– as majority vote for scrapping IDPAD-GA major rift between several prominent African groups was put on full display on Sunday when a number of the attendees voted in favour of having the International Decade of People of African Descent-Guyana (IDPAD-G) scrapped, while a handful voted in favour of it restarting from the beginning.The meeting, which was held at the Critchlow Labour College, saw representatives from many African cultural organisations, while some were clearly absent. Among the issues raised were the appointment of IDPAD-G’s Chief Executive Officer Olive Simpson, and the overcrowding of certain groups on the team.African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) Head, Dr Eric Phillips, who is also Chairman of the Reparations Committee, told the gathering that a majority of the groups under IDPAD-G’s were formed last year. In an attempt to sell the audience on the legitimacy of the group, he said it was done in consultation with others.Certain revelations were made during the meeting, including the fact that IDPAD-GIDPADA-G’s Chairman Vincent Alexanderrented office space at 121 Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown from Charles Corbin, the brother of former People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Leader Robert Corbin.According to Dr Phillips, issues like these need to be ironed out as they would give the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) reasons to raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest between Corbin and IDPAD-G’s Chairman, Vincent Alexander, who are also both Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission.Another point raised by the ACDA official was the fact that there were concerns over the proposed structure and strategy for IDPAD-G touted by the Chairman. Instead, it was recommended that five thematic areas – expiation, economy, education, equality, and employment – be used to craft policies.But, more importantly, the ACDA official said the $68 million that has been allocated to IDPAD-G should be used to create a college of African village leaders. This entity, he said, should be used to discuss the many challenges, but more seriously the fear about the coalition losing the 2020 election. Concerns were also raised about many returning Guyanese being given prominent roles when there was talent here.The meeting, which was chaired by Jonathan Adams, said based on the unanimous decision taken at the meeting, the vote would be submitted to the IDPAD-G management, who would decide on the next course of action. In the meantime, he called on the participants to fix their differences and work together.In March, Guyana hosted the 2018 IDPAD Summit, which brought together more than 60 academics, black activists, and other expert speakers from around the world to focus on eradicating the plight of African descendants through the implementation of possible solutions.The International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a Resolution (68/237) adopted on December 23, 2013. It was subsequently launched by UN two years later, thus commencing the 2015-2024 decade aimed at highlighting issues relating to Africa and its millions of descendants around the world.Guyana had subsequently established a local arm, the IDPAD-G Committee, which is the only one of its kind in the Region, and has received the support of the Guyana Government.
Rightmove has released a new tool that enables tenants to booking viewings directly through its website following a pilot last year with a small group of agents.Called Viewings Manager, the portal is now inviting member agents to sign up to the programme which it claims, following extensive testing, helps agents more easily schedule viewing appointments, cut down on tenant no-shows, pre-qualify applicants and receive feedback on properties.Available to anyone with a standard membership package for free, there are already over 200 agents using the tool.AppointmentsThe tech asks prospective tenants to choose three potential appointment dates and times between 9am and 7pm and identify their employment status, credit history and confirm the minimum household income needed to rent the property.Once booked, they are sent email and text reminders about the viewing, but are able to use a one-click cancellation button.East Riding of Yorkshire agent Jon Myers of Quick & Clarke in Yorkshire says the tool has almost halved the number of tenant no-shows, as he says tenants are more likely to cancel if they can just click a button rather than having to call them, saving them time and improving the quality of tenant leads they receive.Rightmove says the tool can’t integrate yet with estate agency CRM suites but an upgrade due next year will enable it to put bookings into agent’s diaries/calendars.The system also works in tandem with Rightmove’s referencing service, which comes from Van Mildert, which it acquired in July last year.Visit the Rightmove page.viewings manager Jon Myers Quick & Clarke Rightmove November 13, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th November 2020 at 2:00 pmZillow’s pivot in September when it cut agents out of the loop and went for a Zillow agent centric model is as I have been commenting on a warning to all that real estate is changing.My thoughts on Rightmove and their booking tool is that they have not developed the sophisticated solution that will overcome the multiple agents needs/diaries, and the MVP they have announced is more a sound bite to make them look as though they are evolving their 20 year old one dimensional model than anything else.Homehere.co with Lou Quinn and John Curley are to quote a celebrity ‘the real deal’ when it comes to a solution that books appointments and has a digital applicant box mentality which can accurately qualify property and rental buyers.Log in to Replyjohn curley, homehere homehere 14th November 2020 at 5:31 amGlad to see that RM has woken up to the need to automate viewing and applicant qualification, we have a much deeper and better solution that agents have been using for some time that allows you to automate engagement, qualification and booking of not only RM, but ZPG, OTM and even you website enquiries!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 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 2021 Home » News » More than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewings previous nextProptechMore than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewingsRightmove says its new ‘Book a viewing’ service on its website pre-qualifies tenants and prevents annoying no-shows.Nigel Lewis13th November 20202 Comments1,409 Views