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OTM claims its leads are overtaking Rightmove’s for ‘growing number’ of agents

first_imgOnTheMarket has claimed that a ‘growing number’ of its member agents are receiving more leads from the portal than its arch rival Rightmove.But OTM  has provided no data to back up its claim, instead offering up five testimonials from member agents including London firm Beresfords, CCL Property in Scotland, Leicester firm Anderson’s, Buckinghamshire agency Martin Kemps and Wareham company Purbeck Property, all of whom claim their leads from OTM are now greater than Rightmove’s.The initiative by OTM is part of its ongoing campaign to offer similar services and benefits to Rightmove and Zoopla including two weeks ago the launch of a suite of reporting tools for agents.Unusually for an agent, one of the businesses promoted by OTM in its statement, Scottish agency CCL Property in Moray, has now quit Rightmove after signing a three-year deal with OTM.“We couldn’t justify an increase of 20% in our Rightmove fees and the quality and volume of leads we receive from OnTheMarket have given us confidence to make this decision,” says director David Pickering (left).“The number of leads from OnTheMarket has overtaken those supplied to us by Rightmove and its leads are of better quality than those supplied by Zoopla. Many have led to completed transactions.”Ian Springett, CEO of OTM, says: “Due to a muted housing market and the imminent up-front ban on lettings fees for tenants, there is significant pressure on agents to reduce their marketing spend or to allocate it in the most effective way.”The Negotiator contacted Rightmove for comment about the claims made by OTM, but has to date not received a response.    Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM March 28, 2019Nigel Lewis5 commentsSteve Way, Oxlets Ltd Oxlets Ltd 28th March 2019 at 1:57 pmI run a small independent (looking after around 75 properties) and in the last three years Rightmove put their fees up 12%, 17% and end of last year 25%!! This is simply unsustainable and smaller agents will priced out. If I put my fees up like that, I’d have no clients left. Upon challenging them, they were arrogant and advised me that their pricing model was to have all agents, no matter how big or small, on the minimum base membership at £2500pcm+VAT. They reckoned this offered good value for money – £36000 per year just to list properties. Are they MAD !!! I will be signing up to OTM and cancelling Rightmove in the next 3 months – they have now become far too big for their boots and it’s about time agents left them because they are just greedy, abusing their position, and abusing their clients. If one of the bigger high street corporates had the nuts to leave them, I think that would be the catalyst to many others going. In 8 years of using them, the only time I actually got to talk to them was when I asked for confirmation of cancellation terms! They very quickly got in touch then. We are not clients, we are slaves to them – break the chains!!!Log in to ReplyJohn Paul Dennis, John P Dennis & Son Ltd John P Dennis & Son Ltd 29th March 2019 at 11:32 amMe too, Steve. I’ve not had many adverse comments, and lost about 4 properties (some I was pleased to see the back of!). But just do the maths. I could stand to lose two thirds of my properties (I don’t expect to) and still be ahead. Keep the faith!Log in to ReplyMichael Gilders, Carters of Bedworth Carters of Bedworth 1st April 2019 at 10:35 amHi SteveI have not long found out that two of my corporate competitors in my town are paying £500pcm to be on R/M, double what they are charging myself for my second small branch! Having spoken to my rep its basically like it or lump it! Absolutely no empathy shown to the independent agent. In his words if you came to R/M with 500 branches you would get the same deal!! So that is why the big corporate agents will never leave them as they are paying half to every other independent agent!! Oh and I have just had an email confirming a 16% increase in June!!Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 28th March 2019 at 10:40 amThis is exactly what I told our RM account manager nearly a year ago. The response I eventually got was that they are putting rightmove fees up by 18.9%. So I just removed all features and this year lettings will go from RM too.RM has sealed it’s fate; and if they’d had any brains, they’d have cut fees.Log in to ReplySteve Way, Oxlets Ltd Oxlets Ltd 28th March 2019 at 1:59 pmTotally agree – I sincerely hope Rightmove lose some major clients leading to a mass exodus. Arrogance in the extreme.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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » OTM claims its leads are overtaking Rightmove’s for ‘growing number’ of agents previous nextMarketingOTM claims its leads are overtaking Rightmove’s for ‘growing number’ of agentsPortal reveals that one of its agents in Scotland has quit Rightmove after signing a three-year deal with it.Nigel Lewis28th March 20195 Comments2,578 Viewslast_img read more

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Branches WILL be important after Covid, says Douglas & Gordon CEO

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Branches WILL be important after Covid, says Douglas & Gordon CEO previous nextAgencies & PeopleBranches WILL be important after Covid, says Douglas & Gordon CEOJames Evans says the industry should avoid making a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to the current challenges facing it.Nigel Lewis21st October 202001,228 Views Douglas & Gordon CEO James Evans has made a rare public outing to warn the industry not to ditch branches as a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to falling footfall on the high street, diminishing walk-ins and tech.Evans, whose estate agency operates 19 branches across the more upmarket areas of central London, has told The Negotiator that agents considering a move away from the high street should be careful.“To be honest I’m quite split on the topic because there are pros and cons to being on the high street,” he says.He says like everyone else he’s watched as the need for a physical branch has diminished dramatically while costs have increased and that most people start their home search online now, rather than consulting with an agent first.Evans promises Douglas & Gordon will not be leaving the high street.This is because at their most basic offices are free high street advertising that are a “24-7 sales person sitting on the high street and also a billboard”,” he says.“And it’s an affordable form of marketing compared to say bus advertising.”Most importantly, he says branches are a key place for teams to create energy, bounce ideas off each other and be competitive, all features that make for a successful estate agency, he claims.Nevertheless, Evans also says he’s pressing on with a hybrid-style model within Douglas & Gordon which, he says, has a place within the traditional agency structure.This includes self-employed partners in Streatham, Kensal Rise and Queens Park, and also independent home-working agents working alongside traditional branches in South Kensington and Chelsea.Read the full interview in the next issue of The Negotiator magazine.D&G james evans Douglas & Gordon October 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Royal Navy Lynx Lights Up Mediterranean Sunset

first_imgAs HMS Dragon patrols the Eastern Mediterranean her Lynx helicopter breathes fire into the sunset sky with a stunning array of decoy flares.One of the Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyers, HMS Dragon has arrived back from the Gulf and is now in the Eastern Med, patrolling UK sovereign base areas and taking part in locally based exercises.LPhot Jenkins said:“There are times when you take plenty of pictures and have very little to show for them. The images taken that night were as a result of some careful planning and good fortune.“What is rewarding for me is that the crew are pleased with the picture because it represents the capability that HMS Dragon delivers on a daily basis.”As well as flying her own Lynx helicopter – of 815 Naval Air Squadron based in Yeovilton – Dragon has been flexing muscle as part of joint training with Typhoons from her affiliated 6 Squadron RAF.Holding various flying exercises with 11 Squadron, based at RAF Conningsby, and Boeing E3-Ds from 8 Squadron based at RAF Waddington, Dragon also exchanged personnel for the RAF to experience life on a ship and vice versa.The air defence exercises were part of the ship adapting to their new environment in the Med – having been in the Gulf for four months – presenting a different set of challenges for the air defence teams.As well as working with the RAF, HMS Dragon has welcomed Army colleagues on board in the form of 54 Squadron, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, based in Marchwood, Southampton.The logistics personnel ensured the exercises were entirely uninterrupted by smoothly dealing with the delivery of vital stores, victuals and other important issues, such as official and personal mail.Lieutenant Commander Andy Bray, HMS Dragon’s Logistics Officer, said:“It has been impressive to see all of the team pull together to help support HMS Dragon on operations, be they from the RAF or the Army’s very own mariners from the Port and Maritime section of the Royal Logistics Corps.“Working together has meant that we can stay at sea, on task, for longer and this has helped directly the ship’s company to do our job.”“A simple task like delivering operational mail, fresh provisions and vital spares, with novel approaches to embarkation, cannot be understated, and improves the lives of all Dragon’s sailors.”[mappress]Press Release, October 10, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lights View post tag: Mediterranean View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic October 10, 2013 Training & Education Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Lynx Lights Up Mediterranean Sunset View post tag: Defense View post tag: up View post tag: Naval View post tag: Royal View post tag: Lynx Royal Navy Lynx Lights Up Mediterranean Sunset View post tag: Sunsetlast_img read more

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Patisserie Valerie up 13.2% as expansion continues

first_imgRevenue across the Patisserie Valerie brand has risen 13.2% in the past half-year.Sales rose £5.4m to £45.8m in the six months ended 31 March, while sales across brand owner Patisserie Holdings increased 9.1% to £60.5m. EBITDA rose 11.6% to £13.6m, and pre-tax profit 14.2% to £11.1m.The company said the period had got off to a strong start, boosted by its festive range, but that sales were later hampered by bad weather conditions.“However, thanks to our vertically integrated supply chain and the flexibility of our workforce, we were able to limit the impact on profit,” stated Patisserie Holdings. “We finished the period strongly with a record Mother’s Day weekend and a good lead-up to Easter.”The business opened 10 new stores over the period and said it was on track to meet its target of 20 openings across the full year. The openings included five new locations: Basingstoke, Wigan, Cwmbran, Chesterfield and Carlisle. Three further sites – Lancaster, Battersea and Belfast Forestside – are set to open by the end of this month.Patisserie Holdings added that all its openings were profitable from the first week of trading and were all funded from operating cash flows.The business relaunched its website in February, which it said had contributed to an online sales rise of 62% to £2.6m. The new site includes video imagery of products, tablet/mobile compatibility and a streamlined checkout process.It is trialling initiatives in selected stores, including a new menu, a new savoury range and in-store bake-off of morning goods.Having last year launched a partnership with Sainsbury’s, the company now has counters in 31 Sainsbury’s stores and 14 click-and-collect locations, and said it would soon be going into a further 10 Sainsbury’s stores.Patisserie Holdings said it remained proactive in managing its cost base and had seen a reduction in the prices of some core ingredients.“We benefited in the period from a number of contract renegotiations and, in some cases, switched suppliers to mitigate inflationary pressures, along with production efficiencies from investment in our bakeries in the prior year,” it stated.The group had delivered a strong set of results in a sector that has well-documented challenges, said executive chairman Luke Johnson.“Our vertically integrated and flexible business model enables us to deliver consistent profits, with our affordable treats remaining popular with our very diverse customer base.“We remain focused on organic growth and, with a strong balance sheet, continue to assess acquisition opportunities that will have a strategic and cultural fit.”last_img read more

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UMF awards Wilson Fellowships and Wilson Scholarships

first_imgFARMINGTON – The University of Maine Farmington has been awarding the Wilson Fellowship and Scholarship to its finest undergraduate students since 2006. Though there are many changes in the education system this year, this tradition held fast. This fall semester, the University awarded three fellowships and one scholarship to students. To be considered, students were required to propose a creative or a research-based project and have a faculty advisor agree to work closely with them in overseeing the project. Those applying for the Fellowship will propose a year-long project, and those applying for the Scholarship will propose a semester-long project.Samantha Taylor, a Fellowship recipients is a senior from Anson. She is a double major in Visual Arts and Performing Arts. Under the guidance of Ann Bartges, Taylor will be incorporating the skills she has learned in both the visual and performing art departments at UMF to present installations that speak to the state of vulnerability feminine people face online in modern times.“I am creating a body of artwork titled Moldables for Sale based on the experiences that women, femme, and queer folk face in our expanding digital society. I am using many technological practices such as animation, projection, website development, coding projects, and more to create artworks that access both vulnerable and digital space to expose audiences to the deeper truths of what it means to experience misogyny, hyper-digital commercialism, and societal pressure online,” Taylor said.For many students like Taylor, winning this award opens up opportunities that they would normally be kept from for monetary reasons.“I am incredibly excited to be able to generate work that will connect with other people about issues that are important to me. Admittedly, I feel like the pressure is on now, and I don’t want to let anyone down, but that will push me harder to make the best work of my undergraduate career,” Taylor said upon receiving the award.Emily Kelley, a senior in Environmental Science from Shapliegh, and a recipient of the Wilson Fellowship, will be working on a project involving the study of swift fox populations in the central United States.“My goal working with my faculty advisor Dr. Schwalm is to assess nucleotide sequence differences in genes associated with behavioral adaptation between the agriculture dwelling swift fox population in Kansas and agriculture avoiding swift fox populations elsewhere. Identifying such differences would indicate an instance of human-induced rapid evolutionary change (HIREC). This knowledge could be used to help inform future restoration and reintroduction projects throughout the swift fox’s native range,” Kelley said.The recipient of the scholarship is Brian Tibbetts. A senior studying Computer Science, from Sidney, Tibbetts will be spending the next few months creating maps.“The maps I’m planning to present will describe the major conflicts that took place in East Africa during 2011, when an intense drought hit the area. I want to show how the drought conditions might have affected the relationships between countries and ethnic groups in the region,” Tibbetts said.According to him, the inspiration for this project came from reading Tropic of Chaos, a book by Christian Parenti, which details the relationship between climate change and social behaviors.What’s unanimous among the students is a feeling of gratitude for having been recognized by the University as respected academics worthy of support. The completed projects are traditionally presented at the year’s end Symposium for current students, faculty, and members of the community to attend. If that aspect of the Wilson Awards remains has yet to be determined.last_img read more

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Kitchen Dwellers Cover Phish & Tom Petty, Collab With Horseshoes & Hand Grenades [Videos/Photo]

first_imgKitchen Dwellers & Horseshoes and Hand Grenades | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 11/17/2017 | Photos: Brady Cooling Last night at Denver, Colorado’s Bluebird Theater, two of the best up-and-coming bluegrass acts in the scene joined forces for the first night of a two-night co-headlining run marking the end of their incredible cross-country fall tour. Both the Kitchen Dwellers and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades have been on tour together for the better part of two months, with each act playing a set of their own music followed by a special two-band jam collaboration to finish off the evening. With The Two Track providing a strong warm-up support set, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades came out swinging with a solid set (they will take on closing duties tonight) that included some energetic jams of their own material, such as the new number “Don’t Say Hello.” A couple of choice covers stood out including the Talking Heads “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” and a beautiful take on Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon.”Kitchen Dwellers Perform Horseshoes & Hand Grenades’ “Rivers High” With Guitarist Adam GreuelFrom the beginning of their set, Kitchen Dwellers got things off to a strong start, opening with a 1-2 punch of “Where They Do Not Know My Name” > “Living Dread.” As the set wore on, the energy coming from the quartet only increased. “Ghost In The Bottle” from the recent album of the same name featured a “Harry Hood” jam, plastering ear-to-ear smiles on the faces of the packed crowd.Twiddle And Kitchen Dwellers Team For Special Third Set In Boulder [Video/Photo]The “galaxy grass” act from Bozeman, MT wasn’t quite done with the Phish love just yet, as they played “Gumbo” in its entirety later on in the set. “Visions of More” saw the Dwellers go straight up bliss jam before bringing out their Horseshoes cohorts for a cover of Tom Petty‘s “Last Dance With Mary Jane.” After the homage to the recently falling rock legend, both bands brought the show to a close with a boot-stomping cover of Tyler Childers‘ “White House Road,” which was played for the first time. All in all, the show was filled with a frenetic energy from all acts involved and crowd alike.Check out a gallery of images from last night courtesy of Brady Cooling Photography, plus watch videos of last night’s show below.SETLIST: Kitchen Dwellers | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 11/17/2017Where They Do Not Know My Name>Living Dread, Ghost In The Bottle, Farmer’s Son>Southern Flavor, Auggie>Buckle Down*, Covered Bridges, Gumbo, Visions of More, Mary Jane’s Last Dance^, Whitehouse Road^”*Contained “The Four” teases^ w/ all members of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades” Tyler Childers, first-time playedSETLIST: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades | Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO | 11/17/17Fly to the Moon, Foggy Halo, Wisconsin Waters>Get Down To It, Danville>Jam>Danville, The Ode, Darlin’ Corey>Don’t Say Hello, Imperfection, Gator Tracks, Hoot n Howl, Naive Melody, Rhiannon“Gumbo”“Harry Hood Jam” “Don’t Say Hello”“Rhiannon”center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Heartbreak Motel: 20 Fun Facts About Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love

first_img Fool For Love View Comments After 30 years, Sam Shepard’s classic cowboy drama Fool for Love returns to New York. The Broadway revival, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda as Eddie and May, the tortured ex-lovers reuniting in a seedy motel room, officially opens on October 8. As you might expect, there are a number of intriguing facts about a production involving a legendary playwright, talented stars and sultry behavior. Here are 20.1. Shepard wrote Fool for Love shortly after breaking up with his wife, playwright and actress O-Lan Jones, and taking up with Jessica Lange, his co-star in the movie Frances.2. Fool for Love, Shepard wrote in a letter to friend/collaborator Joe Chaikin is “the outcome of all this tumultuous feeling I’ve been going through this past year…it’s a very emotional play and in some ways embarrassing for me to witness but somehow necessary at the same time.”3. Shepard wrote the part of Eddie, the rodeo stunt man, specifically for Ed Harris.4. To prepare for his role, Harris practiced his lassoing on a steer head that he stuck in a bale of hay in the middle of his lawn,5. By comparison, Harris’ co-star, Kathy Baker, stayed in a series of shabby motel rooms while driving to her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.6. Harris and Baker first met on the set of the 1983 film The Right Stuff. Also appearing in that movie: Sam Shepard, who received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of astronaut Chuck Yeager, and O-Lan Jones.7. Fool for Love debuted at San Francisco’s Magic Theatre, where Shepard was the playwright-in-residence, in 1983.8. The play, directed by Shepard, made its New York debut at the Circle Repertory Theatre on May 26,1983 before transferring to the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre on November 27,1983. It ran for exactly 1,000 performances.9. Bruce Willis was the understudy for Harris’ successor, Will Patton. The future Misery star took over the lead role in May 1984.10. In May 1997, Willis produced and starred in a revival of Fool for Love—in Hailey, Idaho, his adopted hometown.11 Among the notable names who played Eddie and May over the nearly two-year run: Willis, Aidan Quinn, Will Patton, Ellen Barkin and Frances Fisher.12. The play, which is to be “performed relentlessly without a break,” took its toll on the original leads. Harris got scabs on his knuckles from slamming his fists into walls; Baker suffered from exhaustion.13. Fool for Love won five 1984 Obie Awards, including Best New American Play. The play was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist, losing to David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross.14. A film version of Fool for Love, directed by Robert Altman, was released in late 1985. Shepard and Kim Basinger star as Eddie and May.15. Shepard had mixed feeling on Altman’s efforts. “On film, it comes across as kind of a quaint little Western tale of two people lost in a motel room,” he said. “In the theater it was right in front of your face, it was so intense it was kind of scary.”16, Ed Harris was slated to direct a revival of Fool for Love for Roundabout Theatre Company in February 2005. “I actually auditioned people,” Harris told @ This Stage Magazine. “I had a really cool idea for the set but some work came up or I couldn’t find an Eddie, the character I played. I don’t remember. I was really excited about somebody I thought I had then it kind of got weird. So it just petered out.”17. Fool for Love is performed in the West End in 2006. Juliette Lewis and Martin Henderson played May and Eddie.18. Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose committed to the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Fool for Love, but scheduling conflicts forced the stars to leave a month before the premiere. Rockwell and Arianda replace them.19.Rockwell still found time to get into character. He attended rodeos and hung out with wranglers. He studied roping, using trashcans in Tompkins Square Park and a ladder in his apartment for practice. His dialect coach even got an Arizonan record the script.20. Arianda is a longtime fan of the play. The Tony winner first read it around age 12. She still brought her student copy to the theater.Fool for Love opens at the Samuel J. Friedman on October 8. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015last_img read more

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Is EMV really solving the fraud problem?

first_imgIs EMV solving the fraud problem?Short answer: No.But, to be fair, EMV is not designed to solve the entire fraud problem — rather, it addresses one piece of the puzzle, namely counterfeit card fraud. While the U.S. conversion to EMV is not yet complete, Mercator Advisory Group is tracking its progress:84 percent of U.S. general purpose credit cards will have EMV chips by the end of 2016.3 in 5 American adults now own at least one EMV chip card.EMV card conversion is projected to be complete by the end of 2018.Nearly 50 percent of in-store credit card transactions will be “chip on chip” this year.While more and more cardholders are using EMV at the point of sale, merchant adoption is still spotty. “Delays in the certification and activation of merchants’ point-of-sale terminals has introduced a significant lag between the distribution of EMV-capable terminals and the enablement of those terminals,” says the Mercator report “EMV in 2016: Breaking through the Bottleneck.” This state of affairs has consumers and merchants frustrated, even as EMV moves forward.Other Types of Fraud SurgeMeanwhile, other types of fraud seem to be having a heyday. FICO reports that ATM skimming rose 546 percent between 2014 and 2015 – in large measure because EMV at the ATM has been slower to roll out. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Air passenger growth of 12%

first_imgSource_DZSRELATED NEWS:OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERZADAR AND MADRID WILL BE CONNECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY A WORKING LINE FROM THE NEXT SEASONEUROWINGS AIRCRAFT PAINTED IN KVARNER COLORS In October 2018, Croatian airports recorded 905 thousand passengers or 11,7% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport with 317 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,7% compared to October 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 243 thousand passengers (an increase of 12,9% compared to October 2017) and the airport port of Split with 223 thousand passengers (an increase of 13,9% compared to October 2017).The largest international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 224 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 15,6% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in October 2018 was 10, which is an increase of 525% compared to October 2017.last_img read more

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West Bandung landslides put Cipularang toll road at risk

first_imgAccording to provisional field analysis, Anjar said that a possible cause of the landslide was a large puddle that formed due to a blockage at the drainage channel across the toll road. He had yet to come to the conclusion as to whether the puddle was located along the valley of the initial landslide location point. The distance between the point to the toll road is approximately 10 meters. “Mitigation through draining this water puddle has to be done immediately. [We are] worried that the cliff of yesterday’s landslide will [approach] the toll road. It needs to be continuously monitored,” Anjar said, adding that drones were used to help conduct aerial surveillance. “Ground surface [analysis] to check the condition of the rocks, the structure of the soil, the land formation and irrigation system in the area is all in process. Meanwhile, drones [are being used] to confirm delineation, observing land movements,” Anjar said, explaining that data on the landslide location before the toll road was constructed had to be checked as well to understand its historical structure. Future land movements were still possible, Anjar noted, especially with the 22-degree steep slope. “If the slope is disturbed, automatically it will cause [land] movements. If we look at it now, there are numerous disturbances, for example, the changing land use and the movement of heavy vehicles on the toll road,” he said. (ydp)Topics : “The early mitigation that is being carried out is focused on draining puddles around the location. After they are drained, then [we] can do other structural-mitigation measures, such as slope containment and terracing [soil conservation],” said Anjar, who was gathering ground-surface data and aerial photographs from the location of the landslides on Wednesday. Head of community unit (RW) 04, Sukatani village, Wahyudin, explained that a landslide, which flattened two resident’s houses, started at 7 p.m. and got worse over the next two hours. The ground movement caused the soil to pile up to dozens of meters in height. “Two houses were destroyed and four were heavily damaged,” Wahyudin added. In regard to the threat level, Wahyudin explained that there were still around 80 families residing in the area.  The Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang (Cipularang) toll road at kilometer marker (KM) 118 is at risk from landslides that have occured at Sukatani village, West Bandung regency, West Java. The land movements have occurred since mid-December 2019, yet the colossal displacement that damaged at least six houses happened on Tuesday, at around 10 p.m. Earth researcher, Anjar Heriwaseso, from the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG), said it would be better for the residents in the area to stay alert, as there was still the possibility of more land movements. last_img read more

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