What a drain! Explosive start to the day for a home-working Savills agent

first_imgA Savills estate agent working from home got more than he bargained when his family decided to use the unexpected extra time together to sort out their gutters.Charlie Bubear, who heads up the Savills Chelsea office, was watching his wife Alice and children clearing out the drains when they noticed a rusty orb nestled in the rafters.Bubear extracted the piece of metal and laid it on a fence post to photograph (pictured), remarking that it looked somewhat like a hand grenade.After alerting local police via text with a photograph of the grenade, the family were then told to evacuate the area and the Navy’s bomb squad team soon arrived.“I also texted the photograph to my neighbour, who is the TV historian Dan Snow, and he confirmed that it was indeed a WWI grenade,” says Bubear.“He said a lot of soldiers came back from the war with keepsakes and that’s probably what this grenade is.”The bomb squad then took the munition to a beach near to Beaulieu where the Bubear family live, and Charlie says the detonation could be heard for miles around.Finding a live hand grenade in your roof doesn’t happen every day and the family’s adventure has been covered by TV and radio crews as well, much to their amusement.“In the current lock-down many of us will likely be getting around to all those cleaning and DIY jobs people love to put off,” says Charlie.“Luckily for us the local police were great at resolving the situation so that no harm came about – it does however make you think twice about what you might find when giving your home a good spring clean.”Read more about working from home.  charlie bubear Royal Navy Bomb Disposal Savills April 9, 2020Nigel 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 Home » News » Agencies & People » What a drain! Explosive start to the day for a home-working Savills agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhat a drain! Explosive start to the day for a home-working Savills agentAs thousands of agents work from home, one branch director and his family got the shock of their lives while clearing out their property’s gutters.Nigel Lewis9th April 202002,296 Viewslast_img read more

Nominees vie to be Anies’ right hand man

first_imgBoth candidates for the Jakarta deputy governorship are convinced they can fulfill the demands of the vacant post and ease Governor Anies Baswedan’s official burdens. A confirmation hearing for the 2020-2022 deputy governorship is slated for March 23.The candidates have submitted administrative documents to Anies, marking their first personal meetings with the governor. They acknowledged having lobbied political parties with members on the City Council’s voting committee for support. Gerindra Party executive Riza Patria, one of the two candidates for deputy governor, together with the party’s Jakarta executive board members, visited Anies on Monday, enclosing in his files an approved resignation letter from the House of Representatives.“I will work with the governor to run policies optimally. I will be closely in touch with the city councillors to accommodate their aspirations and put them forward to Anies,” Riza told reporters.Gerindra said the Golkar Party had openly backed Riza. Golkar Jakarta deputy chairman Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita had extended the support on behalf of Golkar chairman Airlangga Hartarto, Riza said.Riza said he had been on “political trips” to various Council factions including the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to gain support, although the faction said it had not made a choice. The PDI-P dominates the 106-strong Council with 25 seats, followed by Gerindra with 19 and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) with 15.PKS executive – and the other deputy governor hopeful – Nurmansyah Lubis submitted his paperwork on Monday. He said Anies told him to make maximum effort in the campaign but to play fairly.He said he had gained the support of City Council Deputy Speaker Abdurrahman Suhaimi, a former PKS Jakarta Sharia Council head who was previously designated for the deputy governor post by the party but whose application was not processed for uncertain reasons.During a recent interview with The Jakarta Post, Nurmansyah said he was not too worried about being thought to stand alone in the Council or about his opponent’s claims of more robust support.“Since the voting will be close, party members will not feel obliged to choose the same person [that the party has officially chosen]. So, I’d rather take a personal approach. I have about 40 friends at the Council who are ready to send some support,” he said, declining to identify them.Despite his view of Anies as a visionary leader, Nurmansyah thinks the Governor has been overwhelmed by Jakarta’s many problems since the deputy seat was left empty by Sandiaga Uno, who decided to become the running mate of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in 2019.“Anies has a holistic point of view as a character of his leadership. He needs a companion who thinks in detail to complete his tasks in the city effectively,” he said. “When elected, I will form a harmonious relationship with him.”Neither candidate wanted to be a “spare tire” for the governor for the remainder of his administration. They wanted to revamp the programs of their focus.In addition to dealing with rampant flooding, both said they were determined to create more integrity in human resources and build systems that guaranteed transparency to encourage city officials to be more responsible.After administrative verification, the two candidates will advance to a fit and proper test where they will present their visions and missions to all Council members. After a break, the councillors will then vote.Eneng Malianasari, a member of the voting committee from the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), said the new deputy governor would be expected to help direct policies, at least those listed in the mid-term regional development plan (RPJMD).“As the Governor always says: ‘collaboration’. Hopefully, he and his new deputy can share their tasks and not beat each other up. They must work together to address the problems for the people’s sake,” she said.Indonesia Political Review executive director Ujang Komarudin said the new deputy governor would be in an important position as the Governor had been distraught dealing with the mounting problems in the capital city.“Besides, the new deputy governor must also play a role in communicating with the public because, so far, Anies has seemed rather evasive when asked certain questions. A deputy should make his burden lighter,” Ujang said.Topics :last_img read more

Ellsworth, Bucksport, Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington boys fall in prelims

first_imgELLSWORTH — The 2017-18 state basketball tournament didn’t start off well for Hancock County boys’ teams as Ellsworth, Bucksport, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington all lost preliminary playoff games Wednesday.The No. 6 Ellsworth’s boys’ team lost 49-41 at home against No. 11 Orono (7-12) in the Class B prelims. Senior Zach Harris led Ellsworth (11-8) with 15 points, but the Eagles failed to go 3-0 on the season against the Red Riots, who will face No. 4 Presque Isle (13-5) in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.In Class C, the Bucksport boys’ team took a talent-laden Piscataquis squad to the wire before falling to a 59-55 loss. Junior Tyson Gray led the No. 10 Golden Bucks (15-4) with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but Bryce Gilbert provided 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to seal the win for a 12-7 Piscataquis team that is scheduled to face No. 2 Fort Fairfield (16-2) in the regional semifinals at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.No. 14 Sumner traveled to Lincoln to face the third-seeded Mattanawcook Academy Lynx, but the Tigers (8-11) couldn’t overcome a strong defensive performance from Mattanawcook and succumbed to a 64-43 loss. The 13-6 Lynx are scheduled to take on No. 6 Penobscot Valley (14-5) in the regional quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNo. 9 Deer Isle-Stonington (4-13) saw its season end with a 76-65 loss to No. 8 Bangor Christian (6-13) in Class D. Bangor Christian is scheduled to play No. 1 Woodland (15-3) in the Class D North quarterfinals at 8:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19.last_img read more

South Africa to host 2012 business congress

first_imgSepti Bukula said that the congress will expose South African businesses to opportunities in the country and other parts of the world. (Image: Septi Bukula) MEDIA CONTACTS • Septi Bukula  ISBC 2012 director  +27 11 791 2774RELATED ARTICLES • Online help for small business • SA improves global competitiveness • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • SA big business helps entrepreneursShamin ChibbaSmall business in South Africa will get a boost next year when the country hosts one of the biggest international business congresses in Johannesburg.Representatives from the US, Europe and the rest of the world will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre between 15 and 18 September 2012 for what will be Africa’s first International Small Business Congress (ISBC).The congress, which is hosted in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services, Khula Enterprises and Finance and the Small Enterprise Development Agency, will showcase activities surrounding small business development in South Africa and around the world.According to 2012 congress director Septi Bukula, the focus of the conference is to expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to business opportunities in South Africa and in different parts of the world.Those expected to attend the congress are SME practitioners, policymakers from government, trade associations, banks looking to assist small businesses, small business support organisations, academics and entrepreneurs.The congress will also host an exhibition where companies can display and market their products.The theme for the event is Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide, and will concentrate on getting SMEs involved with emerging industries with high-growth prospects.First congress in AfricaSince the first congress in Hawaii in 1974, the ISBC has brought together global small business players looking to improve small business practices with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and their environment.The 2012 event is a milestone for the ISBC and the continent, as it will be the first time the congress is hosted in Africa.“ISBC recognises that South Africa is an exciting destination and Africa is an emerging global player. The ISBC is trying to build in Africa because it never really focused on it before,” said Bukula.Topics to be discussed at next year’s congress include e-commerce and how small firms can use the internet to their benefit.Other discussion topics will be mechanisms to strengthen management capacity; gathering and disseminating information on new and high-growth opportunities; incubation and technology demonstration; as well as innovation, intellectual property, and research and development capabilities.Challenges facing SMEsThe poor state of the current global economy has had a negative impact on small businesses worldwide, according to Bukula. This will also be one of the main talking points at next year’s congress.“We will be looking at the impact of the current global economy. We may also cover ways in which small businesses will respond to a depressed economy,” he said.However, he added that in many instances, small businesses do not have the capacity to respond to a struggling economy.The congress will also address the difficulties small businesses face when accessing new markets, looking for finance to either start-up or expand, and operating under strict government regulations.Though these challenges relate to small businesses worldwide, South Africa has its own hurdles. Bukula said the country’s small businesses are hampered by limited skilled labour, which he attributes to the education system.“Our entrepreneurial abilities are not very strong because of the … education system. We don’t prepare people to be self-employed,” he said.Although the government has invested a lot of money in small business development, Bukula said there is a need to develop more entrepreneurs in the sector.He said that the gap can be closed if students and pupils realise that becoming an entrepreneur is a viable career choice. Bukula is working with the Department of Trade and Industry to find strategies to address this challenge.Change our value systemFindings of a study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship revealed that South African students’ role-models are politicians, pop stars and sports stars. “Not a single entrepreneur was listed, yet they are the ones who are the backbones of the economy and provide jobs,” Bukula said.This is because entrepreneurs, especially those who are struggling, are stigmatised by society if they fail.He added that attitudes towards business need to change to ones that are not fearful of failure.“Instead of stigmatising business people who struggle or fail, they should be encouraged to try harder, try again or try something else,” said Bukula.He explained that individuals who have work experience and the necessary skills and knowledge are well-equipped to start their own businesses, but they do not think of entrepreneurship as an option.The reason, he said, is a shortage of programmes to encourage individuals to become business people.One way to encourage individuals to become entrepreneurs is for the government to provide incentives when starting up a business, according to Bukula.Entrepreneurs must be given access to existing support programmes so that they can gain confidence knowing there is a back-up system in place.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard delighted as ‘full house’ sign up for Grimsby clash

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard delighted as ‘full house’ sign up for Grimsby clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the way the fans are supporting his young players.Stamford Bridge will have a full house for the Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby.Lampard said, “We appreciate the game being sold out and that is why the players must give their maximum. The fans will be there to support us and we must give them a spectacle to enjoy. The young players who are involved on the night plus players who are not so young but pushing for regular starts have a nice pressure so hopefully the fans will see a team that is really firing.”What is crucial is the mentality of how you approach the match. You have to be absolutely professional, with a desire to win the game and a respect for the opponent. Grimsby are bringing a lot of fans. It is a huge game for them and rightly so and we have to respect that completely and get our end right, which is firstly how we prepare for the game and then how we approach it, and that is what we will do.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

SEC Unveils New Conference Tag Line At Media Days

first_imgThe SEC's logo with a grey background.SEC Media Days kicked off this afternoon, and while most of the news is geared towards the individual members teams, coaches, and players in attendance, the league made an announcement as well. The SEC unveiled a new conference tag line at the event: “It Just Means More.”New tag line for the SEC: pic.twitter.com/GjkD1oS4hz— Chuck Dunlap (@SEC_Chuck) July 11, 2016 For football fans in SEC country, the slogan definitely rings true. People say that college football is a religion in the Southeast. It’s not too far off.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

QuickList August inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in August, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 2.2 (1.6)— Halifax: 1.0 (0.9)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.8 (1.5)— Quebec: 1.1 (1.0)— Montreal: 1.3 (1.1)— Ottawa: 1.3 (1.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.0)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.1 (0.9)— Winnipeg: 0.9 (0.8)— Regina: 1.8 (0.8)— Saskatoon: 1.9 (1.0)— Edmonton: 1.1 (1.1)— Calgary: 1.2 (1.3)— Vancouver: 2.4 (1.9)— Victoria: 1.8 (1.8)last_img read more

Google CEO faces House grilling on breach China censorship

first_imgWASHINGTON — Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai’s no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.Marcy Gordon, The Associated Presslast_img read more

SC agrees to hear plea of Cong MP alleging violation of Model Code by PM Modi & BJP chief Amit Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear tomorrow a plea of Congress MP Sushmita Dev alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have been violating the Model Code of Conduct during their campaigning for Lok Sabha polls. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would hear the petition of Dev tomorrow. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, alleged that Modi and Shah have violated the Model Code of Conduct and the Election Commission is not acting on her complaint. Singhvi said four weeks have passed since the Model Code of Conduct was enforced in the country and both the prime minister and Shah have been allegedly violating the code. To this, the bench said it will hear the plea on Tuesday.last_img read more

Pragya calls Godse ”patriot”, apologises later & retracts statement

first_imgBhopal: BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur Thursday kicked up a row as she called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”, but apologised for it hours later and withdrew the statement. The BJP distanced itself from her statement saying it did not agree with her, as “Mahatma Gandhi’s killer cannot be a patriot”. This is the second time in a month that Pragya Singh has apologised for a controversial statement made by her. Last month, she had stoked a controversy when she said that IPS officer Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had “cursed” him for torturing her. She had apologised for the controversial remark later and also retracted that statement. Talking to a news channel in Agar Malwa in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday afternoon, Thakur said, “Nathuram Godse was a ‘deshbhakt’ (patriot), he is and will remain a ‘deshbhakt’. Those calling him a terrorist should instead look at themselves. They will be given a befitting reply in this election.” She said this in response to a question over actor- turned politician Kamal Haasan’s remark that free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu”, a reference to Nathuram Godse. Pragya Singh was in Agar Malwa to take part in a road-show of Mahendra Solanki, BJP’s candidate from Dewas Lok Sabha seat. Hours later, her spokesperson and BJP leader Dr Hitesh Bajpai said that she has apologised for her remark. “Pragyaji has apologised for her statement,” Bajpai told PTI. When asked whether she has apologised to the state BJP president, Rakesh Singh, Bajpai said, “That is not an issue, but she has apologised and took back her statement.” The Madhya Pradesh BJP distanced itself from her statement. “BJP does not agree with her statement. The party will talk to her under what circumstances she gave the statement. One who killed Mahatma Gandhi can’t be a deshbhakt,” state BJP media cell in-charge Lokendra Parashar said. Condemning her statement, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said in Ujjain that praising Godse was not patriotism, but an “anti-national” act. He also demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over her remarks. “Narendra Modi ji, Amit Shah ji and BJP leaders from Madhya Pradesh should apologise to the country. I condemn the words used against the Father of the Nation. Nathuram Godse was a killer and eulogising him is not patriotism, but an anti-national act,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister told reporters in Ujjain. Kamal Haasan, while addressing an election campaign rally at Aravakurichi (Tamil Nadu) on May 12, had said, “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts.”last_img read more