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first_imgARLA Propertymark has picked a fascinating but controversial figure to give the keynote speech at the organisation’s annual conference and exhibition at the ExCel centre in Docklands on 24th March – Mary Portas.The ‘Queen of Shops’, who has carved out a career giving advice on how to save the UK’s high streets and a TV career in programmes such as Secret Shopper, Mary Queen of Frocks and Mary Queen of the High Street, is to speak.In 2011 her Secret Shopper series included an episode devoted to estate agents, focussing on North London agency Martyn Gerrard.During the programme she promised to ‘start a revolution in the world of estate agents’ and ‘launch an estate agency based on honesty and expertise’.‘Buying a house is the most important purchase of one’s life, but Mary thinks estate agents have been letting us down’, the Channel 4 programme blurb promised, while a trailer for the show said estate agents were the people the ‘public love to hate’.During the episdoe Portas tried to get the Martyn Gerrard sales team to convince their customers they ‘were honest people’, although the show was criticised for being ‘a circus’.Portas also spent several days conducting undercover filming during property viewings by several agents including Currell, Sovereign House and Alan Harvey.This should all give her ammunition for her words of wisdom at the ARLA event.Portas is sharing the stage with half a dozen other speakers including Lucy King from Winkworth, Nick Samuel from Samuel Estates, Glynis Frew from Hunters, Ben Beadle from the National Residential Landlords Association and David Cox and Phil Keddie from ARLA.Visit the conference website.Watch the Secret Shopper episode.Samuel Estate National Residential Landlords Associatio Phil Keddie Martyn Gerrard Hunters Mary Portas Ben BEadle Channel 4 David Cox winkworth March 6, 2020Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Be nicer this time! Mary Portas to give keynote speech at ARLA conference previous nextAssociations & BodiesBe nicer this time! Mary Portas to give keynote speech at ARLA conferenceTV star and high street champion returns to talk about estate agency nine years after her show trashed the industry’s customer service effort.Nigel Lewis6th March 20200743 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo March 04, 2019 The Tonelero Battalion is the Brazilian Marine Corps special operations unit. Its troops are specifically trained to execute and plan special operations. Diálogo talked to Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander, about the Brazilian military elite squad’s participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and addressed its similarities and differences with special forces of the region, among other topics. Diálogo: How does the training of a Tonelero Battalion special operator differ from that of their counterparts in the region and the United States? Brazilian Marine Corps Colonel Stewart da Paixão Gomes, Tonelero Battalion commander: I will share my experience. I had the opportunity to serve as an exchange officer in the Paraguayan Navy’s Marine Corps in 2006, and the U.S. Marine Corps in 2014. I noticed several similarities between the special operations units, particularly regarding selection and training, which promote motivation and readiness among units. Combat experiences are the main difference, but the techniques, tactics, and procedures are very similar. The countries of the Americas carry out frequent exchanges such as combined exercises and training, and service member academic exchanges. Naturally, depending on financial and technological resources available to each country, the equipment and means employed vary greatly, as well as the material available, which directly impacts training. Diálogo: Regarding activities for law and order guarantee (GLO, in Portuguese), such as those of 2018 in which Tonelero participated in Rio de Janeiro, are they important because they are real-life situations? Col. Stewart: Yes, all real life situations contribute to personnel development. Particularly in GLO activities, I noticed that operators and planners require specific preparation to align activities with rules of engagement stricter than what is typically expected during conflict situations. Diálogo: Why? Col. Stewart: Rules of engagement in a GLO operation comply with Brazilian law and not with international humanitarian law. Military needs should not determine actions, just as they don’t differentiate between criminals and law-abiding citizens. We can’t think in terms of the enemy or plan actions to undermine or destroy. We must adjust our capabilities toward repressive and overt activities to fight social conflict situations, where the main goal is to protect our forces and arrest criminals. Diálogo: Can you describe the responsibilities as far as safety during major events, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games? Col. Stewart: At the time, there was a need for collaboration and integration between the ministries of Defense and Justice, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, with the creation of the Integrated Counterterrorism Committee. The military, federal, state, and municipal public security agencies coordinated activities, as well as agencies associated with public planning, transportation, and the organization of these events. In addition, the Ministry of Defense integrated the capabilities of the three forces (Navy, Army, and Air Force), and coordinated the special operations troops, deploying them in regions where events were scheduled. This way, they could assign skilled personnel to carry out counterterrorism operations in each event’s host city. To that extent, the Tonelero Battalion participated in activities with general staff representatives responsible for planning and carrying out regional activities, as well as establishing amphibious command groups (GRUCANF, in Portuguese) in the cities of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. Diálogo: What was the focus of the mission? Col. Stewart: Well, our country doesn’t have a history of terror attacks, but the Olympic games do. For this reason, GRUCANF and other groups (service members and police officers) brought special operations capabilities to the area’s defense coordinators, such as facility recovery or hostage rescue. As such, prior to those major events, units conducted simulations and trainings, combining activities in three areas: defense, public safety, and intelligence. They carried out various anti-terrorism activities (defense maneuvers) locally, providing counterterrorism-capable troops. The forces’ deployment and their activities mitigated the risks and increased responsiveness across the Brazilian territory. Diálogo: Do you think that this interoperability was the main lesson learned? Col. Stewart: Absolutely. In addition to integrated planning, which participating departments and agencies developed jointly, there were many joint training and exchange activities among those involved. They were aware of the importance of safety and our responsibility for a safe outcome in our country. The interaction between people and systems was a unique opportunity for mutual knowledge exchange and improved communication between various sectors. Exchange activities intensified. For instance, this battalion developed phases and trainings for some of the states’ civil and military police. Additionally, we provided continuous support to longstanding partners, such as the Special Operations Battalion, BOPE, and Special Resources Coordination, CORE, in Rio de Janeiro, to whom we offered firearms training, inflatable boat use, swimming, climbing, and fast-rope techniques (from helicopters).last_img read more


first_imgThe Irish men’s Hockey are back in action today.After back-to-back defeats so-far in Pool B, they’ll be desperate for a win today against Germany in a match that gets underway at half-past fourIn Sailing, Analise Murphy and Finn Lynch are both back out on the water.Murphy is in fourth place overall going into day two of the Women’s Laser Radial class.And Lynch is in 21st in the Men’s Laser.And two of our swimmers return to the pool this evening.Shane Ryan competes in the heats of the Men’s 100m Freestyle.And Mayo’s Nicholas Quinn goes in the heats of his best event – the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. Sanita Puspure is first-up this afternoon as she competes in the quarter-finals of the Women’s single sculls at around 1:40pmThe Irish Three Day Eventing team are in 9th place overall going into today’s show-jumping finale, which starts at 2pm.The team of Jonty Evans, Claire Abbot, Mark Kyle and Padraig McCarthy will be hoping to medal today, with Evans the best-placed of the quartet in the individual rankings in 16th.last_img read more


first_imgAlgeria have joined Ghana in questioning the integrity of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after Afcon 2017 hosting rights were given to Gabon.Algeria’s Minister of Sports, Mohamed Tahmi minced no words about his country’s disgust at the way the final procedure of the bidding process was conducted in Cairo on Wednesday.“CAF’s decision shocked us and we can’t accept it till now. Our bid was the best among all but the CAF president gave it to Gabon. With all respect to Gabon but that was illogical,” Tahmi told state media on Thursday.This comes a day after a member of Ghana’s bid team, Randy Abbey, leveled equally damaging allegations against African football’s governing body on Multi TV.The biggest bone of contention for Algeria, as it is with Ghana, is how Caf have been mute on how many votes Gabon garnered to win the rights to host the prestigious tournament.“I dare if anyone can tell us about the number of votes that Gabon had. I have the answer; no one knows that. We will not stop here. We will ask CAF how they ignored our offer, till now I can’t believe it,” the administrator said.  The usual practice is that when a bid member is declared winner, all 14 members of Caf’s Executive Committee are shown the voting patterns which granted the succesful candidate the majority. Per all accounts so far, this has not happened.Also surprising is that Caf’s official statements through its sanctioned media did not offer any breakdown.   The speculation as to how Gabon won has been loud from the camps of both losing candidates. The reaction of Tahmi is not unexpected, because Abbey had told Joy Sports that such a remark should be expected.Abbey had said on Wednesday: “We will like to congratulate Gabon for being declared the winner. But there was something and in the coming hours or days you will hear, I’m sure, from especially the Algerians.”He had also reveald that “everybody was brought to the conference room and the Caf president just took a paper that said Gabon had won.” PoliticsAlgeria’s bid was very strong, according to several officials who were in Cairo for the announcement. The Maghrebian nation had long taken pride in the fact that they had met all criteria set by Caf, and also felt confident that because Ghana (2008) and Gabon (2012) had recently hosted the event, they would be favorites.”Algeria has treated CAF with all respect in the past years but now I think we will change that. They will see a new face,” Tahmi said. It has also been heavily suggested that Caf boss Issa Hayatou’s rivalry with Algerian Football Federation (FAF) chief Mohamed Raouraoua may have played a role in the events of Wednesday. CLICK HERE FOR RANDY ABBEY’S FULL COMMENTS– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more