Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgEnterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEnterprise Group Limited is a leading financial services and insurance group in Ghana. The company operates in 6 segments; non-life assurance, life assurance, pension administration, real estate, funeral services and investments. Enterprise Group Limited offers an extensive portfolio of products and services ranging from funeral finance and family income protection to micro insurance, corporate risk, fidelity guarantee, cash-in-safe, home and personal assets protection and product liability insurance policies. Enterprise Group Limited also assists with pension fund management and real estate development and management. The company was founded in 1924 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Enterprise Group Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Investors are selling Fundsmith. Should I?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Paul Summers | Sunday, 30th May, 2021 Investors are selling Fundsmith. Should I? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Looking for new share ideas?Grab this FREE report now.Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits.From 2015-2019…Revenues increased 38.6%.Its net income went up 19.7 times!Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLEDThe opportunity here really is astounding.In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer?You could have the full details on this company right now. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Grab your free report – while it’s online. One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenuescenter_img Terry Smith’s Fundsmith Equity is the UK’s largest fund. It’s not hard to see why. Smith achieved an annualised return of 18.4% from launch (November 2010) to the end of April this year for investors.Despite this stellar performance, there are signs that some want out. Almost £360m was taken out of the fund in the first three months of 2021. Let’s look at why this might be happening.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…Why is Fundsmith out of favour?The most obvious cause of Fundsmith’s outflows is down to the rotation into value stocks. Having made a lot of money from Covid-proof tech giants in 2020, investors now want to recycle profits into companies that could recover strongly as the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end. Fundsmith is about as far as you can get from being a value-focused fund. Instead, Terry Smith only buys what he believes to be the best companies around. These are firms that generate high returns on the money they invest in themselves. They’re resistant to competition, resilient in the face of change and boast strong brands. They’re also not cheap. This helps to explain why Fundsmith hasn’t benefited from the rebound as much as other funds. So, what are some of the arguments for me staying in or moving out of Fundsmith now?Fundsmith: The bear caseWell, there’s a chance that the switch to value stocks could continue. As economies fully reopen, investors are still bargain-hunting. Airlines — which Terry Smith is particularly scornful of as investments — could register big gains. There’s also something to be said for the fact that the average size of a company in Fundsmith’s portfolio is almost £165bn. It’s not easy for these to double revenue and profits (and share prices) overnight. Small-cap stocks, however, can provide outsized returns if picked well. At the risk of sounding ageist, it’s also worth remembering that Smith, like most successful managers, is no spring chicken. While he’s not expected to retire soon, I doubt he’ll want to still be managing investments into his 90s like Warren Buffett. As football teams replace star players, so must investors. Fundsmith: The bull caseOn the flip side, Smith has always been very clear that there will come a time when Fundsmith will underperform the market. Using the Tour de France as an analogy, the UK fund manager has said that he’s looking to win the race for his investors, not every stage of the race. Smith is not a market-timer. Nor will he buy/sell on a whim. As a holder, that gives me confidence. I’m also comforted by the fact that Terry Smith has a large amount of his own money invested. When it comes to addressing Smith’s inevitable retirement from Fundsmith, investors should know that there’s already a succession plan in place. While his eventual replacement is still to be confirmed, there’s a decent chance it will be his long-serving head of research, Julian Robins. Again, this consistency is reassuring. Bottom lineTerry Smith won’t be concerned over recent outflows from Fundsmith. On reflection, I’m not concerned either. As a long-term investor, I believe that good businesses will always trump bad businesses eventually. Fundsmith’s investment strategy is to buy the former, not overpay, and then do nothing. For me, the third step is particularly relevant today. Growth will come again. Paul Summers owns shares in Fundsmith Equity. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. 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. See all posts by Paul Summerslast_img read more

CAF helps UK public donate to Australian bushfire appeals

first_img Melanie May | 23 January 2020 | News Three more fundraising campaigns for Australia: Tagged with: Australia Charities Aid Foundation disaster Advertisement Revolut supports Australian Red Cross & WWF appealsRevolut has joined forces with the Australian Red Cross and WWF on an emergency appeal to support the people and animals affected by the bushfires in Australia.Revolut customers will now be able to donate to the Australian Red Cross and WWF via the in-app Donations feature, which allows users to round up their card payments and donate the difference to charity. Customers can also donate by setting up a recurring payment or making one-off donations.All donations to the Australian Red Cross from Revolut customers will go directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Donations to WWF will be directed towards the immediate response efforts that are tackling the bushfires and its impact on wildlife and communities. After the fires clear, the funds will be used to help restore homes for koalas and other wildlife, planting the first 10,000 trees urgently needed in koala habitats. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  507 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 In the UK, WWF UK saw £1m raised in the first week of its Australian Bushfire Emergency Appeal. The total was bolstered by donations from companies, celebrities and sports stars, including Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, and Juventus’s Aaron Ramsey.Image: Photo by David Caird / Newspix. Jan 2020: ‘Guzzle’ the koala, who suffered burns, held by carer Maryann Buchanan after bushfires in Mallacoota, Victoria.center_img Formula 1 auctionWith Formula 1’s 2020 season kicking off in Melbourne in March, the Formula 1 community is running an F1 Auction, with the money raised going to help those affected in the worst hit areas.The F1 Auction started on 22 January, with all proceeds going to four charity and non-profit organisations, selected together with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation:Red Cross AustraliaCountry Fire Authority VictoriaFoundation for Rural and Regional RenewalWWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery FundUp for auction are exclusive items, signed merchandise and ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences. Among the many items already donated are the racing gloves and shoes used by Daniel Ricciardo during his first season with Renault, the helmet that Kevin Magnussen will use in this year’s 2020 Australian Grand Prix, as well as race suits from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, Haas’ Romain Grosjean and AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat as worn in the 2019 season. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is helping members of the public donate to the Australian bushfire crisis, by working with its Australian partner, Good2Give to ensure donations reach the country without international payment fees.People can give a minimum of £20 upwards to an agreed list of 27 Australian charities through CAF. The charities are split across three main cause areas, which are the General Bush Fire Appeal, the Firefighters Appeal and the Animal Appeal. Some of the charities who stand to benefit include the Salvation Army, RSPCA Australia and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.Sir John Low, Chief Executive of CAF said:“We have all been deeply saddened by the raging bushfires in Australia, as well as the cost to human and animal life.“As the crisis continues, we’re pleased to be able to make it simpler for people in the UK to donate to some of the brilliant charities tackling this crisis on the ground.”Record-breaking temperatures and drought have fuelled the bushfires, around 60 of which were still burning across New South Wales and Victoria this week.  506 total views,  2 views today CAF helps UK public donate to Australian bushfire appeals London Ambulance Service appealLondon Ambulance Service has raised almost £10,000 so far through its appeal, which is raising funds for the Australian Red Cross to support the emergency services tackling the bushfires. The Service has close ties with colleagues in Australia and hundreds of its staff are from the country and have loved ones and friends who live near the affected areas. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Biggest protest to date in Haiti

first_imgPort-au-Prince, Nov. 26.Photo: Daniel Tercier, Haiti LiberteMost of them live without electricity. Or phone service. Their community groups and popular parties don’t have much of either. They spread the call to demonstrate mouth-to-mouth or by radio shows. Internet with a mass reach doesn’t exist.But what the people of Haiti do have is mass anger. Anger at their government, which was imposed on them by the direct intervention of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Anger at Minustah, the U.N.’s occupation force that has been propping up their government for the last 10 years, while introducing a cholera epidemic that has killed over 8,000 Haitians and sickened over half a million.On Nov. 26, they came out by the tens of thousands into the streets of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, even though a week earlier the cops had broken up a demonstration there with tear gas and live fire, killing two protesters and sending five to the hospital. They called their protest “Operation Burkina Faso,” after the recent successful mass uprising in West Africa.They made it absolutely clear that the only step President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe could take to satisfy their demands would be to resign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Gary Webb told the truth

first_imgFilm review: ‘Kill the Messenger’Gary Webb told the truth about CIA-backed contra terrorists selling drugs to finance their dirty war against Nicaragua in the 1980s. The courageous journalist was hounded to death for linking the crack epidemic with then-President Ronald Reagan’s drive to overthrow the Sandinista government.Ten years after Webb’s death in an apparent suicide, the film “Kill the Messenger” captures the story. You can see it now on DVD.As a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, Webb spent a year investigating the CIA-contra-crack connection. His three-part series, entitled “Dark Alliance,” created a sensation when it was published in 1996. Webb wrote about how contra leaders Oscar Danilo Blandón and Norwin Meneses shipped massive amounts of cocaine to southern California. Drug pushers turned it into crack.Blandón had fled Nicaragua after dictator Somoza was overthrown in 1979. He was a fundraiser for contra gangsters in the “Nicaraguan Democratic Force.” At least 50,000 Nicaraguans were murdered by the contras. Reagan called the contras “freedom fighters.”Congress had cut off funding to the contras because of massive anti-war sentiment. National Security Council staffer and current Fox News commentator Oliver North knew they were engaged in massive drug trafficking.Blandón was actually hired by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency after spending two years in jail. It’s been reported that he’s the only foreigner in U.S. history who has not been deported after being convicted of drug trafficking charges.An excuse to lock up thousandsThere were previous exposés about the CIA’s connections with drugs. Almost every Pentagon war results in massive drug running. Alfred McCoy pinpointed the CIA in “The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia.” During the Vietnam War, the CIA fueled the heroin plague, with its subsidiary Air America carrying drugs to the U.S. McCoy’s book was an unassailable classic, so it’s almost never mentioned in the media.Associated Press reporters Robert Parry and Brian Barger reported on the contra drug connection in 1985. John Kerry, then a Senator from Massachusetts, held hearings on it in 1989. Kerry was labeled a “conspiracy theorist” for his efforts. Today as Secretary of State he promotes the dirty war in Afghanistan, which under U.S. occupation became the world’s biggest producer of opium.What made Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series different was that it directly tied the crack epidemic to contra drug smuggling. An early sensation on the Internet, it garnered over a million hits daily.The crack epidemic served as an excuse to lock up hundreds of thousands of Black and Latino/a people on drug charges. Webb’s articles were welcomed by oppressed people as proving the drug war was aimed at them.“Kill the Messenger” includes documentary coverage of Congressperson Maxine Waters and other Black leaders demanding the CIA fess up. Then-CIA director John Deutch is seen being forced to come to a public meeting at Locke High School in Watts in 1996. A month later he resigned.Killing the messengerThe CIA counterattacked with the help of media owners. The Los Angeles Times assigned 17 reporters to debunk Webb. (The Nation, Oct. 10) The Washington Post and the New York Times also joined the attack.The managers of the San Jose Mercury News capitulated to this slimy barrage and actually apologized for running “Dark Alliance.” Webb was forced to leave the paper’s Sacramento bureau. “Killing the Messenger” shows how he refused to cower.Webb resigned from the paper and later wrote one of the first articles about “Driving While Black” for Esquire magazine. He also published the book “Dark Alliance” (Seven Stories Press, 1999).In 1998, CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz substantiated Webb’s charges in two reports. Yet Webb became unemployable for telling the truth.Meanwhile, Judith Miller and Michael Gordon wrote lying articles about Iraq’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction” for the New York Times. Although Miller was let go, Gordon is still the paper’s chief military correspondent.Broke and facing eviction, Webb appar­ently shot himself twice in the head in 2004.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at Washington

first_img Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at Washington Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at WashingtonPoet in Cloverdale-Google MapsPOET is idling its Cloverdale, Indiana ethanol processing plant, and the company announcement this week went straight to the issue of small refinery waivers granted by the EPA, most recently Friday’s move of 31 more exemptions from the Renewable Fuel Standard.The next several weeks the Putnam County plant will undergo the idle process eventually impacting the processing of over 30 million bushels of corn each year and hundreds of local jobs. The company has already reduced production at half of its 28 locations.Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper says the waivers represent a significant broken promise on the part of President Trump since those waivers constitute another 1.43 billion gallons of lost RFS demand.“We don’t understand how in the world EPA could agree with these refiners that they’re somehow suffering economic harm due to the RFS when we’ve had RIN prices at historic low levels for the better part of a year and a half now,” Cooper said. “Obviously the refining sector is doing just fine. They’re printing money right now. So, just very disappointing, very surprising in light of some of the conversation we’ve had directly with the president back in June.”Cooper said they’ve repeatedly attempted to work with the president and EPA to get the RFS back on track.“We haven’t gotten very far, quite obviously,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like our message is getting through to EPA or the White House on this issue, and what they’re doing is illegal frankly. So, we have no other choice than to take this to the court system. We have done that, we have sued EPA in three separate actions dealing with small refiner exemptions, and this most recent action by EPA just further underscores that that’s what we need to do. We need to fight the agency in court to try and rectify the situation and repair the damage that agency has done to our industry.”According to the Indiana Corn Growers Association, Indiana ethanol plants generate more than 700 direct jobs with indirect impact on thousands of others. More than $2.5 billion in Indiana economic activity is attributed to the ethanol industry each year.“These waivers directly impact rural America and corn farmers,” explained ICGA President Sarah Delbecq, who is a farmer from Auburn, Ind. “With immense uncertainty now and in the future for the ag economy due to planting delays and trade disruptions, more waiver abuse would only exacerbate the damage to farmers’ bottom line and overall demand for corn. To offer a source of stability, the EPA needs to fulfill the intended goals and promises in the original RFS.”ICGA remains critical of EPA’s granting of these waivers, which takes billions of gallons of ethanol out of the obligated levels defined in the Renewable Fuels Standard.The EPA’s waivers negatively impact Indiana corn farmers. Specifically, by 2018, the EPA had already waived 2.64 billion gallons of ethanol, which nearly offset Indiana’s entire corn output from 2017. Then came last week’s grant of the additional 31 waivers.Indiana ranks as the fifth-largest producer of U.S. ethanol, generating more than 1.1 billion gallons per year. The Hoosier State produces 8.1 percent of the total U.S. ethanol output. Nearly half of Indiana’s corn crop goes toward ethanol production, which represents nearly $300 million in additional farmer income.The SREs offset the gains made in May by ethanol supporters from the Administration’s rule change of allowing year-round sales of E15, which is a blend of 15 percent ethanol with gasoline. The RFS authorizes exemptions for refiners that process less than 75,000 barrels of petroleum per day and show economic hardship.Source: ICGA SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Putnam County Ethanol Shutdown Helping Point Fingers at Washington Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Aug 21, 2019 Previous article‘If You Didn’t Look at the Calendar…Crops Look Pretty Good’Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for August 22, 2019 Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Fit Worth Corporate Challenge encourages fitness in the community

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook ReddIt UIL recognizing cheerleading as a sport, adhering to stricter concussion guidelines Twitter GOP voters in Tarrant County set record for first-day voter turnout Safety Net: Fort Worth nonprofit empowers people in poverty printThis year’s Fit Worth Corporate Challenge consisted of 21 companies, 277 teams and 2,000 individual participants that logged about 3.6 million minutes of physical activity.The Fit Worth Corporate Challenge is a six-week fitness competition where local companies and individuals compete to log the most minutes of physical activity.Heidi Swartz, a founding member of Fit Worth and the Director of the Cowtown Marathon, said that the Fit Worth initiative was started three years ago by a group of volunteers who wanted to inspire health habits for youths in the community.The Fit Worth Healthy City Initiative hosted an awards ceremony in Magnolia Green Park on Tuesday to congratulate corporate challenge participants.According to FitWorth.com, participants in the corporate challenge lost over 5,000 pounds for the second consecutive year.The awards were given to the individual with the most minutes logged, the company with the most participants and the company with the most minutes logged per participant.The City of Fort Worth had the most participants with more than 550 while the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth was presented with the award for most minutes per participant.Many of the local companies that participated in the challenge set up tents and activities at the awards ceremony. Games such as cornhole, mini-tennis and disc golf were available to people attending the event.“We had a very diverse group of corporate entities participate from hospitals to schools to business and law firms,” said Leslie Casey, chairman of Fort Worth Health and Wellness.Lexus of Fort Worth, Luke’s Locker and the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth were some of the companies that set up display areas at the awards ceremony.Mayor Betsy Price was originally supposed to attend the event and present the awards to the winners, but she was unable to do so due to a last-minute conflict.Casey handed out the awards in her place with help from NFL free agent Tyler Clutts and Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys mascot. Clutts spoke to the crowd briefly about the importance of fitness in every day life and how his career as a football player has taught him a lot about personal fitness.He also gave a shoutout to Jason Witten, another Cowboys player, who he said has taught him a lot about personal fitness.“The way he takes care of his body, the way he eats, the way he prepares. It’s showed me how important it is to take care of your body,” Clutts said.The corporate challenge was one Fit Worth’s many initiatives to set a good example for young people.Fit Worth’s next event, the Fit Worth Fete En Blanc, is a gourmet picnic on April 1. Tickets can be purchased here. Linkedin Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Twitter Kickball tournament raises money to kick out cancer Jake Foote Facebook Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleWarmer weather starts gardening season early, with some negative impactsNext articleCampus Lookbook: sunny with a chance of style Jake Foote RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Ailing journalist put in solitary confinement instead of being transferred to hospital

first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today voiced active concern about the treatment of journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi who earlier this month was placed in an isolation cell in Evin prison, Tehran instead of being transferred to hospital.“Emadoldin Baghi is paying the price for his outspokenness,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. August 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ailing journalist put in solitary confinement instead of being transferred to hospital News News Follow the news on Iran News News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation Reporters Without Borders today voiced active concern about the treatment of journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi who earlier this month was placed in an isolation cell in Evin prison, Tehran instead of being transferred to hospital.Baghi was at the start of 2008 released on licence because of a heart condition but was recalled to jail in April against the advice of doctors. While free, he wrote to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, to complain of the appalling prison conditions in the notorious Evin jail. “Emadoldin Baghi is paying the price for his outspokenness,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “He has frequently criticised the regime’s officials, some of whom have been appointed to top level positions, such as intelligence minister, Mohseni Ejehi and the prosecutor general Dori Najafabadi.”“He is being discriminated against when his poor health means he should be treated in hospital”, it added.Baghi contacted his wife, Fatemeh Kamali Ahmad Sarahi, on 9 August to inform her that the prison doctor had authorised his transfer to a hospital in Tehran for further treatment. A few hours later the journalist called her again to say that he had been admitted to Section 209 of the jail, a special wing under the control of the intelligence services.When his wife was allowed to see him on 18 August, he appeared weakened and complained to her of breathing difficulties as a result of being locked in an insalubrious cell. Baghi also told her that he had refused to undergo any further interrogation. “He will no longer put up with being questioned bound and blindfolded”, she told Reporters Without Borders.In another case, freelance journalist Saman Rasulpur, 23, was released on 14 August on payment of bail of ten million (about 7,000 euros), while awaiting his trial. He was arrested on 27 July at his home in the city of Mahadab in Kurdistan, for taking part in a demonstration in protest at death sentences passed against journalists Adnan Hassanpur and Abdolvahed “Hiva” Botimar as well as a Kurdish teacher. Since his release, Rasulpur has been summoned on several occasions by intelligence ministry agents. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Former Pasadena Police Chief to Serve as Interim Chair of Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee

first_imgNews Feature Stories Former Pasadena Police Chief to Serve as Interim Chair of Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee Published on Friday, October 3, 2014 | 1:16 pm 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it On Wednesday morning, the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee accepted the resignation of former Board Chair William Paparian. The Board also unanimously elected former Pasadena Police Chief and White House COPS Program Executive Director Bernard Melekian as its Interim Chair. Mr. Melekian accepted and issued the following statement: “This project is bigger than any one person. It is a memorial to those who perished, including those members of my family, those of my fellow board members, and our relatives who survived. I and all of the members of the Committee are honored to help in this effort. The Genocide Memorial project remains on track, our fundraising is on schedule and this project will be built. â€œIn addition, the Board had on its agenda a review of the terms and conditions of a draft contract for construction. The prospect of shortly breaking ground and the tremendous positive momentum engendered over the past week for moving forward with the project has Board Members and the community very excited.The Board, as is prudent under a new board Chair, also implemented a thorough review of the board’s financial processes to ensure that all appropriate financial protocols are being observed and are accurate. Two board members will be conducting a complete reconciliation of all transactions with the board’s CPA Firm and fiscal agent, the venerable Community Foundation of the Verdugos. This review will be completed within the next two weeks. “Our ancestors deserve only the finest effort from their dependents who survived,” concluded Chief Melekian. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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 Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 * More Cool Stuff Subscribelast_img read more

Strategies, Not Secrets, Win the Day, Say Compass Realtors

first_img 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News “There are no secrets, only strategies,” said realtor Allie Altschuler Wednesday, before a group meeting of would-be home buyers and real estate agents.Altschuler and realtor Steve Clark’s Clarkliving team from Compass Real Estate presented the informal chat, “Building Your Future Together: A Valentine’s Guide to Buying a Home,” over snacks and Valentine’s candy, in the company’s spacious offices above Colorado Boulevard, in the Playhouse District.The company serves a large and busy Pasadena market, but also markets homes in Northeast LA.“As we’ve been meeting, here in the office,” said Altschuler, before the presentation, “We’ve all been hearing the same issues and questions and concerns. We thought this would be a good way to answer a lot of those at once.”Clark, who leads the team, noted right off the bat that oftentimes, real estate agents bring out the skeptic in every home buyer.“When I first started in this business,” said Clark, “I was really surprised at how low the moral bar was set for this industry. It was just people in it for the money. They have no skin in the game.”Real estate is lucrative, to be sure, but as Clark and Altschuler pointed out, the right real estate agent can truly make all the difference in your home sale.Both Clark and Altschuler noted the current trend towards off-market home sales. That is, homes that might be owned by a seller who wishes to be discreet, or has a deal they know will take off, the moment it is announced.“Everyone wants those deals,” said Altschuler, “but they come and go fast. You might never see them.”Clark also pointed out that in an off-market sale, the buyer may actually end up paying more than the market would have offered, because of the excitement surrounding the sale.“A seller may say, ‘We were going to put this on the market next week for $900k,’ said Clark, ‘but if you want it, you can pick it up for $1 million,’ and you end up paying more for it.”But Clarkliving agent April Kass told the group that it doesn’t always go that way since the competition can be unpredictable.“There are still gems out there,” she said.Clark also showed trepidation about buying through online platforms where buyers miss out on developing a relationship with a human agent.”The same goes for discount brokerages (you know the ones, they said) who cannot provide the same intangibles that a more qualified realtor can.Said Altschuler, “I always remind buyers to ask a realtor they’re trying to vet, ‘Is this your full time job?’ It’s a concise question that will quickly tell you a lot about the person you’re dealing with.” And, she added, the familiar adage, “If what they’re offering you sounds too good to be true…” Clark agreed, saying, “Our bottom line is “Can we help the client?”The team also stressed that home buying is a business of minutes, and that buyers should expect their agents to understand that as well. A realtor who doesn’t return emails for three days, might have the same attitude towards a mortgage broker, for example, and that could hurt your chance on a great deal happening right at this moment.Buyers should be less concerned with how long an agent has been in the business, and more concerned about how many transactions they’ve been involved in. An agent who’s been working for 20 years doing one deal per year isn’t likely to be as savvy as an agent who’s been working for three years and does 20+ deals per year.Many agents come off well at first, but experience counts, as in any other field.In regards to being financially ready, buyers should also do their own homework, said Clark.“You may be test driving a BMW, only to find out that you only qualify to buy a Honda,” he said, noting that there’s nothing wrong with a Honda, but it’s better to have a clear idea of your buying power before you go out and fall in love.Choosing the right agent can also be as easy as having the right recommendations, said Clark.“Talk to anyone who has worked with them before,” said Clark. “That goes for mortgage brokers, and other agents and other buyers. Those recommendations will be the most important.”“Do your research,” Altschuler emphasized. “It’s a relationship. Make sure you mesh as humans.”And, keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, Clark said, “It’s about communication. Don’t have multiple agents.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 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. Business News Strategies, Not Secrets, Win the Day, Say Compass Realtors Valentine’s Day meet helps assuage buyers’ concerns By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Friday, February 14, 2020 | 5:29 pmcenter_img Community News Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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