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Give conveyancers up-front property information earlier, Sprift urges agents

first_imgHome » News » Give conveyancers up-front property information earlier, Sprift urges agents previous nextProducts & ServicesGive conveyancers up-front property information earlier, Sprift urges agentsProperty report firm says its new dashboard enables estate agents to instantly share key data with third parties, speeding up sales.Nigel Lewis15th April 20210335 Views Property reports platform Sprift has joined the effort to reform the sales progression process with a new tool that enables agents to instantly share information with third parties.The industry, tech firms, Land Registry and the ministry of housing are all trying to solve the conundrum of how to speed up the pre-exchange data gathering exercise.This can take solicitors weeks to complete often leaving agents, buyers and vendors in the dark about progress, a frustration amplified by the current stamp duty-driven sales boom.The Sprift dashboard provides some 100 data points for all of the UK’s 28 million homes. This includes title plans, planning history, EPCs, photos, floorplans, conservation areas and flood risks, as well as the necessary legal and protocol forms.Local Authority searches“Sprift doesn’t replace the need for Local Authority searches – instead, it provides details of the planning history for the target property and nearby properties, all geo coded,” says CEO Matt Gilpin (main pic).“The feedback from agents and conveyancers is that the Sprift data highlights things they need to know and delve into further, whilst potentially waiting for searches, saving them time in the long run.“Conveyancers also comment that having access to all of the property’s marketing information and correct streetview immediately gives them a better feel for the property.”Paul Rolfe, owner at Scottish agency Paul Rolfe Sales and Lettings, says: “Better communications and upfront information are the way forward when it comes to speeding up the property buying process.”Angelo Piccirillo, partner at AVRillo Conveyancing, adds: “We are determined to seek out game-changing technology to make the client experience a better one. Anything that supports a more transparent procedure has to be to the benefit of all parties.”photos conservation areas title plans planning history Matt Gilpin Sprift EPCS floorplans April 15, 2021Nigel 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 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

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Florida man accused of scouting terror targets and attack weapons

first_imgA 23-year-old Florida man is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, according to federal prosecutors.Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a U.S. citizen is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded expressing his admiration for Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016 that left 49 people dead. Al-Azhari even drove by the location to “scope” it out.A confidential FBI informant, told officials that Al-Azhari said he wanted to kill at least 50 people.The affidavit also details how Al-Azhari negotiated with an undercover FBI employee to purchase a variety of guns and silencers, including an AK-47-style rifle. He also scouted a number of target in the Tampa Bay area.Officials say his phone was filled with multiple videos in regarding the Islamic State group. Another video, the FBI says, shows Al-Azhari in a facemask and pointing a gun at presumably someone on the floor.“Hey you, get on the floor. Get on the floor now. Don’t you move, don’t you move, I’m telling you, I will kill you,” he says in the video.Officials arrested him on Sunday. Police retrieved weapons that were allegedly to be used in an attack.Al-Azhari’s public defender said the government’s charges in the case unfairly attempt to portray him as a terrorist.Al-Azhari had previously been convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 of terror-related crimes, including attempting to join a terrorist group. He served three years in prison in Saudi Arabia and then was deported to the U.S., according to the FBI. He lived in California and since 2019 in the Tampa area.If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

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IKO congratulates H.E Alli on becoming ninth executive President

first_imgTHE International Karate-Do Organisation Academy of Guyana (IKO) has congratulated His Excellency, Irfaan Alli, on becoming Guyana’s Ninth executive President.In a release, the body, through its chairman, Shihan Jeffrey Wong, said, “Please permit me this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent swearing in as the Ninth Executive President of the Cooperative Republic and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on its electoral triumph.”“We wish you every success in your mandate. We are confident in your astute leadership to lead all the people of Guyana to progress and prosperity.”“Esteemed Excellency, the IKD Academy of Guyana stands ready to support you and your government, as we firmly believe that sport has a huge role to play when it comes to nation-building, as it helps in elevating the qualities of discipline, determination, teamwork and a passion for fitness in the psyche of a nation.”last_img read more

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Football falls to Notre Dame

first_imgPittman’s confidence seemed to affect his Trojan squad, as USC outplayed the No. 9 team in the nation for most of the showdown. But football is a game of four quarters, and the one in which USC faltered — the second — proved too costly to overcome.  “The A-Gap on the second play was wide open, and the edge was open on the first one,” Pili said of Book’s runs. “It was our fault, and we’ll go back to the drawing board.” The defense wasn’t solely responsible for the struggles, though, as the offense could not get anything going beyond a first quarter field goal. USC’s frustrations culminated in a skirmish while the teams headed to the locker rooms, as every player on both teams received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  That second quarter featured 17 of 20 unanswered Irish points, 156 rushing yards (including a 51-yard touchdown by sophomore wide receiver Braden Lenzy) and a botched opportunity for USC to pin the Irish inside their own 5-yard line on a punt.  Still, head coach Clay Helton said he was proud of the way his group battled against one of the nation’s best teams.  “Embrace the suck … It’s going to be fun when we’re running up the score.” That was senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.’s advice to his teammates four days before USC took on Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Saturday.  At the end of the first quarter, well before the verdict was settled in USC’s 30-27 loss to the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium, it looked like USC could pull off one of the more improbable upsets of this college football season. But whatever dreams Trojan fans had quickly turned into an all-too-familiar nightmare heading into halftime.  Redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp picked up 82 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries Saturday. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) After the teams traded field goals to open the half, Slovis — who saw his first game action in three weeks after recovering from a concussion — connected with his favorite target of the game for a crucial score. Sophomore wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown tipped a deep ball to himself with one hand and reeled it in for a 38-yard score, bringing the Trojans within a touchdown. “I told our team in [the locker room], if they play like they did in the second half, get ready, they’re going to win a Pac-12 title, and I honestly believe that,” he said. “We’ve got six games to really put our best foot forward in our conference. We control our own destiny on our way to a Pac-12 title, and that’s what we’ve gotta do.” After another Notre Dame field goal and a 5-yard touchdown pass to Vaughns, USC had cut the once daunting 17-point lead to just 3. center_img That play contributed to St. Brown’s 112 receiving yards on the night. No other Trojan receiver had more than redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns’ 47. Pittman — notably USC’s leading receiver heading into the game — had just 29.  “I think the tempo really just opened up things for us on the offense,” St. Brown said of the improvement in the second half. “We came in and started going as quick as we can. I think that opened up the offensive playbook and everything.” It appeared Pittman was right about running up the score but wrong about which team would do so. But in what has been a trend this season, the game took a turn yet again in the third quarter. After a failed onside kick from redshirt sophomore placekicker Chase McGrath, three kneel downs sealed the game for the Irish.  “I think the biggest thing we came away with [from] the first half was a lack of execution,” said freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis, who threw for 74 yards in the first half and 181 with two touchdowns in the second. “We got them stretched out, we moved the ball well up until the point we made a mistake.” With 10:27 remaining, all the Trojans had to do was hold Notre Dame to a field goal, and they would have a shot to steal the game.  USC responded with an impressive drive spanning two and a half minutes that ended in a 2-yard scoring run from redshirt freshman running back Markese Stepp. Stepp, who has seen his usage steadily increase all season, ran for a team-high 82 yards and seemed to carry multiple Notre Dame defenders on his back throughout the evening. Two plays later, a quarterback keeper gave the Irish an 8-yard touchdown and a two-possession lead, essentially closing the book on the game.  “They were running a lot of plays to get us moving around a lot,” junior defensive lineman Brandon Pili said of Notre Dame’s dominant run game in the quarter. “They came down the middle, and we just missed gaps.” Like in the second quarter, though, USC failed to slow the Fighting Irish’s ground attack — only this time, senior quarterback Ian Book provided the fatal blows. The Trojans had a golden opportunity on third-and-10 at USC’s 30-yard line, but Book, who received almost no pressure behind the line of scrimmage all game, scrambled 17 yards to pick up a first down. last_img read more

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Dodgers hit four home runs in rout of Red Sox

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores behind Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon on a single by A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers fans at Fenway Park celebrate the solo home run by Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel (12) celebrates a solo home run by A.J. Pollock (11) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger runs on his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez, right, reacts beside Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes after striking out swinging during to end the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese follows through on his two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, comes to the mound to relieve Chris Sale, center, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, right, celebrates his solo home run with J.D. Martinez (28) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale stands on the field after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, left, during the third inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor (3) scores behind Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon on a single by A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner runs on his RBI-double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)ExpandBOSTON — The Dodgers’ offense hadn’t been itself for awhile.Over seven games before Saturday, the Dodgers’ hitters had combined for a .205 average and walked just 17 times while striking out 61. They had failed to drive up the pitch counts of starting pitchers like they had so often during the first half and their collective efforts produced just 22 runs in those seven games.Well, that’s over.Justin Turner led an awakening Saturday night, hitting one of the Dodgers’ three home runs and adding two doubles as the Dodgers chased Chris Sale from the game in the fifth inning and bombed the Boston Red Sox 11-2. That snapped a four-game losing streak wrapped around the All-Star break for the Dodgers, one of only two skids longer than two games they have had this season.“That’s more like it,” bench coach Bob Geren said, walking to the coaches’ room as the media entered the post-game locker room.Indeed, it was a more familiar script. The Dodgers had 20 baserunners (14 hits, four walks and two hit batters), took 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position and had the opposing starting pitcher out of the game before the end of the fifth inning for the first time since July 2.“I thought the at-bats tonight were pretty good,” Turner said. “We made a really, really good pitcher work really hard. We got his pitch count up and were able to break through in that fifth inning. Quality at-bats, taking walks, putting good swings on balls with guys in scoring position — yeah, it was a matter of time.“I think you play a 162-game season, there’s probably going to be a few little lulls in there where you have a hard time getting things going. But that’s kind of uncharacteristic of this offense. One through nine is able to put together quality at-bats over and over again. Hopefully, we had that little lull and now we’re right back where we’re supposed to be.” “There’s constant tinkering going on, trying to get different feels in the box,” Turner said. “I messed with a few things earlier today with our hitting guys in the cage that felt pretty good. A lot of times you do stuff in the cage but it doesn’t always carry over into the game. Tonight, it carried over and felt pretty good.”That was the physical part. There might have been some mental fatigue at work for the entire lineup in the seven-game “lull” as well, Turner admitted.“Yeah, I think it was good for all of us,” he said. “The way this team goes about our business — mentally engaged for nine innings, trying to win every pitch — gets exhausting for all our guys. So that was a nice four-day break. I think a lot of guys needed it. Maybe a little bit of a hangover yesterday but got back to feeling ourselves tonight.”That was evident from the start. Chris Taylor led off the game with a walk. Cody Bellinger beat out an infield single on a dribbler in front of the mound, extending the inning long enough for A.J. Pollock to come through with a two-out RBI single — giving the Dodgers their first lead since the Fourth of July.Turner homered in the third inning and Sale had already thrown 71 pitches by the time he took the mound in the fifth.Kike’ Hernandez led off with a single (the first of four times he reached base in the game) and Sale hit Austin Barnes with a pitch. After Taylor lined out, back-to-back doubles by Turner and David Freese produced three runs. Sale was done not long after.The Dodgers would break the game open late. But the early offense was enough to make things moderately comfortable for starter Ross Stripling who turned in his best outing since rejoining the rotation last month.The Dodgers right-hander held the Red Sox to four hits — one a solo home run by Xander Bogaerts — while striking out seven in five innings.“Definitely had everything firing today,” Stripling said. “I felt like with the mix I was able to keep them off balance a little bit and sneak some heaters past them for some punch outs. Got some freeze takes for some strikeouts. Kind of had everything working tonight.”The Dodgers put it away with four runs in a seventh inning that featured back-to-back home runs by Bellinger and Pollock off reliever Steven Wright. For Bellinger, it was his 31st home run of the season (and came on his 24th birthday). For Pollock, it was his first in the majors since April 17.“Felt like Opening Day,” Pollock joked.Max Muncy stole a run on the shift in the same inning. Muncy went from first to third on a simple ground ball back to the pitcher. The Red Sox were shifted to the right side against Corey Seager and no one was covering third base. Muncy trotted home when first baseman Christian Vazquez tried to hit a moving target as Bogaerts tried to hustle over and cover third. The throw went into left field.Muncy took a more direct route in the ninth, hitting his 23rd homer.“We talked about it — it was a matter of time. We’re too good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the breakout. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Turner experienced his own little lull. In 15 games before Saturday, he was 10 for 51 (.196).Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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Jo scores a club double at par 3 championship

first_img Gloucestershire golfer Jo Matthews completed a double for her club when she won the English Women’s Par 3 Championship at The Warwickshire.Jo, from Shirehampton Park Golf Club (pictured), followed in the footsteps of fellow member Mary Groves, who took the honours last year.What’s more, Jo’s success came less than four months after she had a knee replacement operation. She returned to golf only at the beginning of this month – and she’s clearly on form.The 24-handicapper, who received 12 shots, scored net 54 on The Warwickshire’s Par 3 Castle course. She was two shots clear of a trio of players on 56: Michelle Underwood of Fingle Glen, Devon; Fame Grayson of Styal, Cheshire; and Paula Cowl of Woodbury Park, Devon.Fame Grayson, meanwhile, combined with her mother and fellow Styal member, Wad, and with Karen Lindsey of Carden Park, Cheshire, to win the team prize.Jo was one of six Shirehampton Park members who took part in the championship, which combines good competition with a hint of garden party atmosphere, thanks to the Pimms and cake enjoyed by the players.“It was an unexpectedly pleasurable day!” she said. “One of our ladies won last year and we went back so she could defend her title. I’m sure we’ll try and go next year.”Jo played very steadily throughout the 18 holes and the highlight was the 6th hole where she chipped in for a birdie two. “It was just one of those days when things go right.”Jo, who chairs the ladies’ committee at Shirehampton Park, took up golf 15 years ago when she was 50 and decided to retire from squash. Since then she’s had two hip replacements, as well as her knee operation, but has always been back on the golf course as soon as possible. 22 Aug 2013 Jo scores a club double at par 3 championship last_img read more

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Inslee Extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ through May 4

first_imgFacebook122Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGovenor Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order Thursday evening. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.“Epidemiological modeling from the University of Washington predicts we will have at least 1,400 deaths this year,” Inslee said. “We are yet to see the full toll of this virus in our state and the modeling we’ve seen could be much worse if we don’t continue what we’re doing to slow the spread.”Public gatherings remain banned and non-essential businesses may reopen May 5. If gatherings are held in violation of the order, individuals are encouraged to notify their local police department. Do not call 911.The state Department of Commerce is providing guidance and assistance to businesses on whether they can be considered essential and other resources they may access to help during this time. Residents or workers concerned about non-essential businesses remaining open may file complaints at this link.“We have taken dozens of steps under my emergency powers to help people in this time – including moratoriums on evictions, mortgage forbearance, utility ratepayer assistance, unemployment extensions, flexibility on tax payments and cash assistance to families,” Inslee said. “We will do more.”Part of that effort is the sacrifice of business owners who had to shut down and of their workers who struggle to pay bills, Inslee said, and it is important for us to work toward coming out of this statewide shutdown. For example, the administration is engaging in productive conversations with industries to devise a safe way for them to get back to work when we can lift that part of the order.More information on resources available to Washingtonians impacted financially by the COVID-19 outbreak can be found by clicking here and by visiting coronavirus.wa.gov.In addition to the extension of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” the governor signed a directive to the Department of Enterprise Services and the Emergency Management Division to secure personal protective equipment as expeditiously as possible.Also Thursday, Inslee announced a delay in the implementation of new state building codes from July 1 to Nov. 1 to provide adequate time for training and outreach that was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These codes relate to construction and occupancy of residential and commercial structures throughout the state. Read that proclamation here.last_img read more

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How do you teach girls its OK to kick ass

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. The world is constantly telling young girls to stay quiet. Be pretty, but please… don’t speak your mind. It’s this message that turns girls from confident and unapologetic kids, too timid and self-doubting teenagers. Gemma Sheehan, a former MMA fighter, sees this first hand every day. She teaches girls not only how to physically defend themselves, but also how to build confidence and be assertive in life. She shares the problematic differences she sees between girls and boys, and how she helps girls build the kind of mental strength that she believes is missing from the women’s empowerment movement.HOST: Claire Brassard / GUEST: Gemma Sheehan, Former MMA fighter, founder of Girls Who Fight Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_03072019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more