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Home » News » Agencies & People » Hatched says Connells cash has helped it double in size previous nextAgencies & PeopleHatched says Connells cash has helped it double in sizeBut hybrid says it’s still on the hunt for more local property professionalsNigel Lewis9th December 20160946 Views Online-only estate agency Hatched says it has doubled the size of its size of its headcount including local consultants and head office team since it was acquired by Connells Group in November 2015.Hatched say it is now on a further recruitment drive and is looking for “ambitious property professionals” to help expand its network of regional offices and consultants.The company has nine regional or local offices in Leeds, Preston, Guildford, Wigan, Bradford, Nottingham, Maidstone, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Exeter.It’s the latest development for the ten-year-old agency which operates a network of directly employed consultants who work from home, rather than using self-employed agents as Purplebricks does, and claims to have been the first hybrid agency to have targeted former high street agents to join its team since it first began recruiting in 2010.“It’s an exciting time to join our business as we continue to build on the successes of previous years, with the immense support of Connells Group that we have had throughout 2016,” says Adam Day (pictured), who started the company after eight years after working at Hertfordshire agency Country Properties, where he was branch manager.“This is an opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals to have true ownership over their ‘patch’ but on an employed basis, with a basic salary and in a framework of a well-established company, enjoying all the benefits it brings like excellent training and rewards.”At the time of the acquisition, Connells said it had acquired Hatched to expand its presence into towns and cities where it didn’t have a high street presence.Hatched currently has an 18-strong head office sales and lettings team, three support staff and 14 regional consultants.Hatched hybrid agencies adam day December 9, 2016Nigel 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 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a public advisory for dog owners who feed their dogs pig ear treats.The center issued the warning after several people and their animals became ill after coming in contact with the treats.At least 127 people have been infected and 26 of them were hospitalized with salmonella.“No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses,” the CDC said in a statement. “This is why CDC and FDA are now advising people to not buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets.”The center also reported that they are working to convince pet stores to stop selling the product, and that they recommend people wash hands their hands after handling pet food or treats, store pet food away from human food, and never let their pets lick their mouths, faces, or open wounds.
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaCity of Olympia Water Resources is pleasedto announce the winners of the 2018 Stormwater Pollution Prevention & Water Conservation Calendar Art Contest!The cover of the calendar features art from one of the winners as well as each month. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaAll Olympia School District students enrolled in grades 6-8 were invited to create original artwork depicting their ideas and passion for water stewardship. Twelve pieces of artwork reflecting key water conservation and protection messages were selected.City Council recognition will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Olympia City Hall, to celebrate the following student’s contributions:Sofia BenfordPiper FrackerWhitney GrayCarol KamerathAaron MarschkeAlora PutnamAnna RobertsonCatherine SavelCameron SchrockLana SiegnerMcKinzee SmithSarah SwanstromKnow anyone interested in entering the next Stewardship Through Art Contest? Visit olympiawa.gov/calendarcontest
6 September 2012Hashim Amla starred as South Africa beat England by 7 wickets in the fifth and final one-day international on Wednesday evening to draw the series 2-2. Frankly, though, both teams will be a little disappointed with the outcome of the series.After the first ODI was rained out, South Africa failed to fire in the third and fourth ODIs, while England were sub-standard in the second and fifth ODIs. On a positive note for the Proteas, England had not lost a 50 overs game all year until the teams met.On Wednesday at Trent Bridge, South Africa’s bowlers produced a solid all-round performance to dismiss England for only 182. Dale Steyn, with swing, and Robin Peterson, with spin, led the way with hauls of 2 for 24 and 3 for 37 respectively.Captain Alastair Cook top scored for England with 51, but only three other batsmen made more than 10 runs.Unbeaten standIn reply, South Africa were in serious early trouble after being reduced to 14 for 3, but Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers then put on an unbeaten stand of 172 to take the Proteas to a convincing victory with 93 balls remaining.Amla, the Man of the Match and Player of the Series, dealt with his own success briefly by saying in a post-match interview at the awards ceremony: “It’s been a good summer for me.”He then spoke about the team, saying: “I’m just glad we got to level the series. Obviously, it was quite an intense, low-scoring game, but we’re just glad we came out on top.”Captain AB de Villiers said his team had produced up-and-down performances in the series. “A little bit inconsistent for my liking,” he admitted.“There were a lot of positives,” he added, “especially today, the way the boys came back with a lot of character. Under pressure, we showed a lot of guts there.”‘Lots of new faces’Questioned about a line-up that showed quite a few from the side that won the test series 2-0, De Villiers said: “There were lots of new faces. We’re still trying to find our feet and various combinations, but all in all the guys handled it really well.“Some of the guys obviously didn’t get the runs they wanted to, and get the wickets they wanted to, but we’re a tight unit and we’re working towards one goal. We’ve got a great squad here and hopefully we will keep the same squad moving forward.”The most lasting impression of the series will be the brilliance of Amla. If he had (arguably) not quite made it into the elite of the world’s cricket stars before the Proteas’ tour of England, Amla has certainly now sealed his place in the top handful of global stars.His total of 335 runs was close to double the tally of the next highest run scorer, Ian Bell of England, who scored 181 runs at 45.25.Series scoresAmla scores in the series read 150, 43, 45 and 97 not out. Each one of those scores was the highest by a South African in those matches.His runs came at the astonishing average of 111.66 and by the end of the series his ODI career statistics made for spectacular reading: 60 innings, six not outs, 3 216 runs at 59.55 at a strike rate of 91.72 runs per 100 balls, with 10 centuries and 19 fifties.He is the runaway batting leader at the top of the ODI rankings at a career high of 901 points, well clear of Virat Kohli, who has 858 points in second place; 900 points is considered exceptional and not even one-day international cricket’s all-time leading scorer, Sachin Tendulkar, with a career high of 887, has reached that summit.Extreme humilityAmla’s star has risen not only on his statistical performances, but on the manner in which he has scaled the heights. At all times he has exhibited extreme humility, focusing on the team’s rather than his own performances, making him a very easy man to like and respect, regardless of a fan’s allegiance.AB de Villiers, third in the ODI batting rankings, had a mixed series by his very high standards. He managed 170 runs at 56.66, including an unbeaten 75 in the final match, but got himself out when well set for bigger things in the three of the four contests.Left-arm spinner Robin Petersen was used as an opening bowler and enjoyed success, picking up a series leading seven wickets at 21.71, whilst conceding only 4.22 runs per over.The bottom line, though, despite some top individual performances is that the Proteas will surely consider the series one of lost opportunities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Basetsana Kumalo is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls.. (Image: Basetsana Kumalo)Top Billing+27 11 [email protected] NaidooBassie, as she is affectionately called by her friends and legions of fans, is a vivacious beauty queen who exudes more than just good looks; she is also a savvy businesswoman.“Being a Miss South Africa had pros and cons and one of the challenges was overcoming people’s perceptions that I was nothing more than a beauty queen and had nothing to offer,” she said. “I realised that I could either allow people’s perceptions about what a Miss South Africa can and cannot do to determine my destiny, or I could use the opportunity to show that I had something real to offer.“I worked really hard to prove myself and made sure that everything I did was done to the highest standard of excellence. My attitude was that, although I knew that I didn’t know much, I was willing to learn, so over time I did business courses and learned from others in business,” she said.Being a responsible individual was a lesson Kumalo learned from her parents. They did a lot of smaller scale things to make extra money, such as making and selling curtains at the end of each month, as well as selling sandwiches and ice cream, among others.Born Basetsana Julia Makgalemele on 29 March 1974 in Soweto, she has two sisters and a brother. Her bus driver father, Philip Makgalemele, died in 2003 and her school teacher mother, Beatrice Makgalemele, died in 2006. Though she started school at Thabisang Primary School, she was later transferred to a school in Lenasia when schooling became untenable in 1986.She describes herself as being an introvert at school, but soon blossomed into a confident young woman. And at the age of 16, she was crowned Miss Soweto and Miss Black South Africa in 1990. Just four years later, she was crowned Miss South Africa. That led to the Miss World pageant, in which she was named First Princess.During her reign, Kumalo was the beauty editor of Drum magazine and she began her career as a television presenter on Top Billing, the popular lifestyle show. Her career catapulted and she was soon a household name and the face of Revlon’s Realistic Hair Care range internationally. Since then, Kumalo has racked up an impressive list of achievements, including an honorary scholarship for overseas study in 1994 from then-president Nelson Mandela.By 1995, she became a 50% partner in the company that produces Top Billing, Tswelopele Productions. Four years later, Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE. This merger made Kumalo one of the youngest black women directors in South Africa.Television careerThe production company then branched off into other television shows, such as the Afrikaans magazine programme Pasella, and a youth TV show in SiSwati called Ses’kona. In 2000, Kumalo branched out, launching her own clothing range. This led to other ventures, including her eyewear range and her brand of cosmetics.In 2001, Kumalo joined Travel with Flair as a director. The company was named the top travel agency in 2007, and at the World Travel Awards in 2009, it won Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency, Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company and South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company.In 2004, Kumalo contributed to the book Inspirational Women at Work, which focuses on the new face of leadership in South Africa. She also features in Recipes from the Heart, with 36 of South Africa’s most-loved celebrities. She is also the editor-at-large of Top Billing magazine, the print edition of the television show.Kumalo is the president of the Business Women’s Association of South Africa. In 2008, she became a new Tawana shareholder through a transaction with her investment company Pro Direct 189. She also sits on the boards of Unipalm Investment Holdings, Vhangana Energy Resources, Tactic Group Limited, SME Financial Holdings Limited, Morongwa Investment Holdings, Seven Falls, Q2 Petroleum and PHAB Holdings.When asked how she manages so many projects, she says: “My biggest gripe is that there are not enough hours in the day. I prioritise things according to their level of urgency and plan at the beginning of the year, so I have diarised all the important meetings and events well in advance. I have cut down on the international travel as well and I lean on people to help me.”Playing her partAlong with her husband, the actor Romeo Kumalo, she has established the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which supports children’s development, especially those who have been orphaned by Aids or related diseases. She also joined Unicef in its attempts to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus. She was nominated by former first lady Graça Machel in 2007 to be one of five celebrities to take a public HIV test, and she helped to raise money for the Chris Hani Baragwanath Children’s Hospital.As part of her philanthropic work, Kumalo is a volunteer for Agang Sechaba, a project started in 2007 that helps female professionals to give back to the communities into which they were born. She has received several awards, including from Operation Hunger, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme), in which she played a key role. Childline, Take a Girl Child to Work, and Reach for a Dream are some of the charities in which she is involved.Kumalo holds a diploma in marketing from Damelin College and is currently studying towards a degree in international relations and political science.She is one of remarkably few successful women in business – making her a strong role model for young girls. In the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Gender Equity report, women earned up to 33% less than their male peers. The current international pay gap average is 13%.And while more than half of university graduates are women, only 44% are employed in corporate South Africa. When it comes to top management, just 19% of the country’s top managers are women and just 17.1% of board seats are held by women; in the United Kingdom this is at 17.3%, in the United States it is 16.6%.However, women make up 5.5% of board chair roles in South Africa – double the 2% in Europe.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2020 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2019 in conjunction with the Ohio Pork Council Board of Directors meeting at the Mohican State Park Lodge, 3116 OH-3, Loudonville Ohio. All Ohio pork producers are invited to attend.Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.For more information, contact the Ohio Pork Council Office, 9798 Karmar Ct. Suite A, New Albany OH 43054, 614-882-5887.
At the Heart of Inclusive Care for Military-Connected ChildrenMore than anything, military parents of young children with special needs need us to be willing partners in the care and education of their child, good listeners (who value confidentiality) when they need to unload some of their frustration, and consistent sources of warm smiles and hugs for them as well as their children. Most of all, they need us to look beyond the special needs and see their child as a unique, wonderful, precious human being.—————————————-This was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Program Specialist with the Military Families Learning Network If you’ve worked in early care and education very long at all, you will have had the experience of working with children with special needs and their families. I remember every one of the young children with special needs that I cared for during my 15 years in early childhood classrooms. And I also remember how unprepared I almost always felt, from the day I was introduced to my first child with disabilities – Neil, a bright, funny four-year-old who was legally blind – to my first day co-teaching in an inclusive classroom of 4- and 5-year-olds, half of whom had an identified disability (thank goodness for my brilliant co-teacher who was trained in early childhood special education!).Navigating the World of Special NeedsBut as unprepared as I felt as a child care provider and teacher, my challenges were nothing compared to the journey of the parents of each of those children. Every parent of a child with special needs must work their way through the daunting obstacle course of: getting a diagnosis; finding and getting services for their child; managing the logistics of multiple service providers, therapy appointments, and IEP/IFSP processes; and, beneath it all, their own emotions, thoughts, and needs as parents.With each family whose child I cared for, I learned a little more about the challenges of that journey. I also came to appreciate the role that I could play in coming alongside them, providing encouragement, support, and most importantly safe, loving, quality care for their child.Being Military Means More ChallengesLast week I had the opportunity to hear the story of Wendy Kruse, a Marine wife and mom to two girls, one of whom has multiple disabilities. From Wendy, I learned that, on top of all of the challenges that every parent of a child with special needs faces, military families experience:Feelings of isolation because of their distance from extended family and familiar personal support networks.Difficulty in understanding and navigating a complex, often disconnected system of care and services within the military complex.Starting from scratch in finding service providers and piecing together a plan of care after every relocation, learning the hard way that the availability of services can vary widely from installation to installation, and community to community. Relocation also means being put at the end of waiting lists for services that can often stretch many months, even years for some – time during which the child often regresses without the therapies he or she needs.Adjusting to deployment: managing it all as a single parent as the homefront spouse, and not being able to contribute practical help as the deployed parent.What a tremendous weight to bear.Becoming Parents’ Partner in CareAs child care professionals serving military families, there are many ways that we can help.Be a connector. When a new military family with a child who has special needs enrolls in your program, connect them to:Other families with children who have special needs. Social isolation and feeling like no one understands is one of the most difficult challenges of a military parent of a child with special needs.Early intervention or disabilities specialists in your community. Military-connected children with disabilities receive services primarily from non-military, community-based early intervention or special education providers, even when that care is paid for and/or coordinated by military programs. Connecting families to those with expertise and knowledge about local services for young children with special needs can save them a tremendous amount of valuable time in identifying service providers, getting their name on waiting lists, and completing eligibility requirements.Be a resource. Here are several resources that you can share with families:The Military Special Needs Network – a virtual network created by parents for parentsThe DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit – in addition to the downloadable toolkit, this webpage includes lots of additional information for military families with children with special needs.The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – this program from the Office of the Secretary of Defense provides support, information and service coordination for military families with a member having identified special educational or medical needs. Local EFMP Family Support offices are located on every installation.For National Guard, Reserve, or Active Duty families not living near a military installation, consultation is available through MilitaryOneSource’s help line: 1-800-342-9647Be a learner. Providing the best care possible for children with special needs in any family requires us to be continual learners. Here are a few sources of information on serving young children with special needs in child care settings:“Include Me: Guide to Inclusive Child Care”: a helpful handbook for those who are new to caring for children with special needs in child care settingsExtension Alliance for Better Child Care articles on many aspects of inclusive child careTACSEI (Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention): tons of free resources for caregivers in supporting the social and emotional needs of young children with special needsCenter for Inclusive Child Care: lots of resources available, including online courses, podcasts, print-based materials, and consultation with an inclusion specialistEaster Seals: more tools for providing high quality inclusive child care