Two of the UK’s largest online agents have been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about misleading claims on their websites.The first is Purplebricks, its 11th referral since it started up in 2015. A complainant challenged whether the way the company provides information about its standard fee of £849 was misleading.An icon is positioned next to text saying “our standard fee £849” which, when hovered over, pops up with the text: “This is our standard fee for everywhere outside of London and surrounding areas, where we charge £1199 inc VAT. Around 40% of our customers pay us a fixed fee of £300 to cover ALL viewings”.The complainant understood that the average fee was therefore likely to be higher than £849 and challenged whether this was misleading.The ASA says it agreed, saying that “we noted that it was only when a user hovered over the icon that information about the additional cost for the viewing service became visible”.“We approached the advertiser with our concerns and they agreed to amend their website.”Instead, the Purplebricks site now says “viewing service is optional £300” on the main page, rather than as a pop-up.OpenRent complaintThe second online agent referred to the ASA is OpenRent, which claims to be the largest lettings agents in the UK by listings volume.Two people complained about a video featured on its website during which the claim was made that “with OpenRent you have access to sites such as Rightmove, Zoopla, Gumtree and more, so your advert will be seen by literally [sic] millions of potential tenants”.The video also claimed that landlords made an average saving of £3,118 when using the site.After being approached by the ASA, OpenRent agreed to remove the “millions of potential tenants” claim, and amend or remove the ‘savings’ claim. OpenRent appears to have taken the latter option.hybrid estate agent Purplebricks online letting agent openrent advertising standards authority asa purplebricks February 14, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Both Purplebricks and OpenRent change claims made on their websites following ASA investigations previous nextAgencies & PeopleBoth Purplebricks and OpenRent change claims made on their websites following ASA investigationsBoth hybrid/online agents were challenged over misleading claims made on their websites about standard fees and potential savings.Nigel Lewis14th February 201803,066 Views
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BAE Systems has received a $37 million contract to design, install and test onboard radio communications and network capability for the U.S. Navy’s new DDG 113 and DDG 114 destroyers.The company will provide a range of services including systems engineering, production integration, logistics, crew training and configuration management. The installed technology will include multi-spectrum radio sets, antenna systems and baseband switching, as well as data-link modems and message distribution services.The contract expands upon BAE Systems’ role as an industry leader in systems development and integration for the Navy, having performed the work for more than 30 years. The company has so far provided the onboard communications for 62 destroyers and 27 cruisers equipped with the Aegis combat system.“This award continues our strong legacy of support to the Navy’s DDG program,” said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager for Land and Electronic Systems at BAE Systems Support Solutions. “Our employees have a long and proud history of providing critical communications systems.”The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Southern Maryland. It includes a one-year base, plus four option years. If all of the options are exercised, the total value could reach approximately $37 million.The work will be conducted primarily at Navy facilities in St. Inigoes, Md. and at nearby BAE Systems offices. The systems will be installed at other shipbuilder sites including Pascagoula, Miss. and Bath, Maine.BAE Systems Support Solutions, based in Rockville, Md., provides a range of services to meet needs in readiness and sustainment and operational support across the land, aviation, maritime and C4ISR domains, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and federal agencies. Support Solutions is also a leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company, serving the U.S. Navy and other maritime customers. Earlier this year, the company successfully executed in San Diego, Calif. the first Aegis Destroyer modernization on the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), followed by the first East Coast DDG modernization on the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) in Norfolk, Va. BAE Systems has also modernized the USS Benfold (DDG 65) in San Diego and is in the process of simultaneously modernizing the USS Stout (DDG 55) and the USS Barry (DDG 52) in Norfolk.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 09, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Signs View post tag: Naval December 9, 2011 Industry news View post tag: For View post tag: contract View post tag: USD Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Signs USD 37 Million Contract for US Navy’s DDG113, DDG114 Destroyers View post tag: million View post tag: DDG114 View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Systems View post tag: Navy View post tag: 37 View post tag: DDG113 View post tag: Destroyer’s View post tag: BAE BAE Systems Signs USD 37 Million Contract for US Navy’s DDG113, DDG114 Destroyers View post tag: US Share this article
Lou will take on a critical role, responsible for transforming planning and development across the sector, as well as implementing Homes England’s new operating model and designing effective services to support the government’s ambitious goal of delivering hundreds of thousands of homes across the country each year.Lou brings a wealth of experience to the role and is currently the Head of Service Design and Standards for the UK Government at the Government Digital Service.Homes England Chief Executive Nick Walkley said: “I’m delighted to be appointing Lou to our senior leadership team as the Director of Service Design and Transformation.“This newly-created role is a key appointment for Homes England, which supports our vision to become a modern, service-led organisation capable of leading the housing sector.”Lou Downe added:“I’m incredibly excited to be taking on this role at such an important time for UK housing, planning and development.“We have a hugely important challenge ahead to create a world where urban development is both sustainable for people and for the environment and I’m honoured to be given the task of helping this vision become a reality.”ENDSFor more information contact Sarah Tucker, PR and Media Officer at Homes England 020 7393 2261 or email [email protected]
Guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes continued on to Lenox, Massachusetts over the weekend with his symphonic tributes to the late great Jerry Garcia. Accompanied by the Boston Pops at the Tanglewood Music Center, the celebration magnified justice to timeless songs like “Comes A Time” and “Uncle John’s Band,” and kept the fire alive in staples like “Scarlet Begonias,” “Shakedown Street,” and “Terrapin Station.”The “Warren Haynes’ Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration” is taking a month off for the rest of July, though Warren will be continuing on the road with his “Ashes & Dust” tour. The Garcia tributes will pick back up on August 1 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, then head back to the east coast for stops at Bethel Woods Center For the Arts, PNC Bank Arts Center, and NYC’s SummerStage on August 8th. Tickets remain here.Enjoy his most recent performance of “Blues for Allah”:Touch of GreyWarren Haynes’ Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration 7/1/16:Set One: Dark Star (Intro) > Bird Song, Crazy Fingers, Shakedown Street, Comes a Time, China Cat Sunflower, Scarlet Begonias, Morning DewSet Two: Uncle John’s Band, Doin’ That Rag, Touch of Grey, Blues for Allah, Terrapin Station, Terrapin RefrainEncore: Ripple
Coming back out for the second set, the first song heavily featured the horns, with Nick Gerlach on saxophone taking the spotlight with some transcendent soloing before passing off to Gabe Mervine on trumpet. Highlights of the second set included a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” during which Adam Smirnoff treated the crowd to some shreddy guitar stylings, and Will Trask and Dave Watts switching places, with Dave taking over auxiliary percussion and Will Trask holding it down on the kit.You can take a listen to the funk this crew was brewing up last night at Cervantes below, courtesy of Emily Clark. Last night, Dave Watts, drummer and bandleader of The Motet, and Scott Morrill, owner of Cervantes’ Masterpiece, threw a massive joint birthday party for themselves at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. For their combined 90th birthday, the two celebrated in style, with Dave Watts bringing together his supergroup, Dave Watts & Friends, featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company / Allman Brothers), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Gabe Mervine and Lyle Divinsky (Motet), Nicolas Gerlach, and Will Trask (Great American Taxi). Originally set to also feature Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) who ended up having to cancel last minute, Watts’ fellow bandmate from The Motet, keyboard extraordinaire Joey Porter, stepped in instead to help celebrate and hold it down on the keys for the evening.This stacked line-up of musicians certainly drew a crowd, as the Other Side was packed from wall to wall, and outside, there was a line curling around the block to buy tickets and gain entry. Following an on-point DJ set by Mikey Thunder with Fleeb on bass to get the crowd in the groove, this iteration of Dave Watts & Friends stepped out to the sold-out crowd and busted out an energetic instrumental number heavily featuring Gabe Mervine with some impressive trumpet solos right off the bat. While the first song set the tone for the night, with the emergence of Lyle Divinsky for the second song, the band truly dialed it in, with Lyle showing off his ability to build off and maintain a crowd’s energy and Ian Neville taking center stage with some soaring guitar solos.As the band moved through the first set, smiles abounded on stage and in the crowd, as the impressive collection of musicians on stage continued to throw down super funky tunes. Toward the end of the first set, Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds joined in on the fun, coming out to join these friends in celebration and sitting in for a sexy funk jam with a tremendous solo. After Eddie’s departure, the band moved into Carl Carlton’s “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” to close out the set, much to the delight of packed house.In keeping with tradition, during set break, a metallic pinata shaped like a disco ball dropped from the ceiling. The birthday boys, Scott and Dave, took center stage with sticks in hand. Dave Watts, however, was far too strong for the pinata, breaking it open with his first hit and showering the crowd with a variety of adult goodies ranging from condoms to plastic shooters to pre-rolled joints.You can watch Dave Watts do a number on the adult pinata below, video courtesy of Emily Clark. Also, check out this video via Paul McGinnis to get a glimpse of what the scene was like at Cervantes for the birthday bash.
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.FALCONER – Santa Claus will make a visit to the Village of Falconer today at 10 a.m.Officials from the Falconer Rotary and the Village cancelled this year’s traditional Santa Claus parade last month, but are planning another way to welcome Christmas cheer.Instead, officials say Santa Claus will be escorted by the Falconer Fire Department around the village. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Mayor James Jaroszynski says he wanted to provide the Village with some Christmas positivity while also trying to keep residents safe.“We just wanted to give our residents some form of the Santa parade,” Jarozynski said. “We know that we can’t, because of the statewide COVID and the nationwide COVID, you hear locally our county, our numbers, you see the numbers everyday from Chautauqua County. We just wanted to try to give our residents some sort of holiday cheer a little bit. Not canceling the Santa parade totally, but kind of redoing it a little bit and restructuring it a little bit.”Children and their families will be able to see Santa as he passes through their neighborhoods. Santa’s ride around the village will be begin at SKF on Elmwood Avenue. He will then wind his way around the village aboard the Old Mac Fire Truck.Updates of Santa’s whereabouts in the village will be posted to the village Facebook page throughout the morning of Dec. 5th.Officials say this will provide families a little advance notice of when Santa will arrive in their neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Santa are reminding all good boys and girls (and their families) to please remember to wear their masks and to social distance throughout this event.Due to COVID-19, Santa will not be able to stay and greet children at the Santa House this year.Here is a map outlining Santa’s expected travel:
Skylight, Starring Carey Mulligan & Bill Nighy, is One to Watch David Hare’s much buzzed about Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually), which is currently running in the West End, will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide on October 23 courtesy of National Theatre Live. Directed by Tony winner Stephen Daldry and also starring Matthew Beard, the London production completes its limited engagement on August 23. Skylight ran on Broadway in 1996—time for a return? Zachary Quinto Anna Kendrick Had to Tone Down Her Fangirling Over Meryl Streep Oscar and Tony nominee Anna Kendrick, who is appearing alongside Meryl Streep in the starry movie adaptation of Into the Woods, was amazed at how good the three-time Oscar winner was in the tuner. “I just couldn’t get my mind around how she could have been sitting on this level of talent for so long and no one really knew about it,” she told V Magazine. “At a certain point, I had to tone it down.” View Comments Zachary Quinto Celebrates ‘How Much Better Things Would Be if the British Ruled Over America’ As if we needed any more reasons to love Zachary Quinto. What’s the Broadway alum (The Glass Menagerie) and Hollywood hottie (Star Trek, American Horror Story) done now? Only gone and tape this tongue-in-cheek ad, below, for a British beer about the “craft of acting.” After somehow keeping a straight face as he talks about “how much better things would be if the British ruled over America,” he goes on to discuss the difference between an actor and a thespian. Hilarious. Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Have you ever accepted that second slice of pie because it was “low carb” or “fat free”?Maybe you ate a whole sleeve of cookies, but weren’t that worried about it because they were labeled “organic.” This phenomenon, known as the “health halo,” occurs when we overestimate the healthiness of products because of a brand name, marketing claims or labels. Even though it sounds angelic, the health halo itself can actually be counterproductive.In a study conducted in New York state, everyday shoppers were given identical products to taste test. Nutritionally, the products were the same. The only difference was that one product was clearly labeled “organic.”The researchers found that most of the people thought the food with the organic label tasted better and was worth more money, according to the 2013 study published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. This study shows how packaging can influence us.The health halo changes our perception of quality and cost. Most importantly it can also cause us to overindulge without guilt.Often, we use the halo as our shield. We think, “Well this sandwich with bacon, guacamole and cheese is from a health food store, so I should be able to eat the whole thing, and eat the organic chips, too.”The health halo doesn’t just cover single products; it also extends to grocery stores or restaurants. Is Subway better for you than McDonald’s? Many people would say yes, but the real answer is that it depends on what you order.Researchers found that people perceived meals with identical calorie counts from Subway and McDonald’s to be very different. Not only did they underestimate the amount of calories they were consuming from the Subway sandwich, they also added on more calories from side items to the sandwich, according to a 2007 study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.The result was that they consumed more calories eating at Subway than when they ate at McDonald’s.So, how do we avoid the pitfalls of the health halo?The best thing we can do for ourselves is to ignore all the flashy packaging and claims on the item. Instead we need to find the nutrition information and use that as our guide.Remember, at least when it comes to weight management, it’s a balance of calories in versus calories out.Always read the nutrition facts label.Ask to see the nutrition information or look for the label on the package. The good news is that healthy foods can come from anywhere we choose to shop or eat.When we have all of the right information, we can make a healthy decision.Keep in mind that healthy eating is just one side of the equation. We also need to move more, because moving more means living more. For more information on making smarter food choices and increasing physical activity, visit walkgeorgia.org.
In order to improve access to frequent locations within Diocletian’s Palace for people with limited mobility, the City of Split received a non-refundable 270 thousand euros through the EU’s Usefall project.Tim je novcem predviđeno postavljanje dizala u Zlatnim vratima, platforme ili dizala na istočnom ulazu u povijesnu jezgru, kod Srebrnih vrata, te kosog dizala i rampe na zapadnom ulazu u povijesnu jezgru, unutar dva prolaza s Trga Republike prema susjednim ulicama. Izradit će se i mapa s informacijama o dostupnosti kulturnih objekata osobama s invaliditetom, a organizirati će se i radionice za turističke vodiče, predstavnike udruga, kulturnih ustanova kako bi ih se informiralo o cijelom projektu. Projekt će trajati 18 mjeseci, a provodit će se zajedno s partnerima iz Italije i Hrvatske, Comune di Ravenna, Fondazione Aquileia, Venetian heritage cluster and the City of Poreč.It is important to note that the City of Split is a continuation of the implemented EU project “EX.PO.AUS” implemented under the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program. The general goal of the program is to increase the prosperity of the coastal area and develop the potential of “blue growth” by encouraging cross-border partnerships. organizations and entities bordering the Adriatic coast, activating a number of initiatives that can simultaneously stimulate the economy and environmental protection of the Adriatic basin.
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