Home » News » Agencies & People » Four Berkshire estate agencies named following CMA cartel investigation previous nextAgencies & PeopleFour Berkshire estate agencies named following CMA cartel investigationRegulator says its investigation uncovered evidence of price fixing by Michael Hardy, Prospect, Richard Worth and Romans.Nigel Lewis13th June 201903,061 Views The latest price-fixing cartel investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has completed its initial phase and named four estate agencies in Berkshire.These are Michael Hardy, Prospect, Richard Worth Ltd (in administration) and Romans all of which the CMA says its provisional findings reveal to have broken competition law.It says the estate agencies took part in a price-fixing cartel which set minimum levels of sales commission fees within their local market.The cartel also lasted for a shockingly extended period of time, beginning in 2007 and lasting until 2014.Each of the companies involved were found to have agreed minimum commission rates, exchanged confidential pricing information and held meetings during which they colluded to jointly enforce their fees system among themselves.Time to respondThe four companies now have the opportunity to respond to the provisional findings of the CMA investigation before a final announcement is made and any fines or voluntary directorship disqualifications are announced.“Everyone knows selling your home is expensive,” says Howard Cartlidge, Senior Director, Cartels at the CMA (left).“So it’s important that people should be able to shop around all of their local estate agents to make sure they are getting the best possible deal.“Estate agents who conspire to set minimum commission rates are cheating homeowners and breaking the law. Where we find evidence that this is happening, we will not hesitate to take action to protect people selling their home.”Today’s announcement is the third recent investigation by the CMA into estate agency cartels. It follows a similar cartel in Burnham on Sea, Somerset and, prior to that, an investigation into agents involved in the Three Counties Estate Agent Association cartel. estate agent pricing fixing estate agent cartel berkshire estate agent cartel berkshire estate agent price fixing CMA Romans CMA Michael Hardy CMA Prospect CMA Richard Worth Ltd cartel Romans cartel Michael Hardy cartel prospect cartel Richard Worth Ltd price fixing romans price fixing houses price fixing cartel Howard Cartlidge CMA Competition and Markets Authority June 13, 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 2021
“There are significant advantages to be gained by establishing a level playing field between alpha, smart beta and bulk beta investments, as well as by treating risk management as a source of value creation rather than only considering return generation.”Ford added: “In an increasing number of jurisdictions, our clients are asking us to augment their internal resources by taking on the responsibility for implementing part of or their entire portfolio through a delegated or outsourced CIO service.”Mansi was named European delegated CIO in 2011 as part of a move to establish a separate team for Towers Watson’s delegated business.It has since gone on to win clients including the Lafarge UK Pension Plan and the scheme for car manufacturer Jaguar. Towers Watson has promoted Chris Mansi, currently the consultancy’s European delegated CIO, to a global role in charge of all $60bn (€44.2bn) of delegated mandates.Mansi, who has been with the firm for 15 years, has been promoted alongside Craig Baker.Baker was previously global head of research at Towers Watson’s investment division, and has been named global CIO.Chris Ford, global head of investments, said the changes were about providing a competitive advantage to clients.
RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Nigeria Football Federation has moved to secure waiver for the Women’s U17 and U20 national teams camping ahead of their World Cup qualifiers.The NFF board revealed that it has written to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for a special waiver to call the girls to camp. The NFF added that it would await response from the Government before making any moves for the camping programme.However, the Executive Committee applauded the efforts of the Federal Government in combating the coronavirus pandemic that continues to be a source of sorrow and gnashing of teeth worldwide, but with noticeable decline in infection cases in Nigeria as a result of the untiring work of the Government, the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, all first responders and all other public health workers in the frontline who continue to sweat hard to ensure reduction in community transmission and in saving lives.Tags: ApprovalFootball CampNFFU17U20Women’s football
The PCN has slammed a N2 billion suit against the Police, Inspector General of Police (IG), National Security Adviser (NSA), Department of Security Services (DSS) and its Director-General and the Attorney General of Police (AGF) over the unlawful arrest and detention of its National Commandant, Akoh, and 49 others in an unlawful raid of the organisation headquarters in Abuja on February 28, 2017, by a combined team of police and the DSS.At the resumed trial yesterday, lead counsel for the applicants, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), in arguing the motion, urged the court to grant the prayers of the applicants. He said while the main question before the court is whether the first applicant is a legitimate organisation, the respondents in their various submissions had already conceded to this fact.Agabi said while the contention of the respondents seems to allege that the applicants are engaging in activities that are military or paramilitary in nature, they have however failed to substantiate their claims.He said it is based on the inability of the respondents to substantiate the claims that he is asking the court to grant the prayers of the applicants so that they can go about their legitimate business.Agabi made reference to various documents including judgements of competent courts recognising the PCN as a legitimate organisation.Responding, counsel to the first and second respondents, IG and the Nigerian Police respectively, David Ighodo, urged the court to dismiss the application on the grounds that the applicants are already facing a 90-count criminal charge before a brother judge at the Federal High Court.He said the fact that an organisation is registered does not give it the right to run afoul of the law. According to him, the PCN was registered as a non-governmental organisation but has since departed from its original mandate.Ighodo disclosed that part of the offences the federal government has slammed against the applicants borders on money laundering, operating private security guard as well as training of militia.He therefore urged the court to dismiss the application for lacking in merit and being purely academic, adding that the motion of the applicants was promised on the condition that they (PCN) do not commit an offence, whereas a 90-count criminal charge has been filed against them.Similarly, counsel to the third to sixth respondents, Oyin Koleosho, in urging the court to dismiss the application, argued that the arrest and detention of the applicants was lawful based on reasonable suspicion of committing an offence, adding that the applicants were not detained beyond the 48 hours stipulated by law.Koleosho arguing further, said the registration of the first applicant at the Corporate Affairs Commission did not show where it was entitled to engage in the recruitment of people, collection of fees, training activities and wearing of uniforms.He also urged the court to reject some exhibits tendered by the applicants on the grounds that they were not certified, and therefore cannot support the motion of the applicants.After listening to the submission of counsel in the matter, Justice Kolawole fixed July 6 for delivering of judgment.In the suit filed by a former AGF, Kanu Agabi (SAN), the plaintiffs are demanding a sum of N2billion as compensation for the embarrassment caused the PCN and its Incorporated Trustees by the arrest and detention of its personnel in a commando style by security operatives.Plaintiffs are asking the court to declare as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the arrest of Akoh and other officers of the Corps as well as the sealing up of its head office in Abuja and offices in the 36 states of the federation.They further asked the court to declare that under the 1999 constitution as amended, they have not committed any offence to warrant their arrest, detention and sealing up of their offices across the country as done by the defendants.Apart from the above reliefs, the plaintiffs asked the court to declare that the sealing up of their office headquarters in Abuja is illegal, unlawful, malicious and unconstitutional, having not committed any offence to warrant the unlawful invasion and seizure of property.Besides, the applicants are asking the court to declare that they are entitled to fundamental rights to acquire and own property, lawful assembly, freedom of movement, personal liberty and dignity of their human persons as guaranteed under sections 34, 35, 40, 41, and 43 of the 1999 constitution.The plaintiffs therefore applied for an order compelling the respondents to un-seal the headquarters of the PCN and its offices nationwide.They also asked the court to order the respondents to release property seized during their unlawful invasion of the applicantsâ€™ office and also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, their privies or agents from further sealing the applicantsâ€™ office and disrupting their activities, including its meetings and orientation of its members.They further asked the court for an order restraining the respondents perpetually from further harassing, intimidating, arresting and or detaining the applicants in the course of doing their legitimate duties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alex Enumah in AbujaJustice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday fixed July 6, 2017, for judgement in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit brought against the police and five others by the Incorporated Trustees of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) and its National Commandant, Dickson Akoh.Justice Kolawole fixed the date after taking arguments of counsel for and against the motion.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had four starters out of the lineup on a getaway day. With bags packed for Colorado and long-term thinking on the mind of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, the Dodgers sat Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez.Hyun-Jin Ryu provided a spark on the mound and at the plate, but relief pitcher Brian Wilson could not hold a lead in the eighth inning during the Dodgers’ 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon in front of an announced 50,199 at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers’ string of five consecutive series wins came to an end. They finished the homestand 4-3. The Dodgers held a 3-2 lead when Brian Wilson entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryu had not walked a batter in seven innings, but Wilson promptly walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. After Yan Gomes struck out, pinch hitter David Murphy delivered a game-tying RBI single to left field, and the runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error by Matt Kemp. Wilson intentionally walked Lonnie Chisenhall to load the bases with one out for Mike Aviles, who drove in two runs with a single to right field for a 5-3 Indians lead. J.P. Howell relieved Wilson for the final two outs.Kemp, who briefly bobbled the ball before deciding to throw it to a vacated third base instead of home, took the error hard.“I made a big mistake, I feel it was my fault we lost the game,” Kemp said. “I take responsibility. When I made the throw, I wanted to crawl into a hole.”Mattingly said he was not concerned with Wilson’s outing because the veteran reliever has pitched well lately. Scott Van Slyke hit a solo home run off reliever Scott Atchison in the bottom of the eighth to pull the Dodgers within 5-4. Ryu paced the Dodgers for seven innings. He went 2 for 2 with a double, drove in the Dodgers first run and allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.Ryu’s seven innings without a walk marked the Dodgers’ 36th consecutive game in which the starting pitcher has allowed two or fewer walks, tying the 2005 Minnesota Twins rotation for longest such streak since 1900.The Dodgers trailed 2-0 after a two-run home run by Ryan Raburn in the top of the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth inning, with Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera on second, Dodgers third baseman Miguel Rojas made a diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Michael Brantley, saving a run. Carlos Santana followed with a single to right field, but Scott Van Slyke threw it on one hop to catcher A.J. Ellis, who made the swiping tag on Cabrera’s back-door slide.The defensive gems seemed to spark the Dodgers offense, which was dormant to that point. In the bottom of the fifth, Rojas had a one-out single, then Ryu delivered a run-scoring double down the left-field line. Ryu went into the game batting .138 with one RBI. Dee Gordon and A.J. Ellis walked to load the bases with two outs for Andre Ethier, who delivered a two-run single to center field on a 2-2 fastball from Trevor Bauer to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.Mattingly said he was not frustrated with dropping the last game of the series because of the way the team played.“We battled back and got the lead, then battled again and put the winning run on second base,” Mattingly said. “I was happy with the effort.”Bauer (Hart High, UCLA), a local product making his Dodger Stadium debut, went 5 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Bryan Shaw earned the win, and Cody Allen recorded the last four outs to earn his eighth save.Former Indians closer Chris Perez threw a scoreless ninth for the Dodgers.Puig, Gonzalez, Ramirez and Uribe all entered the game in the late innings as pinch hitters. Ramirez walked with two outs and nobody on in the ninth before Ethier blooped a double off Allen down the left-field line to put runners on second and third. But Kemp flew out to the warning track in right-center to end the game.“I put a good swing on it, I just got under it,” Kemp said.Despite dropping the last two games of the series, Ethier said there is no frustration.“Three weeks ago you guys said we’re out of it,” Ethier said. “Now we’re one game out. Should we be down? No.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
29 April 2013Banyana Banyana central defender Janine van Wyk continues to be a trendsetter in women’s football development. Having set up her own JVW Girls School Soccer League a year ago, she has now bought a franchise in the Sasol League in which top performers from her school league feature.The captain of South Africa’s women’s football team founded the JVW Girls School Soccer league a year ago with the aim of giving school girls an opportunity to develop their careers in the game of football.The Mondeor-JVW Football Club is wholly made up of girls drawn up from the JVW Schools League and includes van Wyk herself, who moved from national champions Palace Super Falcons, where she was playing last season. Another top player in the side is Van Wyk’s Banyana teammate Robyn Moodaly.VisionThe Banyana Banyana defender said she left her former club and defending Sasol League champions Falcons to fulfil her vision of developing upcoming women footballers. She believes the club she started has created an excellent platform for younger players to achieve their ambition.“I decided to buy Mondeor because of the development structures they had in place already,” Van Wyk explained. “Since I have an interest in girls’ football development, this is an opportunity to give the young players something to work towards and realise their potential as footballers.“Playing in the Sasol League is a step in the right direction for this team and I also feel it can only enhance my performance in Banyana colours.‘Inspiration’“I have set myself on working harder as a player and [to] serve as an inspiration for the up-and-coming players within the team.“We have been playing well since the Sasol League season started, having played four games, losing two, drawing one and winning the other,” said van Wyk, who serves as a player/coach for the club.“I have several coaches who have been helping me in the club. That includes Lisa McAuliffe, a former player in the Irish Women’s League,” she added.ExampleBanyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza believes the robust Banyana defender has done well for herself as a player and is doing sterling work for younger players on the development front. He hopes that her example will encourage other former players to get involved with the development of women’s football in the country.“I am very happy that Janine has taken this great step. While she is still an active player, she is also looking at giving younger players opportunities to grow,” Mkhonza stated.“Coming from Super Falcons, a team that had star players, I don’t think playing for her new club will affect her performance as a national team player. She is a natural winner and will continue working harder, and at the same time guide and develop future stars.“I have seen the team myself. It is growing and has huge potential,” he concluded.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Even though a good part of Ohio has seen some rain recently, there are some parts that haven’t seen a drop in weeks. That may have some farmers wanted to plant a little deeper to try to get that seed to some moisture a little further in the dirt. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Matthew Stroud gives this thoughts on that theory and also shares with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins how far along some southern Ohio wheat fields are for this time of year.
Google releases Android’s kernel and base code to the public, for free. If a manufacturer doesn’t want to include Google services in their Android hardware, it’s free to ignore Google’s requirements for accessing Google Play.That’s exactly what Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. You cannot access Google Play or other Google apps from Amazon Android products. According to research by The Guardian, around a quarter of all Android devices shipped do not use Google services (mostly sold in China, where Google’s search service is banned). Facebook’s new “Home” skin allows Facebook to monetize consumer data while also allowing access to Google services.Samsung and its new Galaxy S4 (pictured above) also de-emphasize Google apps in favor of Samsung’s own apps. That doesn’t mean that Samsung has cut Google out of the equation (though it could, theoretically), but it has gone in its own direction in terms of how it’s deployed Google’s open source mobile operating system. It should be noted that the leader in the anti-Google Pitchfork Brigade is Microsoft. This is a company that has twice been hammered by governments (the U.S. and the European Commission) for abusing monopoly power stemming from its Windows operating system to shut out competing products such as browsers or streaming media players.By contrast, while Google does push its own apps, it also allows competitors to those same apps in its Play store. For instance, if you don’t want Chrome for your browser, you can easily download Firefox, Dolphin, Opera or a variety of other browsers. Google is not locking its users into its own experience. Facebook Home This Has Nothing To Do With Fair SearchYou would think that an organization called Fair Search would, you know, be about search. The complaint barely mentions search at all. This is about money… not freedom of information.From the complaint:Google’s anti-competitive strategy to dominate the mobile marketplace and cement its control over consumer Internet data for online advertising as usage shifts to mobile.“Cement its control over consumer Internet data and for online advertising.” That has little to do with consumers rights, wants or privileges. It has everything to do with Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle and its cohorts’ declining businesses.This is about smartphone and tablet sales. The complaint with the European Commission is a sideways slap at Google without taking the real issue — share of handset market share — head on. Nobody put a gun to the heads of mobile carrier and manufacturer executives and told them they had to use Android. Even if they you take the issue of access to Google Play into account, that is a service that Google has every right to set requirements to use. How is this anti-competitive?Just because Google built a popular product that is easy to build, easy to distribute and many manufacturers and partners have willingly decided to use that product, how does that make Google an anti-competitive monopoly in the mobile business?Europe vs. United StatesThis type of complaint would never fly in the United States. Google could very easily point to Amazon and say, “look, we just give this thing away and people can do want they want with it. We think consumers get extra value if they want Google services and we set requirements for their use.”FairSearch has already come after Google in the U.S. It logged complaints with the Federal Trade Commission targeting Google’s acquisition of Boston-based travel search engine ITA along with concerns over its AdWords keyword advertising engine tied to search results. In January 2013, after a 19-month investigation, the FTC basically exonerated Google of wrongdoing and chastised it about how it licenses patents. The European Commission has not been quite so forgiving. The EC has come down against Google over privacy concerns and is currently investigating the company, based on a FairSearch complaint, over privacy and antitrust concerns with its browser. European officials have show more willingness to put the hammer down on supposed monopolistic activities than its American counterparts.It should also be noted that Android does not have the dominance in the U.S. like it does in other parts of the world. Here, it’s embroiled in an epic fight with Apple’s iPhone for the top spot among American consumers. In Europe, Google can point to Apple dominance in the U.S. as an example of how competitors can achieve success by being smart and having superior product. Top picture: Motorola Razr M by Dan Rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What happens when a new company comes into your market, drives down prices, iterates better and faster and ends up kicking your butt around the room and taking all of your customers?Well, you sue them, of course. That is what a coalition of companies under the moniker FairSearch.org has been doing to Google for the past several years. Its members include bitter rivals like Microsoft, Oracle, Nokia, Expedia and TripAdvisor that have long complained that Google has a monopoly on search, online data and advertising.Now, FairSearch is going after Google’s Android mobile operating system with a new complaint to the European Commission. The claim? Because Android is free, it creates uncompetitive pricing in the mobile market and also that Google creates has unfair practices by “making” its partner manufacturers use Google services like Gmail, Talk, Maps and the Play app and media store to use Android.This Is All Kinds Of StupidFrom FairSearch’s complaint:“Google is using its Android mobile operating system as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive partners, monopolize the mobile marketplace, and control consumer data,” said Thomas Vinje, Brussels-based counsel to the FairSearch coalition. “We are asking the Commission to move quickly and decisively to protect competition and innovation in this critical market. Failure to act will only embolden Google to repeat its desktop abuses of dominance as consumers increasingly turn to a mobile platform dominated by Google’s Android operating system.”Android currently makes up about 70% of the world’s smartphone shipments. Tags:#Android#Google#Microsoft#Windows Phone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Let’s get a couple of pertinent issues out of the way. First, Android is free. This we know. Microsoft charges a license for Windows Phone, the same way it used to charge a “per seat” license for manufacturers to build the Windows PC operating system. Google, meanwhile, imposes some restrictions on its official partners (like Samsung, LG or HTC), saying that if they want access to the Google Play Android app store, they must also give tools and services like YouTube, Talk, Maps and the Chrome browser top billing. dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts
Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.