The Man Behind Black History Month

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the History ChannelThe son of freed slaves from Virginia, Carter Woodson, became one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. In the 1920s, as co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, he established Negro History Week, the predecessor of today’s Black History Month, as an annual celebration of African-American history and heritage. Woodson’s lifelong efforts to promote the teaching of black history in the nation’s schools and encourage members of his race to learn more about their heritage led many to call him the “Father of Black History.”Carter WoodsonIn 1915, Carter G. Woodson traveled to Chicago from his home in Washington, D.C. to take part in a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation. He had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago and still had many friends there. As he joined the thousands of black Americans overflowing from the Coliseum, which housed exhibits highlighting the achievements of their people since the abolition of slavery, Woodson was inspired to do more in the spirit of celebrating black history and heritage. Before he left Chicago, he helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). A year later, Woodson single-handedly launched the Journal of Negro History, in which he and other researchers brought attention to the achievements of black Americans.Born in 1875 in Canton, Virginia, Woodson had worked as a sharecropper, miner, and various other jobs during his childhood to help support his large family. Though he entered high school late, he made up for lost time, graduating in less than two years. After attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson worked in the Philippines as an education superintendent for the U.S. government. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Chicago before entering Harvard. In 1912, three years before founding the ASNLH, he became only the second African American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate from that institution.Like DuBois, Woodson believed that young African Americans in the early 20th century were not being taught enough of their heritage, and the achievements of their ancestors. To get his message out, Woodson first turned to his former fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, which created Negro History and Literature Week in 1924. But Woodson wanted a wider celebration, and he decided the ASNLH should take on the task itself.In February 1926, Woodson sent out a press release announcing the first Negro History Week. He chose February because the month contained the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two prominent men whose historical achievements African Americans already celebrated. (Lincoln’s birthday was February 12; Douglass, a former slave, hadn’t known his actual birthday but had marked the occasion on February 14.)As schools and other organizations across the country quickly embraced Woodson’s initiative, he and his colleagues struggled to meet the demand for course materials and other resources. The ASNLH formed branches all over the country, though its national headquarters remained centered in Woodson’s row house on Ninth Street in Washington D.C. The house was also home base for the Associated Publishers Press, which Woodson had founded in 1921. The author of more than 20 books, including “A Century of Negro Migration” (1918), “The History of the Negro Church” (1921), “The Negro in Our History” (1922) and his most celebrated text, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” (1933), Woodson also worked in education, as principal for the Armstrong Manual Training School in Washington, D.C., and dean at Howard University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.Apparently, Woodson never viewed the study of black history as something that could be confined to a week. As early as the 1940s, efforts began to expand the week of public celebration of African American heritage and achievements into a longer event. This shift had already occurred in some locations by 1950 when Woodson died suddenly of a heart attack at home in Washington.With the rise of the civil rights and Black Power movements in the 1960s, young African Americans on college campuses were becoming increasingly conscious of the historical dimension of their experience. Younger members of the ASNLH (which later became the Association for the Study of African American History) urged the organization to change with the times, including the official shift to a month-long celebration of black history. In 1976, on the 50th anniversary of the first Negro History Week, the Association officially made the change to Black History Month.Since then, every U.S. president has issued a proclamation honoring the spirit of Black History Month. Gerald Ford began the tradition in 1976, saying the celebration enabled people to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Ronald Reagan’s first Black History Month proclamation stated that “understanding the history of black Americans is a key to understanding the strength of our nation.”In 2016, Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, made his last proclamation in honor of Woodson’s initiative, now recognized as one of the nation’s oldest organized celebrations of history. “As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Please enter your name here TAGSBlack History MonthCarter WoodsonThe HIstory Channel Previous articleValentine’s Day Crafts in 4 steps or LessNext articleThe story of the Lobster and the Octopus Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! 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Roy Castle charity to fundraise with online bingo

first_imgRoy Castle charity to fundraise with online bingo 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation has partnered with charity bingo website BigHeartBingo.co.uk to raise funds.According to iGamingBusiness in December 2007, there were 160,000 registered online bingo players in the UK, with considerable growth following the recent change in the Gambling Act that permits properly licensed Internet bingo to be legally promoted and advertised in the UK. According to other research, Internet bingo is attracting younger, trendier players and 90% of online players are now under the age of 50.Around £1 billion is spent each year in licensed bingo halls and a similar amount in social clubs across the country.BigHeartBingo gives half of its net revenue to charity partners.The site was set up by Jeremy Collis, former Managing Director of Littlewoods Lotteries. He explained: “Bingo is really a type of lottery but with more fun so lends itself perfectly to charity fundraising.“The change in the gambling law has created an explosion in marketing activity for Internet bingo and the game is growing rapidly as a consequence. There is no reason why bingo could not be of comparable magnitude to the National Lottery in a few years’ time and we intend that a part of it will generate substantial funds for UK charities”.www.bigheartbingo.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 February 2008 | Newslast_img read more

The Skiff: September 13, 2018

first_imgRichard Edgemon Review: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime action Facebook ReddIt Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ + posts Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Twitter ReddIt Linkedin Twitter Linkedin Review: ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ has a striking visual style but fails to excite or enthrall printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 117, Issue 4: Frogs Return to Jerry WorldAlso: Hear from SGA about their vacant seats, learn about charity events on campus and get a peak at Dutch’s new seating area. Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Previous articleWhat We’re Reading: Twitter Drama Strikes AgainNext articleOffensive miscues prove costly against No. 4 Ohio State Richard Edgemon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Review: ‘First Reformed’ beautifully wrestles with faith and sacrifice TV Review: Netflix’s new show doesn’t lecture viewers about sex Richard Edgemonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-edgemon/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

The Phoenix Releases New White Paper on the Critical Importance of Positive Social Connections,…

first_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Nearly 9 out of 10 members (ranging from 85 to 94%) reported making gains in the five common characteristics of a successful recovery process (connection, hope, identity, meaningful life and empowerment).Of members who were new to recovery, 70% reported they were more motivated to stay sober.Of members who were new to recovery that experienced relapse, nearly three-quarters (74%) had returned to sobriety and reported that The Phoenix helped them get back on track. WhatsApp Leveraging this unique sober active community model, The Phoenix is poised to help millions of people heal from substance use disorder and thrive in recovery. The Phoenix offers in-person and virtual programming, including CrossFit ®, group fitness, yoga, meditation, music and other social events free for anyone with a minimum 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription medications. A full schedule of programming is available at thephoenix.org/find-a-class. “We are proud of the impact being made by The Phoenix, but we know that there is much more work ahead to support the more than 23 million Americans in recovery,” said Scott Strode, Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix. “As we set our sights on impacting one million lives over the next five years, The Phoenix is committed to building a sober active community that is inclusive and empowers members to leverage social connectivity and physical activity to continue on their recovery journey.” Since 2006, The Phoenix’s free sober active community has inspired more than 42,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path. Through its brick and mortar locations in major municipalities across the U.S., such as Boston, Mass., Denver, Colo., and Costa Mesa, Calif., along with an extensive online offering through live-stream and virtual programming, the nonprofit organization aims to redefine the addiction recovery process through its innovative model that is designed to facilitate human connection in a supportive environment and eradicate the stigma of addiction. Physical and other group-focused activity is the mechanism through which The Phoenix introduces individuals to the safe and supportive ‘sober active community’ at the heart of the program’s success. For a free download of the white paper, please visit www.thephoenix.org/whitepaper. About The Phoenix The Phoenix is a nonprofit organization that fosters a free sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder and those who choose to live a sober life. Since launching programs in Colorado in 2006, more than 42,000 people have walked through their doors nationally. By leveraging the intrinsic power of physical activity and social connection, participants build confidence and find the support they need to live productive and fulfilling lives in recovery. The Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety from alcohol and nonprescription drugs. Instructors are either in recovery themselves or supporters with a strong tie to the mission and desire to make a difference. The Phoenix helps individuals rise from the ashes of addiction and pursue lives full of hope. For programming, follow The Phoenix on Facebook or visit www.thephoenix.org for more information. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en/ CONTACT: Media Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications:[email protected] 617-861-3657 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA COLORADO INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HOSPITALS FITNESS & NUTRITION HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH SOURCE: The Phoenix Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 03:11 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005888/en Pinterest WhatsApp DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– As substance use disorder claims the lives of more than 150,000 Americans annually, new research demonstrates that being part of a healing community that leverages meaningful activities and a sober active lifestyle play a significant role in recovery. The Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that fosters a supportive, sober active community for individuals recovering from substance use disorder, has released a white paper that showcases the critical importance of affiliation with a healing community and friendships derived from engagement in meaningful activities such as fitness, mindfulness and music as pathway to sustained abstinence. The white paper, titled “ Theoretical Framework and Impact of The Phoenix Sober Active Community Model,” showcases positive impacts associated with participation in The Phoenix community. The white paper is authored by The Phoenix’s lead researchers, Jacki Hillios, PhD and Brett Wyker, MS, and presents findings from analysis of internal data sourced from member evaluation surveys completed between May 2018 – October 2019. “Multiple studies have concluded that positive social connection, purpose and active forms of coping are directly correlated with sustained recovery for individuals with substance use disorder,” said Jacki Hillios, PhD, Deputy Executive Director for The Phoenix. “The Phoenix leverages the social benefits of group activities to introduce individuals to a supportive recovery community. With this approach, we create an environment where our members can explore a sober lifestyle and experience self-directed growth.” The research detailed in the white paper finds that supportive and healing social network engagement is critical to relapse prevention and sustained recovery. The Phoenix theory of change focuses on two key strategies: 1) Providing access to active and meaningful group activities and 2) Building a restorative social network of peers in an emotionally safe environment. Key findings from The Phoenix’s data in the white paper include:After three months of active engagement with The Phoenix community87% of members remained sober. Within this group of members:81% of those new to recovery report maintaining their sobriety.94% of members who identified as being in long-term recovery report maintaining their sobriety. 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The Growing Power of Built-For-Rent

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / The Growing Power of Built-For-Rent Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Growing Power of Built-For-Rent The built-for-rent market currently makes up just 5% of homes built, but it is expanding rapidly, according to Brad Hunter, Managing Director at RCLCO on Forbes. The draw for many renters is the single-family living experience with the professional management and amenities of an apartment complex.Built-for-rent tends to be “stickier” according to Hunter, as renters view them as more long term decisions than traditional apartments. Most of these renters, Hunter notes are younger households who are not yet prepared to buy a home.“Millennials are finally starting to have kids, and that is driving some sudden shifts in housing demand,” Hunter said. “Rental homes and townhomes appeal to many of the older Millennials who have children because they can have a yard and more interior space.”With many potential homebuyers—notably millennials—opting to delay purchasing and instead renting longer due to affordability and inventory concerns, the single-family rental investment market is poised for continued growth. On March 24-25, 2020, the Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit will unfold at the Four Seasons Resort & Club at Las Colinas in Dallas, bringing together industry experts for focused discussions on the future potential of this sector.According to a report from Realtor.com, investors are using the popularity of single-family rental to their advantage. Real estate investors purchased 7.7% of all homes in Q2 2019, up 0.6% year-over-year, the most speculation the market has seen since 2013. As this segment of the industry grows, investors need to adapt to a changing market.“RCLCO is anticipating strong growth in the B2R business,” Hunter adds. “And remember: it is a counter-cyclical business, as more people tend to rent during recessions. That is a point that is not lost on investors and developers who are getting nervous about the business cycle.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Previous: Home Values’ Multi-Trillion-Dollar Post-Recession Rise Next: Start Spreading the News: NY Mortgage Servicers’ Compliance Deadline Tagged with: built for rent Investment Rental  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img January 17, 2020 1,196 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. built for rent Investment Rental 2020-01-17 Seth Welborn Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Renewed calls for independent radio to receive portion of the licence fee

first_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A Fine Gael MEP candidate has said independent radio should receive a portion of the licence fee.Simon Harris says RTE is not the only broadcasting outlet that provides a public service and that Independent radio plays a vital role in the area.Over 2.5 million Irish people listen to local, independent radio stations everyday.Speaking to KCLR Radio, Simon Harris says broadcasting laws should be amended to allow Independent stations a slice of the licence fee.”I think this is a really important issue – we have a situation where, as taxpayers, we’re all paying a licence fee and we’re paying a licence fee for public service broadcasting” eh said.”The State-owned broadcaster RTE I believe do quite a good job in this country – but they’re not the only people who provide public service broadcasting”.”And in fairness to local radio, I think – particularly in this election, in the European elections – I’ve actually seen much more of a commitment to providing diverse views”.”And I think we need to seriously look domestically at the broadcasting act (and) amending it” he added. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook News Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Renewed calls for independent radio to receive portion of the licence fee WhatsAppcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp By News Highland – May 9, 2014 Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleStrange feeling for Deignan ahead of Giro startNext articleBradley to miss championship and sign new soccer deal News Highland Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Council urged to continue monitoring An Grianan Estate

first_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter By News Highland – October 29, 2019 Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twittercenter_img Pinterest Previous articleNew Derry-London service now operationalNext articleShortage of priests leading to fears of basic sacraments ‘disappearing’ News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council urged to continue monitoring An Grianan Estate Donegal County Council is being urged to continue monitoring the situation at An Grianan Estate in South Inishowen, following a major public meeting in July to discuss smells and odours emanating from the site.At the meeting, which was attended by representatives of Glenmore Estates which operates the facility, Donegal County Council was urged to take samples of the substance being spread on the land.The company denied spreading chicken excrement, describing the substance as a digestate.Cllr Jack Murray says there’s been no more spreading since July, but that’s not to say in won’t start again in the future:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Jacfghgfhhfhgkm1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

No change in timetable for possible pub openings – Taoiseach

first_img Previous article“We are at tipping point” – Health MinisterNext articleA5 completion targets can be met – Anderson News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic No change in timetable for possible pub openings – Taoiseach RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Taoiseach says a decision on reopening pubs that don’t serve food will be made at the end of August as planned.Micheal Martin says new restrictions announced yesterday evening will not impact on the current plans to review Phase 4.He says pubs will continue to be kept under review……………Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/06rsmartin-virus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+center_img Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – August 19, 2020 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

‘Save the Rock’ fundraising kickoff set for July 13

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “At the 75th Anniversary event, the people of Pike County can “own” a piece of the rock for $10,” Helms said. “We want people to take symbolic ownership in the efforts to ‘Save the Rock.’Certificates of ownership will be awarded to those who “own a piece of the rock.”The Rock Building was originally dedicated to the “farm families of Pike County.” When the Rock Building is rescued and re-dedicated it will be to those who work to save it, again the people of Pike County.“The 75th Anniversary of the Rock Building will be a gala occasion,” Helms said. “We’ll have entertainment, refreshments, rousing speeches and a proclamation declaring the Rock a local treasure. The funds that are raised will be the seed money to set up an account for the sole purpose of saving the Rock Building.” By Jaine Treadwell Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Print Article The “Save the Rock” kickoff event will be from 2 until 4 p.m., Sunday, July 13, in downtown Troy. All Pike Countians are invited to come and show their interest in and support of saving the Pike Activities Building, commonly called the Rock Building.“The Rock Building was constructed with field rocks from every corner of Pike County,” Helms said. “The handprint of Pike County is all over the building.”The people of Pike County had a hand in the construction of the Rock Building. Now, the people of Pike County will have an opportunity to take symbolic ownership of the building. You Might Like Blackwood Brothers’ concert pays tribute to late father Sixty years ago, on June 30, R.W. Blackwood, the patriarch of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Bill Lyles, bass singer… read more Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Helms said everyone is encouraged to circle July 13 on their calendars and make plans to be a part of the celebration.“Now is our best and maybe last chance to ‘Save the Rock,’” he said. “Pike County, we can do it.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 8:54 pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014 The Rock Building is seen in Troy, Ala., Tuesday, June 14, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)On July 12, 1939, more than 3,000 people attended the gala opening of the Pike County Activities Building in downtown Troy.The 75th anniversary of that historic and momentous occasion has been designated as the kickoff event for the grassroots efforts to “Save the Rock.”“What better time to kick off our efforts to ‘Save the Rock,’ than on its 75th anniversary?” said David Helms, who is spearheading the efforts to save the historic building. “The steering committee met and made preliminary plans for the celebration, and we had a second open meeting Monday night. We had a large crowd and everyone was excited about the plans for the kickoff.” ‘Save the Rock’ fundraising kickoff set for July 13 Email the authorlast_img read more

Zoopla returns to growth

first_imgZoopla ended last week as the one of the highest risers on the FTSE 350, as it returned to growth, the portal announced last week.According to its latest trading update, the property website has attracted a net rise of 213 branches in the four months to 31st July. The news triggered a ratings upgrade for Zoopla from ‘sell’ to ‘buy’, with Broker Panmure Gordon suggesting that shares in the portal look undervalued.Zooplalost a significant number of agency subscribers due largely to the launch of OnTheMarket (OTM) earlier this year and its restrictive ‘only one other’ portal rule. However, the group said that it had won back 100 agents in recent months – many from OTM – with market churn also nearing historic levels, according to Zoopla.The group also announced that the volume of people visiting its website remained flat at 45.6 million, which is significantly below Righmove, but towers above OTM’s 5.2 million visitors.Panmure Gordon analyst Jonathan Helliwell told the press that “near-term, OTM’s growth appears to have stalled.”He added, “Zoopla’s inventory and traffic are holding up pretty well, and the housing market looks to be picking up. We think the stock could continue to push higher in the near term.”But Zoopla still faces stiff competition from OTM for the coveted number two spot in the portals market, and Ian Springett, the CEO of OTM, remains confident that his website is on course to replace Zoopla as the second largest portal by the end of next year on their way to achieving their medium term objective of challenging the market leader, Rightmove.Mr Springett (left) said, “Zoopla Property Group’s trading update only serves to underline the success and progress of OnTheMarket.com in continuing to disrupt the property portals market. Its tepid growth of 213 agent branches since its April 2015 update is a drop in the ocean in the context of its 23 per cent loss of agents, which equates to 3,812 agents, between 30 September 2014 and 31 March 2015.”He added, “The fact is that Zoopla Property Group has lost overall share of agents and traffic as OnTheMarket.com has become established and as the overwhelming majority of our members retain the dominant market leader as their other portal.”Contrary to suggestions reportedly made by Jefferies, joint sponsor of ZPG’s IPO last year, OTM’s ‘one other portal’ rule will remain in place.Meanwhile, Zoopla’s latest trading update also revealed that Alex Chesterman has committed his future to the Zoopla Property Group with an £11 million share sale windfall plus long-term bonus deal worth up to £20 million over four years.Chesterman, who has already made in excess of £70 million from selling part of his stake in Zoopla when it floated on the stock market last summer, will sell 4.25 million shares over coming months, worth in the region of £11 million at the current price.Ian Springett OnTheMarket OTM portals Zoopla growth Alex Chesterman Zoopla 2015-08-19The Negotiator Related articles “Millions have been thrown against the top portals for years with no effect”30th April 2021 Rightmove property listing lands estate agency in NIMBY hot water29th April 2021 OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader28th April 2021What’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. Home » News » Marketing » Zoopla returns to growth Zoopla returns to growth19th August 20150569 Viewslast_img read more