The status quo is a warm bath; it’s soothing and comfortable. Change is a cold shower; it’s surprising, shocking, and uncomfortable.Is it any wonder your dream clients aren’t excited to change? Even when they have good reason to change, they often seek the safety and comfort of the status quo. When things aren’t going well, at least they know the status quo. Change means venturing off into the scary unknown.Do you ever wonder why your clients aren’t interested in change even when the reasons to change are crystal clear to you? Do you wonder why your ideas aren’t compelling?People only seek change when they reach some threshold. Either there is so much dissatisfaction that change becomes the safest path forward, or there is an opportunity so great that it warrants abandoning the status quo (a positive form of dissatisfaction). But until that threshold is met, in one direction or the other, change is unlikely.Building Towards ThresholdIf you want to make the case for your change, you have to help your clients reach threshold.If your client should be dissatisfied, you build to threshold by helping them understand what not changing is costing them now, what it will cost them in the future, and why they can’t afford to stay where they are. On the far end of this continuum is survival; there is nothing so motivating as your own impending doom. Survival is the most serious threshold of all. But losing your competitive advantage, falling behind your competitors, and losing market share can be threshold events, too.You can build to threshold for positive changes, too. Even if things are going well, you can build towards the threshold that brings change by showing your client what is still possible, how change will better position them in the future, and what they are losing by not acting now. Faster growth now, the ability to capitalize on opportunities, or seizing a competitive advantage in the marketplace can all be threshold events. So can even greater profitability.You don’t have to build towards threshold with bold, challenging statements. In fact, making the case this way can often lead to more resistance–it can seem self-serving. You can make the case more effectively with well designed and well placed questions.If you want your product, service, or solution to be compelling, it has to help your clients get to threshold.QuestionsLook at the existing opportunities in your pipeline. Can you identify the threshold that is compelling your client to change?How urgently does your client need to change? What do they lose by holding on to the status quo?Which stakeholders haven’t yet (or won’t easily) reach threshold? How do you make a stronger case for them (or build a stronger case around them)? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
A 15-year-old Dalit girl was raped allegedly by two men in a moving car here, the police said on Wednesday. Acting on a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother on Tuesday, a case was registered against Praveen (37) and his friend. In her complaint, the woman said that her daughter was in trauma since the incident. She added that the two men had also threatened her daughter, saying they would eliminate her family. The woman claimed that her daughter and Praveen had met on social networking site Facebook. Praveen had been putting pressure on the girl to meet him, the police said. On July 26, he called the victim near Lal Dwara temple, where he and his friend were waiting in a car, they said. When the girl arrived, the accused allegedly pushed her inside the car and took turns to rape her in the moving vehicle, the police said. The two men later left the girl in a park near her house. Praveen was arrested on Wednesday while his friend was yet to be arrested, the police said. The accused have been booked under the relevant sections of the IPC and the provisions of the POCSO Act and the SC/ST Act, they said.
Cricket maestro and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood danseuse Helen are among this year’s Giants International awardees, according to an announcement here Tuesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The awards shall be given away by the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah at a function Wednesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The other awardees include Urvi Piramal (Business & Industry), Hemant Thacker (Medicine), Kulinkant Luthia (Social Service), Bahubali Shah (Journalism), Anu Malik (Music) and Patangrao Kadam (Education).Giants International was founded Sep 17, 1972 by Nana Chudasama who is now its world chairman, with a purpose to serve humanity, promote unity, harmony and homogeneity among its members.For the past 35 years, it has worked for family planning, disaster management, flood relief, rainwater harvesting, low-cost housing, AIDS, drugs abuse awareness, academics, medicine, environment and saving the girl child.According to Giants International Executive World Chairperson Shaina NC, the organisation has 600 branches in India and abroad in countries like the US, Britain, Africa, Ukraine and Mauritius.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 04: Defensive back Jamel Dean of Auburn runs the 40-yard dash during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Update: We have a new leader. Ole Miss defensive back Zedrick Woods just ran a 4.29 and is the fastest player at the combine this year.Officially the FASTEST 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine…@OleMissFB DB Zedrick Woods runs a 4.29!!! 🔥 @ZedrickW pic.twitter.com/QJNFkcifSe— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2019Earlier: The 40-yard dash portion of the NFL Combine is wrapping up. While it looks as though John Ross’ record is safe, there were still a handful of players who managed to stand out from the crowd.NFL.com released the official 40 times from the combine and there is a clear winner for fastest in the league: Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean. The All-SEC Second-Team cornerback ran the 40 in 4.30 seconds, putting him just ahead of Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell and UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella, who both ran it in 4.31 seconds..@AuburnFootball CB Jamel Dean runs a 4.31u 40-yard dash!Tied for the fastest 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZibOdL80tq— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2019For the second year in a row, none of the players managed to clock in under 4.30. In 2017, wide receiver John Ross set the all-time record with a 4.22 40-time. He ultimately went No. 9 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals.Here are the top 12 performers in the 40-yard dash from the NFL combine:Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn – 4.30Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State – 4.31Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts – 4.31Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia – 4.33D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss – 4.33Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State – 4.35Mark Fields, CB, Clemson – 4.37Greedy Williams, CB, LSU – 4.37Zedrick Woods, S, Ole Miss – 4.37Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri – 4.39Darnell Savagae, S, Maryland – 4.39Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn – 4.39The skill position players may not have broken any records, but the defensive lineman and linebackers certainly did. Montez Sweat recorded a blazing 4.41, the fastest ever for a defensive lineman.Several linebackers similarly recorded wideout-level speed. LSU’s Devin White, Michigan’s Devin Bush, and Texas’ Gary Johnson all ran it in 4.43 records or better.The fastest running back was Oklahoma State back Justice Hill at 4.40. The fastest quarterback was Penn State’s Trace McSorley, who did it in 4.57 seconds.
Story Highlights The celebration of Local Government and Community Development Month in November will highlight the importance of local government to national development. “Local Government is one of the most important drivers of economic activities,” said Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie. The celebration of Local Government and Community Development Month in November will highlight the importance of local government to national development.“Local Government is one of the most important drivers of economic activities,” said Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie.“We have responsibility for roads, markets, parks, infirmaries, building plans… you name it. Eight per cent of what the country relies on is provided through local government. We continue to make a huge difference in the lives of the Jamaican people… and we take great pride in executing our responsibilities,” he added.He was speaking at the launch of the Cross-Island Run in celebration of Local Government and Community Development Month 2018, at Independence Park, Westmoreland on October 10.The Cross-Island Run is a precursor to the month-long celebration observed each year by the Ministry as well as its affiliated agencies and departments.The runners will journey across Jamaica, delivering messages from the country’s leaders to mayors in the parish capitals.The Minister invited the people of Westmoreland “to become partners with us on this journey as we do positive things right across the country”.He told the residents that the Ministry will be working in conjunction with the National Housing Trust (NHT) to “spend a significant amount of money” to make the Westmoreland Infirmary more aesthetically appealing and comfortable for the residents.“We are in the stage now of constructing a brand-new matron quarters. We are also now considering the building of a brand new ward to replace the old one, so as to improve the capacity at the facility,” he informed.
zoom Eight out of eleven seafarers, who were left in limbo in the port of Durban, South Africa after their ship was detained, are about to be repatriated.The 11 crewmembers from the tug/supply ship PSD2, detained following non-payment of wages, had not been paid for up to 15 months, according to the Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS).The charity found out that the crew “were owed nine months’ wages; one hadn’t been paid for 15 months. Apparently the company kept delaying payment, promising to pay ‘next week’ but never doing so,” Fr Herman Giraldo, AoS Durban port chaplain, said.“Arrangements are being made for the vessel to be sold and the men are expected to get paid when this happens. The remaining crew (the master and two engineers) on board are not allowed to leave the port,” Giraldo added.The seafarers aboard the Tanzanian-flagged vessel were also in need of food and fresh water, while two crew needed medical attention. The ship, which arrived in Durban on December 10 from Mozambique, also had pest problems.AoS was able to secure an emergency grant of GBP 1,000 from the Guild of Benevolence of the IMarEST (The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) for medical bills, food and sanitation.
Les Néo-Écossais de 65 ans et plus auront un plus grand nombre d’options de paiement, et il n’y aura aucune augmentation des frais pour le paiement des médicaments sur ordonnance cette année. « La province s’est engagée à répondre aux besoins changeants des aînés néo-écossais, et le régime d’assurance-médicaments pour les aînés et un programme important qui nous aide à répondre à ces besoins, » a dit Chris d’Entremont, ministre de la Santé. « Des changements apportés au régime cette année permettront de nous assurer que cette partie du système de soins de santé demeure abordable et durable au fil du temps. » À compter du 1er avril, la limite de 30 $ par ordonnance sera éliminée. Les aînés continueront de verser une participation de 33 pour cent des coûts de chaque ordonnance, avec une limite annuelle de 382 $. Les aînés auront maintenant le choix de verser leur participation aux coûts de façon mensuelle, trimestrielle ou annuelle, de la même façon que le paiement de leurs primes. Tout changement au régime fait l’objet de discussions avec le groupe de IX organismes pour les aînés, par l’entremise du ministère des Aînés. Le rôle principal de ce groupe est de s’assurer que les besoins des aînés sont représentés dans la prise de décisions du gouvernement. « Nous sommes heureux de voir que les aînés seront en mesure de verser leur participation aux coûts sur une période de temps pendant l’année. C’est donc plus facile pour certaines personnes qui ont un revenu limité, » a dit Bernie LaRusic, président du groupe de IX. « Nous sommes aussi heureux de voir qu’il n’y aura pas d’augmentation des frais cette année, ce qui rend le programme encore plus accessible pour ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. » Plus de 96 000 personnes participent au régime d’assurance-médicaments pour les aînés, et plus de 50 pour cent, y compris les personnes qui reçoivent le Supplément de revenu garanti, sont exemptes des primes ou doivent payer un montant réduit. Il s’agit d’un régime à frais partagés entre le ministère de la Santé et le ministère des Aînés. Le gouvernement paie 75 pour cent des frais du régime et les membres paient 25 pour cent. Le coût total d’exploitation du régime en 2008-2009 est d’environ 178 millions de dollars. « Le gouvernement s’est engagé à payer 75 pour cent des coûts croissants associés aux médicaments afin de permettre aux aînés qui en ont besoin de rester en bonne santé ou de gérer leur maladie, » a dit M. d’Entremont. La trousse de renouvellement annuel du régime d’assurance-médicaments pour les aînés sera envoyée par la poste à compter du 25 février. La trousse contient des renseignements sur les changements apportés au régime, y compris les formulaires pour les nouvelles options de paiement, qui aideront les aînés à couvrir les coûts de leurs médicaments sur ordonnance. Des renseignements supplémentaires et des formulaires sont également disponibles sur le site Web www.nspharmacare.ca .
CALGARY – The head of Canada’s largest drilling company says he’s not surprised that a Canadian drilling forecast is being chopped despite higher global oil prices so far this year.Kevin Neveu, CEO of Precision Drilling Corp., said Tuesday his company is in the process of moving an idle drilling rig from the Deep Basin of northwestern Alberta to Pennsylvania, where it is expected to find work drilling natural gas wells in the Marcellus Basin.In the past two years, Precision has authorized the building of two new rigs in the U.S. but none in Canada, he said, because demand hasn’t justified it.“Oil prices are not too bad — and when you throw in the exchange rate, they’re actually probably OK — but a lot of our Canadian customers are still quite gassy in their production and rely on natural gas sales to fund a lot of their programs,” said Neveu.“With (Alberta) AECO prices so tight, it’s just really tough for a lot of our customers.”The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said Tuesday it is cutting its 2018 Canadian drilling forecast by 500 wells to 6,900 oil and gas wells, 200 fewer than were drilled in 2017, and nearly seven per cent less than its April forecast for 7,400 this year.“In general terms, revenue numbers for our sector are up year over year but we note that several publicly traded Canadian service companies are reporting minimal improvement in the quality of bottom line earnings; many are sitting at near breakeven or are still in negative territory,” PSAC CEO Tom Whalen said.“This is not sustainable from a business continuity and competitiveness perspective. It’s also a compounding symptom of the sector’s lack of attractiveness for investment.”Producers are drilling longer wells but the number of wells is down by 200 through six months of 2018 compared with the same period of 2017, PSAC reported.Benchmark New York oil prices averaged US$67.91 per barrel in the second quarter ended June 30, up from US$48.33 in the same period of 2017, but Alberta natural prices fell to C$1.20 per million British thermal units from C$2.69.Whalen says Canadian companies aren’t able to gain from higher world crude prices because pipeline capacity is inadequate to take products to market, resulting in higher-than-usual price discounts for western Canadian oil.Meanwhile, natural gas prices continue to languish thanks to both gathering pipeline constraints in B.C. and Alberta and competition from burgeoning U.S. shale gas plays.Precision reported last week it had 78 rigs operating from its fleet of 103 in the United States as of June 30 but only 60 from its larger fleet of 136 in Canada.U.S. operations have recovered to about 80 per cent of their peak 2014 activity but Canadian operations remain at less than 40 per cent, Neveu said.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Akita Drilling Ltd. and Trinidad Drilling Ltd. each announced they would move rigs from Western Canada to West Texas at the invitation of producer customers.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this article: (TSX:PD, TSX:AKT, TSX:TDG)
OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is releasing data today that provides a closer look at just how much stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates have helped slow the growth of new highly indebted households.The central bank is on a clear rate-hiking path and the pace of future increases hinges significantly on the ability of households — particularly those with high levels of debt — to adapt to higher borrowing costs.The bank’s analysis says tougher mortgage qualification tests have reduced the share of new high-leverage, insured loans — those of more than 4.5 times a borrower’s annual income — to six per cent in the second quarter of 2018 from 20 per cent in late 2016.The report also says another rule change this year aimed at uninsured mortgages dropped the share of these new loans to 14 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 20 per cent a year earlier. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the new mortgage rules are improving the quality and reducing the quantity of new mortgages.Wilkins says household debt remains very high and has created a vulnerability in the financial system — but she argues the better quality of loans will put the economy on a more-solid footing to withstand future adverse economic developments.The Canadian Press
Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.Nicaraguans threatened by disease after Hurricane Felix, Sudanese fleeing conflicts, survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and many others around the world have benefited from the life-saving interventions supported by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), WHO said. “This funding has helped save many lives worldwide and improve health care for people caught up in emergencies,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises. Since its creation in 2006, more than 100 Member States and private donors have pledged some $1.5 billion to the Fund, which has disbursed well over $1 billion to emergency programmes in 67 countries. The fund was created to allow the world body quick access to its accounts, potentially saving thousands of lives facing sudden crises.The health funding has been provided through the Health Action in Crises Cluster, WHO’s quick response arm for emergency-affected countries in all regions. “Passing the $100 million mark is a sign of how vital WHO’s role in emergencies is regarded,” Dr. Laroche said. Some $66.6 million – or two-thirds of the funding provided to WHO – has been awarded for rapid response to sudden emergencies, such as earthquakes, cyclones and conflicts, while the remaining $35.4 million has gone to support health activities in protracted emergencies that remained under-funded.The greatest proportion of funding has been for African countries affected by emergencies, followed by those in the Eastern Mediterranean region, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific, WHO said.In related news, the CERF’s Advisory Group will open its first meeting of 2009 today in New York to elect a new bureau and receive a briefing on the use and management of the Fund from John Holmes, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.The Advisory Group, created at the same time as the CERF, provides periodic policy guidance and expert advice on the use and impact of the Fund. 28 April 2009Funding for health aid from the United Nations emergency relief fund, which was set up to speed assistance to those suffering from natural and man-made disasters, has passed the $100 million mark, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.
The Maha sanga including Ven. Athuraliye Ratana Thero, other religious leaders and political representatives of Polonnaruwa District participated in this ceremony. (Colombo Gazette) “Every State leader who had been elected has accomplished their missions for each era during their period in power. I will fulfill my responsibility of building our motherland to a great state in the world during the time of my Presidency”, he said.A poem book written by the former principal of Polonnaruwa Royal College was presented to the President at this occasion. President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka is in a leading position among the countries which are committed to safeguard freedom, democracy and human rights in 2015.He said UN Secretary General Ban Ki–moon affirmed that in an international summit. The President was speaking at a ceremony held at Buddhi Mandapa in Polonnaruwa today. This ceremony was organized to extend the President’s congratulations to the people of Polonnaruwa. “When we look back the last year we have made lots of achievements during that year as Sri Lankans”, the President said.
The James A. Gibson Library’s Data Research Service is offering three workshops during the summer that are open to everyone campus-wide.Participants are asked to register in advance and all 3 workshops take place in the Learning Commons Classroom A.Workshops include:* Sweet and Juicy Statistics – Wednesday, June 20, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on workshop will show you how easy it is to find a variety of free socio-economic data using the New CANSIM from Statistics Canada. Statistics and data can enhance your teaching and research. You will also be shown how to quickly and effectively visualize your data. There may even be sweet and juicy treats provided at the end of the workshop.* War of 1812 in Maps… and more – Tuesday, June 26, 10 to 11 a.m.Definitely a “WOW-factor” session when it comes to interacting with digital maps of the War of 1812 and the historic Welland Canals. From the place where Brock fell to shipwrecks on the Third, two new Map Library web applications will highlight the importance of maps as historical documents to restore local history.* Intro to ArcGIS – Tuesday, July 10, 10 to 11 a.m.This hands-on session will introduce basic concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using ArcGIS. No previous ArcGIS experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to add multiple map data layers, add tabular data, query data, create customized maps and have fun doing it.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NYC brokerage firm that lost 658 people in Sept. 11 attacks holds annual charity day by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2013 7:16 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center has marked the anniversary observance with its annual charity fundraiser.Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate BGC Partners are donating 100 per cent of their revenues from Wednesday’s event to dozens of charities. Those include the Children’s Health Fund, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Alliance for Lupus Research.Julianne Moore, Billy Crystal, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd and other celebrities joined Cantor brokers as they made transactions.Cantor’s charity day raised $12 million last year.Cantor Fitzgerald suffered the greatest loss of any single company in the terror attacks. The firm’s death toll represented two-thirds of its global workforce.
Castleview Hospital was packed with those wishing to learn more about heart health during a lunch and learn event on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Paul Thayn and Katrina Richards, RN led an informative discussion for those in attendance.Richards was the first to take the floor with the topics of EHAC and stroke education.EHAC stands for Early Heart Attack Care with aims to educate individuals on recognizing the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include back pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, chest pressure and more. While there are common indications of heart attacks, elderly people, women and those with diabetes have been known to have atypical symptoms, such as pain in the jawbone, confusion, abdominal pain and palpitations. Recognizing signs and symptoms and reacting quickly to them, can greatly increase the positive outcomes for those suffering from a heart attack.“Heart attacks have beginnings and that’s when we can help,” Richards said.According to Richards, the most damage from a heart attack occurs with the first two hours. In the U.S., nearly 750,000 people have heart attacks each year and nearly 15% of those do not survive, making it the number one killer of the adult population. Richards explained that many of these patients experienced early symptoms.In addition, there are factors that increase the risk for an individual to suffer a heart attack. There include men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55, a family history of cardiovascular disease or heart attacks and high blood pressure. Other risk factors include high cholesterol, overweight or obesity, stress, illicit drug use and tobacco use. Autoimmune conditions and diabetes can also increase risk.While decreasing risk where applicable, Richards emphasized that it is important for members of the community to be able to recognize risk factors not only for themselves, but also their loved ones.“We constantly forget about ourselves and live our lives as if we are indestructible or immortal and only are brought to reality when we are taken to our knees,” she said. “We can minimize the damage and change the outcome. The secret is to catch it in the beginning stage, i.e. chest discomfort before the severe damage or sudden death.”Richards concluded with a plea to always call 911 if you think someone is having a heart attack and to brush up on basic CPR knowledge.Attention was then turned to Dr. Thayn as he gave a presentation on troponins, a group of proteins found in skeletal and heart muscle fibers that regulate muscular contraction. Tests can measure the level of cardiac-specific troponin in the blood to help detect heart injury.During his presentation, Dr. Thayn explained the various types of tests that measure troponin levels. He took time to explain how the tests are administered and what can be learned from the results.For more information on heart health and to schedule an appointment with a provider, please call Castleview Hospital at (435) 637-4800.
Lorenzo Cherubini is the new director of the Tecumseh Centre.Lorenzo Cherubini has been named new director of the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.The associate professor in the Faculty of Education has been the centre’s acting director. He starts his new position on July 1, 2011.A former school administrator in the Halton Region, Cherubini said his research of Aboriginal education started with an interest in policy and social justice issues.His research concentrates on areas of teacher development and policy analysis, and he holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grant to examine Aboriginal educational policy. He also received a SSHRC Aboriginal Developmental Grant to work with prospective and new Aboriginal teachers in Ontario. He is also the editor of the AABSS Journal, the annual publication of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.Cherubini describes his new appointment as an honour.“It’s an honour to be working with and learning from the people who work at the Tecumseh Centre,” he said. “I want to continue the good work of previous directors.”He is also heartened by the University’s commitment to Aboriginal research and education, he said.Cherubini brings a wealth of expertise to the Tecumseh Centre, said Fiona Blaikie, Dean of the Faculty of Education.“His experience working with Aboriginal educators and in Aboriginal educational policy is invaluable,” she said. “We are delighted to welcome him to this important role within the Faculty.”The Tecumseh Centre is the only multidisciplinary research entity in Ontario that builds educational programming around the needs and requirements of Aboriginal communities.
Following the death of Sydney resident Henry Thompson Downie in 1947 who apparently did not leave a will, his property in Ashbury remained unclaimed.From 1947 until April 1998 when she died a Mrs Grimes lived in the house as a tenant, AP reports.Former accountant and now property developer Bill Gertos, told the court Mr Gertos told the court he saw the “abandoned Malleny Street residence in 1998 sitting empty while visiting a client who also lived on the street.It appeared that the house which is now worth about $1.6 million sat empty since Mrs Grimes died.Mr Gertos said that with his “curiosity sparked” he asked around about the owners as “the house was open and the rear door was off its hinges and placed to the side”.He decided to take ownership and change the locks; according to his testimony he spent about $35,000 on repairing the house the same year.He straight away started renting it out, “within weeks I had signed a lease as the landlord and started paying council rates, water levies and land tax,” he told the court.In 2014, he spent a further $108,000 on renovations and finally in 2017 Mr Gertos applied to Registrar-General to be registered as the owner as in New South Wales, squatters can be awarded ownership if they have occupied a property for more than 12 years.His application, however, was contested and the Greek Australian was taken to the Supreme Court by three plaintiffs that wanted to be recognised as the beneficial owners of the property. The daughter and two grandchildren of Mr Downie who was the original owner, claimed they had to leave the house some time after World War II because of a white ant infestation.Supreme Justice Rowan Darke who granted him ownership in his judgement, said that:“I accept the evidence of Mr Gertos about deciding to take possession of the property for himself, including his evidence to the effect that it was in his mind that if he possessed the property for long enough he may be able to become its owner.”“I further accept that Mr Gertos thereupon took steps to secure the property including by changing locks and have works carried out in order to make the property habitable.”“The 12-year limitation period for someone to recover the property would have expired in late 2010 and therefore Mr Gertos’ claim of adverse possession is made out,” he ruled.“I am comfortably satisfied that since about late 1998 Mr Gertos has been in factual possession of the land with the intention of possessing the land. In essence, Mr Gertos succeeded in taking and maintaining physical custody of the land, to the exclusion of all others, and he has assumed the position of a landlord.”Mr Gertos had told the court many years before he came across the Malleny Street house he was employed by a senior accountant who relayed his own experience of obtaining a property by adverse possession.Meanwhile, Justice Darke also ordered the family of the late owner to pay Mr Gertos’s legal costs.Downie’s grandson Graeme Hugo, said his family “emphatically rejects the description of how Mr Gertos came across the property, disagreeing that the home was in poor quality”.Neighbouring residents are reportedly also unhappy regarding the ruling as former accountant Mr Gertos has a reputation about how he became a developer, “taking advantage of property in adverse conditions”.Moreover, back in 2015, Mr Gertos was ordered to pay $250,000 dollars’ in fines after deliberately and illegally demolishing a heritage building in Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the Greek Ministry of Finance’s records, model Zois Simantiras is reportedly the youngest pensioner in the country at only 37.Simantiras, who is now the owner of a popular tanning bed salon franchise joined the Greek army back in 2000 following his father’s footsteps who was an Air Force captain.However, after 11 years of service he was discharged with a disability pension due to health related issues following an evaluation by the Supreme Aviation Health Committee on the grounds “of the incapacity to attend to his duties”.At the age of 31, on 24 August 2011 Simantiras went into retirement, while receiving the one-off and the supplementary pension from the Aviation Equity Fund, but he had a plan B.Whilst at the Air Force, he was scouted at a night club by famous Greek fashion designer Makis Tselios who made his the face of an underwear campaign next to Czech Victoria’s Secret model and actress Karolína Kurková.Photo: FacebookSimantiras then became a highly sought after model, walking international runway shows and booking prestigious campaigns around the world.A risk taker, he invested the money he made from modelling into a hair salon. That venture didn’t go well and he had to close it only to open a night club.“That didn’t go well either,” he said, “but I did not give up. Third time is the charm.”“Eight years ago I opened my first solarium salon and now I own 14 across Athens with another two about to open in Glyfada, Attiki and Lamia.”Even though Simantiras is a highly successful businessman, he is still listed as a disability pensioner under former servicemen of the Hellenic Air Force.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 1, 2019:191106 — Vokey — 19 Concord Street191123 — Perry EstateAuction Notice — Burlington Self Storage(NOTE: The above public notices are from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”