Gareth Steenson walks off into the sunset

first_imgWhatever credit comes his way, Gareth Steenson deserves every bit of it after a magnificent playing career for Exeter. Rugby World pays tribute to the veteran fly-half LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Yet his development at Ulster was blocked by the presence of his idol, David Humphreys. So in 2006, aged 22, he got a boat from Belfast to Liverpool and drove to Rotherham in search of new opportunities. He left all his family and friends behind.“It was very daunting,” Steenson once told Belfast Live. “I didn’t know anything about the area, I didn’t know anything really about the league (the RFU Championship). The only thing I knew was that Andre Bester was coach and that he was a hard-nosed sort of character. It was almost like a leap of faith. I never really had an opportunity at home, so when the opportunity comes you either go and give it a shot or you go and find a job.”After one year with Rotherham, Steenson was picked up by Cornish Pirates and 30 games later he made his way to Exeter.Ian Whitten, a fellow Ulster Academy graduate who is also on Exeter’s bench today, is three years younger than Steenson and didn’t really get to know him until he joined Exeter in 2012.Ulster bond: Ian Whitten and Steenson have often been room-mates at Chiefs down the years (Getty)“At the time I arrived he was battling with Nacho (Mieres) for the starting spot. And I know he was a bit frustrated at that point in time because he wanted more game time,” Whitten told Rugby World in a previous interview.“But as time went on on he graduated from being one of the lads, laughing and joking, good man for the craic. He’s still got that side to him but also he’s now one of the senior men in the squad, the one that delivers the team talks, gets us up for the games, reminds us what’s on the line and what it means to play for the club. How far the club’s come and the onus on us to keep it going.“The competition for the shirt made him improve areas of his game. He definitely improved his defence. He probably improved a bit at playing to the line. He was always an amazing kicker, amazingly accurate, you can hang your hat on him. After he improved his defence, he was close to being the first name on the team sheet for years.”Slide rule: Steenson celebrates a Champions Cup try against Castres Olympique in 2018 (Getty Images)In playing terms, Steenson has gone full circle. More than any other team, Chiefs like to keep their ten on the field and Steenson has become accustomed to a watching brief from the bench before replacing the current captain, Joe Simmonds, in the closing minutes. Against Racing last week, he didn’t come on at all.Whatever unfolds at Twickenham today, he deserves to enter the fray one last time. Senior honours for Ireland may have eluded him but he has become a legend for Exeter Chiefs.“He has shown the value of hard work and sticking at it,” said Whitten. “And believing in yourself when other people don’t. He got a raw deal at Ulster, I believe that. It’s testament to him that he didn’t give up, he kept fighting. That’s why he’s so popular with the (Chiefs) fans because everybody appreciates a man who’s had to do it the hard way.”Tyred out: taking part in an adventure challenge session at River Dart Country Park last year (Getty)Steenson, who has been assisting Plymouth Albion as an attack coach for the past 12 months, has one last story to write before he joins Chiefs’ coaching staff next season.“I always dreamed of going home to my country and maybe playing for Ulster. That was my goal when I left home,” he admitted in a recent BBC podcast. “And to come to a club (Exeter) now and see the growth of the place and be part of it, I wouldn’t sacrifice one minute of that for one or two caps for my country.“If I can be part of a squad that is the first Exeter Chiefs squad to win the Heineken Cup and then hopefully a week later lift the Premiership title, I’ll put my cowboy hat on and walk off into the sunset and be pretty happy with that.” Figurehead: Gareth Steenson plays his last game for Exeter today after 12 years of sterling service (Getty) center_img Gareth Steenson walks off into the sunsetAnother week, another farewell. Today’s Gallagher Premiership final brings an end to one of the great English club careers, with Gareth Steenson stepping out for Exeter Chiefs one last time. Assuming Rob Baxter decides to give him a few minutes off the bench, that is.The 36-year-old Irish fly-half has got used to playing second fiddle behind Joe Simmonds these past couple of years, just as he spent too long for his liking watching Ignacio Mieres and Ryan Davis in the ten shirt a decade or so ago. It is a mark of the man that Steenson never sulked but rolled up his sleeves and set about improving as a player. For the good of himself and the good of the team.He arrived at Sandy Park in 2008 and has been there for every stage of their incredible journey. The first major landmark was perhaps the most important, the two-leg play-off win over Bristol in 2010 that took Chiefs into the Premiership big time.Exeter travelled to the Memorial Ground with just a 9-6 first-leg lead. Few people outside of Devon felt Chiefs would get through. Speak to director of rugby Baxter about Steenson’s performance that night and his admiration is clear.Young Chief: Steenson takes on Bristol during the Championship play-off final first leg in 2010 (Getty)“I don’t know if there would be a fly-half in world rugby who could have managed that night and that situation as well as Gareth did,” he told Rugby World in a previous interview. “You can talk about Jonny Wilkinson and all kinds of people but on the night, with what the squad wanted, what the team wanted, how the conditions ended up being, knowing how to play against Bristol, he literally was faultless.“Not only was Gareth’s goalkicking faultless but his control of when to run, when to kick, when the team should be playing, when the team should be looking for pressure, was fantastic all night. His decision to take drop-goals and just eke out that score on the scoreboard was very well managed in such a hugely emotional game and physical game.”Steenson kicked 24 points that night and then 17 more in another perfect kicking display as Exeter marked their Premiership debut with a 22-10 win v Gloucester in September 2010.He has kept going in similar vein for more than a decade, amassing 2,630 points across 311 Chiefs appearances. His 1,651 Premiership points puts him fifth on the all-time list behind Englishmen Charlie Hodgson, Andy Goode and Stephen Myler and Kiwi Nick Evans, just five points above. None of those four eminent goalkickers, however, had to deal routinely with the capricious wind that is often part and parcel of a match experience at Sandy Park.Points machine: Steeno kicks a conversion – one of 329 he’s slotted in the Premiership alone (Getty Images)In tangible terms, Exeter have gleaned one Premiership title, one Champions Cup, one LV= Cup and one Anglo-Welsh Cup since their 2010 promotion, although that doesn’t do justice to what they have brought to the game. That Steenson has been pivotal to their success is self-evident because of the position he plays.But Baxter highlights too Steenson’s role as emotional leader and spiritual guider, the way he has helped drive the work ethic and the culture. And the example he has set in behaving selflessly for the team.“I think the big thing that Gareth doesn’t get the credit for is how long and how hard he’s actually worked for on a day-by-day, session-by-session basis. That’s the bit that sometimes gets left behind,” said Baxter of his long-time captain.“There was a time when we would occasionally put him on the blind-side wing to to try to make his defence a little bit stronger. I can remember Gareth saying, ‘Come on, I don’t want this anymore, I want to be stood at ten in attack and defence, I don’t want to be going out to the wing’. And we said, ‘Well fine, but if you’re going to stand there you know what your responsibility is going to be’.“And again, it’s something else in Gareth’s game that people wouldn’t know, he makes more tackles in training than any other player in the team. He practises his own tackle technique at least three times a week. Those are the bits that people don’t realise. He doesn’t just stand there and kick at goal, he does everything.Spoils of victory: landing the Champions Cup last week was part one of a two-pronged mission (Inpho)“That’s the kind of quality that shows why Steeno has been able to keep doing what he’s been doing. He’s become the player he has, and the leader he has, by dealing with the downsides. And also knowing how other members of the squad are feeling when they’re not involved.“All those kinds of things that you can really use to benefit you if you want to, he’s dealt with very positively. He didn’t think, ‘Oh, that’s my time in the Premiership done’. I’ve seen a lot of players like that. I’ve seen players hit the heights and then once it doesn’t start going well it affects them for a long time.”Steenson’s character showed itself from a young age. Born in Dungannon, he was talented enough to play in the Ireland U21 side that reached the World Championship final in 2004, and a year later started ahead of Johnny Sexton for the U21s. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Tips for Smoother Holiday Travel

first_img Please enter your name here Reply If you are traveling this Christmas, you won’t be alone. According to AAA, more than 103 million Americans are expected to travel for the year-end holidays, which is Dec. 23 – Jan. 2. More people are traveling than ever before, and most are traveling by car, due in part to low gas prices. Whether you plan to drive or fly, here are some tips to help make your holiday travel go more smoothly.By Land:Bring your vehicle to the shop before you leave. It’s important to have your oil changed, tire treads and brakes inspected, and fluids, batteries and filters checked. The last thing you want is to have car trouble on the way to your destination.Keep jumper cables, a tire pressure gage and a jack in your car just in case, along with a flashlight. According to, other items in your emergency roadside kit should include: first aid kit, flares and a white flag, work gloves and a change of clothes, basic repair tools and some duct tape (for temporarily repairing a hose leak!); water and paper towels for cleaning up, nonperishable food, drinking water, and medicines; extra windshield washer fluid, maps, emergency blankets, towels and coats.Make sure know the weather conditions along the route you will be taking to your destination, and update yourself on those conditions along the way, especially if you are headed North. Bring tire chains if you don’t have 4-wheel drive and are expecting to travel through snow.Avoid traveling during the busiest traffic times, such as rush hour.Helpful APPS: Download the Gas Buddy app that will locate cheap gas near you. iExit shows upcoming gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores along your route.If you have children, make sure you pack plenty of snacks, drinks, videos, books and car-friendly games for your journey. Click for road games from Parents Magazine, and travel specific games from Air:Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to your flight.Go to the line to the left at security — because most people are right-handed they usually opt for the right lane.Wear shoes that you can easily take on and off to help you get through security quickly. Avoid wearing big belt buckles (metal objects) or carrying anything liquid (i.e. shampoo, hand sanitizer) in containers larger than 3.4 oz or that will slow you down at security.Make sure you can access your laptop easily to get it through security — remember — it needs to be put into its own bin.If you want to sleep on the airplane, bring your own neck roll, earplugs and a small blanket to help you catch some z-z-z’s. Purchase a bottle of water after you get through security — it will help keep you hydrated in the dry cabin air.Helpful APPS: If you have extra time or are delayed, the app, LoungeBuddy will help you locate pay as you go and free lounges in airports worldwide. Also XpresSpa’s app provides spa treatments at 50 locations at 22 major airports on two continents. An aesthetician will meet you at your gate and escort you to their airport spa. What a great way to spend some extra time!For comprehensive travel tips from the FAA, click here.Bring plenty of patience. Millions of people will be traveling this holiday season, so take a deep breath and try to go with the flow. 1 COMMENT Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSAAAHoliday Travel Previous articleEarly morning crash results in fatalityNext articleFeds warn of ISIS threats to churches, holiday events Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. December 23, 2016 at 3:24 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Over 100 million will take to the roads and runways The Anatomy of Fear We are staying home and aren’t getting out on the interstate roads this Christmas. I want to wish everyone a very wonderful Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season Greetings!…….and if you are traveling, please be very careful, and take your time getting to your destination…….God bless everyone and best wishes!!!last_img read more

All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup – France challenge the Haka

first_imgSunday Oct 23, 2011 All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup – France challenge the Haka The All Blacks put their 24 year nightmare behind them as they beat France 8-7 in the lowest scoring Rugby World Cup final ever. France came to play, and made their intentions clear just before kick off as they challenged the Haka in a unique way.Wearing their white away strip, France linked arms and formed a ‘flying V’ before marching forwards towards the All Blacks, making it clear they weren’t going to simply make up the numbers in this one, their third RWC final. “I wasn’t alone, I had my teammates with me. I felt them close to me — too close at one stage, because they wanted to go across the field and hug New Zealand,” captain Thierry Dusautoir said. “It was necessary to calm them down. But it’s a great moment we’ll all remember. I felt during the week that the players wanted to do something during the haka, like they did in 2007. Someone came to see us, who I won’t name, who told us this idea. We thought of it this morning.”Prop Fabien Barcella was one of the Frenchman who continued forward, having to be held back at times. “It was a ‘V’ for victory, quite simply. It’s the chance of a lifetime to play a final at Eden Park, we didn’t want to miss out on it,” Barcella said.“It came from the heart, and showed that the 30 of us were together tonight.”Francois Trinh-Duc, the flyhalf who started off the bench, said that the players needed to make an impression on their opponent. “We had to throw down the challenge to them,” Trinh-Duc said.“It’s a special moment for the All Blacks, so we wanted a special moment for ourselves as well. It was a way of defying them, letting them know we were there. I think they were surprised, they weren’t expecting it, so I think it worked,” he said. What did you think of what France did in response to the Haka?Highlights from the match can be viewed on the official RWC website. Other clips and coverage will continue on RD over the next few days. Please get in touch if there’s anything you’d like featured. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Balance Charitable Foundation announces initial grantmaking focus

first_imgThe Foundation’s grant-making programme will encourage innovation and new approaches, with grants made over a longer period of time than is common in the charitable sector. In addition to funding practical support projects, the Foundation says that it will separately consider supporting other work which also combats disadvantage, for example child poverty, debt counselling, and volunteering. The BCF intends to lead a national initiative on one of these issues to which financial institutions will be encouraged to contribute as partners, both in expertise as members of the steering group, as well as through funding. The Foundation will consult with the voluntary sector and with financial institutions about this. The exact level of funds available is not yet clear, but the Foundation expects to award its first round of grants at the end of 2005, with two further rounds in 2006. Each grant will be for £50,000 up to a ceiling figure shortly to be agreed by the trustees. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 March 2005 | News 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Balance Charitable Foundation, the unclaimed financial assets charity, will initially focus its grant making on providing assistance to disadvantaged and vulnerable older people, particularly over the age of 75.The Balance Charitable Foundation (for Unclaimed Assets) was established in December 2003 and works in partnership with financial institutions to release the unclaimed assets they hold and to transfer those funds to benefit society by making grants to relevant charities. Following consultation with leading charities, the over-75’s have been identified as a priority for the first two years, not only because of the well documented need of support by large sections of the UK’s ageing population but also because the BCF’s funds will come partly from assets unclaimed by older people or the deceased. Advertisement Balance Charitable Foundation announces initial grantmaking focus About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The Insiders Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage Effective Programs: How Foundations Find, Fund and

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. The Insiders Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage Effective Programs: How Foundations Find, Fund and AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 18 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | Newslast_img read more

New accounting tool to help charities measure their carbon footprint

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance Business software provider Asyst Solutions has launched a tool to help businesses and charities measure their carbon footprint. The new functionality was developed by Access Accounting within the Access Dimensions accounting package and is “the first integrated method of calculating carbon emissions within an accounting software package”.The tool users figures from DEFRA and the Carbon Trust to help organisations account for their carbon emissions as part of normal day-to-day operations. When adding a receipt or invoice, the system automatically spots travel expenses or energy bills and calculates the carbon emission element of them.The new functionality will bring clarity to managers looking to understand which activities are generating the most carbon and so make informed decisions on strategies to reduce them.Jon Jorgensen, managing director for Asyst Solutions, said: “Charities have always been scrutinised on their ability to deliver as high a percentage of each pound donated to the cause as possible. They are also often very vocal supporters of initiatives designed to lessen any negative impact on the environment. The new accounting for carbon emissions functionality within Access Dimensions will help them do both.”He added: “Companies and the not-for-profit sector alike face the dilemma of where to start. The answer is with measurement; after all you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Howard Lake | 28 February 2008 | News 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New accounting tool to help charities measure their carbon footprintlast_img read more

Roadworks from Coolbouy to Kilmacrennan complete by April

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleFears coastal erosion at Ballyliffin could affect Irish Open chancesNext articleSpotlight on poor lighting at Aura Leisure centre car park News Highland Roadworks from Coolbouy to Kilmacrennan complete by April It’s been confirmed that roadworks from Coolbouy to Kilmacrennan will be complete next month. The contractor intends to have the final surface completed with road marking and signage installed by the end of April.There will be minor works to the side roads and access roads in the following months.Cllr Ciaran Brogan says road users have been very patient with how long the work has taken but once finished, it will make a huge over all difference to the entire area:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty By News Highland – March 15, 2019 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+last_img read more

Patients mourn dentist gunned down outside office as police search for his killer

first_imgNewport News Police Department(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) –A Virginia community is in mourning after a local dentist was mysteriously gunned down outside his practice.Newport News dentist William Trolenberg, 65, was found shot in a parking lot outside his office just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Newport News Police Department.Patients took to social media to express their shock and offer condolences. Dr Trolenberg took care of my family of 7 for over 15 years. He was wonderful always and this is truly devastating news! prayers to family and staff!— Robin Friend (Ankelmacrilzac) (@Ankelmacrilzac) June 20, 2019 I just learned our dentist and a very kind man, Dr. William Trolenberg, was murdered Wednesday afternoon outside his office. Senseless.— Kathryn Loveless (@KathiLoveless) June 21, 2019As police search for the gunman, local officials held a prayer circle and community walk Thursday afternoon at Deer Park Dental, the dentist’s practice.“This community is feeling it,” Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said at the prayer circle. “This is a good community, this is a strong community. I learned that just by the neighbors that I talked to yesterday. I learned that just by walking up here and seeing the number of individuals that are here today. That tells me that people care.”Newport News Mayor McKinley Price added, “We’re gonna do the best we can to apprehend this person.”Police have released photos of a possible person of interest and are asking the public to help identify him.center_img SEEKING IDENTITY OF PERSON OF INTERESTWe are still working to ID a person of interest in yesterday’s homicide investigation. We are releasing new photos and continue to ask the public to share them.— Newport News Police (@NewportNewsPD) June 20, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Compass makes public market debut at $7B valuation

first_img Full Name* Share via Shortlink Sources speculated that Compass received pushback from investors over the price, necessitating the last-minute cut. An updated S-1 also indicated that Reffkin, SoftBank and another key backer intended to purchase blocks of shares amounting to nearly 40 percent of the total offering.“It’s not the premium you would expect, especially if you think about the growth of the business between 2019 and 2021,” said Nima Wedlake, a principal at investment firm Thomvest Ventures, which is not a Compass investor.At $7 billion, Compass’ valuation is roughly twice its annual revenue. By comparison, brokerage conglomerate Realogy’s market cap is $1.7 billion, a fraction of its $6.2 billion in revenue in 2020. Listings and iBuying giant Zillow’s market cap is 10 times its annual revenue; brokerage Redfin’s market cap is 7.6 times its revenue; and virtual firm eXp World Holdings has a market cap that’s 3.7 times its revenue.The long and winding road to IPOUntil recently, Compass deflected questions about an eventual IPO, saying it had the benefit of patient capital from investors. “We don’t need to go public in order to raise capital,” Reffkin said on CNBC in September 2020.In reality, Compass spent much of last year — in addition to weathering the pandemic — laying the groundwork for a public offering. It beefed up its board and added key executives to its C-suite, including general counsel Brad Serwin. In a December email to agents, Reffkin touted the benefits of going public, saying doing so would allow Compass “to raise capital that we can invest in more tools and more support to help you.”Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and his mother, Ruth Reffkin (Compass)The following month, Compass filed confidentiality to go public. A subsequent prospectus, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, offered investors a detailed look at the company’s financials, including $1 billion in cumulative losses.The filing showed that Compass’ revenue more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, and revenue last year jumped 56 percent to $3.7 billion. In 2020, losses narrowed to $270.2 million, down from $388 million loss in 2019.The prospectus also outlined the cost of Compass’ growth, including $300 million in acquisitions between 2018 and 2020.Contact E.B. Solomont compassIPOResidential BrokerageRobert Reffkin Message* Valuation gameCompass initially sought to go public at a $10 billion valuation, billing itself as more of a tech company than brokerage. By offering 36 million shares priced between $23 and $26 each, Compass aimed to raise nearly $1 billion in the IPO.On Wednesday, it slashed the price target to $19 — and later, $18 — and said it would offer 25 million shares. The new price valued Compass at just over $7 billion; its last funding round in July 2019 valued the company at $6.4 billion.Read moreCompass slashes share price ahead of IPO What you need to know about Compass’ IPO Inside Compass’ S-1 center_img Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags (Compass/Instagram)With the push of a button, Robert Reffkin and Ori Allon rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning, kicking off trading on Compass’ first day as a public company.The co-founders, grinning and clapping, slung their arms around each other and bumped fists to mark the occasion.Late Wednesday, Compass priced its stock at $18 per share, 30 percent lower than it initially targeted.Compass’ IPO has been one of the most-closely watched in the brokerage industry — not to mention the subject of intense speculation, brokerage gossip and palace intrigue. The stock price will reveal whether public-market investors believe it’s a tech company, brokerage or both.Compass, founded by Reffkin and Allon, burst onto the scene in 2012 with $8 million in seed funding. The New York City-based firm has since raised $1.5 billion from investors, including SoftBank, and now operates in 46 markets with 19,000 agents nationwide.ADVERTISEMENTBut it burned bridges with incumbents in many of those markets, where it aggressively hired top agents from competitors. For years, Compass’ critics within the brokerage world have questioned the firm’s assertion that it’s a tech company. After Compass filed its IPO prospectus in March, some analysts and investors began wondering the same.last_img read more

News story: Tribunal, Trade Marks and Designs Case Worker Examiner

first_imgPurposeThe Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. These rights include patents, designs, trade Marks and copyright.We are responsible for the granting of IP rights, which promotes creativity and enables the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.These available posts sit within our Tribunal, Trade Marks and Designs Division. We are specifically responsible for granting registered rights in trade marks and designs as well as independently administering the associated Tribunal function too.Roles and ResponsibilitiesMain Duties (depending on role offered):Tribunal Case Work Examiner: examination of applications to register Trade Marks under the Trade Marks Act 1994 (and the Trade Marks Rules 2008) and/or the Examination of Designs under the Designs Act 1949 (and the Designs Rules 2006) analysis of arguments and evidence submitted in support of applications so that well thought through and sound decisions are made clearly communicating to customers (ranging from professional Attorneys to Unrepresented Applicants) on all aspects of the application and registration process assisting applicants and representatives in overcoming any objections raised against their application and providing excellent customer care proactively keeping own knowledge up to date and developing self developing a thorough understanding of the relevant sections of the legislation, case law and associated practice improving our service to customers by joining in with continuous improvement activities ensuring the timely and efficient processing of cases before the Tribunal according to the legislation set out under the Trade Marks Act 1994 (and the Trade Marks Rules 2008) and/or the Designs Act 1949 (and the Designs Rules 2006) inspection of statements of case/counter statements ascertaining whether the correct grounds have been pleaded and notifying the parties of any perceived deficiencies where appropriate ensure that all evidence admitted into the proceedings complies with the relevant legislation and published guidance material and that any deficiencies are identified and notified to the parties consideration of and determining on a preliminary basis any request made once the evidence timetable has been set for extension of time and stay requests, consolidation, cross-examination and disclosure respond to all litigants whether in writing or on the telephone in an impartial, professional and customer friendly way proactively keeping own knowledge up to date and developing self developing a thorough understanding of the relevant sections of the legislation, case law and associated practice improving our service to customers by joining in with continuous improvement activities Trade Marks or Designs Examiner: How to applyFull details of this role and how to apply are available on the Civil Service Jobs website.The closing date for applications is 26 March 2018.For more information please email [email protected]last_img read more