Former NFL player Jeff Rohrer marries Joshua Ross

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Retired NFL player Jeff Rohrer tied the knot with Joshua Ross over the weekend in Los Angeles, making the former linebacker one of the first ex-NFL players to proudly be in a same-sex marriage.The former Cowboys star, 59, spoke to People magazine about the big day, saying, “It’s a very, very, very special love affair.”“We’re the one for each other. It’s unexpected, but it’s undeniable,” he added.Rohrer came out last week, just days before he and the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” aesthetician, 36, made the marriage official in front of more than 100 family and friends.  The two grooms wore matching tuxedos, Rohrer going with a cream bow tie, while Ross wore a black one.The couple told People that they will stop in Paris, Barcelona and the Mediterranean for their honeymoon.  Rohrer and his ex-wife divorced 10 years ago and they co-parent two teens. The former NFL player says he lived in the closet for almost 60 years.“I feel so honored that I’m the one he chose,” Ross said. “After all this time, for him to like take this big leap — it definitely gives me all the feels. I’m becoming a step-father to two teenage children, so that’s always very exciting. Life has changed for the better. A lot of my friends would think is that this is a lot of baggage. What I would say is that it’s a family.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img November 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Former NFL player Jeff Rohrer marries Joshua Rosslast_img read more

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Who should take on the job to lead Countrywide?

first_imgIf as Sky News has suggested Peter Long is being replaced, that means Countrywide is likely to need a new chairman, who will be responsible for protecting investors’ interests, such as the company’s profitability and stability.So Countrywide will need a figurehead to keep the city happy, a safe pair of hands.What is curious is that since 2018, Countrywide has been, with the departure of Alison Platt, without a Chief Executive Officer.At present Paul Creffield in his role as Group Managing Director, it could be argued, is the company’s top decision-maker, and all other executives answer to him.While he delegates many of the tactical responsibilities to other managers, he runs the show and focuses on the strategy and all the moving parts.New chair and CEO?Will Countrywide then restructure and have both a new Chairman and recreate the position of CEO?Since 2018, and the departure of Alison Platt, there has been a vacancy for a CEO at Countrywide and now they need a new Chairman too.Given the pandemic has speeded the digital landscape, working from home is being trialled, and the estate agency model is in a state of flux, what background should a chairman and a CEO of a real estate business have to de-risk Countrywide and get ahead of the game?Should they be more Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, a younger entrepreneurial breed, as agency becomes more a tech and data concern.Agile and creative with a slimmed down sales force seems to be the direction of travel.Peter Long Countrywide 2020-07-23Nigel LewisOne commentLouisa Fletcher, Media Magnifique Media Magnifique 24th July 2020 at 9:12 amPersonally, I’d suggest that if the role of CEO is re-installed, then Countrywide desperately need an individual who has a ‘José Mourinho’ approach. Strip it all back and then rebuild, and make unpopular choices. Unlikely to be a long term fixture – as we all know, leadership of a listed entity is all about the LTIP, which generally has a direct correlation to tenure – but right now, they don’t need a ‘safe pair of hands’ to regenerate that business. It’s about the right person going in, turning it upside down and driving change.Countrywide would be wise to consider agency sector talent only. This needs someone who can rip apart branch forecasts, read FS pen rates in seconds and create a ‘gang culture’. Someone who is as able on their feet at a Shareholders meeting to keep the City happy, absolutely. But someone who equally can handle a listing on a wet Thursday evening with aplomb and show branch managers and valuers how it’s done, leading by example. Especially if they are implementing a ‘hub and spoke’ model.I’d say comparisons to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are irrelevant. CEO’s should be technically literate these days – that’s just a basic competency requirement at this level. I’m not saying they need to be a full-stack developer, but I am saying it’s a skill that should sit alongside being fluent with a cashflow forecast; you have a CFO to take care of the finer details, but you still need to be great with numbers to lead a business and ask the right questions at the right time. Likewise, technology is the enabler – so this is more about the application of entrepreneurial thinking around what technology can do to support new strategies as part of the solution, and then building a talented technical team to deliver it with a crack CTO. But being able to ask the right questions and ‘push the bricks’ when needed. But the person behind the wheel needs to have the brain of an agent to stitch it all together, not the brain of an engineer.If they find the right person, expect fireworks. A lot of them. But that’s what Countrywide needs.All in my humble opinion, of course.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Who should take on the job to lead Countrywide? Who should take on the job to lead Countrywide?Following news yesterday that the industry giant is casting around for a new CEO, Andrew Stanton muses on what kind of person would take on such a challenging role.Andrew Stanton23rd July 20201 Comment1,432 Viewslast_img read more

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Regent’s Roomshare Rethink

first_imgRegent’s Park have announced a landmark change to accommodation rules that will allow men and women to share two person flats, a living arrangement that was previously impossible.The decision was made by the PPH authorities following a fellow’s meeting, and confirmed in a JCR meeting on Wednesday.It was decided that the policy would no longer apply to future choices in third year accommodation. In an email sent out to Regent’s Park students, JCR President Jack Weston said, “Good news! College have confirmed that they’re happy for one male and one female person to share a two person flat. “This means we can now move things forward (at last!). Straight after the JCR Main Meeting at 7.45pm on Monday (20th Feb), we’ll have another meeting to determine which rooms will be occupied by which people next year.”The meeting on Monday will determine rooms according to positions on the housing ballot.Fiona Floate, PA to the Regent’s Park Principal, commented, “The peculiar layout of the some of our college accommodation led to the introduction of this policy many years ago.“It has never been an issue raised by the students before, but this year the SCR and JCR independently decided that it should be set aside.”JCR Welfare Rep Kirsty Borthwick pointed out that, “The process went really smoothly and represents the wishes of the JCR fully. This was quite simply a move to modernise an outdated set of ballot rules.”The change followed a unanimous vote by the JCR.Alasdair Maher, former LGBT rep and current Social Sec, explained what may have been a reason for the old rule, saying, “I think it was mainly a concern that people in relationships living together in close proximity during their final year may result in tension or stress on their studies if their relationship were to break down.”Ben Hudson described the change as “progressive” and “fair,” adding, “it makes sense to give people more opportunity to choose who they live with.”When asked why the rule had taken so long to overturn, Hudson commented, “This was probably just the first year when people were organised enough to do something about it. It’s just a very old rule that people hadn’t thought about enough to question.”These sentiments were echoed by second year Philosophy and Theology student Trisha Soneji,who said, “I am glad that this change has taken place, it makes choosing people to live with far easier.“I’m not sure why college had the rule in the first place, but it is good that they have now amended it.”last_img read more

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Maison Blanc opens first new-look shop

first_imgFrench boulangerie and patisserie chain Maison Blanc has officially revealed the first of its 14 stores to undergo refurbishment.The Chichester shop was officially re-opened last Friday (7 September), with a “fresh, modern design that’s more accessible and enjoyable for its customers”, said the chain, as it aims to increase its share of the grab-and-go market.Rebecca Rose, head of marketing, Maison Blanc said the new shop offers more seating, and the overall feeling of more space for customers eating inside. “It’s also easier for customers to come in and select their favourite sandwiches and baguettes straight from the new self-selection chiller cabinet, and take it to the service counter.”Back of house, the shop has also increased the size of its kitchen with more space for baking.Commenting on why Maison Blanc chose Chichester as the first store to undergo the revamp, Rose explained: “Our Chichester shop is one of our oldest shops and we have such a loyal customer base there, so we wanted this store to be the first to be treated to our new refurbishment.“We were originally well-known for our patisserie and cakes and have evolved over the years to become a popular destination for light lunches and dinner as well. We’re delighted to be able to extend our offering again, in particular this time to capture the grab-and-go market.”The chain said it couldn’t confirm any kind of time-scale for refurbishments to its other 13 sites.Maison Blanc celebrates its 30th birthday this year.last_img read more

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Retailers capitalise on Christmas Stars

first_imgWinners of British Baker’s Christmas Stars have started to promote themselves and the fact they triumphed in the competition in the run-up to the big festive season.German discount supermarket Aldi took out a double page spread advert in most of the national newspapers to highlight the fact it was one of the biggest winners of the competition. In its advert Aldi says: “Why have an average Christmas… When you can have an award-winning one?”.Also, craft bakery business Cinnamon Square has used the Christmas Star logo in an impressive window display.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “This kind of promotional activity was the exact reason we launched British Baker’s Christmas Stars. We know the whole of the industry – from craft to larger producers – creates some wonderful products for Christmas and felt that all this hard work should be rewarded.“It’s great to see that Aldi and Cinnamon Square are promoting themselves and their wonderful award-winning products in this way.”Aldi, Morrisons, Cinnamon Square and the Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Co were the big winners when the competition was launched earlier this year. Judging took place last summer in Sussex and included a host of expert judges, led by industry veteran Colin Lomax.Commenting on its win, Paul Barker, owner of Cinnamon Square, said: “Oh we were really, really flabbergasted when we knew that we’d actually won it, because we put a lot of effort into developing the Christmas Pie Pud. We could see some mileage from it and it’s actually based on our existing mince pie, which is an award-winning one anyway.”last_img read more

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Saipem’s 3Q revenue and profit rise

first_imgItalian energy services provider Saipem reported a rise in 2019 Q3 revenue and profit. The company’s revenue for the quarter grew to 2,36 billion euros, up from 2,22 billion a year ago. Net profit was 30 million euros, compared to a net loss of 34 million a year ago.Illustration: Saipem’s Scarabeo 8 drilling rig; Image by SP Mac/Flickr – shared with permission from the photographerSaipem’s offshore and engineering and construction division reported a slight decline in revenue from EUR 1,06 billion in 3Q last year to EUR 998 million in Q3 2019.New contracts in the division came in at 661 million euros in the third quarter, down from 1,04 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2018.Saipem said that most significant awards for offshore E&C in the third quarter of 2019 related to three new contracts for BP, in consortium with Boshelf LLC and STAR GULF FZCO, for the development of the gas and oil field Azeri Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) off the coast of Azerbaijan.Saudi Aramco offshore fields boost onshore E&C order intakeWorth noting, Saipem’s Onshore Engineering & Construction saw a substantial increase in new contracts for the quarter, boosted by Saudi Aramco’s awards related to Berri and Marjan offshore gas fields.Namely, Saipem reported 3,57 billion euros in new contracts for the quarter for its Onshore E&C business. This is compared to $1.04 billion in the third quarter of 2018. What is more, new contract intake for the division in this single quarter surpassed the value of new contracts awarded to Saipem’s Onshore E&C division in the first nine months of 2018, during which Saipem had secured 3.3 billion euros in new contracts.“The most significant awards [to the Onshore E&C division] in the third quarter of 2019 relate to two new contracts for Saudi Arabian Oil Company, encompassing engineering, construction, and installation for the development of onshore facilities of the Berri and Marjan gas fields, both located in the Arabian Gulf,” Saipem said.The onshore E&C division’s revenue in 3Q 2019 slightly rose to 974 million euros vs last year 3Q’s 958 million euros.Offshore drilling revenue up Saipem’s offshore drilling business, operating 4 semi-submersible rigs, 2 drillships, 7 jack-ups and one tender assisted drilling barge, saw its revenue rise to 121 million euros, up from 115 million in q3 last year, with new contracts in the quarter valued at 128 million, up from 29 million secured in q3 2018.For this division, the most significant awards in the third quarter of 2019 relate to a new four-year contract for ADNOC in the United Arab Emirates, continuing ongoing operations utilizing the jack-up rig Perro Negro 8.Onshore drilling revenue and contract intake also grew in the quarter. Revenue was 136 million, up from 124 million, and new contracts valued at 42 million euros were secured, an increase versus 18 million euros awarded in Q3 2018Overall, in the first nine months of 2019, Saipem was awarded new contracts amounting to €13,9 billion compared to €6,1 billion in the first nine months of 2018).The backlog at September 30, 2019, amounted to €19,8 billion of which €4,7 billion in Offshore Engineering & Construction, €13,745 billion in Onshore Engineering & Construction, €821 million in Offshore Drilling and €492 million in Onshore Drilling), of which €1,9 billion is to be realized in 2019.Looking ahead, Saipem said that high volatility in the oil price and the persistently low level of new investments by the oil companies will continue to characterize the last part of this year.“In the first nine months, some important Final Investment Decisions (FIDs) in the gas segment contributed significantly to the high level of contract awards. The backlog at the end of September 2019, combined with forecasts for current commercial tenders, allows us to forecast revenues of around €9 billion for 2019, with adjusted EBITDA margin above 10%,” Saipem said.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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COSCO Shipping amends VLCC order with LNG-fueled option

first_imgCOSCO Shipping Energy Transportation said it has signed a supplemental agreement with Dalian Shipbuilding to use LNG-fueled power for its VLCC on order at the shipyard. The 2020 global sulphur limit imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will take effect from January 1, 2020, onwards, placing a limit on theamount of sulphur in fuel oil used on vessels.Further, phase 3 of the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) standards imposed by the IMO on new vessels will take place from 2025 onwards, placing more stringent requirements on the carbon dioxide emission of new vessels, COSCO Shipping said in its filing to the stock exchange.In light of the foregoing, the company and Dalian Shipbuilding agreed that VLCC shall be a dual fuel crude oil carrier which can utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) as its principal fuel.Pursuant to the supplemental agreement, corresponding adjustments have been made to the capacity, speed and fuel oil consumption of the VLCC, and the technical specifications in relation to the LNG consumption of vessels have also been added.Under the new agreement, the order value has been increased by a further $6 million.Due to the changes agreed, the delivery of the vessel has been pushed back from March 31, 2021, as initially agreed, to December 31, 2021.last_img read more

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Bizman gunned down in front of own office

first_imgAccording to police investigators, Tan – resident of Talisay City – was about to board his sport utility vehicle when three assailants clad in facemasks fired at the victim around 5 p.m. on May 21. BACOLOD City – A businessman was shot dead in front of his office in Barangay Villamonte here. Roland Tan, owner of Crown Agri Infinity Lending Corp., died of gunshot wounds on the right ear and body, Major Reynante Jomocan, Police Station 4 chief said.                    .center_img Tan was rushed to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital in this city where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.”Officers of the Police Station 4 have yet to identify the suspects but are looking into business and personal grudges as motives in the killing./PNlast_img

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Season-opening sweep sets stage for Bowers in run to first Jet Racing Central Region crown

first_imgSteven Bowers Jr. won his first title in the Jet Racing Central Region for IMCA Modifieds this season. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)TOPEKA, Kan. – It’s a good thing Steven Bowers Jr. doesn’t believe in bad omens.Bowers ran out of gas en route to the practice night that preceded the season-opening Sunflower Classic at RPM Speedway in March.Undeterred, he returned to Hays to sweep the weekend IMCA Modified features and begin his drive to the Jet Racing Central Region championship.“Winning the region is pretty cool,” said Bowers. “Winning both nights of the Sunflower Classic was probably the highlight. It really amped up our season and we went from there.”Bowers totaled 14 wins despite “a rough July,” along with Thunder Hill Speedway and Heartland Park Topeka track championships and the Allstar Performance Kansas State crown.Fourth in the national points race, he’d collect six checkers at Heartland Park, three at both Thunder Hill and RPM, and single victories at Salina Speedway and Beatrice Speedway.The Topeka, Kan., veteran drove a homebuilt car to his career-first regional title. He plugged both the cost of the division and the point system that allowed him to compete for regional honors.“One of the best things about IMCA is that you don’t have to race 100 times to be a regional champion,” Bowers said. “A regional championship is something that I would never have been able to win racing for some other sanctioning bodies.”Starts-48Wins-14Additional Top Fives-23 HIS CREW: Fiancee Rhonda McNorton, John Meinholdt, brother Bryan Bowers, Ben Keithley, Blake Hanika, Greg Overbey and Alexa Gaither.HIS SPONSORS: Meinholdt’s Welding & Machine Shop, Harold’s Tires, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 441, Schmelz’s Mad Mike’s Barbecue, Capital City Nissan, Straight From North Topeka, Heartland Tree Service, Advantage Recycling and Metals, IBEW Local 226, Signs by Taco and American Eagle Tax, all of Topeka; Feldkamp’s Furniture; Akin Trucking of Saint Mary’s; BSB Manufacturing of Wellington; Rod End Supply of Olathe; On Another Level Designs of Lawton, Okla.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Swift Springs of Chino Hills, Calif.; Wehrs Machine of Bangor, Wis.; A & A Manufacturing of Spring Lake, Mich.; REAL Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Dickson Racing Shocks of Williamstown, W.V.; and PFC Brakes of Clover, S.C.last_img read more

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Spitters deserve longer ban – Johnson

Press Association Popov was sent off during Albion’s home clash with Tottenham on Sunday after spitting in the direction of Spurs defender Kyle Walker. The Macedonian international now faces a three-match ban and Baggies head coach Steve Clarke confirmed the player will face disciplinary action. But Johnson is calling for a longer ban to apply to any player who acts in such a manner, and said: “I personally think it should be more. You see some people receiving a red card for trying to make a genuine tackle. You do something like that which is disgusting. No man should be faced with that. Personally I think the ban should be more.” Clarke condemned the behaviour of the on-loan Dynamo Kiev player in the aftermath of Albion’s fifth defeat in six matches. England defender Glen Johnson believes West Brom defender Goran Popov and any player guilty of spitting should be banned for more than three matches. read more

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