Home » News » Agencies & People » Hatched founder to launch US franchise brand in UK previous nextAgencies & PeopleHatched founder to launch US franchise brand in UKAdam Day claims he has found the ‘future of UK estate agency’ and has launched EXP Realty in the UK offering agents high commission and equity.Nigel Lewis6th June 201902,952 Views EXP Realty, a publicly listed US estate agency that touts itself as the ‘Amazon of property’ is to launch in the UK headed up by former Hatched founder Adam Day.Unusually, the Washington-based firm is to offer UK agents a significantly larger slice of sales commission than traditional agents as well as equity in the company.Day, who left Hatched two years ago to join easyProperty before briefly working at eMoov, says he has been in talks with exp Realty for several months and that he believes he has “finally found what the future is, and I’m proud to be bringing it to the UK”.“One of the main failures of US agents that have come over here is that they’ve been perceived as imposing the US operating model on UK agency.“But I’ve been really impressed with EXP’s attitude in that they see themselves as a global estate agency business that happened to start in the US, not a US agency that’s trying to change the way we do things here,” he says.“However there are some aspects which we’ll introduce that are truly revolutionary, the likes of which I’ve never seen.”Agent packageDay is looking for agents to join the franchise-based company which describes itself as a ‘cloud-based office’ firm offering each estate agent a personalised website for their territory, an instant valuation tool as well as a CRM system, marketing tools and lead generation platform.“Agents will also get the opportunity to work when you want and how often you want as well as a jaw-dropping technology platform which revolutionises the training, support and collaboration aspect of working in this way,” says Day.His new UK operation for EXP Realty can be contacted via its new website.EXP Realty was originally known as Buyer Tours Realty until 2007 and was founded by US businessman Glenn Sanford. It has also announced plans to expand into Australia at the same time as the UK. Hatched adam day easyProperty Emoov EXP exp realty June 6, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 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
Richard Moss MD: Response To Story of April 16, 2016, Evansville Courier PressWith respect to the article regarding my relationship with my wife as reported in the Evansville Courier Press on April 16th 2016, I offer the response as volunteered by my wife, Supit Moss, on April 19, 2016 in the same newspaper about the nature of our relationship. It sets the record straight. (Go to: http://www.courierpress.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/congressional-candidates-wife-says-there-was-no-battery-30c259d4-d0d3-30cd-e053-0100007f3aa1-376097461.html)It should come as no surprise in this political season of mudslinging that some opponent of mine would resort to the strategy of smear and character assassination in order to gain an advantage. As both responses given by Supit and the prosecuting attorney at the time 23 years ago who dismissed the case as a misunderstanding, the advantages sought have proven groundless. Their attempts at casting aspersions upon my name have brought shame and a crushing defeat upon themselves instead.So, after this short unhappy interlude from the ongoing campaign to bring a conservative voice to southwest Indiana, it is time to call out my liberalized opponent Congressman Larry Bucshon and his abysmal voting record. He has run in the 8th district three previous times, and now for a fourth time, as a staunch conservative when, in truth, once elected he has proven to be an establishment Republican casting his precious votes for a liberal agenda.He has voted to fund Obamacare, amnesty, the anti-coal EPA, the importing of Syrian refugees, and Planned Parenthood, all while happily driving up our national debt along with so many other free-spending, debt-happy career politicians who empower themselves today on the backs of our children tomorrow. Indeed, Congressman Bucshon has never met a spending bill he didn’t love. He has voted for massive education and transportation bills, fast track-status for Barack Obama, the TPP, and the Import-Export Bank, all so much crony capitalism to ensure his campaign coffers remain filled.He has twice voted for John Boehner as Speaker of the House, no greater example of the inept, unprincipled Republican Establishment than he. He claims the mantle of conservatism during election season only to return to Washington to vote like the liberal that, after six years, he appears emphatically to be.I ask also if any one knows the whereabouts of Congressman Bucshon? We have challenged him publically to a debate on several occasions in which he should defend his representation of the voters of the 8th Congressional district and make clear why he is so right and they are so wrong. But he has gone missing. Why does he dodge the voters he claims to represent?Congress is held in very low esteem by the American public. As I have written before: “The people are angry as hell and hold the federal government, Washington, and the Republican Party, in particular the Congress, responsible. We are tired of the backroom deals, the political patronage, favoritism, and cronyism. We cannot abide an inept, unprincipled Republican Party in Washington that can’t surrender soon enough. We have had it with the career politicians that betray the base that wins them stunning, landslide election victories as we did in 2010 and 2014 – and get nothing for their trouble.”The conservative base is frustrated and sick of the stand-for-nothing Republican ruling class in Washington – and their loyal foot soldiers like Congressman Bucshon.In closing, I will reiterate the simple truth as stated by Supit Moss, my wife, in her April 19, 2016 response to the Evansville Courier Press article of April 16, 2016. There was no battery or physical contact 23 years ago – or ever. Supit and I have been happily married for 26 years with four wonderful children. This is the real story of the Moss family – the only story worthy of print. The shame that should be felt by my political opponents for resorting to dirty tricks and noxious slurs should not be underemphasized.I am Dr. Richard M. Moss, your conservative alternative in the Republican primary May 3rd 2016. You may review my positions at www.rmoss4congress.com. Let’s restore a sense of dignity and conservatism to the 8th Congressional District.FOOTNOTE: This letter was posted by the CCO without opinion, bias or editing. todays “Readers Poll” question is: How would you rank State Representative Wendy McNamara job performance over the last several years?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The aircraft can carry up to 37 tonnes over a range of 2,000 nautical miles. It is able to deploy troops and equipment between and within theatres of operation either by parachute or by landing on short, potentially unprepared airstrips.Atlas can also carry armoured vehicles, drastically reducing the time it takes for a deploying force to be ready to fight. For humanitarian roles, it is capable of deploying mobile cranes, excavators and large dump trucks for disaster relief operations– for example clearing earthquake sites. From deploying troops and armoured vehicles to a war zone, to getting vital support to humanitarian disasters, our Atlas fleet plays a global role and it needs a home to match. This huge hangar provides exactly that, and will see Brize Norton ready our Atlas fleet for action wherever they are needed in the world. The UK has ordered 22 Atlas aircraft for the RAF, 18 of which have been delivered. The entire fleet is due to be delivered by 2022. This new hangar provides us with a world-class maintenance facility to match the world-beating capability of the Atlas aircraft. The Atlas maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, which covers 24,000 square metres and is 28 metres high, is now fitted out and fully operational in support of RAF transport operations all over the world.Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb said: A £70 million hangar large enough to contain three of the RAF’s new Atlas transport aircraft at the same time was officially opened by Defence Minister Guto Bebb at RAF Brize Norton today. Crown copyright.Wing Commander Ed Horne, the Officer Commanding 70 Squadron RAF which operates the UK’s Atlas aircraft said: The Atlas programme is delivering a world-class fleet for the RAF, offering the UK next-generation transport and airlift abilities for operations all over the world. Expert support on the ground in the UK is an essential part of that capability and this new facility will ensure that work continues for decades to come. A £70 million hangar large enough to contain three of the RAF’s new Atlas transport aircraft at the same time was officially opened by Defence Minister Guto Bebb at RAF Brize Norton today. Crown copyright. A £70 million hangar large enough to contain three of the RAF’s new Atlas transport aircraft at the same time was officially opened by Defence Minister Guto Bebb at RAF Brize Norton today. Crown copyright.The hangar was built under Defence Infrastructure Organisation contracts and has cost approximately £70 million including fit-out work, with activity on the facility ramping up since late 2016 when it was handed to Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement organisation.The hangar is designed to make Atlas maintenance easier, safer and more efficient. The internal layout is the result of extensive feedback from support delivery teams and has been designed to be highly adaptable with easy access to specialist tools and equipment.Support for the UK’s Atlas fleet is enabled through a £410 million agreement between DE&S and Airbus Defence and Space – part of the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Atlas programme which is sustaining 8,000 jobs across the national supply chain.RAF Atlas aircraft, a familiar sight in the skies above RAF Brize Norton where they are based, recently formed part of the UK’s relief response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean where they made shuttle flights from Barbados to destinations across the region to deliver key support, including to the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and Anguilla.Defence Equipment and Support Director Air Support, Adrian Baguley, said:
Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 6, 2017 Related Shows Indecent The cast is now set for the Broadway premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel’s Indecent. The entire off-Broadway company will reprise their performances from last year’s New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. Previews will begin at the Cort Theatre on April 4 prior to an official opening on April 18.Returning from the off-Broadway run are Katrina Lenk (Once), Mimi Lieber (Act One), Max Gordon Moore (Relatively Speaking), Tom Nelis (The Visit), Steven Rattazzi (The Fourth Sister), Richard Topol (Fish in the Dark) and Adina Verson (Him).Joining the seven for the play’s Broadway bow will be Ben Cherry (Fiddler on the Roof), Andrea Goss (Cabaret) and Eleanor Reissa (God of Vengeance, the inciting play that inspired Indecent, at New Yiddish Rep).Indecent, co-created by Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman, explores the impact of the 1923 play God of Vengeance. Sholem Asch’s controversial work has since divided audiences, with some considering it an important piece of Jewish culture and others viewing it as libel. The production features music by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva. Adina Verson & Katrina Lenk in the off-Broadway production of ‘Indecent'(Photo: Carol Rosegg) View Comments
The most important part of landscape disease management is identifying the problem. Eighty percent of all plant disorders are the result of the inability of a plant to adapt to its environment. Knowing the problem, whether it is stress related and/or disease related, begins with being able to correctly identify the plant.Identify the plants that you’re growing can clue you in to what environmental extremes the plant may or may not be able to tolerate, such as full sun, shade, drought, poor drainage, freezing, etc. Many stresses can be avoided with proper planting and maintenance. A stress-free plant is often better able to tolerate disease and insect pests.The simplest solution is often the best approach when dealing with fungal diseases in the landscape. The majority of fungicides on the market don’t provide “curative” control. In fact, most fungicides should be used preventatively and well in advance of an anticipated disease issue. Most recommendations will focus spraying fungicides on new spring growth because young, tender leaves and shoots are more susceptible to disease injury, and spring weather conditions are often ideal for fungal diseases to start — especially this year due to wet weather. Remember, once a leaf is damaged with spots or necrotic lesions, that spot is permanent until that leaf falls off the plant, no matter how much you spray. Before spraying, it is usually a good idea to prune out the worst sections and then spray to protect the rest of the plant.The location of the disease often determines the course of action. Disease issues and general control options can be lumped into three main categories: leaf diseases, stem and branch diseases, or root and vascular diseases. Leaf diseases, such as powdery mildew and fungal leaf spots, are not generally considered lethal. Plants that are otherwise healthy can tolerate significant leaf loss and will often be able to produce new leaves either midseason or next spring. As plants approach late summer or early fall, the loss of leaves is even less of a concern on deciduous plants since they will soon lose their leaves anyway.Leaf diseases are often considered an aesthetic issue and it’s important to understand that, although the problem may look unsightly, it should not kill your plants. It is true that leaf diseases are a stress factor, and, if compounded with other environmental stress issues over the course of multiple years, could lead to a more serious outcome. However, the cause of plant death is usually not due to a leaf disease alone, and any environmental stresses should be of greater concern.Stem and branch diseases can often cause more permanent damage to a plant. For example, many fungal cankers and gall-forming diseases can spread to kill entire branches or, if they spread to the main trunk, may kill the entire plant. The key with stem and branch diseases is to scout susceptible plants frequently — such as for Seiridium canker on Leyland cypress — and catch the problem early. Often, the only solution is to prune out the affected portions of the plant to limit spread. Fungicides provide little help once stem or branch diseases have formed.Root and vascular diseases such as Rhododendron wilt caused by Phytophthora, Fusarium wilt or Verticillium wilt on tomatoes are usually considered lethal diseases. These diseases kill plants either by impeding the flow of water-conducting vascular tissues inside stems or they cause roots to rot. In either case, the permanent wilt-related symptoms are the result of a fungus blocking the uptake of water. If a plant is permanently wilted and doesn’t respond to normal watering, it’s likely the result of a root-rot or vascular-stem disease. Fungicides will not cure plants infected with a vascular wilt. Often the best approach is to plant resistant varieties and to ensure plants are selected and installed according to their preference for soil moisture, sunlight, shade and drainage. With most trees and shrubs, it’s generally a good idea to plant their roots an inch or two on the high side to ensure good drainage.Remember, the best tools for disease management are proper plant selection, good maintenance practices to minimize stress, and identifying disease problems early. A good motto to follow is “if in doubt, prune it out.” Be sure to clean pruning equipment with rubbing alcohol or a 10% bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 9 parts water when removing diseased plant material. If the problem is likely lethal to the plant and can’t be saved by pruning and minimal treatments, then apply the “if in doubt, take it out” rule to minimize spread to adjacent plants. Also, realize that some plants are inherently problematic when it comes to certain diseases — like leaf spot on red tip photinia — and an alternative plant species should be considered instead of fighting a never-ending uphill battle.For more information and free farm, lawn or garden publications, contact your local county Extension office, which can be found at extension.uga.edu/county-offices, or visit extension.uga.edu/publications.
Motor vehicle drivers in the 13 states that have adopted California’s Clean Car Standards approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would save hundreds of dollars annually at the gas pump while reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, according to a report issued today by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The states — Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland,Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington– represent approximately one quarter of the U.S. vehicle fleet and vehicle miles traveled.”Cleaner cars are a trifecta that will save families money at the gas pump, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and cut global warming pollution from tailpipes,” said James Fine, economist and policy scientist at Environmental Defense Fund.Tuesday’s EPA grant of California’s long-standing request for a Clean Air Act waiver immediately clears the way for vehicle emissions standards in these states to cut global warming pollution. The waiver request was denied under the Bush administration. Under a January 26, 2009 Presidential Memorandum, EPA was directed to reconsider the decision. The standards were adopted in Assembly Bill 1493 (2002, Pavley), the first law in the United States to set limits on global warming pollution from tailpipes. The waiver grant follows a breakthrough agreement announced by the Obama administration, states and automakers in May to put in place a national clean car program in model years 2012 to 2016 that is based on the state standards.The new report, Saving Fuel, Saving Money, Saving Our Climate, compares automobile fleets under two scenarios for years 2010 through 2030. The first scenario is based on current and projected federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. The second scenario is based on implementation of California’s vehicle greenhouse gas performance standards (i.e., Clean Car Standards) through 2020, with continued progress through 2030. These Clean Car Standards can be achieved using existing technologies, including: alternative fuels, advanced tire technology, engine adjustments and improved air conditioning systems.”This study shows that once these standards go into effect in these states, drivers will save billions of dollars, while dramatically reducing global warming pollution from tailpipes, one of the major sources of global warming pollution,” said Fine.The analysis features aggregate and state-specific results for the states that have already adopted the standards. Combined, the 13 states will avoid consuming 16 billion gallons of fuel in 2030, saving drivers $40 billion in fuel costs based on an average gas price of $2.50. Depending on future gas prices and actual miles driven, and after subtracting estimated costs of vehicles to comply with standards, drivers of 2030 model cars will gain net benefits between $33 and $560; drivers of light duty trucks will enjoy net benefits between $340 and $1,390. In addition to fuel savings, the standards will avoid 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 alone, and nearly one billion tons of emissions between 2010 and 2030. Cutting one billion tons of pollution is roughly equivalent to eliminating two years worth of California’s emissions from all sources, based on 2004 estimates of 484 million metric tons (MMT).Low-income drivers will be hardest hit by rising fuel prices because they spend proportionately twice as much of household budgets on transportation compared to average drivers.(1) Consequently, this same group of drivers will benefit most from more efficient vehicles. We estimate that people driving 10-year-old cars in 2030 are expected to gain an annual net benefit of $164 to $770 depending on the extent of driving, fuel prices and actual costs of car technologies required to meet the standards. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of the households in the 13 states are considered low-income.New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have the largest fleets of the 13 states, so they will reap the greatest benefits. For example, New York drivers will save nearly $8 billion in fuel costs between 2010 and 2030 and avoid 184 MMT of GHG emissions between 2010 and 2030. New Jersey will save $4.1 billion and avoid 102 MMT of GHG emissions. The table below shows avoided fuel costs and GHG emissions from cars and trucks in 2030 in each state.(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090630/DC40435(link is external))”California and these states have pioneered clean car standards that reduce one of this country’s leading sources of global warming pollution, while strengthening our national and economic security,” said Derek Walker, director of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Climate Initiative.The Saving Fuel, Saving Money, Saving Our Climate report analyzed automobile fleet data of 13 states using theVISION model developed by Argonne National Laboratory. The study compares fuel consumption and emissions for cars and light trucks in two scenarios based on vehicle fuel efficiency estimates developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Estimates of net benefits are derived from subtracting annualized vehicle modification costs from estimates of avoided fuel costs.About Environmental Defense FundA leading national nonprofit organization, Environmental Defense Fund represents more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental problems. For more information, visit www.edf.org(link is external).(1) Source: U.S. Census Bureau Data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Median percentage spent on commuting by income level. In 1999, persons making annual income below $8,000 spent 9.5% on commuting compared to all persons that spent 3.9% on commuting. SOURCE Environmental Defense Fund, June 30, 2009.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain whose chicken sandwiches became synonymous with the same-sex marriage debate last year, is reportedly scouting locations on Long Island.The Atlanta-based company had more than 1,600 restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C. as of last year, but their only eatery currently closest to LI is at NYU in Manhattan.“We’re looking at a lot of locations for them,” John Culmone, executive director of Commercial Retail Associates, told The Wall Street Journal of his firm leading the search for spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, stirred controversy last year when he came out against same sex marriage, sparking boycotts from gay and lesbian rights groups and a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” organized by supporters.“Our intent is to not support political or social agendas,” the company said in a statement amid lingering questions about donations to anti-gay groups. “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect.”The news that Chick-fil-A and its cow mascots urging patrons to “Eat Mor Chikin” may be coming to town did not sit well with some local LGBT advocates.“I think on Long Island we have a separation of religion and taste,” Long Island GLBT Service Network CEO David Kilmnick told Newsday.
– Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy M31 has reportedly started receiving the One UI 2.5 software update in India. The update also contains the latest October 2020 Android security patch, as per the report. One UI 2.5 introduces new features such as an improved Samsung keyboard with new functionalities, SOS location sharing option on Messages, and camera improvements. The Galaxy M31 had last received the One UI 2.1 update around a month ago.The firmware version for the One UI 2.5 update on Samsung Galaxy M31 is M315FXXU2ATJ9, SamMobile reports. So far, the Samsung smartphone is receiving the update only in India, but it is likely to roll out to other markets soon. Although the SamMobile report mentions a November security patch, other reports say October, and SamMobile’s download repository also has an October 1 mention for the security patch date.- Advertisement – As per the changelog mentioned in the report, One UI 2.5 brings new Samsung Keyboard functionality to Galaxy M31. It will now support Split Keyboard support in landscape mode. Users will also be able to send automatic SOS messages every 30 minutes for 24 hours during an emergency, thanks to the new SOS location-sharing option on Messages.Galaxy M31 users will be able to use Android 10 navigational gestures in third-party app launchers, as per the report. Besides that, One UI 2.5 also brings improvements to the camera. The October 2020 Android security patch addresses vulnerabilities. If you haven’t received the notification for the update, you can check for it manually by clicking on Settings > Software update > Download and Install.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –
The government has ordered state-owned electricity company PLN to lower the electricity rates for all homes and certain businesses to boost the pandemic-hit economy amid low fuel prices.Under the order, PLN will cut its electricity rate, which is expressed in rupiah per kilowatt hour (Rp/KwH), by 1.5 percent. The price is down to Rp 1,444.7 per KwH (9 US cents) between October and December this year, from the previous Rp 1,467 per KwH.PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi said on Wednesday the cut “gave room for low-power customers to use more electricity in boosting economic and everyday activity”. Read also: 2020 power usage expected to fall by 6 percent as business slumpsDue to weak demand, Indonesia — a country primarily reliant on coal-fired power plants (PLTU) — saw its benchmark coal price (HBA) drop to US$49.42 per ton in September, the lowest since at least 2009.Weak numbers in terms of coal prices, crude oil prices, inflation and the rupiah exchange rate were all reasons for the energy minister to order PLN to cut electricity rates on Aug 31, said the ministry on Tuesday.Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said he expected the new policy to “maintain the people’s purchasing power and support economic stability during this pandemic”.However, the tariff cut is too little too late, said the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI), an organization that has been helping homeowners navigate various electricity-related issues during the pandemic.“It’s actually rather late because we have felt the pandemic’s impact since five months ago,” said YLKI secretary Agus Suyanto to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “But it still deserves appreciation as any amount, under such conditions, helps.”YLKI has been advocating for an electricity relief scheme for homes above the 900VA category since April, arguing that such homes, while not living in poverty, were vulnerable to falling into poverty during the pandemic.He urged the ministry to raise the discount by Rp 100 per KwH for homes within the 1,300VA category.The government previously introduced three other electricity relief schemes to help the country’s poorest homes and stimulate economic recovery. Such incentives include waiving power bills for homes and businesses in the 450VA category.The three earlier incentives differ from the electricity rate adjustment as the former involves the government paying $1 billion to PLN in covering the relief costs.Read also: Govt to spend $1b on electricity fee relief for households, businesses amid pandemicThe tariff adjustment will also add to PLN’s financial strain as the company saw its profit nosedive by 96.5 percent to Rp 251.6 billion in the January-June period, due to a combination of a weak rupiah exchange rate and limited income. “Please enjoy the lower bills.”The lower rate applies to all homes above the 900 volt ampere (VA) category, businesses between the 6,600VA and 200kVA category and to all public street lights. All these categories fall within the “low power range” under prevailing regulations.PLN’s rate cut is a modest silver lining for consumers following the collapse of global energy demand as COVID-19 depresses economic activities and household purchasing power.Domestic electricity demand this year is expected to fall by 6.35 percent from last year as businesses and industries close down, according to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. Topics :
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews FCCA Brings Christmas Cheer to 200 Primary Schoolers by: – December 10, 2019 129 Views no discussions On Tuesday early Christmas cheer was brought to 200 primary school children by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).Director of Tourism, Colin Piper attended the event which brought together children and well-wishers in the Christmas spirit.“This is an annual event, sponsored by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). One of the Association’s cruise lines typically comes in and presents the gifts. This has been going on for 20 years thus far and FCCA donates the gifts to over 15 different destinations.”Representatives from Celebrity Cruises, which was in port on Tuesday morning, were on hand to bring presents for each child personally delivered by Santa Claus. Piper said, “Typically, FCCA will indicate to us which cruise line is providing the gifts, and they will work that out behind the scenes. Celebrity has been a gift giver before.”Piper, says the Discover Dominica Authority reaches out to different stakeholders annually to put on the event.He is pleased that local agencies are usually wiling to assist.HHV Whitchurch is a platinum member and agent of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. The agent is also involved in the planning and logistics.Michelle Hoseph of HHV Whitchurch called on other companies to give back to the community, saying that the FCCA has satisfied Whitchurch with the attention that they give to social responsibility.Joseph said, “As platinum members of the FCCA from its inception, Whitchurch is satisfied that the FCCA has gone over and beyond their call of duty to engage in meaningful corporate social responsibility. It is our hope that more organisations will mirror their actions and give back to the areas of society that not only support them, but those that are unable to.”