1 cheap growth stock I think can become as big as Zoom!

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Zaven Boyrazian owns shares in Zoom. The Motley Fool UK has recommended LoopUp Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 1 cheap growth stock I think can become as big as Zoom! Zaven Boyrazian | Friday, 20th November, 2020 | More on: LOOP The adoption of video conferencing solutions provided by growth stocks like Zoom Video Communications has accelerated in the Covid-19 lockdowns. The transition to reduce face-to-face meetings had already begun before the pandemic, as businesses sought to reduce their carbon footprints. However, while Zoom is thriving under current market conditions, the platform is not perfectly suited for all types of business activities. That’s where this cheap growth stock comes into play.An opportunity to beat Zoom?LoopUp Group (LSE:LOOP) also provides a video conferencing platform. There is a vast array of competitors within the market space. However, the firm has differentiated itself by targeting the professional services market (PSM). This includes legal, financial, and client-led business sectors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Clients in the PSM sector have distinct needs and priorities compared to the general video conferencing market that Zoom focuses on. Most conference calls are with external guests who may have little patience for downloading and learning new software.LoopUp’s platform is designed specifically to suit the needs of businesses and their external guests. Members can create and join calls by using a phone and an Internet browser – no software download needed.How does the growth stock work? The business model is quite simple. Customers can either subscribe to a monthly package or elect for a pay-as-you-go option. The platform seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Outlook, allowing the host to schedule meetings and create groups. This approach may appear simple, but so far, LoopUp has been the only firm to execute it on a large scale successfully. With support for up to 150 people in a single call – and no loss in quality – the company has grown a client list of over 5,000 companies including over 20% of the world’s top-100 private equity firms.The financials Before Covid-19, active users had been increasing by double digits each year like clockwork. Once lockdown came into effect across Europe, daily active users exploded to 75m – a 70% increase in just seven weeks.In the short term, these figures are obviously non-sustainable. However, it has exposed many new customers to the platform. With some companies intending to retain their work-from-home policies to reduce fixed costs, it’s reasonable to assume that LoopUp will keep many new users.This assumption is further supported by the firm’s net revenue retention (NRR) rate of 114%. As a reminder, NRR is a measure of how much of the revenue stream is retained after a purchase. A value of 114% means that customers who have previously joined the platform are now spending 14% more than when they first started. An excellent sign of quality and pricing power.The bottom line — Zoom vs LoopUpLoopUp is a much smaller business than Zoom. However, it has found a niche segment of the market — expected to be worth $10bn by 2024 — that remains mostly untapped. With a market cap of just over £103m and predicted earnings of £18.4m for 2020, the stock is currently priced at a forecasted price-to-earnings ratio of 5.6. When compared to Zoom’s P/E of over 500, the growth stock looks exceptionally cheap in my eyes. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Six Nations Team of the Weekend: Round Three

first_img Six Nations Team of the Weekend: Round ThreeSix Nations action returned this weekend after the fallow week. Scotland managed to see off Italy, France managed to hold on against the Welsh in a pulsating affair, and finally England defeated Ireland in physical fashion at Twickenham. Bearing all these results and performances in mind, Sam Tremlett has once again been tasked with picking a team of the weekend.What do you think on his selections?Six Nations Team of the Weekend: Round Three1. Rory Sutherland (Scotland)Destructive: Sutherland was a wrecking ball into the Italian scrum (Getty Images)As a prop if you can force an early change in the other teams front-row then you must be displaying a significant level of dominance over your opposite number. That is what Rory Sutherland did against Giosue Zilocchi who was replaced after just 31 minutes.2. Jamie George (England)Accurate: George provided England with good ball from line outs (Getty Images)Facing James Ryan and Devin Toner, George was still accurate despite their attempts to disrupt English ball from line-outs. The Irish only managed to steal one all game and he also proved busy in the loose as well.3. Kyle Sinckler (England)Soft Hands: Sinckler showed subtlety in attack, and brute force in defence (Getty Images)It was a tough and physical contest that resulted in several skirmishes. Luckily for England, Sinckler wasn’t really involved in any of them, kept his head, and played very well in both attack and defence.4. Maro Itoje (England)Sustained class: Itoje just makes it in over Bernard Le Roux (Getty Images)Bernard Le Roux was once again brilliant at the heart of the French pack but Maro Itoje was just that little bit better I think. He forced turnovers, disrupted the Irish attack and produced several huge hits to halt any kind of green momentum.5. Paul Willemse (France) Colossal: Courtney Lawes was England’s best player against Ireland (Getty Images) Six Nations Fixtures 2022 The 2022 Six Nations… 20 tackles, 10 carries for 55 metres and a well taken try means Willemse deservedly gets into the team.6. Courtney Lawes (England) Six Nations action returned this weekend after the fallow week. Sam Tremlett picks his team of the weekend once again. What do you think on his selections? Watson has formed quite the partnership with flanker Jamie Ritchie as they both terrorised the Italians. Sam Underhill’s 24 tackles also deserves recognition.8. Braam Steyn (Italy)Touch Tackler: Steyn made 19 tackles and was disruptive against Scotland (Getty Images)Yes he was on the losing side but Steyn was probably Italy’s best player because he was disrupting everything the Scottish threw at him. 19 tackles illuminates that well. 9. Antoine Dupont (France)3 from 3: Dupont makes the team of the weekend once again (Getty Images)He may not have been at his sniping best but Dupont proved he has many strings to his bow, especially in defence in which he put in some huge tackles at pivotal moments.10. Romain Ntamack (France)Inspirational: Ntamack led the French to victory (Getty Images)It was a strong week for tens in round three, unless your name was Jonathan Sexton. Dan Biggar played well as did George Ford however Romain Ntamack was a cut above the rest against Wales. His kicking was excellent and his intercept try totally diminished Welsh momentum.11. Gael Fickou (France)Back Leader: The most experienced French back performed will against Wales (Getty Images)Jonathan Joseph performed excellently given he was out of position but arguably so was Fickou and we have gone for the Frenchman here thanks to a performance with good running, solid defence and probing kicks.12. Owen Farrell (England)Irritant: Farrell clearly got under the skin of Ireland (Getty Images)Forgiving his moment of stupidity in which he held onto CJ Stander’s leg, Farrell otherwise put in a decisive and clinical display. Kicking from the tee and from hand was efficient, his passes fizzed when necessary and his defence clearly got under the Irish skin.13. Manu Tuilagi (England)Explosive: Tuilagi took his physical right at the Irish (Getty Images)The Irish simply couldn’t deal with the strong running and physicality of Tuilagi who looked to be back to his best at Twickenham. His huge hit on CJ Stander was another fine moment.14. Cyrielle Banet (France Women) All the latest news on players injured throughout… Six Nations Table 2021 Expand Six Nations Fixtures 2022 In-form Cyrielle Banet was unlucky not to get her hat-trick of tries against Wales in round 3 after scoring twice in the opening 36 minutes. The first try in particular was a brilliant solo finish from her own half. This adds to the two tries she scored against Italy a week previously too.15. Anthony Bouthier (France) Collapse 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update Expand Six Nations Fixtures 2022 Six Nations Table 2021 Who is leading the way in the Six… 2021 Six Nations Injuries Update On his 31st birthday Lawes was monumental and took home the man of the match award.7. Hamish Watson (Scotland) Hogg may have had a moment of magic against Italy but we have gone for Bouthier after an excellent all-round performance. He too picked up a try after a mistake from Leigh Halfpenny which you can see above. Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more

Five soccer players claim All-Big 12 honors

first_img Previous articleHoroscope: October 31, 2017Next articleFraternity and Sorority Life hires seven new hall directors to enhance safety, promote community Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter TCU vs Kansas State soccer in Fort Worth, Texas on September 22, 2017. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman) + posts What to watch during quarantine TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed ReddIt Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Linkedin ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vaglio Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Facebook Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ printThe Big 12 announced the All-Conference teams this week for soccer, and five Horned Frogs earned honors from the conference.Two Frogs were named first team all-conference performers- sophomore goalkeeper Katie Lund and senior defender Ryan Williams. In addition to Lund and Williams, freshman midfielder Yazmeen Ryan was selected to the conference’s second team.Ryan was also selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. She is joined by goalkeeper Emily Alvarado and defender Tijana Djuricek.This season marks the first time since 2000 and the third time in program history that TCU has earned a pair of all-conference performers. Lund and Williams join teammates Allison Calleri and Jill Cook who were selected  in 1998 by the WAC and Brenda DeRose and Sherry Dick, also selected by the WAC in 2000.Lund led the Big 12 in goals against average with an average of 0.45 during the regular season. Lund’s save percentage of 0.848 ranked third in the conference. Lund tallied seven shutouts on the season. Lund combined with Alvarado on one final shutout, bringing the total amount to eight on the season. Eight shutouts ties a school record for the Frogs. Lund’s goals against average during conference play was 0.46, second in the league, and recorded a save percentage of 0.833 against conference opponents.Williams was a major piece on defense for the Frogs this season, helping the team post a 0.69 goals against average in the regular season. Williams ranks third among TCU defenders in total minutes with 1,664 minutes played this season. Williams tallied six assists on the season, the most on the team this season.Ryan ranks just behind Williams in assists on the season with five. Ryan also recorded four goals and 13 total points, good for second on the team. Ryan was the team leader in points, six, goals, two, and assists, two, in conference action. Both of Ryan’s goals in Big 12 play were game-winning goals.Alvarado appeared in six games during her freshman campaign, recording 11 saves. She made two appearances in net for the Frogs during Big 12 play and combined on a shutout with Lund.Djuricek has been a force on the backline for the Frogs throughout the season, starting in all 18 games for the Frogs this season. She, along with Williams, has been a major contributor on defense and influential to the impressive goals against average this season. Djuricek has recorded one goals and two assists on the season. Her goal was the biggest of the season for the Frogs, netting the game-winner in overtime against Baylor on senior night.The third-seeded Frogs will open the Big 12 Championship Wednesday night against sixth-seeded Kansas. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. in Kansas City. Facebook Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Linkedinlast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom

first_imgNews RSF_en At a news conference in Rome the previous day with Viva Zapatero director Sabina Guzzanti, Julliard had called on Berlusconi to put a stop to his attacks and lawsuits against the press and voiced his support for the media that have been targeted by the Italian leader.“Berlusconi is on the verge of being added to our list of Predators of Press Freedom,” Julliard announced. “This would be a first for a European leader. We are also about to release the latest version of our press freedom index and Italy has every chance of being ranked last among the European Union member countries.”Berlusconi has been stepping up his harassment of the media and his attacks on press freedom in recent weeks. He has brought a 1-million-euro libel action against the newspaper La Repubblica because it has been pressing him for two months to respond to questions about his private life, in particular his relationships with a teenage girl and female escorts who say they have attended parties at his villas in Rome and Sardinia. At the same time, the daily L’Unità is being sued for 3 million euros over its coverage of alleged corruption in connection with receptions organised for the prime minister. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Follow the news on Italy November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unioncenter_img to go further News ItalyEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation More than 100,000 people attended a rally in support of press freedom in Rome on 3 October at which journalists, unionists and well-known performers took it in turns to address the crowd and condemn Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s grip on the media. Gomorra author Roberto Saviano, who went with a police guard because of mafia threats to this life, stressed the importance of an independent press that is free to investigate any subject.Among those invited to take the microphone was Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, who said the rally was “the biggest demonstration in defence of press freedom ever held in the world” and warned that Berlusconi was very close to being added to the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom.Accompanied by Domenico Affinito, the vice-president of the Reporters Without Borders Italian section, he urged the Italian people to “join forces to defend your right of access to freely-reported news” and to “demand that the European Union prevent Mr. Berlusconi from continuing to behave as he is with impunity.” News Not content with trying to impose a positive and upbeat coverage of his activities on the state-owned media and the media owned by his Mediaset press empire, Berlusconi is now trying to dictate the coverage of the independent Italian media and international media. Lawsuits have been brought against the Spanish daily El País over photos of one of his parties and against the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur over a report headlined “Sex, power and lies” about the Russian mafia’s alleged infiltration into the leadership of the Italian government.Berlusconi is also considering suits against Rupert Murdoch’s English-language newspapers, which could add to the conflict of interests arising from the fact that he is Italy’s premier and a media magnate at the same time.At the initiative of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Niccolò Rinaldi, an Italian MEP affiliated to this group, the European Parliament has scheduled a debate about freedom of the press and information in Italy for its 7 October plenary session. MEPs from the leading political groups intend to use the debate to make it clear that the situation in Italy is of concern to the entire union. It could result in a draft resolution that would be put to a vote at the plenary session in Strasbourg on 19-22 October. October 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom ItalyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Sierra Madre Public Library Receives $7,500 Grant to Buy Books

first_imgNeighborhood News Sierra Madre Public Library Receives $7,500 Grant to Buy Books Published on Monday, May 20, 2013 | 5:08 pm 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Good news for Sierra Madre. The Sierra Madre Public Library has just received $7,500 from the State of California to buy new books. In a program called Books4U, all public libraries in California received these one-time funds through monies from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Funds are available this spring to buy print materials in six areas: Early Literacy/Parenting, Workforce Development, Non-English Language/ESL, Reference, Children’s/Teen, and Popular Fiction.Library Director Carolyn Thomas said, “This is such good news. It will give us a boost in these tough economic times.”Check the library website , New Book Alerts, for all new titles arriving in the library. http://cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘If Foetus Is Given A Choice It Would Definitely Proclaim That It Doesn’t Wish To Be Born’: Madras HC Allows 15 Yr-Old Girl To Terminate Pregnancy

first_imgNews Updates’If Foetus Is Given A Choice It Would Definitely Proclaim That It Doesn’t Wish To Be Born’: Madras HC Allows 15 Yr-Old Girl To Terminate Pregnancy Sparsh Upadhyay14 Feb 2021 3:29 AMShare This – xThe Court observed that it must put itself in the shoes of the unborn child and objectively decide if coming into this world would be in its best interest.The Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) last month permitted the termination of pregnancy of a 15-year-old girl from Virudhunagar district while underlining that if a choice is given to the foetus now in the womb of the minor, it would definitely proclaim that it would not wish to be born. The Bench of Justice G. R. Swaminathan was hearing the petition filed by a woman who sought…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) last month permitted the termination of pregnancy of a 15-year-old girl from Virudhunagar district while underlining that if a choice is given to the foetus now in the womb of the minor, it would definitely proclaim that it would not wish to be born. The Bench of Justice G. R. Swaminathan was hearing the petition filed by a woman who sought the termination of the pregnancy of her niece (J). J’s father had died in the year 2012 and her mother is mentally unstable and so she is being looked after by her aunt and uncle. The matter before the Court Allegedly, one Sundar enticed J. and kidnapped her and established physical intimacy with J several times and since J had become pregnant, the petitioner approached the Court to direct the official respondents to terminate her pregnancy. Considering the urgency of the matter, the Court ordered notice to the respondents, Assistant Surgeon, Virudhunagar Government Medical College and Hospital, and after examining the minor girl, they categorically opined that her gestational age is about 10-11 weeks and that continuing the pregnancy may endanger her physical and mental health. The report cited the risks involved in continuing pregnancy and called upon this Court to permit termination of pregnancy on medical grounds. It may be noted that as per Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, the pregnancy of the minor girl cannot be terminated without the consent in writing of her guardian. “Liberation from the cycle of births and deaths” Interestingly, at the outset, the Court quoted Tamil Sage-poet Thiruvalluvar who had said – “if anything is to be desired, it should be freedom from birth”. The Court also took into account the views expressed by Adi Shankara in “Bhaja Govindam”, wherein he sang, “Again, and again, one is born, and again and again one dies, and again and again one sleeps in the mother’s womb, help me to cross, this limitless sea of life, which is uncrossable, my Lord”. In this backdrop, the Court opined, “While we do celebrate life, the foremost spiritual prayer is that there should be liberation from the cycle of births and deaths.” “Court must put itself in the shoes of the unborn child” Further, the Court observed that it must put itself in the shoes of the unborn child and objectively decide if coming into this world would be in its best interest. The Court noted that the minor is aged 15 years and she is not in a position to maintain herself and remarked. “An unborn child is also a person. In the case on hand, the father of the child has been shown to be involved in a host of criminal cases, some of which are very grave in nature…If a choice is given to the foetus now in the womb of the minor, it would definitely proclaim that it would not wish to be born.” Thus, taking note of the medical opinion and consent given by the minor, the Court directed the third respondent to terminate the pregnancy of minor J forthwith. The Court also directed, “Of course, the safety and health of the victim is paramount and Doctors will bear in mind. The samples of foetus shall be preserved for carrying out of medical tests for the purpose of the criminal case.” “That cannot be an end of the matter” Observing that that cannot be an end of the matter, the Court called for the fast-tracking of the case. The Court observed, “I have come across a number of cases in which the accused come out on statutory bail because final report is deliberately not filed in time. The investigation officer will ensure that the final report is filed within the statutory period.” The Court also directed that after the fourth respondent files final report, the decision regarding taking cognizance will be taken by the Special Court within three days as mandated in the statutory rules and if cognizance is taken, the trial was directed to be disposed of on merits and in accordance with law within a period of three months thereafter. Lastly, the Court observed, “Though from a common perspective, one may comment that J eloped with Sundar, in the eye of law she is a child. She is a victim of circumstances. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 contains beneficial provisions for payment of compensation.” The investigation officer was thus directed to take out an application for payment of interim compensation before the Special Court and the Special Court was directed to pass appropriate orders so that a sum of Rs.5,000/-(Rupees Five Thousand only) is credited every month to the bank account of Thiru Veluchamy (the paternal uncle of the victim) for the purpose of maintaining J. “Such a remittance will be made for 36 months. This Court will make arrangements for providing the necessary funds for disbursement by the Special Court”, the Court further directed. With these directions, the writ petition stood allowed. [NOTE: The Madras High Court in the instant matter also quoted Live Law’s report, wherein a decision of Kerala High Court [(W.P. (C) No.29209 of 2020)] was reported by us.] Case title – Mahalakshmi v. The District Collector [W.P.(MD)No.659 of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Opinion: retirement move opens age debate

first_img Previous Article Next Article Opinion: retirement move opens age debateOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Governmentproposals to abolish compulsory retirement at 65 put the issue of ageism underclose scrutinyThenature of retirement needs to change to reflect the evolving shape anddemographics of the 21st century workplace. There is nothing new in this.Members of the Employers Forum on Age have for a number of years campaigned forflexible retirement. Lastweek’s headlines announcing government plans to scrap the fixed national age ofretirement is part of this debate. The wide media coverage is encouraging, notjust because it raises awareness of forthcoming legislation on agediscrimination, but also because it creates a public debate about retirementages that desperately needs to be heard. TheUK economy can no longer afford the culture of early retirement that has builtup since the 1980s – and many individuals can no longer afford to retire intheir 50s, even with a modest occupational pension.Removingmandatory retirement is not impossible. It has been done successfully in NewZealand and the US after a significant period of transition. To date we haveheard nothing to suggest that UK employers would not be allowed the sametransition period to enable them to adjust policies and manage employeeexpectations and culture.Abolishingmandatory retirement at 65 requires extensive discussion with employers,because it signifies a major shift in the way many run their businesses.Managingthe process of retirement sensitively should not be considered impossible.Enlightened employers are developing policies that allow staff to continueworking for as long as they wish and are able to do the job. Well-designed andeffective management and appraisal systems should overcome most concerns.  Someemployers may think abolishing mandatory retirement will impact on theirability to manage a flow of new employees into the workforce. They may alsoargue that they will be forced to tackle declining performance in olderworkers, whereas before they may have taken a less stringent approach in therun-up to retirement. Butthe EFA notes that employers – particularly the larger ones – should be able tomanage the size and balance of their workforce as well as the performance ofall employees, irrespective of age.TheEU employment directive does allow exceptions within domestic legislation, andover the next five years we need to have a comprehensive debate on wherediscretion is appropriate. Ageis never going to be a simple discrimination issue. It affects everyone atdifferent stages in their working lives and while it should not be used as aproxy for performance, we must acknowledge that as people become older theirexpectations and ability to do some types of work changes.Workingculture also needs to change. Today’s workplace is characterised by “burn-out”at 50 and the demand by many employees to get out as soon as they can affordto. With serious skills shortages, and fewer young people coming into theworkplace, this is an unsustainable situation.Beforethe debate on extending working lives commences, we need to get the issue intoperspective. Not only are there strong social and economic reasons forencouraging people to work longer, but many individuals who have passed theirnormal retirement ages are still perfectly able to fulfil their duties. Thereis no rational reason to exclude them from employment. Theconcept of retirement at 65 was created in very different circumstances tothose that exist today. People are healthier, live longer and the workplace isless physically demanding. Peoplehave children later and at 65 may still be putting them though university orpaying a mortgage. Flexibility will suit most individuals and employers – weare not talking about forcing people to work to their dying day.Allowingpeople to retire when they choose presents a solution to the economics ofdemographic change that will suit employers and individuals. The key to thesuccessful abolition of mandatory retirement is flexibility and choice. Itis clear there are numerous issues to consider before mandatory retirement canbe abolished. But the EFA is delighted that this very debate sends a clearsignal that individuals have a valuable contribution to make beyond 65.SamMercer is the campaign director of the Employers Forum on Age [email protected] Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Jazz Releases 2019-20 Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, the Utah Jazz released its 2019-20 regular season schedule in entirety which features 16 nationally-televised games on the NBA’s broadcasters, TNT and ESPN/ABC.The Jazz’s regular season commences October 23 with a home date against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Smart Home Arena.New Utah point guard Mike Conley Jr. returns to Memphis, Tenn. to face his former squad, the Memphis Grizzlies, November 15.The Jazz will see former point guard Ricky Rubio at Salt Lake City February 24 when his Phoenix Suns visit Vivint Smart.In a scheduling quirk, the Jazz will not see playoff rival Houston until January 27 and Utah hosts defending NBA champion Toronto on March 9.The Jazz’s regular season concludes April 14 as they host the Denver Nuggets on a national TNT broadcast. Written by August 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz Releases 2019-20 Schedule Tags: Denver Nuggets/ESPN/ABC/Houston Rockets/Memphis Grizzlies/NBA schedule/Oklahoma City Thunder/Ricky Rubio/TNT/Utah Jazz/Vivint Smart Home Arena Brad Jameslast_img read more

Treatment of landlords during Covid is ‘not what you’d expect from Tories’

first_imgBaroness Altman, a leading Conservative peer and former pensions minister under David Cameron, has attacked her own party for its treatment of landlords during the Covid crisis, describing it as being very ‘un-Conservative’.Altmann, a respected economist who has also enjoyed a high-flying career in the City, is best known for her role in the campaign to win compensation for Equitable Life policy holders.In a column written for The Telegraph, she says landlords – and particularly those who rely on properties for a retirement income – are deeply disappointed that a Tory government does not recognise their pain as increasing numbers of tenants stop paying their rent.Her column highlights how landlords with non-paying tenants face an average bill of £15,000 and that many will have to wait for up to two years to regain possession under the current Covid evictions ban.“This is not what one would expect from a Conservative government,” she says.“Of course, some landlords have treated tenants shamefully in the past, but the majority are ordinary people who behave responsibly. “Unfortunately, some tenants behave dreadfully but are being allowed to take unfair advantage while their landlords have been rendered powerless to protect their own interests.“The Government is asking landlords to subsidise their tenants – effectively taking on the role of providing a housing benefit that normally would be funded by the state.”Altman is calling on the government to redress the balance that has tipped to such a significant extent against landlords. She says it must accelerate evictions of tenants who are proved to be serial non-payers, introduce interest-free loans to help tenants pay their rent arrears and provide loans or direct relief to landlords.“Above all, however, it is time to recognise that most landlords are not heartless corporations, but decent citizens,” she says.Read more about the evictions ban.Read Baroness Altman’s piece in full (requires subscription)baroness altman Conservative Party landlords evictions September 17, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 19th September 2020 at 7:07 amGonna come back to bite the Govt this is in a year or two. As more Landlords pack up, less supply. Remaining Landlords put their rent up-Well, just cause they can.And the thousands of tenants that can’t get accommodation any more, Govt and Councils will pick up the bill. I suppose us Landlords will get the blame for that too.Log in to ReplyJason Davies, Davies Lettings Ltd Davies Lettings Ltd 17th September 2020 at 12:06 pmWell said, Baroness Altman. If only the rest of the Conservative Government would share your view.Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 17th September 2020 at 10:12 amBaroness Altman is of course entirely correct.The worrying part is why is she the ONLY Conservative that is speaking up about the parties Very Un- Conservative and one-sided treatment against ( predominantly ) Conservative landlords, although many will desert the party over the way they have treated business.The losers will be tenants ultimately.Log in to Replyjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 17th September 2020 at 9:13 amA Conservative being a Conservative! Makes a refreshing change, let’s hope that someone somewhere takes notice!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 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 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Treatment of landlords during Covid is ‘not what you’d expect from Tories’ previous nextCOVID-19 newsTreatment of landlords during Covid is ‘not what you’d expect from Tories’Leading Conservative peer says she applauds the way the blanket Covid evictions ban has protected tenants, but says landlords are being treated unfairly.Nigel Lewis17th September 20204 Comments1,567 Viewslast_img read more

Choosy chatbot

first_imgA new online chatbot has been launched to help property agents ‘triage’ inbound online enquiries. Launched by answering service Moneypenny, the bot identifies and filters out property maintenance queries so that live chat resource can be prioritised for new leads and enquiries.The new tool, which works within Moneypenny’s live chat product, first asks web-visitors the nature of their enquiry. Where the ‘property maintenance’ option is selected, the bot can redirect the visitor to log the issue in the agent’s property maintenance management system or register it via a specific email address or phone number. It can also ask a series of follow-up questions and log the issue directly, where required.Joanne Tattum, Channel Manager for property at Moneypenny said, “Property maintenance issues typically account for up to 30 per cent of live chat conversations during the winter months. While managing these issues is imperative, agents should not be incurring the same live chat costs as for new sales enquiries.“Automating the response to property maintenance enquiries, allows agents to actively manage their live chat spend and focus it on valuable new enquiries and keep maintenance enquiries away from the phones.”Moneypenny currently supports 2,500 estate agents, commercial agents and housebuilders across the UK.https://www.moneypenny.com/uk/property-answeringservices/ online chatbot answering service Moneypenny Joanne Tattum Moneypenny November 23, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’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 » Choosy chatbot previous nextProptechChoosy chatbotThe Negotiator23rd November 2020055 Viewslast_img read more