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  • Corcoran to sublet 50K sf in IBM Building

    first_img590 Madison Avenue and Corcoran Group CEO Pam Liebman (Google Maps, Getty)The Corcoran Group is betting on New York City’s office market.The brokerage is moving to the IBM Building at 590 Madison Avenue, where it is subleasing the seventh and eighth floors from Aspen Insurance. The brokerage signed a lease for 11 years and two months for the 48,200-square-foot space, which is roughly the same size as its former office space at 660 Madison Avenue. The new space will be home to the brokerage’s corporate headquarters, as well as the 400 agents who were based out of its East Side office.Greg Taubin of Savills represented Aspen in the deal, while Paul Wexler of Corcoran represented the brokerage.Read moreSafra family finally begins 660 Madison’s office-to-resi conversionDouglas Elliman’s losses mount. And the worst is yet to comePension fund seeks to sell 590 Madison TagsCommercial Real EstateResidential Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The lease flies in the face of the downsizing many companies — including Corcoran competitors — are doing of late in New York. But Pam Liebman, president and CEO of Corcoran, doesn’t see it as a contrarian move; she’s planning for the post-pandemic world.Corcoran declined to comment on pricing but Liebman said it was a good deal for the brokerage.“The price is significantly lower than what we were paying at 660 [Madison], not because the building doesn’t warrant it, but because it’s a sublet and the timing,” she said.The brokerage vacated its former office space at 660 Madison this fall after the building owner, the real estate family office J. Safra Real Estate, began the process of converting the office building into residential and hotel units.The firm’s new office is being renovated by architecture firm Vocon. The building itself has perks like a gym, a lounge and golf simulator. Liebman said she believes that once restrictions related to coronavirus are lifted, “agents will be very, very happy here.”“I think New York comes back. It’s not going to happen overnight commercially but it will come back,” said Liebman. “We never considered not keeping the space in New York.”Contact Erin Hudson Full Name*center_img Message* Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

  • BYU Men’s Basketball Obtains The Services of Purdue Transfer Matt Haarms

    first_imgApril 23, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Obtains The Services of Purdue Transfer Matt Haarms Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday, BYU men’s basketball received the services of Purdue transfer center Matt Haarms, a significant enhancement to the squad via the NCAA transfer portal.Haarms, a 7-3 graduate transfer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this past season for the 16-15 Boilermakers.The Cougars secured the Dutchman’s services, ahead of vaunted squads like Kentucky, Texas Tech, Arizona, Gonzaga and Memphis among other schools.Haarms also shot 52.4 percent from the field last season and had 10 3-pointers for Purdue, showcasing tremendous versatility.Haarms will make an already tall Cougars front-line even more imposing for opponents. He joins 6-11 junior center Richard Harward and 6-9 sophomore Gavin Baxter.This triumvirate may collectively compensate for the loss of graduate and likely NBA Draft pick Yoeli Childs. Childs averaged 22 points and 9 rebounds per game last season for the Cougars. Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Matt Haarms Brad Jameslast_img read more

  • ‘Lettings industry must abandon fixed-term property management contracts’

    first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » ‘Lettings industry must abandon fixed-term property management contracts’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Lettings industry must abandon fixed-term property management contracts’Kent hybrid agency run by former Purplebricks territory owner says they reduce competition among agents and choice for landlords.Nigel Lewis22nd March 20211 Comment11,533 Views A former Purplebricks territory owner who set up her own hybrid lettings agency in Kent is calling on the industry to abandon its dependence on fixed-term property management contracts.Timney Foster (above left with colleague Vicci), who started her career at Your Move before joining Purplebricks in 2016 and the leaving two years later, says her business HomeHappy is grabbing market share in the county by offering landlords flexible management contracts.“When I worked at both Your Move and Purplebricks it always struck me as odd that landlords had no choice but to sign up to a fixed-term contract of usually 12 months,” she says.“It’s not logical – if the agent turns out to be terrible or the landlord wants to take over the management of the property themselves or switch to a better agent then they’re stuck.”Foster’s ARLA-registered lettings agency claims to be the county’s first to offer a 24-7 service, dealing in both residential and commercial lettings.Flexible contracts“I want to encourage other agents to offer more flexible contracts because this will help raise standards and competition within the industry and drive those who offer poor service,” she says.Foster says she set up her business after saving every spare penny she earned from operating her Purplebricks territory, and says although working for Purplebricks wasn’t always the best experience and say the company concentrated all its marketing activity on sales, it did open her eyes to the possibilities of a non-traditional business.HomeHappy is based at offices within a business park near West Malling and has four members of staff and, unlike many other hybrid lettings agencies, runs its repairs and maintenance operation in-house.home happy Timney Foster lettings agency Purplebricks Your Move March 22, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 22nd March 2021 at 9:35 amNever seen a fixed term contract from letting agents, normal practice is a notice period from either side after a minimum term. New agency agreement required at end of each tenancy anyway so cannot see the problem, agent can get out, landlord can get out and landlord has choice to go elsewhere when tenant decides to leave…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

  • Lecturer – Arts Leadership – (ADJ000432)

    first_imgThe Master of Arts in Arts Leadership at the University of Houstoninvites applications for a part-time adjunct to teach in the areasof Arts Leadership/Arts Administration/Arts Management. TheUniversity of Houston, with one of the most diverse student bodiesin the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community ofscholarsResponsibilities will include teaching graduate courses in thespecific subject areas of Museum and Gallery Management, FinancialManagement and/or Arts and Medicine.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the Universityprohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity or gender expression.Qualifications :The preferred candidate will have a graduate degree or higher inthe arts or related field with extensive professional experience inthe specific subject area(s) to be taught.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of thefinal candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

  • Leaky roof? Wind damage? Seasonal storms pave way for scammers

    first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Leaky roof? Wind damage? Seasonal storms pave way for scammers Spring storm season is upon us. Wind, hail and rain damage puts many people in the market for home repair services this time of year.But when storms roll through, scammers are not far behind. If your home or property has been damaged, beware of home improvement scammers who may be looking to prey on your situation and swindle you into paying for shoddy, overpriced or unneeded work.“When someone’s home or property is damaged, they often need the work done immediately to avoid further harm. Out of state contractors that swing into town and offer work right then and there can be appealing, but this can also be risky,” Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. “As attorney general, I’ve seen far too many ‘storm chasers’ show up at the perfect time and pull one over on desperate homeowners. If you don’t take the time to research the best company, you may be left with a leaky roof and a hole in your pocket.”Door-to-door home repair scammers victimize people by urging immediate action or offering tempting discounts so that the customer doesn’t have time to fully vet the contract or the company.Home repair scams are the No. 3 most common complaint reported to the Attorney General’s Office. In 2015, the Attorney General’s Office received more than 900 complaints related to home improvement scams. People had the most problems with roofing, chimney and gutter work.The Indiana Attorney General’s Office encourages people to follow the below tips to avoid a home improvement scam:Take your time. Don’t let the contractor rush your decision.Do your research. Know how much you can afford and what you want done.Get multiple price quotes from different contractors.Check with the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General’s Office to see if complaints have been filed against the contractor.Check to make sure the contractor is locally licensed, bonded and insured. A performance bond provides the most direct protection for the consumer.  Bonds that cover municipal code compliance may be helpful but would not offer direct monetary recovery for an aggrieved consumer.Opt for the local, well-established contractor rather than the door-to-door ‘storm chaser.’Get a contract in writing that details what work is to be done and when it will be finished.If the contractor came to your door unsolicited, ensure you receive a notice from the contractor of your ability to cancel the contract within three days for a full refund before signing any contract.Never pay for the entire project before the work begins. Do not pay more than a third of the total cost as a down payment.For more tips, click here.If you believe you have been scammed by a home contractor, you can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.center_img last_img read more

  • News story: Home Secretary visits channel operations

    first_imgAs part of the trip, the Home Secretary was taken out into the Channel on board one of the Border Force cutters. Officers provided an overview of the cutter’s operational capabilities and first hand accounts of the dangers faced by people attempting to cross the Channel in vessels that are unfit for purpose.Border Force has 5 cutters and 6 coastal patrol vessels and their deployment is kept under constant review. 2 coastal patrol vessels and 1 cutter, HMC Vigilant, are currently deployed in the Channel. 3 cutters, HMC Valiant, Seeker and Protector, are deployed overseas while HMC Searcher remains in UK waters. The UK will continue its commitment to the FRONTEX humanitarian mission by retaining a cutter in the Mediterranean. Border Force and others have been doing an incredibly good job in recent weeks to do everything they can to keep us safe, to protect our borders and to protect life. I want to thank them for what they are doing and to learn myself about the work they are undertaking. The additional cutters, which will bring the number we have along the South East to 3 as well as 2 coastal patrol vessels, will make a big difference in fulfilling those 2 key functions – protecting the border and preserving life. The Channel – one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world – is an extremely treacherous stretch of water and we need to send a very clear message to people that if they embark on this journey, they are taking their life into their own hands. During a trip to Dover today (2 January 2019), Home Secretary Sajid Javid has thanked all those involved in the effort to tackle the increase in attempts by migrants to cross the Channel in small boats.The Home Secretary, who announced on Monday (31 December 2018) that he would be redeploying 2 Border Force cutters from abroad to help patrol the Channel, met representatives from organisations including Border Force, Immigration Enforcement, the Kent Intake Unit and the National Crime Agency.He said:last_img read more

  • Speech: Addressing the manmade humanitarian crisis in Venezuela

    first_imgThank you very much indeed, Mr President.As is clear, the United Kingdom voted in favour of the American text and against the Russian one. I think the fact that the Russian resolution failed, whereas the American text was vetoed, accurately pinpoints the unease that very many members of the United Nations feel about the situation in Venezuela and how untenable it is for it to continue. We were content, Mr President, to vote in favour of the US text because it addressed important issues in Venezuela about which we too are concerned. It emphasised the importance of establishing the necessary conditions for a new and credible electoral process in Venezuela.Despite the Russian polemic, the US text did not seek a permanent transfer of power to a different leader; it called for free and fair elections and we believe in that also, Mr President. We believe that the Maduro presidency is illegitimate and the National Assembly President Juan Guaido is constitutionally interim president of Venezuela until credible, free and fair elections can be held. And these elections, Mr President are conditions on the part of transition to peace.Secondly, the resolution acknowledged deep concern about violence and the use of excessive force by the security forces in Venezuela against unarmed, peaceful protesters, including those, Mr President, actively engaged in getting humanitarian assistance into the country to the benefit of ordinary citizens. There’s clear evidence that liberty and justice have been systematically dismantled by Maduro’s regime.And finally, Mr President, the text addressed the economic collapse brought about by Maduro’s corrupt policies which led to the humanitarian crisis that has so far forced over three and a half million Venezuelans to leave their country for other countries in the region. This has placed huge strain on the social services of their neighbours.We would like to thank the United States as penholder on this resolution for drafting a text that properly recognises the gravity of the situation in Venezuela. There are limits, Mr President, as to how far a government can inflict damage and suffering on its own people.Turning to the Russian text, the United Kingdom was compelled to vote against the resolution proposed by the Russian Federation today. We fundamentally disagreed with its content because it pretended that there were threats to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of Venezuela. There have been no threats to Venezuela’s political independence or territorial integrity.Secondly, the resolution focused on alleged attempts to intervene in Venezuela’s domestic affairs. As we have seen, Mr President, the crisis has spilled far beyond Venezuela’s borders and the current situation in Venezuela represents a clear threat to peace and security in the region.Thirdly, the text included a selective reading of the UN Charter – one that we have heard before. It presents a biased interpretation of the events unfolding in Venezuela and its support of the Maduro regime. A full reading of the UN Charter, Mr President, would show that the Security Council should cooperate to address the suffering of the Venezuelan people.Finally, Mr President, the text failed to explicitly recognise two crucial aspects of the situation in Venezuela. The humanitarian crisis – I should say the man-made humanitarian crisis – brought about by corrupt economic policies and the need for free, fair and credible elections.Thank you, Mr President.Right of Reply by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council on VenezuelaThere’s a number of lurid claims that were made against my country. I’d like to respond very quickly. Firstly, Mr President, to say that I have sent you a letter – in response to allegations made by the Venezuelan representative – that sets out very clearly British policy towards his country. And it’s very much on the lines of the European Union policy which we heard about earlier. I think the second thing Mr President is to say that if theft and plunder of the Venezuelan people is occurring it is because of their own government. It’s not because of mine. Thank you.last_img read more

  • AUDIO: Allied Bakeries speaks of delisting and the bread market

    first_imgAn Allied Bakeries director has told British Baker of hopes to get Kingsmill bread back on Tesco shelves following its recent delisting. Nick Law, operations director at Allied Bakeries, said he hoped this would not be it for Kingsmill in Tesco, naming products like its 50/50 loaf as being something consumers desired.He also said that the baking industry needed to highlight the health benefits of bread products in a challenging market, but thought the atmosphere around bread was looking up.Law explained: “We still have a huge amount of business with Tesco.“These things tend to go through cycles; it’s a competitive market and I would hope at some point we’ll find a platform to get the Kingsmill brand back into Tesco as we have products like 50/50, which is the leading brand in the industry, and we would like to think that Tesco consumers would be looking to get them back on the shelves to offer them the full range of products.”Law was also concerned that people were less aware of the health benefits of bread, but the media’s demonisation of the carb was slowing. He continued: “It’s a crowded food market and we have to make sure our voice gets heard and create products that will excite consumers and get them thinking about the nutritional benefits of bread.”His comments come just a month after the products were delisted from Tesco stores as part of its new “volume-driven strategy”.Despite this, the company has recently finished a £210m five-year programme across the Allied Bakeries portfolio.The company has built new bread plants in Stockport, West Bromwich, Glasgow and London, and has now rounded off the project with the new breadline in Stevenage which is capable of producing 9,000 loaves per hour. As part of the investment, Allied built its new Thins factory in Glasgow, as well as a roll plant in West Bromwich. Allied Bakeries’ parent company Associated British Foods has revealed its interim results for the 24 weeks ended 28 February.last_img read more

  • Saint Mary’s alumna begins role as hall director

    first_imgWhen Ally Strasen graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2016, she planned on being a teacher. However, Strasen’s life took a different turn as she has returned to the College this year to serve as the hall director for Holy Cross and Opus Halls.After graduating with a degree in elementary education with a minor in mild intervention, Strasen attended the University of Vermont and completed a master’s degree in special education in December 2017. In the months following, however, she took some time to consider other professional possibilities.“I wasn’t quite sure that teaching was for me at that point in my life,” she said. “Then this [job] posting popped up on the Saint Mary’s webpage, and I knew in my heart that I wanted to be back at Saint Mary’s, so I applied and here I am.”While her position also includes serving as hall director for Opus Hall, Strasen moved into Holy Cross in mid-July. As a student, Strasen didn’t live in either of these halls.“I was excited to get to be in a building that I hadn’t spent a lot of time in,” she said.Strasen said she worried the idea of coming back to the College in this capacity might take away from “the magic that is Saint Mary’s” that she experienced as a student.“It’s amazing to be able to see things from a different perspective and be able to reflect on what life was like as a student here and now what life is like as a professional here,” she said.Strasen said she believes her background in elementary education will be helpful to her in her duties as hall director because it emphasized the diversity that can be found in a group of people, such as residents and hall staff. Additionally, she said having been a student at Saint Mary’s is beneficial to her in this position.“You come out of here — a small, women’s liberal arts college — with such a well-rounded education that you haven’t just learned history facts or how to write an English paper,” she said. “You learn so many life skills and interpersonal skills.”These products of her Saint Mary’s education are being put to use in her new role with Residence Life, Strasen said.“Honestly, I never thought I’d be back as a hall director, but it just seemed right,” she said.Strasen said she knew it would be an adjustment for returning resident assistants who worked with her predecessor but she has found the hall staff to be welcoming.“Working with [hall staff] is very exciting,” she said. “They’re all awesome girls, and I’ve gotten to know some of them pretty well already.”Strasen said she is most excited about being able to form relationships with students.“Saint Mary’s did so much for me,” she said. “I’m excited to hopefully be able to give back to Saint Mary’s what it gave to me.”Tags: Hall Director, Holy Cross Hall, opus halllast_img read more

  • Cherry Jones & Bradley Whitford Join Hank Williams Biopic

    first_img The film will explore the life of the country singer, from his upbringing in southern Alabama, to his success with such hits as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Love Sick Blues” and “Move It On Over,” to his death at the age of 29 in 1952. Tony winner Cherry Jones and stage and screen star Bradley Whitford have signed on to appear in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will play Lillie, Williams’ mother, and Whitford will play Nashville music publisher Fred Rose. They join Tom Hiddleston, who will play the music icon, and Elizabeth Olsen as his wife, Audrey Mae Williams. I Saw the Light, scheduled to premiere next year, is currently filming in Louisiana. The cast will also include Wrenn Schmidt and Broadway alums David Krumholtz, Josh Pais and James DuMont. Jones took home Tony Awards for her performances in Doubt and The Heiress. She was also nominated for Our Country’s Good, A Moon for the Misbegotten and her most recent Broadway appearance: The Glass Menagerie. An Emmy winner for his performance as Josh Lyman in The West Wing, Whitford has appeared on Broadway in A Few Good Men and Boeing-Boeing. View Commentslast_img read more