Major regional estate agency joins Hunters franchise family

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Major regional estate agency joins Hunters franchise family previous nextAgencies & PeopleMajor regional estate agency joins Hunters franchise familyThe Cumberland estate agency was formerly owned by its eponymous parent building society but has now been sold to its management and is to be a hub-based business.Nigel Lewis9th October 20190979 Views A leading building society in Cumbria has announced that its 10-branch estate agency business has been sold to its management, which is to rebrand the business under the Hunters flag.Until now all ten branches have been based jointly in premises shared with The Cumberland building society and operated separately with a management team headed up for the past three years by managing director Graeme Macleod (main picture, right). The business claims to sell the most homes in the region.He has now bought the 30-year-old business off The Cumberland and, The Negotiator understands, plans to operate the business across its existing territories of Cumbria, South West Scotland and Lancaster out of a central hub in Carlisle.Core focusCumberland building society says the deal is part of a move to concentrate on its core activities.“For the building society, this allows us to focus more on serving the people and businesses of our region in our main areas of mortgages, savings and current accounts,” says The Cumberland’s CEO Des Moore (main picture, left).“It gives the estate agency the opportunity to benefit from the resource and expertise offered by the Hunters group.”The deal opens up new areas of the UK to Hunters and in an instant makes it the region’s largest estate agent by size of listings. Existing Cumberland staff will transfer to the Hunters branded business which is to be supported by the building society for an agreed period of time following the management buyout.Macleod is to become a Hunters franchise holder for his three existing territories which include operations in Barrow, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Dumfries, Kendal, Lancaster, Penrith, Preston, Whitehaven and Workington.“This is a really positive development for this business and the region,” says Macleod.“Becoming part of a respected national brand will enable us to deliver an even better service to our customers through being able to access better technology and best practice – such as training and marketing support – from a larger estate agency group.”The Cumberland Graeme Macleod Hunters October 9, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Commanding Officer of USS Boise Receives Leadership Award

first_img Commanding Officer of USS Boise Receives Leadership Award The commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764), was selected as the U.S. Fleet Forces Command winner of the 2012 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership award, Sept. 17.Cmdr. Brian Sittlow‘s recognition was announced via a Chief of Naval Operations Naval Administration message released by Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, chief of naval personnel who also serves concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1).“The 2012 winners were chosen from among 10 outstanding finalists in a review process that included screening at the Fleet Commander level and final selection by a board of senior officers,” said Van Buskirk. “Cmdr. Sittlow, as well as all of the nominees, should be justifiably proud of his achievements. He demonstrated the highest level of leadership reflecting the legacy of Vice Adm. Stockdale.”Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces (SUBFOR), echoed Van Buskirk’s sentiment.“The most important characteristic of a great leader is one that unifies a diverse set of skills and personalities into a single cohesive unit,” said Connor. “I would say Cmdr. Sittlow does this every moment of the day. He is one who transforms himself to what is required for a mission and empowers his crew to perform as one.”The Stockdale Leadership is an annual award established by the Navy more than three decades ago in honor of Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient who epitomized the very essence of leadership during his nearly eight years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. During that time, Stockdale relied upon his five, self-defined roles of leadership – moralist, jurist, teacher, steward and philosopher – to help himself and a group of about 11 others, survive the camp.Stockdale’s distinguished naval career symbolizes the highest standards of excellence in both personal character, example and leadership. The award is presented to two commissioned officers, one each from the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, who are on active duty below the grade of captain who are in command of a single ship, submarine, aviation squadron, or operational warfare unit, and who best exemplifies the five criteria of inspirational leadership.A native of Roberts, Wis., Sittlow became the Boise’s ninth commanding officer when assumed command, Jan. 22, 2010. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2009 from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.Previous sea assignments have been onboard the Sturgeon-class attack submarine USS Archerfish (SSN 678), homeported in Groton, Conn., where he served in various division officer positions in completing two Mediterranean Sea deployments and an Arctic Ocean deployment. He served as the operations officer for several military and civilian sponsored missions assigned from 1997 to 1999 onboard the Deep Submergence Vessel NR-1, which was a unique U.S. Navy nuclear-powered ocean engineering and research submarine, homeported in Groton, Conn. While assigned on NR-1 he completed a North Atlantic deployment. “Brian served under me aboard Submarine NR-1, at the time the nation’s only nuclear deep submergence asset,” said Capt. William Merz, SUBFOR chief of staff. “He ran the operations on the support ship and was my voice for all of the command’s activities while I was on the sea floor – in essence, he was often more the commanding officer more than I was. His unflappable demeanor, tactical brilliance, combined with tremendous compassion for his Sailors, epitomized the much sought after qualities of our most valued leaders – his men immediately rally around his leadership, his superiors immediately listen to his advice. Cmdr. Sittlow has these characteristics naturally and I would have been surprised if he was not selected. He is and has always been one of our best and I could not be more proud of his accomplishments.”After leaving NR-1, Sittlow reported to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) (Blue Crew), homeported in Bangor, Wash., where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols as the submarine’s Navigation Officer. In 2007, Sittlow became the executive officer onboard the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774), homeported in Groton, Conn., completing first-of-class operational and technical evaluations during his tour.Before being assigned as the operations officer at Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 12, homebased in Groton, Conn, Sittlow was the first American to complete the Norwegian Submarine Command “Perisher” Course in 2004.“Cmdr. Sittlow is truly a leader in the mold of Vice Adm. James Stockdale,” said Capt. Eugene P. Sievers, commander, Submarine Squadron 6, and Sittlow’s immediate superior in command (ISIC). “He has invested his team on USS Boise, and they have responded with an impressive record of accomplishments including a Squadron Battle “E,” the 2010 Battenburg Cup and two highly successful deployments to the European Theater. All are a testament to his extraordinary leadership. He would give all credit to his men, but it has been his vision and calm presence that has been integral to their every success.”Candidates must be nominated by their peers, who themselves must be eligible for the award. Sittlow was nominated by Cmdr. Seth Burton, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756), also homeported in Norfolk, Va.“Cmdr. Sittlow embodies all personal aspects for the Stockdale Leadership Award and USS Boise’s numerous accomplishments and readiness to conduct deployed operations are a direct result of his dedicated leadership initiatives,” said Burton in his nomination letter. “I have observed his calm but inspirational leadership and stalwart dedication to constant improvement across numerous lines of operation.“His crew’s dedication and achievements culminated in selection of Boise as the 2010 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Battenberg Cup winner for the best ship in the Atlantic Fleet. Cmdr. Sittlow’s leadership abilities and professional excellence are in perfect synchronization with the motto of the ship he commands: “A One Ship Fleet!”During the past year, Boise has successfully executed every major ship’s inspection and certified for overseas deployment. Sittlow’s direct approach to the professional development of his crew contributed to an unprecedented advancement of 51 first class, second class, and third class petty officers; promotion of one master chief and his selection for CMDCM; the selection of three senior chiefs and four chiefs; two qualifications for chief of the boat (COB); two qualifications for Engineering Department master chief (EDMC); and one qualification for Submarine Command.“Cmdr. Sittlow’s leadership approach can be summed up in three words, “Focused on People,” said Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Flaherty, who served as the Boise navigator and operations officer under Sittlow from January 2010 to February 2011, and is currently the SUBFOR flag aide.“Boise crew members and especially their families were always his number one priority. Cmdr. Sittlow continuously stressed the importance of Boise’s Family Readiness Group and he relentlessly communicated with the group on a regular basis.“As a result of his dedicated focus on families, Boise completed a deployment to the European theater in 2010 with no lost time on station due to HUMEVACs, MEDEVACs, or personnel issues. This is almost unheard of nowadays. He has an uncanny ability to sort through the chaff and prioritize the mission at hand. His mantra was to always ‘keep the main thing the main thing.’ Cmdr. Sittlow was completely dedicated to training his young Sailors and officers. Above and beyond the mission, he always stressed the importance of building depth on the ship and in the submarine force. He was laser focused on providing his junior officers and Sailors the tools necessary to succeed at the next level.“Cmdr Sittlow’s hands-on deckplate leadership and mentoring combined with his strategic vision are his greatest attributes. His confident, yet humble approach to leading the Boise crew helped each Sailor grow and feel empowered to make decisions and take decisive action. Cmdr. Sittlow started each week by preaching that ‘Submarining is the ultimate team sport.’ Boise is an unbeatable team and he is the ultimate coach.”Fast-attack submarines like Boise have multifaceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.Boise is homeported at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. Nicknamed “A One Ship Fleet,” Boise is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Idaho’s capital city. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Boise was commissioned, Nov. 7, 1992. The 360-foot ship has a crew compliment of 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 24, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Commanding View post tag: award Authorities September 24, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Commanding Officer of USS Boise Receives Leadership Award View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: USS View post tag: Boise View post tag: Officer View post tag: Leadership View post tag: receives View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Jack Henry Gates Laundry Celebrates First Anniversary

first_imgJack Henry Gates Laundry Celebrates First AnniversaryNOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA It’s a special day for a local non-profit in Evansville. Jack Henry Gates Laundry is celebrating its first anniversary. This is a place where people can do their laundry for free with special coins. It’s located on East Columbia Street. To thank the community, the organization handed out 200 turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. They also grilled hot dogs along with chips and drinks.It’s a special day for a local non-profit in Evansville. Jack Henry Gates Laundry is celebrating its first anniversary. This is a place where people can do their laundry for free with special coins. It’s located on East Columbia Street. To thank the community, the organization handed out 200 turkeys on a first-come, first-served basis. They also grilled hot dogs along with chips and drinks.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sifting Sands Refurbishes Facilities

first_imgWorkers sandblast the iconic neon sign of the Sifting Sands Motel on 9th St. Much has been said and written about Ocean City’s efforts to spruce up its main gateway on 9th St.Most of those efforts have centered on the acquisition and cleanup of former gas stations and other properties which had become blighted and created an eyesore first impression for visitors.A public survey on what to do with 9th St. revealed 86 percent of the 191 respondents favored the creation of green space such as parks, seating areas and the like.  Other suggested uses included areas for biking and creating much-needed additional parking.While the lion’s share of the attention has been paid to this work, a landmark 9th St. Motel is getting into the beautification act as well. It is currently undergoing a major facelift.The Sifting Sands Motel at 840 Ocean Ave. (9th and Ocean) is currently being restored to the look of its 1950s and 60s glory days.Workers were seen recently sandblasting the iconic Sifting Sands neon sign atop the roof of the property.The street view of the Sifting Sands Motel, which is undergoing major repairs and beautification.An employee told OCNJ Daily the sign was being repaired and restored as closely as possible to its original colors and look.“The city does not allow the installation of new rooftop signs,” he said, “but we are permitted to keep this one and fix it. That sign is a big part of how people identify the property and we are excited about the prospect of a refurbished sign.”The Motel, which is also a condominium with units currently for sale, includes a heated outdoor pool, on-site parking and a laundry room, among other amenities. For more information, call the Motel at 399-1178 or visit the Sifting Sands Facebook page.A passerby paused to watch the work on the sign during a recent unseasonably warm day and gave his approval.“It’s nice to see they are fixing it, because it’s kind of a landmark. That’s a cool sign,” he said.last_img read more

At HUBweek, ideas for living

first_imgVisionary scientists will discuss new research on therapies derived from stem cells that could help cure diabetes in the next decade. Prominent physicians will examine the many ways that medicine benefits from both the study and the practice of music and the arts. And a celebrated political philosopher will lead a discussion panel about the future of democracy.These creative thinkers will be among the featured participants in HUBweek, the civic festival of ideas and innovation that returns to Boston on Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 1 for its second year.Harvard is one of HUBweek’s founders, along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The week aims to celebrate the interplay of science, technology, arts, and ethics by showcasing scholars and their cutting-edge research in public forums, discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and lectures.“Harvard’s legacy as a leading research and educational institution means that we are equipped not only to innovate, but to create, to connect, and to solve,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber. “Boston and Cambridge are communities that support that work by fostering opportunities to convene and collaborate, and we are excited that HUBweek will further advance that tradition. From using technology to strengthen communities to using music to improve medicine, HUBweek at Harvard will showcase the ways in which we interact to improve and innovate in the communities we share.”Harvard will host 14 of the 100-plus events, including the acclaimed Faneuil Forum with Michael Sandel, Harvard’s Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government. Last year, close to 1,000 people packed Faneuil Hall for a lively discussion led by Sandel about ethics and new technologies. This year, Faneuil Forum will be held on Sept. 26, hours before the first scheduled presidential debate. Sandel will lead a discussion on the future of democracy as the nation dives deeper into election season.Known inside and outside Harvard for his course “Justice,” in which he poses moral questions that stir discussion of civic values, Sandel will lead the audience in a debate around issues such as whether it is just to tax the rich to help the poor and whether rich countries have the right to restrict immigration.Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel will reprise his 2015 forum as part of this year’s HUBweek at Faneuil Hall. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe week’s schedule also will feature a day of panels and presentations around the Emerging Worlds of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) that showcase the emerging changes in the way that people can look at the world.The event will feature 25 ventures at the Harvard Innovation Labs (i-lab), which will sponsor the session. The fast-growing field cuts across disciplines and industries as varied as education, sports, retail, and science.Jodi Goldstein, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, hopes the panel will foster fresh ideas on how to use virtual and augmented reality technologies in different fields. Some Harvard professors already are using virtual reality in their classrooms, she said.‘As a scientist, if you don’t understand the humanities and the ethics behind them, you can’t be creative. We want people to understand how important it is to be balanced.’ — Lisa Wong“We want to inspire and educate the community,” she said. “If people are trying to bring Shakespeare to life in an innovative way, if they’re trying to solve problems in the developing world in terms of delivering health care, we’d like them to think about using virtual and augmented reality within whatever innovation they’re considering.”Stem cell research and its broad impact in gene therapy and precision medicine will also be featured during a three-part series that will examine the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine. The talks — “Ageless Aging,” “A Quantum Leap in Diabetes Treatment,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Patient!” — center around stem cell use in technology, in therapy, and as a tool to understand and treat degenerative diseases.“Stem cells open a window on diseases, treatment, and aging,” said Brock Reeve, the executive director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI).Panelists will share their latest research in diabetes treatment, which could lead to a cure that restores the body’s own ability to produce insulin. One group of scientists will talk about how they’re building human organs in miniature to advance medical research; another will share tips on how to live to be a healthy and happy centenarian. Sandel debuts BBC show in tandem with HBX Live Related “The more we understand about how stem cells behave and how our bodies repair, especially when they are young and they lose that ability over time, the more that gives us a whole new window into aging,” said Reeve.Harvard Innovation Lab Director Jodi Goldstein hopes this year’s HUBweek panel will foster fresh ideas on how to use virtual and augmented reality technologies in different fields. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerTo showcase the junctures between medicine and the arts, and the benefits that those intersections can elicit, there will be a series of events organized by a group of local physicians who are also musicians, writers, and artists.From “Michelangelo to Van Gogh: Connecting Medicine and Disease to Art and Artists” to “Leadership: Finding Your Voice in Music & Medicine” to “Mozart to Aerosmith: Connecting Medicine and the Performing Arts,” the talks highlight how medicine and art go hand in hand, said Lisa Wong, M.D. ’79, an MGH pediatrician and founding director of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.“Art and science are part of each other,” said Wong. “Both of them inform each other. As a scientist, if you don’t understand the humanities and the ethics behind them, you can’t be creative. We want people to understand how important it is to be balanced. Science informs our music, and our music informs our medicine.”Another HUBweek session will feature the Biopolis program, a transnational effort between Boston and Paris that uses biological principles to engage citizens in coming up with ideas to foster better cities, demonstrating ways in which technological innovations can be used to improve urban living.“There are really creative ways in which biology can be applied to the problems of urban living,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and faculty director of HarvardX.Titled “The Biopolis: Creative New Ideas for a Smarter City,” the event aims to generate ideas that could be put into practice in Boston and Paris. “In a way, it’s almost like a hackathon,” said Lue, “where folks come together to look at problems and brainstorm about what’s the most exciting way of going forward.”The expectations for events at Harvard, and others throughout Greater Boston organized by HUBweek partners, are high as organizers and attendees look forward to collaborating around big ideas and deep thinking about issues that matter.“We want to be an inspiration for innovation,” said Goldstein. “If we can bring the community together in a meaningful way so that people can make connections, we can augment the value of what’s going to happen.”SaveSave ‘The Global Philosopher’last_img read more

Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement policy failed, study finds

first_img Read Full Story A work requirement policy imposed by the state of Arkansas on Medicaid participants failed to achieve its stated goal of boosting employment, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Instead, the policy harmed health care coverage and access, the study found.Under Arkansas’ requirements, which were implemented in the summer of 2018, adults ages 30–49 had to work 20 hours a week, participate in “community engagement” activities, or qualify for an exemption to maintain coverage. A federal judge paused the program in April 2019, but 18,000 adults had already lost Medicaid coverage as a result.For the study, which was published in Health Affairs and discussed in a KATV news segment on Sept. 10, researchers led by Benjamin Sommers, professor of health policy and economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, analyzed data collected through telephone surveys with 2,706 low-income adults in Arkansas and three control states.The researchers found that people who lost their coverage experienced adverse consequences and economic hardship. The study showed that 50 percent reported serious problems paying off medical debt, 56 percent delayed care because of cost, and 64 percent delayed taking medications because of cost.last_img read more

5 credit assumptions you’ve got all wrong

first_imgby: Lindsay KonskoLet’s face it: When it comes to credit and credit scoring, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. As a result, a lot of folks make assumptions about their credit that are just plain wrong. Here are 5 common examples of false credit assumptions, and the truth behind each one:1. Paying a late fee means you won’t get reported to the credit bureaus.If you slip up and pay a bill late, getting hit with a late fee probably seems like punishment enough. After all, forking over an extra $25-$35 for your forgetfulness feels like a sufficient slap on the wrist.But if your payment is more than 30 days overdue, you should expect a negative mark to land on your credit reports, regardless of whether or not you’ve coughed up a late fee. This one-two punch is a good reason to prioritize paying on time – if you don’t, it could be costly in a number of ways.2. Your credit utilization ratio is 0% if you pay your balance in full each month.Paying off your credit card in full each month is a good habit to get into. But as you’re patting yourself on the back for avoiding interest charges, don’t forget to remain diligent about keeping track of your credit utilization ratio. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Calf Watch: A baby giraffe could be on its way at Animal Adventure Park

first_imgApril the Giraffe, who also lives at Animal Adventure Park, gave birth to Tajiri the calf in 2017. The park says it will provide weekly updates on Fridays at 11 a.m. on the possibility of a calf being born. HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (WBNG) — There could be a baby giraffe at Animal Adventure Park soon. Additionally, you can check out the park’s giraffe cam by clicking here. On its Facebook page, the park said Johari the giraffe may be pregnant with a calf. So far, the park says testing has been inconclusive but there is some physical and behavioral evidence that may suggest she is.last_img read more

Churches turn to livestreaming, suspend activities to support social distancing

first_imgOn Saturday afternoon, Stefania Fanya Magis, her older sister and their two parents put on their best outfits as if they were going to their local church.This time, however, they went to Stefania’s sister’s apartment in Depok, West Java. They set up a table in the middle of her apartment, opened a laptop and tuned on a livestream of a Mass held by the Jakarta Cathedral.As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increases across the country, especially in Greater Jakarta, authorities have urged people to maintain social distance and avoid large public events, including religious gatherings. “My parents, aunts and grandparents are in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Nothing like this [pandemic and suspension of public life] has ever happened before in their lives,” she said.However, Stefania was relieved that the online Mass was available.“There is nothing good in praying and asking God for safety and health while we ourselves are putting others at risk [by attending large religious gatherings],” she said.In the online Mass, communion cannot be given directly to congregants. The church instead offers an online communion prayer, Stefania said.“However, even with these adjustments, I feel like I am encouraged to be more disciplined in my devotion to God through prayer,” she said.Under normal circumstances, Stefani’s family regularly goes to the Santo Markus Catholic Church in Depok, as they live within the parish, while Stefania frequents the Saint Theresia Catholic Church in Menteng, Central Jakarta, for choir practice.“We prefer the online Sunday mass provided by the [Jakarta] Cathedral because they are the most ready. They started streaming last week while other churches were still providing on-site services,” she said.Budi Komala, a 30-year-old freelancer and photographer, listened carefully to the Jakarta Cathedral’s livestreamed Mass on its YouTube channel with his wife and toddler at their home in Tangerang, Banten, on Saturday.“During the first few minutes of the Mass, I was amazed by how technology could help in situations like this. I never expected myself to turn to online Mass from home,” Budi said.He said that church officials had prepared the online Mass well enough, although he still felt something was missing.“I am a little sad to be honest, especially during the communion. We cannot directly receive it like we usually do at church,” he said.As of Sunday, Indonesia had confirmed 514 cases of COVID-19 and 48 deaths.Instead of enforcing lockdowns in the country to curb the virus, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered mass testing.On Friday, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a state of emergency in the capital, limiting public transportation and urging offices to suspend operation for 14 days as of Monday.The city has also suspended mass prayers in places of worship for two weeks, including Friday prayer at mosques, Sunday services at churches and the upcoming ceremonies commemorating Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence).In Surakarta, which had recorded 11 confirmed cases and three deaths as of Saturday, a number of Catholic churches, including the city’s largest church, Santo Antonius Purbayan, provided their Sunday Masses online to comply with instructions given by Semarang Archdiocese vicar-general Robertus Rubiyatmoko on Thursday to suspend all religious services involving large crowds.”This Sunday we relied on online streaming by the Semarang Archdiocese. Next week, we will broadcast our own Sunday mass,” priest Stefanus Bagus Aris Rudiyanto of Santo Antonius Purbayan said. “Religious activities often attract large crowds. It’s better for us to suspend church activities at least until Friday, April 3.”Some Protestant and Pentecostal churches in Surakarta are using Youtube channels or Instagram accounts to broadcast their Sunday services.Amboina Diocese, covering the Maluku and North Maluku provinces, has canceled all Sunday Masses and diocese activities until April 4. The Jakarta Archdiocese has ordered the suspension of most on-site church services in the city from March 20 to April 2. The weekly and daily services will instead be offered via livestream.Stefani was well aware that drastic measures, including those related to religious observation, were instrumental to prevent contagion, but she said most elderly people around her were not.Many of them kept asking what was happening and why they had to alter the tradition. Some were anxious about the adjustments to the services, Stefani said.“During the livestream, my mother cried, asking ‘Why must this happen?’ I was speechless and couldn’t answer her question,” Stefania told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.center_img – Ganug Nugroho Adi and Belseran Christ contributed to this story from Surakarta and Ambon.Topics :last_img read more

Lockdown snacking, mood boosters and ethical schemes: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to confectionery

first_imgBrits have been munching regularly on chocolate during lockdown, with many finding it a vital way to lift their mood. But the nation is also getting more discerning, with health factors – such as portion size and cocoa content – and ethics also playing a part in buying habits,This research was commissioned by The Grocer and carried out by Harris Interactive independently from Mondelez International.Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to confectionery Overall, Brits are pretty aware of how much confectionery they are eating. Nine in 10 Brits said they tried to control their portion size to some extent when chomping on confectionery. While a quarter said they always exercised control, 44% said that was mostly the case and 20% said it was sometimes the case.There were some demographic differences. A third of Londoners said they always controlled their portions, a figure that fell to 22% in the north east and the Midlands.Older consumers also emerged as more aware of portion sizes. Among the 55+ age group, 32% said they always sought to control portions. By contrast, only 18% of the 18 to 24-year-old age group said the same.7. Portion-controlled chocolate appeals particularly to younger consumers 1. More than one in 10 Brits ate confectionery daily in lockdown Young people may love chocolate, but they know the power of moderation. Six in 10 18 to 24-year-olds said they would definitely or probably buy portion-controlled bars. That compared with 51% of the overall sample and 41% of over-55s.As would be expected, these portion-controlled products particularly appeal to the healthy eating crowd. Among those who are very concerned with healthy eating, 73% said they would definitely or probably be interested in these products. That fell to 28% among those who were not that concerned. Women were also slightly more interested in portion-controlled bars than men.8. Four in 10 health-concerned consumers always read the nutritional information on chocolate Small chocolate bars had the highest appeal during lockdown. Overall, a third of Brits said they had eaten more single bars during this time, while a quarter said they had enjoyed a higher number of large bars.Sharing bags were also a popular choice as the nation spent more time on their sofas. And gifting boxes saw the lowest uplift as fewer large gatherings took place.“It’s clear from the survey that single confectionery bars are still a crucial foundation of the category,” says Nash of Mondelez. “Although we’ve seen some consumers shift some of their purchases of singles into multipacks, the results clearly show the importance of single portion bars.”4. Dark chocolate is more popular among health-concerned Brits Brits are getting used to checking nutritional information on all food and drink, including confectionery. Overall, 70% of respondents say they look at the nutritional labelling on chocolate to some extent. While 14% said they always check, 24% do most of the time, and 32% check sometimes.Healthy eaters are particularly likely to analyse the nutritional information, as our chart shows. But that’s not the only demographic difference. Younger people are also more likely to scrutinise fat and sugar content. A sizeable 21% of 25 to 34-year-olds always check nutritional labelling, compared with 10% of the 55+ age group.9. The majority of Brits are concerned about the ethics of their chocolate This research was conducted by Harris Interactive. Harris Interactive simplifies complex decisions with critical consumer intelligence using our technology to underpin every step of your research.Find out more at,Downloads10 Charts_2020_Confectionery_Digital PDF (1)PDF, Size 0.35 mb,Mondelez International If you weren’t eating confectionery multiple times a week during lockdown, you were in a minority. Six in 10 Brits chomped on sweets or chocolate at least two times a week in the throes of the pandemic, our poll with Harris Interactive shows. And for 13%, that was a daily habit.Younger consumers were particularly prone to a sweet tooth over this period. A fifth of 25 to 34-year-olds said they had eaten confectionery every day since the beginning of lockdown. That compared with 10% of over-55s.Perhaps surprisingly, healthier consumers were most likely to indulge frequently. Nearly a fifth of Brits who said they were very concerned about healthy eating ate confectionery every day.2. Younger shoppers have particularly upped consumption Dark chocolate has been steadily growing in popularity. As Brits become ever more aware of its benefits – a higher cacao content, typically lower sugar content and many naturally vegan options – sales have climbed accordingly.Those healthier connotations have made dark chocolate particularly appealing to consumers who are concerned about healthy eating, as our chart shows.The research also highlights why dark chocolate tends to be marketed at older consumers. Dark chocolate has the highest appeal in the 55+ age group. Of these respondents, 32% said dark chocolate was their favourite type. By contrast, only 17% of 18 to 24-year olds said the same. Older shoppers tend to prefer a “higher cocoa hit”, says Nash.5. More than eight in 10 Brits say chocolate lifts their mood Young people were the most frequent consumers of confectionery during lockdown. But that wasn’t necessarily indicative of their typical habits. A sizeable 47% of 25 to 34-year-olds said they had upped their consumption in the pandemic. Only 22% of the over-55 age group said the same.Overall, 55% of shoppers said they ate roughly the same amount of confectionery during lockdown. Mondelez International says that reflects sales figures. “In fact, Kantar total market data actually points to a small decline in the total confectionery category, with value and volume sales down in the past 52 weeks across retail and out-of-home compared to the year before,” says trade communications manager Susan Nash.3. Chocolate bars were the most popular format in this period Taste isn’t the only factor that influences chocolate buying habits. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how their cocoa fix is produced. Overall, 57% of respondents said they were either very or quite concerned about the ethics of their chocolate. And only 11% were not at all concerned.There are some slight demographic differences here. While 60% of women said they were very or slightly concerned about ethics, that figure fell to 54% in men.Londoners also emerged as more ethically minded than the rest of the population. In the capital, 67% are concerned about ethics to some extent, compared with 52% in Yorkshire.10. Younger consumers are more likely to be swayed by ethical certification There’s a reason why we tend to reach for the chocolate when we’re feeling down. More than eight in 10 respondents said eating chocolate improved their mood to some extent. And three in 10 Brits say it ‘very much’ lifts their spirits.The psychological effect of chocolate is particularly pronounced among young people. Four in 10 of the 18 to 24-year-old age group said chocolate very much lifted their mood. Among the over-55s, that percentage halved to just 20%.Interestingly, healthy eaters also reported a stronger effect on their wellbeing. A staggering 48% of Brits who described themselves as very concerned with healthy eating said chocolate very much lifted their mood. That figure fell to 20% among those who were not that concerned or not at all concerned about healthy eating.There were also some slight geographical differences. In London, 37% reported feeling a strong psychological benefit – a figure that fell to 23% in the south west.And finally, it seems there is a grain of truth to the stereotype of women enjoying chocolate more than men. A sizeable 31% of women said chocolate very much lifted their mood. That figure was slightly lower among men at 27%.6. Londoners are most concerned about portion control Younger consumers are more preoccupied with the ethics of their chocolate. Indeed, 65% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they were very or quite concerned, compared with 48% of 55+ consumers.So it’s no surprise they also take greater heed of ethical certification schemes. More than three quarters of the youngest age group in our survey said ethical certification would very much or slightly influence their choice of chocolate – that’s 20 percentage points higher than the oldest age group.That influence can be significant. Nearly three in 10 18 to 24-year-olds said ethical certification would very much influence their choice of chocolate.last_img read more