Watchdog upholds complaint against OTM over ‘early upload’ properties claim

first_imgHome » News » Watchdog upholds complaint against OTM over ‘early upload’ properties claim previous nextRegulation & LawWatchdog upholds complaint against OTM over ‘early upload’ properties claimChallenger OnTheMarket reveals information about number of properties uploaded to its portal earlier than others after recent TV advert is referred to ASA.Nigel lewis5th September 201802,302 Views Property portal OnTheMarket has revealed in evidence to the advertising watchdog that only a ‘small percentage’ of the new properties advertised on its site every month are available 24 hours before being uploaded to other portals or websites.The information follows a complaint made to the Advertising Standards Authority about a TV ad it aired in May this year which claimed within its voice-over that “…agents have moved to OnTheMarket.com from other sites and many are advertising their new properties exclusively with us first, 24 hours or more ahead of other portals”.The complainant challenged whether the claims that properties could be seen exclusively via OnTheMarket.com 24 hours or more before being seen on other websites or portals were misleading and could be substantiated. This complaint about the ad has been upheld by the ASA.Early uploadsWithin the adjudication text, OTM have asked us to point out that the ASA makes it clear that the complaint was upheld because the ad inferred “that any agent providing any properties exclusively to us first were providing all their properties exclusive with us first” rather than because of the ratio of properties uploaded early.The ASA says it considered the inference in the ad that all properties uploaded by agents to OTM were ‘early to market’ was a significant claim that would “encourage consumers to visit OnTheMarket before other property portals”.“While the evidence held by OnTheMarket showed that several thousand new properties were advertised with them each month, a small percentage only were advertised exclusively with OnTheMarket for the first 24 hours. We therefore concluded that the claim was misleading.”The ASA has told OTM to ensure future ads did not suggest that all new properties listed by agents were advertised exclusively with OnTheMarket.com unless they held adequate evidence.A second complaint about a similar advert seen on a London Underground poster but with different wording was not upheld by the ASA.Read more about OTM. OnTheMarket OTM OTM adertising complaint OTM Listings advertising standards authority ASA September 5, 2018Nigel 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 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 2021last_img read more

Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss Denounces Omnibus Bill

first_imgCongressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss Denounces Omnibus BillEvansville, IN – At a meeting with supporters at the Red Bank Library, Dr. Moss criticized Congressman Larry Bucshon’s vote in favor of the massive “Omnibus” Bill.“Congressman Larry Bucshon has done it again. By voting in favor of the Omnibus Bill, he has voted in favor of Obama’s legislative agenda, turning his back on the American people.This monster of a bill, not less than 2000 pages, none of which he read, is a $1.1 trillion behemoth, or about half a billion dollars a page. It increased spending by $53 billion over the last year.It fully funded Obama’s lawless executive amnesty, Planned Parenthood, “sanctuary cities,” and increased spending for “climate change.” It quadrupled H2-B visas bringing in more unskilled labor to compete with American workers. It fully funded the EPA and its destructive regulations regarding CO2 emissions – which will force coal plants to close. It was praised by the Obama administration as well it would be.After all it fully funded the Obama agenda.  All in all, a great day for – liberal Democrats and Obama. This is another Bucshon Boondoggle. Larry Bucshon campaigns as a conservative but votes like a liberal.  He is part of the problem. Elect me and I will be part of the solution.”Find out more about Dr. Moss at www.rmoss4congress.com.  Call or email at 812-684-0971 or [email protected]  Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.FOOTNOTE: Dr Richard Moss, is a candidate running for Congress for Indiana’s 8th district, released this message regarding his concerns with fellow Republican Larry Bucshon:We are asking our readers to “like us” on Facebook and encourage friends and family to do so, as well? Our next IS IT TRUE will be posted on this coming Friday?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll”:Do you feel Council should spend $16 million dollars to renovate North Main area?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

ABF set to further reduce costs at Allied Bakeries

first_imgAllied Bakeries owner Associated British Foods (ABF) is set to make further cost reductions at the troubled business.ABF has already written off £65m and closed Allied’s Cardiff bakery following the loss of a contract to supply own-label bread to Tesco. Although Cardiff will continue to be used as a distribution centre, almost 180 staff have been made redundant as a result.The bakery business, which produces the Kingsmill and Allinson’s brands, has been making a loss for a number of years.Managing director Jon Jenkins left the business in June and Allied has switched to a joint leadership structure under Liam McNamara and Nick Law.In its annual results, published today (5 November), ABF reported that Allied had agreed price increases with some of its customers.It also explained that, as a result of losing the Tesco contract, it had taken steps to reduce capacity. During the coming year, it is set to implement cost reductions in a number of operational areas.“At Allied Bakeries we are committed to reducing the operating losses this coming year, with a programme of cost reductions,” added ABF chief executive George Weston.Across the ABF Grocery division, which includes Allied, revenues rose 2% year on year at constant currency, and growth in adjusted operating profit was 10%.Revenue in the ABF Ingredients division rose 4% at constant currency, but adjusted operating profit fell 6%. The slump was driven by AB Mauri Argentina due to a challenging economy and increased competition.This hit profits at AB Mauri, although ABF reported strong trading in North America following product innovation in bakery ingredients and the increase in yeast prices to recover higher costs.Profit also fell in ABF’s sugar business, mainly due to the effect of a further decline in EU sugar prices last year following regional oversupply and the end of the EU sugar regime. The company said it expected improved sugar profit in the coming year following price increases.last_img read more

Listen To Biggie Rap “Juicy” Over An Unreleased J Dilla Beat

first_imgJ Dilla was an absolute machine of a producer, creating more music than his lifetime could retain. Posthumous tracks continue to surface from the late Dilla, including particularly unique combinations with him and other well known recording artists. Just yesterday, the Dilla family announced Motor City, a new posthumous release that spotlights Dilla’s roots in the Detroit underground hip hop scene.The album is due out on April 21st, and was put together by Ma Dukes, featuring hand-picked selections from the Dilla collection. Among those is a take on Biggie’s song “Juicy,” complete with a previously unreleased beat laid down by Dilla himself. The beat was provided by Dilla’s own collaborator J Rocc, and the track was released as a sampler for the upcoming Motor City collection.Take a listen to the new single, and be prepared for more grooving Dilla beats to come.last_img read more

US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — The U.S. has reaffirmed support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test American resolve. The State Department says it notes with concern the pattern of China’s ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry says China on Saturday sent eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and four fighter jets just southwest of the island. It said China sent another eight on Sunday. It’s part of a long-standing pattern of Chinese incursions aimed at pressuring the government of President Tsai Ing-wen into caving to Beijing’s demand that she recognize Taiwan as a part of Chinese territory.last_img

From Glass to Kick-Ass! Zachary Quinto Joins Agent 47 Film

first_img Brian J. Smith Related Shows View Comments Star Files Film, TV and stage star Zachary Quinto will soon be trading in Tom Wingfield’s knit hat and typewriter for guns and melee weapons. According to Deadline.com, Quinto has signed on to star in the 20th Century Fox film Agent 47. The thriller, which is also set to star Rupert Friend, is a sequel to 2007’s Hitman. No word yet on what kind of character Quinto will play, but we bet he’ll be menacing. The Glass Menagerie Directed by Aleksander Bach and written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch, Agent 47 is based on the popular Hitman video game series, which revolves around Agent 47, a cloned assassin-for-hire, whose flawless record places him in high demand among the wealthy and elite. The original film starring Timothy Olyphant and Dougray Scott, grossed almost $100 million worldwide. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 23, 2014 Cherry Jones Celia Keenan-Bolger Quinto is currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. In addition to Quinto, the play stars Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith. Before Quinto goes before the Agent 47 cameras in March, be sure to catch his excellent performance in The Glass Menagerie, playing through February 23 at the Booth Theatre. Zachary Quinto View All (4)last_img read more

Peanut harvest

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers started their peanut harvest a few weeks ago. And despite a searing summer drought, yields are OK. Even better news is that prices are the highest in years, say University of Georgia experts.”It’s amazing that we’re sitting as good as we are right now,” said John Beasley, a Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia’s peanut harvest is at its peak, Beasley said. But it’s three weeks behind its typical schedule. That’s because some farmers had to delay planting due to a cool, dry spring.The dry spring quickly turned into an extreme summer drought, hurting peanuts and other row crops. Triple-digit heat in August blasted peanut plants aboveground and the developing nuts underground.Timely rainfall, though, sustained the crop in places, along with a lot of water from irrigation. As of Oct. 7, a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of UGA Extension county agents assessed 90 percent of the crop as good to excellent.Farmers are expected to average 2,900 pounds per acre this harvest. That’s 150 pounds more than last year. “Considering the way we started out, that’s a good yield,” Beasley said. Georgia’s average has been as high as 3,450 pounds per acre in recent years.Farmers will harvest 520,000 acres, 55,000 less than last year. The total crop should be 750,000 tons, or 40,000 less than last year. Georgia grows about half of the U.S. peanut crop each year.The summer heat and drought hurt other peanut-producing states such as Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina more than they did Georgia, said Nathan Smith, a UGA Extension agricultural economist.The weather-related losses and a dwindling surplus have pushed prices to as high as $500 per ton. These are the highest prices since Congress ended the peanut quota program, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton, in 2001.Prices two years ago were $355 per ton because of a U.S. surplus of 1 million tons, Smith said. The surplus is now expected to be 490,000 tons. The industry likes to keep a 300,000-ton surplus each year to help meet the demand the following year.This is good news for farmers. “Looking at that kind of surplus,” Smith said, “sets us up for a good marketing year next year, too.”If the weather remains favorable, with isolated showers to soften the ground followed by clear, dry days, farmers should keep getting good yields statewide, Beasley said. With the harvest running late, though, cold weather may threaten it later this month and in November.last_img read more

Prevent Freeze Damage

first_imgFruit farmers have long used everything from propane heaters to sprinklers and fans to protect their produce from devastating late freezes.As handy as they are, it’s hard to know when to deploy these systems. Ideally, farmers need frost-preventive irrigation systems running before a hard freeze affects their fruit, but turning them on too early wastes water, fuel and electricity. Turning them on too late can lead to crop loss. Many fruit trees have already bloomed, and with this week’s temperatures projected to drop below freezing at night, a new tactic for calculating dew point could be extremely valuable.Atmospheric scientists at the University of Georgia have recently developed a simplified set of equations to help farmers who use irrigation for frost protection predict the best time to turn on their systems, maximizing crop protection and minimizing wasted water and power. They published their findings recently in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.“This kind of information is important, especially this year, because everything is blooming so early,” said Pam Knox, agricultural climatologist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Georgia’s blueberry farmers could see a huge loss if we have a hard freeze.”Knox is one of the paper’s authors, along with her husband and fellow climatologist, John Knox, a professor in the UGA department of geography, and geography graduate student David Nevius.“A few years ago, we had a freeze in April, and it was devastating to the crops,” Pam Knox said. “This year the bloom is so early that we could have a lot of problems if we have our last freeze in mid-March, which would be considered normal.”The simplified equations allow anyone to use the dew point – a measure of humidity – and the ambient temperature to calculate the wet bulb temperature.Wet bulb temperature measures the cooling effect of evaporation on anything that is moist. Moist fruit can cool due to evaporation off the surface of the fruit. People experience the same cooling effect when they jump out of the pool into dry air. This is also why the human body sweats to cool itself.The exact relationship between wet bulb temperature, ambient temperature and dew point is complicated. The equations make the relationship simple for special cases, including for those situations near the freezing point, which is critical for farmers.For cases near freezing, the wet bulb temperature can be calculated by subtracting one-third of the difference between air and dew point temperatures from the air temperature. For a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit and a dew point of 23 F, the wet bulb temperature would be 29 F.If the humidity and dew point temperature are low, the wet bulb temperature can be quite a bit lower than the ambient air temperature. This is important for farmers because the wet bulb temperature is the temperature that irrigated fruit will reach when it is continuously sprayed with water. If the wet bulb temperature is too low, the fruit will freeze and quality will suffer, or the crop could be wiped out.The goal is to turn frost protection sprinklers on at a point where the wet bulb temperature can be kept at or above 32 F. Freezing of the irrigation water releases additional heat as the water turns from liquid to solid and helps keep the air temperature at safe levels.While farmers can readily find the temperature and dew point temperature for their farms on a number of websites, most sites don’t list a wet bulb temperature.“If you know what the temperature and dew point are forecast to be, you can now determine when the wet bulb will reach 32 F to better decide when to turn on your frost protection system,” Pam Knox said. “That saves the farmer money in terms of energy and water, but also saves more of the crop.”A table based on the new calculations is now available on Knox’s blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate, allowing farmers to easily determine when to start their irrigation for frost protection based on dew point temperature and the calculations described in the paper.For a full version of the paper, see http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0246.1.last_img read more

ESG issues played key role in Dominion’s decision to get out of the gas business—CEO

first_imgESG issues played key role in Dominion’s decision to get out of the gas business—CEO FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Dominion Energy Inc. pointed to the growing importance of environmental, social and governance practices as one of the “key considerations” in weighing the sale of its midstream gas assets and narrowing its focus on cleaner energy resources.Dominion announced the sale of its natural gas transmission and storage business to Berkshire Hathaway Energy on July 5 in a deal with an enterprise value of about $9.7 billion, including the assumption of $5.7 billion of debt.“In reviewing this transaction, in the context of our long-term strategic direction, we weighed several key considerations, including the value to our industry-leading ESG-focused strategy,” Dominion Chairman, President and CEO Thomas Farrell II said on a July 6 call with investors.The subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will acquire 100% of Dominion Energy Transmission Inc., Questar Pipeline Co. and Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission LLC and 50% of Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP.The move came on the same day that Dominion and Duke Energy Corp. announced the cancellation of the 604-mile Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline project based on ongoing delays from legal and regulatory challenges as well as increasing cost uncertainty.“Our company continues to evolve, allowing us to focus even more on serving our customers and positioning us for a bright and increasingly sustainable future,” Farrell said. “We believe that Dominion Energy offers one of the industry’s most compelling profiles for ESG-focused investors and stakeholders.”[Darren Sweeney]More ($): Dominion points to ESG as key factor in decision to off-load gas assetslast_img read more

The Majority of Passwords Worldwide Are Vulnerable

first_img The document assured that 91 percent of accounts, which in theory are secure, can be accessed through the 1,000 most common passwords used(out of six million real passwords created in the study). It was missing the test to detect the passwords vulnerability… A great deal of digital passwords generally used to access different services, such as Internet, online banking through computers, smart phones or tablets, are vulnerable due to repetition, according to a report published by Deloitte in February in Panama. The possibility of accessing passwords in social networks, commercial platforms, bank accounts or any other service that can be accessed through new technological devices, makes them highly vulnerable against hackers. In addition, the average user takes 4-5 seconds to write a secure 10-character password in a PC, while it takes 7-30 seconds if they do it on a smart phone with a touch screen. Moreover, 79 percent of people use the 500 most common passwords, while 40 percent use the 100 most popular ones, and 14 percent, the 10 most widely used passwords. The study analyzes the main technological trends in 15 European and American countries, as well as South Africa. center_img “The main problem in passwords is their reutilization. Due to a memory issue, human beings remember about five, six or seven passwords, and they obviously use them for everything, so that is why passwords are so vulnerable,” Francisco Martín, Manager for Deloitte in Panama, told AFP. “This wouldn’t be so serious if we only took the time to elaborate passwords that are not so easily decipherable,” he added. The most widely used passwords are the names of the user and their family members, combined with birth dates, all easily obtainable information by hackers in social networks. They later use software to introduce hypothetical passwords based on these patterns massively, until there is a match. Furthermore, a 9.8 percent of users write “password 123456 or 12345678” as passwords; 8.5 percent use “password or 123456” and a 4.7 percent use “password”. According to the research, the passwords created in mobile devices tend to be less secure than the ones used in a traditional computer, since it is easier to access characters and it is not necessary to change screens. By Dialogo February 28, 2013last_img read more