Topsy Ojo – London Irish and England

first_imgTAGS: London Irish Steffon ArmitageSailosi Tagicakibau LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Topsy Ojo taking a breather from trainingBack in 2008 Topsy had just been called up to the England squad and his talent was shining through, we nabbed half an hour of his time to talk about superstitions, his ever-changing idea of the ideal woman, initiations he may face on tour and completing his law degree. RUGBY WORLD: Well done on your England call-up. How did you find out?TOPSY OJO: Toby Booth told me the day before it was announced. He’s involved with the Saxons so had been part of the selection meeting and, as he’d been my mentor in the London Irish academy, he wanted to call me. I think he’s quite proud. It’s unbelievable to be honest. I wasn’t expecting to get picked, but going on tour to New Zealand is going to be a great experience.RW: Are you worried about any initiations you might have to do?TO: I’m dreading singing on the bus if I get my first cap. The pressure will be horrible, standing up to reel out a song – you’ll be heckled straightaway. It might be more nerve-racking than actually playing a game.RW: So who are the jokers at Irish?TO: Nick Kennedy, Nils Mordt and Paul Hodgson. The banter is non-stop and there’s the occasional practical joke. The last one was covering Nick’s car in wrapping paper. Everyone was in on it and at our Christmas dinner a few of us went out to give him a little present!RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?TO: Referees getting wiped out by players is always amusing. One of our guys, Stuart Mackie, was running a hard line in a league match and went straight into the ref, who went flying about ten metres and fell on his head. I get a good view of things like that from the wing. It’s good to have a comedy moment before we start beating each other up.RW: What about any sledging or memorable team talks?TO: Bob Casey’s talks are legendary, he always knows what to say at the right time. I remember a few times, though, he’s asked someone else to add a little bit and once he asked Steffon Armitage if he had any key points to make that day. We were all in this huddle trying to get our minds focused on the game, and Steff said: “Let’s just go out and have a good time”!Michael Jordan, Nicknames and life outside Rugby…Scarlett Johansson – Topsy’s ideal womanRW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?TO: My phone, my iPod – I’m listening to Kanye West and Estelle at the moment – and my car keys. At least then I’d have somewhere to go afterwards.RW: Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?TO: Michael Jordan. I’m not as big a basketball fan as I was but he’s a legend.RW: Do you have any superstitions? TO: There is something I’ve just started doing: having my socks down for the warm-up. I pull them up for the start of the game, though they usually end up down for the second half. I’m not really superstitious but it’s been working, so I’ll keep doing it until I get bored.RW: Do you have any nicknames?TO: Too many to list. At the moment people are just calling me ‘T’ because they can’t be bothered to say my whole name. People at Irish also like to put an apostrophe after the ‘o’ in my surname to make it look like I have Irish heritage.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?TO: Flying. It would be great to just be able to take off to wherever I wanted to.RW: Is there anything you would like to achieve outside of rugby?TO: To complete my law degree. I’m in my second year, part-time. It’s hard but the uni are accommodating. I do what I can. It’s also an ambition to open a bar.RW: Who’s your ideal woman?TO: Who do I like at the moment?RW: Does it change week by week?TO: No, month by month – joking! Scarlett Johansson.Heres what happens when you get in his way…Learn more about Topsy’s teammates at London Irish…last_img read more

OnTheMarket offers joining estate agencies free listings and shares sweeteners

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » OnTheMarket offers joining estate agencies free listings and shares sweeteners previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket offers joining estate agencies free listings and shares sweetenersWhile existing estate agencies were recently given a 33% discount, firms joining the firm are to be given a full discount until the crisis is over.Nigel Lewis27th April 202001,335 Views OnTheMarket is offering joiners a four-month ‘free listings’ deal alongside an enhanced shares package and sweeteners to persuade them not to list with other portals.Contracts issued to joiners will include shares worth £1,000 per branch for its standard deal or £2,500 if an agent signs up to list exclusively for 12 months.These share value calculations are based on a share price that is the higher of £1 or the price at the time of issue.  Its share price is currently 63p.In addition, agents will receive extra shares regardless of which deal they opt for but depending on how many other portals they list with. The extra shares, which are also paid per branch, will equate to a percentage of the fees the agent pays up until 31st August next year.If an agent lists exclusively with OTM then it will receive half of its listings fees value as shares, 30% if it lists with one other portal and 20% if its two other portals.And finally, agents are to be given a permanent discount on their listings fees of 10% if they stick to a one other portal rule and 20% for a two other portal arrangements.In return agents must sign up to a minimum contract term of sixteen months, while annual fee increases will be capped at RPI +2%.For example, a one-office sales and lettings firm, listing on a one other portal basis, will pay £314 per month. But, in addition to receiving £1,000 of welcome shares, it will also receive £94 of shares for every paying month up to 31 August 2022.Clive Beattie, Acting Chief Executive Officer of OnTheMarket following Ian Springett’s departure, said: “This is a defining moment for agents as they make their short-term and longer-term portal choices.“It is in the interests of existing shareholders and the industry alike that as many agents as possible stand together and fully support OnTheMarket.”Read more about OnTheMarket. clive beattie OnTheMarket OTM April 27, 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

Cloud Client-Computing Streamlines Healthcare Infrastructures

first_imgWhile most people don’t consider how much faster they can spell-check when considering a hardware refresh, IT professionals know that even millisecond improvements in everyday tasks can add up over time. That’s why when it comes to evaluating thin client endpoints and new data center solutions, the ability to accelerate data entry, streamline user access, and enable greater mobility can provide dramatic results, especially across an entire enterprise footprint.In Addressing Changes in the Healthcare IT Legislative and Regulatory Environment, we examine how Wyse thin clients and Dell cloud client-computing solutions can enhance healthcare environments by accelerating several time-intensive functions often taken for granted. We also address how could client-computing solutions accelerate data input and access while maintaining compliance regulations. Most importantly, we discuss how the ability to streamline the storage, retrieval, and analysis has a positive impact on medical care by cutting patient wait times and allowing doctors to spend more time making diagnoses.According to Federal statistics from 2015, the average wait time for patients visiting emergency rooms in the U.S. was 138 minutes, long enough to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest. As a result, some emergency rooms in have recognized that efficiency is a tangible, monetizable advantage. Those that pride themselves on speed have taken to advertising such as St. Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware which posts its 30-minute wait time on billboards along I-95 and St. David’s Heart Hospital of Austin which posts its four-minute wait time on its Web site.In addition to greater security and accelerated intake, the benefits of adopting a cloud client-computing architecture include:Greater reliability – Thin clients do not have moving parts and require no local OS to be loaded on the machine. Since they stream their OS and user data from centralized servers, users cannot customize a thin client with unapproved software which could disrupt its functionality and lead to downtime.Reduced operational costs – On average, traditional PCs can cost more than twice as much as a thin client. This is because PCs typically incur significant annual maintenance costs associated with software maintenance and upgrades, hard drive failure, and troubleshooting. Cloud clients are essentially maintenance-free, and can be easily swapped out when necessary. The lifespan of a thin client averages six to eight years compared to the three to four year lifespan of a traditional PC, thus extending the buying cycle and reducing costs over time. Thin clients also provide a greener solution from an energy perspective, consuming a tenth of the wattage (under 7 watts versus 100 or more) required to operate traditional PCs.Anytime, anywhere access – The streamlined profile of thin client devices allow them to be mounted with flat-screen monitors in hospital corridors, nursing stations, patient rooms, and anywhere else healthcare data is needed. Cloud client-computing architectures can also support mobile workstations. The ongoing shift to EMR’s has enabled a new level of mobility as doctors and healthcare professionals can now access patient data and medical images without having to be tethered to a fixed location.Simplified desktop environment and ease of use – Since information and computing resources reside on centralized servers, thin clients are not encumbered by redundant or extraneous applications which can impact performance and compromise quick access to critical data. It also eliminates the need for multiple desktops and displays to support multiple applications running on separate operating systems. A thin client can run any application and OS supported by the virtual server environment.Dell has been helping healthcare facilities architect and deploy private cloud architectures to ultimately improve patient care. Our Wyse endpoints have helped medical care clinics and hospitals better-protect patient data and accelerate physician log-in times by enabling persistent desktops that move from room to room as healthcare providers make rounds. Additionally, healthcare providers no longer have to wait sidelined while a traditional endpoint downloads virus definitions or OS updates during their shift. With an estimated 7,000 urgent care clinics treating basic emergencies in the U.S., the move to adopt cloud client-computing solutions can be expected have a beneficial effect on patient care nationally. Going forward, medical professionals will be able to spend more time with their patients and patients will be able to spend less time in the waiting room.To find out more about Wyse endpoints and Dell Cloud Client-Computing solutions, please click here.last_img read more