Outstanding performance by Connells

first_imgConnells Group announced an increase in half year profits of 15 per cent to £31.3m, reflecting an outstanding performance in firm market conditions.Compared to a strong first half in 2015, the Group’s estate agency business of nearly 600 branches nationwide, has recorded a number of improvements this year including an 8 per cent increase in sales. The division strengthened its UK coverage through the addition of further successful businesses into its network, the largest of which was Rook Matthews Sayer – a leading estate agency with 16 branches operating across Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland.There was also further growth for the Land & New Homes operation, with new homes sales up by 16 per cent, building on a record performance last year.“Our business has produced solid results in the first half of this year and in a remarkable market,” says Connells Group CEO David Livesey (left),  “We started the year with great momentum and strong sales activity, and with extraordinary levels of completions in Q1 ahead of the stamp duty deadline.  However, as expected, there was a notable cooling in the market as the EU referendum approached.“Brexit has created some short term challenges, but we excel against our competitors in tough market conditions and we are already seeing performance bounce back to pre-Brexit levels.”Elsewhere within the Group, there was excellent growth and profits from the Lettings business, recording a 24 per cent increase in income for the first half of 2016.   The division continued its growth momentum through further branch openings and a number of acquisitions.“Our results are testament to the hard work of the people within our business and I can’t tell you how proud we are of the team here at Connells Group. We have delivered market leading profits in an eventful market backdrop whilst gaining market share, growing organically and welcoming new colleagues through the acquisition of other great businesses.”Connells group Connells profits Connells sales August 2, 2016The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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 Home » News » Agencies & People » Outstanding performance by Connells previous nextAgencies & PeopleOutstanding performance by ConnellsIn a difficult year for many, Connells announce a half-year profits rise of 15 per cent to £1.3m.The Negotiator2nd August 20160617 Viewslast_img read more

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Vladimir Putin may be in real trouble

first_imgThe message must be that there is no alternative. That is particularly true at a time when the regime is failing to deliver the rising living standards it once offered Russians in exchange for their passivity.After two years of recession brought on by falling oil prices and Western sanctions, the economy will grow this year by less than 2 percent.Putin now seeks popular favor with nationalist adventurism, such as the invasion of Ukraine; the election is scheduled for the anniversary of the Crimea annexation.But that, too, may be reaching a dead end; Putin’s attempts to broker favorable settlements to interventions in eastern Ukraine and Syria have been floundering. In short, it may be that Putin has more reason to fear Navalny than the poll numbers suggest.Even as he outlaws political competition in Russia, Putin continues to oversee attempts to undermine and tilt elections in the West. For him, democratic contests are a vulnerability, to be avoided at home and exploited abroad.In that sense, Western governments and Russia’s democrats have a common cause in countering Putin. What both lack is an effective strategy.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:Vladimir Putin boasts of popularity ratings that Western leaders, Donald Trump included, can only dream of — 85 percent and above since Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014.Yet Putin remains unwilling to test those numbers against real competition. On Monday, the state election commission banned his most popular opponent, Alexei Navalny, from running in the presidential election scheduled for March 18 — meaning that Putin will face no serious opposition to obtaining another six-year term.Navalny, who has attracted a broad following across Russia by campaigning against corruption, was proscribed on the basis of trumped-up fraud charges that the European Court of Human Rights ruled invalid.His real offenses were helping to lead opposition to Putin’s last re-election, in 2012; producing videos documenting Kremlin criminality, such as the more than $1 billion in property amassed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; and bringing out tens of thousands of followers in cities across Russia this year to denounce the regime.The conventional political wisdom in Moscow holds that Putin could easily best Navalny in the presidential election, bolstering both his international and domestic credibility. He nevertheless prefers to stage a Potemkin vote in which his only challengers will be two perennial candidates, one Communist and one ultra- nationalist, and Ksenia Sobchak, a 36-year-old celebrity who has called the election “a high-budget show.”What could explain Putin’s seemingly self-defeating tactics?Some analysts argue that the authoritarian regime he has constructed requires not a credible democratic victory but a crushing show of strength.last_img read more

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Church’s new valuation methodology brings deficit reduction

first_imgThe £1.8bn (€2.1bn) Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (CEFPS) has announced a significantly reduced funding deficit of £50m, compared with £236m at the last valuation, after changing its valuation method for liabilities.The funding position has improved further since the valuation was completed.The scheme previously used the “gilts plus” method, basing the discount rate for future pension payments on the yield from gilts plus a margin representing factors such as asset outperformance and the need for prudence.It has now switched to the asset-led funding method, basing the discount rate on the long-term return from its portfolio less a prudent “haircut”. The non-contributory defined benefit (DB) scheme provides funded benefits for service by Church of England clergy from 1 January 1998. Still open to new members, it has more than 20,000 participants, of whom around one-half are retired.Benefits relating to service before 1998 are paid by the Church Commissioners.The scheme is included in the £2.4bn portfolio of the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB), which runs assets on behalf of three church pension schemes.At the end of 2018, around 87% of CEFPS assets were in a return-seeking pool, with the remaining in a liability-driven portfolio, including UK government bonds.The pension scheme’s return-seeking pool delivered a 7.9% pa return for the 15 years to 31 December 2018.At that date, the asset allocation of the return-seeking strategy was 65% invested in public equities (with a long-term target allocation of 35%), 11.4% in property, 10.1% in infrastructure equity and 4.9% in private loans.There was also a small amount in private equity (with a long-term target of 7%) and 3.6% in emerging market debt.However, illiquid assets will form a large part of the portfolio (around 65%) in five years’ time.“The change in discount rate has been highly transformatory to the funding levels of the CEFPS, as higher discount rates have lowered the valuation of liabilities”Pierre Jameson, chief investment officer for CEPBAaron Punwani, partner at LCP and scheme actuary to the CEFPS, said the CEFPS was in an unusual position, as a large scheme that is open to new members and with a policy of investing a higher proportion of its assets in long-dated illiquid investments and less in gilts than the typical scheme.Punwani said: “This lends itself to using the asset-led funding method, whereby the investment return assumptions are driven from the yields on the investments the scheme expects to hold over the long term, rather than purely from gilt yields. This closer alignment between the investment strategy and the actuarial valuation should result in a more stable funding position over time.”Pierre Jameson, chief investment officer for CEPB, said: “The change in discount rate has been highly transformatory to the funding levels of the CEFPS, as higher discount rates have lowered the valuation of liabilities.”Contributions on behalf of members are made by the fund’s “supporters” (the Church’s dioceses and the Church Commissioners for England).Following a consultation with supporters, contribution levels will be held at 39.9%, instead of rising to 50% had the valuation methodology remained unchanged. The deficit is expected to be cleared by 2023.Jameson said: “The supporters are very much in favour of the change in valuation methodology because it provides a significant dampening of volatility.”He added: “We feel this is a ground-breaking innovation for the pensions industry but it has always been within the guidance of the regulator, who has been consulted throughout the valuation process. Many UK DB schemes are now in run-off, but because we still have new money coming in, it is appropriate for us.”last_img read more

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Dick makes debut as England seek to bridge ten year gap

first_img1 Jul 2014 Dick makes debut as England seek to bridge ten year gap Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire) is the only new cap in the six-strong England team for the European Boys Team Championships at Oslo Golf Club in Norway on 8th – 12th July. But four of last year’s squad have again been selected as England seeks to win the title for the first time in ten years. Bradley Moore (Kedleson Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) played in last year’s championships in Scotland, while Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) completes this year’s line-up. Dick, 18, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won the Darwin Salver but lost a sudden death playoff for the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship and tied fourth in the Welsh Youth Championship, all this year. The 2013 South West Boys champion recently represented England Golf in the German Boys Championship. McCullen, 17, a former under 16 international, made his debut as a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals. He helped Lancashire win the County Championship last year after becoming Lancashire boy champion and this year he won the McEvoy Trophy, reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and is currently equal third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. Moore, 16, another former under 16 international, won the Irish Boys Open Championship recently after finishing runner-up to McCullen in the McEvoy Trophy having won it the previous year. In 2013, he won the European Young Masters in Germany, reached the semi-finals of the British Boys and was runner-up to Penge in the English Boys under 16 Championship. Penge, 16, became a boy international in last year’s European Boys Team Championships having been capped at under 16 level. The winner of the Fairhaven Trophy for the past two years, he defends the English Boys under 16 title later this month. Currently No.1 on the Boys Order of Merit, the Sussex lad has also finished runner-up in the Darwin Salver, third in the McEvoy Trophy and equal eighth in the Irish Open Amateur. Singh Brar, 17, was also capped at under 16 level before making his debut in the Boys Home Internationals in 2012. He enjoyed two victories last year, the Berkhamsted Trophy and the South of England Boys Championship while he finished runner-up in the Duke of York Young Champions tournament, the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship and the Hampshire Boys. Finished fourth in defence of the Berkhamsted Trophy this year. Turner, 18, became a boy cap in these championships in 2012 in Sweden and has been a regular pick since then. A former Lincolnshire boy champion, last year he won the Darwin Salver and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and represented GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland. A runners-up spot was achieved in 2007 in Denmark while England has finished fourth in the past two years.last_img read more

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OVERTIME

first_img:10 Speaking of the Steelers …No I wasn’t, just checking to see if you’re paying attention. Anyway, I was just thinking. If the Steelers teams of the ’70s had the greatest defensive line of all time why is there only one member of that line in the Hall of Fame? That being the Great “Mean” Joe Greene. Most certainly L.C. “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood should be in and you can certainly make an argument for Dwight “Mad Dog” White and for a man they will all tell you that without Ernie “Fats” Holmes (who always commanded the attention of two or three men) none of them would have made it! Only one left, that’s Greenwood. You know what to do. Let’s get busy and push all the buttons we have to get him in. Do it now! :09 Pitt is it yet again, at least for the moment. With a decisive victory over Virginia Tech (31-19) the Panthers showed some life after their 0-2 start. With the combination of Ray Graham and freshman phenom Rushel Shell in the backfield combining for nearly 300 yards, things are looking a lot better.:08 Listen and remember you heard it here first. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are not out of it yet. Still two (2) games over 500 and just two (2 1/2) games out of the last playoff spot. Anything can still happen. Keep the faith will ya!!:07 Remember what I told you “haters” last week about the importance of Mike Wallace? Well…BAM!!! He just caught a 60-yard touchdown pass. Now will you please shut-up and just take what I give you to the bank!:06 You can dress it up anyway you want but anytime you take your starting quarterback out for a series of plays or more and he’s not hurt you’re sending him a message and that message ain’t good. And I am a Tim Tebow man….mmmaaannn! Sanchez if I were you I would get out of New York as soon as I could!:05 Nobody else is gonna say it so I’ll say it … but I know you’re all thinking it. I hope Terry Smith and the Gateway Gators win the WPIAL title and the state title and then let’s see if “they” can come up with another way to let him go. I am just sayin! And this comes from a born and bred Penn Hills cat!:04 Hats off to the Penn Hills High School administration, athletic department and A.D./Coach John Petermen for a job well done in bringing back the Indian Alumni football players to be recognized on the field before their game against Baldwin last week. Hey, first of all they fed us … that will always get us to come back (by the way Mr. Ionadi the food was off the chart). Secondly, those of us that had the great pleasure of playing for the Legendary Andy Urbanic were re-united with him as he was presented with a special achievement homecoming honor. And last but not least, we all were proud to be in the company of Pro Bowler “Big” Bill Fralic and NFL star Tom Flynn, two of Penn Hills all time greats.:03 Here’s the “Final Note” from me for the great Leroy “K.” Wofford… the Blues Man! Not a nicer more talented artist to be found anywhere. Self-taught drummer and keyboard player, songwriter, stage performer extraordinaire and could sing the hell out of the blues. The great George Benson, who Leroy wrote a song for, is quoted as saying “Leroy Wofford is the greatest pure entertainer to ever come out of Pittsburgh.” We’ll miss ya blues man, and remember… “Do nothin’ till you hear from me!” Donations to help with burial expenses for LeRoy K. Wofford can be made directly to: Spriggs-Watson Funeral Home, Inc., 720 N. Lang Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15208. The funeral director is Donald Jones, 412-243-8080.:02 Hey everybody “Ty Wilson” is back! Now look don’t ask me nothin’ else, that’s all I can tell ya. If I told ya more I’d have to kill you!:01 I told you it was coming and here it is. The Champions and The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club will bring you the last great car cruise of the year, Sunday, September 30 at Pep Boys Auto Store in Monroeville (Rt 22/Wm. Penn Highway across from Home Depot) Noon until 5 PM–$5 Donation Benefits Champions Toys for Tots–Awards for Best Everything–50/50– Prizes and Gifts–Bring your own chair, food & beverage (no alcohol allowed)–and The Fabulous Allure Models will hold a car wash on site at the same time…now I know you’re coming!! Anything that rolls is welcome and remember, it’s not when you get there…it’s what you get there in!Game Over BILL NEAL last_img read more

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Finding Your Special Valentine At Joint Animal Services

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Joint Animal ServicesDid you bomb out on Internet dating? Blind dates got you down? Still looking for that special someone? You can find true love right in the heart of town at Animal Services.Come visit today and by tomorrow you can wake up to soulful eyes, a cold nose and wagging tail. Give yourself the gift that will love you for a lifetime.In case you have already found the human love of your life, a great present for your valentine would be an adoption gift certificate from Animal Services so they can pick out that special pet that speaks to their heart. Visit www.JointAnimalServices.org or come by 3120 Martin Way to find your soul mate this Valentine’s Day!last_img read more

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Sheepherders to Rock Blossom Cove for Artiepalooza

first_imgIn August 2014 the band played its first Artiepalooza and raised about $3,000 for David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and wellness services to New Jersey families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. “Never in our wildest dream did we think a boater would give up their boat to a band. But (Artie) said ‘Great! Let’s do it.’ And he meant it,” said Sheepherders guitarist Steve Warendorf, the organizer of Artiepalooza. “We lost Artie, but it’s important to us that we keep his memory alive and that’s what we try to do each summer.” “Artiepalooza is a wonderful way to honor a man and celebrate the life of a person who loved his friends, family and was passionate about the local waterways. And the event is done in a way that is respectful to marine life and our living shorelines,” Zipf said. The amount raised from Artiepalooza increased each summer and so did the number of spectators flocking to the event. At the last Artiepalooza in 2017, an estimated 250 or more vessels were on hand. Though Warendorf said he expects the event to continue to grow, there are no immediate plans to expand or move Artiepalooza to different or multiple locations. After the band got the boot, they were invited to Natsis’ boat for food and drinks that night, a meeting that sparked a great friendship and several performances on the back of Natsis’ boat that by summer’s end drew close to 70 vessels. MIDDLETOWN – A friend and husband gone too soon has spawned one of the Navesink River’s most treasured summertime traditions, due to return this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the Moroccan Sheepherders bring their brand of rollicking rock ’n’ roll to Blossom Cove for Artiepalooza. For the fifth time in six years – last summer was interrupted by a rainstorm – the band will take to a seafaring stage on the second-story deck of a yacht and, from the stern, will play an eclectic collection of electrified cover tunes to a flotilla of local boaters and kayakers who attend the event. The event’s namesake is Artie Natsis, a boating enthusiast who, with his wife and Artiepalooza cofounder Feli, befriended the band after an unfortunate dismissal from a set of scheduled gigs in 2012. Zipf said the event is an example of fun passive boating, rather than the aggressive boating done by fast-moving recreational speed boats and jet skis sometimes seen slicing through the river systems. Aggressive boating can endanger wildlife, like terrapins and dolphin pods who visit the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers during the warm weather seasons. They can also create wakes that erode shorelines. According to Warendorf, the Sheepherders were booked to play three shows at Ross’ Dockside Steak and Seafood House, but customers “were complaining that we brought too many people out to the show. It was getting too loud for them. So we were fired.” “He really showed no signs of it in the beginning, but that winter is when he got really sick,” Warendorf said. “At his wake we came up with the idea for (Artiepalooza).” However, Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, said she hopes the concept will continue to catch on with other recreational boaters. After getting to know the Natsis family better, Warendorf learned Artie was living with cancer. He died in April 2013. “It’s about doing everything in moderation and being respectful and mindful of where you’re having fun. Everyone needs to be mindful of their location on the water for the protection of themselves and the environment,” Zipf added.last_img read more

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Black economic empowerment

first_imgBlack economic empowerment is designed to ensure South Africa’s economy “builds on the full potential of all persons and communities across the length and breadth of this country”, according to the strategy document. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, Media Club South Africa. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s policy of black economic empowerment (BEE) is not simply a moral initiative to redress the wrongs of the past. It is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the country’s full economic potential.In the decades before South Africa achieved democracy in 1994, the apartheid government systematically excluded African, Indian and coloured people – collectively known as “black people” – from meaningful participation in the country’s economy.This inevitably caused much poverty and suffering – and a profoundly sick economy.The distortions in the economy eventually led to a crisis, started in the 1970s, when gross domestic product growth fell to zero, and then hovered at about 3.4% in the 1980s. At a time when other developing economies with similar resources were growing, South Africa was stagnating.Full potentialWith the advent of democracy in 1994 the government adopted the policy of black economic empowerment (BEE). However, this policy was both ill-defined and was found to enrich only a handful of the black elite. A more inclusive and concrete approach was needed, which became known as broad-based black economic empowerment.In 2003 the government’s BEE strategy was laid out in a document titled South Africa’s Economic Transformation: A Strategy for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.“Our country requires an economy that can meet the needs of all our economic citizens – our people and their enterprises – in a sustainable manner,” the strategy reads.“This will only be possible if our economy builds on the full potential of all persons and communities across the length and breadth of this country.”Despite the many economic gains made in the country’s 13 years of democracy – growth hit 5% in 2006 – the racial divide between rich and poor remains. The DTI points out that such inequalities can have a profound effect on political stability:“Societies characterised by entrenched gender inequality or racially or ethnically defined wealth disparities are not likely to be socially and politically stable, particularly as economic growth can easily exacerbate these inequalities.”Broad-based growthBlack economic empowerment is not affirmative action, although employment equity forms part of it. Nor does it aim to merely take wealth from white people and give it to blacks. It is simply a growth strategy, targeting the South African economy’s weakest point: inequality.“No economy can grow by excluding any part of its people, and an economy that is not growing cannot integrate all of its citizens in a meaningful way,” the DTI says.“As such, this strategy stresses a BEE process that is associated with growth, development and enterprise development, and not merely the redistribution of existing wealth.”There is a danger, recognised by the government, that BEE will simply replace the old elite with a new black one, leaving fundamental inequalities intact. For this reason the strategy is broad-based.“Government’s approach [is] to situate black economic empowerment within the context of a broader national empowerment strategy … focused on historically disadvantaged people, and particularly black people, women, youth, the disabled, and rural communities,” the strategy document says.“Discrimination is at its most severe when race coincides with gender and/or disability.”How to achieve BEEBlack economic empowerment is driven by legislation and regulation. An integral part of the BEE Act of 2004 is the balanced scorecard, which measures companies’ empowerment progress in four areas:1. Direct empowerment through ownership and control of enterprises and assets2. Management at senior level3. Human resource development and employment equity4. Indirect empowerment through:preferential procuremententerprise developmentcorporate social investment – a residual and open-ended categoryThis scorecard is defined and elaborated in the BEE Codes of Good Practice, which were passed into law in February 2007.The codes are binding on all state bodies and public companies, and the government will be required to apply them when making economic decisions on:procurementlicensing and concessionspublic-private partnershipsthe sale of state-owned assets or businessesPrivate companies must apply the codes if they want to do business with any government enterprise or organ of state – that is, to tender for business, apply for licences and concessions, enter into public-private partnerships, or buy state-owned assets.Companies are also encouraged to apply the codes in their interactions with one another, since preferential procurement will affect most private companies throughout the supply chain.Different industries have also been encouraged to draw up their own charters on BEE, so that all sectors can adopt a uniform approach to empowerment and how it is measured.Investor confidence growsInternational investors are increasingly embracing BEE, in sharp contrast to the 1990s, when the first round of empowerment deals battled to find foreign support.Fortune 500 company Old Mutual’s R7.2-billion BEE deal, launched in 2005, will not only give half a million South Africans an interest in the company – it also sparked a rise in Old Mutual share prices.Also in 2005, Deutsche Bank struck a deal giving black investors and staff a 25% stake in its South African operations (excluding its Johannesburg banking branch).US investment bank Merrill Lynch announced in February 2006 that it will sell up to 15% of its South African business to black staff, women investors and a local educational trust, describing the move as part of its long-term commitment to the country and black economic empowerment.Also in February 2006, London-based Blackstar Investors announced plans to help fund BEE deals in South Africa to the tune of £35-million (R380-million), signalling that foreigners are growing increasingly comfortable with BEE financing.Useful linksDepartment of Trade and Industry National Empowerment Fund BEE – Sabinet Online Empowerdex Black Management Forumlast_img read more

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FTC Cracks Down On Text Message Spam

first_imgTags:#FTC#Government#Spam What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The U.S Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is cracking down on text messaging spam. The FTC’s ire is targeted at affiliate marketers that use SMS to send spam messages intended to get consumers to visit deceptive websites promising “free” gift cards. The FTC charged 29 defendants with collectively sending 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers.The messages promised consumers free gift cards worth as much as $1,000 to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart, according to an FTC release. Consumers that clicked on the messages were prompted to provide personal information, apply for credit or pay to subscribe to get access to the supposedly free gift cards.The FTC complaints targeted both the senders of the spam messages as well the owners of the deceptive websites. In addition, the FTC filed contempt charges against serial spammer Phil Flora, who was barred from sending spam text messages in 2011 and was found to be part of the recent complaints. Of the eight complaints the FTC issued, seven were against the text senders and one against a website operator. According to the FTC, the defendants that sent the text messages were paid by the operators of the free gift card websites based on how many people were eventually duped into entering their personal information. The FTC alleges that the sites violate the FTC Act by failing to tell consumers of all the conditions set forth to obtain the supposedly free gift cards. The complaints are levied against companies and individuals. The list of text spammers includes several marketing firms such as Superior Affiliate Management, Rentbro, Inc., Jason Q. Cruz (doing business as Appidemic, Inc.), AdvertMarketing, Rishab Verma (Verma Holdings) and Seaside Building Marketing. The one complaint against a website operator was made against SubscriberBase Holdings, Inc.The FTC filings at this point are just complaints. The FTC notes that it, “files a complaint when it has ‘reason to believe’ that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law. The cases will be decided by the court.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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GRASSLEY ELECTED SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

first_imgU.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa is now third in the line of presidential succession following the vice president and the speaker of the House of Representatives.That’s after the Senate unanimously chose Grassley to be Senate president pro tempore.The post has historically been bestowed upon the senior member of the majority party in the Senate..Grassley said. “I may only be three heartbeats away from the Oval Office, but my heart is and always will be in Iowa and here in the U.S. Senate.”Grassley was first elected to serve Iowans in the U.S. Senate in 1980 and has represented the Hawkeye State there for 38 years.The only other Iowan to hold the office was Sen. Albert B. Cummins, who assumed office in 1919, 100 years before Grassley assumed the role.last_img read more

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