Zoopla founder and ZPG CEO Alex Chesterman (pictured, right) has been revealed as a key investor in an unusual, if not bizarre, new business start-up, which is his 12th to date.Zebra Fuels offers vehicle owners a new service that enables their car, van, lorry or bus to be filled up while they are parked up.Founders Reda Bennis and Romain Saint Guilhem (pictured, LtoR, below) have raised $2.5 million from several new investors including Brent Hoberman, founder of Lastminute.com, and Saul Klein, a co-founder founder of Lovefilm with Alex Chesterman. The duo say they hope to make petrol stations “obsolete”.After signing up to the Zebra Fuel app, customers then pick a time and date to have their car filled up and leave their vehicle parked at a specified location with its fuel cap open.The company, which currently only operates in central London and offers just diesel, is hoping to use the extra cash to expand to a London-wide service and offer both petrol deliveries and electric car charging.“Our goal is to replace the petrol station and in doing so make filling up your car faster, cheaper, less harmful to the environment, and hassle-free,” Reda Bennis told The Times.This is not the first time Alex Chesterman has used his considerable wealth from the ZPG floatation and Love Film sale to invest in start-ups.So far he has helped finance at least 12 including most recently Thriva, a finger-prick blood test health app, employee and consumer benefits firm Perkbox, lunchbox provider Graze, holidays firm Secret Escapes and farm produce distributor Farmdrop.investor petrol petrol stations Alex Chesterman reda Bennis brent hoberman romain saint guilhem saul klein Zoopla ZPG February 8, 2018Nigel 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 Home » News » First property, now petrol for serial investor and Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman previous nextProducts & ServicesFirst property, now petrol for serial investor and Zoopla founder Alex ChestermanZPG CEO’s latest punt wants to ‘disrupt’ the petrol station market in the same way he did among estate agents and film hire companies.Nigel Lewis8th February 201801,904 Views
Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Protector Wins 2012 Fleet Engineering Excellence Award (UK) HMS Protector Wins 2012 Fleet Engineering Excellence Award (UK) View post tag: award View post tag: Defence View post tag: 2012 View post tag: engineering View post tag: Protector View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval May 16, 2013 View post tag: HMS View post tag: UK View post tag: Excellence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: fleet The engineering team on board the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector has been recognised for their hard work over the past year.The department has been presented with the 2012 Fleet Engineering Excellence award by Commodore Ian Shipperley, Assistant Chief of Staff for Surface Ships and Submarines for consistently demonstrating engineering excellence over a prolonged period of a demanding operational programme.This work was achieved while under pressure for the ship to leave on time from Portsmouth to meet the Austral Summer deployment window.HMS Protector’s Engineer Officer 2 Lieutenant Russ Scott said:“The achievement of this award is down to the teamwork of all members of the Engineering Department. Their hard work has enabled the ship to maintain the delivery of Operational Capability through a very challenging first two years of Naval Service”Surface Flotilla Effectiveness Trophies are awarded annually to ships or other units in recognition of achievement of excellence.Awards are presented based on the operational achievement of the winning platform concentrating on overall capability to increase the competition and number of potential nominees. Normally awarded by particular class there are a small number of discipline based awards also available.The Fleet Engineering Excellence Award (Surface), sponsored by Chief Naval Engineer Officer, is awarded to the Engineering team or individual, ashore or afloat, considered to have made the largest single contribution to the effectiveness of Engineering.HMS Protector returned from a nine-month deployment to Antarctica on May 10 where she provided direct support to a UK-led multi-national Antarctic Treaty Inspection team; landed and recovered British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists at ecologically important sites; assisted with ongoing environmental and conservation work including hosting an international team updating the visitor guidelines for regularly visited sites and surveyed the poorly charted waters around the Antarctic PeninsulaHer multi-beam echo sounder and Survey Motor Boat also provided hi-tech hydrographic charting and imagery used to improve the navigational awareness and safety of other ships and mariners operating in the area.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2013 View post tag: wins Share this article
Corpus Christi and St Hugh’s college balls are set to merge as a result of poor ticket sales for the Corpus Christi ball.Corpus JCR President Meg Powell-Chandler blamed the attraction of larger college balls as overshadowing the Corpus Christi event, for which the college only managed to sell 200 tickets. Powell-Chandler said, “It has been a shame that the smaller balls have found it hard to sell tickets and gain sponsorship, but that is unsurprising with big balls like the Worcester College one next term.”Following consultation with the JCR committee and a student vote, which supported the merger by an overwhelming majority, Corpus Christi Ball President Rhiannon Ward has joined forces with Alex Joseph, Ball President of St Hugh’s. Ward commented, “Hugh’s has a bigger capacity than us, plus they had sold more tickets than we had at the time. Merging has increased our market share of the ticket sales so we no longer have to keep worrying about how they sell.”The decision has met opposition from certain members of Hugh’s JCR, who are unhappy that Corpus students may end up paying less for their tickets, and with the fact that the theme was a Corpus decision.However, Joseph has said this was always likely to be the case. He said, “It all happened quite quickly and we had to rush through the bureaucracy so we didn’t carry out a vote amongst the JCR. However, we did consult the JCR committee who unanimously agreed. The fact of the matter is, our ball happens once every two years and we want to make this one better than the last.”The original theme for the St Hugh’s ball was ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, but with the merger comes a new theme, ‘Heaven and Hell’, contributed by Corpus Christi.Joseph said, “We were planning a fairly big ball for around 550 to 650 people. We have a capacity of 1,000 so it seemed logical to go ahead with the merger. We’re hoping around 350 people from Corpus will attend, and with 200 tickets already sold, and so much more interest since we announced the merger, we’re well on our way.”Powell-Chandler, said, “The ball merger is a really good thing from the Corpus perspective […] I’m sure it will be an incredible success.”The ball will now take place on Saturday of first week next term at St Hugh’s College. Competition includes the Exeter College Garden Ball due to take place on Saturday of noughth week and the Balliol College Ball scheduled for Saturday of second week.by Omotola Akerele
Wadham’s tortoise was caught in a blaze on Monday after a lamp which was left on overnight to keep him warm started a fire in his enclosure.The beloved tortoise, Archibald Manshella, who is still in his first year at Wadham, escaped unscathed after four fire engines were called out to attend the scene.Wadham’s tortoise officer, Joseph Williamson, explained how the tortoise survived the blaze. He told Cherwell, “The UV heat lamp got too close to the wooden side of the tortoise’s enclosure and it caused a very small fire. The vivarium that the tortoise lives in is large in size and so he simply snuggled up on the other side, well away from the fire. The UV lamp caused an area of burning around 10cm in diameter.” He noted that Archibald has recovered well from the incident. He said, “The tortoise is absolutely fine, if anything his encounter has made him more active and excitable than ever and he was promptly eating a nice bit of watercress minutes after he was taken out of the enclosure.” He added, “No person or tortoise was hurt in this incident and the response of both the college members, staff and fire department was rapid and efficient. I would personally like to thank the Oxford Fire Department particularly for their help in the incident.”Williamson also said, “There won’t be any formal sanctions for this incident, as far as I know, due to its accidental nature. I and the SU President, Anya Metzer, are now working with the college to make sure this doesn’t happen again and how to maximise the welfare of the tortoise in the future.”SU president, Anya Metzer, assured that plans are being made to ensure Archibald’s future safety: “I have met with the Senior Tutor and the Tortoise Officer to discuss the incident and future course of action. “The Tortoise Officer is looking into ordering a fire-proof vivarium but since hibernation time is nearing the tortoise will soon be moving into a fridge, which is where they are left to hibernate.”She commented that Archibald is an important member of the JCR because, “in the event of a tied vote in the SU the tortoise gets the deciding vote. The tortoise always votes in favour of the motion due to its ‘radical desire for change’.“Everyone is very thankful that the tortoise is OK as his welfare is paramount and he is much loved in the SU.”
Get ready to laugh and sing along with the Jewbadors as they bring the humor, poignancy, and shtick of Jewish music, jokes, and stories to Bayonne in an uplifting event you won’t forget. This accomplished group of senior singers, actors, and musicians presents its latest production, “Mazel!,” a musical celebration of Jewish life in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.The Jewbadors will be performing at Temple Beth Am, 111 Avenue B, Bayonne on June 2. Brunch will be served at 10 a.m., followed by the show at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $15. RSVP is required by May 31. Call Temple at (201) 858-2020. Street parking is available.
Costa Coffee, the Whitbread-owned high street chain, saw like-for-like sales (LFLs) grow by 5% in the 13 weeks to 28 May 2015. In a trading update, Whitbread said Costa had experienced a good start to the year, growing total system sales by 15.9% to £375.2m and, within this, franchise system sales rose 13.5% to £143.6m.Costa plans to open around 250 net new stores and 700-800 net Costa Express machines in the full year.Chief executive Andy Harrison, who will be replaced in December by Alison Brittain, who joins the company in September, said: “Costa had another excellent quarter, with total sales growth of 17.2% and UK retail like for like sales growth of 5.0%, driven by winning more customers with like-for-like transaction growth of 4.4%. Costa’s international business continues to grow rapidly with a 15.1% growth in system sales (14.1% at constant currency).”The group, which also runs pubs and hotels, saw LFLs increase by 4.3% during the period, while total sales rose 12.5%.
Saint Mary’s students hoping to improve their teamwork and business skills can now look no farther than across the street, as Notre Dame announced this summer that it will guarantee four seats in its Master of Science in Management (MSM) program for graduates of the College.Tori Wilbraham, a 2015 Saint Mary’s graduate who earned acceptance to this year’s MSM program, said she enjoys collaborating with her 48 classmates.“One of the best parts of the program is the cohort atmosphere,” Wilbraham said. “Just like the business world, teamwork is essential for being successful. Working with a team and learning from one another has been one of the most exciting and rewarding parts.”According to Wilbraham, this particular 10-month program offers a unique educational experience because it teaches technical skills that will make students more marketable.“Getting to be a part of the Notre Dame family while pursuing a graduate degree is something that makes Notre Dame’s MSM program so special and really so valuable,” Wilbraham said. “The reputation of the Mendoza College of Business and alumni network at the University of Notre Dame made my decision a no-brainer.“I knew that if I wanted to enter the business world, going to Notre Dame would give me a great network of supporters.”Saint Mary’s provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Dr. Patricia Fleming, said this program distinguishes itself from others like it because it does not require an undergraduate business degree.“Knowing that this program exists for a Saint Mary’s student four years down the road can make Saint Mary’s very attractive, especially to those parents who worry a bit about their daughter following her passion in a non-business major,” Fleming said. “We are very confident that the combination of studies proposed by this partnership will be ideal for some of our students.”Fleming said both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s will benefit from this new policy.“Saint Mary’s students are already familiar with Notre Dame because of the co-exchange program. There would be an easy transition for our students who wish to stay in the area for their graduate education,” Dr. Fleming said. “Notre Dame’s MSM program will be blessed with smart, articulate, confident graduate students with an eagerness to learn a very new field.”Wilbraham also said students who receive undergraduate degrees from Saint Mary’s are prepared to take on the challenge of the MSM program.“Having a liberal arts background is such a valuable thing, and with my new business acumen, I will be more marketable,” Wilbraham said. “Programs like the MSM are so valuable because they are full of students who have studied what they loved and want to enhance their education by spending a year doing something completely different.”Wilbraham said she recommends this program to any Saint Mary’s students who wish to enter the professional world.“Through teamwork, networking and problem solving, I know that the MSM program will give me the tools I need to be a powerful leader who will inspire change,“ Wilbraham said. “Just as Sister Madeleva promised us the discovery of ourselves, our world and our place in it, the MSM program will take you on a journey where you will learn more about yourself than you could have ever imagined.”Tags: co-exchange program, MSM, saint mary’s
Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on July 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Abingdon, Va., Wolf Hills Brewing Company, Old Hill Cider, A. Smith Bowman, and the Nelson County Brew Ridge Trail reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before July 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. Enter our Virginia Spirits Guide Giveaway to win!Our prize package includes:Two tasting glasses and a t-shirt from from Wolf Hills Brewing Company, AbingdonTwo wine glasses, an Abingdon t-shirt, and a corkscrew from Heartwood Artisan Center, AbingdonA t-shirt, bottle topper, and two glasses from Old Hill Cider, TimbervilleTwo tasting glasses, a t-shirt, coaster, key chain, and six distillery tour tickets from A. Smith Bowman, FredericksburgTwo t-shirts and a Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 chair from the Nelson, Va. Brew Ridge TrailTHIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED AND PLEASE CHECK OUT ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS.
Kolanovic, the bank’s head of macro quantitative and derivatives strategy, said a possible Joe Biden presidency with a split Congress could result in a market-friendly environment with lower taxes, status-quo regulations, a better U.S.-China trade relationship. He called this outcome “one of the most favorable scenarios for the market.”“A GOP senate majority should ensure that Trump’s pro-business policies stay intact (tax code, deregulation), and if Biden is confirmed we should be able to expect an easing of the trade war (which should boost global trade and corporate earnings growth),” Kolanovic said in a note to clients on Friday.Kolanovic, the No.1 equity strategist ranked by Institutional Investor magazine, was one of the few on Wall Street that correctly called the market bottom in March and the subsequent rebound to new record highs. – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)JPMorgan’s top-rated equity strategist Marko Kolanovic believes the election outcomes are shaping up to be “the best of both worlds for stocks,” calling for a sustainable rally for the market.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Jul 5, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – In an update on pandemic influenza preparedness efforts, the federal government said last week it had stockpiled enough vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza virus to inoculate about 4 million people and enough antiviral medication to treat about 6.3 million.Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt said his department has stockpiled about 8 million doses of H5N1 vaccine. “Given a two-dose vaccination schedule, this would allow vaccination of 4 million people,” Leavitt wrote in a 12-page report.The report outlines the status of federal efforts to boost US flu vaccine production capacity, increase the stockpile of antiviral drugs, monitor the spread of avian flu in the United States, and assist states with pandemic planning. The report is a follow up to a March report that announced the government’s initial plan for boosting the nation’s supply of avian influenza vaccines and treatments.The H5N1 vaccine being stockpiled now is based on a virus isolated from a Vietnamese patient in 2004 (a clade 1 virus), Leavitt noted. He said a second H5N1 vaccine under development is based on an H5N1 strain that was collected in Indonesia in 2005 (clade 2 virus) and has circulated in Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia.”While the efficacy of these pre-pandemic vaccines cannot be predicted, there is reason to believe they may provide some level of protection for priority personnel and those at greatest risk,” Leavitt wrote.Boosting antiviral stockpilesLeavitt reported that as of Jun 1, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of antiviral drugs contained about:6.2 million treatment courses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) capsules, with an additional 15.4 million courses expected by the end of December8,600 courses of Tamiflu oral suspension84,000 courses of zanamivir (Relenza), with an additional 3.9 million courses expected by the end of DecemberIn sum, the stockpile is expected to reach 26 million antiviral drug courses by the end of 2006. At least 20 million courses are earmarked for states for distribution in proportion to population, the report says. Up to 6 million courses are reserved for mass prophylaxis in isolated community outbreaks.HHS received a $170 million appropriation to provide a subsidy to states and other jurisdictions that will allow them to buy up to 31 million treatment courses of antiviral medications at 25% off the federal contract price.HHS also will spend $162 million to stockpile other medical supplies, including 6,000 ventilators, 100 million N95 respirators, and 50 million surgical masks, plus face shields, gowns, and gloves, Leavitt reported. So far the department has amassed 20.2 million respirators and 12.3 million surgical masks.Investing in vaccinesIn May, federal officials awarded more than $1 billion worth of contracts for cell-based vaccine technology. Leavitt wrote that reliance on traditional egg-based vaccine production is problematic because an avian flu outbreak, and the poultry culling that would follow, would jeopardize the supply of eggs needed to produce the vaccine. He said vaccine-production cell lines can be frozen indefinitely and that, in comparison with eggs, can more rapidly be used to produce vaccines in the event of a pandemic.Contracts for cell-based vaccine production went to five companies: Solvay Pharmaceuticals ($299 million), GlaxoSmithKline ($275 million), Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics ($221 million), MedImmune ($170 million), and DynPort Vaccine ($41 million).Another HHS goal is to expand the nation’s capacity for producing the traditional egg-based vaccine. Leavitt wrote that this summer the HHS will issue requests for proposals (RFPs) for building new facilities or retrofitting existing ones.HHS also has issued RFPs for antigen-sparing vaccine technologies that would stimulate protection using a smaller amount of the vaccine, the report says.Coordinating state preparednessCongress allocated $350 million this year to assist with state and local pandemic preparedness. Of this amount, Leavitt said $100 million has already been earmarked to help states identify gaps in preparedness. They are now submitting applications for how they will spend $250 million, which is intended to cover the cost of ranking gaps and making plans for addressing them, developing plans for distributing antiviral drugs, and designing pandemic response exercises.Leavitt said HHS has convened state summits in 48 states, and the remaining two have summits scheduled. He added that many states have progressed to the next step of holding interstate and regional planning meetings.This fall HHS will begin holding risk-communication training sessions for state and local public health professionals and community leaders in 10 HHS regions. “State by state, we are moving from awareness to preparedness,” Leavitt wrote.Other developmentsLeavitt’s report describes several other elements of federal pandemic planning activities, including:International cooperation: The nation has pledged $334 million to assist nations most severely affected by avian influenza. In May, HHS shipped Tamiflu to a secure location in Asia to help contain a pandemic. (If containment is not possible, the drug would be sent back to the US.)Domestic monitoring: The government has expanded its early detection network to monitor wild birds. Sampling in Alaska is focused on species that are thought to have the highest chance of bringing the virus to North America: those that migrate to and from wintering areas in the Russian Far East and Southeast Asia.Diagnostic tests: In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug administration recently approved a new laboratory test that can detect H5 flu viruses within a few hours. In April, the FDA provided the biotechnology industry with guidance for evaluating performance and writing product labeling for in-vitro diagnostic tests.Flu-tracking software: The CDC developed two pandemic modeling software programs—FluSurge and FluAid–for communities and hospitals.Public communication: Leavitt reported that content on the cross-government Web site, pandemicflu.gov, has increased 25% in the last 3 months and that over the last several months HHS has held roundtable talks on avian and pandemic flu with major broadcast and cable networks.”While we have accomplished much in a short period of time, the race we are in is not a sprint, but a marathon,” Leavitt wrote.See also:Leavitt’s report “Pandemic Planning Update II”http://www.flu.gov/professional/pdf/panflu20060313.pdfMar 15, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Leavitt vows action on flu vaccine technology”