TPO announces new Property Ombudsman

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » TPO announces new Property Ombudsman previous nextAssociations & BodiesTPO announces new Property OmbudsmanKatrine Sporle CBE has been announced as the new Property Ombudsman.The Negotiator22nd September 20150552 Views Katrine Sporle CBE (left)  will take up the role of Ombudsman at The Property Ombudsman, it has been announced.Sporle will start her new job on 1st November 2015, taking over from her predecessor Christopher Hamer (right), whose nine-year term comes to an end on 30th November.Previously, Sporle was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales for eight years, which involved being responsible for all aspects of the Government Executive Agency, 1,000 members of staff and a £60million budget.She was directly answerable to Parliament and regularly reported to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG), and the Minister for Housing and Planning in the National Assembly for Wales.She commented, “The scope for influence on the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the nation as a whole was enormous, and exercised through impartiality of decision making to the highest level of professional expertise.”Prior to her role at the Planning Inspectorate for England and Wales, Sporle was Chief Executive of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for eight years, controlling an overall budget of in the region of £58 million.As the new Property Ombudsman, Sporle’s role will be to impartially review complaints made by members of the public against agents, based on the evidence submitted, with a view to promoting a resolution in full and final settlement of a complaint.Upon appointment of the new Property Ombudsman, Lord Richard Best OBE, Chairman of the TPO Council since 2009, commented, “Selecting our Ombudsman is a key responsibility of the independent TPO Council and we are truly delighted to have secured someone with the breadth and depth of experience – at local and national levels – which Katrine brings to this role.“Christopher Hamer is a very hard act to follow; but I am confident we have found a great successor. I know all TPO’s members and well-wishers will join me in extending the warmest of welcomes to Katrine when she starts in November.”Bill McClintock (left), Board Chairman of The Property Ombudsman Scheme, added: “I welcome Katrine Sporle as the new Ombudsman and endorse Lord Best’s comments. I believe her broad employment background will be a huge benefit in performing her new role.”new Property Ombudsman Katrine Sporle CBE Bill McClintock Christopher Hamer The Property Ombudsman September 22, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

What Supreme Court decision could mean

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Following the recent decision by the Supreme Court, will credit unions now see another wave of lawsuits alleging their websites are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?It’s possible, assert legal analysts, who say to what extent there is any increase in the number of cases targeting credit unions will depend on decisions in appeals courts across the country. As has extensively reported, credit unions have been hit with numerous lawsuits alleging their websites violate the ADA.The primary issue is whether a website is a public accommodation and must accessible to everyone, including the blind.As has also reported, the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Domino’s Pizza and has left to stand a lower court decision that ADA requirements also apply to websites and mobile applications. In a decision earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held ADA liability does not violate the 14th Amendment, and that Domino’s had received fair notice that its website and app must comply with ADA.last_img read more

Twenty-six Croatian companies at the ILTM luxury tourism fair

first_imgThe owner of Adriatic Concierge, Iris Domazet Malobabić, pointed out that their participation in ILTM is very important because it is a fair where the world’s best hotels and agents in the luxury segment exhibit their offer, and they as a Croatian agency have the opportunity to present part of Croatia’s luxury offer. “We are especially glad that private luxury villas, which we run our business in Croatia, have finally been recognized as top products that offer excellent service and an unforgettable vacation, and we have positioned some of them high on the world market. Therefore, Croatia is recognized as a destination that offers exclusive services. We are sure that the agreed meetings will enable us to expand the network of our business partners, and in addition, by participating in ILTM we follow world trends.”, Explained Domazet Malobabić. “For us, the ILTM fair in Cannes is of strategic importance because this specialized fair for luxury tourism provides an ideal opportunity to connect with partners from around the world whose clients are looking for top hotels and services and allows us to present both hotels and Dubrovnik as a destination., said Ivona Svab, director of sales of the oldest hotel in Dubrovnik, Hilton Imperial.  Source / Photo: HGK Otherwise, the fair enables networking with key partners specializing in the luxury segment of tourism. On average, each company has arranged a dozen or more meetings a day, and 80 countries are represented at the fair and more than five thousand visitors are expected.center_img This year it is about nine individual performances; company Rivijera Orebić – hotel Korta Katarina, Roxanich Wine & Heritage hotel, hotel Park Split, Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, Importanne Resort, Liburnia Riviera hotels and three luxury travel agencies, Adriatic Concierge, Dnevnik Putovanja and Starac, and exhibits 17 hotels of the Stories group (small luxury hotels that are affiliated to the HGK Unique Luxury Hotels Group). For the third year in a row, Croatian tourist companies are participating in the fair ILTM-which is held in Cannes from 2 to 5 December, and is organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board. last_img read more

Bros killed in road mishap

first_imgThe 38-year-old Romar Olpenda and his27-year-old brother Remenie died of injuries on the body, a police reportshowed. BACOLOD City – Two brothers werekilled in a road crash in Barangay Caliling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. Bayot was detained in the lockup cellof the Cauayan municipal police station, facing charges./PN Romar and Remenie were rushed to theCauayan District Hospital where the attending physician declared them “dead onarrival.” According to police investigators,Romar was driving a tricycle with Remenie as passenger when they crashedagainst a van driven by 33-year-old Michael John Bayot around 6 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

How to Choose Insulation

first_imgVapor permeanceVapor permeance in building materials, including insulation, is categorized in one of four ways: impermeable, semi-impermeable, semi-permeable, and permeable. Each of these categories describes how much water vapor is allowed to pass through the material.In Chapter 2, we discussed vapor diffusion retarders and where to install them in building assemblies. Although we tend to avoid vapor barriers (materials that are rated at 0.1 perm or lower, such as sheet polyethylene) in wall assemblies, closed-cell foam or other vapor-impermeable insulation may be an appropriate choice where there is a risk of moisture condensing on cold surfaces. Vapor impermeable insulation is beneficial when applied to floors in air conditioned spaces over damp crawl spaces (Figure 4.1a and Figure 4.1b) or roofs and walls in extreme cold climates (see Figure 4.2). Insulation and air sealingUnless a house is located in paradise, where the weather is always perfect, it will most likely need some amount of heating and cooling for portions of the year. Whenever a house is heated or cooled, insulation is essential for maintaining an energy-efficient and comfortable home.For insulation to perform properly, we must also seal the house to eliminate air movement through it. Selecting the appropriate insulation and air sealing materials and following proper installation methods is critical to creating a green home. The specific characteristics of different insulation and air sealing materials give us the information we need to make appropriate decisions for new and existing homes. Selecting insulationWhen selecting insulation, four primary factors should be taken into consideration: performance, installation method and quality, material characteristics, and cost.Performance includes the R-value per inch, air permeability, and vapor permeance.Installation methods include applied insulation materials that are applied to the structure, such as batts, sprayed or blown-in products, and continuous boards. Batt insulation is thermal or sound insulation material, made of fiberglass, mineral wool, or cotton, which comes in varying widths and thicknesses to conform to standard framing of walls, floors, and ceilings. Another method is to use structurally integrated insulation that is part of the structure itself.Material characteristics address recycled content, recyclability, embodied energy, extraction and production location, hazardous components, and bio-based content. Bio-based insulation is created from plants, animals, or other renewable sources.Cost is often one of the most difficult criteria to objectively evaluate. When weighing expenses, we must consider not only the initial costs of material but also the costs of proper installation and any additional work required for some materials to match the thermal performance of others. Performance characteristicsEach insulation material has its own set of performance characteristics, including R-value and resistance to air and vapor flow, all of which have an effect on how it will perform in a particular installation. Understanding the characteristics of different materials is critical to selecting the right insulation for a green home.R-Value of Insulation. The R-value per inch rating for different insulation materials is based on laboratory tests (refer to Table 2.1 in Chapter 2); however, the performance of a particular insulation in a building component is affected as much by the quality of the installation and the completeness of the air barrier as by the rated R-value.Insulation works by limiting heat transmission through the properties of the insulating material and its thickness. When insulation is compressed, it reduces the rated R-value as the thickness is reduced, although the R-value per inch may in fact slightly increase from reduced convection within the insulation material. This characteristic is analogous to the insulation value of a down coat — it insulates better when it is thick and fluffy than when it is compressed.Well-installed insulation of lower R-value limits heat transfer more effectively than poorly installed, higher R-value materials do. Appendix 4A on page 121 lists the R-values of typical insulation materials and where they are commonly installed. Air permeabilityAirflow is one of the most important factors affecting building performance. Permeability is the measure of air or moisture flow through a material or assembly. For insulation to properly perform, air must not be allowed to move through it. Insulation is described as either air impermeable, meaning that the material itself does not allow air to pass through it, or air permeable, which allows air to pass through.The Air Barrier Association of America (AABA) has developed ASTM-approved test methods for air barrier materials and systems. They define an air barrier as a material or system that has an air permeability of no more than 0.004 cfm/ft2 at 1.57 pascals (1.57 Pa). Pascals are a basic unit of measurement for pressure.Foam insulation is the only commonly available product that is air impermeable. All air permeable insulation materials must be combined with air impermeable materials into a complete air barrier system for maximum performance.center_img [Editor’s note:This is an excerpt of the “Insulation and Air Sealing” chapter of Carl’s new textbook, Green Building. Carl’s publisher, Cenage Learning, has allowed us to make the whole chapter available as a free download.] Fire resistanceInsulation must be fire-resistant or covered with a fire retardant barrier to remain exposed in a habitable area or when combustion appliances are nearby. Unfaced fiberglass insulation may be left exposed. Foam insulation, either spray-applied or rigid boards, must be covered with a fire resistant covering to comply with fire codes.Coverings can be drywall, intumescent paint, or, in the case of rigid boards, foil facing. Intumescent paints are fire-retardant. Some building codes allow foam to be left exposed under certain conditions, such as in attics and at rim joists. If foam insulation is designed to be left exposed in a project, you should confirm that it meets all the applicable building and fire safety codes. Pest managementInsulation products should be selected and installed to prevent pest entry and damage. Fiberglass insulation is not a food source for pests and poses little risk. Foam insulation is another material that is also not a food source, but it can provide pathways for termites, rodents, and other pests to enter a structure undetected. Some rigid foam products are treated with borates that deter pests.The cellular glass rigid insulation Foamglas offers the greatest termite and rodent resistance of any insulation material. This product is widely used in Europe but only recently became available in North America as a building insulation. Because spray foam is not normally treated for pests, foundation and floor applications should leave an inspection gap to ensure that termites do not have access to the building structure.Download the entire chapter or purchase the book.last_img read more

Beside The Points For Monday Jan 29 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeBad news, PhillyThe New England Patriots have participated in 37 playoff games since 2001, losing nine of them. That alone is absolutely insane. Here’s the stat that should give Philadelphia pause: The Patriots are 15-0 when they hadn’t played the competitor at some point over the course of the season, as is the case with the Eagles. [FiveThirtyEight]Waivered JagrJaromir Jagr, current NHL old guy and the second-highest point scorer of all time, has been placed on waivers by his latest team, the Calgary Flames, a move that may signal the end of the 45 year old’s NHL career. He is 34 games shy of Gordie Howe’s record for most games played. [ESPN]The reality behind “injury prone”A Football Outsiders analysis has put some serious numbers to the idea of being injury prone: looking at 8,585 player-seasons from 2009 to 2016, 40 percent of players who played in Week 1 went on to miss one or more games due to injury over the course of the season. However, that’s high compared to players who did not have any injuries in the previous two years, only 26 percent of which missed a game or more. [Football Outsiders]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Nobody’s undefeated in the OWLThe new Overwatch League, an esports attraction that just ended its third week, has shown the kind of parity that even the NFL can only dream of. Each of its 12 teams — even the powerhouses in London, Seoul and New York — have at least one win and only one team (Shanghai Dragons) are still at 0-6. Indeed, the most exciting story of the young league may be the Houston Outlaws swinging from league worst 0-2 to fourth-place 4-2 in just two weeks. [ESPN, ESPN, OWL]Golden Knights making the house loseThe Las Vegas Golden Knights are crushing it at home this season, and home just happens to be the only town in America where you can bet on the local team before walking to the arena. This means that not only are lots of people betting on Vegas — something like 10 to 15 times the typical NHL handle — but those gamblers are often winning. [ESPN]Big Number10 percentRoger Federer defeated Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open on Sunday, his 20th Grand Slam title. Here’s the cool part: Federer has now won 10 percent of all the men’s Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era since 1968. [ESPN]Predictions NFL See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetOvechkin has the fastest stick in the league We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA read more

Sevilla gets smashed by Barcelona in Leo Messis house

first_imgWith a dominant 6-1 goal-fest, FC Barcelona was able to turn the result around against Sevilla on Lionel Messi’s return to action at Camp Nou.After FC Barcelona lost their first Copa del Rey leg against Sevilla without Lionel Messi on the roster, all the Catalan club’s supporters were eager to watch the Argentine play the return match at Camp Nou and confirm that they really do have him at the top of his game.It’s not only what the little man can do in regards of providing goals or assists, the whole squad functions at a different speed when he is playing on the pitch and today was the clear proof that this Barcelona side is one of the best in the world when Messi is in top form.Sevilla did what they could to prevent a debacle, but Leo was simply too much for them throughout the whole 90 minutes at Camp Nou.When you play against Barcelona in two matches and you get to play the first leg at your own stadium, you better score at least four goals against the Catalan club because Messi will almost always destroy you at his own house.The man started the festival by getting knocked down inside the box and conceding a penalty for his side, but he decided to let Philippe Coutinho take the shot from the spot so he could gain more confidence.FULL TIME: Barça complete the comeback, and then some, at Camp Nou! 👏👏👏Barça 6-1 Sevilla (6-3 agg.) 👉 Post-game stats and analysis: 🏆 #CopaBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 30, 2019With a 1-0 advantage and still 75 minutes left to play, Barcelona was already on its way to a magical night in front of their crowd.Just a minute past the first half hour, Arthur Melo saw an opening where Ivan Rakitic made the move forward for an assist between the lines and scored the second goal of the evening.With the aggregate already equalized, the Catalan club went to the dressing rooms thinking that they would actually get the next-round ticket with very few problems at their own stadium.Just a few minutes after the second half started, Luis Suarez got involved in the game by assisting Philippe Coutinho with a low cross straight to his head and got Barcelona’s third goal of the evening.Things were turning up quite easy for the Catalan club, but Messi was yet to get involved in the party.The Argentine became part of the celebration with another pass between the lines for Sergi Roberto, the Catalan player was able to finish the play with a well-placed shot for his side’s fourth goal.But this momentary result was a double-edged sword against Barcelona because a goal from Sevilla would get the Andalusian squad back in the game, they got it through Ghilherme Arana after an Ever Banega assist.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Barça overturn first leg deficit to storm into a NINTH consecutive #CopaDelRey semi-final! 💙🏆❤️@FCBarcelona 6-1 Sevilla FC (agg 6-3)— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019After Sevilla’s goal the ghosts from past seasons started emerging, the people at Camp Nou were starting to get nervous and a reaction was needed from the club’s biggest stars.Manager Ernesto Valverde was able to give the squad the reaction it needed with the substitutions he made in the last 15 minutes of the match.The boss gave Arturo Vidal a chance to play and took Ivan Rakitic out, he also took Coutinho out in order to give Semedo some minutes, and he finally granted Carles Aleña his chance by taking Arthur out of the game in the final minutes of the match.The wagers paid off, Luis Suarez scored the fifth goal of the evening in a counter-attack after Jordi Alba assisted him.But the cherry on top was destined for Messi, the Argentine finished a gorgeous collective effort in which several Barcelona players participated and the star of the evening was the one who closed the night with his side’s sixth goal.The Catalan club qualifies to the Copa del Rey semifinals in spectacular fashion, any club that meets them there should be very afraid of their impressive level of performance they have reached by this stage of the season.But there is one thing that cannot be denied, Barcelona is one squad with Messi and a completely different one without him.Vidal 👉Suarez 👉Pique 👉 Suarez 👉 Alba 👉 Messi ⚽️ GOLAZOTiki-taka at it’s best from @FCBarcelona! 🔥#CopaDelRey— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 30, 2019What do you think about FC Barcelona’s goal-fest against Sevilla this evening in Copa del Rey? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Youre Invited to Network

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read April 10, 2009 Set Facebook and MySpace aside for a moment and consider another group of social networks. It’s the upper echelon of social networking with invite-only communities made up of movers and shakers, business leaders and high-society members with power and money. Here’s a VIP glimpse at three gated networks and how joining (once you’re invited) can offer lucrative networking opportunities.A Small WorldThe community: Members range from entrepreneurs and business leaders to influencers in media, entertainment, fashion and sports. More than 65 percent live in major European cities, and more than 10,000 are CEOs.Behind closed doors: Aside from numerous marriages, business transactions and random acts of kindness among members, 14,000 events were posted by members last year, according to founder Erik Wachtmeister.DecayenneThe community: The intellectual, value-driven members of this network cover Europe, South America, the Far East, the U.S., Africa and the Middle East. With an average age of about 33, 40 percent of members have their master’s, and finance and banking are the most common areas of profession.Behind closed doors: Co-founder Ioannis Voudouris has seen members collaborate in successful ventures, form business deals, sell and rent real estate, and even get married. “We often have investors who are looking for lucrative business opportunities,” he says, “and entrepreneurs with good ideas and business plans.”Qube The community: Created by luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially, Qube members span the globe and a majority reside abroad. Backgrounds and professions are diverse as well; January’s “most prolific messenger” and “most connected” Quber was the CEO of a large marketing firm in New York City.Behind closed doors: Qube hosts a variety of user-generated discussion forums, with topics on travel, charity, property and more. Business is by far the most popular forum, with members seeking web designers, real estate partnerships and contacts in hospitality, for example.These elite networks offer slightly less-restricted admittance and industry-specific communities:Professional Blackbook: a network for executives, entrepreneurs and a network of more than 2,000 executives in or associated with the wireless industryReuters Space: a networking community for hedge fund managers, traders and analysts This story appears in the May 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more