly the same.”Call centre operators have previously been criticised by unions for creatinga stressful environment for staff.BT and the Communication Workers’ Union reached an agreement this year afterstaff took strike action over what the union described as “heavy-handedmanagement”. Related posts:No related photos.
Comments are closed. Train operator GNER is hoping a union partnership deal will help reduceturnover among its customer-facing staff by 5 per cent. The partnership deal, signed last week, includes a move to reduce theworking week to 35 hours by January 2003. Staff turnover among the firm’s 2,000 customer-facing staff stands at 15 percent. The agreement with the RMT, Transport Salaried Staffs Association and theAEEU, and a second deal with ASLEF, covers 2,500 of GNER’s 3,000 employees. Mike Goodie, GNER HR director, said, “We see the partnership deal as away of improving staff turnover, sickness rates and creativity and innovation. “We are not happy with it [staff turnover] at this level. The nature ofthe job is that it is a rewarding, but a very hard job – staff are on theirfeet all day and have to deal with customers.” The partnership will look at improving training and development in a bid toprovide a better work environment and produce a more committed workforce. Goodie thinks the partnership is the perfect opportunity to improve peoplemanagement skills of line managers and prove the importance of HR to thebusiness. “It is a huge opportunity to demonstrate the value of good HR skills tothe bottom line,” he said. The agreement will be driven forward by a joint partnership steering groupmade up of employee representatives and GNER managers. www.gner.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Union deal is GNER’s retention routeOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
DevelopmentHoward HughesLandmarks Preservation CommissionSouth Street Seaportulurp Commissioners Jeanne Lufty and Adi Shamir-Baron expressed similar sentiments, while noting their reservations about the proposed building’s 75-foot-tall base.“The neighborhood is evolving,” said Lufty. “There’s going to be more population here.”Other commissioners maintained that the revised proposal was still out of scale with the historic district.“[Howard Hughes’] project would bring the height and mass of the surrounding modern city into the clearly delineated precinct of the historic district,” said commissioner Michael Goldblum. The proposed 345-foot tower must be shortened substantially to win his support, he added.Members of the commission also disagreed over whether the revised building proposal would encroach on the historic district by placing a tower on the east side of Pearl Street, which separates the historic area from the Financial District, or help define its boundary.“We are evaluating potential modifications in response to the commission’s comments,” a spokesperson for Howard Hughes said.A simple majority of the LPC’s 11 commissioners needs to approve the project to advance it to the land-use review, in which the City Council has the final say. Council member Margaret Chin, who represents the district, has expressed support for the development, which makes Landmarks’ vote the make-or-break moment for Howard Hughes.Howard Hughes has said if denied approval, it would build a 160-foot-tall structure — 120 feet as-of-right plus an additional 40 feet permitted in a flood zone. That smaller project would not come with any affordable units or a subsidy for the Seaport Museum. The commission is expected to issue its decision in the coming weeks.Contact Orion Jones Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* A rendering of 250 Water Street, Landmarks Preservation Commission chair Sarah Carroll and Howard Hughes Corporation CEO David O’Reilly (Center for Architecture, The Howard Hughes Corporation/SOM)The Howard Hughes Corporation will get a third chance in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission with its South Street Seaport tower proposal.After a volley of public comments Tuesday over revised plans for a mixed-use development at 250 Water Street — during which the New York Landmarks Conservancy reversed its previous position, throwing its support behind the project — members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission offered their view.That view can largely be summed up by a comment from commissioner Everardo Jefferson: “I’m torn on this one.”The plans Howard Hughes and architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill presented to the commission call for a 27-story, 550,000-square-foot building, with 19 floors of residential units atop five floors of offices and ground-floor retail. The developer has already revised the plan once; previously, it was to rise 470 feet and be 757,000 square feet. The development would go on what has long been a parking lot.ADVERTISEMENTLandmarks’ chair, Sarah Carroll, said that enough commissioners have an “open mind” about a taller building in the Seaport, but further refinements may be necessary to gain the majority vote that the project needs to advance to the city’s public land-use review, perhaps next month. Based on commissioners’ comments, those could include lowering the street wall to conform with surrounding buildings, meaning lower ceilings and shorter windows for office space in the proposed tower.Bigger buildings add “vibrancy and dynamism” to historic districts, Carroll noted, as long as “undue attention to the new” doesn’t come “at the expense of the historic.”Read moreCritics look down on shorter 250 Water Street As Howard Hughes tries to right ship, Seaport remains an albatross Howard Hughes faces more backlash at Seaport. This time, it’s over toxic contamination concerns Email Address* Full Name* Share via Shortlink
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPro soccer returns to America next month when the National Women’s Soccer League plays a 25-game tournament in a near-empty stadium in Utah.Players from the nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels in an attempt to control the environment.All players will be tested for COVID-19 before leaving for Utah and then will be regularly screened during their four-week stay.No fans will be allowed into the Zions Bank or Rio Tinto stadiums. All the action will be televised and streamed by CBS and its family of networks. May 27, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local NWSL returning to play with summertime tournament in Utah Tags: NWSL/Utah Royals FC Associated Press