Altars big and small

first_img Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT [Episcopal News Service] A number of years ago, my family and I came back to the United States after a semester in England. As we were going through customs, an official picked up my son’s backpack, felt its heft, and exclaimed, “Whew! What’s in here? A bunch of rocks?”“Yes, sir,” answered my son, for his backpack was indeed full of rocks that we had picked up on our travels through the British Isles. Each carried a memory of some special place we had visited. We were grateful to learn that day that it’s not illegal to haul rocks across international borders, though they will mystify customs officials.Our family’s rock-gathering habits came to mind recently when I visited the Grotto of the Redemption, an ornate folk-art landmark that covers a city block in the small town of West Bend in northwest Iowa. So this is what can happen when someone’s rock gathering gets out of hand, I thought, gazing up at the conglomeration of concrete studded with pieces of rose quartz, polished agates, jasper, malachite, and petrified wood.The Grotto of the Redemption is the life work of Father Paul Dobberstein (1872-1954), a Roman Catholic priest who collected rocks and semi-precious stones on his travels. In 1912, he used his collection to start building a shrine that is now one of the largest grottos in the world. Pilgrims come from around the world to marvel and pray, which is somewhat surprising given the fact that this holy place was created afresh: no one was ever martyred here, no saint ever sanctified it with his or her presence, and the surrounding landscape is not particularly scenic. It’s a testimony to a piece of wisdom made popular in the movie Field of Dreams. If you build it, they will come.Entrance to Iowa’s Grotto of the Redemption. Photo/Lori EricksonThere seems to be something instinctual about the human desire to create sacred space. We set St. Francis amid our garden flowers andtuck the Virgin Mary under the shelter of an overturned bathtub. Many of us do even more inside our homes, creating private altars that seem to grow of their own accord on a shelf in our bedroom or on top of a dresser, spots that gradually accrue photographs, stones, sea shells, candles, holy water, and prayer cards. Each seemingly inconsequential item carries a deep weight of memory, prayer, or hope.The same impulse is at work when families place a cross on the side of the highway where a loved one has died. In winter these little shrines are particularly visible, with their sprays of plastic flowers forming a bright splash of color against the snow. While I hope they help ease the pain of those who mourn, they also carry a message for the rest of us. It’s not a bad thing to be reminded of the fleeting nature of life as we speed along the interstate at 70 miles per hour.Such altars can be community affairs, too, for they often grow spontaneously after a tragedy such as the shootings in Tucson in 2011. Mounds of bouquets appear within a short time, brought by grieving bystanders whose pain is somehow eased by the bringing of a bit of beauty into a place of darkness.We need churches to worship, but I think we need these other large and small altars as well, for they remind us that all the world is holy and that our job is to help bless it. Leaving the job of blessing and sanctifying to the clergy means we shirk one of our primary responsibilities as Christians.While we often think abstract words and ideas best carry the message of our faith, its power is often expressed more clearly and reverently in a flower, a candle, or a little statue picked up at a religious supply store. A friend of mine calls these places “hardware stores for the spirit,” places where you can pick up just the right tool for whatever needs fixing. Sometimes you need a Philips screwdriver, and sometimes you need a plastic figurine of Mary holding baby Jesus, an embodiment of the prayer you carry in your heart.For after all, we follow a man who chose the most ordinary of things—bread and wine—to carry the most important of messages.— Lori Erickson writes about inner and outer journeys at www.spiritualtravels.info.  She serves as a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Iowa City, Iowa.  Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Peggy Blanchard + says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Marylin Day says: Comments are closed. October 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm My “shrine” is the forest that surrounds our house. The magnificent oak, maple and hickory trees remind me of the awesome mystery of God’s work. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Fr. Michael Neal says: Tobie Smith says: October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm I love your vision of all believers as altar builders, wherever we go. And I also love the vision of a world full of altars–thank you! 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It is a physical manifestation of one man’s love for an abstract being, and it is deeply impressive. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME October 3, 2012 at 9:16 am Great story………………………….. Comments (4) last_img read more

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Understanding the Flood Insurance Claim Process

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFEMAFlood InsuranceSERT Previous articleTarget Recalls Halloween Gel ClingsNext articleDownsizing? Ditch These Items Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From FEMA If you have damage caused by Florida’s recent hurricanes, state and federal officials encourage you to closely monitor the insurance claims process after reporting your loss.Florida residents with a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy must file a “Notice of Flood Loss” with their flood insurance company promptly.All policyholders with a flood loss are also required to submit a “Proof of Loss” (www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/9343) directly to the flood insurance company, within 60 days after the date of the flood loss.Here are some tips to guide you through the flood insurance claims process to ensure you receive all eligible insurance funds for your recovery.What to Do Before an Adjuster VisitsTake pictures of the damage.Write down a list of your damaged contents.Immediately dispose of flood-damaged items which pose a health risk, such as perishable food items, clothing, cushions and pillows. Cut off and keep a 12-square-inch sample of building materials like carpets and drywall to show your flood adjuster, and set aside other damaged personal property items like furniture, televisions and electronics.Have documents related to your damage ready for inspection. This may include contractor’s estimates and repair receipts.Also keep your policy number and insurance company information handy.What Happens During an Adjuster’s VisitAn insurance adjuster will contact you within 24 to 48 hours to schedule an appointment.Ask to see the adjuster’s official identification when he or she visits.The adjuster will take measurements and photographs and document your damage. They will provide you with their contact information and, if required, the adjuster may revisit your property.After your home is inspected, the adjuster will complete the covered estimate of loss and provide you with a copy of it, along with a Proof of Loss form.A FEMA inspector or flood insurance adjuster will never ask for money, approve or disapprove claims, or tell you whether your flood insurance company will approve your claim.What Happens After an Adjuster’s VisitThe adjuster will collect all of the necessary information and documentation during the initial visit and will contact the policyholder as the claim progresses to an agreement and closure.If you disagree with the resolution of your claim, ask the adjuster to show how they arrived at the figure(s) and explain the policy if an item was excluded from coverage, even though you feel it should be covered.If the adjuster and insured are unable to come to an amicable agreement, the policyholder may hire an independent contractor to prepare an estimate for flood related damage.Within 60 days after the loss, send the insurer a signed and sworn to proof of loss.If you disagree with the resolution of your claim, you can submit your proof of loss for the undisputed amount and you may also appeal the amount contested to FEMA as stated in the Flood Insurance Claims Handbook at https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409252356253-ee460a21e69333f01eea03a8f55eb3c6/F-687_ClaimsHandbook_508XI_Aug2014.pdfFor specifics on the NFIP Flood Claim Process, please visit this link: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/114402.For more information on Florida’s disaster recovery visit fema.gov/disaster/4280, twitter.com/FEMAregion4, facebook.com/FEMA, and fema.gov/blog or #FLRecovers.last_img read more

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Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO

first_imgArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/421136/xiang-river-tower-by-rrc-studio Clipboard China “COPY” Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIOSave this projectSaveXiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO Save this picture!© RRC STUDIOWritten by Barbara Porada Share Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO “COPY” CopyMilan-based RRC Studio’s latest undertaking, the Xiang River Tower, will be an office and residential project in Changsha, a city under heavy development in China. Located near the Xiang river in a prime area of the city’s downtown, the tower will dominate the city’s horizon and bear a strong presence on the skyline. Read on for the architects’ description… Save this picture!© RRC STUDIOThe concept for the Xiang River Tower stemmed from the idea of Chinese boxes contained in a single bigger box – each box, stacked on top of another, containing several programs. Luxury residences occupy the upper half of the tower while a hotel is located below, followed by premium office spaces that occupy the tower’s lower portion.  Save this picture!© RRC STUDIOOn the top levels, amenity floors joining the three programs include recreation rooms and a spa. Additional amenities are on the landscaped roof of the tower and include a pool, pavilion and a belvedere.  Save this picture!© RRC STUDIOAt the base, different types of leisure spaces create an extension of the square and of the public parks that surround the tower. The large entrance hall serves as a point of distribution of the entire tower and creates a meeting place for different types of users.  Save this picture!© RRC STUDIOThe Xiang River Tower incorporates sustainable building practices into its design through advanced building systems, a double skin and natural ventilation. Due to its considerable height, it has a natural temperature gradient and a higher wind speed that both reduce the need for artificial cooling. This strategy is reminiscent of a wind tower and is a sustainable way to cut down on the building’s energy consumption.Project gallerySee allShow lessDoes Prince Charles Abuse His Power Over Architects?Architecture NewsUnified Architectural Theory: An IntroductionArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/421136/xiang-river-tower-by-rrc-studio Clipboard Mixed Use Architecture CopyAbout this officeRRC STUDIOOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSkyscrapersChangshaHousingSkyscrapersResidentialMixed UseChinaPublished on August 31, 2013Cite: Barbara Porada. “Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO” 31 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Ethanol Production Expected to Grow this Year

first_img New numbers show that, globally, ethanol production will be up just slightly this year. In the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance’s Global Annual Ethanol Production Forecast, the group that represents about two-thirds of the world’s ethanol production in 44 countries says production of the green fuel should hit 85.2 billion litres in 2012. This comes despite the worries about the world’s economy: “While the world’s financial health continues to preoccupy policy makers and governments, the global ethanol industry continues to be a bright spot in the world economy. It continues to grow, supporting nearly 1.4 million jobs and contributing $277.3 billion to the global economy in 2010,” said Global Renewable Fuels Alliance spokesperson, Bliss Baker. Ethanol Production Expected to Grow this Year By Gary Truitt – Jun 27, 2012 “The GRFA’s 2012 production forecast sees global ethanol production continuing to displace the need for hundreds of millions of barrels of imported crude oil, further reducing our crippling reliance on foreign oil,” said Baker. “Policy makers and governments must recognize the significant contribution biofuels are making to the global economy while reducing the world’s foreign oil consumption,” added Mr. Baker. Source: Domestic Fuel SHARE Facebook Twittercenter_img SHARE Home Energy Ethanol Production Expected to Grow this Year Facebook Twitter The United States and Brazil continue to be the largest producers of ethanol with production continuing at a steady pace in 2012.The report highlights that Africa will see a 36 percent increase in ethanol production, although the continent remains relatively low compared to the big producers of ethanol. Europe is expected to see an 11 percent increase in ethanol production. Previous articleHouse Committee to Finish Work on EPA/Interior Bill ThursdayNext articleNorthwest Indiana Corn And Soybeans Still Doing Okay Gary Truittlast_img read more

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USDA Loan Funds Turning Waste into Renewable Jet Fuel

first_img SHARE Previous articleHoosier Crops Stacking Up Nicely Compared to Other I StatesNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Energy USDA Loan Funds Turning Waste into Renewable Jet Fuel SHARE USDA Loan Funds Turning Waste into Renewable Jet Fuel Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 4, 2014 USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday a loan guarantee to help a company turn waste into a renewable jet fuel.  The $105 million loan guarantee provided through the Bio-refinery Assistance Program will help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to build a bio-refinery. The refinery will produce jet fuel from municipal solid waste near Las Vegas Nevada.  USDA Rural Development’s loan guarantee represents less than half of the $266 million project cost. The plant is expected to produce 11 million gallons of fuel annually. This is the first loan guarantee USDA has made for the production of bio jet fuel.Fulcrum will produce gas from 147,000 tons of municipal solid waste and convert it to synthetic paraffinic kerosene or jet fuel through a proprietary technology. The plant will be the first of what the company expects to be several bio jet fuel plants throughout the country. USDA is negotiating three additional loans for bio-refineries in Iowa, North Carolina and Oregon. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said “the nation is entering a new energy age that will make us more energy independent, cut carbon pollution and strengthen our economy, especially in rural communities where clean fuels will be produced.”Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Philippine government attacks leading news website Rappler

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped January 16, 2018 Philippine government attacks leading news website Rappler PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsInternet The move against Rappler comes amid constant attacks on media outlets that criticize Duterte’s notorious “war on drugs,” in which around 4,000 people have already died, most of them the victims of extrajudicial killings. Four months later, a businessman linked to Duterte announced his intention to buy the Inquirer while the president himself threatened to block the renewal of ABS-CBN’s licence, which has to be approved by the Philippine congress. “The revocation of Rappler’s licence is the latest stage in President Duterte’s open war against independent media,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more “Try pierce the identity and you will end up [with] American ownership,” President Duterte claimed, referring to Rappler, in his last state of the nation address six months ago. But this was just a rumour spread on social networks, according to Rappler, which says it can prove that it is Philippine-owned and will appeal on that basis. “Rappler is highly professional and its journalists stick to reporting the facts, facts that apparently annoy the government and its supporters, who have waged a smear campaign against the website on social networks. Instead of seeking the truth, the authorities have now clearly demonstrated their desire to kill the messenger.” Rappler founder and editor Maria Ressa reacted to the revocation of the website’s licence: “We stand tall. We stand firm. This is a moment we say we stand for press freedom” (photo : Ted Aljibe / AFP). May 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) firmly condemns yesterday’s Philippine government decision, announced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman, to revoke the operating licence of the country’s leading news website, Rappler, and today’s justice ministry announcement that it is bringing legal proceedings against the site. Help by sharing this information to go further RSF supports the call issued yesterday by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, which appealed to journalists “to unite and resist every and all attempts to silence us.” Responding today in his typically crude manner, President Duterte said: “I don’t give a shit.” Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Information about Rappler’s ownership structure is available in the report of a survey of Philippine media ownership that RSF carried out. The Philippines is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Last March, Duterte criticized the “sons of whore journalists” at the Daily Philippines Inquirer, one of the country’s leading dailies, and at ABS-CBN, the biggest TV network. Follow the news on Philippines Receive email alerts News RSF regards these measures as an unacceptable attack on press freedom and supports Rappler’s decision to appeal. The grounds given by the government for rescinding Rappler’s licence is the website’s alleged violation of a constitutional provision under which only Philippine citizens can own media outlets. June 1, 2021 Find out more News News Rappler founder and editor Maria Ressa is often the target of online harassment campaigns. In a Tagalog post in early 2017, a 22-year-old student wrote: “I want Maria to be raped until she dies. This would make me so happy.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsInternet Organisation “I’m not threatening them but someday their karma will catch up with them,” he warned.last_img read more

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Tornado leaves destruction in Sioux Falls, damaging buildings and hospitals

first_imgABC News(SIOUX FALLS, S.D.) — A powerful tornado has left a trail of destruction in Sioux Falls, S.D., toppling trees, knocking out power and seriously damaging both area hospitals, the mayor said.No deaths or serious injuries were reported after the overnight twister, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said Wednesday morning. Thirty-seven structures collapsed or have major integrity issues, according to officials.The Avera Behavioral Health Hospital, one of the damaged hospitals, said all patients were safe and some were moved to other facilities, according to a hospital spokesperson.With so much debris on the roads, a “No Travel Advisory” was issued in the city. The advisory was lifted at 8 a.m. Wednesday but police urged drivers to use caution “as there may be areas still impacted, unreported downed power lines, tree debris, or other road hazards.”A total of nine tornadoes were reported in Wyoming and two in South Dakota as severe weather struck the region Tuesday night.Winds were over 100 mph in some areas, said Todd Heitkamp, meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.Julie Mericle “was laying in bed watching TV and it sounded like a freight train over the house,” she told Sioux Falls ABC affiliate KSFY.“So I got up, dashed into my closet and it felt like the roof was going to come off,” Mericle said, adding that a tree fell on her house.The tornado warnings began at 11:00 p.m. CST, officials said. Some of the sirens were activated but not all sirens sounded, which is now being investigated, officials said.Some power has been restored in the area Wednesday morning but it’s expected to take most of the day to get power back throughout the city, a community manager said.Schools began on a two-hour delay Wednesday, the mayor said.And the threat is not over. On Wednesday, severe weather threats are expanding east and south, now reaching from Wyoming to Wisconsin. The biggest threats will be damaging winds, huge hail and possibly tornadoes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Red flag warnings issued for four states, fire weather watches issued

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In the west, very dry and blustery conditions continue to spread the Bighorn Fire near Tucson, Arizona, where evacuations have been issued.The Bighorn Fire is only 10% contained and is more than 6,000 acres.A brush fire also broke out just east of San Diego, where evacuation orders were in effect.Red flag warnings have now been issued for California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah on Friday. A fire weather watch has been issued for Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma as well.The gusty winds and dry conditions are expected to last through the weekend for the region.Moving east, almost a half a foot of rain fell in North Carolina Thursday, just west of the Raleigh-Durham metro area. In just one hour, 4.6 inches of rain fell in Durham.A flash flood watch has been issued for South Carolina and parts of Georgia Friday morning, including Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, where some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain.This frontal system will not move much this weekend, but could slide slightly farther south to northern Florida, Georgia and coastal Carolinas. These areas could all see flash flooding this weekend.Over the next several days, some areas could see close to a half a foot of rain from Florida to the Carolinas.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Toyota drives safety home

first_img Comments are closed. Toyota drives safety homeOn 1 Jul 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Making OH a top priority has earned a prestigious safety award for ToyotaUK’s Derbyshire divisionA Derbyshire car manufacturer that has made OH a priority from the shopfloor upwards has won one of the country’s most prestigious occupational healthand safety awards. Toyota Manufacturing UK, a division of the Japanese car producer, won theSir George Earle trophy for occupational health and safety at work in May,awarded by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. It was one of 1,000 organisations recognised by Rospa. Toyota project manager Colin Thompson said sickness absence among thecompany’s 3,000 employees was currently running at 2.7 per cent, substantiallybelow the industry average of about 5-6 per cent. Key to this achievement was ensuring health and safety and occupationalhealth were not something confined to “the specialists” but talkedabout across the company, he said. The company’s accident rate, absenteeism and level of musculoskeletalinjuries were also very low, with care even extending to tracking injuries thatoccurred outside the workplace. Innovations included standardised work and job sheets, near miss and safetyconcern tracking, posture confirmation, a “go see” approach wheremanagers see for themselves when problems are reported, and a “fivewhy” investigation process. This entails asking thequestion”why” when an incident or accident is being investigateduntil it can be asked no more. Other winners included Yorkshire Electricity Group Supply in Huddersfieldand Southampton firm Trant Engineering. Rospa’s Astor Trophy, awarded for the best-managed occupational healthprogramme, was won by East Cheshire NHS Trust. www.rospa.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Is Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month?

first_imgMany agents wondering whether to unplug from the Rightmove listing service after the Coronavirus crisis are now facing decision time as the window for leaving the portal begins to close in a few weeks’ time.In April the portal gave all its agents an automatic 75% discount on their subscription fees for four months after initially offering only a deferred fee scheme.But many agents do not know when to give notice to leave before the full subscription is reinstated. The Negotiator spoke to half a dozen agents none of whom knew how their notice period with Rightmove works.One agent on the Boycott Rightmove Facebook page yesterday suggested that agents had a ‘last chance’ to give notice before 31st May in order to come off before the 75% deal ends. This, Rightmove says, is incorrect.The portal’s T&Cs are confusing though and we asked the portal for comment on when, in practice, an agent would have to give notice to leave before the discount period ends. A spokesperson said agents should wait until the end of June to give notice, should they wish to do so.But although Rightmove’s publicly-available T&Cs say agents need only give 30 days’ prior written notice to quit the portal, its rules elongate this; the 30-day notice period starts only when the portal replies to an agent, not when it receives the request, and if notice is given part way through one month, the agent cannot leave until the end of the next month.Because of this, agents wishing to exit Rightmove will need to give notice by 15th June at the earliest and the 30th June at the latest to able to leave by the end of July.Murray Lee (left), one of the four agents spearheading estate agent groups seeking to leave the portal or force it to reduce its fees, says he concurs with our interpretation of its T&Cs after looking at his contract, saying that he believes agents must give notice of ‘at least a month and no less than one calendar month’. Murray says his campaign is going to wait until early June how to proceed.Boycott Rightmove Say No To Rightmove Dreamview Estates Rightmove May 28, 2020Nigel Lewis5 commentsJason Davies, Davies Lettings Ltd Davies Lettings Ltd 28th May 2020 at 9:16 am31st June?!! HmmmmmmmLog in to ReplyGraham Davidson, Sequre Sequre 28th May 2020 at 8:42 amMurray Lee, one of the agents spearheading a leave Rightmove campaign has not only not given notice, but has not even made his mind up whether he will!Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 28th May 2020 at 8:50 amThanks Graham for the heads-up, the piece was meant to say ‘his campaign’ rather than him!Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 6:24 amThanks Nigel.Acn I just say, Its not “MY” campaign but all the 000’s of agents who joined usIt was instigated by 3 local agents to me and myselfAlan Goldin of Alan Goldin EstatesRichard Dangoor of Hausman and HolmesAnd Phillip Wise of Ashmore and CoThis was our little band that ignited our local flameI do take credit for reaching out to Rob Sargent of the Acorn Group in SE London (Say No to Rightmove), Paul Davies of At Homes Estates, Horsham (Boycott Rightmove) and David Thomas of Liberty Gate, Nottingham (Revolution 2020)This was the real catalyst than go you and the press interested.We became known by Chris Watkins as the 4 Horsemen of the Portal Apocalypse (even if he couldn’t say it!!)So I cant take ALL the creditLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 6:50 amI’m not sure where you have that information from and I beg to differ Mr Davidson, I have made it VERY clear right from the start as to my stance.Along with Nigel, Rob Sargent, Paul Davies and David Thomas (aka the 4 Horsemen) and Phillip Wise, Richard Dangoor and Alan Golding (3 founders of my original local group on 19/3) call ALL attest to this. I have never wavered.I’m enjoying a 75% discount (that part of my efforts got you if you are still on RM).I think that’s very good business don’t you?Along with the 5 months free from Zoopla I was also involved with negotiating – feel free to check that with Andy Marshal at Z – (plus with the additional 4 months FREE IF you then leave RM at the end of the discount period Im enjoying….aren’t you?) I’d say that was sensible.It’s ok… you don’t need to thank us… many others have personally and said I may have saved some of their staffs’ jobs. But don’t worry. I’m not a narcissist.I have also made my position VERY clear.If RM to not change their belligerent attitude and offer us a better rate than the current £1600 I WAS paying then I’m gone.We have reviewed the terms with 3 or 4 others and we all agree with Nigel’s last comment re the notice period, to provide ‘at least a month and no less than one calendar month’s notice’Is that clear enough?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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 » Marketing » Is Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month? previous nextMarketingIs Rightmove facing a ‘cliff edge’ of agents leaving next month?The portal’s 75% fees cut for agents ends in just over two months’ time but agents have only a small window in which to give the portal notice.Nigel Lewis28th May 20205 Comments3,838 Viewslast_img read more

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