Mourners line tracks as funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush to burial next to wife, daughter

first_imgDavid J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s farewell to President George H.W. Bush is ending in his adopted home state of Texas, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends Thursday, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia.After the church service, a presidential funeral train carried Bush’s casket on a 70-mile final journey to the burial site, moving slowly at times as mourners, some saluting, many waving American flags, stood along the tracks in his honor.At the Texas funeral, he was eulogized by his longtime best friend, James Baker, who became his secretary of state and was with him in his last hours.He described Bush as “a truly beautiful human being.”“Man’s glory begins and ends with friends,” Baker said in a tearful description of their many decades together. He began with an apology to a man he said was always humble, but always clear in his decisions.“I’m about to do something you always hated — brag about yourself,” he said. “I will do this because it must be done.”In a gesture to ways of the past – a time well before presidential Twitter feeds – he called Bush a “charter member of the greatest generation,” the “finest” one-term president the country ever had, and a man who believed in “humility toward and not humiliation of” his adversaries.Baker also poked fun, joking that during a friendly disagreement, Bush used what Baker said was his “effective way of ending a discussion:” ‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and you’re not?’”As he finished, he paraphrased the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, saying, “Our glory, George, was to have you as our president, and such a friend,” then broke briefly into tears. As he walked back to his pew, he got a warm hug from former President George W. Bush.George Prescott Bush, the late president’s grandson and the son of former presidential candidate Jeb Bush, followed Baker. Bush, who served in the Navy like his grandfather, shared memories of the good times the Bush grandchildren had with the man they knew as “Gampy.”Speaking at his father’s emotional service in Washington on Wednesday, the 43rd president said the family took solace in knowing the elder Bush will be reunited with those who meant so much to him.“So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have,” he said, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”H.W. Bush became a Texas transplant in the late 1950s after graduating from Yale University and leaving his home in a wealthy town in Connecticut, where he was raised. He moved his growing family to West Texas to learn the oil industry from the ground up, eventually deciding to run for Congress, embarking on his long career in politics.Before the Texas funeral began, he lay in repose at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959.The Texas ceremonies were intended for about 1,200 friends of the family — many of whom are said to hail from “west of the Mississippi” — and included stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and the Oak Ridge Boys performed a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”It was in marked contrast to the more formal funeral in Washington, during which the world watched as all five of the nation’s living presidents, as well as first ladies and hundreds of the city’s power figures, gathered at the Washington National Cathedral.According to a Bush family spokesperson, the late president, who had a signature pair of socks for seemingly every occasion, will be buried in a pair showing Navy fighter planes flying in formation, honoring his days as a naval aviator, a lifelong source of pride.In return, in an unprecedented gesture, the Navy will conduct the largest-ever 21-aircraft missing man formation to mark Bush’s wartime legacy.“In addition to being our president, he was also one of our brothers, flying combat missions off aircraft carriers during World War II. His service to our Navy and nation merits a tribute of this magnitude,” Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in a statement.The F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets will fly over the interment ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.The special train taking Bush’s casket and family to the gravesite is reminiscent of previous presidential funeral trains.This one, designated the Union Pacific No. 4141 and painted in the colors of Air Force One, was unveiled in his honor back in 2005.At a final, private graveside service, in the late afternoon, “Taps” will be played and the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” will be sung, and George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest.On his simple headstone, what he once said all he wanted: his U.S. Navy identification number and the inscription: “He loved Barbara very much.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cops find car connected to missing teen, Los Angeles homicide

first_imgiStock/aijohn784(LOS ANGELES) —  Police found a car near the Mexican border on Friday that had been connected to a missing teen and a Los Angeles-area homicide investigation.The 2013 white BMW with Nevada plates was recovered unoccupied on Friday by San Diego Police near the San Ysidro border of Mexico, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted.The drivers, Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado, are suspects in the murder of a 32-year old man in the city of Carson in Los Angeles County, the Sheriff’s Department said. Mercado is the mother of 15-year-old Alora Benitez, for whom an Amber Alert was issued on Thursday.Benitez was last seen around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Torrance, California, with Mercado, 40, and Cerratos, 39, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.The homicide victim, Jeffrey Appel, was found dead in a white Audi in Carson at around 7 a.m. on April 16, authorities said.The two suspects are considered “armed and dangerous, ” according to the Amber Alert poster. “The adults left the South Bay area with the child, Alora Benitez, and could possibly be in the San Diego area.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

No trade tariffs to stop jobs moving overseas

first_img Comments are closed. Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has warned unions that theGovernment cannot use legislation to prevent UK jobs going overseas. Speaking on the world trade panel of the CBI annual conference, she saidthat in a global economy, every nation had the right to share in its wealth andgrowth. Hewitt said that conceding to the ‘siren voices’ calling for restrictivetrade tariffs or legislation to protect jobs from overseas competition would bedamaging to the world economy. “We must resist protectionism. It is easy to see the short-termbenefits because of UK jobs and competitiveness, but we must take a long-termview,” she said. She cited the textile industry in the Midlands as an example of whereoverseas competition had forced the local economy to focus on the high-tech endof the market, where the UK is now at the forefront. “There is no doubt jobs have been lost because of overseas competitionbut there’s no future for the UK in making low-cost, low-value products. Weneed to concentrate on the areas where we are skilled and have a technologicaladvantage,” she added. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. No trade tariffs to stop jobs moving overseasOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Do you measure up?

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Do you measure up? Do you measure up?3rd October 20150579 Views Curiosity definitely did not kill the estate agent!Maybe you’ve just invested a fortune in a stunningly designed website and you’re convinced it’s generating valuations for you. Great! Or maybe you suspect it’s not so good and you’re about to upgrade in order to win some instructions. Or maybe you’re just curious to know the truth.You’ve looked at your Google Analytics, so you know how much traffic you have. 6,500 visitors last month, viewing an average 5.5 pages each. Fab, you think. And you know that 35 per cent of your traffic visits on a phone. Great? Well, maybe. It’s certainly better than last year; you had 28 per cent last year.But the truth is you have no idea if these numbers are good or bad, and if they’re helping build your agency, relative to the agent down the road. Do they have more traffic? Do they get more customers from Google than you or engage potential vendors more deeply? Are you missing a trick, or performing really well?Frankly, anyone who cares about winning more instructions in their local market, needs to understand how their principal marketing vehicle is performing, so you can work on improving it to win more valuations. Time to find out the truth.What is the Homeflow Benchmarking Survey (HFBS)?For the first time ever you can now answer these questions. The Homeflow Benchmarking Survey (HFBS) compares you to competitor agencies anonymously. It identifies what’s working well for you: is your site fast compared to other similar sized agents? What should you celebrate in your website (or protect if you’re about to rebuild it)? Where are you weak? If you can fix those gaps, you’ll pick up more instructions next year, for sure.When you sign up you simply grant Homeflow access – under strict confidentiality rules – to your website analytics. Homeflow’s computers log in, and pull down 12 months of your KPIs on about 20 different dimensions. They mix those up, index them by branch count, and average them with the same metrics from dozens of other agents, arranged into groups of similar sized agencies (so if you are a single branch independent, you are looking at your web traffic relative to other independents, whereas a 60 office group will be compared against other agencies with more than 50 offices). Now you can see your performance in a dashboard relative to the relevant averages. It’s strictly anonymous: you can’t look at any individual agent’s performance, and nobody can see your data, but you do get to see how you stack up relative to others like you, and that’s gold.We’re going to be taking each of the metrics; traffic volumes, SEO, speed, bounce rates, session duration and examine them in depth. We’ll publish industry averages and trends from the basics right up to advanced online marketing tips. And it launches at The Negotiator Conference!It’s currently completely free of charge. There are over 150 agents already signed up , across the whole industry, from large corporate networks through regional groups to many, many independent agencies. They include agencies like Belvoir (140 offices), Winkworth (90+), Marsh & Parsons (24), Stags (20), Seymours (12), Bradleys (32), Peter Alan (30), alongside many dozens of independents. All agents are welcome to benefit from this initiative: you don’t have to be a Homeflow client.Who is behind the survey… and why?Homeflow built the benchmarking software in order to help them understand what was working for their clients. They build websites for hundreds of estate agents in the UK, ranging from 100 branch giants like Winkworth, Northwood and the Leaders Group, through powerful mid-sized groups like Stags, Seymours, Bradleys, and hundreds of single branch independents, who want exactly the same power and quality, in an affordable package.Property Software Group (PSG) recently stepped in to sponsor the benchmarking initiative. James Toogood, Sales Director said, “The web is driving ever more leads into our clients’ businesses, and we’re working with Homeflow to integrate this activity more closely into our suite of software products. Understanding where your traffic is coming from and how well it converts into customers who you then manage in your software, is a crucial piece of the puzzle. That’s why we’re excited to throw our weight behind this exciting initiative, to help agents better understand how their business is performing relative to the market.”The Negotiator is supporting the project too, helping to drive the survey through from the current 150+ participants, towards whole of market intelligence. We’re also going to be wading in to help demystify some of the findings to readers. During 2016, we’ll take each of the metrics, from raw traffic volumes, through speed, SEO, bounce rates, sources of traffic, session duration, and examine the topics in depth.We’ll publish some of the industry averages and trends, and we’ll endeavour to explain the significance of the metrics, starting from the real basics, working right through to advanced online marketing tips. And to make sure everyone has the opportunity to join in, we’re going to kick all of that off with a bang at the Negotiator Conference on 3rd November 2015.Benchmarking results at The Negotiator ConferenceTo launch the benchmarking, we’re encouraging all of this year’s Negotiator Conference attendees to join the initiative before the day. Then we’ll be distributing printouts with some of your charts to you individually, ahead of a seminar presented by Homeflow, who will run through some of the findings in overview. So you’ll be in the room, looking at a private report with some of your own site’s performance stats, whilst being able to see how you rank compared to agent averages in the UK. It should make for a fascinating, and utterly engaging session.Great. I’m in. What next?Sign up! It’s free,and takes 5 minutes.Please [email protected],or any questions, call:0207 801 9875Learn more:www.homeflow.co.uk/benchmarkingHomeflow Benchmarking Survey Homeflow HFBS Homeflow report website competition websites 2015-10-03The Negotiator Related articles “Millions have been thrown against the top portals for years with no effect”30th April 2021 Rightmove property listing lands estate agency in NIMBY hot water29th April 2021 OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader28th April 2021What’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.last_img read more

ROPA: What will it mean to you?

first_imgComplying with new regulations, suggested by the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group, could have a significant impact on the workload of letting agents.Roby.ai, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant, says agencies need to consider how they can factor in the additional responsibilities alongside their existing obligations and the needs of their business.Proposed regulations include a new industry regulator, stricter licensing, a Code of Practice and mandatory qualifications.L to R: Elad Ben-Ami, Offer Peylan, Tom Reiss“These new requirements will benefit the industry in the long-term, discouraging rogue operators and contributing towards raising the public perception of agents,” says Tom Reiss, CEO and co-founder of Roby.ai. “In the short term there will be additional work involved, some agents will feel under pressure to comply in time, not to mention additional costs.”The new rules will benefit the industry by discouraging rogue operators and raising the public’s perception of agents.Agents can use automation to save time on administration which will give them more time to understand the new regulatory framework set out by RoPA, improve customer service and target new landlord business.“So many parts of the lettings process can now be automated, reducing repetitive tasks staff have to carry out and the scope for human error,” says Reiss. “Using AI to automate large parts of the lettings process can help agents to stay on top of day-to-day business, prepare to comply with the new regulations and stay up-to-date with existing legislation.”https://roby.ai/ Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) Tom Reiss Roby.ai automation proptech AI regulations October 1, 2019The 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 2021 Home » News » ROPA: What will it mean to you? previous nextProptechROPA: What will it mean to you?The Negotiator1st October 20190238 Viewslast_img read more

Custodian II

first_imgFloorcare, furniture moving, and lifting Accuracy: Technical:Work Environment, Physical Demands: Communication: Initiative: Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing workto detect errors, oversights or omissions Exhibit a ‘student/customer first’ orientation in providingexceptional service in all responsibilities and interactionsdemonstrating versatility in handling people and situationsAdapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities,responsibilities, and student needs and expectations; anticipateand identify student and other customer needs Develop and nurture an effective, productive and respectfulrapport and working relationship with students, co-workers, andvarious campus and community constituencies maintaining anappropriate level of professionalismCommunicate information clearly and concisely and listen wellto othersMust possess effective communication skills Teamwork: Collaborate well with others and help make Buildings &Grounds staff a cohesive groupCommunicate, cooperate and collaborate with others to achievecommon office or University goalsAssists in various responsibilities as appropriate within theBuildings & Grounds area and Business/Finance Division asrequired during high service demand times including participatingin mandatory overtime based on special events and universityneeds Purpose:The Custodian II performs custodial duties appropriate toclassification throughout the University as necessary and assignedby the Manager of Custodial & Administrative Services and theDirector of Buildings & Grounds.Duties: To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, and contactinformation with three professional references.A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until theposition is filled.Please click here to review the University’sNon-Discrimination Policy.Mount St. Joseph University is an Equal Opportunity Employer Facilitate cleanliness of assigned area including but notlimited to: hallways, stairwells, lounges, classrooms, offices,tenant areas following the specifics of the duty assignmentsheetFully complete daily checklist based on a duty assignmentsheetDemonstrates general housekeeping skills and some aspects offloor care techniques and operation of floor care equipment.Attend all scheduled training sessionsMaintain inventory of supplies issued to complete assignedjobs; keep closet clean and free from clutterMove furniture/equipment as necessaryAssist in building, renovation, and remodeling projects oncampus as necessaryPerform other duties appropriate to position requirements asassigned by supervisionContribute to team effort by welcoming new and different workrequirements, exploring new opportunities to enhance the servicesof the department; helping others accomplish related job results asand where needed. Primary Contacts:Manager of Custodial & Administrative Services, Director ofBuildings & Grounds and department staff; students, universityfaculty and staffSupervision Exercised:NoneSupervision Received:Works under immediate supervision with work assignments reviewed atfrequent intervals or at pre-determined times.QualificationsA demonstrated ability and commitment to diversity, equity, andinclusion.Education:Some high school; ability to read and write and perform simplenumerical tasksExperience:Six months relatedSpecialized Training:noneSkills, AttributesCustomer Service: Accomplish tasks with follow through to completionlast_img read more

News story: Apprenticeship non-levy from April 2019 to March 2020

first_imgWe will confirm arrangements from April 2020 onwards by July 2019. Updated performance management rules will be published during March 2019.Any providers wanting to discuss their non-levy contract can raise a query with our service desk. They will be able to use their 12-month allocation to fund new starts and carry-in No delivery above allocation will be funded We do not anticipate announcing funding for growth, unless significant budget becomes available Allocations will be based on the November (R04) data submission, using providers’ current delivery patterns and mix, with a forecast of their delivery from December until March. We will review the allocations in May 2019 using R09 data. Allocations must be used, as usual process, within the terms and conditions of funding agreements and operated within the Apprenticeship funding rules 2018 to 2019 and the Individualised Learner Record specification. As per our announcement in November 2018, we are extending apprenticeship non-levy contracts to provide stability while decisions about the future of the non-levy system are made.We are issuing contract extensions at the end of February.We have confirmed with non-levy providers:last_img read more

Orders to US factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose modest 0.2% in December with investment posting 0.6% gain

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to US factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose modest 0.2% in December with investment posting 0.6% gain.last_img

Australia Natural Gas Export Overbuild Is Collapsing

first_imgAustralia Natural Gas Export Overbuild Is Collapsing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value.Santos wiped more than $1bn off the value of its liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland on Tuesday, just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation.The devaluations were predicted by commentators, who pointed out previous devaluations of the projects relied on overly-optimistic forecasts.The Santos share price dipped a further 2.39% on Tuesday morning after a drop of more than 85% since its peak in 2008.“This industry has torn up its shareholders’ wealth and now it’s tearing up the nation’s wealth,” said Bruce Robertson from the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.On Tuesday Santos announced it was expecting to wipe more than A$1bn off the value of its GLNG plant on Curtis Island in Queensland.Just last week Origin announced a post-tax $815m devaluation of its APLNG facility on Curtis Island – a figure that implies more than a billion-dollar devaluation before tax.Along with another facility on Curtis Island owned by Shell, the three plants are responsible for Australia’s LNG export boom, which has been vacuuming Australia’s gas and caused domestic prices to skyrocket.Each plant has been shedding value since construction began. Shell’s plant was US$7bn over budget, and then suffered a $5.4bn pre-tax devaluation in 2015. Between Santos and Origin, the two plants have now been devalued by about $6bn.More: Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supplylast_img read more

Get a Grip: Water Shoes

first_img5. KEEN Owyhee This shoe-sandal hybrid can handle rugged river adventures as well as tough trails. The Owyhee was super-grippy on slick river rocks, but its traction was even more impressive on a riverside trail run. The webbing and laces were secure and snug, and the sandals shed water quickly. $90The WringerYou Stink, Your Shirt Doesn’tI’m a stinky dude, so there’s no better test for the anti-microbial properties of a garment than my body. I wore Icebreaker’s new GT Run shirt for a month of workouts. It was on my body for Monday afternoon yoga, Tuesday morning trail runs, and the Wednesday evening group bike ride. And I never washed the thing. And each day I asked my cohorts to smell me.Their verdict? While I personally still stink, the shirt doesn’t. One month, no washing, no stink.And how did the shirt perform otherwise? Beautifully, up to a point. The GT Run wicks sweat well, dries quickly after pulling it off, and has that patented soft feel of merino wool that makes you want to hug a sheep. The only drawback of the GT Run line is one of the characteristics that will attract runners to the shirt in the first place: it’s ultra thin. This is a bonus while running, but it also makes the shirt unusually delicate. I ripped it on two separate occasions while taking it off.There’s no telling how well the GT Run’s odor-fighting capabilities will hold up after a year of abuse. Both merino and polyester baselayers tend to acquire a signature odor over time, even with regular washing. A silver-based solution like Agion Active is worth considering to fight odor over the long haul. You add this treatment to your clothing during the wash and the natural silver ions continue to battle odor, regenerating with each wash. I tested a shirt that was pre-treated with Agion Active and found it to be refreshing, even after months of use and wash cycles. $60 4. The North Face Hydroshock This ultra-light shoe looks and feels more like a traditional river bootie, but the sticky rubber outsole and synthetic suede upper provide much more support in and out of the water. It’s a low profile shoe, perfect for the boat where space and a snug fit are priorities. $90 Sandals are out. Stylish kicks that shed water are in. Here’s a roundup of the new breed of water shoe. 1. TEVA Gnarkosi The day-glo Gnarkosi was built for wakeskating, a hybrid sport that combines wakeboarding and skateboarding. The shoe has holes placed throughout the body and sole to drain water and the materials shed water brilliantly so it doesn’t get heavy like a soaked tennis shoe. The flat outsole and proprietary rubber are designed to give wakeskaters more purchase on their boards in the water. What all this means for river junkies is you’ve got a legitimate shoe that offers solid purchase in wet conditions but doesn’t get waterlogged. And the Gnarkosi delivers something that sandals can’t: street cred. $100 2. Sperry SON-R Ping The most sandal-esque of the lot we tested, the SON-R Ping, is Sperry Top-Sider’s foray into an adventure shoe. The kicks have solid water-shedding capabilities and are much more comfortable than your typical sandal, but they also tap into the “barefoot shoe” movement. The Ping has an extra flexible outsole, similar to a minimalist running shoe, and a textured insole, a combo meant to mimic the sensation of walking in a river barefoot, only without the stubbed toe syndrome. $903. Columbia Drain Maker Much like the Gnarkosi, the Drain Maker is a fully “drainable” shoe with tiny holes scattered throughout the mid-sole, while the upper is built from an open cell mesh that dries surprisingly fast. The lugged outsole performs well on slick river beds, so you’ve got a solid-performing river shoe for a variety of activities. Even more impressive is the overall feel of the Drain Maker, which is by far the most comfortable water shoe we’ve tested in years. And the understated design means you can go straight from the river to the pub without changing your kicks. $80last_img read more