Northwood franchisees have completed four more acquisitions, taking the total this year to eight, with more in the pipeline. Northwood, part of the Belvoir Group, has a dedicated Acquisition Team helping to deliver the network’s highly successful Assisted Acquisition Programme.“I am delighted to confirm that Northwood has acquired eight businesses this year with two more in progress,” says Northwood MD Phil Gee.“The latest acquisitions include the completion of King Woolley by Sam Linn of Northwood Banbury & Chipping Norton. They will continue to operate under the King Woolley brand.“We have also had the acquisition of Milton Ward by Davinia Taylor of Northwood Milton Keynes. Davinia is a very driven professional and an excellent business operator, who was previously a small shareholder in the business.Earlier this year she acquired 100% shares and has been extremely keen to do an acquisition.“Earlier in the summer Phil Sergeant and his daughter Kate Gwinnutt of Northwood Cardiff completed on the acquisition of Morgans Cardiff.King Woolley Milton Ward Morgans Cardiff Belvoir Group Northwood January 31, 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 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 » Agencies & People » Northwood completes on latest acquisition previous nextAgencies & PeopleNorthwood completes on latest acquisitionThe Negotiator31st January 20200298 Views
Share this article December 18, 2013 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Submarine USS Michigan Gets New Commander USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727) AT NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE BANGOR, WASH.The Gold Crew of guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) welcomed a new commanding officer as Capt. Benjamin Pearson relieved Capt. Robert James during a ceremony at the Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Chapel, Dec. 17.James, who assumed command of the Gold Crew in Nov. 2011, participated in overseas exercises with foreign militaries and took the ship from a dry dock maintenance period to once again being a forward-deployed asset.“I think we can all learn something about the institution of command from commanders like Bob James,” said Capt. Charles Logan, commander of Submarine Squadron 19. I would ask officers that are in their first command tour to consider the path taken by Bob and Ben both for the significant challenge of this job as an SSGN CO, but also the sheer joy of serving with a crew like Michigan Gold and the significant satisfaction attained by completing such a challenging tour filled with achievement.”James spoke of Michigan Gold Crew’s successes and memorable moments during his command tour.“It is the crew that deserves all of the credit,” said James. “Something I recognized way back when I started this path was that for me to be successful I needed to build teams and build up people so they are successful. Thereby I will be successful, and I can say that you all definitely fulfilled that. You are the reason I am successful.”As his last official act as CO James meritoriously advanced two of his Sailors under the command advancement program (CAP), one to petty officer 1st class and the other to petty officer 2nd class.“I’ve learned a lot of great things from the captain and after almost 13 years of this, I can’t say I’ve worked for a better one,” said the newly advanced Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Vernon Deschene. “Being capped took me by surprise. There were a lot of really deserving people and I’m just very honored, excited, and happy. I thank Captain James for everything he has done, and I wish him the best of luck.”Pearson comes to Michigan Gold from the Chief of Naval Operations staff, where he served as Branch Head for Plans, Liaison, and Assessment for the Director of Undersea Warfare.“I am excited to take over as your commanding officer,” said Pearson to his crew. “We have an amazing ship that provides the nation with a huge arsenal of weapons at our disposal. We owe it to our country to be ready when needed and my goal is to ensure we are in fighting shape as we complete our training cycle and deploy to the Western Pacific.”SSGNs provide the Navy with an unprecedented combination of strike and special operation mission capabilities within a stealthy, clandestine platform. Armed with tactical missiles and equipped with superior communications capabilities, SSGNs are capable of directly support dozens of Special Operation Forces.[mappress]Press Release, December 18, 2013; Image: Navy Submarine USS Michigan Gets New Commander
Oxford University dons are reported to be working with the OCR exam board as part of an overhaul of A-Level examinations. Education Secretary Michael Gove has put forward reforms aiming to transform a system that critics say has become “discredited.” One of his main proposals is greater involvement of university academics in the A-level system. No information is yet available as to specific dons who might be involved.The Oxford University Press Office told Cherwell, “If an exam board were to approach an individual academic from Oxford University about the design of syllabuses and assessments, it would be up to that individual to decide whether or not they got involved. We do not know which academics at Oxford might be considered, or indeed whether any have been approached as yet, by the exam board.” The spokesperson added that it was too early to say what effect this program might have on A-Level results or on university admissions. Alan Bowman, Senior Tutor at Brasenose, said that he was not aware of the details of the proposals but that if asked he would decline to be involved.Simon Lebus, the chief executive of Cambridge Assessment, which owns OCR, said, “If university academics set the content of A-levels, the state could greatly reduce its role in setting exam standards. This would return A-levels to their original role as the key filter for university entrance, guaranteeing that school-leavers arrive at university with the academic knowledge they will need to succeed in university courses.”One Classics and English student said she thought the proposals could be beneficial, commenting, “I think there’s quite a big disparity between what universities expect three As to represent, and what they actually do. I think lots of people I know who got three As would struggle at the top universities.”
To begin the 2019-2020 school year, the Ocean City School District has introduced the district-wide initiative known as “We Rock.”The vision of “We Rock” is to empower school faculty, empower students and empower the community, the district said in a press release.“We Rock” was created in late June when Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Taylor gathered a group of leading teachers, including past teachers of the year, and asked them to develop a program of empowerment.It would start with the focus on their fellow staff members and eventually spread to the students and then to the community.“This program is about reconnecting with humanity, learning to listen, teacher wellness, and building emotional intelligence throughout our district and community,” Dr. Taylor said in the release. “The ability for teachers and students to share their stories amongst their peers and create an environment celebrating the empowerment of each other is our ultimate goal.”In October of this year, the goal is to have every interested primary, intermediate and high school student paint their own rock and display them in the buildings for all to see. The rocks will be placed around the schools as silent reminders of the important messages they hold.The Ocean City school district will feature the “We Rock” initiative on Mondays of the month.“This initiative aims to build school and community pride, bridge cooperation and camaraderie between our three schools and the community and finally to help our students and employees realize they matter,” said Primary School teacher Carrie Merritt. “I truly hope that the ‘We Rock’ project allows for all of our staff and students to really take a moment and celebrate who he or she is and for our Ocean City community to have the opportunity to see that the Ocean City School District does indeed rock.”On the first Monday of each month, faculty and staff will wear their new “We Rock” apparel and will participate in wellness and programming for teachers and students. This initiative will also be spread to the outer school community.As a community member, if you would like to get involved, contact Carrie Merritt at [email protected] Funds and resources will benefit upcoming projects and initiatives. The “We Rock” initiative in the school district is designed to help students and faculty celebrate who they are.
By Dialogo February 14, 2012 On February 9, a group of 73 undocumented Central American immigrants, including 18 minors, was rescued from three buildings where they were being held in Mexico, near the border with the United States, the Mexican Secretariat of Defense announced. The immigrants were identified by the secretariat as “Central American nationals.” Four people who were responsible for guarding them were arrested and were to be turned over to the judicial authorities. AFP attempted to learn the nationality of the immigrants or details about those arrested, but the secretariat referred inquiries to the text of the statement, which indicated that the rescue operation “was executed in a coordinated way, simultaneously, and with surprise.” In 2010, also in Tamaulipas, the corpses of 72 undocumented migrants from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil and Ecuador, were found murdered after refusing to work for the Los Zetas cartel, according to testimony by a survivor. According to Mexican Government figures, around 140,000 immigrants, the majority of them from Central America, cross the country annually en route to the United States, although non-governmental organizations raise that figure to around 400,000. In Mexico, undocumented migrants are targets of extortion, robbery, abuse, and murder at the hands of organized crime. In some cases, official complicity has been reported.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » This week, NAFCU heard from many credit unions who received a letter from Progressive Insurance asking the credit union to fill out and return an IRS Form W-9. Many credit unions have asked us why this letter was being sent, if the credit union needs to do this, and similar concerns. While tax law is quite technical and complex, so somewhat outside the scope of our expertise, Progressive’s letter indicates their request is driven by a January 1, 2019 requirement under the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).As background, FATCA was passed into law in March 2010 and requires backup withholding for certain kinds of payments. FATCA has a large impact on foreign financial institutions and nonfinancial foreign entities. Many credit unions are familiar with the W8-BEN form and other FACTA-related requirements. For example, FATCA also requires U.S. institutions to withhold tax on certain payments to foreign financial institutions (FFIs) that do not report information to the IRS regarding their U.S. accounts. U.S. withholding agents must also withhold tax on certain payments to nonfinancial foreign entities (NFFE) that do not provide information on their substantial U.S. owners. So what does this have to do with Progressive’s letter?As far as upcoming deadlines, from what we can gather, effective January 1, 2019, a 30% withholding tax will apply to “gross proceeds from the sale or other disposition” of any property that produces certain covered income. This applies to certain individuals when payments are made to some non-US financial institutions – generally for non-US financial institutions who are not from a country with an “intergovernmental agreement.”
In the latest move in a long-running back and forth, the American Bankers Association has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the National Credit Union Association’s new field of membership (FOM) rule.“What the ABA has done is petition the Supreme Court to hear the case. We will know in around six weeks whether the supreme court is going to hear the case. Statistically, they only grant about 1 or 2% of these petitions. If they deny the petition, the bankers challenge on these issues is over. If they grant the petition, there will be briefs and oral argument and it will likely be several months before there is a supreme court decision.” says Bob Fenner former counsel of the NCUA.In December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a rehearing en banc of the case between the ABA and NCUA. That ruling briefly seemed to bring what had been a three-year legal saga over the FOM expansion rule to a close, however, an appeal seemed likely.The argument at the center of the case continues to be the NCUA’s rule’s regarding Well-Defined Local Communities and, in particular, a provision allowing credit unions to serve Combined Statistical Areas of up to 2.5 million people and rural districts with up to one million people. The Appeals Court ruling upheld the NCUA’s right to define the terms of these FOM rules. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man allegedly killed hit 43-year-old girlfriend and her 17-year-old daughter before committing suicide in Wading River on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.Riverhead Town Police were called to a 12th Street home after a resident called 911 to report a shooting, but when police entered the home, they found three people dead from gunshot wounds at 10 p.m., authorities said.Thomas Calhoun, 44, was identified as the alleged gunman. Police said he fatally shot his girlfriend, Tanya Lawrence, and her daughter, Danielle Lawrence, before turning his gun on himself. All three were residents of the homeHomicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6392.
Home-sharing startup Airbnb on Wednesday said it has confidentially filed with US regulators for an initial public offering.The number of shares and price has yet to be determined, according to the San Francisco-based company.The move comes as the travel industry suffers an economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic amid slowdowns in tourism. “Eventually, the market will reflect the unemployment. So better to IPO before things get really bad and they have to wait a few years.”Airbnb has been working with local authorities, charities and tourist agencies to entice potential visitors and stimulate economic activity.”The travel industry, including Airbnb has been hit hard by COVID-19 and there will continue to be tremendous uncertainty,” the company said in a June blog post.”But, our booking data shows that travel is beginning to bounce back.”Earlier this year the company slashed a quarter of its workforce — around 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry.The cuts were needed for the company to survive until people started traveling again, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post at the time.The company recently announced new cleaning “protocols” to reassure travelers. Airbnb last week began testing in Britain, France and Spain a ban on people younger than 25 with fewer than three positive ratings from renting entire homes close to where they live to avoid them being used for big parties.It followed similar measures in the United States and Canada, and a strengthening of an Airbnb ban on gatherings that violate public health mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Airbnb began cracking down last year as rowdy parties were causing problems with neighbors, and the coronavirus pandemic ramped up concern about events where social distancing measures are flouted. Airbnb recently said it had seen bookings begin to “bounce back” and unveiled an initiative to promote short-range travel as pandemic restrictions ease.”It does look like people are a bit more comfortable going someplace and staying in a person’s house instead of a hotel,” said technology analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group.Chances that the US stock market could crater later this year due to unemployment and ebbing stimulus money was likely a factor in the decision by Airbnb to go public at a time when the travel industry is struggling, the analyst added.”Airbnb is moving now because the market is hot, people are staying at Airbnb properties, and the market could go south,” Enderle said. Topics :
By Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. – This Thursday night, July 3, motors will be cranked at Luxemburg Speedway and the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will earn $1,000. “We decided we wanted our drivers and fans to be able to spend the holiday with their families. We know a lot of the Luxemburg Speedway crowd enjoys the fireworks and family time,” said Gene Mathu, track promoter.This will be a regular point night in all five divisions. Racing goes green at 7 p.m. Pepsi, the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce and The 54 Run will be sponsoring the show. Benji LaCrosse won last Friday’s IMCA Modified feature and $2,500 after starting 20th. The winner on Thursday becomes a candidate for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot if not already vote eligible. Brandon Czarapata got back to his winning ways in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars last week. He was able to cut into the point lead of Rod Snellenberger by two and now trails by six points in his quest for a third straight title. Tracy Wassenberg visited from Shawano and then visited victory lane again in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He picked up his third win of the season. Andy Kleczka had a late race charge to second and increased his point lead. Derek Moede has a four-point cushion over Dan Van Pay. There are five drivers within eight marks. Marcus Moede was the highest finishing IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock in Friday night’s challenge race.